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Mele Kalikimaka from Cosmo. (12/18-12/27) Live TR - Pics

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by MikeOPensacola, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. thecarve

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    Ugh. Sorry about the delays in ATL @MikeOPensacola :grrr: Hope you make it home soon!

    But thanks so much for a wonderful TR. Your photos were fantastic - as usual. Put me right there on the strip with you! :nworthy: And I’m so glad you had such a great trip and were able to spend Christmas with some other awesome VMBers.

    Hopefully, one of these days the our paths will cross in Vegas. And when they do, the food and booze is on me :beer: (but the bespoke suits are on you :evillaugh:).
     
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  2. rasmus12b

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    Awesome trip report, I really enjoyed it.

    I’ll have to object to the whole FaceTime gamling with a child thing. IMO kids should not be tought the idea of gamling as a source of income. This will increase the risk of them getting a gambling problem in their adult life.

    I know you mean it well for this kid and seam to care.
     
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    Wow....just Wow! Great report. loved all the pictures. Thanks for taking us along
     
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  4. Spock

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    Amazing read. Couldn't stop once I started. Looks like a fantastic time in the best city in the world.

    Best wishes for the New Year.
     
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  5. topcard

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    Fun TR & I'm glad you had such a great time!
    Perhaps I'll find a way to sneak out there this summer & we can have our vengeance on the El Co, but that will require a win or "non-loss" for my March trip.
    :beer:
     
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  6. MrGVegas

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    Mike, totally amazing trip report.
    I've been frequenting Vegas for 20 years, sometimes 6 times per year and never thought I'd sour of it. However about 3 years ago I gave it up as that trip totally turned me off. Reading your report has brought on the itch to get back and inspired me to book a February trip to our promise land once again. Thank you for the great pictures and commentary!!
     
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  7. Uranium 235

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    Great report Mike. I fully agree with your point about the Desert Passage shops and nostalgia in general.

    Does anyone know if there is a good historical tour of Vegas (not just The Strip)? I went on a tour like that with my folks about 2004 but doubt it’s still running.
     
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  8. MikeOPensacola

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    Looking forward to seeing you guys in Vegas during Xmas 2019!! First round is on me. :beer::beer::beer:
     
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    Wow Mike this is a trip report and a half. Thank you so much as I really enjoyed it, the pics were so great. As if I wasn't looking forward to my Feb trip already, this has really put me in Vegas mode.
     
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  10. MikeOPensacola

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    After crashing hard after nine days in Vegas and a 13 freakin' hour travel day yesterday I woke up a little while ago and thought I'd write up a recap of my trip.

    Since I stayed at Cosmo I guess I'll start there. I really, really like Cosmo. One of the things, and maybe the most important, that drew me to this property was the excellent customer service. The interactions I had again this trip with 99% of the employees were superb. They really seem to care about making their guests feel welcome and valued. It was truly a great week and I won't hesitate to go back. Here are a few of the areas that I thought might be useful to know about Cosmo:

    1. The new Block 16 restaurants on the second level are a great addition to their already incredible restaurant lineup. These are faster food, but not fast food, options and they've hit a home run with them. The District has outstanding and absolutely huge donuts. I also had their sliders and waffle fries on two occasions and they were equally good. They don't serve soda there so if you want a soft drink with your snack be sure to bring one. They do sell soda at Lardo, I think its a BBQ place, and a can of pop costs $5.41. :eek: There are three or four other little restaurants there but I did not have the chance to eat at them. There seemed to be more than enough seating in the area but if it gets too crowded all of these places serve the food "to go" and there's plenty of spots close by to grab a seat.

    2. I used the spa three times. The spa is very well appointed and the staff there were top notch. I used the sauna, steam room, cool mist shower & the whirlpool to sweat out the indulgences of previous evenings. They also have a couple of rooms with nice loungers where you can chill out and watch some TV or just relax. An endless supply of bottled water was available and they had some health conscious little snacks. The sauna and steam room are somewhat small; the sauna probably couldn't sit more than four people and the steam room maybe only one or two more. The cost on weekdays is $45 and on weekends it goes up to I think in the $60-65 range for an all day pass. Its not really inexpensive but it certainly helped me start some of my days there completely refreshed.

    3. My room was a Fountain View Studio Terrace on the 30th floor of the Boulevard Tower. Last year I had the same room eight floors higher. The view on the 30th floor was actually better than that of the 38th floor, better sight lines and angles. With the sliding glass door closed I could hear the fountains and some of the traffic but its not anything to worry about. When I was out on the terrace I could easily hear the music from the fountain shows. I'd say if you want to stay in the Boulevard Tower and want a good view of the strip and Bellagio fountains you should aim for something above the 25th floor with a "sweet spot" between the 30th and 39th. Housekeeping service was excellent. I had them in everyday and each day they changed all my linen and left plenty of towels and sundries. The other thing I really like about these rooms is that they come with an empty fridge.

