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14 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

I did shovel all the snow in the sidewalk in my cul-de-sac in my running shorts Saturday?

Full split? :eyebrows:

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Jimmy Buffet coming to Vegas in October - lets start planning people!n

 

October 19th for anyone interested - He is playing at MGM - Is that hotel any good?

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Finally getting back to this...

My wife likes Jimmy Buffett (mainly because her parents do too), so this might be a thing--but not sure what our travel schedule looks like for the end of the year yet.

I haven't stayed at MGM Grand, but we're planning to in June for a couple days.  We did stay at Signature at MGM, which is connected to MGM but a totally separate hotel.  The Signature is pretty nice (the kind of place where the TV motors up out of a box at the end of the bed,) especially if you get a balcony room.  It's also fairly quiet.  The down side is it's nearly a half mile off the strip, so if you forget something in your room you're not just popping back in.

MGM Grand is huge--used to be the largest hotel in the world and is now #3.  It's also back off the strip a ways, so it's a lot of walking just to get around there.  It also tends to be crowded.  It has one of the biggest nightclubs in Vegas at Haakasan--not my thing but a lot of the kids seem to like it.  Lots of good dining options too.  As far as the hotel goes, it ranges from very basic to extraordinary accommodations.  The west wing used to be the Marina hotel, built in 1975, and from everything I've heard  those rooms are pretty crappy.  Beyond that, I think their standard rooms are solidly middle-range for Vegas.  But if you want to spend $$$, the terrace suites ($600+/night) and the SkyLofts ($900+/night) look awesome.

MGM Grand has one of the best pool complexes in Vegas--not quite Mandalay Bay with a sand beach, but a lot bigger than most of the other resorts, plus a lazy river.  The Signature rooms get access to it, plus their own smaller pool at the Signature.

 

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I'm not really a Jimmy Buffett fan.  I only know his popular music and i understand his concerts are fun but I've never been motivated enough to go.  I would like to go to Vegas though.....

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The wife wants to stay at Mandala Bay on one of our trips, the pool there does look amazing! 

 

MA - You could come to vegas and just skip buffett?

 

 

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On 3/5/2019 at 4:29 PM, Road Guy said:

Jimmy Buffet coming to Vegas in October - lets start planning people!n

 

October 19th for anyone interested - He is playing at MGM - Is that hotel any good?

Ah!!!  He comes almost every year to Jones Beach!  Will the parrot heads be able to build beaches in front of the MGM?

I stayed at the MGM, it was pretty good roomwise and the buffet was nice.  Hakkasan...was exactly like any club I've been to before, but maybe it's different for guys?  Only thing I didn't really like is that it's near the end of the strip, so to see the Bellagio fountains/going to a majority of the shows, required a bit of a hike.

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Were staying at Caesars next month, the wife was able to get some extra time off but for whatever reason the rooms at Caesars are now like $300 a night (for a Tuesday) so we are thinking about just staying a night at Mandalay bay and just vedging out by the pool and day drinking - we have some friends were meeting the next day down the strip.  This will let us explore MGM area for the Buffett concert in October


 

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Let me say I've had breakfast at the MGM Grand buffet once and thought it was kind of gross.  It was free and I might do it again for free, but I wouldn't pay for it.  There are much better options nearby for a similar price.

For comparison I've eaten at both the Mandalay Bay and Bellagio buffets twice each, and I won't go to either of those again even if it's free (I know that sounds stuck up, but really the food is bad--the people next to us at Bellagio said the same thing unprompted--and there's so much good food in Vegas.)  So in that respect the MGM Grand buffet is better than those.

 

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I am not a buffet(food)  person. Just don't see the joy in it

 

The friend we are going to Vegas with next month want to do Hells Kitchen - Doesn't look too bad, about $100 bucks a person?  My daughter will be jelly..

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When I was in Vegas I really liked the $2 bud lights you could get from the random people on the sidewalks with coolers.  Especially when the outdoor bars on the strip were getting $5-7.  Made walking around the strip that much more enjoyable.  We were there for 5 days and went to one buffet (I think it was at the Westgate while my kids were placing sports wagers).  Not impressed.

