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TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

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TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

Needed a vacation for the Wife and me. It’s been almost 2 years since our last trip with some friends, but this one would just be the two of us.

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Preface: This will be the first time we are in Vegas without an itinerary provided to us! Stayed at the Venetian in 04 on a business sponsored trip, and Paris in 09 for a friend’s wedding. This time we considered Pallazo and Venetian again, or maybe the Wynn/Encore, but Bellagio kept coming up do to its central location and some perk show tickets that everybody as advertising. Was fearful of the crowds and some of the reviews of how Bellagio was starting to show her age. We are not trying to break the bank on this trip, but were not afraid to splurge some as a special treat/vacation. I’ll learn several money saving lessons as the trip progresses, and unfortunately I learn most of them after the fact (but this helps you remember it for next time even more)

Was looking for about 4 day/3 nights out on a reliable airline. A couple of shows, a sampling of attractions and most likely a 5 star hotel were the other goals for the trip.

So off to the travel websites I go, and get hooked on this forum! Eventually booked through travelocity since they were the only ones with a decent American Airlines selection. We got burned on US Airways on a trip before and lost a day and 2 show tickets as a result. No more discount airlines for us. Booked it about 10 weeks in advance. In hindsight, I probably could have gotten the same deal booking it separately.

Next time: Will try to book everything directly through airlines and hotels. Hopefully they know I’m alive through some players cards I’ll open during the trip.

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2. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

Hope I don't get too wordy for some folks....

Day 1: Departed for Vegas around 12:10 from the DFW airport. DFW Terminal A is a mess with construction. American Airlines pushes you to the automated self-service machines, only to “self-check” bags at the counter anyway. What next? Lug your bag away from the counter back through the self-check in stations, to the luggage screening area. This was a very confusing and ironic mixture of self-service and automation. Getting through TSA security was quick and efficient, and of course rushed.

Get on the plane, excited to start the vacation! Flight was quick thanks to some Jack Daniels mini’s I put in my 3-1-1 bag. Didn’t mind the desert air turbulence as we were preparing to land.

I’m always a little paranoid about someone walking off with my luggage, so bear with me on that. We were near the back of the plane, so de-boarding took forever. Luckily a quick bathroom break, and we got to the tram just before the doors closed. This was great because as soon as we got to the baggage claim, our bags were first and we just walked up as soon as they emerged. Nobody at McCarren checked baggage claims.

Now off to find the shuttle. Had gray line shuttle passes thanks to Travelocity adding them automatically. Figured we’d just give it a shot. A decent 20 minute wait and we were loaded and off on a full bus. Had some guy talking to us up front, and yep, eventually produced the timeshare binder with “amazing” deals to shows. Sorry pal, already got all my show tickets booked!

We were dropped off 3rd in a group of about 8-10 couples. Not bad, but again the luggage paranoia. With luggage in the back, the first folks could “mistakenly” grab your bag and walk off unseen.

Checked into Bellagio around 2 PM with no issues. “Upgraded” to a fountain view on 15th floor from the travelocity base “Deluxe King” room for 30 bucks a night. We got the Spa Tower which includes long walks from hotel entrance to room elevators. The view was decent however, if you overlook the large parking lot immediately below. We have great views Bally’s, Paris, Planet Ho, and parts of Cosmo. Couldn’t see Lake Como much, but could definitely see the fountain show.

Tip for others: When offered a fountain view, ask if it is in the Spa Tower. It is not that bad, just not the in your face view you may be expecting. Spa tower is also a hike. I didn’t mind, but the better half in slender high heels will!

Also had fun with the horizontal safe. Had to keep everything stacked perfect. Playing jenga with jewelry, watches, bilfolds, cigar case and travel folder was not fun. Glad I did not bring the laptop!

Went downstairs to get our player cards, and stopped by the Bellagio Buffet for some food. Caught it near the end of lunch, but didn’t quite stick around until Dinner items came out (4 PM). Good meal, but not as good as I remembered the Paris buffet (which was Dinner service). Spent our free play at a slot, nothing noteworthy, just trying to learn the paces. Did note the bellagio only gives points at the 25 minimum tables. Ouch!

Edited: 30 May 2011, 06:19
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3. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

NIce start! I'll look forward to reading more.

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4. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

I'm waiting to hear YOU grabbed someone else's bags!

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5. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

i didnt know you can bring mini drinks on the plane. so its ok as long as its a travel size. or did you pour it in a travel sized container. thanks

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6. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

Like me an early am TR. Enjoying, and look forward to more.

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7. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

is there more?? We want more!!!