    4. I played a little roulette and a lot of slots at Cosmo. IMHO, Cosmo has the best slot atmosphere in town. They have a huge selection of slots and I never got the feeling that I was cramped in. With the exception of a couple days before Xmas the drink service was outstanding and they did a very nice job of keeping the slot stations clean, i.e. taking away empty drinks and replacing ashtrays. The machines seemed a little tighter than last year but, of course, this could just be due to short term swings.

    5. Cosmo was extremely busy. The casino floor, restaurants and the entire property, in general, was jam packed at all times. Even with these big crowds the flow and pace of foot traffic seemed to move well. I was really pleased to see the front desk manned by a very large staff at peak hours. When I checked in at about noon there was no one in line and I got a room right away. This is the second year in a row that I've been at Cosmo for Xmas and the crowds and foot traffic there have been enormous. I'll be returning to Cosmo, and this isn't a knock on Cosmo at all, but I think my next couple of visits will be towards the north end of the strip just to mix things up a bit. Overall I am completely impressed with this property; IMHO they just do things a little to a lot better there than most of the properties on the strip.

    I intended to spend more time downtown than I did. Fremont Street was pretty much the same since the last time I visited in July. Since I was only down there one evening I didn't get to see near as much as I normally do. I ran the gamut between Plaza and El Cortez. Even on a somewhat quiet evening Fremont still seemed to be jumping - if that makes sense. I had Pop-Up-Pizza at the Plaza and it was as good as ever. An incredible Mai Tai, or three ;), at the Rush Lounge in the Golden Nugget was as good as I remember them being from visits past. If you're looking for a nice place to have a drink or two when you're downtown you could do a helluva lot worse than the Rush Lounge. BJ games at El Cortez were also as good as ever. The night I was there it was packed to the rafters with people. One funny thing I noticed is that the evening I was there, for only a couple of hours, I saw eight different people take out markers at the table games. Those who play at ElCo a lot will kind of understand the oddity of this. I didn't win much at BJ but Three Card Poker and Roulette treated me much better.

    On the strip it was a very festive Xmas week. Plenty of Christmas music playing in most of the casinos and most, if not all, of the properties made at least the pretense to put up some decorations. Caesars did a great job and really stood out the most. It seemed to me that downtown and the strip is embracing the Xmas season a little bit more than in previous years and putting a little more effort into decorations etc. etc. etc. Good on them!!! :clap:

    I had some really good to absolutely incredible food during my vacation including China Poblano, Momofuku, Delmonico, Morels and Bouchon. Delmonico, Morels & Bouchon definitely fall into the fine dining category and I thoroughly enjoyed each meal. I've always been kind of a meat and potatoes guy so I have to give a HUGE shout out to @Retrobabble for introducing me to some new dishes at China Poblano and Momofuku. It really opened my eyes to what I should be doing, dining wise, in the future. BTW, the Pork Belly Rolls at Momofuku are as good as advertised. :feedme: I had Fish and Chips at Nine Fine Irishmen @ NYNY on my last night in Vegas and they were perfect, as was the Black and Tan. If you haven't been to NFI, it is a really neat two story pub and restaurant. They have live Irish music nightly and the pub on the second floor is one of a very select group that I make sure to have a drink at on each visit. Other than that it was donuts, burgers, wings, club sandwiches, salads and pizza - which were all in the fine to very good range.

    Speaking of drinks, probably my favorite place to have a drink on the strip is at a little lounge right off the main casino floor at Caesars. It goes back to the days when Caesars opened in the mid 60s. Both times I was there we had Mai Tais, notice a trend here ;), and they were about as good as they get. Its a neat little place to have a drink; quiet, nice waitresses and it has a really nice view of the casino. Another really neat place to have a drink is at the Cabaret Lounge at Paris. Both times I was there they had a really good jazz musician. They have some really good and interesting drinks and the service is spot on.

    The only negative of my entire stay was a total surprise. I went to The Buffet at the Wynn on my second day for brunch. Not to be a hater but after two great experiences at their buffet in the past this buffet was a total letdown. The food was cold and the quality of the meat and some other items was definitely wanting. Still, I managed to get my fill and had a severe food coma for about five hours. No joke.

