Good morning from the wonderful Orleans hotel and casino, located in fabulous Las Vegas. If you are just joining us, you may want to start at the beginning of this report, which you can find here.
I slept with the bathroom door closed, which meant the bathroom window did not wake me up by screaming “LOOK AT ME! THE SUN IS OUT!”
I had intended to get up early, go use a MyVegas reward for breakfast, and then come back and check out. Instead, I gambled.
I stopped at Java Vegas, where the line was so very long. GIVE. ME. MY. COFFEE. PLEASE.
I gambled around Orleans and did not win anything because only winners win and I am a loser. I said a last goodbye to all my favorite machines and went upstairs to grab my stuff.
I looked at my bill on the television and I owed $1.87. I went and counted out $1.87 in change to pay at the front desk. That is a thing I have noticed while in Vegas, the accumulation of change. Once I started getting comped everywhere, I stopped using cash daily. So all that change you collect when you play slots and cash out with change, just grows and grows. I used to use it to pay change on bills at restaurants, gift shops, etc. Now I just use my slot card and watch as my wallet grows fatter in the wrong compartment.
As I get ready to hand over my $1.87, the guy at the front desk asks if I want to use my points to pay for the charge. YES. Oops. I guess I will use this change to pay for the bus.
I go outside and walk to the bus stop. You walk the entire parking lot, which is ginormous. Then you cross Arville, which is easy peasy. Then you cross Tropicana, which takes forever. And of course, during the time you are waiting for the light to say “walk” your bus comes and leaves while you just stand there on the wrong side of the street, watching it pull away without you.
And the bus, OH THE BUS. Last year, my “act like it isn’t happening” meter broke and I just about snapped about the bus system in Las Vegas. I got so tired of the bus being “right across the street” and having to walk one mile to get there. The most infuriating example I can give of this is the bus stop outside Longhorn. The bus going towards downtown is right across the street. But the street is Boulder Highway. And once you get across this, which can take about ten minutes depending on how long you have to wait for the light, the stop is then nowhere near the corner. And I promise you, as you are talking this insanely long walk from the corner where you crossed, to the actual stop, a bus will pass and you will curse up a storm. Why is the bus stop nowhere near the corner!??
But today, Las Vegas has outdone itself in public transit mishaps. Oh yes, yes you did.
I take the bus to the Strip. I am going to Excalibur. The bus does not stop on this side of the Strip, it stops on the opposite side. Why not stop at both? Because HATE.
I get off the bus at Tropicana, nowhere near the corner. I then attempt to take the pedestrian bridge across the Strip to get back to Excalibur. Except it is closed off. I do not mean the escalator was not running. I mean the walkway to the pedestrian bridge from Tropicana was completely fenced off. I could see guys working on the bridge, but for the life of me, I could not figure out any way to possibly get there. I decided maybe they got onto it from the Excalibur side.
So now for me to get “right across the street” from where I am, I have to: Take an elevator up a different pedestrian bridge. Walk around the side of MGM to their pedestrian bridge. See the escalator there is out of order, because of course. Wait for the elevator for a few minutes before a guy in a Spiderman costume comes and tells me that it is not working. Then I carry my luggage (because oh yeah, I had checked out of Orleans and had luggage with me) up the steps. Cross the pedestrian bridge. Walk into New York, New York. Veer all around idiot tourists who love to just suddenly stop walking without any concern that people may be behind them. Say “excuse me” about seven times to people who are so engrossed in their phones that they do not realize they are blocking the entire walkway. I make it outside, cross another pedestrian bridge. Then once I hit Excalibur’s property line, I am on another bridge, and a very long hallway, and then finally, I am at my destination. I don’t know exactly how long this all took. It had to take at least twenty minutes. To get to where was literally right across the street from where I started. YAY.
I also noted that Excalbur removed the banner advertisement for Dick’s Last Resort in the window that used to belong to the wizard. I hope they bring the wizard back!
I check my bag with the bell desk, get my MyVegas buffet reward added to my card and play a bit before eating.
Then I get to the buffet. There are zero people on the line, which is weird. The buffet normally comes to $21.78. but for me, it is free because I am using a MyVegas reward. Score.
The Excalibur buffet has self serve drinks and they have the holy grail of drinks, Sobe Lifewater. They also have red velvet pancakes. This place has certainly improved since the last time I was here fifteen years ago.
On my way out, I spotted this store. I exhibited self control by not purchasing anything but promised to be back later in my trip to purchase everything. This is an excellent way to control your spending in Vegas. Every time you want something, do not buy it that second. Instead, tell yourself you will come back. You will never come back. Everything that is “right there” in Vegas takes a minimum of eleventy billion years to walk to. You will never, ever come back.
On my way back out, I play some more and win some more. I always have to play the machines with the annoying glare. I don’t know why.
