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Peck
06-15-2012, 03:49 AM
Ok I’ve been slacking off on my online posting lately so I am way behind on my Vegas report.

I’ve been back a week now and I’ll say that every day I’m not in Las Vegas is a day that I am working on trying to get back to Las Vegas.

Yes, I’ll admit it now. One time there and I am hooked beyond belief.

The day we arrived the actual temperature outside was 114. I don’t care if you want to call it a dry heat or whatever, it was a hot heat. But the beauty of Vegas is that you don’t have to be outside very long if you don’t want to. Most of the hotels attach to each other one way so most of your walking can be done inside.

And walk you will. I don’t care if you just walk between two hotels you are going to walk your @ss off. Some of these hotels were 3 city blocks long so while you are inside it is just freaking forever walking out there no matter what.

We stayed at the Paris which is pretty much in the middle of the strip so we had great access to everything and the city’s monorail system attached to Bally’s which was attached to our hotel so we could just walk right to it. BTW just fyi the monorail is great for getting across town and well worth the fee so that you don’t have to walk 10 miles or try and take your car up the strip or take a taxi.

I took Scott’s advise and hit up the high end buffet’s for several of the meals and he is right on the money there because the food was outstanding and the types of food you got there would cost you a fortune at a sit down restaurant. You can’t go wrong with any of them really but if I were to rank them it would be as follows.

1. Paris
2. Wicked Spoon
3. The Wynn Buffet

Like I said they all were great but I think the hand made crepe’s at Paris just threw it over the top. We also ate on the Eiffel tower restaurant which had a spectacular view but the food was actually somewhat disappointing. However I did have a pistachio soufflé that was out of this world there.

The rest of the meals were eaten at different smaller shops around the strip, nothing bad but nothing out of this world either.

I will say this though, I honestly wonder if chickens out there are different than the ones we get here. I had chicken breast at several different locations and they were universally flat and had a different texture than what I am used to here in Indiana. I just wonder if chickens to them isn’t like Seafood to us?

I would suggest if you plan on gambling that you set yourself a limit for each day so that you can spread it out over time and not do it all at once. Believe it or not I actually came back with almost the same amount I went out with. The first day and the last day I did very well on but every day in between I got killed.

As to the games themselves I’ll just say craps is craps no matter where you are at, some have better action than others and on the strip most have a $10 limit all of the time. Sometimes mid week they seemed to drop down to $5.

I don’t play slots but they all look the same to me in every casino. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t think it makes much difference what casino you play in other than in ambiance. Older guys were telling me that Vegas it totally different than it used to be years ago with comps. They said if you were winning at craps and drawing action to the table the pit boss would come over to you and often comp you a meal on the spot or even upgrade your room if you were staying on property but they said for the most part the days of comps are gone.

We went to the Gold & Silver Pawn store, which is exactly what it looks like on TV.

As to shows, well my wife got me this trip as surprise birthday present so she booked the shows. Some were great and one was ok and one was lousy.

Our first night we saw Wayne Brady. What was cool about that show was that it was his last night in Vegas and it was his Birthday so he kind of did a bigger show but what was the real treat was that he looked out in the crowd and said “is that really you” and sure enough sitting 4 rows behind us was Drew Carrey. If Brady knew he was there he is a great actor because he immediately ran off of the stage and into the crowd and when Carrey stood up and people saw it was really him they erupted. After the hugs Brady finally convinced him (with a lot of crowd help) to come on stage for an improve act and they did a rap off.

Well if you’ve ever seen Carrey on who’s line is it he is not always the best at the improve stuff but on this night he started it off with an R rated rap that ended up with him giving two fingers to the audience. Brady dropped to his knee’s laughing and Drew went back to his seat to a huge ovation.

The next night we went and saw Carrot Top, which I was very apprehensive about seeing because while I had seen his act on TV years ago I’ve heard both that he is great live and that he sucks live.

Well I’m here to tell you now this guy was a riot. I mean it was a solid hour and a half of laughing. Ironically in the crowd that night there were two celebrities as well but you had to be an old man like me to know them (Carrot top acknowledged both of them that is how I know they were who I thought they were) one was the drummer for Quiet Riot and the other was the lead singer for the Offspring.

Anyway Carrot Top has physically changed again. When I saw him years ago he was just a pretty normal to skinny looking guy, then he became a roided up freak and even his face was all stretched out. Now he seems to have lost a lot of the mass although he still is in tip top shape but he looks really normal now.