    Slots were up and down but overall I did pretty well. The first two days were great then I hit a terrible dry spell for two days. When @ardee came over on the 23rd they brought me a replacement VMB wristband that they saw I broke from earlier in my TR. From that point on lady luck was singing sweet music to me and I ended the nine day trip only down about $600, which was one helluva recovery. Two very, very good nights at slots with Ardee and Retrobabble, towards the end of the trip, made all the difference. Bankroll was preserved and I'm all set for July.

    I met up with @Dutch34 and had a really fun evening with him. We shot the breeze over drinks at the Chandelier Bar for a couple of hours, mostly talking about his experience as a professional soccer player and soccer in general. Definitely hope to link up with him again and pick up where we left off. We played a little VP with disappointing results but still had a really fun time for the couple of hours we hung out. Thanks for the beers Dutch, next time they're on me!! :beer:

    It had been a long, long time since I had visited Hard Rock so I definitely wanted to go there before the rebranding. I spent at least two hours of walking around and looking at all the R&R memorabilia. I'm really hoping that Virgin plans on keeping it there but I suspect that at some point it will be gone.

    The pool being open at the Chelsea Tower at Cosmo was a huge bonus. Its always cool to swim in December, especially in Vegas, and I took advantage of very unseasonably warm weather to take some dips in the pool and lounge while taking in the unique architecture of City Center.

    This was an entirely different kind of trip for me. For the longest time I've come to Vegas solo and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This trip was also solo but I met up with some great VMBers. Retrobabble and I had drinks and dinner six consecutive evenings and it was so damn nice to spend time with such a nice and lively lady. We also had dinner with the Ardee duo on Xmas Eve Eve and then on the Eve itself. The drinks were flowing, the conversation never-ending (in a good way:)) and the food was outstanding. This trip wouldn't have been near as good without their company and I can't wait to do it again next Xmas. Overall, this trip was about as good as it gets. For those of you who have read my Live TRs in recent years you might notice that I end up pretty much each report with something along the lines that this was my best, favorite (insert superlative here) trip of all time. Maybe its because I'm getting older and I appreciate the fun times and company more or maybe its because these trips really are getting better. Either way, I'm really thankful and feel fortunate to be able to still have such fun times, after all these many years, in the place that brings all of us here together.

    Thanks for following along gang. Also, an equal thanks for all the positive and encouraging remarks along the way. :clap::clap::clap: Its really fun doing these Live TRs and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. If anyone has any questions about anything feel free to ask and I'll certainly reply. One moment of self deprecation here.....I was reading this TR on my flight home yesterday and I was somewhat appalled by all the spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. Thanks for suffering through them; I chalk it all up to lots of alcohol.....thats my story and I'm sticking to it. ;) :beer: :drunk:

    Till next time.........

    :peace: :beer:
     
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  11. breanna61

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    See you next Christmas:)
     
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  12. MikeOPensacola

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    Can’t wait to roll with @thecarve!! Happy New Year!!
     
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    I loved every minute of your trip report Mike! Happy you are home safe and sound and rested. Thank you for the wonderful photos and taking us along on your Vegas adventures!
     
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  14. MaxVegas

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    Fantastic report! I just finished catching up on your last few days. Epic trip, sir! :beer: You really do Vegas with style. Thanks again for taking the time to share with us!

    Sorry to hear about the delayed flight, that's rough.

    Looks like we were in a few of the same places at the same time recently. If that ever happens again the drinks are on me! Happy New Year!
     
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    Beautiful trip summary Mike, it’s great to alive isn’t it? Hope I do my next one as well as you, bravo!
     
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    Well, aren't you nice, @MikeOPensacola? I'm pretty used to traveling solo to Vegas -- I like meeting people and can always find fun wherever I am, but meeting at dinner each night to discuss our days was a lot more fun than expected, so...thanks! I was amazed we always had something to chat about. My pleasure on introducing you to the world beyond meat and potatoes. Thank you for discovering Caesar's incredible Mai Tais and some history I hadn't heard before. It was a blast! Happy New Year's to you and yours.
     
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    I'm hoping Cosmo still has my Sons of Anarchy for my February trip! Great report!
     
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    Great report Mike as usual. Loved reading it. I was out there the same time as you, staying across the street at PH. The weather was great, except a little rain on Christmas morning. But the crowds everywhere was nuts. In all my years travelling to Vegas, never have I encountered so many people everywhere. Honestly, not sure I am crazy about that. You mentioned the Wynn buffet not being up to par. I ate at a few buffets this trip, and each one of them was subpar at best. Cold food, long lines and they couldn't keep up with putting the food out. I just think the amount of people has something to do with that. And a 2 hour flight delay on JetBlue for me as well heading back home to JFK.:bang: Happy New Year to you!!
     
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