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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by blazer, Jun 3, 2008.

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  1. blazer

    blazer Tourist

    Apr 1, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    My wife and I landed at the airport 11:20 Saturday night Memorial day weekend. Got our luggage at 11:55 walked out of door #13 to get to the shuttle bus ($16 for both of us) to the Rio. After waiting in the shuttle bus for 20 minutes I climbed out and asked the driver when we could expect to leave. He told me he couldn't leave until the bus was full and turned around to continue talking to other bus drivers. Finally, after another 25 minutes later, the bus is full and off we go. Traffic was horrible, like New York City at rush hour but worse. The bus driver apologized for the heavy traffic and told us he knew several short cuts to get us there quicker. The short cuts consisted of narrow streets and alleys. Only problem was every short cut was choked with 10 or 12 cars that had the same idea. Several older ladies were in the back of the bus and asked the driver to turn down the air conditioner. The bus driver either ignored their request or didn't hear them. I then asked the bus driver to turn down the air since I was sitting directly behind him. He ignored me too. I then yelled to him to turn down the air and he yelled back there was no reason to yell. Everyone on the bus laughed except the driver. (He was wearing a heavy sweater) We go up another short cut, a small side street, this time there's a minor fender bender and the cops are making all of the cars back up and turn around but our bus was too big to turn around so all we could do was sit there and wait. Finally we get going again, after stops at the Wynn and Caesars we finally arrive at the Rio, 1 1/2 hours after we boarded the bus. Ironically, We were the first ones on the bus and the last ones off. The bus driver jumps out, unloads my 2 bags, I give him $2 and he stares at it as if his hand is ready to catch on fire. (I'd like to mention the inside of the bus was plastered with signs that said "Tipping is accepted and appreciated", "Your tip makes up 50% of my salary" and Tipping is NICE" He turns around, jumps back into the bus and takes off without saying a word. I now know next time to take a cab, we could have gotten there twice as fast for probably the same money and have a more pleasant driver.

    We pulled into the Rio (we were comped 2 nights) at 1:30 am. There were limos parked all over the place, making it somewhat difficult for incoming cars to negotiate. The place is jumping. The Rio has a stage show in the middle of the casino and we arrived during the middle of the show. I have never heard music so loud in my life. If the space shuttle was taking off outside I'm sure you wouldn't have heard it. We are trying to check in and we couldn't hear the clerk and she couldn't hear us because of the loud music.. As the clerk was talking I was motioning to her and nodding my head. I could hear about every 3rd or 4th word but I did hear the word "extended check out" which I later extended to 4 pm!

    My guess is the Rio caters to a younger clientele. There were loads of beautiful young ladies in skimpy dresses walking around.

    Our room in the Masquerade towers on the 7th floor at the Rio was QUIET, nicely appointed and clean, it appeared to be freshly redecorated too. I liked the floor to ceiling windows. We had a great view of the roof at the lower part of the Rio, but the room was comped so I couldn't complain.

    My wife was very disappointed with the Rio's slot machines. She likes playing Top Dollar. Everytime the top dollar symbol popped up the final pay out was between 10 and 20 coins. Only one time did it hit over 30 coins and a couple of times it hit 5 coins.

    I played double double bonus video poker and won 1,000 quarters on 4 aces which I promptly gambled away. I also played deuces wild VP which seemed to make my money last the longest.

    The few $15 tables were 2 and 3 deep in most cases, I never got a chance to play them.

    The food at the Rio was delicious! The wait staff was fast, courteous and polite! We were also comped two tickets at the Carnival buffet which we used for breakfast because lunch and dinner had long lines waiting to get in. No complaints with the breakfast there.

    Outside of the Carnival buffet there are free shuttle buses to Harrah's, Bally's etc. We went to Harrah's and had the shrimp and steak dinner for $10.99. The steak was small but thick and was well worth $10.99.

    The next day we went to Fremont st. We got a $5 pass for the Deuce, the double decker bus that rides up and down the strip all day, The pass is good for 24 hours and a bargain.. We went to Binions where I won $400 playing 3 card poker. We ate at Binions lunch counter on the left side of the casino. We got 2 cheeseburgers, 2 salads and 2 cokes for just over $20. Next we went to the Golden Nugget were I lost the $400 plus another $100. The Nugget is huge and modern inside, plenty of tables and slot machines.

    Next we moved onto the Bellagio, more about that later.
  2. kitson

    kitson VIP Whale

    Apr 20, 2004
    it appears the driver got two dollars more for a tip than he deserved. ironically, it seems that the more vocal, or in this case posting signs, about tips, the less they do to earn them.
  3. gmoney590

    gmoney590 VIP Whale

    Jul 8, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    My wife did the shuttle once when she went to Vegas alone and decided she would never do it again for the same reasons. You had a few nice wins and that always makes for a better trip than if you go on an endless loosing streak. Going to Vegas during a three day weekend has got to be rough with all the people everywhere.
    Birthday celebration
  4. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Low-Roller

    Sep 25, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice TR . . . can't wait to read the rest.
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