I wasn't planning on writing a trip review, but I haven't seen as many reviews re: Circa, so thought I'd post a few thoughts. Went out on Wednesday, September 8, and flew back just now - stayed at the Circa for two days, and then moved over to the Cosmo. I was there for a guys' trip with college friends (all early-mid 30s). Circa - 9/8 - 9/10 Check in was seamless, although the wall art at the check-in desk makes a lot of noise when it is transitioning from one image to another. I got in early (11am), and asked if there were any paid upgrades available, mostly because I wanted my room right away and wanted to nap for a bit. Upgraded to a "Strip View" room, which is just a room facing Stadium Swim and The STRAT , farther off into the distance. The rooms are beautifully furnished, but the upkeep could be better. Circa uses dispensers for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The body wash dispenser was out, and there were individual bars of used face soap on top of each dispenser. Not a great look for housekeeping, although I know they're probably overworked. Either my room was possessed by a poltergeist, or Circa still has some electrical issues to work out. My lights came on randomly in the middle of the night, and would turn off while I was moving about in the room in the early evenings. The bathroom light turned off both mornings I showered. I am surprised the rooms don't have smart TVs. I like watching Netflix or Hulu when I'm just lounging around. Maybe Cosmo has spoiled me... The bass from Stadium Swim beat incessantly until 11pm at night, making an early night impossible. Thursday night football was a blessing; because they had the game on, the party music seemed to be a bit lower or completely off. Casino and sportsbook are great. $25 mins for Blackjack the entire time I was there; 3:2, but no surrender. Got wiped out at the tables, but it happens. Great to be able to watch games off in the distance while playing Blackjack; sometimes I did better not paying attention to my Blackjack game (except to play the hand). I played around for a bit on the Casino Wizard machines (mostly Blackjack). The rules are horrible - no double except on 10 or 11, I think, no RSA (obviously), and you can split only once. The machine won't auto-stand you when you've hit 21, which is also cheeky. And the machine seemed to make an awful lot of hands. I'm not a slots player, but according to my W/L statement, I had . . . $11,500 of coin-in on slots, which makes me wonder whether these machines have holds similar to slot machines. Cosmo also gives Identity points for these machines, although at less of a rate than regular slots. I played Craps for about five minutes, and PSOed five times in a row, so never touched that game again. No host on duty in the mornings until late morning. I lost a few grand at Circa, and was wondering if I could get 10% of actual losses comped off as a courtesy. No harm in asking. I poked my head in the on duty host's office at 9am, and found no one. Went to the players' club, and they said hosts don't get there until around 10am. They gave me the number for someone at Golden Gate; called her, but she never returned my call. I don't play often enough to be hosted, so I'm not hugely disappointed by this - just wish there were someone around. Saginaw's is EXCELLENT. Great staff, terrific breakfast/deli food, and never too crowded. Portions are enormous. Learned that the chef is from Hawaii (or spent time there); they introduced a Loco Moco dish while I was there. Fun fact: Circa ordinarily scans IDs or checks for room keys. BUT if you're with a group, and one person is a guest of the hotel, they'll just wave everyone in on on the one person's keycard. All told, great casino and sportsbook, the hotel isn't quite ready for primetime. I feel like I'm in Circa's target demographic: younger (mid-30s), but kind of tired of the Strip scene. But the kinks in the hotel stay make me want to pass on Circa the next time around. Cosmo - 9/10 - 9/13 Stayed in a wraparound terrace suite with a fountain view, Chelsea Tower. I usually stay in one of these, though I admit it's way too much space for just one person. But a nice way for me to rack up Marriott points. Maybe I'll just stick with a Terrace Suite next time; I tried one of those on my last trip, and they were great. Marquee appears to have resumed night pool parties on Sundays. I learned this the hard way, when the DJ set was going until 2am the night before my flight back. Maybe I should become a slots player. Somehow lost $1,000 in a single session, about 30 minutes in, playing $25/hand 3:2 Blackjack. The tables were not kind to me. On my last trip, I won my first handpay while killing time at a WOF machine; this trip, that machine took $700 or so of my money, over three days, but gave it all back on the last night. That said, I ended up burning through only half of my bankroll the entire trip; things turned around at other casinos (Mirage, Caesars). After a bad morning session, I had to run back up to my room to refill my bankroll. I bumped into my housekeeper, who asked, "Are you in [ROOM NUMBER]?" I said yes. She said, "Your room was so clean, and thank you so much for the tip." Can't imagine what else she must've seen for her to make that comment. Other Highlights Went to the Mayfair After Dark (@ Bellagio) with a big group of guys. The show was still incredibly entertaining, even though I'd seen it a month and a half ago. Really good sets, excellent dancers, and all around good fun. Mayfair After Dark (i.e., after 11pm) has bottle service, and a limited food menu. Highly recommended. Stadia @ Caesars Palace is supposed to be a lounge/sportsbook overflow for people who want to watch NFL games/other sporting events. It . . . needs a lot of work, management-wise. The reservation says "doors open at 9am," but check-in is at 10am. There were two staff members there at 10am - one server, and one bartender. Both had arrived at around 9:45. They were not set up for service. Servers didn't trickle in until around 10:15. (All of the NFL games started at 10am.) This is in no way the servers'/bartenders' fault; they show up when they're asked to show up. On NFL Sunday, management should've planned better by having all shifts start at 9am; they had a lot of angry sports fans standing outside, almost getting into screaming matches with the poor staff. Once service was underway, however, it was excellent. Had a great server who took care of the group for the six hours we were there. Food is from Bobby's Burgers and DiFara's Pizza in the food court. Decided to go to a local's casino, Jerry's Nugget with a friend early Saturday afternoon. (Not what you're thinking. We did not cross the street.) That was . . . interesting. $10 DD 3:2 blackjack was great; being yelled at by other players for splitting 4-4 against a 5 and the dealer drawing a 21 was . . . not. (I was told by the locals that the only strategy is to double the 8; I am pretty sure that there is no strategy book that says you should double any 8 against a bust card, even though a lot of people do.) For those who care, the Centurion Lounge seemed less crowded this time around, despite a lot of traffic for NFL opening weekend. I was there back in July, and had a hard time finding a seat.