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Mrs Bot just reserved us a trip to Red Square. Apparently they have an Ice room with vodka sampling. Also a couples massage. She wants to take a haunted Vegas tour. Sounds kind of touristy but I’ll go. 

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Haunted Vegas? that's sounds kind of interesting actually..

 

MA - Bud Lights? Really ;)

 

Honestly we prefer to eat light and usually end up at the in and out burger at 2 am . The people we are going with like to spend money on food. But we haven't seen them in forever so all will be good!

last time we rented a car it was nice to be able to grab a good off the strip breakfast at the egg and I.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Road Guy said:

MA - Bud Lights? Really ;)

$2 beers are $2 beers.  I can drink the snobby beers too but I'll confess my usual go to is BL.  @P-E and I shared some Doom Sauce last weekend.

 

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well I meant, in vegas you should have a fun drink ;)

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1 hour ago, MA_PE said:

$2 beers are $2 beers.  I can drink the snobby beers too but I'll confess my usual go to is BL.  @P-E and I shared some Doom Sauce last weekend.

 

I think the doomsauce finally leveled the playing field for pool.   Didn’t get crushed every game.  

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17 hours ago, Bot-Man said:

Mrs Bot just reserved us a trip to Red Square. Apparently they have an Ice room with vodka sampling. Also a couples massage. She wants to take a haunted Vegas tour. Sounds kind of touristy but I’ll go. 

 

Let us know how Red Square is.  I've looked at it a couple times but haven't tried it yet.  We've been to Lupo across the hall from Red Square a couple times and it was pretty good.  

 

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29 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

 

Let us know how Red Square is.  I've looked at it a couple times but haven't tried it yet.  We've been to Lupo across the hall from Red Square a couple times and it was pretty good.  

 

I definitely will. We’ll be out there the middle of next month. 

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On the subject of buffets, I don't actually like them (Vegas or otherwise).  I don't like grazing for a full 2-hours and it frustrates me when the one item I like/can eat is always empty.  I do like eating and checking out the restaurants and the random places around the strip.  A majority of the 'snazzy' restaurants usually have a place in NYC that I can eat at a little cheaper, since I can go off-season and usually with a friend in the industry so we can expense it (lol).  A good place to go for a quick/satisfying bite was actually Beijing Noodle No. 9 in Caesars.  Solid food, not too expensive, and I liked the huge amount of fish tanks everywhere.  The shrimp dumplings are fantastic!

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I f-ing love buffets. Also, in other news, this is why I'm fat. 

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was trying to add a day to our trip next month, flights are cheaper, but for a Tuesday I cant find any of the mainstream hotels for anything under $300 bucks?  wonder what is up? 

Thinking of just low balling and staying at the Hard Rock for $55 bucks?  Last time I was there the pool was under renovation, anyone know if it back up and running?

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1 hour ago, csb said:

I f-ing love buffets. Also, in other news, this is why I'm fat. 

#twinning

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1 hour ago, Road Guy said:

was trying to add a day to our trip next month, flights are cheaper, but for a Tuesday I cant find any of the mainstream hotels for anything under $300 bucks?  wonder what is up? 

Thinking of just low balling and staying at the Hard Rock for $55 bucks?  Last time I was there the pool was under renovation, anyone know if it back up and running?

 

I'm guessing you're running into spring break traffic.

I don't know about HRH's pool, but that's a long ways off the strip if you like to walk around.  If you're slumming and it's only a night and you want to stay on the strip I'd suggest looking at Luxor or Bally's.  Luxor has a lot nicer pool than Bally's and if you get a Tower room they're pretty nice (and right by the pool.)  The Tower One Bedroom Suites are pretty nice too for the price.  The casino itself is pretty crappy though. 

The HRH has been bought by Virgin and they're going to rebrand it to a Virgin hotel next year.

 

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I looked it up and it appears HRH's Rehab pool will be closed most or all of this year, getting ready for the rebrand to Virgin.  But it does have non-party pools open.

 

 

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