Nah, I'm just kidding. We stayed at the Golden Nugget from Friday, April 10th to Wednesday, April 15th.
Nah, I'm just kidding. We stayed at the Golden Nugget from Friday, April 10th to Wednesday, April 15th.
First I’ll get the boring stuff out of the way:
My wife and I are in our late thirties and this was the forth Vegas trip for each of us, three of them together. We have both been working like crazy for the past several months between our careers and the kids. Finally an opportunity for a break presented itself, and all the great deals in Las Vegas were too much to pass up. I need to say a big “Thank You” to my parents for offering to watch the kids during our trip.
I started checking flights in December and checked several websites early and often every day before deciding that Southwest had the best fares and flight times, and a lack of extra charges. The flight to LV was $129 each, and the flight back was $99 each. We had non stop flights at convenient times each way. I also like that they fly out of Midway airport in Chicago, because O’Hare is notorious for flight delays.
We’ve stayed on the strip all previous trips and wanted to try something new. We always had the most fun when we would hang out on Fremont street, and I’ve been getting great e-mails offers from the Golden Nugget for the past couple years. So we got a great deal on a south tower deluxe room. Rates were super cheap on Easter weekend, probably because no big conventions were in town. Friday and Saturday night were only $59 each, our third night was free, and our last two nights were only $49 each. Since the room was so inexpensive, we also got the VIP check in for $20. Even with the VIP check in our average room rate was under $50. You would have a hard time finding a hotel rate that low anywhere else in America, I think even Motel 6 would charge more.
I left this up to my wife since she said she could get a good deal through her company. She did not, so we did not get a car. I had wanted to visit Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire, but I guess that will stay on my Vegas to do list.
Good one. I opened the link to see who stayed at the Western...:)
Ohhh I just about choked on my salad when I read your title! LOL
That was great :)
Well, I did pay the Western a visit during the trip. I cover that in more detail later.
LOL! I don't have a salad to choke on but I had to read this one!! Great hook CheapSeats.
Almost EVERYONE is going to be opening this thread! A TR about the Western- don't see that very often lol
Any TR involving the Western has got to be entertaining. I look foward to the TR thanks!
At first I thought they had completed the renovations(?) and started renting rooms again and would have suggested that you move the next big Mega there.
I’ll go day by day with this, and if you stick with me until the end, I promise to post some pictures
Friday - April 10th
The flight was uneventful and we landed on time at 5PM. We did not have to wait too long to get our suitcases at the baggage claim area. If I was traveling alone, I would have gone the economy route and taken the #108 bus downtown. However, I knew DW would have no part of that, so we took a cab. I guess we beat the rush since the cab line was the shortest I’ve ever seen. I think we waited less than two minutes. Since it was rush hour on a Friday, there was some traffic but it wasn’t too bad.
We arrived at the GN and found the VIP check in area. It is a nice little room that has some snacks and a mini fridge that is always stocked with bottled water and juices. The reception clerk was very friendly and nice. Since the GN is building a new tower, I asked for a room that was as far away from the construction as possible, and she kindly changed our room to honor my request. We grabbed a couple bottles of juice from the VIP fridge and headed to our room. The time share predators leaped upon us immediately as we approached the south tower elevators, but we’ve experienced these creatures before and just said a quick “No Thanks!” Our room was #1676, fairly close to the elevator and on a corner so we only had a room on one side of us. We never heard any noise from the adjacent room, and hallway noise was minimal.
I would describe the room, but I found this video shows pretty much all you need to know:
The only difference is that our room had one king size bed, a big flat TV, and a nicer shower head than the one shown in the video. Though I do like how they used of The Price Is Right music. I opened the curtains to check out our view, and well, you don’t stay downtown for the view so I didn’t mind. I did like how the window slid open all the way. I made it easy to check the weather in the mornings.
We unpacked our things and my wife informed me that she just wants to chill out in the room this night. I know we both have been very sleep deprived lately, but I haven’t been to Vegas in two years, and there was no way I was staying in. She understood and wished me well as I headed out the door. I spent most of the first night walking around the Fremont Street area. I signed up for player cards from most of the casinos since I only had ones from the GN and Four Queens previously. Since it was Friday night, most of the casinos had their hot chick dealers working, they even had go go dancers at the Golden Gate. I never did play at any tables where the hot chick dealers worked since I have enough trouble concentrating on my cards while drunk and I didn’t need any further distractions.
