1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Summer fun in the sun... another awesome trip!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by JRRestoule, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30

    My Trip Report

    Sadly another trip to Las Vegas has come and gone. Unsadly it was a great trip!

    We made our annual summer trek to the Holy Land on July 31 for 7 glorious nights under the bright lights.

    I usually write a detailed daily time lapse type report of everything we did, but I’m not going to get into a super detailed report of daily actions for this one... the plan is to try to do a 'brief' recap of some of the highlights of the trip.

    I’m going to break it down into sections, we’ll see how that goes :)

    20180807_121328.jpg


    Part 1 - Rooms

    Our first 3 nights were on a comp at Mandalay Bay in a Strip View King on the 29th floor. The last 4 nights of the trip were on a comp at Aria in a Deluxe King on the 32nd floor.

    I was very happy with the room at Mandalay Bay. It was our first time staying here... we stayed at Delano last summer and although the room there was really nice we both actually preferred the room at Mandalay Bay. The location of the room in respect to getting to the pool area and the casino was also very much better. Of course the best part of the "Strip View" King room is the "Strip View"... Here is the view of the magnificent Strip from our room...

    MandalayView.jpg

    Loved waking up and seeing this...

    20180802_123109.jpg

    The common complaint regarding staying at Mandalay is the location. Being at the far southern end of the Strip it is inconvenient to get out and explore. It is for this reason, and this reason alone that it may be awhile before we are back at Mandalay Bay. However, everything else was absolutely great. The room is nice and spacious, bathroom is large with a tub and separate shower, toilet in its own separate room and the large double sink vanity provided lots of room for both of us to get pretty before starting our days.

    We spent a couple mornings down in the pool complex and I have to say it’s one of the best, if not the best in Vegas. We hung out near the lazy river both days having a float around it a few times each day. The only negative thing that can be said about the pool complex is the number of kids in and around the lazy river and wave pool, but it’s a minor complaint as there are a few other pools that basically had no kids near them. So it was our decision to be around the kids or not. And given the wave pool and lazy river it’s not a surprise that this would be a popular spot for a family vacation. What I assume added to the amount of kids is the fact that they allow non-hotel guests to pay to use the pool facilities between Monday and Thursday (we were there Wednesday and Thursday mornings). I’m not sure how many ‘outsiders’ there were, but I’m sure it added to the number of people at the pool.

    20180802_101924.jpg


    On the Friday we moved to Aria in a Deluxe King. I’ve stayed at Aria in the past a couple times and like this time thought the room was great. Definitely more than adequate for our needs. However, to be honest I would say the room at Mandalay was a little nicer. They are basically the same size, Aria at 520sq ft and Mandalay at 550sq ft, but I definitely noticed the 30sq ft difference. Of course having everything controlled electronically in the room was a nice feature, it was tough having to open and close the curtains manually at Mandalay ;) But I still liked the Mandalay room a little more than Aria’s, which is a feeling I wasn’t expecting to have.

    20180804_153604.jpg

    Here’s some pics of our view from the room...

    20180806_132355.jpg

    20180805_115325.jpg

    20180806_132406.jpg

    The next installment will be… Mmmmm Food!
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Like Like x 16
  2. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Part 2 - Food

    We're not big foodies... so I won’t get into details about specific tastes and textures and how things mingled with other things and how things were tart and sweet and whatever else you guys like to share. Sorry!

    The highlight of the food experiences this trip was the gf’s birthday dinner at GR’s Hell’s Kitchen. We both had the signature prix fixe menu which was $72 pp, which I thought was a decent price. Gf had the scallops to start and I had the caesar salad, we both had the beef wellington and the sticky toffee pudding. As it was her birthday and the prix fixe menu comes with a desert, they were gracious in presenting her with another dessert dish...not sure what it is called but it had pineapple and the presentation was very cool. I will say that the dining experience was awesome, the service was second to none, and the food was fkn good!

    HKApp.jpg

    HKWellington.jpg

    HKPineapple.jpg


    When we arrived to check-in at Mandalay it was around 2pm and we were starving so the plan was to hit up the buffet. We both had a free buffet via MyVegas so that worked out great. I have to say the buffet wasn’t as great as it was last time we had it. I’m not sure what it was, maybe because it was mid afternoon just before they took a break for the dinner switch over. Not sure. I mean it wasn’t horrible and we definitely did some damage, but it was a little underwhelming to me.

