Unfortunately nothing too exciting happened this past weekend but I will pass on some of the info I found and experienced.
I flew in on Thursday evening and I thought right from the beginning I was gonna have a fantastic trip. Flight was from Flint Michigan to Vegas via Cleveland on Continental. I only really choose this route because I wanted the mileage and it was cheap :) First leg of the flight I had no one sitting beside me, Bonus. Second leg came and again, low and behold on a full flight I had no one in the middle seat again. Score one for me. Flight from Cleveland to Vegas had live direct TV so I opted to pay the $8 and was able to watch some live NHL and the Thursday college football game of the week. Arrived on time around 10pm Vegas time.
Alamo car rental. I hopped into the shuttle to the rental car center and was quickly whisked away. Was very busy when I arrived but prior I had signed up for the Alamo insiders club and used the self check in machine in front of the Alamo counters. Had to view various options offered but declined on all of them and in the matter of a couple minutes I had my rental agreement. I had used a Costco $20 off code and another 20% off code to come up with a $53 grand total for 3 days. Up the stairs and handed it to the attendant. I had a mid size car booked but they had none so was given the option for a mid size truck. Sure why not. They will check your drivers license, rental agreement and I made sure to have them note the various scratches on the vehicle so I didn't get dinged later. Make sure you check your vehicle closely before driving off if you ever rent a car. Off I go driving down the strip taking in the wonderful lights and on my way to Paris.
Paris. I lucked out as I check the website often to watch rates. I am sure they made an error as just happened one day the entire year was offered 'comped' so I booked various dates while I could have Paris for free. The last time I was in Vegas was in June of last year and gambled very little at that time so I was surprised at the comp offer. No problems on check in. Didn't take any upgrades and was given a non smoking room with 2 queens. 23rd floor at the very end of the hall. It was a basic room but was very nice. Bed was soft and very comfortable. I slept great when I did. Old style tube tv but who cares. Bathroom was large with tub and separate walk in shower. Coffee maker was offered for those who care about that. Only complaint was shower water pressure was weak. I didn't lose any sleep over that thou. View was of the mountains, the back of PH westgate and I could also see Ellis Island Casino. I was very happy with this room and I think Paris is the perfect location on the strip in the middle of the action. The hotel isn't overly big either so getting to and from the rooms took very little time.
Food. Well Unfortunately for all you foodies out there, this is as basic as you can get. I didn't eat much while I was in Vegas. Thursday night I stopped into Bills and had their $6.99 steak and egg special offered from 11pm - 6 am daily. Steak was good but not of great quality, I expected that. 2 eggs, hash browns and toast. Good deal for the price. Quick and hit the spot being out at 3 am. The highlight of the trip was on Friday when I had a burger and fries at le burger brasserie at Paris and was simply the best burger I have ever had. With a beer and tip, total was under $30. Saturday I ordered room service and that was meh and on Sunday I stopped into the sidewalk grill at bally's and had something basic. That was it. Ate 4 meals for the whole weekend. lol. Disappointed with myself given so many options in Vegas.
Gambling. I had a game plan of wanting to play in some poker tourneys this trip and never happened. I wish I had made a list of times so I could remember where and when. Next time I won't make that same mistake. I played mostly blackjack this trip. Paris offered few $10 tables, some at 6:5 and you had to search to find the one with 3:2 payout. Most of the minimums were $15 - $25 on the weekend. Harrahs offered 6:5 payout but was still fun with the people I played with. Saturday afternoon I was at Bellagio and was surprised to see numerous $10 min tables with 3:2 payouts. Not many people playing them. Economy must be bad to offer such low limits on the weekend. I had my best run of luck in Bellagio, while at Harrahs and Paris I was a loser. I did run a few dollars thru various slot machines in Paris and Harrahs. Didn't get much play out of them but the best one was a 25 cent WOF machine at 3am Sunday morning at Paris. Probably broke even on the slots themselves helped by the WOF machine. I did however meet the man, the legend Bob himself at Bill's bar in Harrahs. I ran $100 thru the VP machines at the bar. While the service was great with the drinks, the machines unfortunately didn't pay out :( I did have 6 or 7 rum and diets with that play thou. Drink service at Paris was great at the tables, great at Bellagio as well.
The best night for me was on Friday night as I had consumed many drinks during the evening and decided to buy a large bottle of corona in the store just outside carnival court and leaned myself up against the railing just in front of Imperial Palace to sip on my bottle and people watch for at least and hour. A few nice 'punks' from San Diego were beside me and offered me a beer from the 12 pack they were consuming lol. It was a fun time watching the variety of people walking by, some drunk and the girls wearing the most skin tight dresses my jaw has ever had the fortune of dropping to. Ladies of the evening trying to draw me to partake in their services. The porn slappers handing me tempting cards. What a fantastic place Vegas is. Its an overload of the senses and the most wonderful feeling too.
I had bought tickets to see Garth Brooks this weekend on both Friday and Saturday night but for some reason I just lost interest in going. Don't know if the $500 price tag had something to do with it but I decided to put my tickets up for sale on clist and didn't take long to have a couple people snap them up. You are now able to sell these tickets for no more than face value without it being a problem as Wynn has let up on the rules of reselling probably due to the fact the tickets are not selling as well given the new higher price.
I had bought a Tmobile pay as you go sim card prior to arriving in Vegas so I had a phone with me at all times. The good thing about Tmobile is that they offer a data day pass at the rate of $1.49 a day that gives you 30mb of data at full speed and unlimited at a slower throttled speed. The pass is good for 24 hours and you just have to choose to repurchase it each day. I received all my emails to my phone no problems, talked to friends on google talk. Surfed various sites without a hiccup. Its a great option to those of you from out of country that have an unlocked phone and would like cheap internet access while in Vegas.
All in all I had a very fun and much need trip this past weekend. I did end up a loser for the weekend but didn't blow the entire budget. Looking forward to doing it again for maybe the MM2012 weekend with some of you nice people.