Finally, was getting hungry so I headed over to the Golden Gate and got a couple shrimp cocktails and listened to the piano player. I next headed to Main Street Station. I walked around awhile since I had never been there before. It’s a real nice casino, the brew pub is cool, and the buffet must be great since the line was a mile long. I sat down at the bar to play some video poker. Main Street Station is like the Holy Grail for a low stakes, beer loving player like myself. There were always plenty of available 9/6 Jacks or Better games at the 25 cent level right at the bar. Also, the bar serves four varieties of beer from the in house micro brewery. I played long enough to try all four. I found that I liked the High Roller Gold the best so I had one more of those. I had no luck with video poker though and I cashed out after losing $45.
I walked back in time to catch the first light show of the evening. It was American Pie by Don McLean. I think I liked this one the best, perhaps because it’s such a long song. When it ended, I grabbed another beer then went into the Plaza and checked out a pretty good band playing R&B songs. It was a fun and lively atmosphere, with lots of people dancing. After a couple more beers and band/people watching, I went out to catch the next light show. It was the tribute to Queen, also pretty cool. I decided that I was having fun doing exactly what I had been doing, so I went back into the Plaza had a few more beers and enjoyed the band. I stayed until the third light show was about to begin. It was the Kiss tribute, it was good too, but I thought it was the weakest of the three.
By the time the light show ended I was getting hungry again and since I was so close to the Golden Gate, I popped in and couple more shrimp cocktails. By this time I was ready to play some Blackjack. I bounced around a few different casinos, finally settling in at a $3 table at the California. I played for quite awhile, getting good drink service and friendly dealers the whole time. Finally, I cashed out with a small loss and went back to the GN to crash at about 3:30AM.
Saturday - April 11th.
DW and I are usually early risers and today was no exception. We got up around 7AM and talked about what we each did the previous night. She stayed in and ordered some quesadillas from room service and said they were very good and arrived quickly. I enjoy almost all types of alcoholic beverages, but this trip I decided to just stick with good old reliable beer to minimize hangovers. So I didn’t feel bad that morning, just a little thirsty. We headed down to the VIP lounge and grabbed a couple bottles of juice before proceeding to Main Street Station for breakfast. My wife signed up for players cards from a few of the casinos on the way.
We found the Main Street Station buffet to be as good as advertised. The room is big and beautiful, the selection was huge, and the food was pretty good too. I did not get a made to order omelet, but the guy making them was very funny and kept the people entertained while they waited. Our server was very attentive and our drinks never ran dry. I like that they serve orange juice in huge glasses. I usually try to eat 3 to 4 times my body weight when I go to buffets, but for some reason I could only finish two plates worth. I guess my stomach shrank after only eating a few shrimp cocktails the night before.
After breakfast, we went back to the room to relax a bit, then shower and get ready for the day. While my wife was getting ready, I went down to the pool to take a few pictures. I really wanted to try out the pool, but the weather was only in the mid 60s at this time. My DW met me down by the pool and we head out to start the day.
At this point I’m tired and stuffed full of food while she is rested and ready to go. I suggested we head over to El Cortez since she didn’t have a player card there yet, and we could stay and play awhile there. On the way, we stopped at Hennessey’s for a beer. It was a little after noon and the place was almost empty. We had a nice conversation with the bartender. He said that the tourist/convention crowds were not too much smaller downtown. People still want to come to Vegas, and more are staying downtown since it’s less expensive. He also mentioned that he never has a shortage of friends visiting him from the Midwest since he moved to Las Vegas.
We move on to the El Cortez, and my wife gets her player card. I signed up the night before and used an American Casino Guide coupon to get $10 worth of free slot play. I picked out a slot machine, and went through the $10 in about two minutes with nothing to show for it. This is why I don’t play the one armed bandits, they’re like reverse ATMs for me. We sat down at a $5 Blackjack table and played for a while. I like to play using basic strategy so that I know what to do on every hand, and I practice often at the computer when I‘m home. I avoid any silly side bets that are offered since I know they always favor the house by a huge margin. DW, on the other hand, plays using gut instinct and loves the silly side bets. Well, the funny thing is, I tend to lose every time I play and she tends to win. I know it goes against all logic statistically, but it happens. Anyway she won about $200 because she dumped some chips on the side bet and was then dealt a suited blackjack. Meanwhile I was down about $20 and really wanted to start drinking. There was only one cocktail waitress serving our area of the casino. Every time she come around she stopped taking orders at the craps table next to ours. I could not get her attention for the life of me. It was like I was invisible. I always tip waiters and dealers and I am always polite and friendly, so I don’t know why we were getting snubbed. After an hour or so, I was frustrated and told my wife I was going to try the Four Queens. She was doing well at her table and decided to stay.
More of Saturday, April 11th to come…