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MSS stay - May 5 - 11, 2019

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by makikiboy, May 13, 2019.

  1. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    Just a brief recap about my trip.

    I got into vegas early Sunday morning, May 5. Ran errands most of the day.

    checked into MSS at 3 pm. I arrived at MSS at 2 but they said that the room type I wanted wasn't available until 3. I wanted a room facing south, lower numbered room (so I could get the walk in showers) and a high floor if possible. Hung around the casino until 3. They gave me room 1203, about 2/3's up the hotel.

    As mentioned in other threads, the water pressure in the shower was poor. I asked other guests on higher floors how their water pressure was and most said that the pressure was bad to nonexistent. Guess the lower floors have better water pressure.

    One other thing, guess because of the rain I found roaches in my room 3 days. They are the beetle looking roaches. I asked housekeeping for an extra towel so I could put them under the door. I also plugged my sink just in case the roaches were coming up through the pipes. I didn't find any more roaches after that.

    Since the casinos are crowded and busy in the early evenings I visited some strip clubs. the strip clubs weren't that crowded in the early evenings so I got to relax away from the crowded casinos. I visited Spearmint Rhinos, Treasures, Crazy Horse 3, Cheetahs, Lil Darlings and Palominos. This time I enjoyed Palomino's the best. While the girls aren't 10's they were more fun and entertaining. Also good that they allowed more "hands on" action (at least on top) than the other clubs. I will have to put Palomino's on my "visit" list in the future. Costs was also the best, free entry and under $10 for a drink. I didn't go to clubs every day, just 3 nights of my 6 night stay. The other nights I visited shopping malls (bought new golf shoes) and visited the strip 1 night and gambled downtown the other night.

    One day I drove out to Laughlin. BEWARE, this time there were a few radar speed traps and wouldn't you know it, I got a ticket. I didn't follow my own rules (follow someone faster than you) and I got caught 10 minutes after taking the 93 cutoff to Laughlin. Actually I did follow my rules in the beginning. One guy took off after the cutoff, going 100 to 110 in a flash. I followed him thinking that he would get caught first. I didn't notice that he slowed down drastically so I passed him on the fly. I guess he had a radar detector because over the rise a cop was waiting to catch people. The cop was nice and he wasn't as strict since I was a tourist and had a rental car. He flagged me going 97 in a 75 mph zone but the ticket was for going 80 - 5 mph over the limit. He said that I would have to go to court if I was ticketed going 20 mph over the speed limit but he knew it would be tough to come back to court so he was lenient and just ticketed me for going 5 mph over the limit. Still, it wasn't cheap, I checked the web site, looks like the fine is $200 but it was a lesson learned. The rest of the way and the way back I made sure I followed someone else going faster than me. But I did see 2 other people getting ticketed, one on the way to Laughlin, the other in the same areas as where I got caught. I guess you can't go 100 for very long on the road to Laughlin. I just hope that my insurance company gets wind of this ticket, I don't to have to pay more for insurance.


    The rest of the week was kind of bland. Had to watch out because of the rains and storms but I did visit Henderson (harbor freight, golf galaxy, galleria - Dicks, and the pet store to check out the pets). I also went to Summerlin to visit Trader Joe's. And I visited some shopping malls (meadows mall - to find new watch band for my swiss watch, Belz mall and the fashion show mall to visit Dicks to pick up my golf shoe). I wanted to visit Mt. Charleston or Red Rock Canyon but the rain and storms prevented that. I also visited Sam's town one afternoon.

    Gambling. I averaged about $200 a day (that included my strip club visits so I did win every so often) except for my last day where I almost tripled my gambling. I played craps mostly although I played some VP and played the Megabucks at least once a day. I also played .25 WOF. I was lucky, I hit 1000 credits on the spin and had some other spins and won about $500 so it took care of my Megabucks and WOF play. It was a good week since I seemed to have won at least one spin during my WOF visits. The past year I seldom won any spins.

    Comps. I won a couple of dinner buffets at MSS and a breakfast buffet at the Cal but tell you the truth I was a little tired of the all you can eat buffets.. I'm getting older and not able to eat as much so I wouldn't pay to go to a buffet.

    one note, Market St. café has a prime rib special special (yes it's a special to the special). From 3 to 6 the prime rib special costs only $9.99. After 6 it goes up to $10.99 or 11.99 or something like that. But all these specials include the all you can eat salad bar and cherries jubilee for dessert.

    Costs. I was lucky and scored 2 free nights at MSS. I averaged about $50 for the other nights, including resort fees so I paid about $200 for my 6 night stay. Still reasonably priced to return in the future, especially if I get some free night comps.