    On the day we switched hotels to Aria we had to wait for our room as we were checking in around noon. We left our bags with the Bell Desk and had the buffet at Aria on a 2 free buffets deal via MyVegas. This buffet is better than Mandalay’s. All the food was good, selection was good, and atmosphere was good. No complaints, especially considering the price ;)

    We had a couple burgers at Guy Fieri’s at the Linq. I tried out the bacon mac’n’cheese burger and it was pretty good. I thought the prices were a little high for burgers, but the quality was good. I don’t think I’ll be back as there are a ton of other places for good burgers that are cheaper, but it was a good experience.

    We ate at 2 Wolfgang Puck locations, one inside Crystals mall called Cucina and the other at MGM Grand. We split the ravioli and a pizza at Cucina and the food was great. We had a $25 off deal via MyVegas so it was also cheap. We had 2 pizzas at the MGM Grand location and with another $25 off via MyVegas the total was something like $12 which was more than a steal. I’d recommend both places, and I’d also recommend the $25 off deal via MyVegas for these. You can’t get a better deal.

    We ate at Maggiano’s at the Fashion Show Mall. Every trip I have to have Mom’s lasagna and it was great as usual.

    We attempted to go to the Bar at Times Square at NYNY as we had a MyVegas deal for $50 off drinks. After a bit of research we found out that you could also get some food using the $50 drink credit, so that was the plan (the food comes from 9 fine Irishmen). Unfortunately we were too late as they stopped serving food at about 10:30pm. So we found ourselves at the Broadway Burger Bar & Grill. We had some pickle fries, which were pretty good and I had a bacon cheese burger which was great. I used express comps to take care of this meal.

    Other eats included a stop at the Coronado Cafe at South Point, a stop at the Snaps cafe at Eastside Cannery, both of which were better than expected and you can’t really beat the prices at either. The chicken sandwich I had at South Point may even have de-throned the one I’ve loved for so long at Grand Lux Cafe.

    See... I told you we aren’t big foodies haha Other than the above we snacked here and there on pizza walk-by’s, wraps at the Luxor’s food court, etc.

    We find ourselves basically having one big meal per day, usually in the early afternoon, which carries us throughout the day and evening. We definitely don’t do the 3 meals per day thing in Vegas, I think the constant drinking has something to do with it ;)

    Up next... Entertainment!
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Like Like x 11
  3. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Part 3 - Entertainment

    Although Las Vegas in not known for its entertainment we still managed to find stuff to keep us entertained ;)

    But seriously, one of the main things both the gf and I love about Vegas is the entertainment. As if the regular resident shows aren’t enough, such as all the Cirques and the countless others, pretty much any time you go to Vegas there is an opportunity to see a superstar or legend in the entertainment industry. And this trip we had a chance to do both... in addition to seeing KA at MGM Grand as well as the Beatles LOVE at the Mirage, we also got to see the legend Stevie Wonder and a country superstar in Shania Twain.

    Mr. Steven Wonderful aka Stevie Wonder was absolutely wonderful! We really really enjoyed his concert titled The Stevie Wonder Song Party which took place at the Park Theatre at Park MGM on August 4. The theatre itself is pretty nice, couldn’t see a bad seat in the house, sound was on point, a great experience. When we got in they gave us a bracelet that lit up and flashed different colors throughout the night which made the whole theatre look pretty neat. Stevie sang a lot of his well-known hits and we all sang along to most of them. It was a great night!

    20180803_210632.jpg

    20180803_214559.jpg

    20180803_213047.jpg


    The next night, August 5, we found ourselves at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where fellow Canadian Shania Twain was completing her world tour. She mentioned that this was the very last stop on her tour and she put on an awesome show! She sang a few songs off her new album but didn’t miss any of her older hits that catapulted her into stardom. I think she was playing for almost 2 hours. Another great night!

