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I never thought your stories were true until something wonderful happened to me! Wait.... that's the other "forum"--here's my story:
We are an engaged couple, in our early middle-ages who visited Vegas for the first time. Flew the non-stop southwest flight out of Albany at 2:30 pm on uper bowl sunday--had "A" boarding group and learned the flight was only about half-filled. Was nice to have a roomy flight. Once the Bills were eliminated from making the playoffs, I had no interest in seeing the big game. The flight was early, and we arrived at Mccarran near the end of the second quarter.
Luggage was only a few minute wait and then we boarded Thrifty's shuttle to get our rental. No problems were encountered here and we were invited to chose from a row of cars, all of which represented an upgrade.. Typical experience, I've read on this board many times. Being a blue chip member expedited the process, I guess.Meant we could go directly to the lot for the car. There were no lines at the aiport counter, I noticed.
Decided to spend the first night in Vegas at the Courtyard Marriot in Summerlin. Did this for a few reasons--I thought we'd be tired from the time change and travel and just want to eat and crash (was correct); The room was free with my Marriot points; wanted to avoid the strip traffic during super bowl; planned on going to red rock the next morning; wanted to use that night as a throw-away trip insurance in case of storms/flight cancellations. Anyway, the courtyard was a typical courtyard--clean and unassuming. We wlked across a parking lot and dined at Dave's Famous BBQ. Excellent food, cheap drinks, huge portions. watched the end of the super bowl while dining, went back and crashed. Dins ran about 50 dollars.
Woke up really early the next morning--before 5am--took a few days to adjust to PST. Ate at the marriot breakfast buffet--standard fare and I KNOW there were better choices. checked out and drove out to red rock canyon. We spent a few hours there, driving the loop--taking in the beautiful vistas, hiking a little--saw the pictographs.
Stopped at the Smith's food market on Charelston to obtain wine/vodka and munchies for the room--cut down to Tropicana and drove straight to the strip.
Found Harmon and the entrance to the Signature easily. An efficient team of valet/bellmen took care of our luggage. I posted a long review of the Sig on the hotel review section of this site--it should post in a day or two. Suffice to say, its a gorgeous, comfortable property...NO CORKSREW in the room, however--although I had one sent up with only minimal problem. Its a relatively quick/painless walk to the MGM via moving walkways.
Thanks to everyone on this site who suggested periodically checking the hotel rates. The signature rates went down 4 times in a six month span--they honored the lower one each time I called and we saved about $300 in the process.
After the luggage was brought to our room, we headed over to the Tropicana to view the bodies exhibit. I'm squeamish about this stuff, but it is fascinating the way in which these bodies are displayed/preserved. the fiance is an MD and she was awestruck by this exhibition.
After hanging out in the room, we dined at Wolfgang puck in the MGM--I had the flat iron steak and many beers. These same beers prevented me to remember what fiance had --bill came to $110. Played some slots for a while, then crashed.
It was warm in Vegas during our visit.. low 70's in the daytime. The sig pool was open and we hung out there for a few hours--actually, SHE stayed longer than I as I hit the casino a bit to play slots/let it ride. no luck in either except a $125 hit on the reel 25 cent progresive wheel of fortune slot. this ensured a winning session.
Cabbed it over late afternoon to TI ($8.95 plus tip)and dined at Isla --again $110--for appetizers, entreees, mojitos, beer, dessert. A good dining experience. Caught the sirens show ( trailer trash meets pirates of penzance)then went to view Mystere. What a spectacle this is! the gymastic and choreographic feats were awe-inspiring.. played some slots (usual outcome), then trammed it to the Mirage--walked past the Bellagio founatins, and then hoofed it back to the Sig.
Part II soon.
Can't wait to read the hotel review - as i'm heading out there in two months.
If you don't mind though - what was the pool at the Signature like and what tower were you in?
Looking forward to pt 2.
Was the pool actually warm enough to swim in or was the area just open for lounging?
Can't wait for part 2!
Nive report so far. I have a short attention span, so thank you for dividing it up!
Dave's famous BBQ? We had one open it Gilroy north of me and the food IS delicious.
Nice arriving when the SuperBowl was on. Makes the airport and the streets like a ghost town.
Glad you won on Wheel of Fortune...it's my fav game.
I like that too many beers makes you forget what your finacee ordered.
So far so good. Looking forward to part 2
To the two of you who asked abnout the pool: The Sig pool was open and heated (I'm guessing high 70's) and people were indeed swimming. The adjacent hot tub also was open. The Sig pool is basically a standard rectangular pool--not overly large--but certainly adequate for the number of people using it.
John: flattering that you liked the beginning of my report.. your report of two weeks ago was one of the most comprehensive personal reports I have read in my life--truly inspirational! I didn't get to enjoy the "amenities" you did on your trip, however.
Low: glad there's another Dave's BBQ fan out there.
Good TR waiting for Chapter 2.
Albany Dave...enjoyed your day1. I particularly like reading TR's like yours....cuz i cannot afford to stay at the signature, eat at nice restaurants and take taxi's....so I get to live that life thru your TR.
I am not poor....i take many trips....they are just all budget trips.
(Still trying the help 6 kids get thru college)
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