Anyway if you are even slightly hesitant about his show I would say put your inhibitions aside and see him, it was great.

One night we went to a murder mystery dinner up on the old north end of the strip and while we were there we did the Freemont street experience (that is where the road and walkways are covered with lights and screens and stuff.

I’m sure at one point in time this was the primo spot on the earth for partying and high rolling but it has seen its better days. Also I think I happened to go on the night that all of the L.A. Gang members decided to visit the strip and not the high end guys either because I was looking for Vic Mackey and the strike teams number because I was surrounded by one niners and Los Mags and those that weren’t gang members were stars of the web site people of wal mart or deranged homeless people. However in the midst of the debris of humanity one lone man strolled by me wearing a gold Pacers T shirt. So I felt better.

Anyway I love Vegas. This truly is the city that never sleeps. There is always something to do, someplace to eat, somewhere to go.

I’ve been to DC, N.Y., Chicago and Disney World and while they each have their charms there is just nothing like Vegas.

Skaut_Ech
06-15-2012, 10:35 AM
I am so glad you loved it. Despite my going over 25 times, I STILL find something new to do each trip. It truly is what you make of it. It pissed me off when people say they went to Vegas and didn't like it. There is simply to much to do to not like it. Hell, my past two trips I only gambled a few hundred bucks. People always think it's just about the gambling and it is so much more. I can't believe all you did. You should be impressed with yourself.

Yeah, comps are basically a thing of the past now. It really and truly sucks. Used to be you could snag just little stuff. One time I was staying at Bellagio and asked for a line pass so I could by pass the crowds. They gave me one for my entire stay. I got on a hot roll at Casino Royale and hit them up for two comped meals at Denny's next door, which was pretty funny.Now they won't give you anything.

You were in a PERFECT location. It really colors your first impressions when you're based way down by MGM, or worst yet, Mandalay Bay. What did you think of the Cosmopolitan. It's my new fav place to hang. In addition to Wicked Spoon and their pool (where I saw a concert at night, then hung out there the next day-your player's card gets you in, even if you aren't staying on the property), they have this mixology bar near the front desk where they will make you all these wild drinks. You just tell them what flavors you like, or have them get creative, and they will come up with a signature drink on the spot. They made me an basil based drink one time, that sounds gross, but was unbelievably good. Didn't youo love the food presentation at Wicked Spoon? We always take a picture of our first plate of food so we can remember what we ate.

I love that Paris buffet has some different meat, like duck. Good mix of stuff and something beyond American cultural food. That is beyond cool what happened at Wayne Brady. I tell people there are several things that everyone should do at least one in their life and one is to see Vegas and I don't mean stay at the cheapest place possible and be on a highly restrictive budget, but be comfortable enough with your finances to give yourself a chance to see what Vegas is really all about. I am so happy you had a good time.

indygeezer
06-15-2012, 12:30 PM
hmmm what happend to my reply?

btowncolt
06-15-2012, 04:34 PM
hmmm what happend to my reply?

Finishing your bourbon isn't the same thing as writing a reply.

Glad the trip went well Peck. I stayed at Paris the last time I went to Vegas - nice place. Next time you go, try the room upgrade trick at the desk. It's worked for me about half the times I've been. My favorite buffet has been the Bellagio buffet. It's $6 or $7 for unlimited free champagne, but I always get more than my money's worth.

I'll be back in Vegas in October for my bachelor party. Yay!

CableKC
06-15-2012, 07:07 PM
In addition to Wicked Spoon and their pool (where I saw a concert at night, then hung out there the next day-your player's card gets you in, even if you aren't staying on the property), they have this mixology bar near the front desk where they will make you all these wild drinks. You just tell them what flavors you like, or have them get creative, and they will come up with a signature drink on the spot. They made me an basil based drink one time, that sounds gross, but was unbelievably good. Didn't youo love the food presentation at Wicked Spoon? We always take a picture of our first plate of food so we can remember what we ate
Yeah...that is what sets the Wicked Spoon apart from other Buffets. Presentation is what I remember them for and the variety of different types of food that you just don't get at other buffets. The first time I went there...I had Bone Marrow....I saw Anthony Bourdain have it in Singapore....so I had to try it. It wasn't my "cup of Tea" cuz it was super rich and I am pretty sure really bad for me....but I can at least say that I've tried it.

