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Plaza DT and Luxor started Easter Monday

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by colorfinger, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I didn't do this live but now that I am changing hotels, I want to take a minute to update how it has been going.

    Arrival was really bad. That isn't the fault of Las Vegas but after being stuck on the runway for an hour with my initial flight and then again after racing through the terminal to board my second flight, my Vegas trip started off on the wrong foot!

    By the time I got to the Plaza to check in I was completely gassed. I tried to get the mojo going by heading down Fremont and grabbing some Pizza Rock but even that didn't get my gears going. I listed to Crush (that chick has Pipes!), ate some excellent pizza and meatballs, and called it a very early night. Pizza Rock didn't disappoint. The meatballs are always on point. Throw in some spicy pepper flakes and they are spot on. I gave the Detroit style pepperoni a try this time. It is square cut, lots of cheese and pepperoni, and the sauce is ladled on top. I'm not sure it is better than their traditional style but I suspect I'll try it again in the future because it was very satisfying.



    Check in at the Plaza was quick and easy. I ended up on the 20th floor all the way at the end. The room has a nice few of the Strip (really Rio and Strat) and was very quiet. The lay out of the room was really good. The couch was small but functional. The wet bar is a nice feature but there is some wasted space there that I'll touch on. Very nice large closet with an ironing board but my room didn't have an iron! I really like the work station and have put it to good use to start the week. The bed and pillows were comparable to what you would find at a Fairfield or Courtyard.

    The bathroom is small in some ways and large in others. The sink is large but flat and in a large space with plenty of room to move around. I know that flat sinks is a popular trend but I don't like them because they don't rinse clean easily when shaving. It looks good but isn't my preference. The shower and toilet are squeezed into a separate space together. It provides decent privacy but I think the space could be better utilized. The area that leads to behind the wet bar is also the entry to the bathroom. There is already a door separating this space from the bedroom, so if I was remodeling these rooms I would merge this with the bathroom. I would flip the wet bar so it is only accessible from the lounge area and not from both sides. I would then expand the bathroom into the space behind the newly walled off wet bar giving what is a decent bathroom a ton of additional space to create an amazing bathroom.

    I did eat at Hash House for happy hour. I went with the bucket of fries (a ton of fries) and the chicken wings. While it wasn't as good as the towering breakfast items I've enjoyed there in the past, it was a good deal for happy hour. I sat at the bar and the staff was friendly and responsive but left me alone to watch the Reds game when I was with drink and food. I finished up with a cold brew nitro coffee which was solid and mild. You won't need sugar or cream in this brew.

    Last night I had happy hour at Oscars. I had been heavily fed at lunch, so I wasn't looking for a big dinner. I had the Shrimp Cocktail, Meatballs (I now, twice in one trip), a gin and tonic, and finished with an Oban 14. The shrimp cocktail had two very large shrimps in a nice cocktail sauce with a wrapped lemon. It was very tasty and filled what feels like a mandatory box when in Vegas. The meatballs were large and flavorful. They are a firmer texture and have some real chew to them. I suspect this is the blend of meat doing it's thing. The sauce(s) were excellent. I would recommend them as a good buy in addition to being delicious if you are doing happy hour at Oscars. The Oban was very pleasant. I had not had it before and the bar keep was spot on in his description of it when we were discussing their selection. It was smokey.... like sipping whiskey while smoking a stogie without having to light up levels of smokey. Very easy to drink with only a minimal amount of water added. If you like peat, spice, fruit, or salt... this isn't your whiskey. If you like smokey and malty, give it a go.

    Gaming at the Plaza was a mixed bag this week. The dealers were friendly. Drink service was reasonable. The selection of Black Jack (standard, liberal, party pit, free bet) was good. I played liberal and standard. The tables were struggling to stay populated during the morning hours and evening hours when I tried to play. I say tried because this was the worst run of cards I can remember having. That is not the Plaza's fault nor was it a reflection of bad rules. At one point I bought back in last night with a small buy of 20 hands worth of chips just to see if I could shake the bad run and lost it all in 30 hands. I've never seen so many failed double downs or dealer 21 the long way in my life. It's the way the cards ran while I was here and from the guys I played with, I wasn't the only one feeling it. It is hard to get in the groove when it goes that way and I never did get to the point where I was feeling it and elevating my bets to better levels. I'm sure there would have been a lot more tips and money spread around had I felt good about the play. That said, I would try it here again as this was just a bad luck trip.

