A September 2006 trip
to Las Vegas by scouv
Quote: Our third visit to Vegas—had another couple with us for a week. Stayed at the HGVC behind Flamingo—LOVE staying there. We packed a lot of fun into this week!
Hotel | "HGVC at the Flamingo"
We always try to stay here due to the wonderful location and marvelous amenities! We had a 2 bedroom to share with another couple. Full kitchen; washer and dryer; full den; nice, large TVs in every room with VCR/DVD and CD player. Access to the goreous Flamingo pool plus a smaller private pool and hot tub. In bedroom huge Jacuzzi. Beautiful rooms and wonderful place to visit with friends and have morning breakfast and coffee before heading out for the day. Location is perfect for catching the monorail at the Flamingo. Nice to be able to walk right out of hotel and not have to weed way thru a casino!TIPS:
Shortcuts if staying in the Flamingo HGVC
To hit the Strip going south a great shortcut is to walk behind the hotel across Flamingo to the Race and Sports Book entrance to Bally’s—(great cheapy LV souvenir shop and eateries, pizza, etc.)—from there it is all inside to walk to the Mall area connecting to Paris—much faster than hiking to the front of Flamingo to Barbary Coast and across the walkway, etc.Also very convenient using Koval to walk to Ellis Island.
Very convenient to get to the Westin for 25 cent roulette and $1 craps table—every weekday night 5pm-10pm.If in the Flamingo itself—this is the first year I found the hallway that leads to Margaritaville. I am all for walking inside as much as possible—it is cooler and it bypasses the masses on the sidewalk. For those of you interested in the location—inside the casino, head toward the front entrance that is directly in front of the fountains at Caesar's Palace—stop just before going out the door—to the right is a hallway—above it is a sign that says something about "Margaritaville"—you can walk thru the gift shop of Margaritaville and even thru the restaurant entrance area and it places you right at the corner to cross over to Caesar's Palace at the light or you can cross over to head on down the block by O’Sheas up to the Venetian, etc. It saves a lot of time if lots of folks are on the sidewalk and it is nice and cool.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2007
Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip
2650 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Husband and I enjoy playing together at the $3 craps tables at Casino Royale and the Westin $1 table. I tried the huge penny WOF machine in the Flamingo but lost about $40, so quit. I enjoyed sic bo at NYNY—did not find that game anywhere else, I just love to play it—went up and down and finally cashed out only $2 down. Roulette at Westin—think I finally cashed out about $5 up—played a long time on $20 for the 25 cent roulette. As you can see, I am a cheap gambler!!! Husband’s craps: B Coast: Husband had good luck and met some great guys to play craps with each morning at Barbary Coast—they had fun on several mornings, meeting up at 10am. Husband had signed up for a 2-hour lesson on dice throwing before we left. It was taught by Beau Parker (has written a book & website is dicecoach.com) and is now retired. He picked up my husband and took him to his home for the lesson—met his wife and learned a lot about stats and throwing dice. Hubby had a great time there and thought it was worth every penny. TI: He enjoyed the tables at TI the best...as recommended by Beau. Luxor: He enjoyed the dealers here the best—said they were very friendly and did not hassle the players as at some casinos...has had this same experience with friendly dealers here in past years. C Royale: The pit boss was a jerk—did not get his name—but he is the short, older one and he liked to harass my husband when he saw he sets the dice, just trying to break his concentration. But we still enjoy playing there since it is so cheap and I refuse to play anything above $3!!! I enjoy watching him play at the higher limit tables. This trip I was mainly with our friends mid-morning while hubby played craps since they preferred to sightsee—and that was fine with me—I knew ahead of time and had planned accordingly. Sam’s Town: Went here on our "rental car" day just to check it out since Bo likes to play here...did not win anything; our friends were with us and we did not want to spend all day here since they do not gamble. Overall he did leave a few hundred in Vegas—he would be up and down—but loved it. I think he was too intent on practicing his dice throwing technique this trip instead of just playing—the past few trips he has always left at least $1,000 ahead.
Attraction | "LOVE—Beatles Show at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas"
LOVE at Mirage: We sat in the 206 section, first row, "K"— I think the top, least expensive seats would have been perfect for us. The arena is small and all seats are good. There is really nothing you have to be close to the stage to see. It seemed as though we were about level with the stage...the 106 section would have been too close for us and it seemed they had to crane their necks to look up. Music was very loud—I was glad to have ear plugs with me. The music was super duper—the show was very good but not as good as I was expecting —- it’s more about the music than the "show" itself. The "Lucy in the Sky" effects were very enjoyable. We all really enjoyed the "skate boarding" section of the show—talent very impressive.
To compare, I thought the Celine show we saw last fall was better and I left there not quite as impressed as my husband had been (he enjoyed Celine more than Le Reve, I enjoyed Le Reve a little more than Celine and more than LOVE) so it is all relative and very subjective.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2007
The Beatles LOVE/Cirque du Soleil
3400 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "Mamma Mia at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Vegas"
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Attraction | "Lance Burton Magic Show"
Lance Burton Theater at the Monte Carlo
3770 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "Fantasy at the Luxor in Vegas"
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 8, 2007
Luxor Las Vegas
3900 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada