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My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

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My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

Just got back from Vegas yesterday afternoon. Birthday trip for my 55th birthday and my best friend's 58th. I will post Trip Report as a reply, but we had an awesome time...and I never even had to cash a Traveler's Check as I started winning on the first day and continued to play off the cash in hand until I left!

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1. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

looking forward to your Tr

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2. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

You tease.........

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3. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

Lets have it cant wait .

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4. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

Looking forward to it. The gambling gods were not kind to me at all on our trip last week.

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5. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

That's great!!! Can't wait!!!

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Background - My best friend and I have been planning this trip for months. She turned 58 on Sept 8 and I turned 55 on September 29. We had not been to Vegas in several years AND we are taking my twin daughters back there next Spring/Summer after they turn 21, so we saw this as a grand oppirtunity to do some "scouting" and get a girls trip to Vegas. 10 days before we were to leave, I came down with the very worst case of bronchitis. I was flat on my back in bed for 5 days with fever and coughing. The antibiotics my doctor gave me were not doing much and I was afraid I was going to have to cancel, but last Sunday, October 2, my fever finally broke and I decided I was going to live to travel to Vegas, but it was touch and go for a while. I am happy to report that I did lose 6 pounds on the BBronchitis and Soup Diet, but I would not really recommend it to anyone.

Day One - flew from Dallas to Vegas via Southwest Airlines. Definitely the least expensive of the tickets at the time I bought them, BUT Southwest does not fly non-stop to Vegas from Dallas. You have to stop somewhere, either in Texas or a connecting state to get to Vegas. If you're from Dallas you will understand the Wright Amendment and what it did to Love Field. If you're not from Dallas, I'm sure you're saying WTF?? But it is what it is. I chose s flight that I would not have to switch planes on, so the first leg of my trip took me from Dallas to beautiful Midland-Odessa. I'm from Texas, but I have never seen such flat land...for miles and miles and miles and miles...nothing but flat land. Anyway, they call these flights "Drop and Go" flights as they land, the folks going to Midland deplane, the folks going to Vegas from Midland get on the plan and you are in and out in 25 minutes. Not a bad deal. I love Southwest, as we arrived in Vegas 20 minutes EARLY! My buddy picked me up at the airport as she drove over from Phoenix. got to the Bellagio around 2:30. Stood in line for maybe 10 minutes to check in. We had reserved a Lakeview Delux room. I asked if we could upgrade to a remodeled room. She said we could for $50 a night. Um, no thanks, we'll stay where we are. She them mentioned that we had requested two queen beds, and those were first come, first served, but if we wanted to share a King Sized bed, she could upgrade us to the remodeled room at no extra charge. SCORE, that's fine. VERY NICE room on the 27th floor, smack in front of the fountains. If I had this to do all over again, I would not have paid extra for the lakeside view, would have simply tried to upgrade at check-in, but for as little time as we spent watching the fountains from our room, it wasn't worth the extra $40 a day. As I had only had a light breakfast in Dallas before we left, I was hungry, so off we went to the Bellagio Cafe. TERRIFIC people watching...TERRIFIC watching folks stroll through the conservatory. Saw several weddings and lots and lots of people just gauking at the flowers. Was not overly impressed with my turkey burger, but it did was it was supposed to do, and I was no longer hungry, and mighty anxious to hit the casino! We both got our players card, as we both were at 5000 tier credits from the Facebook Bonus earlier this summer. Played some slots, won a bit on the Hangover, but won $90 on an I Love Lucy slot. Ahead for the day about $60. Off to bed, and I must say, that the mattresses on the bed in the remodeled room was the most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on. My head hit the pillow and I don't believe I moved until 9:00 the next morning.

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7. Re: My first TR - Bellagio Oct 5 - 8

Off to a good start. I'll certainly look forward to reading more. ;)

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Day Two - got up in time to try the Buffet, after reading so much about it here. I was not disappointed. Eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes. all my favorites. My friend had an omlet. Both of us went back for fruit. Oh, and this place has mighty good coffee! After breakfast, we went to the Spa to see if our resort fee covered a visit to the steam room, as my bronchitis was acting up a bit. Nope, but you can sit in the steam for $29! No thinks, I'll make my own steam room in our bathroom. We did go to the fitness center to work out. Nice facility. Plenty of treadmills, elipticals, bikes, lots of weights and machines. We worked out for 30 minutes or so, then back to the room to clean up. My friend had to take a conference call, so I went down to gamble a bit before my 1:00 manicure. Played mostly penny slots, but did toss in some video poker. I hit $50 on a Dirty Dancing machine and some other small hits. By this time, I was up about $100 and off for a manicure.