    For Boyd I earned about 250 points towards my sapphire level so now I have close to 600 points to make sapphire. you need 750 points so I will have to go back before the end of the year if I want to make sapphire at Boyd casinos.
     
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  2. tringlomane

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    Nice report.

    You handled the bug problem better than we would have.

    And sucks about the ticket, but at least you got it down to a reasonable penalty considering. My speeding offenses, I got marked for exactly what i was going, 12 over. Blah. So I pretty much never break 10 over now.
     
  3. vegasdev

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    all good but the roaches and the speed trap!
    I am a big cheerleader for Market Street Café.
     
  4. NittyOne

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    “Since the casinos are crowded and busy in the early evenings I went to the strip clubs.”

    Best excuse ever!

    How much is the cover if any at the Palamino?
     
  5. dukeofdarby

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    sounds like that speed trap was done by the boulder city police----boulder city limits are vast------got a speeding ticket there about 30 years ago
     
  6. makikiboy

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    Luckily the roaches were in the bathroom so I just used the bath mat to grab the roach and threw it in the toilet and flushed it down.


    Since I drove to Palomino I got in for free.
     
  7. NittyOne

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    Thanks for the reply assumed this.
     
  8. marcianofan

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    Nice report, and yeah that is a pretty good exscuse to go to the strip clubs (I personally miss Olympic gardens, especially in the afternoons , that place could be dead or really wild and I was friendly with the awesome afternoon bartender who gave really great cheap drinks)!
     
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  9. makikiboy

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    Starting to remember little things...


    Just FYI, I visited the DTG. Casino wasn't very busy but crap table had a good number of people playing. I went up to see the pool but now they are charging non guests. I told them that I just wanted to see the pool area but no dice, I would have to pay $10 (or was it $15) just to get into the pool area.

    I took pics of the Circa construction, took the pics from the pool area of the Cal. Will post the pics in the CIrca construction thread. Or maybe not. Skippy took pics a few days before me so not much difference in my pictures.
     
  10. Merrymeet

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    Did I read MSS roaches? Never, never in my stays rain, shine, have I ever seen a bug in my tub! Sorry your stay included anything unwanted or not paid for.
     
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    I have seen a cockroach at the Fremont, more than once. the kind that are as big and long as a 70's Cadillac.
     
  12. makikiboy

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    For 3 straight days I found a roach in my bathroom. Not in the shower but on the floor by the toilet. I called the front desk. They said that because of the rain they had an influx of roaches coming in.

    They put a towel under the exit doors on my floor, hopefully to prevent roaches from coming into the building. I asked for a towel and did the same for my room but I'm not sure if the roaches came through the front door (polite roaches huh?) or up through the drains. I had room number 1203 so was 2 doors from the exit so I can understand if roaches came from the exits.

    I also stopped up the vanity sink drain just in case the roaches came up that way. Never saw another roach after I stopped the drain and put a towel under the door.
     
  13. NittyOne

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    I remember seeing a cockroach in the sushi case at the sushi restaurant in the Golden Nugget back in 08, really put a damper on my meal.
     
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  14. casinokid68

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    Thanks for the report. But almost no water pressure in the shower, and roaches in your room? Rain or no rain, that is inexcusable. I can't imagine going on vacation to relax and have fun, get a hotel room and have roaches crawling around? Are you kidding me? There would be hell to pay there. Who needs these rotten hotels? :vomit:
     
  15. Joe

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    Reminds me of a trip to took about 30 years ago. We were on a three week road trip and one of the stops was Albuquerque. Before internet. We stopped at a motel on Route 66, so we could head out the next morning before dawn for the hot air balloon ascension. We were beat from 14 hrs of driving, checked into this place. Walked into the room, turned on the lights and watched the roaches scatter. Too tired to find another place, we just slept, kind of, with all the lights on. Checked out at 4 AM and headed to the ascension.

    Now I also have to mention that we have stayed at MSS for 17 years and never have seen a roach and never had poor water pressure. Yea, the shower heads are too low, but other than that, no complaints. We have switched to Cal the last couple of years because we like their walk-in, tiled showers in the remodelled rooms.
     
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    Perhaps you're right Joe about MSS, but the OP'S report gave me the chills about the roaches. I never see them at home, and to have to see them at a hotel? YUCK
     
  17. Joe

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    They have them in Vegas, I've just never seen one in a hotel room. When we lived there I found a homemade recipe for an outdoor roach trap. We had them on and around our patio all the time at night. Take a large glass jar and put in used coffee grounds and water. Set it next to something the roaches can climb, like a post. They fall in and can't climb up the glass and drown. Our first year there, I had to empty that sucker about every other day. But, the entire time we lived there, we never saw one in the house and we didn't use a pest service. We had a dog and didn't like using chemicals.
     
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