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TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

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TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

I will offer up a quickie TR on my quickie weekend with my wife. Per my other TR's, I like the paragraph style that addresses specific topics so people can skim right to the stuff they are interested in....not what I had for breakfast :)

VDARA:

Why the hate for City Centre? I went to Vdara because I wanted something nice and new for our 20th anniversary...Vdara delivered! This is a fantastic suite hotel that we loved. Pictures and vids of the rooms are all over the place, but they don't do the place justice. I did the old "$20 Trick" and asked for something special. The suite check-in girl told me she had just the suite and suggested that instead of as high a floor as possible, which she was ready to give me, that I try one in the middle. She was right, the view we had was directly to the Bellagio fountains and the panoramic suite windows (with power shades that give a stunning view) gave us a 180 degree view of not only the fountains, but over to the Rio and the mountains in the background.

Something that nobody ever mentions about the Vdara is how imediate you can get to your suite. Since there is no casino or large restaurants, you can be to your suite within 5 minutes of handing your car to the Valet. This was very nice at the end of the evening...Greeted at the door, pushed the button on the elevator, in the room in about 3 minutes. Try that at the Bellagio or the Venetian.

LOVE:

This is the first show that we have ever seen in Vegas and we were not dissapointed. We even thought the $16.50 drinks (Large fruity rum or vodka drinks with colorful names) were great.

ARIA:

Not sure why Aria gets the hate either. We went to pick up our tickets for Love and played in the casino for awhile and took a quick tour. It's a beautiful property and I thought the much maligned casio was terriffic! Why do people knock this place? It was not too dark and had alot of energy. We did not get a chance to stay in a room or eat here however...would book a trip there in a heartbeat.

BELLAGIO:

Quick walk over the bridge from Vdara. One thing that is starting to get annoying about the Bellagio....Lookie-Loos. This was Saturday night, but we could barely move do to the T-Shirt and Flip-Flop crowd who were there to feel like big shots....of course, they were not staying there, eating there, or gambling there....just taking up space. Hey, I'm not trying to suggest people don't have the right to be there, they are not breaking any laws, but why are they there?

I will tell you this much however, something I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE AT THE BELLAGIO....A $5 blackjack table!!!! I'm not kidding! There was only one, but it was there! Could it be some of these places are starting to figure it out?

IN-N-OUT:

Great as ever, we ate at the one on Sahara, not the tourist packed one on Tropicana. Joy, pure JOY!

CAR RENTAL SELL OUT:

Been coming to Vegas for 24 years now, at least once a year, some years as many as 4 trips. I probably have 35 trips under my belt with almost all of them with a car rental. This is the first time I have ever been to a car rental company and they did not have even ONE car to rent...OF ANY KIND. I have National's "Executive" membership, and they were cool, but had no cars! I waited with some other customers and finally a Chevy Tahoe came up the ramp and I agreed to take it. They were very apolagetic and gave me 30% off my total bill...but the truth is they just got slammed! Even my business trips to COMDEX back during the technology boom never saw a used car sell-out!

VEGAS CROWDS:

This goes with the post above. I was very suprised how busy it was. I know it was the last weekend of the summer, and a 3-day one at that, but it was crazy packed on Saturday night. What recession?

PREMIUM OUTLETS NORTH:

Since this trip was with the wife, we decided to hit the Premium Outlets North for the first time. I got a question...what BRAIN SURGEON designed a premium outlet in THE MIDDLE OF THE DESSERT to be an outdoor mall? Holy $H!7...it was 106 degrees and relentless sun on Sunday. The mall was packed and we were miserable. Too make matters worse, we did not find one thing worth buying. Total waste of premium gambling time!

GAMBLING:

Since was with the wife, we played the machines. It was funny, I would pick a machine for her, she would sit down and double her money. I would sit down next to her and lose mine. Together we came out about $100 in the positive for the trip with about $1500 going through the machines. I call that a win!

KIDS:

Kids don't belong in Vegas...PERIOD

OK....that's a quickie and it's time to get to bed.

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1. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Glad you enjoyed your stay at Vdara. Thanks for sharing. :)

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2. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Isn't the $5 blackjack table at the Bellagio a handicap table? I have heard about that table many times on this forum. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find it! (Maybe I just didn't look good enough).