I am going to LV tomorrow with my cousins and hope to go there for dinner or lunch on one of the days.

Peck
06-16-2012, 03:25 AM
I wanted to add a couple of things to my trip because I didn’t add them before.

I said the day I landed the temp was hot and that is very true they were even issuing severe heat warnings for the first two days I was there but after that the heat broke and every day after that was temps in the high 80’s and this is where you get the statement about the no humidity kicking in. I’m telling you the weather was the best weather I’ve ever had in my life. What a joy it was to be in the sun on an 80 degree day and not feel sweaty or hot. There was a wonderful cool breeze throughout the day as well.

We did the fountains at the Bellagio from a couple of different views. First when we were up in the tower eating we had a window table on the corner overlooking the fountains so when they went off we had a totally unobstructed view. Sadly though there was no sound or music playing for this in the tower. We also lined up in front of the hotel on the strip to watch it during the day. I was all prepared to be inspired and have a deep meaningful moment in my life from Scott’s description of the music. The fountains begin to flow and the speaker’s boom out “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis. LOL

I need to talk to Scott both about his taste in comic books and his definition of inspirational music.

As to the cosmopolitan all I can say is that there are no words to describe it. This is where the beautiful people go and there is a reason why. I didn’t get to see the pool area but again from the tower restaurant we could see the deck area where it was and what just blew me away was that they were projecting the movie “forest Gump” on the side of the building which made it appear much larger than even a drive in movie screen. I’ll say this that looked cool from where we were. I think I would like to stay there the next time I go, but there are so many cool places it’s hard to say.

We went through the Bellagio and viewed the botanical gardens and they have what at first looks like a giant painting until you get closer and see that it is actually a floral arrangement. They have a giant chocolate fountain that comes down from the ceiling and they even had a dress made of chocolate. We didn’t get to tour to much of this hotel as we went from there to the City Center area (we missed the entire other side of the hotel).

We walked through the Excalibur on our way to the Luxor and this looked like a decent place to visit as well.

Point of order for anyone who hasn’t been to Vegas. I can’t say if every hotel is like this on the strip but every one I visited was this way, each hotel has not only fine dining and casino’s but they have malls in them that range from Dolce & Gabbana to a high end Nike stores. So when I say I walked through the hotels it isn’t like I’m walking around looking at rooms and the lobby.

The Luxor was also very nice.

We’ve seen the joust at mid evil times a few times in Florida so we didn’t see the show at Excalibur this time but from what I’ve seen online it looks a little different so I would be more than happy to try it next time out.

We took a gondola ride in the Venetian and watched some of the street performers there. Our gondola operator was actually from Italy and was a magnificent singer although he was singing Italian so he could have just been calling me a fat b@stard & I would have had no idea but it would have sounded nice.

I’ll say this about the gondola ride, it was nice but unless your heart is set on it you can probably save some money here because the view is the same when you walk the canal. It was nice though and made my wife happy.

Caesars Palace might be one of the older ones but IMO it was still one of the more impressive ones on the inside for décor. Only photos would be able to tell you about the marble flooring and the sculptures of Roman Gods. They also have a free show called the fall of Atlantis (I think) which is an animatronics show with fire and water. Kind of cool but they definitely need to improve the sound system there. Sadly this is where I am spoiled by Disney as these don’t hold a candle but it was free and it did give you something to watch that kind of felt like an event.

One day we traveled up to Las Vegas Hotel – LVH which I think used to be a Hilton. This was a nice building but was definitely older and had a much older clientele. This is where we saw the one show that was totally disappointing. It was a musical called nunsense. Not that the actors were bad or that the production was poor but let’s just say that I’m an old man and I felt like a young kid in that room. I think if you grew up Catholic this might have been funnier, at least that is what the dealers at the craps table told me. Both my Wife and myself about fell asleep in the show.

We were walking around Planet Hollywood on Sunday and kept seeing these women walking around in sashes until we finally figured out that the miss USA pageant was going on there that night. People were lining up and they were dressed better than the contestants.

My other brush with fame came late at night as I was walking onto the playing floor at the Paris and walking out of the Champaign Playing Room was L L Cool J following his very large body guard, we fist bumped which I thought was cool.

