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TR - February 24-March 1

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TR - February 24-March 1

Didn't write a TR last year, but decided to this year as one of the reasons I like this forum so much is reading the trip reports to see what's new, and there don't seem to be as many TR's as there used to be.

Day one: Arrived in Vegas 2/24 at the "new" terminal 3, which is certainly much faster getting out of than the old ones! No line for taxis and the driver was not the least offended when we suggested no tunnel. I happened to notice a "Passenger's Bill of Rights" on the door and #1 was that the driver would not take longer routes than necessary (ha!). Stayed at Paris, comped for five nights. Check in was easy and the gal gave us a lovely room on the 27th floor with a magnificent view of the Bellagio fountains.

First stop is always the Creperie for a long awaited snack and this time we got two to share: the former St. Louie and a blueberry/lemon dessert. Perfect! Slots at Paris are either very friendly or very tight, so we went to Bally's where they were looser each night.

(although Paris was very good to me, too!)

Day two was downtown. Sadly, the SDX had a group of very drunk or drugged young passengers on the ride there, but they finally got off and gave us all a rest. We go to Binion's first for breakfast because I marvel at the way the chef gets all those meals out so fast. Sit at the counter, too, to watch the action. Hit as many casinos as time allowed there, and were glad to find the Hash House A Go Go is at the Plaza. (Because the Quad is such a mess on the strip with the construction and we used to go to the one at the Imperial Palace). Dinner at Golden Nugget buffet; I can't eat garlic, so it's hard to find things that work for me, but here, the prime rib and mashed potatoes were great, basic fare.

Day three, we took a taxi downtown with my brother and his wife to the Plaza for breakfast at HHAGG; we wanted them to experience this. (She had won a handpay the day before at Bally's, so that was great!) The casinos weren't as giving downtown as the day before, so we left around noon and parted company. Husband and I walked to Flamingo and Harrahs and then back to Paris for a nap before dinner at Mon Ami Gabi. Splendid food, but not cheap. Service was great, too. Afterwards, we went next door to Planet Hollywood, where there was some huge photo shoot on the steps for what looked like Jubilee dancers. I was just glad I didn't have to wear such headgear! (or those skimpy costumes, as it was cold out; in the 50's all week, maybe hitting a high in the mid-60's before we left).

Day four we grabbed a quick bite at Patisserie and grabbed a cab to Excalibur. I like the slots here and my husband likes the black jack tables. Discovered I had $100 in free play, so that was a nice surprise. Moved on to NYNY, always a blast. This is a great casino and always kind to us both. Hit MGM before getting a taxi back to Paris (I'd had enough of the bus going downtown!). Dinner reservations were at the Eiffel Tower restaurant and I cannot say enough good things about this place. By making reservations early, we had a table by the windows. The service was extraordinary, and we all chose the Tasting Menu, which was seven courses of food I only hear about on the Food Network! ($110 per person and worth it!) It was great fun, and they were more than happy to accommodate my garlic allergy, too. The food was spectacular, the sunset perfect, the view magnificent. We will definitely go back again. Changed into more comfortable clothes and walked to Mirage, played there, and then took the tram to TI.

Day five we walked forever to the Denny's that was supposed to be .6 mile away. It was not! But we finally found it and had breakfast. Crossed the street to Monte Carlo and I was really impressed with this place; had stayed there several years ago and thought the last time we were there it was getting very "old". It is now far more pleasing and I'm thinking it might be a good place to stay again. Great machines and a lot of fun. Took the tram to Bellagio and played there a bit and then walked back to Paris. Took shuttle from Bally's to Rio and walked to Gold Coast. I love this place. The machines are fun and husband did well at his tables, too. From there, we took a cab to the Wynn, where we always have to go to the dinner buffet. Love this meal, and it never disappoints. Stopped at Palazzo and Venetian, both of which we enjoy, took a cab back to Bally's and played there until going up to pack.

Day six was fast because our flight was at 1:30 and my husband was so sure the "sequester" was going to go into effect and affect the security wait at the airport. Spent a little time at Caesars before getting a cab to the airport. We ended up spending over two hours there, waiting for our flight!

Home now and back in the winter weather, but we have many new and happy memories of the trip. I'll be glad to answer any questions. Thanks for reading.

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1. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

Very nice trip report, thank you for sharing!! I noticed your from upstate...what part? Glad you had a good trip.

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2. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

Thanks for writing your Trip Report!

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3. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

enjoyed your TR. LOL at husbands worry about how the "sequester" would affect security!!!

I stayed at paris last year, and really enjoyed it also.

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4. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

People post here that MAG is one of the better "deals" for a great meal. You noted it was expensive, but was it worth it in your opinion? THinking about dining there one evening this ummer on our trip.

3rd person from NY on the thread, ha! Rochester here.

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5. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. Very nice report. We have had good times at both MonAbiGabi and Eiffel tower too. I am always surprised how good the steaks are at MAG.

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6. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

Nice TR! I was there the same time as you but only for 3 nights. I agree with you on Monte Carlo. I like that place.

I've never been to Eiffel tower restaurant. What time and what day of the week was your dinner (in order to get a window seat). Also, is it crazy expensive (e.g. what would think dinner for two with 2 glasses of wine be?)

Thanks

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7. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

liked your TR. what does your husband say now about the "sequester"...

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8. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

When I said MAG was not cheap, I meant to expect to spend at least $100 for two people....certainly not as expensive as other places. Husband had French onion soup, I had brie, (aps), he had steak Roquefort with salad, I had salmon (delicious!), and for dessert, he had a Bailey's coffee and I had profiteroles and the bill was $96. So that's not bad at all for the quality of food we had. Food was really, really good.

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9. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

70 miles north of Syracuse

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10. Re: TR - February 24-March 1

We were at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant on a Wednesday. There's a notice that says if you reserve by 5PM, they will get you a window seat (which is really worth it, IMO) for the early seating. We were seated at 5:30 (which is 8:30 EST, so not really early). I'm guessing dinner for two, with drinks, whether or not you get the Tasting Menu, still would cost $100 pp. When we decided on the Tasting Menu, we'd already figured that a la carte would be about the same amount of money as the $110 pp for the Tasting Menu, and much more fun! For the four of us, the bill was $582.