I apologize if this gets posted twice....my initial post is lost somewhere in cyberspace!
Travel: Flew Delta out of our tiny local airport on Sunday the 26th....got to MSP where we had TWO broken planes for the 11:15 flight!! We departed around 2:15 (finally), but I had been relegated to a middle seat by a "computer pick", so the flight was not fun. People poking me from both sides.....I had picked that window seat MONTHS ago, but no one seemed to care!
Return flight was fine, and we got the superbowl to come in on the entertainment system.
Took a cab to Bally's....gave him my directions, and he suggested several other routes (Tropicana, Thomas and Mack...) I said no, thank you....please take Paradise/Swenson/Flamingo. He said, well, you are the customer, and I said "yes, I am". $16, and a $5 tip. All was good.
I rented a car from Dollar and picked it up Monday. Didn't want to mess with it my first night, and didn't need it til Tuesday a.m. Had joined the Express, but didn't get my number til the Friday before I left, so still had to stand in line when I got there. For once, the line was very short....they plugged in my number, and off to get my car. There was a VERY long line to get out of the check out gate, but eventually I was on my way.
Used the bus several days, as I do like my cocktails, and that worked fine for me as well.
Reserved 2 comped nights at Bally's, and was given a mini suite in the Indigo tower. I like that back tower that overlooks Ellis Island. It is quiet, and I like the mountain view. It was a little hike, which was fine. Very quiet, frig, coffeemaker, sofa, dining table and chairs, and wet bar.
Stayed at the Gold Coast for Sat., Feb 1st. I called too late to get comped rooms for SB weekend at the D or Golden Nugget, but did get one at the Gold Coast. Was able to check in at 9:20 a.m., which amazed me! Room was fine, with the only issue being the tap water tasted horrid! I have stayed there before without an issue, and did receive a response from my note on a survey after I was home.
Sbarro pizza the first night, as I HAD to gamble!! Had a food comp for the D, so ate at the Grille Monday night. Had the asiago filet which was OUTSTANDING!! Sat., Feb 1st I ate at Ping Pang Pong....my walnut prawns were sooo good. I thought the staff seemed somewhat disinterested, and it took me abit to get seated, even tho I was the only person in line.
Breakfast on Monday was at Denny's down by Ross. It was VERY good, with excellent service. I would gladly go back there. Sunday, the 2nd i had a comped buffet at the GC, and it was fine for "free". Can always find decent breakfast items.
Did nothing much at Bally's the first night, tho I certainly tried!
Headed to the D on Monday to use some free play....hit 8 Quick Hits for $990!! After dinner, I went back to the same machine and hit 8 more for another $900! Very fun (and profitable) day!
Spent the time visiting with a nice MN couple, and with good CW service, had a fantastic day!
Tuesday a.m. I hit Aces/K on DDB at Bally's so left with $$ in my purse!!
I will summarize Laughlin to say that I hit virtually NOTHING despite a good amount of $$ spent in morning and night gambling sessions. It's hard to explain to nongamblers how all that $$ doesn't manage to come home!
Played some BDW and Quick Hits at the Gold Coast on Sat/Sun, and tho I didn't have any big wins, I did play for several hours.
It was some of the best weather I have ever had on my trips.....walked ALOT, and enjoyed all the sunshine!!
I was disappointed that my winning did not continue, but am planning my April trip with high hopes!!
To all potential solo travelers....go for it!! My hubby was invited MANY times, but chose to stay home in subzero temps with the dog!! Oh well...
Thanks for reading!! Good luck to all of you!