    20180804_214817.jpg

    20180804_214326-1.jpg

    20180804_212909.jpg


    As mentioned we did KA and LOVE, both via free tickets from MyVegas. This was the gf’s first time seeing these and she thought they were great. I’ve seen KA a few times and honestly, although it was good, I found it to lag a lot throughout the show. I’m not sure if they had made adjustments over the years, but I didn’t remember it being this slow at times. Anyhow, it was still a steal of a deal for the price we paid ;)

    20180801_221118-1.jpg

    20180801_224455-1.jpg

    20180801_230223.jpg


    We both loved LOVE. I’ve seen many posts regarding the seating and where the best seats are etc. As it is fresh in my mind I will say... there is not a bad seat anywhere. The theatre is so small that every seat is right in the action. We were in section 200 row R, back against the wall, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be any closer. I had seen LOVE once in the past, before they revamped it, and I remember really liking it. This time was no different. And considering it was free via MyVegas, how can you ask for better? On a side note, I noticed in MyVegas that the free ticket is no longer available. This was probably one of the best value rewards they had IMO. Anyhow, I’m glad we were able to get these as the show was as good as I remembered it being.

    20180802_192952.jpg

    20180802_194513.jpg

    20180802_202533.jpg


    We did the MyVegas 2 for 1 Vegas Nights Flight with Maverick Helicopters after the Beatles LOVE show. If you haven’t done this before there is no better way to get the full vastness and beauty of the magnificent Strip all lit up at night. They picked us up at the Mandalay Tour lobby at 9:45pm for our 10:30pm flight. The flight itself is quite quick lasting about 10-15 minutes, but as mentioned it’s pretty awesome. You leave their facility which is just out past the welcome to LV sign and fly down the East side of the Strip, over downtown and back on the West side of the Strip. I tried to take some pictures but not much came out clear unfortunately. We were back at Mandalay shortly after 11:00pm. We did the free souvenir photo via MyVegas which is a nice keepsake of the experience.

    20180802_223323.jpg

    20180802_223625.jpg

    20180802_223919.jpg

    20180802_223947.jpg

    20180802_224752.jpg


    We checked out the Titanic Exhibit in the Luxor via the 50% off MyVegas reward. I think we were in there for about 45 minutes or so. Pretty interesting stuff! Our favorite part was the giant piece on display.

    Another form of entertainment we enjoyed were the pools at both Mandalay Bay and Aria. We spent 2 mornings at the pool area at Mandalay in and near the lazy river as mentioned in my original post as well as 2 mornings at the pool at Aria. Pool drinks were not cheap haha Fortunately we had a refillable cup from last summers visit to Delano which got us a discount for the drink at Mandalay, and the waitress was nice in that she gave the gf another cup for her bday and only charged the refill price. It was still $35 for 2 drinks. At Aria we each got a bigger drink the first day, total was $60. Second time we got a smaller drink which was $40. It was cheaper for us to go see Stevie Wonder and Shania Twain than it was to each have 4 drinks at the pools lol

    20180806_104930.jpg


    The one other thing we did that I would consider entertainment, or at least this is where I am fitting it in the report, was to take the rental and visit a bunch of off-Strip casinos. We did gamble at most all of these places, and although I do consider gambling a form of entertainment, I think it’s a special kind of entertainment that deserves its own part... so I will leave the gambling update for that section of the report. However, I did want to mention the tour of off-Strip casinos here as we did feel it was entertaining to explore all these places. I had visited most of them in the past, but it had been years, and the gf had never seen any outside of the Strip and downtown so she was up for it as well.

    We took off at noon on the Sunday and our first stop was South Point. That is where we had lunch at the Coronado Cafe. We then hit up M Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Henderson, Sunset Station, Eastside Cannery, Sam’s Town, Arizona Charlie’s, and Boulder Station. At this point it was already 10pm! We contemplated stopping downtown as we drove through but decided we would save that for another day. So we found ourselves at Palace Station, then Rio, and finally Gold Coast. We got back to Aria at 2am. It was a great day and something we will be doing again in a future trip as we still have all the casinos on the west side of the Strip to visit.

    20180805_205935.jpg

    20180805_210219.jpg


    Loved the table game area at Sunset Station...

    20180805_170331.jpg

    20180805_165744.jpg


    Oh, and a special side note... we did make a stop at the Longho N Casino...

