Love reading the trip reports on the Las Vegas form so thought I would try one here. Only been to Vegas for pleasure once and all of the trip reports were so helpful.
We go to Biloxi, Gulfport and Philadelphia, MS, more often. This weekend we chose Biloxi to celebrate an anniversary. Had reservations at the Palace Casino, but since we arrived early drove to Gulfport. First visited Treasure Bay (okay, guess that's still Biloxi) still under renovation, they hope to be completed by mid June. Not many slots available but they do have good sandwhiches in their small restaurant that is open. Sure do miss the ship though. Their slots, pre Katrina, have always been generous as are the comps.
Continued to Gulfport where the old Grand was, now called something else (sorry, the name escapes me). Big casino already and opening a new section today. They were really busy but then it was Mother's Day and their buffet line was quite long. Did not eat there so can't tell you anything about the food, but their slots were paying off and we left with more than we came with. Parking was a bit of a problem, but noticed they are building a new parking deck adjacent to the hotel/casino, even working on Sunday. I believe they are the only casino open in Gulfport right now.
Wanted to check into the Palace by this time so headed back toward Biloxi. Quite a few folks on the beach enjoying the day. Looked like the water is soooo shallow, We saw people walking far out and the water was still only to their knees. Mississippi beaches have never been comparable to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL. It's only an hour and a half away. I've always wondered why folks just don't travel a little further.
So many condos going up in the area, beachside and across the street. But it is sad to see the old homes gone. Few are being restored, but not many.
We passed by the Beau although we had some free play there. Was there once recently and they were generous with the comps for free play and rooms. Only one objection to the Beau (it is beautiful), but the walk from the parking garage to the casino is quite a hike. Also, skipped by the Isle of Capri. It was one of our favorite casinos pre Kathrina, but we've found their slots to be really tight now. Since we don't play table games, cannot tell you anything about them.
Arrived at the Palace about 2:00 p.m. Never a parking problem there. Since our stay was comped went to check in and told us to come back at 3:00. So, we played and won, like we always do there. My husband would not leave his machine, so I went back at 3:00 and was told to come back at 4:00. By 4:00 the line looked liked a fast food restaurant with only three people checking folks in! I waited over 45 minutes. Obviously, they did not release any of the rooms until then. What a mess! Everyone was complaining.
Tried to order room service and they do not offer it on Sunday evenings. So off to the buffet. As usual everyone was going for the crab legs. We don't eat them, but tried some crab wrapped shrimp, and it was wonderful. Have never seen that on any of the buffets before. Breakfast buffet is not the best, but since it was free, it was good for the price we paid. Rooms at the Palace are nice as they are everywhere right now since everything has been refurbished.
Stopped at IP as we were leaving. It, too, is one of our favorites since they have so many penney slots (hey, we're not high rollers). The standard rooms there are larger than the Palace, breakfast buffet is definitely better and drink service is good. They obviously have hired new people or put an emphasis on customer service, because all of their personnel are outstanding. Definitely, better then pre-Katrina.
Oh, the Hard Rock is opening 07/07/07. Heard they had over 5,000 applicants. They were supposed to open, I believe, the day or day after Katrina hit, so now they will try again. Can't wait to visit.