I am a Vegas fiend. Just about any show that comes on about Las Vegas and the casinos, I'm watching it. I've lost count on how many times I watched "Casino" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". I'd rather take a four hour flight (and the two hours at the airport prior to departure) than to drive the six (plus) hours to Biloxi or Tunica (Although with the Golden Nugget headed to Biloxi, I may have to take a trip to the Gulf Coast now.).
|Location:||Atlanta, Georgia, US|
|Casino Game:||I'll Bet on Anything That Moves|
Vegas Fave 10 (The Hard Way)
|1:||Walking around early in the morning. It's quite surreal.|
|2:||The wide variety of food choices.|
|3:||Cheap gaming Downtown|
|4:||Walking down the street with a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other, and nobody gives you an odd look.|
|5:||The Rat Pack.|
|6:||Wayne Fucking Newton.|
|7:||Downtown Vegas. Walk a few blocks and you're on Skid Row.|
|8:||Booze Booze and more booze.|
|9:||You can practically see the world without leaving the Strip.|
|10:||Pulling up to the gate @ LAS and getting off of the plane.|
I finally had the chance to stay at Caesars thanks to a really awesome Total Rewards rate. I had originally booked a room in the Forum Tower but was offered an upgrade to the Augustus Tower for an extra $40/night (which was worth it considering that what I paid for three nights in that tower is about what one night in that tower costs on the weekends). Nice room, and the Augustus Tower is the closest to the lobby as well as Central (the former Augustus Cafe). I would stay there again if the price was right.
Updating my opinions based on my stay in June. Not all of the rooms are tiny and cramped, nor do all of them have closet-sized bathroom. I hit the jackpot and had a room on the fourth floor that was quite roomy and had a decent sized bathroom with a shower that had a showerhead that I didn't have to kneel under to use. It's a bit noisier in the evenings and into the early mornings due to the goings on in the area of the ONE Bar. One huge plus now is DuPar's replacing the Bay City Diner. I ate there four times during my last trip. Awesome food and is the best coffeeshop Downtown.
Still the class of Downtown. The Rush Tower rooms are excellent, but even the Gold Tower rooms are quite nice and are a good bargain. Some of the food options are middle of the road chain style restuarants, but there's plenty of other places to eat within walking distance....
Rating is based off of restaurants and bars alone, as over the course of three trips, I've eaten at six restaurants and could hang out at the Chandelier bar all day...... I may spend a few nights there this fall.
Some may have issues with the hotel being a non-smoking and non-gaming property, but I don't. Bellagio, Cosmo and Aria are all a short walk away from Vdara when one needs to satisfy their gambling needs. The only things that are keeping this from being a 6 rating is the shortcomings of the housekeeping staff. When I checked into my room and started looking through the cabinets in the kitchenette, there was an empty Chivas bottle in one of them that looked like it had been there a bit as the bottle was bone dry. The last two days of my trip, housekeeping failed to replenish the coffee fixings packets so I couldn't have a cup of coffee and in the time it would have taken for someone to bring up said packets, I could have walked over to Aria and gotten coffee at Jean Philippe. However, they did do something that impressed me. Most of my last day in Vegas I spend chilling out in the room and had the do not disturb light on. While getting ready to go out for the night, housekeeping left a message on the room phone asking if I required any housekeeping. However, what goodwill they gained after forgetting to replenish the coffee supplies the day before was lost when they failed to leave them again. My only real issues with the room (Vdara Suite) were the pillows on the bed as well as some shortcomings with the blackout shades. The pillows were long narrow pillows that were too small for most folks. My freaking huge melon barely fit onto them. As for the blackout curtains in the bedroom, there were gaps between the panels that let in enough light to be bothersome. The ones in the living room did a better job., but sleeping on the couch or using the pull-out bed in it was not something I wanted to do. More than likely, Vdara will be my home base for future stays on The Strip.
Not too bad of a joint. The Wildlife Habitat is a great place to decompress after a session at the tables.
It's not too bad of a place to stay. My rooms weren't too bad, but hell I thought the rooms at the Riv my first trip were nice. The gaming is a wee bit tight, but heck, I'd rather go over to O'Sheas anyway.
The renovations are nice (Thanks again to the Trop and VT for the two free nights.), but I just didn't get a good vibe from the place. One of the pluses for it is location. Quick walk to the MGM Grand (where I did the bulk of my gambling the two nights I stayed at the Trop) and a short cab ride to the airport. The food options didn't pique my interests and the Las Vegas Mob Experience was a bit meh (granted I was not seeing the finished project and the exhibit was in previews) but was worth the $5.
Still one of my favorite spots Downtown even with the hotel side closed (although reports are that they are renovating the rooms and may reopen in the near future). I miss the old Binion's Coffee Shop (The converted snack bar they call the coffee shop is not the same.) though.
Old School Vegas at it's best.
The North Tower is the place to stay at Bally's, as the rooms are closer to the casino (and the monorail station) as well as a being a bit larger and nicer than the South Tower. Ideally located plus with the monorail station, both ends of the Strip are easily accessible. Plus with the easy access to Paris, plenty of excellent food options within a short walk.
Not the nicest of hotels, but for the location and the price, you can't beat it. Stayed there back in March of '06 (Deluxe room with a semi obscured view of the Strip. I could see part of Caesars and most of the Bellagio) and did quite well in the casino, winning $500 on a penny slot (ended up donating $100 of it back a little while later at the craps table). The Teahouse is not very good, and leaves a lot to be desired.
Old school and proud of it. Stayed here my first trip to Vegas in 2004. Room suited me fine, as I don't care as long as the bed is comfy. If the new ownership wants to keep the Old Vegas vibe, they need to restore the front to the old look. The buffet here was o.k., the coffeeshop was better IMHO.
Not too bad of a place in terms of gaming. The 777 Brewpub has some good beers and the buffet isn't too bad either.
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