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TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

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TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

This is my trip report for our recent trip to the Mirage

Las Vegas. I’ve organised it as series of replies and tried to detail just the main Points that might be of interest (so I’ve omitted the fine detail of the many (many) bars we visited)

Before the TR I’d better introduce ourselves, I’m 56 and my wife is 53, both from the UK, and this was our fourth trip to LV. We are both very far from high rollers, in fact we are the lowest of the low low (low) rollers , so that getting our drinks comped is a big deal. We just love LV for the amazing experience it is, with perhaps a little gambling. As for last years trip the excuse for this trip was my wife’s birthday on 27/feb

We chose The Mirage based solely on its location, we have stayed (in date order) at the Imperial Palace, Excalibur and the Bellagio and decided that even tho the strip is really quite small, we would like to try the Mirage/palace area again

This is my first ever TR, so please be gentle with me!

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1. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

Look forward to it :-)

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2. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

Bring it on.................I bet you loved Bazza.........................You did, didn't you!

Yeah.......you loved him!

Cheers

Davy !!!

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3. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

Ooo, we were there at the same time, I wonder if we saw Barry on the same night!

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Day one (Wednesday )

Our virgin flight was the next day at 11:20 but so the holiday started a day early we stopped at a Gatwick hotel the night before. Normally we would use the Hilton as its directly attached to the South terminal but since we’d used this same hotel every year for at least the last 10 years ,this year we used the sofitel hotel attached to the north terminal. The sofitel is the newly renovated Le Meridien and seemed to be a much better hotel than the Hilton, I’d place the Sofitel as a high end four star and the Hilton as a low end four star as the room and public areas seemed much better. Transfers between the north and south terminals is easy with the monorail service and takes only a few minutes. We’d opted to add the evening meal (so we did not have to roam the airport in search of food ) and this was very pleasant and made a good start to our holiday. The only down side about using the Sofitel was that the off airport parking , it was off-off-off airport parking, and so the shuttle bus back took some time. Please don’t let the off-off-off airport parking put you off using this hotel because while we were there we enquired about using the sofiel later in the year (for Florida) and then they will be using a much closer parking venue

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5. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

Ok, it wont put me off....promise?

Cheers

Davy !!!

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Day two (Thursday)

Our Flight VS43 was 30 minutes late for take off, but the captain told us that we would still be landing at the scheduled time due to tail winds , we had booked our seats online (48 BC) as these were well away from the noise and light of the toilets and being by the galley there would be no-one behind us so we could recline our seats as soon as possible. But there were three big problems with the flight

(1) screens

the seat back entertainment was broken or distorted on many systems, mine had the words “elapsed time 00:06” permanently ‘stuck’ on the screen, my wife’s screen would only show one film (127 hours!) no matter what she selected. Looking around it looked like 25% of the systems were either showing a heavily distorted picture or Were frozen

(2) alcohol!

As soon as they started serving drinks a big queue of people built up around the galley (and so around us!) and the drinking began. I’ve never seen such drinking (and I’ve been to Ibiza ) there were people drinking like this was the last alcohol in the world and it would expire in the next few minutes. People would get a drink (a large drink) down it “in one” and then queue up for another. Now I must say there was no ‘trouble’, but the aisles and the empty space behind us were filled to bursting with people standing. It was if we were trying to rest in the middle of the party to end all parties. I was tempted to join in with the drinking, but with a 10 hour flight in front of us I knew I would feel absolutely horrible when I got there if I started drinking now. After a bit an announcement came over asking people to return to their seats.. this made no difference at all, and a bit later they announced that they had “run out of alcohol” (I’ve put that bit in quotes as I’m not sure if this was really true!) and only then did the crowd die out.

Now I hate to say this, but at the end of the flight I saw some of the people who had been drinking , and yes they did look awful

(3) my teeth!

When I got up in the morning I felt as if something was ‘different’ in my mouth, but it wasn’t a big deal what with all the security checks etc. but later during the flight when I woke up from a rest I realised that something was very wrong in my mouth, the left side of my mouth was so swollen that when I closed my jaw together the teeth on the left side of my mouth met so soon that that there was a big gap between the upper and lower teeth on the right side of my mouth. I think during my sleep someone had swapped my lower jaw with that from a horse. In my slightly confused state I decided that the right thing to do was to bite together really really hard , and this would sort out the problem.