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3. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Nice report. We were also there this weekend and stayed at Aria for the first time. Great property-very comfortable feel with a cool vibe. Stopped by Vdara and liked that as well.

I couldn't agree with you more regarding Bellagio. Its such a damn tourist attraction that I have never felt comfortable spending too much time there.

Agree with you as well regarding kids. We take our kids everywhere with us EXCEPT Vegas! Although in their defense it did seem like most of the tourists with kids were foreigners- maybe Vegas was a stop in between other destinations.

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4. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Haha want a cheap blackjack table but no flip flops. Last I checked my flip flops were 80 bucks a pop.

But dont worry put on my fancy pants to please grandpa at night.

But you would never find me at a 5 buck table anyway or the bellagio.

Sorry I just hate to see how many of the richest young entrepreneurs get dissed cause we don't dress like you.

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5. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Snappy, I agree with you on the Vdara. I love it there. I don't think that many on here though will complain about the Vdara.

Totally agree with the parade in the Bellagio. I usually have a couple of nights there and it does get totally annoying with everyone just walking through with giant slushies. No gambling, no restaurants just parading through.

I think the Aria changed not for the better. Just was not happy with what they did with the casino. When it first opened, loved it. Not so much now.

Happy you had a great time though. Totally right on everything with the Vdara. I loved it too. Did your wife like it as much?

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"I got a question...what BRAIN SURGEON designed a premium outlet in THE MIDDLE OF THE DESSERT to be an outdoor mall? Holy $H!7...it was 106 degrees and relentless sun on Sunday. The mall was packed and we were miserable. Too make matters worse, we did not find one thing worth buying."

You'll have to help me with this one. One person builds this outdoor center out in the middle of the desert. Then he goes home where it's comfortable and rests by the pool. Another man comes all the way from Kansas, drives out in the desert when it's 106 degrees, just so he can go to a bunch of stores where he does not find one thing worth buying. And the guy from Kansas thinks the other fella resting by the pool counting his money isn't exactly a brain suregeon! LOL

I'm glad you enjoyed Vdara and Aria. I'm sure you have probably noticed by now that the people who hate City Center are the ones who haven't actually stayed there. Those who have see things differently.

Bellagio is the biggest tourist attraction in Las Vegas, so not surprisingly it is full of tourists almost all the time. This is the 1st time you noticed? And they have always had the $5 table.

Glad you enjoyed LOVE. If you are only going to see one Vegas show that is an excellent choice.

Thanks for the report.

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"we could barely move do to the T-Shirt and Flip-Flop crowd who were there to feel like big shots....of course, they were not staying there, eating there, or gambling there....just taking up space. Hey, I'm not trying to suggest people don't have the right to be there, they are not breaking any laws, but why are they there?"

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Well, my husband and I will be in Vegas next month, both of us for the first time. I'm pretty sure we'll probably pay a visit to one of the most iconic buildings on the strip. Not sure if we'll gamble or eat there, but why will we be there? Because we're tourists. "Lookie-loos" - Oh well.

Anyway, thanks for posting your TR; I enjoyed most of it ;)

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8. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

I admit I was not "impressed" on my 1st visit to Aria. But I stayed there in June and loved it! The casino grew on me while I was there, especially since I played on their dime quite a bit! After a couple of days I did get a little bored with the casino though....just wishing there were more $ slots.

I do agree that Bellagio an be overcrowded...I am sure they make a few $$ from this! At least SOME of the lookey-loos throw their $$ in the slots and have a bite to eat!

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9. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Why the hate for sightseers :-)

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10. Re: TR: Quickie for Labor Day Weekend.....Why the hate?

Thanks for the report.

I am also a big fan of City Center.Have stayed at Venetian,MGM,THE Hotel,but stayed at Aria this May and have found my new home.Booked already for next year.

The $5 blackjack table at Bellagio is a handicapped table as already mentioned.I have never known what the correct procedure is here.Can able bodied people play,or is it just reserved for people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters-it is after all a lowered table.If you can play,are you expected to leave immediately if a handicapped person arrives and wants to play? That would of course seem the correct and polite thing to do-but what if you are on a heater??!! For that reason,I have never sat down there.

Glad you had a great trip.