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Life is better when you are planning your next Vegas trip...
 
So figured I would make a dedicated post to get the through the work week....

 
 

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This will be my first trip. We’re looking at the week of April 15th. Spending a week. Some craps and room service. We’ll take in a few shows too. 

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2 kids in the house now, I might indeed need a break in Vegas this year. LOL  :lmao:

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Going in mid March for my cousin's wedding, will be there over St Patty's day. No shows planned yet, looking around though.

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also mid april for me! 

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were going to be there April 16-19 - gonna try and hit up james taylor (I am trying to see all the old 70's folks before they are *gone) -

TJ well have to try and track you down while were there!
 

- This is the last of the milking of my southwest points, only a $25 flight!

We downgraded to Caesars since some (Total Rewards) points expire there sooner than the Cosmo ones, and even with a free night its still $$$$$$

Anyone stay in the newly renovated Augustus Tower?

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2 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

were going to be there April 16-19 - gonna try and hit up james taylor (I am trying to see all the old 70's folks before they are *gone) -

TJ well have to try and track you down while were there!
 

- This is the last of the milking of my southwest points, only a $25 flight!

We downgraded to Caesars since some (Total Rewards) points expire there sooner than the Cosmo ones, and even with a free night its still $$$$$$

Anyone stay in the newly renovated Augustus Tower?

have you been to hugo's cellar? (i think it's under 4 queens in fremont dist)

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I went in 2016 for a friend's wedding and had a good time. We didn't see any shows, mainly hung out at the different casinos, did some shopping, and rode the giant Ferris Wheel. And you cannot miss the Hoover Dam :) 

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we have not done Hugo's cellar, but we need a place to eat!

is the "dinner' hells kitchen worth the money?

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20 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

we have not done Hugo's cellar, but we need a place to eat!

is the "dinner' hells kitchen worth the money?

i LOVED hugos and will be going back. tableside salad service, main course, and desserts all included in menu price and it just feels old school classy. 60 bucks for filet with nice salad and dessert basically. and v. good.

they give all the ladies a single long stem red rose when they get there. 

i haven't done any hells kitchen dinners. side of mashed potatoes for $12 tho...

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I stayed in the Augustus tower before it was renovated and was underwhelmed.  Might be nicer if you have a view of the fountains, but ours looked straight at the Octavius tower.  But it's definitely no Cosmo either way.  I don't have a desire to stay there again, but some of the other Total Rewards resorts have similar quality rooms for cheaper.

Wife and I did Hugo's  Cellar on TJ's recommendation back in July.  It was really good!  It's an old-school type place with white tablecloths and waiters in tuxes.  It was also expensive (we were around $280 total with no alcohol.)

I haven't tried Hell's Kitchen yet, but if you're staying at Caesars, I found Mesa was decent.  I heard Gordon Ramsay's Pub isn't really that great.  Restaurant Guy Savoy is also at Caesars and is one of the fanciest restaurants on the planet (dinner starting around $300/person.)  I do want to try Nobu there, but it's also in the $1xx/person+ range.  For seafood I've heard Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at the Caesars Forum shops is awesome.  Personally I'd walk across the street and go to Guy Fieri's at the Linq.  Or for breakfast try Hash House a go-go (good bloody marys from what I've heard.)

Our next trip to Vegas is probably going to be in early June.  Not even thinking about planning that trip yet since we have a Moab trip coming up first.

 

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4 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

 

I stayed in the Augustus tower before it was renovated and was underwhelmed.  Might be nicer if you have a view of the fountains, but ours looked straight at the Octavius tower.  But it's definitely no Cosmo either way.  I don't have a desire to stay there again, but some of the other Total Rewards resorts have similar quality rooms for cheaper.

Wife and I did Hugo's  Cellar on TJ's recommendation back in July.  It was really good!  It's an old-school type place with white tablecloths and waiters in tuxes.  It was also expensive (we were around $280 total with no alcohol.)

I haven't tried Hell's Kitchen yet, but if you're staying at Caesars, I found Mesa was decent.  I heard Gordon Ramsay's Pub isn't really that great.  Restaurant Guy Savoy is also at Caesars and is one of the fanciest restaurants on the planet (dinner starting around $300/person.)  I do want to try Nobu there, but it's also in the $1xx/person+ range.  For seafood I've heard Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at the Caesars Forum shops is awesome.  Personally I'd walk across the street and go to Guy Fieri's at the Linq.  Or for breakfast try Hash House a go-go (good bloody marys from what I've heard.)

Our next trip to Vegas is probably going to be in early June.  Not even thinking about planning that trip yet since we have a Moab trip coming up first.

 

what did you order for 140 a person?! double lobster and steak? yummmmmmmmmm

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Our friends all wanted to stay at Caesars so were being cooperative, but even with a free night at cosmo, 3 nights would still be around $800 bucks so were going to save that for another trip - maybe one where we don't have to be on a group schedule.. 

The room we got was Augustus Strip View, the pics look nice so well see!

I am told there is a no kids pool at Caesars?  There regular pools look nice until you get there and then  there is some fat guy eating chicken wings in the pool. You defin don't have that at the cosmo!

 

If you go to MOAB I really recommend the hike to the double arch you that can rappel down, it was a blast! (I cant recall the outfitter but I think they all do that trip)

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1 hour ago, txjennah PE said:

I went in 2016 for a friend's wedding and had a good time. We didn't see any shows, mainly hung out at the different casinos, did some shopping, and rode the giant Ferris Wheel. And you cannot miss the Hoover Dam :) 

We went there as part of our EB.com Vegas meet-up. Lots of fun. Also a fun fact, the overhead cranes in the turbine building were built by my former employer P&H/Konecranes. During the tour, I was offering all sorts of technical data about the cranes. Not sure if the tour guide was happy about that or not. LOL

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43 minutes ago, tj_PE said:

what did you order for 140 a person?! double lobster and steak? yummmmmmmmmm

 

Charcuterie (basically a filet mignon roast for two) and lobster tail... yeah it was gooooood!

