The D Suite at The D: The VegasTripping Review 2013

Downtown's Best Suites

Posted by Misnomer

"Do you think we'll get there by midnight?"

It was starting to become a legitimate question. It was the Thursday before VIMFP, and I had booked the redeye from St. Louis to Las Vegas. Had things gone as scheduled, I would have landed at McCarran International Low-Payback Slot Shack at 10:25 p.m., been picked up by the town car I'd reserved through Presidential Limousine, and arrived at The D well before the clock struck twelve. But things did not go as scheduled. First, my flight was delayed. Then I somehow managed to almost miss my flight, and I ended up with a middle seat on a filled-to-capacity Southwest Airlines glorified city bus-with-wings. When I arrived in Vegas, there was no sign of Presidential Limousine. After I had pulled my luggage off of the baggage carousel, a service that was supposed to be performed by the absent limo driver, my phone rang. It was the driver, who offered a lame, two word excuse for his tardiness: Traffic, man.

The driver managed to find his way to the airport, and I was finally on my way Downtown, albeit without the champagne that was also supposed to come with the ride I'd booked. As we pull up to The D, it was obvious that this dimwit had never been there before, and he was utterly confounded by the hotel's one way in, one way out porte cochere. "Go around the block!" I was finally forced to shout. I was agitated, but at least I was at the hotel, and things were looking up.

I walked up to the registration desk, and after a very short wait, I was greeted by a smiling young woman. She politely asked how my flight was, and I gave her the Cliff's Notes version of my tribulations, trying out the "city bus-with-wings" line. She convincingly feigned laughter - did you? I told her I was booked in a standard king room, comped for three nights per a player's club offer, and she confirmed this. For grins and giggles, I inquired as to how much a D Suite might cost for the three nights I would be there. She told me it would be $150.00 per night, which I didn't think unreasonable, given that it was literally the eleventh hour of the Thursday preceding VIMFP, and I knew the hotel was going to be near capacity. I thanked her, but told her that the standard king would be fine. A few minutes later, I was on my way to my room.

I reached my floor, headed down the hallway, arrived at my room, and...uh oh. A "Do Not Disturb" card was shoved into the lock of my assigned room. I took it out and inserted my card. The door opened. The room was very much occupied. I trudged back down to the front desk.

Fortunately, I was greeted there by 3 angels (devils?) - VT Superfriends Vespajet, Spyder, and Donnymac, who had been following my carping on the Twitters. They brought me whiskey. Nerves were calmed.

I returned to registration and explained the matter to the apologetic clerk, who offered to comp me the suite I'd inquired about for the first night, with the understanding that I'd have to move to the king room I'd booked on the second and third nights of my stay. Awesome! The Superfriends and I headed upstairs to check out the suite. Stepping off the elevator, I noticed that floor 17 had a wood paneled wall adjacent to the elevator landing. There was a card slot in the wall next to a locked door. Instinctively, I stuck my room key into the slot, and the door clicked open, revealing another little landing, and this gorgeous, familiar lady:

D Suite 1 Vickie

Karma has brought me to this place, I just know it.




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Simply incredible accommodations. I was blown away when I walked through this room at VIMFP. These accommodations are downtown's equivalent to Aria Sky Suites... modern, classic styling. Derek told me that they were designed by Gensler... a rare small hotel project from one of designs biggest and most famous firms.

Is that a shaved polar bear behind the polar bear towel?

Sure looks like *some* kind of bear, Blackjacker.

I was quite impressed with this room type last year when I had the opportunity to attend the media/invited guest shindig the first night of their grand opening celebrations a few days before VIMFP last year. Definitely gives the Golden Nugget some competition in terms of suites (although with the resort fees factored in, the prices are practically a wash most of the time).

For my next trip, I'm debating between a suite at The D or at the Golden Gate.

"impressed by the apologetic assertiveness of the handsome Canuck". Hah!

High quality of carpet, furnishings and shower.