    20180805_195655.jpg

    I knew what the casino part was but I wasn’t quite sure what a longho was so we went in... all I can say is that I don’t think I’d want to be in there when it’s dark outside... nor would I want a handpay as I don’t think I would make it out of there with my money haha

    Picture proof...

    20180805_181602.jpg


    Up next... the gambol!
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Like Like x 8
  4. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Part 4 – Gambling

    We are both losers. The End. :cry:

    To sum it all up gambling was fun... frustrating... maddening... exciting... I couldn’t wait to play more... I swore I’d never play again... it was the best part of the trip... it was the worst part of the trip... Sound familiar to anyone?? ;)

    For a couple reasons the best part of our trip in terms of gambling came up on the last night of our trip... we attended our first group meet up hosted by none other than vlogger Matt Bridger.

    20180806_205251.jpg


    Like many, we’ve been watching Matt’s vlogs for years. Because of the Vegas lover that I am, I always got excited when Matt was in Vegas as I knew there would be hours of great vlogs to watch. I can relate quite closely with his love of Vegas and that’s what comes through on his vlogs which I think is the reason why they are the best out there. We share the same passion for Vegas, as many do.

    When I noticed our trips were overlapping by a couple days I was hoping we’d get a chance to run into him and possibly pool some funds and take a shot at some big bonus rounds for his vlog. What we got was much more memorable!

    A group of us met up at the Cosmo’s chandelier bar for a couple drinks before heading over to the high limit lounge where 7 of us put $100 each into a $5 Double Top Dollar machine. At $10 per spin we each got 10 presses. Can you guess what happened?? In case you missed his post, here’s a link to his vlog of the group pull...



    Here’s another link to PJ Slots vlog that gives a different angle of the festivities...



    Can you believe 3 bonus rounds in the first 10 spins?! And wouldn’t you know that I was the lucky one to pull for the $1600 handpay! :woohoo: For the record, I didn’t actually push the button with my tongue on that first spin... if I had I’m sure I would have left on a stretcher and probably died of some incurable disease lol

    A behind the scenes shot of how a great vlog is made...

    20180806_212941.jpg


    Me and the big group win...

    20180806_211530.jpg


    What more can be said outside of what is in the vlogs. We each got $360 out of our $100 investment, we all had a blast, it was a great meet up, the outcome could not have been better, awesome Vegas memories that we will have for a very long time. Thanks again @mattjb for a great time! Look forward to doing it again in the future!

    Now, everything else will pale in comparison to all that excitement... how can you beat a $10 pull and hitting this...

    20180806_211950.jpg


    You can’t. :) But I will continue on with the rest of the trip's gambling festivities anyways in the next post...
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Like Like x 6
    • Love Love x 6
  5. kkinwi

    kkinwi High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2016
    Messages:
    715
    Location:
    Northern WI
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    80
    Great pics and love the summaries....carry on!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC TBD

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2012
    Messages:
    802
    Location:
    North Shore Massachusetts
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    25
    Great report Thanks for sharing.
     
    CFB conference championships, NFL and VP/BEER
    • Like Like x 1
  7. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Patriots #1

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2012
    Messages:
    877
    Location:
    Miramar , Florida
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    Nice
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. eri_manga

    eri_manga Tourist

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2016
    Messages:
    15
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    7
    Nice hit and looks like a fun group of players!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. emmas

    emmas High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2014
    Messages:
    731
    Thanks for the summary of your trip. That group pull was the highlight of Matt's vlog, especially your pull. Great to get your viewpoint and see it from another perspective. Congratulations on an awesome trip, even with the losses.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. spicole

    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2012
    Messages:
    1,664
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    24
    Great report and pictures!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Multifarious5

    Multifarious5 VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2015
    Messages:
    2,280
    Location:
    west coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    14
    Great trip report, and I really liked the spin of breaking into segments...room, food, entertainment, and Matt! I really like that format....nicely done, and very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing!
     
