Last month we had a wonderful 10 night stay in Las Vegas. For several decades, because of work, our "vacations" were 5 or 6 day trips centered around weekends. Now that we are retired, we no longer have time restraints. So, since 2015, our trips out west have been 8 to 10 nights per trip. What made this trip so special, was that all 10 nights were in Las Vegas. What also made this trip so special, was that all the hotel nights and most meals were comped. And what also made this trip special, was that we returned home with more money than when we left. And, last but certainly not least, is that we visited our son, who resides and works more or less in Las Vegas. His work requires that he travels a lot, usually several days a week he is oout of state somewhere.
Flight: SW from PVD to LAS. No complaints.
Hotel: The first 3 nights we stayed at Orleans on a 3 night comp that included $25 in food credit. The next 2 nights were at MSS, for which we were initially charged a total of $101. At the end of our stay, MSS comped our 2 nights plus our dinners at 777 and the buffet. This included a $50+/_ credit to my credit card for the 1 night room charge prepay paid at the time of reservation.The last 5 nights were at CP, which surprisingly comped us 5 nights up front in the Augustus Tower, with a beautiful view of the fountains, Paris, and the strip looking south.
Food: The dinners included the seafood buffet at M, 2 Bacchanal buffets, the Sterling Buffet at Bally's, breakfast buffets at Orleans and at Gold Coast, lunch at 777, dinner at Binions BBQ, lunch buffet at the Golden Nugget, dinner at Ellis Island, and dinner at the Grand Lux. Breakfast at Orleans became comped when my son asked an Orleans employee about how he could receive a discount on the buffet. The employee turned out to be a host, who went one better and comped our breakfast for 3. Our dinner Thursday at the Bacchanal buffet was ruined by wait staff that did not service out table. Dirty plates piled up, and never were we offered water, coffee, or refills on our initial drink order. Horrible service. We let the buffet host know this on our way out. She called the restaurant manager, who asked us to return on Monday as his guest. Monday, the service was amazing. No charge for the Thursday and Monday buffets. Sunday buffet was at the Bally's Sterling brunch, which we paid for in comps. This included 2 @ $100 Diamond dinner comps we did not know we had, and reward credits we had in our Total Rewards account. Our lunch at 777 was comped by MSS when we checked out.
Booze: We are not big boozers, so drinks were many, but imbibed at slot/vp machines and the Diamond Club. Off campus drinks included stops at Casino Royale for the $1 Mich, and at Diablos with a 2 for 1 coupon.
Shows: The only show we saw was the Bronx Wanderers. I would recommend to see once. The show was entertaining, and the Bronx Wanderers are very good musicians. The show venue is iffy.
Gambling: When you win, gambling is great. This trip, gambling was great. Please understand, however, that winning does not necessarily mean that we won a lot of money. Rather, winning means that in this instance we won enough to cover 2 people gambling many hours for 10 days, plus a couple hundred dollars extra. On Monday, April 3, the NCAA basketball championship game was played. I am a college basketball fan, and was delighted to be in LV that day to bet on the game. I bet with my heart rather than my head, and put $20 on Gonzaga. As I expected, Ganzaga lost, so did my $20 bet. But, as it turned out, a funny thing happened. In looking for a spot to play vp for 2 hours while watching the game, I found a nickel vp machine next to a sports bar in Orleans. During the second half of the game, I hit a royal flush for $200. Otherwise, Orleans and MSS I think were a net loss. At Caesars, the wins were frequent and strong. We generalay play 40 cent to 60 cent slots, and quarter vp. This time, my wife decided to add in some bingo and some 25 cent per bet keno (caveman keno) at Caesars. She won $160 and $100 playing bingo at the Grand, and twice won $200 on a 25 cent keno bet. Playing vp, we each hit a royal, as well as several $500, $200, and $100 wins. The end result, after 10 days, was leaving town with more cash than when we arrived.
Bottom line: Wonderful trip. No stress, good eats, wonderful hotels, winners in the casino.