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Last Kick at the Can: Encore, M Resort, and 40 hours of Driving with my mother 7/9-18

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by north east j, Jul 3, 2012.

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  1. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    The key to comfortable temps at Encore is to crank the AC down to 68º or so the second you walk into the room. Leave it there your entire stay.

    But those beds are comfy, aren't they?
     
  2. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    Ardee, they are, they are...so much so that we got a quote on buying one and having it shipped. 1st time that i have ever woken up in a hotel and not needed to immediately stretch my back. The price is not ridiculous either - the sticker price on my cureent mattress (bought 10 years ago) was 1199 back then. I can get a Wynn mattress for $1750. If there is ever anything to spend a bit more on for an investment, its on a bed - you spend a tird of your life there!

    Sorry for delay - quite honestly, I am on vacation and didn't feel like posting the last few days!:Þ

    So day 2 of encore - managed to get 4 out of 8 numbers on super 8 draw but nothing more. someone won the 11k. oh well...

    A quick bit on the pools. we loved Encore pools - and were told Wynn pool is better. but, the Encore pool is right outside our elevators so why hoof it all the way over? enough shade and umbrella action in the morning for a nice 90 minute 'natural spa' (sunshine) in the morning. water temp was perfect for baby to kick around in for a few minutes in the shady par. tons of families out in the morning - met some real nice folks from Long Island, Tennessee, and Montreal.

    For us low rollers, food at Encore is out of the question. So I drove over to Albertsons on Maryland and got breakfast, back out to Maryland for lunch at a Jamaican place that did takeout(Restaurant.com coupon meant 3 ate for $13 - curry chicked was very flavorful).

    Tried golfing at noon again in 115 heat again, this time way out east (5500 E Flamingo) at a place called Stallion Mountain. Just OK shape - but for $16 what the hell did I want? Anyways, it was nice to knock the ball around and relax abit.

    The evening at encore meant baby went down for the nap under the careful eye of grandma (who has absolutely loved the beauty and 'adult playground' feel to the Encore) and downstairs to gamble. I'll be honest - we are getting slaughtered on the slots. I mean, in a 'i'm not having fun so i am not putting any more money in' kind of way. I may have mentione dthis before, but I know I am going to lose. I know. But at least I should be able to play for an hour on a $100 if I am min betting and moving between machines. The highlight was watching the 'talent' stroll into the lineups at Encore Beach Club. Locals free and industry night, so that was more entertaining than the slots. My wife loves the way that chubby girls squeeze themselves in to barely there dresses - I said they look like over stuffed sausage rolls.

    Day 3 of Encore next - including a progressive?....we have no idea....
     
  3. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    LBD? Check.

    Stiletto heels? Check.

    Jersey hair? Check.

    The line-up can be the most amusing thing on the Strip. Beats the snot out of Carrot-Top anyway.


    I think, if you check, you'll see that the current generation of LBD is made from carbon nano-tubes. They have to be, to have such tensile strength.
     
  4. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    My DD is a gorgeous young lady - but I have texted her snaps of some of the gals in Vegas & told her I would literally kill her if she dressed like that lol.
     
  5. ATXTX

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    You should win a VMB award for the funniest TR thread title.

    Sorry you guys aren't winning, but that you can't cycle the money is the worst.

    Sounds like your mom is having a great time :thumbsup:

    Hope y'alls luck turns around!
     
  6. Joe

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    Had to goggle LBD and now I get it::poke:
    Also came up with this:
    http://www.lbda.org/node/7
     
  7. Brensan

    Brensan Low-Roller

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    Great goals, good luck with that! Never works for me:cry:
    Enjoying the TR, glad you got there safely, and hope you end up a winner!
     
  8. SandsFan

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    The M

    We stay at the M for at least a couple days every trip. Be sure to hit the 32 degree bar. We call it the beer bar with 96 beers on tap. Also we love the M bar in the center and try to visit with Jason and Stacey when they are on shift. Of course we are video poker players but last trip also landed a few successes at craps and crazy for poker. Keno has worked well at the beer bar, M bar and tractor bar (not the right name but close to the tractor). I've hit multiple 6 of 7 but continue to chase the elusive 7of7.

    To go to vegas so much requires setting my wife up with at least one trip to the M spa and Antonios or Marinellis for dinner. I think that is called a bribe?, maybe not. Also, we make a road trip to Lotus of Siam for Thai food, but thats another story.

    The M is laid back and relaxed which certainly works for us.

    Have a wonderful trip.
     
  9. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    Thanks for all the tips guys...we are on our last full day here now - tomorrow is the looong drive back. I actually have to work for a few hours with some folks the night I get back after a 24 hr drive too - that should be interesting.....

    Day 3 at encore - more lovely AM pool time. My 5 month old is wooing all of the ladies by the pool. I convince myself they coming by to hit on me, but pretty sure that isn't the case....

