My daughter and I were in Vegas from 8/13-8/16. Will post in Reply.
My daughter and I were in Vegas from 8/13-8/16. Will post in Reply.
I have told you ten million times to stop exaggerating.
FLIGHT: $257 per ticket, round trip from Detroit on Spirit. Good price, but jeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! You have to pay $3.00 just to get a glass of water from them! Many people boarding were pulling small suitcases that they had not paid for. I heard many of them tell the agent "But it will fit under my seat". The agent told them to pay $100 NOW, or go back out to the desk and pay $50. We saw quite a few people forking over the $100 right there at the gate. I guess some people don't read the fine print!
Flight was smooth, landed on time; had a bit of a wait for luggage to come. Into the taxi line we went and off to the Monte Carlo! We didn't get long hauled (yay) and were there in just a few minutes.
HOTELS: We had a free night at the Monte Carlo courtesy of MyVegas. Check in was smooth and the resort fee was waived. The staff was very nice and accommodating. Up to our room on Floor 22.
Our room was a basic, two queen bed room. View of the pool area. Noticed that the floor lamp had a torn lampshade. There were many places that didn't look like they'd been wiped down or cleaned in months. We weren't that bothered because we were only staying one night. Pillows were horrible, they felt like sacks of cement and the bed wasn't very comfortable. The hair dryer in the bathroom didn't work which we didn't discover until the next morning. We did let housekeeping know about that.
We ate at the Food Court while we were there. We aren't "foodies" so found adequate meals there. They have a Subway, Nathan's, Sbarro's, McDonald's, a Chinese place and a Starbuck's. We didn't really pay attention to the restaurant's since we wouldn't be there long.
The casino was ok. We didn't fare well and couldn't win at anything! In fact, my daughter put $100 in a Double Diamond $5 machine and won - nothing....seems like you'd at least get some cherries, but nooooooooooooooooooo. Ah well.......
Checked out the next morning and on we went to our two free nights at the MGM. Would I stay at Monte Carlo again? Straight answer - NO. I'd rate it a 5 out of 10. Next up: MGM and a very BIG slot machine!
Day Two - We left Monte Carlo early the next morning and taxied over to the MGM. I think it was about 11 am. We had a comped room for one night and a "bonus" free night from MyVegas. The clerk was nice enough to combine our reservations and put us in the Grand Tower for both of the nights. Our MyVegas room was supposed to be a King Petite in the West Tower. Nah, didn't want that!
The early check in fee and resort fees were waived (YAY). Our room was ready at that time and we were in room 12-443. Top floor in that tower.....had a nice view of the roof, lol! The room was very nicely updated - new carpet, some retro-looking shiny bureau which held the tv. We had a mini-bar which we had "locked". In the nightstand between the two queen beds, in a drawer was the safe. Easy to use. Bathroom was nice and clean with lot's of towels, and a hairdryer that worked! I love the updates they've done. The window was covered by a "shade" which kept the sun out. More on the "shade" later. My rate on this room was a 10. There wasn't anything we needed for the room and all was very nice.
Next up - The pool
Sorry you didn't enjoy the Monte Carlo. It seems everybody's experiences can be so different. We were there recently for two nights and then moved on to the Venetian for four nights. Our room was very clean and I thought the bed and pillows at the MC were much more comfortable than at the Venetian.
As far as slots, I couldn't do well anywhere. I hope your experience is better.
TR - Con't.
Contrary to what I had READ/HEARD on TA and elsewhere, our attempt to take our own "inner tubes" to use on the Lazy River was thwarted by the young girl at the pool gate. She confiscated them and told us we could pick them up on our way out.....bummer man....
We stayed at the pool right down the steps from the main entry. Even tho it was after 11 am, there were plenty of loungers available. The pool was nice and not crowded. Met some nice people from Australia and enjoyed chatting with them. There was an older gentleman lying on a lounger who attempted to stand up and passed right out - boom! The lifeguard was there is seconds and all turned out well after the gentleman got into the pool and got a Coke to drink. People - it's 102F outside! You can't lay out there for hours!