    Counting the minutes!
    • Like Like x 1
  12. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    9,904
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    Like those sunset station pics. Never been there or seen that cool interior! Thanks
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  13. RedChip

    RedChip High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2017
    Messages:
    599
    Location:
    Belmont, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    18
    @JRRestoule Wow, nice to see a VMBer get that pull! I had no idea when I watched it on Matt's vlog. It was so exciting just to watch it. I can't imagine actually being there! Great behind the scenes view from PJSlots. Awesome stuff!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. amk121

    amk121 VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Messages:
    1,550
    Location:
    east coast
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    22
    What a great report and pics, thank you for sharing!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Haha well the group pull definitely deserved it's own post!
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
  16. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    It was one of the highlights of our trip, I was happy to see PJ Slots video after the fact which gave a nice perspective as well.
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
  17. mdm4sfest

    mdm4sfest VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,078
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    19
    Great report my man. Damn fun and exciting
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Part 4 - Gambling (cont'd)

    Blackjack was an absolute killer this trip. Like, it was inexplicably bad. A head scratching how the fk can that happen 5 times in a row kinda bad. I would say that 75% of my total trip losses were on blackjack and I only played blackjack for about 10% of all the gambling I did. This is abnormal for me as I usually lose playing slots and make some back on the tables. Not this trip.

    Sometimes shit happens and you have a 20 and the dealer has a 4 showing, and they miraculously pull a 5 card 21 to beat you. It sucks, but it happens and I can accept that it will every now and again. But this trip, that crap was happening all. the. time. I tried changing tables, playing in different casinos, 2 spots, 1 spot, nothing worked. It just didn’t make sense.

    I had 2 winning sessions, the first I made $300 at Mandalay Bay (after losing $500 an hour earlier at Excalibur) and the other I made less than $100. Outside of that there were many $200-$500 losing sessions.

    Slots on the other hand were actually decent this trip. And by decent I don’t mean that we won or came out ahead haha But, we did seem to get some decent play for our investments for the most part.

    A couple of our decent hits...

    20180802_175342.jpg

    20180806_141507.jpg


    Once again one of the highlights of our gambling this trip was the low-rolling trip we took visiting off-Strip casinos. As I had mentioned in my last trip report from January and also in the post I made regarding being controlled by the comp, I am taking more and more pleasure in not worrying about how much I play, how often I play, or any of those things you think about when either being booked on a comp or looking to get some comps. This off-Strip day was great!

    We visited about 12 or so casinos over the course of about 14 hours and we played minimum bets on the slots and some low-limit blackjack as well, where every single casino had absolutely great rules; double deck game, stick on soft 17, double after split, re-split aces, bj pays 3-2, etc. Everywhere had this game at the $5 level, some even offered it at a $3 minimum bet. We played in a few places, mostly breaking out even or coming out a little ahead while having a drink or 2. It was a great time, stress free, having fun and enjoying the games/entertainment.

    We tried this game called Super Fun 21 at Gold Coast. We ended up playing for about 2 hours and at the end of the session I was up about $60 and the gf about $120. It was a $5 table and we both mostly just flat bet the $5. As this was a carnival variation of blackjack I figured the rules would be adjusted to favor the casino even more than regular bj. I was wrong-ish on that point. The player has a bunch more options than at a normal bj game... namely...

    • Player may double after a split
    • Player may resplit to up to four hands, including aces
    • Player may hit and double down to split aces
    • Player may double on any number of cards
    • Player may take late surrender on any number of cards
    • Player may surrender half of total bet after doubling
    • A player hand totaling 20 or less, consisting of six cards or more, except after doubling, automatically wins
    • A player hand of 21 points, consisting of 5 cards or more, except after doubling, pays 2 to 1 instantly
    • A player blackjack always wins
    • A player blackjack in diamonds pays 2 to 1

    The house gets its edge by hitting soft 17 and paying even money on blackjacks. However, with 6-5 bj’s at most tables these days an even money blackjack in exchange for the above player options seemed like a decent trade off. Especially at the $5 level. In fact looking online it seems as though the 6-deck version of the game we played only has a house edge of 1.4%. Without comparing it to other variations this doesn’t seem that bad.

    Anyhow, as mentioned we both had a great time playing this game and we both came out ahead while consuming a solid amount of drinks, so it was a decent win in my books.

    There were actually a few hands where the special rules helped in our favor. We did get a couple of diamond bj’s which paid 2-1. There were also a few hands where we hit once or twice before doubling down, eg. The gf started with a 5 and a 2 against dealer 5. She hit and got a 2, hit again and got another 2. So now she’s sitting with 11 and she has the option of doubling down which she does and gets a face for 21. She wins double. That play alone offsets 5 blackjacks paying 6-5 at the $5 level.

