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Countdown to Las Vegas on June 8, 2017

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by duffer1991, Jun 2, 2017.

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  1. duffer1991

    duffer1991 Whale

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    On a trip to Las Vegas last year, I flew on Frontier Airlines from Cleveland to Las Vegas. Since United and Continental merged, direct non-stop flights from Cleveland to ANYWHERE have mostly gone the way of the dodo. But Frontier usually has one direct, non-stop flight each day for those of us who still love to get away. Do not turn this thread into a referendum on Frontier Airlines. I like them because they are cheap, I don't care if they offer snacks or drinks for free (they don't), have been consistently nice to me, and I have a backpack that fits the size restrictions to be carried for free as a personal item.

    Suddenly last Sunday, I got an email stating that my miles would expire if I did not fly with them before June 14, 2017. I did not know there was an expiration date, but it worked out that I can get away next week. I will fly there on June 8, 2017 and arrive at 9 pm. I will return Sunday afternoon. Buying the ticket was a breeze and the miles took care of the flight, except for $6.50 each way as some tax (understandable) and then $50 FOR A MILES REDEMPTION FEE. $50 bucks to use the miles I earned? I know I should not complain about spending $63.00 on a flight, but it is the principle of the matter (or maybe I just want something for free when it should be for free... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!).

    After booking the flight, I checked my mailers and online casino accounts to see where I will stay. Over the last few years, I have grown quite fond of Boulder Highway, and the Boulder Station in particular. I don't mind the drive and I like being out of the madness of downtown and the Strip on the weekends when I am ready to sleep. I have offers from Boulder Station and also from BConnected. Since I am also an Orleans fan, this looked promising. I called the Orleans first since they only offered me 2 nights and I figured I would double-book the second night. I called the Orleans and got a room reserved in just a few minutes. They have always made things so easy. I love the Orleans and always will.

    I then called the Boulder Station as I had a three-night offer. I talked to Dee in reservations and she is a doll. She confirmed they had room availability and that the Thursday night will be $29 plus tax, and Friday night will be $59 plus tax. I said forget the second night (why pay $60+ for a room when I can stay for free?) and that I would just stay on Thursday night. She asked if I will really stay in Las Vegas for one night. I said "No, I will stay three nights but for free the second nights at the Orleans."

    The reason I was a little surprised at the Boulder Station is that I PLAY where I stay. I capitalized on purpose because I am loyal to the places I stay. I like to eat and gamble and stay mostly in one place most of the time. On this trip, I will check in at about 10 pm on Thursday night and check-out on Friday before noon, but I will still give them several hours of play. I earn my keep -- sometimes I win, sometimes I lose -- at the craps and blackjack tables. I am the type of player they should comp 100%.

    Okay, enough of my sermon and back to the trip. I then got online to find a rental car. There are pros and cons on renting a car, but since I have been everywhere and done everything in Las Vegas (ok, dont be gross and ask about penicillin) I like the freedom of having a car. I made a reservation on Payless who I have used before with varying degrees of success. It will be three days for $55 total.

    Now start the preparations. Since I am traveling solo and do not want to pay extra fees on Frontier airlines, I have a backpack that works perfectly. I got it out and found that the plastic clasp on the back had snapped and the strap hangs loose. Like a cheap-ass, I went online to Amazon.com and bought replacement clasps and repaired it good as new. Now I am sitting on a bag of about 20 more backpack clasps, in case anyone needs some. I will give you a discount.

    Here is my plan for the trip:

    Thursday: Arrive at the hotel about 10 p.m. Las Vegas time (1 a.m. Cleveland time). On the way to Boulder Highway, I will stop at Walmart to get a jug of distilled water. I like to have it in the room and Boulder Station rooms have big refrigerators. I might play craps for an hour or so before I sleep.

    Friday: I always wake very early due to the time difference in Las Vegas. I like to hit the graveyard special around 4:30 a.m. in the cafe and get back to the room at about 5 am to try to sleep a little more. I will then play craps and blackjack for a few hours before I checkout. I will likely then go to Sam's Town for lunch at the cafe.deli place in the sportsbook. They have a great steak and eggs special every day for either $6.99 or $7.99. I have eaten it twice and it really was the best in town for a cheap steak and eggs (yes, better than I get at Ellis Island).

    After lunch I will head to the Orleans and stop at Great Buns Bakery on Tropicana behind the IHOP. It has great breads, cookies, and pastries for cheap prices. They supply many of the restaurants and bakeries in Las Vegas (and most casinos) and I have loved the food. But then I saw online that they were recently closed by the Health Department for roaches and hand-washing problems... GROSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Should I take a chance and get some things there? I am on the fence for that.

    I will then check-in the Orleans and give them a couple hours of play before I take a nap. Friday night will be hopscotching around Las Vegas to hit some spots I like and also to pick up my Las Vegas Advisor Membership Rewards Book. Dinner will likely be at the Charcoal Room at the Palace Station (I have a Las Vegas Advisor $30 off $60 coupon). The bartender was reviewed in another post and it is spot on. She is stick-thin, busty and very, very sweet.

    Saturday will mostly be spent at the Orleans. I even went to their movie theater for the first time: HUGE leather recliners and first run movies. I will settle in at the craps tables for most of the afternoon and early evening. Dinner will be someplace expensive and indulgent. I do love a shrimp cocktail, NY Strip steak, and cheesecake. RIP the Flame restaurant at the El Cortez. I loved the food, I loved the waitresses, I loved the piano player, I loved it all. I loved it even when it was Roberta's years earlier. I gave Siegel's a couple of tries and the steak was room temperature, not seared, and mehhhh.

    Sunday will be a light breakfast even thought it is brunches galore. I don't like to be overly-full before I travel. I will hit downtown and play at my favorite places: MSS, Golden Gate, Four Queens, and El Cortez. After that I might get a massage for my old aching back and then hit the United Club at the airport before I fly back to Ohio. That is all for now. Let me know your thoughts, compliments, insults or other musings.....
     
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  2. SH0CK

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    I'm the same way now when it comes to Ellis Island. I got food poisoning at the end of a trip one year and I narrowed it down to either EI or Grand Lux as the culprits. Seeing as EI also was shut down a few days after I left due to some health issues, :yuck: I'm more inclined to think it was them. So now, anytime someone suggested we go there for dinner for the cheap steak special, I try my best to steer us elsewhere.

    Either way, have a good trip and win!
     
  3. duffer1991

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    I just was disappointed to see Great Buns with serious health code violations. I always loved their food and never had a problem. I also never got sick and the Ellis Island. I am sorry you had them on an off night, if they were the culprit. To be honest, I have gotten food poisoning at 4 and 5 star restaurants, so it is really a matter of bad luck.

    When the coupon books were full of matchplays a few years ago, I always went for the steak special at the Ellis Island and always enjoyed it, even when the karaoke was too loud next door.

    With age and an expanded waistline, I figured to really splurge on dinner by hitting the Palace Station Charcoal Room and some other places. I can have a real NY Strip steak, a huge shrimp cocktail and dessert for about $40 (after my LVA coupon).
     
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    I don't think I would have called it an off night:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2012/10/31/6528485/3-restaurants-including-aquaknox-shuttered-by-snhd

    Still, I'm not even sure I got sick from EI. I tend to lean toward it having been Grand Lux as I remember the chicken I had on my salad there that day seemed pasty in texture. I would say it was more a more coincidence that EI was closed down a few days later, but that's been enough to keep me away from both places.
     
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