    Spent the afternoon with a nice walk over to the Venetian Shoppes to look around and have lunch at First Food & Bar. Highly recommend their deep fried chili dog with watermelon coleslaw on top - sounds gross, looked weird, but tasted amazing. Godiva is one of the few places in the world that my wife says makes her as excited as I do - or so she says. This time was no exception. My mother heard a gondolier singing happy birthday to someone as they boated by. Cool! Those guys' voices must be just wrecked at the end of a day....

    Back to Encore for a rest - grandma/wife needed a nap, so I took fussy baby on a stroller tour of the site. Got stopped immediately and asked for a room key. They then provided me with a pass for the stroller (large bright airline type strap). Security guard explained that strollers are banned on premises except for guests - as apparently Mr. Wynn tripped on one a while back and hurt himself quite a bit. The same day the no-stroller policy was put in.

    The grounds of this place is amazing. Went through the ballroom/business area and everything looks like a museum. Tons of little nooks and crannies with art, exclusive waterfalls, and other visual goodies. My daughter was just taken aback with all the colors! Again, Stopped lots by the ladies to look at the cute baby....

    Got back up to room and ordered from Naked City Pizza - which I saw on diners, driveins and dives. This place was a friggin DIVE. Glad wife didnt come with me to pick up pizza - it was rough. GREAT pizza though. Spinach chorizo with ricotta on one and an italian meats on the other with peppers. brilliant.

    After pizza baby went down with grannie and we went down to blow off the rest of the $200 FP we had. Wynn doesn't let you play those on progressives, which irked my wife, but we would just play until we got $40 cashed out and then go to progressive. Nothing exciting, but some fun. New styles of Wizard of Oz games are always fun - multiple game version now in was fun. Didnt pay though.

    went over to a 25 cent machine that maxes out at .75/spin and decided to put $20 through. Single line, 3 logo with the spin to win roulette style wheel on top. Can't remember which style.

    Sure enough 5 spins in, 1st logo causes machine to light up. 2nd logo is the same - now it is lighting up and making a lot of noise. Quick breath in, then.....NOTHING. Worse off, it was half an icon off of the 3rd match which would have given us a win. Oh well. Wife asks 'that must have been good. what would it have won us?'. We go to look on pay table, but can't find it. Huh? Then we look at top of machine and it was the FREAKIN PROGRESSIVE. Then my stomach sinks...we were half a tick away from the $15122 progressive.

    :vomit:

    We played another machine in silence for about 10 minutes. Wife turns to me and says' i am just thinking of what we could have spent that money on'. Me too. We went for a walk and went upstairs for the night.

    Next morning (Friday) we were going to go to the pool at Wynn then check out. Woke up to rain - not a little bit, but a healthy dose of humid rain. Was going to update you folks at the starbucks outside of fashion show mall, but couldnt because laptop would get all wet.

    By the way - heres a tip - the fashion show mall starbucks has regular prices for coffee - not the inflated resort costs. so if you are wynn or ventian you can walk over and get that. learned that the hard way...

    Checkout at Encore - THEY DON'T HAVE EXPRESS CHECKOUT? Weird. Had to go downstairs and wait in line. 10 minutes in line and I haven't moved. Then a guy comes around and says 'do you want express checkout?'. of course! He then writes down my room number and email address and says the final bill will be emailed to me. Weird. But I am glad I didn't have to wait in line for an hour.

    Overall, we found Encore to be....stuffy. A bit pretentious even. No one looked like they were having fun. But man is it beautiful. And I love the beds...love them. Did I mention I loved the beds? Alas, unless Wynn wows me with a great offer, I will not be returning....

    When I get home in a few days I will finish up the rest of our week's trip with our (always) awesome time at the M, even though they too are changing with the times! (not in a good way, either....)

    Talk to you when I am back in Canada, eh?:Þ
     
  10. LaRae

    LaRae Low-Roller

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    Waiting to hear the rest of the story...What is going on at M?
     
  11. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    Hi again everyone. Back in Canada after a long drive. Believe it or not I had to break into my parents' place to let my mom in (she left her key at home) and then change into work clothes and head right off for a 3 hour work shift after a 12 hour drive.

    Blech.

    Back to the report....

    M welcomed us with a nice close parking spot and the same lovely smell that greets us as we open the doors. The building inside looks....different. A lot more empty. Looking around, it looks like they have taken out a bout 20% or mroe of the slot machines in the casino and have taken a few tables out as well. They have conmverted one of the cashier cages into a cage/players club combo.

    Check in - they did not get us adjoining rooms, even though it was needed. so we got bumped down to the 2nd floor - with a few of the back of the mechanical. Awful. I am startung to wonder what is going on.

    The pool allows us to relax, so we get ready to head out there - and it starts raining - hard- before we can make it. oh well - back upstairs we go!

    The nice thing about the M (besides the vibe) is the availability of food at a decent price. We hit the deli for supper and had some yummy eats for 3 for $30. Their deli sandwiches are huge and quite good. And if you buy a coffee from there you can go back and refill it in the same cup all day!

