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NFC caved but didn’t cave… Jul 22 - Aug 3 @ Aria, Downtown/Sapphire, Laughlin, Plaza

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by notfromconcentrate, Jul 21, 2019.

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  1. Gaggles

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    My first bar top every trip gives me quite a relaxed and blissful feeling. I think I am hip to your groove.
     
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    Felt more like an observation than a judgement to me. I have some similar thoughts due to the low level of gambling. If Sky Suites, show tickets, can be had for $20 in a bar top I am totally doing it wrong!!!!

    Disclaimer....I am only on page 9 of this TR right now and I have no idea what has been answered or identified. But if NFC chooses to keep that a mystery I am okay with that. I am enjoying this ride.
     
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    " I’m comfortable with what makes sense to me"

    I like that quote and that makes sense to me. My family grew up very modestly as well so I get it. But i was curious. Thanks for explaining things to us, because you didn't have to.
     
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  4. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    For clarity, the Sky Suite was a courtesy upgrade based on my less-than-satisfactory stay at the Aria last year. It was an upgrade to any stay in a base-level room. For that base level stay, I got two nights free via MyVegas, and paid two out of pocket, for about $400-ish all-in total.

    The show ticket to Zumanity was also a MyVegas redemption.

    Believe me, absolutely nothing of that level gets comped to me at my low level of play :) I'm perfectly happy getting free beers playing $0.25 bartops and stares from snooty folks passing by as I stride past in my robe and flip flops.
     
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    Dude, I have left my room at The Bellagio and strolled through the casino like I owned it a few years ago on my way to the pool. But you are kicking it up a notch playing bar tops. Respect. And as a good friend of mine once said to those who judge or look at us in disdain..."F*ck em if they can't take a joke".
     
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    Egads!!!! That was some serious alcohol abuse. Nothing sadder than alcohol spilled all over the floor! :(:(:cry::cry:
     
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    Great TR - glad you 'caved' and d put it out there. It has been a blast (as always) following along.
     
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    Same here. I don't hang mine either
     
  9. elika42

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    Hey NFC thanks for a great report! Man what a ride it was to read. I'm heading to the Aria Sky Suites in a few weeks. Looking back, do you have any thoughts on the place or tips for those of us staying there for the first time?
     
  10. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    What a goddamn circus the past three days have been. Turns out I wasn’t jet lagged at all, I was just getting done in by the unbearable humidity from being in a house without AC, because of that stupid blower. Literally impossible to focus in these conditions. The good news is, it’s getting fixed. The bad news is, not until Thursday or so. I was out at the bar doing work last night and Starbucks today... probably back to the bar again tonight as I still have stuff to do and can’t focus here.

    The upside? Might have a spontaneous trip tomorrow. I’ve been considering moving to Hamilton (about an hour outside of Toronto) for some time now on account of lower living costs and several lifestyle-related advantages (most importantly, not being an increasingly overcrowded clusterfuck like Toronto is). I spent a night out there in May, to get a feel for the city... and I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to stay out there for two nights, as it’s something I was planning on doing anyway to further explore Hamilton, and it means I’ll have an air conditioned room for at least two days. Two birds, one stone.

    That’s also an upside for you guys, because if I’m permitted to continue this trip report, you’ll get to see photos of Hamilton, as boring as much of it may be. There will be at least one brewery involved.

    Side note re: continuing, even if I’m given no hard upper limit, I don’t think I’ll be continuing this past Sunday August 25. I say that because I’m going to Fallsview casino in Niagara on Saturday the 24th for a concert... and so it might be rather fitting to include casino footage from there, to satisfy any curiosity you may have about what a Canadian casino looks like (as well as Niagara Falls... I’ll be doing the “Maid of the Mist” boat earlier that day which goes behind the falls). In that same trip I’ll likely be doing the foot bridge over to the New York side of Niagara Falls, and paying a visit to the Seneca Niagara casino, which will be my first tribal casino.

