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TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

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TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

We are a couple in our early 60s and this is our 3rd trip to Las Vegas.

I will divide the report into categories by separate replies. Flight/Accommodation, Meals (budget friendly, nothing fancy), Slots, Other Activities (Kiss mini golf, Pinball Hall of Fame, National Geographic exhibit, Valley of Fire)

The report is all typed, so I will start cutting and pasting.

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1. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

Flight and Accommodation

Found a package deal with WestJet out of Toronto for less than $500 per person including flights, room, transfers. The transfer was a shuttle and was a hassle and time-waster. For the return, we just grabbed a taxi. The $20 including tip was worth it.

The Quad – as advertised, stinky halls, stained carpet, rooms in desperate need of upgrading. On the plus side, the bed was comfortable and bathroom was okay. Everything worked fine and we thought the room was fine for our needs – sleeping and showering! The staff was helpful and friendly. The casino is nice and cocktail service was very good. O’Sheas, while not the same, was rocking and rolling whenever we passed through.

The Linq – very nice pedestrian area with shops, restaurants and bars. Not everything open just yet. There was a kiosk where you could make a “post card” with your picture on it and e-mail (free).

The High Roller looks really cool. It was lit up on the last night we were there, and it makes a great addition to the skyline when your plane takes off after dark. It should be even more impressive once it starts turning!

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Meals

We find we really only need two meals most days in Vegas. Late breakfast will keep us going until dinner time.

We started each morning with take-out coffee from Betty’s in the Quad (down the hall from Fat Tuesdays) - $2.89 for small, $3.39 for large – good coffee.

Paradise Buffet at Flamingo ($38.89 total for two and included both breakfast and lunch items). Some people hate this buffet, but we thought the food was fine and there is lots of selection.

Tropical Breeze at Flamingo - $25.94 for two for typical bacon/eggs/potatoes/toast breakfast. Nothing special, but was good.

One day we just grabbed a breakfast sandwich/hash brown/coffee from MacDonalds between Harrah’s and the Casino Royale.

Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock. Can’t find receipt but if I recall the egg breakfast options ranged from around $15 to $18. I had the eggs benedict which were good and we really enjoyed the hash browns here.

Johnny Rockets at the Flamingo Food Court. Can’t find receipt, but I believe we paid $23.00 including tip for two burgers which came with either fries or onion rings. Good burgers!

One night we found ourselves near Planet Hollywood and stopped in at the Earl of Sandwich. $6.49 for a good roast beef sandwich - great value.

Haute Doggery at The Linq. We stopped in here one night for hot dog and onion rings. Fun place and good dogs. There are many hot dog choices starting at about $4.50 for the basic and a little more for the fancier options.

ChaYo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar in The Linq. We wanted to try something different and thought this looked like a good place. We shared a delicious Guacamole appetizer with really good chips. We wanted light and asked about sharing an entrée as well. The waiter suggested the chicken enchilada and said he would not charge for the extra plate. They plated separately for each of us and the presentation and the food were very good. We don’t eat a lot of Mexican so I don’t have a lot to compare, but I really liked everything we had here. Still not sure how the mechanical bull fits into the picture – maybe when the tequila starts flowing :-)

Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar at Harrah’s. We each had the half rack of ribs which came with your choice of two sides. The bread basket contained both rolls and some scrumptious little corn bread bites. All food very tasty and fun atmosphere. $45.00 before tip.

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Slots (and our first introduction to BlackJack)

We have always been shy to try a table game, but found ourselves in the Dealertainer area at the Quad late one night. It was quiet and we got to chatting and when they found out we had never played they offered to teach us. They were very patient with our questions and hesitation and we had a lot of fun learning how to play with “Elvis”.

While we did not have any big wins, we did manage to win a few nice bonuses that allowed us to play on the casino’s money for a time.

We did the best on Willy Wonka. Hubby won $170 last one night in the Quad. I played one night at the Flamingo on a bank of four and all of the machines were going crazy. All the players were getting frequent bonuses (some small and some bigger) and we just kept looking at each other and shaking our heads as we couldn’t believe they kept hitting over and over. During that session I hit once for $160 and another for $84.00. That was a lot of fun.

Hubby also won $120 on a Lucky Horse at the Hard Rock.

I had a $70 win on a Penguin machine at Casino Royale.

(All of these were on bets of 40 cents or less).

