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MGM April 9-13 solo trip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by domeboy, Apr 19, 2010.

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  1. domeboy

    domeboy VIP Whale

    May 25, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    Left Syracuse late friday morning for my first leg of the trip. Thank god the flight to Chicago is not a long one, because fitting my 6'4 frame into a regional jet is not my idea of fun. Arrived in Chicago right on schedule, and after checking emails, etc. I boarded the American Airlines 737 to Las Vegas.

    This was a special treat since I used some extra mileage rewards to upgrade to first class. Having never flown first class, I was wondering if using up my extra miles was going to be worth it. Well, it was.......Compared to coach, the seats were amazing, the service was excellent, and the food was surprisingly good.

    I arrived in Vegas 4:30 pm local time, and went directly to the airport check-in for the MGM Grand. There were no lines, and the clerks told me not a lot of people use the airport check-in. I asked about upgrades, and they said they were booked solid for the night (AC/DC was playing at the hotel). But, the girl said I would be pleased with my Grand Tower Room.

    I then hopped the shuttle to Alamo Rent A Car. I got a good deal on an intermediate car through one of their "Quicksilver" promotions; $67 including everything for the 4 days. My only issue was that the aisle with the intermediate cars was really filled with smaller cars. I was expecting a Pontiac G5, and I had cobalts, corollas, and the like to choose from. I got a chevy cobalt which was ok, but a little small.

    I took the Blvd. out of the airport and took a right before I got to Tropicana. This street dropped me off on Tropicana right around Hooters. I took a left and then a quick right into the MGM self park garage. I parked up a couple levels so I could get a spot by the first elevator by the hotel (row D). From there it is a hop, skip and a jump to the Starlane shops, the lobby, and the elevators.

    I got to my room on the 15th floor (400 hallway) which overlooks City Center. I think as far as MGM is concerned, this is a decent view. But, it is nothing like the view you get from the Strip side of TI. But, for the cheap players club rate I got, I was very pleased. The room itself is a little on the old side, but the furnishing were all quality. It was spacious, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on.

    I took a walk on the strip, grabbed a quick burger at the MGM Food Court, and played the slots for a while at MGM.

    Saturday morning I went to the Orleans for a Buffet Breakfast, but the line was out the door. Instead, I went to the food court and had a breakfast sandwich and coffee at fudruckers. I know these things are nasty, but if you havent tried one, they are good. They start with a homeade roll, and add a fudruckers burger, egg, bacon, and cheese. This is all served with some good homefries and coffee.

    I then played the slots at Orleans for a bit; I ended up winning some money then spending those winnings in another machine. I always have decent luck at Boyd Properties.

    I then drove back past the MGM and hit the Walmart on Tropicana. I picked up some snacks for the room along with some energy drinks for later. I then went over to Boulder Highway to see Sam's Town. I really liked the waterfall area in the center, and the place was really laid back. I played a wheel of fortune machine for about 15 minutes and won about $150. Gotta love those Boyd Casinos...lol

    Saturday Afternoon I started exploring around the MGM. I ended up at NY NY sitting at one of those reel million machines with the hot shot bonus. I know I am a sucker, but I am like pavlovs dog when the bells, sirens, and whistles start up. Well, for once, the sucker got his day. I hit my first hand pay ever. It was only $1,300, but it was really cool having them count out those hundreds to me. Once I got my money, I was like a squirrel with a bag of nuts. I cashed out, and high tailed it across the pedestrian bridge, through the MGM, up the elevator to my room. I took the money and put it in the safe where I wouldn't be tempted to spend it.

    I spent the rest of the afternoon at the MGM pools. They are all really nice, but I couldnt get over how far you have to walk to get to them. I know I am going to be in the minority saying this, but I enjoyed the pool at TI much more. It was closer to the hotel, better music, and more relaxed. But, dont get me wrong, the MGM pool area has alot going for it with its lazy river, etc. Having lockers that you can use for one dollar is also a really nice touch.

    Saturday Evening I ate at the bar at the Studio Cafe at MGM. Decent Food, good service, decent price. I played the slots at MGM for awhile Saturday night, but nothing extraordinary happened.