 

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Our friends all wanted to stay at Caesars so were being cooperative, but even with a free night at cosmo, 3 nights would still be around $800 bucks so were going to save that for another trip - maybe one where we don't have to be on a group schedule.. 

The room we got was Augustus Strip View, the pics look nice so well see!

I am told there is a no kids pool at Caesars?  There regular pools look nice until you get there and then  there is some fat guy eating chicken wings in the pool. You defin don't have that at the cosmo!

 

If you go to MOAB I really recommend the hike to the double arch you that can rappel down, it was a blast! (I cant recall the outfitter but I think they all do that trip)

 

Renovated and with a strip/fountain view, it'll probably be pretty nice.  When I was there about 3 years ago they definitely needed some reno.  Not sure on the pool as we didn't make it to the pool on that trip.  Caesars is the high end of the total rewards properties so you're less likely to have the fat guy eating chicken thing, but I still wouldn't guarantee it!

 

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We are going with 2 other couples, I am trying to talk  them into getting one Villa for all of us, but maybe that's "too close" but I told them we should do it for one night, I think they have 3 BR Villas. I wonder if you get any other perks with a $2000 / night room?

Some guys at work (independently  of each other) recently got time shares in Vegas, I guess they thought since they go 3-4 times a year they wanted to get  a dedicated nicer place- from the pics it looks pretty sweet. I don't recall where they go them but its more of an apartment / condo style than hotel. I don't know the terms, but I think id rather just have different options - but these have nice patios (outside areas). Not sure if I would want to sink into that for that long of a timeframe.

Several of us here at work are looking forward to going to Raiders games in Vegas - I think that would be pretty cool to go to an NFL Game and then head over to the strip afterward!

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3 hours ago, Road Guy said:

I am told there is a no kids pool at Caesars?  There regular pools look nice until you get there and then  there is some fat guy eating chicken wings in the pool. You defin don't have that at the cosmo!

now im gonna go to wherever you stay and be the fat guy eating chicken wings IN the pool. like i'm gonna go underwater and then take a bite.

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I was just there in Dec. for a friend's wedding. I stayed at Excalibur since it was the cheapest I could find at the time. Most of the wedding party stayed at the Cosmo and there was an underground bridge connecting it to Excalibur. Party bus was a good way to see the town as well. :thumbs:

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17 hours ago, Road Guy said:

We are going with 2 other couples, I am trying to talk  them into getting one Villa for all of us, but maybe that's "too close" but I told them we should do it for one night, I think they have 3 BR Villas. I wonder if you get any other perks with a $2000 / night room?

Some guys at work (independently  of each other) recently got time shares in Vegas, I guess they thought since they go 3-4 times a year they wanted to get  a dedicated nicer place- from the pics it looks pretty sweet. I don't recall where they go them but its more of an apartment / condo style than hotel. I don't know the terms, but I think id rather just have different options - but these have nice patios (outside areas). Not sure if I would want to sink into that for that long of a timeframe.

Several of us here at work are looking forward to going to Raiders games in Vegas - I think that would be pretty cool to go to an NFL Game and then head over to the strip afterward!

 

JR did a time share once in Vegas.  They can be nice because you typically get a kitchen and stuff.  You can often rent them as hotel rooms too so you can check them out first.  In fact the Hilton Grand Vacations you stayed at on the north strip is a timeshare.  Personally I'd rather not be tied into staying at the same place over and over.  Plus you don't get comps on a timeshare.


A villa would be awesome, but they are often hard to get even if you're willing to pay.  This is a fun story about a guy that snagged one at Mirage: https://vegassnob.com/2018/12/29/lanai/#more-87  I've never stayed anywhere that had a butler at my beck and call!

 

15 hours ago, knight1fox3 said:

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You can rent that room (at least they claim it's the room from the movie)... Forum Tower Duplex Suite, runs about $1600 to $2200/night and comes with two king bedrooms.

 

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Want to feel like you might get shot on your way to an old-timey restaurant? Check out Siegel's 1941! 

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1 hour ago, csb said:

Want to feel like you might get shot on your way to an old-timey restaurant? Check out Siegel's 1941! 

 

Heh, I'm laughing because not only have we eaten at Siegels, we stayed at the El Cortez and made that walk between Cortez and Fremont St. several times.  It freaked out my wife, but it's nothing like Detroit or Flint.

 

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15 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

 

Heh, I'm laughing because not only have we eaten at Siegels, we stayed at the El Cortez and made that walk between Cortez and Fremont St. several times.  It freaked out my wife, but it's nothing like Detroit or Flint.

 

And there's a giant fire breathing praying mantis just down the street?

It actually was a decent restaurant. The casino itself was pretty run down, but it had a certain charm. 

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1 minute ago, csb said:

And there's a giant fire breathing praying mantis just down the street?

It actually was a decent restaurant. The casino itself was pretty run down, but it had a certain charm. 

Yeah, the praying mantis is sweet!  We could see it from our room.

El cortez is a dump, but it's really old-school Vegas.  They even have slot machines that pay out in actual coins.  We spent a few nights at Aria (super high end) and then a couple at El Cortez (super low end) and it was fun to experience both.  I don't think my wife realized how gritty downtown is... I kind of liked the women wearing nothing but paint, but not sure she appreciated it.

 

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