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Trip Report—Gold Coast/Bally’s—- Nov 10-14

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mdm4sfest, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. mdm4sfest

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    My Trip Report

    FYI: I orig posted this on TripAdvisor hence it’s clean language... for that I’m sorry however I did edit how Bally’s fucked up applying my RCs twice for my resort fee. Going to add pics too..

    This was my 24th time to LV but my first completely solo trip. Booked last minute flight about 3 days before leaving. Usually plan in farther in advance but these narratives is what helped me decide to go...
    - Had PTO to burn.
    - Roundtrip/non-stop flight for $70 (Frontier there/Spirit home)---no extra fees/brought a book bag
    - First two nights comped at Gold Coast (resort fee waived on comped night, huge perk) and two nights at Ballys (resort fee paid with reward credits earned via my Total Rewards VISA**** they fucked this and never applied them hence I paid for them out of pocket)
    - Weather was 40 degrees warmer in Vegas then in CLE

    UBER/LYFT---Im usually dedicated to LYFT but literally every single time I pulled up both apps, UBER was around 25% cheaper. My rides were as in before tip:


    Airport to Gold Coast: $16.46
    Gold Coast to Ballys: $8.18
    Encore to Golden Nugget: $10.03
    Golden Nugget to Palazzo: $11.44
    Ballys to Airport: $14.27

    Hotels:

    First time staying at Gold Coast. Gambled there a couple times, nothing huge but they always sent me offers. Nice sized casino---had something for everyone. Hit on a few slots here and there, $100 here/$200 there---nothing major. Drink service pretty good. Nice Crown pours. Room was on the second floor---clearer/spacier then Id imagine. Bathroom was double the size then expected. All in all, clean and comfy--a step above a chain hotel. Everything was in working order, great shower pressure, comfy king bed, got two good nights of sleep, little to no noise.Sat at one of the bars for the Monday Night Football game----as long as you are betting something, they will sling the drinks as quickly as you can consume them. Was playing $1.25 poker but after that got boring, I played Golden Buffalo keno and Golden Buffalo on the bartop----60 cents a spin --drinks kept coming. I ate at GC 3 times but will get to that in my food section of things (I know, you cant contain your excitement).


    Probably 8th time staying at/partially at Ballys. No check-in line at noon @ the Platinum line. Was able to get a room right away. Due to my comps, I was only able to book a queen room. At check-in I asked if I can have a king--no matter what tower (I booked resort tower)---I was told they had no kings left (which I assumed was a lie) but no reason to put up a fight on a comp while traveling alone. I did request to apply my RC's to pay for the resort fee( I have well enough to cover). She told me to come down the morning of (no one ever wants to do this esp when not charging to the room and leaving in the morning----didnt want to deal with a cluster F of people). Told her I would come down the night before and speak to another person (I did that and they said they would apply my RCs) I did opt for a lower floor (no clue why) and was given 8th floor. Room was fine, everything worked, was clean, spacious, nice big TV, comfy bed, working fridge, great water pressure, and quiet. Ballys rooms are underrated IMO for a mid-tier hotel.

    Food:

    More highs then lows. I rarely get a "BAD" meal or service in Vegas although I guess it depends how you look at things.


    Ports O Call Lunch Buffet: Had the GC lunch buffet Monday which I believe came to $13 with tax. Veterans ate free on Veterans Day and rightfully so. The line was about 30 deep before they even opened for lunch but once opened, was only in line for 10 minutes. Im used to Aria/Cosmo buffet so I knew for what I was spending, its not going to be amazing. It was adequate though...stuck to meats and potatoes and sides. I explained it to my girlfriend as---everything tasted almost as it should--but was "a little off"---nothing inedible---I was basically indifferent but for the most part my belly was full and for $13--cheaper then most Strip sandwiches. There were LOTS of options but I didnt want to over eat and feel like a giant blob.

    Cornerstone Steakhouse inside GC: I havent eaten a ton of steaks in LV however I will say the Cornerstone scratches me right where I itch. This was only my second time there however, a true value when it comes to quality and quantity. I had planned on eating here before I even got to LV. However, when I checked in I was given a coupon book (usually toss in the trash at TR props) but inside was a $20 off $40 at the Cornerstone which made me even more excited. Nonetheless, I choose to sit at the bar to finis watching the MNF game and the guy who waited on me a year before was the same guy behind the bar once again, Karl is his name I believe. None the less I order a nice glass of red wine and a 7 oz filet in which I added lobster Oscar on top, and a bowl of soup. I really should have ordered a side (their sides for $6 are HUGE and can easily feed 2 and are delicious) but again, didnt want to over eat and feel stuffed. Steak was a perfect medium and lobster Oscar delicious. The soup was chicken noodle which I though was odd for a steakhouse but it was delicious and thats all that matters. They also serve you a plate of two types of bread, pickled veggies, olives, and a giant Parmesan chip in the shape of a triangle...I love all that stuff---nice little snack. I believe my total with the coupon and before the tip was only $30---even without the coupon I wouldnt be disappointed. This place is terrific and highly recommend if you are in the area or have a carand want to leave the Strip.