    Gambling that night was much better than Encore. Although no big wins, our money lasted us and we played a lot of fun games for 3 hrs. Gone with the Wind is a new one to us that is quite nice. Classy, if there is such a thing.

    After a good transition day, we settled into our super comfy beds (not as good as Encore, but awesome nonetheless) and slept the night away. My mom is loving her trip - a chronic short sleeper, she has been sleeping 8-10 hrs/night in Vegas!

    I will post the next few days later today - will post some pics I took on my phone as well along the way.
     
  12. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    From Saturday to Tuesday AM we stayed at the M. I think we have stayed there 5 or 6 times, and there certainly have been some changes. I have attached some pics of the hotel for those who have never been. It is quite beautiful!

    Saturday was rainy - strange but true. We went out to Barcelonas in Southern Highlands for tapas - delcicious! - and relaxed at the hotel. Luckily gambling was a lot more fun as we won $125 within the first 5 minutes of sitting down and spent the next few hours burning the winnings away. Listened to Zowie Bowie in Revello as well - they were good!

    Sunday I played golf with a friend at the Revere - which is in Anthem. They have 2 courses - the LExington and the Concord - and I played the Concord. $25 each and we saw 3 groups all day. Beauty.

    My wife went to Spa Mio (in M) for an afternoon of pampering. Funnily enough, one of the ladies who worked on her said that she just moved over from the Wynn and said that the M spa does all the same treatments as Wynn and charges 50% of what they do! I found that interesting. The lady also said that a group from the east has bought the M and they have been making sweeping changes throughout the resort re: policies. So it wasn't just our suspicions - it was fact!

    Sunday night we ate at Famous Daves - great BBQ, especially for us who don't get any at home - and we returned to the M for some more gambling. Although there was (again) no wins to speak of, we were happy that we hit bonuses and had our money last a lot longer than at Encore....

    Another post soon with more pics!
     

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    Monday - Day 7 and the last full day for us.

    The clouds finally disappeared and the pool was a big priority. 2 sessions - at 10am (open) and last hour (5pm-6pm) at the M pool. The highpoints of that place is that they have the best looking wait staff I have seen from the dozen or so hotels I have stayed at - icluding Bellagio, MGM, MB, Aria, Encore, etc. The bad part is that teh pool is only open 10-6, and the music is too loud for my liking....

    In between our pool sessions we hit up the Studio B (buffet) at the M. As always, there are lots of people and lots of food. I saw that it just won in 2012 for best buffet again, and we enjoyed it. I think though that we will try a new buffet next time, as the items are all pretty much the same every time. Finished my meal off with my usual lemon sorbet and espresso...yum!

    The last evening my wife and I ALMOST broke the rule - no chasing - by being a bit more agressive at the slots. No luck. Played a few dollar machines and then doubled up our usual bets on the penny machines. Put $50 in Wild Cougar and bet max (that was the machine that treated us well earlier in the trip) and it gave us a $30 profit off of a bonus. That's as good as we thought we were going to get it, I guess. Up to pack, bed, and off on the ride home! Drive was long, but glad we are home.

    One other note about the M - it seems as though they have really changed their focus with their players club. Gone are the daily gifts, 7 or 10 times multipliers, and other perks I could always count on. Instead, they have now placed a separate 'locals' players club where the gifts still come into play. Looks like they are going away from tourist players and highlighting locals more.

    A couple of last pics from the trip!
     

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  14. Bruinfan1

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    How did you enjoy the golf in 110+ heat?

    As for BBQ in (Western) Canada, there are places. You have to look really hard to find them. Hey, I found a place in Victoria, of all places, with OK BBQ. Carolina IIRC. Certainly better than Dave's....

    Thanks for the TR.
     
  15. Deby

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    Thanks so much for your report. I agree about the M changing, and not for the better. I think it started losing my interest when they removed the self-serve soda machine. But they keep getting me back with free room offers. Last time they upgraded us to the one-bedroom suite. Loved it!

    Thanks again for sharing your trip with us.
     
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    I know there may be a few - but sadly lacking. I have gone to TC's Rib Crib, Memphis Championship BBQ, and Famous Dave's. They all have their ups and downs.

    I always love golfing in the heat. Here is a pic of a bunny on 18 at Angel Park - he refused to move for me because he was lounging in the shade!

    Ifind that the ball travels a lot further in the heat, and I just enjoy myself more out there. It doesn;t hurt that the courses are empty and I get great deals compared to home...
     

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    Agreed Deby. We also noticed that the slots tightened quite a bit the same time the soda machines went out. The bill came to quite a bit more than we had anticipated as well - so value is starting to become a bit of an issue. And in Vegas, if there's one thing that is in ambundance right now, its value!

    With my offer at the Encore, after FP I paid $172 all in for a 700 sq ft suite for 3 nights. At M for 4 nights I paid $165 for one room and over $400 for the other room. May try Red Rock or GVR next time for our off strip part of our trip...in a few years when we go back.
     
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