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First Trip to Vegas!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by candygirl, Mar 30, 2002.

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  1. My husband and I just got back from our first trip to Vegas. We had a great time! I just thought I'd share a few brief notes about our stay so as to inform/entertain anyone who might be so inclined to read it.
    We stayed at the Monte Carlo. Our trip was a Mon-Fri stay. We realy liked the hotel. The casino was a bit "perfume-y", but that was a welcome change after a while. The pool area was nice, but there were too many kids (sorry, but we have no kids).
    We used Wagerworks comps at Mirage for the buffet, which we thought was good, but overrated. We also saw the Dolphin Habitat with our comp. Nice. We also used a wagerworks comp for the buffet at MGM; much better than Mirage (surprisingly). The food was hotter and there was more of a variety.
    We had free tickets (thanks to Las Vegas Advisor)to see the Schintas at the Rio. Excellent show! They sang and did impressions; they were very funny, but I wouldn't recommend them for the PC-minded [​IMG]
    One of the highlights of our trip was the gondola ride at the Venetian. We did the outside ride. Our gondolier had a great voice and a good sense of humor; he even sang Happy Birthday to me and another rider, as our birthday's were that weekend. I do have one regret: I accidently dropped a fifty dollar bill out of my purse as I tipped the gondolier :( ; I didn't realize it until I was buying a shirt an hour later.
    I really enjoyed seeing the various hotels/casinos. My favorites were: Bellagio, Aladdin, Venetian, and Tropicana (hey--I'm a teacher, so those free cards can be put to good use in math class ;) ). We also visited some places I didn't like: Circus Circus (appeared dirty and a bit "shady"), Riviera, and Hard Rock (attitude was a capital A!).
    The best non-buffet meal we had was at the Yukon Grille in Arizona Charlie's (off strip). Again, we had a coupon from the Las Vegas Advisor for $25 off the bill. The prices were very reasonable (similar to an Outback), and the steak was excellent. The service was great, as well. Their casino had great video poker machines (higher payout schedules), which was an added bonus. :D
    If you're planning a trip to Vegas, I strongly recommend getting the $50 subscription to the LV Advisor. If possible, Wagerworks is great, too. We had such as great time, we're planning another trip as soon as possible.
  2. C. Brock

    C. Brock Tourist

    Feb 15, 2002
    Jacksonville Beach, FL
    Sounds like you had a great time.....especially for you first visit. Sounds like you did your homework on the deals and what not. What did you pay for Monte Carlo? Mid-week rates were probably pretty good! Was this your spring break week from school?

    Thanks for the info...
  3. bigdogmom

    bigdogmom VIP Whale

    Mar 9, 2002
    Aurora, CO
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the report! I've been to Arizona Charlie's; I'll have to check out Yukon Grille sometime.

    I agree with your comments on not-so-nice casinos, although I did think the Hard Rock was gorgeous despite their little attitude problem.

    How was the room at the Monte Carlo? Nice? Clean? How about the bathroom - did it have a big soaker tub?
  4. candygirl

    candygirl Guest

    The Monte Carlo was very nice. The rooms were quiet and clean. I guess it was average hotel-size; we opted for 2 queen size beds instead of one king. The bathroom did not have a big jacuzzi tub, but they had rooms with those available.
    We got our room and airfare as a package on expedia.com. Our package was $715 for a Mon.-Fri. stay and roundtrip tix on American Airlines (flying from NC). Not bad, huh? I guess we got lucky.
    And yes, it was my Spring Break. :cool: My students wished me well, although they were a bit jealous, too. Vegas was the perfect break away from fifth graders!
  5. LV Terry

    LV Terry Captain Flop'N Fold

    Sep 30, 2001
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    "candy girl, you rock my world..."

    Oh sorry, having a flashback to last year when my eight year old daughter made me play that song like 25 times on the way to Disneyland.

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