I’m sure more will come to me as I see the photos. I’ve been back a week and every single day has been more boring than the last.

clownskull
06-16-2012, 08:15 AM
i have been twice so far. stayed at the luxor and venetian. did about 5 days each time and enjoyed it mostly. i wish i had found casino royale (next to the venetian) sooner though. they had 1 dollar bottle of Michelob's that were a great value. you could get a heck of a buzz for the price of a single bottle of beer at the venetian.
and yes it is true that places never sleeps. you can go out at any time and most places (at least on the strip) are open. tough thing though is that it can be really easy to forget the time and before you know it- it is 3 am vegas time and screw up your sleep schedule.

rexnom
06-16-2012, 02:17 PM
Well, that settles it. My next trip is to Vegas. I've heard nothing but great things from people of all ages and relationship statuses. Astounding. I used to think it was just a single guys in their 20s type of place. Wow.

Skaut_Ech
06-18-2012, 11:50 AM
i have been twice so far. stayed at the luxor and venetian. did about 5 days each time and enjoyed it mostly. i wish i had found casino royale (next to the venetian) sooner though. they had 1 dollar bottle of Michelob's that were a great value. you could get a heck of a buzz for the price of a single bottle of beer at the venetian.


No matter where I stay each trip I ALWAYS hit up Royale for a $1 Mich. If you play the free slots out front, you get a voucher for a second one free.Just NEVER try the $1 margarita. The mix they use is heartburn inducing. I actually stayed at Royale a few years ago when the rooms were REALLY a dump. (They had plastic sheet under the sheet you slept on...for your protection. I felt like I was 4 years old again having problems with wetting the bed.)

BTW, I was paying my bills online yesterday and had to wipe a little tear. Why? Not what I spent, but seeing that less than a month ago I was having philly cheesesteak eggrolls, truffle lobster mac and cheese at The Cosmopolitan, seeing my bar bill from Lavo at Palazzo and thinking how much fun I had that night, then my bill from getting Flautas at the Venetian at 2: a.m. My charge bill is just a cruel reminder of past fun.

And knucklehead? I mean, Peck? You were supposed to see the fountains AT NITE. How romantic is watching them in the blazing sun? You need to see them when they play Time to Say Goodbye, or Your Song, or Hallejuah chorus. Here's the fountain playlist. (http://www.bellagio.com/attractions/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx)Now you HAVE to go back to Vegas just to do the fountains properly.

Suaveness
06-18-2012, 11:57 AM
When I went to Vegas, I didn't spend a penny on gambling and still had a terrific time. We stayed at NY-NY, which I liked quite a bit. I like the NY style dining area downstairs.

graphic-er
06-18-2012, 11:07 PM
Do they still have that out door bar (outside of Paris I think) that sells the Whale Bone Margarita's and Daiquiris in souvenir cups? One of my first vegas memories is walking down the street sipping a 3ft long whale bone margarita.

CableKC
06-19-2012, 12:58 PM
i have been twice so far. stayed at the luxor and venetian. did about 5 days each time and enjoyed it mostly. i wish i had found casino royale (next to the venetian) sooner though. they had 1 dollar bottle of Michelob's that were a great value. you could get a heck of a buzz for the price of a single bottle of beer at the venetian.
and yes it is true that places never sleeps. you can go out at any time and most places (at least on the strip) are open. tough thing though is that it can be really easy to forget the time and before you know it- it is 3 am vegas time and screw up your sleep schedule.
Yeah....I just got back and I was up until 4am playing poker at the Venetian. The last 2 nights I had 4 hours of sleep per night.

Peck
06-19-2012, 01:06 PM
Yeah....I just got back and I was up until 4am playing poker at the Venetian. The last 2 nights I had 4 hours of sleep per night.

Hey guys give us a report about everything you did out there when you get a chance. I know right now your to busy.;)

CableKC
06-19-2012, 10:46 PM
Hey guys give us a report about everything you did out there when you get a chance. I know right now your to busy.;)
I will provide the "Married in my late 30s visiting LV without the kids for the 2nd time" version of the report.