Now it is time to make our way to Bellagio. I walk because I am from New York and in New York, we walk. I only took a couple of photos. I didn’t bring my camera on this trip. I have grown to hate my camera. I hate carrying it, it is so heavy. I hate that I will never find the most perfect bag to carry it in. And as I discovered after taking 2389438924 photos in Nepal and India, it has a tiny crack in the mirror so all photos have a scratch mark on them. So I decided to do phone only for this trip. And I loved it.
While walking, I pass this. What is this? It is where New York, New York ends. What used to be there? How is it possible that this is taking up so much space on the Strip and I have no clue what used to be there?
One thing I learned on my walk is that Cosmopolitan now has a Starbucks. Upgrade!
I get to Bellagio and check in. I am here on a two night reward from playing MyVegas. The cost of this room had I paid for it, would be $139/night + tax = $155.68 per night. So for two nights, my pre-resort fee cost would be $331.36. Most people would put this amount in the list of money they saved by playing the game. I do not as I would not be paying $311.36 to stay here at all ever. If anything, this reward is costing me $71.68 because if not for the reward, I would not be paying the resort fee. If I sound like I am being negative about this, I really don’t intend to. Of course I am willing to pay $71.68 to stay at the Bellagio. I just don’t consider it a savings if I am not actually saving anything. A really cool freebie, yes. A savings, nope.
While I was checking in, I fantasized about beating the life out of these two horrible bitches who were screaming at a manager. It seems their room was not ready when they tried to check in. So they did the check in process, and were told they would receive a text when they could come back and pick up their keys. They had gotten the text, but their names were not on the room. One of the two women’s husband had made the reservation. He had done the check in, given his wife’s number for the text. But he neglected to put his wife on the actual room. So she could not pick up the keys. Instead of being mad at him for being an asshole, they just kept screaming at the manager. As I was walking away with my keys, the husband showed up and now the women were demanding compensation for their horrible experience and now ruined trip. That manager deserves a medal for not calling the police and having them escorted out.
I am put in a room at the top of the spa tower. My view was pretty much only the sun glaring into the window. The spa tower is a million miles away from the casino, but I am also right near the tram to Aria. This is a good thing because I can go there to smoke without having to go to the casino. Bellagio only has one floor for smokers and there was no room for me there.
The Bellagio may be the most famous hotel in all of Las Vegas. I just don’t get it. Maybe if I had a fountain view or something, but there really wasn’t anything special about my room. It was just a room. A very nice room, yes. But just a room.
I did laundry in the sink because obviously this is the first thing I would do in a five star hotel. Then I went out. I went “right across the street”, meaning I left the spa tower, walked a million miles to the casino, then through the enormous casino, out the casino and down another very long hallway, to a pedestrian bridge, down an escalator and bam! I am now right across the street!
I stopped at the new Starbucks at Ballys. This place is enormous so only two people were working. One at the register, one making drinks.
I then went to Cromwell to visit the Ultimate X video poker machine that was so nice to me last year. Of course, they moved the machines around. I think the one that was my machine, is now occupied by some guy who is playing ten play quarters. If someone has to be playing my baby, I am consoled by knowing he is at least treating her well.
I sit down to play at a nickel SuperTimes Pay machine. I realize I do not have my player’s card with me. I get up and go get a new one. Sit back down. Now I realize I did not grab a pack of cigarettes before I left and my pack only has three cigarettes in it. I am not going to buy cigarettes. I am still smoking cigarettes I bought at the duty free shop in the Delhi airport on the way back from India.
So I play and lose $40 and decide to go back “home” to the Bellagio. I stop there and go to the player’s club to get my $25 free play reward from MyVegas loaded on my card. I am told I cannot do this as I am there on a MyVegas room reward. Yes I can. I am told the rules have changed and you can no longer do this. I ask when the rules changed and she tells em “Months ago.” Nope. But arguing is not going to get me anywhere. I go online and verify that the rule has not changed, my free play is indeed good. I agree to go back and try when this person is not there. Except she is always there. I guess I’ll try again tomorrow.
So I end up playing with cash. My cash. Which was only mine temporarily until the Bellagio Cleopatra Keno informed me it was her cash. So I gave it to her and slumped away defeated.
I was in my room and in bed by 11:00.
Gambling Day: – 200
Gambling Trip: + $230
Miscellaneous: (tips, coffee, bus, trip to CVS): $19.11
Comps used: $1.87 for the room charge at Orleans
Freebies: $353.23 for my two night stay at Bellagio, and my brunch buffet at Excalibur. These were MyVegas rewards
My itinerary is hilarious:
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Breakfast: Excalibur 7-3 MyVegas
Check into Bellagio
Bellagio $25 free play MyVegas
Dinner: Sunset Station 4-9 MyVegas / Sam’s Town 200 points ACG
Sam’s Town 15X Buffalo, 11x reels or 7x VP
115 bus to Longhorn play $10 get $5 ACG
Ellis Island play $5 free shirt ACG
Tuscany earn 300 $10 free play ACG
El Cortez 10x buffalo 10-midnight
SLS 10x points