    Sunday I had Breakfast at TGI Fridays at Gold Coast. The $4.99 breakfast special is good, but deceiving when you add the two dollar and something coffee with it. The service was excellent though. I then played the slots for a bit, and won around $100. Like I said, gotta love the Boyd Casinos.

    I then went to TI to use $20 in freeplay they offered me in an email. I would of gotten more if I had stayed there. There were really curious how long I was staying, and where I was staying. Maybe that interest will turn into a nice summer offer. I stayed at TI for awhile, then went to the Mirage. Didnt have any good luck at either place, but I like both properties alot.

    I then went over to O'Sheas and gave my Total Rewards card some loving. Maybe I missed it last time, but I dont remember getting Harrahs credits at O'Sheas last summer. It appears that O'Sheas is actually under the Flamingo Umbrella. After spending some of my bankroll at O'Sheas I walked around the strip and ended up at Harrahs. I played for quite a long time, but all I accomplished was spending more of my bankroll. I had around $100 worth of points on my TR card, so I went to the Harrahs Buffet. I wasnt planning on this, so I didnt bring my $5 off coupon, but it was free so......

    What a nasty buffet......Nasty, Nasty, Nasty... I tried different things, but it was worse than Ponderosa or sizzler back home. Nasty, Nasty, Nasty.

    Sunday Night I treated myself to a nice massage in the room. The girl was very skilled in deep tissue massage, but I wish she wasn't so talkative. But, it was very relaxing, and that is what mattered.

    Monday was my last full day, and I started off with the Buffet at the Gold Coast. For $5.95 this is a great buffet, very relaxed and great food. They even had coupons in the local paper for BOGO which would be an amazing deal. After I filled up on eggs, sausage, coffee, etc. I played the slots at Gold Coast. This time I won around $200....Did I mention yet I always do well at the Boyd Properties?

    I then went back to the strip, and took the tram to Mandalay Bay. Played a little there, and walked around. Wasnt really too impressed. I then went to check out the Monte Carlo with the intention of going to City Center. Wasnt impressed with Monte Carlo, and lost interest in going to City Center. Went back to MGM and hung out for awhile, then went exploring on the strip. I walked up to Planet Hollywood, and played for a bit there; and broke even. I planned on eating at Earl of Sandwich but didnt want to deal with the line. Looked for the buffet, but ended up walking around the miracle mile shops. Ended up getting one of those hot dogs wrapped in a pretzel to munch on. It served the purpose.

    When I got back to MGM I was tired so I went to Nathans at the Food Court and got a cheese steak to bring back to the room. It was pretty tasty, and it was nice to relax while I ate it.

    Tuesday I checked out, and went to the airport. Dropping off the car rental took all of twenty seconds, and there were no lines at security. I had an uneventful flight back, but coach was nowhere near as nice as my first class ticket on the way out.

    Cant wait to come back in July
  2. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

    Aug 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I always seem to have luck at Boyd properties as well and you can't beat the GC breakfast buffet, especially for the price. Congrats on the wins!:eek:
    Christmas at Cosmo
  3. letsgo2vegas

    letsgo2vegas Tourist

    Mar 16, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I, on the other hand, have no luck whatsoever at Boyd's:grrr:
    I have a lot more luck at HET:love:
    Nice TR
  4. zerofan

    zerofan VIP Whale

    Mar 26, 2009
    New York
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report! Excellent read! I dont blame you for hitting up the food court at The Orleans, that buffet line can get real long!
  5. SloppyJoe

    SloppyJoe Tourist

    Aug 8, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Looking forward to MGM in May. We have a Celeb Spa Suite Booked. I am interested in knowing the current condition of those rooms. Has anyone stayed recently?
  6. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Low-Roller

    May 20, 2009
    San Diego
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Love it! Hope you don't mind but I plan on appropriating this quote.

    Congrats on the wins.
  7. gotavegasjones

    gotavegasjones VIP Whale

    Jan 16, 2004
    South Texas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the post. Enjoyed your TR.

    later, GVJ
  8. JulieM

    JulieM Low-Roller

    Aug 21, 2009
    Cape May NJ
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Enjoyed your report..congrats on the win:beer:
  9. 99steve73

    99steve73 Tourist

    Apr 14, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Fantastic TR! Thanks for the stories.
  10. Long Tall Sally

    Long Tall Sally Tourist

    Jan 18, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the trip report, I enjoyed it.
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