They're building a new tower when they should be renovating the existing one. My wife and I went for a date (away from the kids left with grandma) to hear Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows. With the concert over at 10:30, we went back to find a game to play. There were 400-500 "slot machines"; I put that in quotes because it's all electronica: no coins -- stick you dollar bills right into the machine and get a "print out" of any winnings. There's no "chance" involved. This is not a game. You're just watching a computer program run with predetermined moments to "award" you and take your money. There were (in the whole casino) about 5 actual card tables manned by humans, but they were packed and I didn't care to be surrounded by chain smokers. I used to smoke many years ago. I'm not a smoke hater. But this was a thickly smoky, nasty environment. So we went to the bar for a drink. There was no waitress. You had to go to the bar and fight the gambling floor waitresses who were served first by the one bartender. Unserved after 10 minutes, we left. Up to the room, we discovered it was difficult to sit comfortably in the bed. It was like sitting on an 8' x 4' piece of plywood. After 2 hours of bad TV and miserable, my wife was able to fall asleep by 1:45. I feel asleep around 4:30AM. Both of us woke up stiff with backaches. This "deluxe" room (including a plastic flower arrangement) I was assured was "one of our best". During the week it goes for $99. On non-concert weekends it goes for around $145. With our "concert discount" of 20% from ticketmaster it was $220 (concert weekend). The usual price, the front desk told me for a concert weekend was around $270. I wouldn't sleep in this room again if it were free (unless I could pay someone to change out the mattress or perhaps as a "camp out" experience with an air mattress?). Seriously, this was bad. I've had better sleeps at a Motel 6 on a deserted highway and other motels. It's a casino. They make a lot of money. Yet, there are plastic flower arrangements in the lobby and rooms, decades old wall paper, and a fountain that works only some of the time, and when it does only part of it works. I don't want to count all the bad details and am trying to find something nice to say. The cleaning ladies were very nice. The shampoo was of good quality. The toilet paper was the institutional kind that chafes and causes bleeding if you need to use it more than once. Ugh. Forget late checkouts on Sundays. Even though they're less than 25% occupied on Sunday night, "it's just easier if you leave". We were content to oblige.
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