K and I managed a couple of hours and then called it quits. We were really looking forward to the Lazy River and I guess if we had wanted to pay $20 for a tube we could have enjoyed it. Ah well, live and learn!
NEXT UP: Our visits to other casinos!
I guess this isn't a short TR after all - sorry!
We visited the Tropicana to see what was new there. We didn't like the layout of the casino and it seemed quite small. I did manage to win $175 on VP so it was not a wasted trip!
I had $20 in Freeplay at the Luxor, so we took the tram there. Managed to spend that $20 in seconds! We didn't like the vibe in that casino either....I guess we were just used to the size and scope of the MGM and nothing else compared. Next to the Excalibur. We did like their casino. Don't think we gambled much, but
enjoyed our time there and did have some lunch.
Spent some time at NYNY playing VP at the bar. I sucked, but K did quite well even tho she says she "hates" playing VP. Nothing much has changed since the last time I was there, except for the new sports restaurant.
This was the extent of our casino visiting. We pretty much stayed at the MGM where we felt most comfortable.
Next UP: GAMBLING
Loving your review - feel as if I'm there with you so keep it coming !!
Enjoying your TR so far. But I really want to hear about the gambling!
ARGHHHHH!!!! I just typed up the whole Gambling section and it disappeared!!!! Anyway, I swore a lot and now I'll continue.....
GAMBLING: K discovered at penny slot machine called, "1,000,000 Degrees". Some of you may be familiar with it, but we were not. It is a VERY BIG, HUGE machine with two seats. MGM has one off by itself, then a circle of them towards the back of the casino. K played the one by itself first. Max bet is 300 coins, and if you spin and get 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (I think) 1,000,000 degree symbols, you win the progressive amounts. The smallest was $14 and the top one was over 1 million. There is also the chance to get ALOT of free spins and rack up your credits. By the time she was done with this first machine, she was up over $400!!
Throughout the day and into the early evening, she would find me wherever I was gambling to show me her TITO'S - $298, $199 and more. And there I was, losing, losing, losing! Although I did have a good run on a quarter "Double Diamond Haywire" machine that kept me entertained for quite some time. But, in the end, I had ZERO, NADA, NOTHING, ZILCH. I was getting depressed......
K talked me into going to one of the bars to play some VP. We sat down and I put a $20 in the VP and decided to play Jacks or Better (I usually play Double Bonus), as I thought my money would last longer, and it did. At around $17 I was dealt a J-A-10 of Diamonds. Held them and my breath, discarded and BAM! Q-K of Diamonds!!!!! A Royal Flush!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I was no longer a loser! K was so excited for me she told everyone sitting at the bar and anyone else who was within earshot, lol! I immediately cashed out and am happy to say I did NOT put any of it back in! I sure needed that hit! Happily I trotted off to the room to start packing and count my money!
NEXT UP: Food, or Lack Thereof
FOOD - K and I are definitely NOT foodies. We mostly ate in the food court at MGM. There is a place back there (Nathan's???) that serves relatively cheap breakfast platters. 6 pieces of French toast, 3 bacon and hash brown's for $6.99..they also have a scrambled egg platter, breakfast sandwiches, English muffins and biscuits. We ate there a couple of times. I found good sandwiches at Starbucks too.
We did eat at the new Avenue 24 Pub and Grill. K ordered a burger and fries (she's so daring!) and I ordered one of their "Starters" that I had seen on the menu before we had left home. I can't remember the name of it, but this is what it was: A HUGE platter of waffle fries covered with shredded prime rib, cheddar cheese and a brown pepper gravy topped with something white and drizzly and possible green onion, or something green. Read their menu, haha! Anyway, it was wayyyyy more then I could ever dream of eating; I don't even think I was able to finish half of it! So if you order it, share! Oh, the cost of it was $19, as was K's hamburger and fries. The menu is short, so have a look at it before you go in to eat.
That's it on the food end of things; as I said, we mostly ate quickly and cheaply. The second day I wasn't feeling well and only had a McDonald's milkshake for lunch. Starbucks has a good "Cheese Pocket" also!
NEXT UP: Random Thoughts and Observations