Hotel

We stayed at the Palazzo hotel for 2 nights. The rooms are more expensive than the standard room...but all of their rooms are suites. If you ever visit with a group of 5 to 6 and don't care if some sleeps on a nice couch....I'd suggest spending a little more for a suite at the Palazzo or the Venetian. The rooms start at 720 SQ Feet ( standard rooms at most hotels are 350 SQ Feet )...where it can fit not only 2 Double Beds but a large "L" sized couch along with a desk area and ( piece de resistance ) 3 LCD TVs ( where one is in the Bathroom ) with a bathtub and seperate Shower ( yes, you can watch SportsCenter while taking a shower! ). If you have a HUGE group of people going and don't mind sharing a suite....they have a large variety of LARGER Suites that can accomodate a large # of people. For $100 more per night, my cousins and Brother and Sister ( 5 in total ) stayed in a 1400+ SQ Feet room with 3 beds and a nice patio ( splitting among 5 people isn't as bad when it comes to costs ) that had its own Mini-Bar area and 2 Bathrooms. This is definitely a 4 or 5 star hotel. There are 3 pools and a just like Bellagio has a whole bunch of high-end restaurants. We've stayed at the Palazzo twice ( both times without the kids )....but my Wife wants to go back in September to bring the kids so that we can go swimming and stay there. She thinks the kids would love the huge room.

Although I wouldn't play Table games at the Venetian or the Bellagio ( the Table Minimum usually starts at $15 to $25 )....I usually play Poker at the Venetian. I like it since it's one of the bigger Poker Rooms on the LV strip which offers a good variety of Poker Games ( not just the standard 1-2 NL or 3-6 Limit games ). But the one thing that was really nice at the Palazzo was the LeGasse Sports Stadium. You can watch the game in front of a huge Wall of TVs, order food and drinks while being seated in really plush couches.

Dinner

We went to dinner at SushiSamba....a Japanese/Brazillian fusion restaurant. If you LOVE sushi, then this is the place for you....you can talk to the waiter and tell you the type of sushi that you like ( raw or cooked ) and they will pick and choose for you the best sushi entrees for you. For something out of the ordinary.....my brother ordered Live Lobster Sashimi. The lobster was killed and was cut up a few minutes before being brought to the table. I didn't try it....but when they bring it to the table....although it's dead....it's legs would be still moving. Also, they had Brazillian and Japanese inspired Tapas ( small dishes to share ) that were really good. The other night, we went to eat at "The Wicked Spoon". Although the food was a lot better last time....there were still a lot of high-end buffet food that was outstanding.

Shopping

Like normal, during the daytime.....I'd tag along with my Wife to the Premium Las Vegas Outlets. Not much to say other going to an outdoor outlet that has a lot of shopping and walking in 103+ degree weather. At the end of the Strip, there is the Fashion Show Mall...which is pretty much a huge version off the Circle Centre Mall. I'm not going to say much since I just go there with my Wife where I just follow her around ( my Smartphone is my friend during these times ).

Overall, outside of being delayed for several hours at the airport ( when departing ), the trip was enjoyable.....I love going to Vegas for the Food, the accommodations and doing stuff that I don't usually get to do.

Skaut_Ech
06-20-2012, 09:18 AM
It's official. It's been exactly 30 days since I got back from Vegas. :cry: I thought I'd share with you the splendor that is a room at Encore. (My fav Hotel and where we stayed) Here's a little room review for ya. How many times have you checked into a room and had to send up for extra pillows, either due to low quantity or the pillows weren't thick enough?

Encore beds have FIVE pillows!! Check it out.
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k103/farkingidiot/VegasJan2009053.jpg

You get two kind size pillows, a smallish baby pillow, then two huge European style pillows. Perfect. The mattresses also have a really thick pillow top on them. Years ago, the Palms took the prize, for me, on most comfortable beds.

They have been de-throned.

Now onto some of the details. II don't know if you've heard, but the rooms have a control panel on the nightstand next to the bed. Yeah, it's pretty nice. You can open/close the drapes, sheers, turn on/off all the lights in the room, or just the bedroom lights, without leaving the bed. What take it a notch above, is that you can also hit the privacy button, which serves as a Do Not Disturb sign outside your room door. If you wake up in the middle of the nite and need to hit the bathroom, you hit the nightlight button and a couple of low level lights turn on in the bathroom, to guide you on your way.
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What made this clever little panel really impressive to me was that it has a motion sensor, so you don't have unwanted light next to your bed while you're sleeping. How cool is that. Middle of the night and you need to get up? Wave you hand by your bed, the panel lights up and you hit the button you need? How sweet is that?