    Anyhow, we had a blast playing this game at the low level we were. It is something we probably wouldn’t do had we been in a casino that we were getting a comp from.

    One of the more memorable things this trip actually didn’t happen to us...but happened near us. One night at Aria we were playing some Fortune 88 machines and were doing decently, probably up around $300 or so. The giant Buffalo Grand machines were next to where we were. I always put money into these things and rarely get the bonus. Anyhow, a lady happens to sit down and on her first or second spin gets the bonus and the result is this...

    20180805_002632.jpg

    On a $0.75 bet to boot! Talk about a horseshoe up the... some people are just lucky I guess!

    I’ll wrap things up in the final post shortly...
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Wow! Wow! x 5
    • Like Like x 3
  19. JRRestoule

    JRRestoule High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2015
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
    Part 5 – Wrap-up

    Here are a couple pics I had taken over the course of the trip...

    20180804_113451.jpg

    20180804_153350.jpg

    20180806_150047.jpg

    20180806_151217.jpg

    20180806_190705.jpg

    20180806_192027.jpg


    In regards to comps... this trip we booked back-to-back comp room offers at MGM hotels. This was possible because we have not linked our accounts so the gf booked 3 nights and I booked the last 4. It’s awesome to be able to get a full week comp’d at MGM resorts as that is where we get most of our deals and we like the MGM resorts the most. But it was a little restraining as we both felt the need to concentrate most of our play at MGM properties. It’s not that we don’t like playing or being at MGM properties but I definitely love the Strip crawl playing at all places and it was always in the back of our minds that we needed to make sure we played enough to warrant the comps, and future comps.

    Speaking of comps... we are all set...well, mostly all set, to head back to the holy land for 6 nights including NYE! I got an offer that covered the 30th and 31st of December which are traditionally expensive nights. So we are currently booked to give Park MGM a try from December 30 to January 2. We also had comp offers at NYNY, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay in a Strip View King, which we just stayed in and loved. We thought it would be a cool view to see the fireworks go off at midnight from our room at Mandalay but have decided against it, mainly due to the location as mentioned in my first post, and partly to the fact that we just stayed there.

    We found Park MGM to be very underwhelming during our visit. The main reason we chose this over the other options is the location and the room. We were thinking of the Madison Avenue room at NYNY we were offered, but the room comparison is what won over Park MGM for the gf. We are hoping that most of the renovations/construction is completed by the end of December which we are also hoping will give the place a better vibe. I guess we’ll see.

    The Golden Knights take on the LA Kings on January 1, so we're planning to catch that game... won't be a long walk back to the room after that one ;)

    For the second half of the trip we have comp offers at Mirage, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Flamingo, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Linq, Rio, and TI. As of now we are leaning towards either TI or Flamingo. We enjoy playing at TI and their rooms are quite decent. Alternatively we also like playing at Flamingo, and you cannot beat the location which I personally believe to be the best in Vegas in terms of the physical location on the Strip as well as easy access to the Strip. The tricky thing about the dirty bird is getting the right room. We are currently offered the GO room Strip view or the GO executive room (which I cannot find any difference between the two outside of the executive being 50 sq ft larger). Both are better than their Fab rooms, which I would not stay in. We both love the Mirage (we stayed there over NYE a couple years back) but the whole obligation to stick to MGM properties for comp reasons is kinda turning me off of staying there.

    As I always mention, planning is one of the best parts of every trip for me so I am already excited and obviously already into the planning of the next trip in a few months. Until then!
     
    Ringin' it in!!
    Giving Sarno's Roman Empire a shot!
    • Like Like x 7
  20. casinokid68

    casinokid68 High-Roller

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2013
    Messages:
    759
    Location:
    brooklyn, ny
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    Fantastic report by you once again!! Sorry about the losses, but it's Vegas, I guess you have to expect that sometimes. I see you are heading back for NYE. I remember a couple of years ago you were there as well and was complaining about the massive amounts of people on the Strip. LOL And I just stayed in the Flamingo Executive Room. Really nice room, to be honest with you!!