    Anyway, enough of that... time for some grilled cheese footage :)
     
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    Okay, so the grilled cheese was mostly a success. My fuckups, in no particular order, included making the soup a bit too chunky (though this was more of a presentation issue than a taste issue), cooking the sandwich at slightly too high of a heat, and not using enough butter.

    Overall, I believe it was a success. I liked this much better than what I had at the Wynn. But in all fairness, that’s also because it’s home cooking vs restaurant cooking, and because I used a blend of cheeses that would probably require the sandwich to cost $20+ (three year aged cheddar, goat cheese, and gorgonzola), which most people simply would not pay.

    The two cloves of garlic in the mix made a big difference too, I think.

    Anyway, here’s a photo dump. Tagging @Flowers who is the most likely to want to see this.

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    NFC-unrelated question. are you familiar with the show murdoch mysteries? if so, a fan? i am. for those unfamiliar with it, extremely cheesy Canadian early 20th century csi-type show taking place in toronto. i love it. not exactly a higher level thinking show, but fun in the same vein that seinfeld/friends/law & order is, turn the brain off and just enjoy.
     
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    Pleasure to do!

    Thoughts, I liked it but wasn’t wowed by it. To me, the room itself was no more impressive than the tower suites room I stayed in last year.

    Only four tips I can think of off the top of my head are...

    1. Bring fives and tens. You’ll feel cheap tipping the person who escorts you to your room or the bellman with ones, and don’t want to be pressured into using twenties.

    2. If you’re planning on hitting the Sky Suites lounge at the end of the night to stock up on waters, juice, or other things, do it as early as you can, as people often swoop in to do the same thing leaving those fridges empty.

    3. Definitely check out the Sky Suites pool. Definitely “full service” and “exclusive”.

    4. Take as many opportunities as you can to interact with Sky Suites staff, like the concierges. The service is the biggest selling point of Sky Suites IMO. It very much felt like being waited on hand and foot.
     
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    I have heard of it but never watched it. Sounds interesting, especially given that description.
     
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    I feel your pain with the AC. We just had to go 2 nights with no AC. Luckily we ceiling fans which help a little. Had to take a day off work, the appointment was between 9-1. Guy doesn’t show up till 2:15. Now if I had plans I would’ve been pissed, especially since I was told at 12 he would be there no later then 1. Then at 1:30 I called, was told he stopped for lunch. If I was running behind schedule in my job, and stopped for lunch, I’d be fired by the end of the day. He did fix it however, and it’s as good as new.

    Sorry for the long rant.
     
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    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    I can feel your relief as you say "it's as good as new"... and I look forward to thinking the same thing myself come Friday :)
     
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    yea check it out. cheesy but very good nonetheless, and very Canadian heavy.
     
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    Quality Grilled Cheese! But the soup does look a little iffy... good luck with the AC issues.
     
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    Hamilton, I’m curious, not sure I’m a fan but it’s been like 20 years since I’ve been there so I’m sure it’s changed a lot. Toronto like 20 years ago was the perfect city, good economy, reasonable costs of living, nice diversity, good sports scene, edgy outsider scene with cool bars. I’m sure it’s been played out and all the cool people are moving to Winnipeg or something.

    If you’re going to gamble in Niagara Falls do it in the states, much better gambling. Heck they actually have full pay Bonus Poker at $0.50. Get the Haddock Fish at Kobans. Like most Niagara Falls it’s ghetto but it’s an experience. Hopefully you uber there and back to Seneca.

    Oh if you’re doing the maid of mist and crossing the border you probably know this but do it in NY, much less tourist. That is unless it’s changed in the past couple of years due to people scared to cross the border and not being able to get back into the US.
     
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    Oh and grilled cheese and soup looks perfect.

    When you make it to the Sundowners tell the Romanians Tony from Buffalo says hi. Also if you make it next door to Seductions and there’s a thick dark haired gal from Nova Scotia, who’s buddies with the Trailer Park Boy guys and offers a “special” lap dance. Well just tell her Tony from Buffalo has her $80.
     
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