Okay, another cool item on the nightstand is an IPOD clock radio. Why is that cool? You can plug you IPOD into it, so you can listen to your own tunes, OR, if you carry a different brand player, like a Walkman, there's a plug on the radio, so you can plug those in, too! Nothing like getting ready to hit the clubs and being able to bump to a little Childish Gambino or T.I as I'm getting ready to go out.


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Okay, I don't mean to sound like a shill for Steve Wynn, or anal, but I'm telling ya, it was the little touches that really do it for me. Take the shower, for instance. It had your standard adjustable shower head, but it also had a shower wand, so you can spray your naughty bits in comfort.

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Even something as small as room glasses took a notch above. As you can see, in the bathroom they had these thick, smoky glasses.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k103/farkingidiot/VegasJan2009020.jpg

But in the main room, they used a clear, more standard type glass. On top of that, they provide you with two thick wine glasses, for a total for 3 sets different type glasses. That's some nice thinking out of the box.

Really tempting selection of room treats, too. Not that I'd pay those prices

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k103/farkingidiot/VegasJan2009035.jpg

Also, another little feature of the room that was really nice are the table lamps. They have a button on them that is attached to a dimmer switch. When turning the lamp on, the longer you hold the button, the brighter the lamp gets. Nice for setting just the right lighting tone in the room.

Oh yeah, I just remembered something else. My wife sleeps with a small travel fan and everywhere we go, we have to slide the bed out, or go hunting for a close-by outlet. Not at Encore. The lamp by the bed has two plugs built into it. Nice touch.

Also, the desk has two more plugs that pop out of the desktop, so you can plug your laptop in or whatever. That's not mentioning the wallplug, also by the desk. It's nice to be able to plug in my media player, camera, her fan and both of our phones without having to move stuff around, or time-share on the plugs.

Also, when you leave the room, there's a set of buttons for the lights, similar to the button panel by the bed. When you want maid service, simply hit a button and a green light shows outside your door. Once housekeeping has come and gone, the light is turned out. Encore/Wynn was one of the first hotels to start doing this, but now everyone is following suit.

I don't know who designed the rooms, but for me, it's the minor details that make an impression on me.

Another nice to touch to Encore is that they have a sundries shop next to the elevators, so you can throw on something comfy and you don't have to schlep through the whole casino to get to it. They also have a lobby bar/coffee and pastry place next to the elevator, too. Very nice placement.

Okay, this wasn't a report on what I did, but I figured I'd give you a tour of a room in one of my fav hotels.

indygeezer
06-20-2012, 03:12 PM
So how much per day for two people?

CableKC
06-20-2012, 04:53 PM
Okay, I don't mean to sound like a shill for Steve Wynn, or anal, but I'm telling ya, it was the little touches that really do it for me. Take the shower, for instance. It had your standard adjustable shower head, but it also had a shower wand, so you can spray your naughty bits in comfort.
Having a TV in the Bathroom so that you can watch SportCenter while you shower beats that ;)


Okay, this wasn't a report on what I did, but I figured I'd give you a tour of a room in one of my fav hotels.
For roughly the same price, I'd suggest that you try to stay at the Venetian or Palazzo next time. Similar amenities ( even the remotes to close and open the curtains ) and you get a bigger room with a larger seating area along with 3 TVs and a couch.


Also, the desk has two more plugs that pop out of the desktop, so you can plug your laptop in or whatever. That's not mentioning the wallplug, also by the desk. It's nice to be able to plug in my media player, camera, her fan and both of our phones without having to move stuff around, or time-share on the plugs.
Just a suggestion....with the dozen or so media devices that I usually take and the chargers that come along with them....one thing that I do now whenever I travel is to just pack a small power strip that can fit into my luggage so that I can just plug all my media into it. Higher end hotels like the Encore are smart enough to have plugs all over the place, but some of the regular hotels that I stay at have 1 or 2 plugs available to use...which isn't enough.

Skaut_Ech
06-20-2012, 09:29 PM
Good idea on the power strip. Yeah, there's a tv in the bathroom, too, along with a couch area, like Venetian. I actually love the Venetian and have stayed there several times. Can't seem to find good enough rates for Palazzo, where I really wanna stay, since I never had, that way I can be near my favorite niteclub, Lavo, and fav late nite place, the Grand Lux.

Wynn/Encore is usually too pricey for me, but if you keep your eye on package deals, you can get a room for S140 a nite. (Southwest vacations is good for specials there. Typically the rooms hover around $200 a nite!)