We like to look for machines that have 9, 15, or 20 lines so that we can stretch the budget a bit. We got quite a bit of play this way on various Hot Shots machines.

My favourite new machine was called Bonus Bubbles. There were two at the Quad and I think I saw one somewhere else, but can’t remember where. You have to play a minimum of 60 cents to get the bonus feature, but the money lasted a long time because you are getting something on every spin. You play three games with three reels each. It has a Hawaiian theme and the music is a catchy version of Tiny Bubbles with Wipeout playing during the bonus rounds. There are three different sevens, one doing the hula, one strumming the ukulele and one twirling a fire stick. The bubbles spew up out of volcanoes randomly to give the bonus. Lots of fun!

We played lots of other slots for several hours most days and still managed to come home with almost one third of our gambling budget, so that was kind of a win.

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Other activities

Kiss Monster Mini Golf – across the road from Hard Rock

$11.95 each for 18 holes on a fun mini-putt course. There is also some memorabilia, some arcade type games and I think I even saw a wedding chapel. A must for Kiss fans, but fun for anybody and a family friendly venue.

The Pinball Hall of Fame (didn’t write down the address so hopefully someone can provide). You can get there on the 201 bus ($2 per ride).

No admission and there are bill changing machines so you can get your quarters. We enjoyed the older machines from the 60s and 70s, but there was a selection of newer machines as well. Some of the older ones you can get 5 balls for a quarter.

I played on one – can’t even call it a machine – more like a device – from the 1930’s. It was like a flat wooden box with wire pegs and the balls were small like ball bearings. No spring to pop the ball up, so you kind of propelled it up manually. If you did not score any points the ball would drop into a free spin slot and the ball would come back so you could try again. I got a lot of “free spins” – ha ha.

There were some descriptions of how games were developed or where the machine was located and how it was refurbished which made for interesting reading.

All in all a very fun place to spend a few hours.

National Geographic 50 Greatest Photos – at the Venetian.

We paid the seniors rate of $17, and I believe the full price was $20.

The photos are exhibited along with a description from the photographer of how the picture came to be taken. There were also a couple of spots where you could watch a video of photographers talking about their work.

There are some really stunning photos and some great stories as well. Highly recommended.

Pink Jeep Tour to the Valley of Fire

$282 total for the two of us. Tour is about six hours in all and you are provided with a box lunch (big sandwich, chips, fruit cup and cookies) as well as lots of water.

The Valley of Fire is amazing and hard to describe. It has an alien feel and because it is otherworldly, it has been used for filming many movies including some Star Wars and Star Trek. Captain Kirk “died” here!

Most of the rock (and sand) are red, but you will see many other beautiful colours in the stunning and surreal rock formations. Everywhere you look there is something different to marvel at. It is also completely peaceful. You can just sit and take in the sights and all you can hear are the birds singing.

This is a State Park and camping is available. We had a fantastic tour guide who really enhanced our experience with his stories about the Valley of Fire and Las Vegas in general (thanks Jim!). If you don’t want to do a tour, you can drive out (about an hour from The Strip) and do a self-guided. There is an information center where you can learn about how the area was formed. Many of the stops have picnic tables and even little grills for making lunch.

An amazing place and really the highlight of the trip for us.

All in all a very good trip with a nice mix of gaming and other activities.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have questions about anything

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5. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

I'm glad to see your review of Pink Jeep Tours, I plan to use them to go to the South Rim:). Nice Trip Report

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6. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

It's nice to read about others experiences, gambling, dining, etc. Hopefully all of the construction, i.e. the Linq, and the facade of NYNY/Monte Carlo will be done by july (our next trip). It seems you both had a great time, sorry to say this, but I have no desire to stay at the Quad, I'm sure once it's completely renovated (rooms and all) that it's going to be a nice place.

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7. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

Very nice report! Thanks for sharing!

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8. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

Good for you, playing your 1st table game! You probably picked the worst BJ game in town, but that's all right, at least it's a start. Now that you've broken the ice, next trip you might try some of the other games.

Thanks for the info on the Linq dining. We will go see it on our next trip, and the Haute Doggery place is probably the one we'll try first.

Thanks for posting your report all at once, so we can read it at our convenience.

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9. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

Thanks for reading - nice to know that others can get a tidbit of info they can use for their own trip

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10. Re: TR Feb 23 to Feb 28 - fun times

Nice tr! Thanks for sharing. The Quad is a dump but, you can't beat the location and they are on target for a multi million dollar renovation.