    Pictures are coming but internet has been spotty this morning. Hopefully it is stronger at Luxor and I'll be able to add them.
     
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  2. Vegasworm

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    Thanks for your update...hope you can load pictures. Good luck and enjoy your switch to Luxor!

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  3. vegasvette

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    Nice trip to split between downtown and the strip. Looking forward to your comparisons for your style. Better luck going forward.
     
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  4. colorfinger

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    Home, Home again... I like to be here when I can

    Here are my pictures from my time at The Plaza. I didn't take a ton this year but hopefully it will give you some idea of the hotel.

    Casino on a quiet morning around 9 am

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    Oscar's Steak house was really nice with a great view and friendly staff. It's not cheap eats but it won't cost as much as a similar experience on the Strip.

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    Happy Hour at Hash House A Go Go. I've never eaten there for anything but a massive breakfast. I've always been pleased with their breakfast offerings but wanted to try something different. I ordered the bucket of fries with Habenero Aioli and the chicken wings with blue cheese. Both were good with a couple beers while watching the Reds actually win a game!

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    The room was comfortable. Yes it is a little dated but it didn't feel worn out. I liked the layout and the South Tower was plenty quiet. I would stay here again.

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    I think the strange mirror is because the stairwell is on the other side of the wall there and a mirror is more interesting than a wall.

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    Meatballs at Pizza Rock. I added some pepper flakes. They are excellent.

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  5. colorfinger

    colorfinger Low-Roller

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    My stay at Luxor was largely uneventful but it was fun. I like Luxor's location despite being way South because I enjoy Mbay, Luxor, NYNY and Park MGM. Even the trashy castle has it's benefits. I had intended to have a King room but when I checked in they had a 21st floor room ready or I could wait... I took what they had.

    Gaming wise there was $10 tables available every time I hit the floor. Next door at Excalibur there was always $5 BJ available. Yes it is 6-5 but it is the strip, you get what you get. Despite poorer odds, I actually did better at Luxor than I did at Plaza proving once again that a few hours of play is not enough to be statistically relevant in the vast number hands the book is written.

    Turkey at Backstage Deli is a solid meal option at a reasonable price. It isn't as good as Carnegie at Mirage but is much better than a fast food grab. It is always open, so you don't have to go far at Luxor to get late night eats.

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    I got distracted by the NFL draft and forgot to take pictures of my food, lol. Public House is always good and with the myVegas comp, it is a great deal too. I had the Pretzel in Cheese sauce which is solid. The cheese sauce has good flavor and doesn't come across like nacho cheese in a can. The burger was generous enough and juicy. Toppings were plentiful and not soggy. The guy I ate with had a chicken pizza and said it was very good. He was too full to eat more twice before he actually stopped eating. I wouldn't call Public House a must visit as most hotels have a similar experience in house. It is, however, a comfortable sports bar atmosphere and a good place to grab some Pub Food and watch a game. My only complaint is that when the primary bartender went on break, service got very slow at our end of the bar.

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    Ahhhh home... Lux is pretty much always our home base. We were just there in 20041, could have been neighbors. Thanks for the pics. I couldn't agree more on Backstage Deli. Cheap and reliable eats. Maintenance food at a fair price.
     
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    I also want to talk about Park MGM.

    I stayed there last year and was happy with the stay but it was really raw still. Too much construction to get a view of what they were going for and the casino was dead. Around here the messages back about Park MGM have not be particularly positive. I think it is time to reconsider the negative view. I walked there from Ny Ny and the approach/view from the street is drastically improved. The layout now shows the vision they had when they decided to scrap Monte Carlo. It may not be for everyone but Park MGM is a good looking setup now. I didn't gamble, so I can't comment much on the vibe at the tables but there was a solid crowd for mid afternoon. I think Park will appeal to new Vegas visitors and it's proximity to Hockey, Football, and Concerts can't be ignored.
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    I decided to eat at Bruxie because I've never had it before and why not. I ordered the original which as a nice dry slaw on a tasty piece of chicken and a waffle instead of bread. The theory is solid, the chicken was good, and the slaw was solid but the overall experience was disappointing. The piece of chicken could have fit on half a waffle instead of a whole waffle folded over. The result is too much bread and what feels like not enough meat. It didn't leave me starving but it wasn't as satisfying as the individual components would have lead me to expect.

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    Good stuff so far!
     
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