Current trip advisior policy forbids me from using the words that I thought at this point, so please fill in the following as appropriate

Z*** P*** **F* **ER** *at*i*

I was in so much pain, it hurt (as they say like a b*t*h ) it throbbed and burnt as it it was both alive and really unhappy about what I had just done. As I held my mouth where it hurt I could feel how it swollen it was. It was at this point that my in depth knowledge of tv medical dramas came in useful, I had an abscess

The internet describes an abscess as “a painful infection at the root of a tooth” , I’d describe it as something I’d rather happen to someone else, preferably not at 30,000 feet with six hours flying to the nearest dentist, Fortunately we had some none prescription pain relief with us (we plan for the worse and hope for the best) and after a bit these took most of the pain away

landing a bit late at 14:30 (so much for the tail winds) and got a taxi (“No tunnel”) To the Mirage, $20 later we arrived. Checkin was quick and painless (as was my mouth, pain killers are wonderful things) . our room was 100-52 with a view of the strip (actually it was looking directly at casino royale and the Venetian) but as we were only on the tenth floor we also had a great view of a large slice of the casino roof.. the room was a good size, the beds so comfortable and the whole nice was clean tidy and very nice. The bathroom was a bit small (as many others have pointed out) but unless we were planning a beach party in there it would be more than big enough.

But now on to the problems with the room that became apparent during our stay.

First off the room key, when we checked in we got two key cards but we soon found out that my card would only work 25% of the time (standing in the hall doing my woody woodpecker impression with the card made it work most times) .

But the big (big!) problem with the room was noise, as we very close to the elevators this meant that lots of people had to pass our room, and I think we heard each foot step and each syllable of each conversation. We particularly enjoyed someone’s child having a great time running up and down the corridor many many times .As other people have suggested using the bath mat to fill the gap at the bottom of the door helped a bit but I’d still say that earplugs are the big fashion accessory you need to stay at the mirage. The casino is large and well set out (to stop you leaving I think) and the staff very friendly and attentive. each day we left (tipped) the maid $5 (this becomes important later on)

As none of the strip hotels ‘do’ tea & coffee facilities in the room (and my wife cannot function without regular infusions of tea) we made a quick trip to the Walgreens directly across the road and bought a ‘hotpot’ (which is not a traditional dish made from lamb or mutton and onion, topped with sliced potatoes, but is in fact effectively a kettle but without the auto switch off) $12.99 for a 32oz device, boils really quickly and keeps my wife furnished with tea perfectly. On our way back to our hotel we stopped off at Casino Royal and tried the $1 margarita (never had one of these before!) really enjoyed this.

By now it was 16:00 (or midnight to our body clocks) so we had a rest and then ate at the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) the garlic bread was so good (why can we not get this at home) and the pizzas really excellent. Now you may have noticed the absence of any comments about my abscess , after the drama on the plane I’d found that regular doses of the maximum level of pain relief (at less than the recommended interval) kept off the pain and despite looking as if I was keeping a small meal in a pouch on the left side of my mouth I was managing ok.

Well I thought it was ok until I tried to eat the pizza, the shooting pain when my teeth on the left side closed together meant that to eat I had to twist my jaw round to the right so I could at least try to chew, but fortunately pizza is easy to eat, but I knew that I would have to get something done, soon.

Deciding that only beer was the answer to dental pain we set out on the strip, we called in at margaritaville (just up from Imperial palace) but this was so noisy that never mind not being able to hear each other we could not even think (I think this makes us out as really old) and we worked our way up the strip casino bar by casino bar, steadily losing at video poker as we went, oddly enough it was only a few(ish) beers later that we started to feel really tired, (we blamed the jet lag) as we could think of no reason why several beers would make anyone tired

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7. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

I'm guessing by the flight details that you flew with Virgin.

I had an abscess on a tooth once. I can honestly say that it is the only time in my life when I just wanted to die.......No sh*t.

Hope things go better for you, but I have my doubts!

Cheers

Davy !!!

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8. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

ewwww poor peb_uk - we feel your pain!!

Ok - where are you? c'mon this is getting good....

more please :)

Jane (from Canada but originally from UK)

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9. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

Wow not a good start. I think a tooth ache is one of the worst pains. I hope things get better but from the title perhaps not.

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10. Re: TR: 23/2 Manilow, peaches and the Emergency Room

What an unlucky start. Hopefully it will get better...