This is the best suite in a hotel named after a slang term for penis EVER!

nice touch a horsehead on the bed. the room is impressive!!!!

"This is the artwork over the plush sectional. It's probably a picture of a girl with a fedora on, but it could just as easily be an afghan hound under that hat. You don't know, and that's why it's art."

Glorious review! Thanks for sharing some of the D's more exclusive nooks and crannies with us.

Great room, great review, gorgeous towel

Seems like a great place to enjoy some #VIMFPtucky chicken and waffles and about 37 beers.

If you are traveling alone, I am a big fan of Bell Trans VIP shuttle. It is $38 roundtrip for Downtown hotels and $28 roundtrip for the Strip. It is technically a shared ride in a Town Car, SUV, or Limo, but I am 4 for 4 in having a private ride. I have never had any wait. It is as cheep or cheeper than a cap, and so much nicer.

@red, I took the Bell VIP shuttle for #VIMFP and after an hour of waiting at the Bell Trans podium and getting no response from their staff both in person and on the phone i grabbed a cab. I hope this was the exception but I am leery to try it again. I booked it as I had heard great things about the service, i used it for the return trip and it was great so likely this was an off day.

Let me guess--that last photo is going on the VT Christmas card?

very nice review, and glad they took care of you. Even though we know that travel issues inevitably happen and typically we are able to move past them, it always helps when a trip takes a full 180 after being off to a bad start.

More reviews by Misnoper please.

I hope you did the right thing and left the horse head laying on the bed when you checked out.

Great review, and what a gorgeous room. You had me at "3 adjacent TVs." Dang.

Re. Presidential Limo, does anyone else think their service quality has declined dramatically in the past few years? On my last two trips using Prez, I've had the same experience as misnomer -- no sign of the driver at baggage claim, and he calls with some lame excuse, and I have to drag my luggage down to level 0 to meet him.

In January, my driver thought Bill's was Paris. Seriously, he didn't know that Paris was the joint with the giant Eiffel Tower in front. Not sure what's going on with Presidential, but they're not as great as they used to be.

Fantabulous. Awesome bathroom. So far everything Ive seen about the D has been head on good. Glad you enjoyed your stay and got to keep that room. It reminds me a lot of the Planet Hollywood towers room we had at Christmas a coupla years back.

@erzeszut I've used Presidential/Bell Trans (Bell Trans and Presidential are owned by the same people.) my last three trips (the last two using their VIP Airport Shuttle) and have yet to have any issues. So I was quite surprised when Donnymac and Misnomer had issues with them on the same day. My driver on my return trip to the airport had only recently started working for the company and the only hiccup on the return was he missed the turn for the airport off of the highway (Not an issue since I always get to the airport no less than 2 hours before my flight.).

A few days after I got back from VIMFP, the Bell Trans and Presidential twitter accounts and Facebook pages posted job announcements looking for experienced and inexperienced drivers. That second part troubles me, as limo companies are usually wanting people who have at least a year's experience as a driver and know their way around town quite well (Many limo drivers previously worked as cabbies or bus drivers.). Plus these folks may not be knowledge about Vegas to give much in the way of recommendations to customers.

One of the reasons why I switched over to Presidential is that the company I used to book with uses a contractor and the quality of their drivers started to go downhill the last two trips I used them. I hope that Presidential's quality doesn't continue to slide, as my previous experiences had been positive.

Excellent review, thanks for the laughs! I'll even forgive that photo ambush at the end. I can only pray that the towel has recovered from the shock.

Excellent review!

regarding that last photo: i bet that would make for a gorgeous pool towel, man.

Excellent review, great pictures! We were at The D for the same weekend, and although we were in a regular room (901), it was by FAR better than the Harrah's room we had previously occupied! Kudos to Derek Stevens for making The D what it is! Thanks also to ALL the staff at The D for their great service, especially where fast and strong drinks are concerned!

So you're the horsehead! Great job!