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8. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

Day One Continued (actually doing stuff): We walked out to the fountains for a show, then off to the Paris to check up on our favorite casino from past trips. Crossed the street and got inside and found everything just like I remembered! Signed up for Total Rewards and got some more free play. Used it in some random slots and lost it pretty quickly. Toured the pits a bit trying to find a free craps table, but couldn’t find one. They only had two open mid afternoon anyway, so off to Roulette to show DW how much fun it could be. Way too many spectators at both tables! Finally found one with about 3 players and maybe 5 girls just watching. It might have been bad luck to get them to move, but money plays! The other guys at the table had been doing ok, some up several hundred after hitting a number or two that apparently the girls picked out. Bled my 120 down to about 50 and DW was not enjoying it at all. She likes to have some control and this must have looked liked we were just throwing the money away. (Kinda was) But alas, without any drink service we took the meager 50 bucks to find a single blackjack table, one had a side bet for pairs that was interesting. We also got the anchor/third baseman position. Turned the 50 back into about something north of 100, and finally some decent drink service.

At this point I like to point out that I notice a trend when I seem gamble, especially so on this trip. Be it on a ship at sea, in a casino, or wherever, I seem to take the role of Jerry Seinfeld. There is an episode where he always “breaks even”, and that seems to be the theme for the day. For the record, I also consider it breaking even if I’m down a small percentage when I have spent a couple hours, enjoyed several drinks and everyone got tipped.

Also to me, blackjack is a somewhat social game. Nothing more fun that a lively table who cheers each other on. This table kinda sucked, but it was like 2 pm on a Thursday. 2nd baseman your standard middle aged white guy. Sipping on miller lite, wife beside (but not betting). Never acknowledge us in any way shape or form, but would always try to “say” the number card we wanted when we hit. Annoying. First base had a very sharp, yet drunk on chardonnay, lady. She seemed to know the strategy very well however, and would offer good advice and high fives (not gruff attempts at Jedi mind tricks with the deck like the miller lite dude).

Time to head out and see what else we could find. Stopped by Lord of the Rings slot that I heard about on several trip reports, and could definitely see the attraction. Made a mental note to keep an eye out for one in future stops. On the way out, quickly checked out the sugar factory, lots of loud music, teeny boppers, and sweet snacks. Not really for us.

Now onto Cosmo! Was starting to get dark, and this place definitely had plenty of blinky bits. Very clean and snazzy, but the wife hit it on the head when she said it had a big “sex and the city” vibe. Liked the cleanliness, and the cozy pockets of the casino, but felt I was missing half the place because of the layout. Got an identity card and found some slots to play. Wheel of Fortune was our first bet, but figured out that it wasn’t free play compatible. No worries, because very quick drink service made up for it. Nearly instantaneous! Went to another slot and DW was happy with the money drain. I was just trying to get a feel for the casino, but she sees them one armed bandits as pure evil. So I employed my Jerry Seinfeld abilities and did get a couple minor hits. Turned that 15 free play into about 15 real dollars and cashed out. Drink service tips and about 45 minutes, we were down maybe 20 bucks in cosmo. Not bad in my eyes!

Now time to explore cosmo and do the stuff you have read about countless times before. Big shoes, bugs in display, 4 dogs, weird steampunk like devices, all viewed. Made it through most of the four floors, and got to peek into the Wicked Spoon. I don’t know about the rooms, but I could definitely see myself hanging out here. City center is HUGE, but the casino was EMPTY. High limit was barren. I felt sorry for the dealers just sitting there. I did pass by a weird hallway and then thought, is that it? Yes it was! The “secret” pizza place! We had a slice or two, and some draft beer. Wasn’t the best pizza I’ve had, but still enjoyed it. Think we’ve checked off the major touristry stuff, so time to start heading back to because we got an early morning tomorrow.

Walked all the back to the Bellagio. Thank God the moving escalators/walkways were running, they make it much quicker! Back to bed and oh yes, had a dozen roses waiting for us in the room. Concierge came through great on that! Got a burger and a Heineken through Room service, watched the fountains once or twice, and off to bed!

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9. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

You can bring them on but have to be sneaky about pouring them into your club soda or mixer. When I got out my little vodka bottle once, I got a big lecture from a flight attendant who said it's against Federal Regulations to bring your own consumable alcohol on board....I didn't know so I wasn't being discreet about it, so live and learn, haha!

Thanks for the informative trip review....we are off to the Bellagio next week and can't wait!

Edited: 31 May 2011, 06:25
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10. Re: TR - Bellagio May 19 through 22.

enjoying your TR, Thanks for sharing. Liked that you actually did the 'touristy" stuff!!!! looking for more.