OH, wait, I forgot something from yesterday. Before we arrived, I had posed a question on the Bellagio's facebook page. Got a response right back and then I commented how my friend and I were coming for a birthday celebration. She recommended the Salon for a mani-pedi and I told her that I was signed up for a mani. When we got to our room on wednesday, after we ate a late lunch, we noticed in our room that there were two small vases, with fresh flowers, two boxes of chocolates and two personalized notes. The Internet Marketing gal that apparently monitors facebook wrote us the nicest Happy Birthday message, and even got our ages right in our notes! I was totally impressed.

Anyway, I get to the Spa for my manicure and was totally impressed with the gal who did my nails. At least in Dallas, most of the gals who do manicures are sometimes hard to understand with the language barriers, but this gal was form Michigan, had lived in Vegas for 23 years and she was a doll. At the beginning of my session, the manager arrives with a nice glass of champagne and also wished me a Happy Birthday. The Marketing Department at the Bellagio strikes again.

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Day Two - continued. After I got a manicure and my friend finished her call, we decided to go exploring. First Stop - the cosmopolitan. We signed up for the players card and found what was posted on here to be true. On the day you sign up, you can spin the wheel for Free Play and free Buffets and on the next day, you can do the $100 promotion. So today, we spun the wheel. I got $10 in free play and my friend got a free wicked spoon buffet. I played my $10 on a WOZ machine and won $70! We really liked the Cosmo and played there for an hour or more. Walked across the street to Planet Hollywood. Did not get good vibes in there and promptly lost the $70 I won at the Cosmo. We did get a sandwich in their food court, and I will give PH this, they have plenty of reasonably priced places to eat! Hit a hot Hangover run at the Bellagio and a hot video poker machine on the way to the elevators. Had to shower and change as we were spending the evening downtown. Had show tickets at the golden Nugget for their Country Tribute show, which included their buffet. Arrived downtown around 7:30, had the buffet...bleah, not terrific, but since it was included in the price of the show tickets, we ate there. The Country Tribute show was actualy very good. Brooks and Dunn were the hosts, also had Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, and Big and Rich. Big and Rich stole the show. They were awesome and the guy who played John Rich was a dead ringer. Was playing slots when A-Rod struck out in the 9th inning and the Yankees are out of the ALCS and Detroit was moving on. Well, when A-Rod struck out, you would have thought somebody had hit a grand slam homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the world Series as folks were screamin and high fiving all up and down the aisles. Being a Texas Ranger fan, I was not too terribly sorry to see the Yanks out of it! GO RANGERS!

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Day Three - slept a little late. Got up and 9:30 and the line to the buffet was out of control, as was the line to the Bellagio Cafe. we walked next door and ate breakfast at the Cosmo. Their cafe is in their bar area, and there were probably 4 or 5 couples ahead of us. We asked if we could sit at the bar...SURE...and off we went. Ate a terrific breakfast there. I had eggs benedict and my friend had another omlet and toast. VERY GOOD FOOD and very reasonably priced. We were in and out for about $25 + tip. FUN bartenders, just a terrific atmosphere. We decided to try the $100 deal, so I went to the players club to ask again. You can lose your initial $100 on any machine, but you can only play the $100 Free Play on the non-progressive machines...but she did point out a bank of Quarter video Poker machines that would take the Free Play. I lost my $100 really quickly on the Wheel of Fortune machines. The same gal who explained the process credited my free play with $100 and I'm off to the quarter video poker machines. I went through my $100, but got $85 back on my video poker play. Took that money and headed to the front to try those WOZ machines again. Went through $20 pretty quickly, but got on a hot machine, and I'm sorry to say that I can't remember what kind, but before i knew it, I was up $200. There was a repair guy working on the machine next to mine, and we would not let him leave, as long as I was winning. I cashed out at $225. Back to the Bellagio as we were going to change to and go and shop at the Outlet mall. Only problem was that when we tried to get my friend's car form the Vallet at the Bellagion, her Lexus was completely dead. They can't even jump it, so we had to call las Vegas lexus to come and toe it. She spent all afternoon at Las Vegas Lexus. She told me I'd have to find something else to do, so off I went exploring.