Just returned from our Vegas trip yesterday. Wife and I went out Saturday via Allegiant and returned Wednesday.
This trip was different than my normal trip, which is going with a couple of buddies. I used to go a lot and was always comped rooms, but this year since I haven't been out in three years, I had to pay for a room. Normally, I pull an all-nighter or two and gamble for at least 12 hours per day. This trip, I was tired from work and wanted to rest so I was in bed by midnight every night but one and only stayed out til 2:30am.
We started off with check in at Bally's on Saturday around 5 pm. Bally's was sold out that Saturday night. I found a promo code on smartervegas that made the room $202 for four nights, South Tower regular Deluxe room. Well, I thought I would try the $20 trick even though I heard a guy in front of me ask for an upgrade and he was declined. Well, the young lady said "let me see what I can do for you". I told her I didn't care what floor we were on or if we had a good view, so she came up with a Jr. Suite in the North Tower. She said it was the last one she had available. The room was pretty standard but it did have a sofa and a separate dressing room with an extra vanity that my wife loved. She could get ready while I had the bathroom to myself. So for me, I think the $20 trick worked out well. The room was clean, big, decent view of the Bellagio fountains even though we were on the 6th floor which I liked because the elevator rides were really short. I have stayed in quite a few hotels on the strip, including Bally's, but after this trip, I think I am going to stay at Bally's more often. I like the staff and dealers, always friendly, and I like the location, center strip. I also like the casino because it is so easy to navigate. You do not have to wade through endless slot machines trying to find an exit. I will be choosing Bally's more in the future.
The saw three shows, Mystere, Le Reve, and Mac King in that order. We were going to see Gordie Brown the last night but he canceled. We both absolutely loved Mystere. We had never seen any of the Cirque shows so I wanted to start with the first. The acts were awesome. We will see this show again for sure in the future. Le Reve was good, and we enjoyed it but I am not sure I will see it again. I will probably see O next time so I can compare. We were glad we saw it, but we liked Mystere quite a bit better. The theater was amazing and there is not a bad seat in the house. We were 5 rows up right on the aisle where the performers come out the most. For Mystere, we were dead center in about the middle, not too low or too high. I used travelszoo and another site I cannot remember for promo codes and saved quite a bit. I got Level 3 seats for Mystere for $60 each, and Premium seats to Le Reve for $99 each. Mac King was next, and he was great too. Very funny and good magician. I used the Total Rewards coupon that I learned about from this site and got two tix for $26, the price of two drinks that came with the deal. We will go see him again for sure. We enjoyed it.
The wife loves to shop so we sent to the South Outlet mall one day. We were really disappointed as the selection was not very good and the prices were pretty much the same as the regular malls. The second day we shopped at the Fashion Show mall and enjoyed it much more.
Food was good as usual with one exception. The first night, I wanted to go to the Bellagio Buffett but the line was 4.66 miles long. So we ventured over to Ceasars and tried Rao. It was terrible. The service was slow, the food was bland, and the price was high. It cost us $130 and we each had 2 beers, no wine. We order Bruchetta, and it was 4 extremely hard pieces of bread with some sliced tomatoes on top. $17. REally? It was pitiful. I ordered the Veal for $49 thinking it will be good. It was terrible. I have had better Veal at Olive Garden sadly enough. I hate having a bad meal in Vegas because there are so many great places it should never happen. But this meal was terrible.
After that, we did Spice Market Buffet for breakfast and liked it. We did Wicked Spoon for dinner that night. We liked it pretty well too. Then we did Paris' breakfast buffet. I loved the crepes. Service was terrible there though. We had to flag down a different waitress to get us another OJ. We did Wynn buffet and loved it. I have had it at least 5 times in the past but it was better this time. The crab legs were awesome. Our favorite meal though was The Range Steakhouse at Harrahs. I bought the $3 coupons from Tix4Tonight and was disappointed when we arrived and they gave me a separate Tix4 Tonight menu. They didn't have a fourth of the steaks on that menu. My wife did use that menu to order a 10 oz Filet, so I saved $22 on that steak, but I went with the Bone-in Ribeye which was not on the "special" menu. Our steaks were perfect. I have had dozens of incredible steaks in my lifetime, to the point that I cannot recall "the best" one. But this steak was way up there. I don' recall having one any better really. It was a great steak.
So, in summary, liked Bally's, loved Mystere, and loved the Range, really liked Mc King. We will do all of those again.