    Port O Call Breakfast Buffet: Wasnt going to eat here again but if I earned 10 tier credits ($50 coin-in), I get a free buffet. Since I was checking out that morning, I only wanted breakfast. Nice sized buffet, all stations you'd expect at a breakfast buffet. Everything was fine. Nothing to rave about but free is free.

    Buddy Vs (Inside Venitian)----I believe this was my 3rd time here and I purposely went for happy hour (3:00pm – 5:30pm ~ 7 Days a week -available in our Bar and Lounge)----Had grandmas meatballs, a big helping of seasoned ricotta w/grilled bread, sangria, and a glass of red wine. All-in-all very good. Spreading the ricotta on the grilled bread and dipping it in the sauce--so damn good. Everything was very delicious and plentiful. Sangria very flavorful and full of fruit which I dug out of my glass like a savage animal. Believe the total was $23 pre-tip.

    White Castle: They closed all the WC's here in Cleveland and I never crave it but the smell of onions, warm buns, and homeless people attracted me inside. $9 for a drink, fry, 4 cheeseburger combo---filled a sad void in my belly and I didnt get diarrhea.


    Mon Ami Gabi (Paris/breakfast): With it being such a beautiful morning, I opted to sit on the patio and waited 20 mins for a seat. In the meantime, I went over to the Total Rewards desk and turned 2,500 of my credits into a $25 voucher for MAG. The wait was worth it because the weather was so beautiful. Sat right against a railing and watched the randoms stroll by. Ordered the cinnamon crepes with cream cheese, a side of bacon, and a coffee. Bacon is always the highlight of breakfast here IMO. The crepes, although good and plentiful were a tad too sweet for my liking. I ate about 3/4 of it still. Total, minus my credit and before tip---$0.84

    Yong Kang Street (Paris/Dinner): I think this was my 5th time eating here. I go back because I can use my credits, and the service and food is always excellent. Nothing fancy but for the price, portions are pretty good and in the end, I just want it to taste good which it always does. Ordered a Dr. Pepper ( I live on the edge) and their Chinese chicken noodle soup----literally a massive down of soup with lots of noodles, chicken, and plethora of broccoli and other veggies. Very delicious and always look forward to returning.

    Gambling: Stuck to slots. Mostly because I have a low attention span and cant sit at a table more then 30 minutes without being bored (unless Im winning). Most of my luck was at Gold Coast the first night, Cosmo (for $288 on a $2 bet on Ultimate Fire Link), Bellagio(Ultimate Fire Link and James Bond (First spin/90 cents/$128 bonus)), and The Vue Bar (recommended by people on here) at the D downtown and I hit a 4OAK for $151 progressive. Also hit on a Buffalo Machine for $194 on a $2.25 bet at Ballys. I put all of it back eventually however in the end, I estimated I only lost around $450 in those 3 days so not bad at all. Drink service at most casinos was good---still the F'N best at Cosmo---their Crown pours are HEAVY!!!

    Service: In general, very good...dont think I had any problems with any server,bartender, casino/hotel employee at all. I was friendly and social hence they were friendly and social. I wasnt carded at all was surprised me, not once. Must be the mustache.


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  2. M0rtyC

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    Nice trip. Thanks for the GC info and the great pics.
     
  3. RRust69

    RRust69 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for posting! Very nice recap. Sounds like you had a good time!
     
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  4. tallsamoan

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    Completely agree regarding the Bally rooms. Very comfy and functional, good size, very quite (facing Paris in the Resort Tower)

    Great report and pics, thank for sharing!
     
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  5. tringlomane

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    Nice report and pics!
     
  6. kkinwi

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    Great details....thanks! Good info on your Paris meals....I have tried to eat a little lighter at night as I eat later in Vegas and seem to feel so stuffed when trying to fall asleep. The soup looks perfect!
     
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  7. justchuck

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    Thanks for a great report!
     
  8. Tahoejoe2

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    MAG = best coffee in LV
     
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  9. Allee

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    Thanks for the report! I’m in the Cleveland area too and can never find flights that cheap!!!
     
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  10. AyDee

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    :blink::cry:rotflmao: I've never had white castle there, but mean to, but that's my fear.. what are the current odds? :yuck:
     
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  11. mdm4sfest

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    It was good and hit the spot. They’re always so busy that food is always hot and fresh and quick. Try it out
     
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  12. ACSCLE

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    Great report, love all the pictures! That bacon looks so good, I'm hungry now... Was the flight that cheap because it was booked last minute? Haven't seen anything close to those prices and I would like to lol.
     
  13. mdm4sfest

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    So I didnt book far in advance because I knew that if desperate, I could easily get a comp and the days off work. So I basically looked every single day, mult times a day, for about 3 weeks. Just so happens about 3-4 days before my departure, Frontier had a $15 sale. I could have also flown $15 on the way home too however it would have been a late night red eye and I would have landed about 90 minutes before I had to be at work so I took the earlier morning Spirit flight for $55---so a $40 difference however I saved money on food and gambling by coming home early.