Las Vegas Trip Report: Moving from New York, New York to Planet Hollywood

I wake up at New York, New York.  It is 6:30 am.  I am out by 7:00 and I make a beeline to MY Buffalo slot machine that I could not play last night.  I cash out up $25.

I walk over to Excalibur to use a MyVegas reward for breakfast.  It is so incredibly hot, even this early in the morning.  Bonus: The Excalibur MLife desk doesn’t open until 8:00 so I have half an hour to kill.  Wish I would have known this when I was still at MY Buffalo machine at New York, New York.

I play nickel Caveman Keno machine, one nickel at a time.  Surprisingly, I double a $5 and then it is time to go.

The Excalibur buffet is very good nowadays.  And I am not just saying this because I love that they have Sobe water as a drink option.

I head back to New York, New York  I love the view of the casino from the escalator.

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I also love it from down inside the casino!

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I go on an insane losing streak.  Then I got myself back a bit on video poker hitting first 8’s and then a straight flush. I do not have a photo of the straight flush because savvy gambler that I am, did not realize I hit it until I saw the credits jumped after I hit “deal” on the next hand.

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I go upstairs to collect my crap and move to Planet Hollywood.  Honestly, I should have just not booked a MyVegas room at all.  Or cancelled it and stayed at Planet Hollywood so I would not have to move.  The main feature of using a MyVegas reward for rooms is that you can then use certain dining rewards you cannot use if  you are not staying at an MLife property.  But it is a holiday weekend so everything is blacked out anyway.  I get fixated on the amount of MyVegas points I have and keep booking rooms I don’t really want.  I need to stop doing that.  I am going to stop doing that.

On my way out, I play MY Buffalo machine one last time and cash out up $80. I have also made Pearl status at MLife, which I wasn’t trying for.  The best perk of Pearl status is free parking and I do not drive.

I walked to Planet Hollywood in the heat.  Yes I know.  YOU would have taken a cab or Uber or Lyft.  But I would not.  It is just a thing about living in NYC.  Every day a cab is an option but that doesn’t mean you go ahead and take one.

I stop at the Walgreens right before Planet Hollywood to get some water.  The woman in front of me puts her stuff down and asks where there is a garbage can.  Outside.  She walks away to go outside and the cashier starts ringing her up.  Are you fucking kidding me.  She walked OUTSIDE and I am standing here INSIDE.  Ring ME up.

I get to Planet Hollywood and no, just no.   The amount of people in the lobby.  I would be hard pressed to remember any time in my life when I saw this many people in a hotel lobby.  I checked in using the kiosk and there was a charge for early check in.  I have never paid this before, I would normally opt to simply drop my bags over and come back later.  But today, I decide to pay it.  I think it was $30, but I could be wrong about that.

I have never stayed here as Planet Hollywood.  I have stayed when it was Aladdin.  I missed the entire Planet Hollywood themed rooms phase and I have a newly renovated one.

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With this weirdo room view, which I know is just a crappy view of vents and stuff.  But it is oddly satisfying.  I think because it looks like a space ship on an alien planet.

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I decide I am going to take a nap, which justifies paying the early check in fee.  But I am a liar and instead, I go out and gamble until way past check in time.  I wish I could tell you that “Black pail I did $3” means I won a million dollars as that is what it looks like my notes from this afternoon say.  But it doesn’t so that mystery remains unsolved as of yet.

I came back to the room with enough time to take a quick nap before going to see Ka, courtesy of MyVegas.  But when I woke up from my nap, the last thing I wanted to do was go OUTSIDE to get to MGM Grand to see Ka.

So I stayed inside and played Buffalo for a few hours until I was starving.  Then I went to McDonalds because I do that in Vegas.  And it pisses people off.  Sorry, not sorry.

I was in my room and asleep at 10:00.  Until the fire alarm went off   But that’s tomorrow’s sad story.

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12 thoughts on “Las Vegas Trip Report: Moving from New York, New York to Planet Hollywood

  1. Nancy

    another fun report – I really laughed at this -“The best perk of Pearl status is free parking and I do not drive”…I wish LV paid you for your reports because I know they always make me want to be in Vegas..

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Oh how sweet would it be if casinos paid me to go there? They would get most of it back because I am a degenerate gambler! :)

  2. Bethany

    I love your reports. I also now realize I’ve never actually played in NYNY. I’ve been in plenty of times. I’ve walked THROUGH plenty of times. I’ve just never played. And I also realize I’ve never seen the PHo lobby.

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      On my very first trip to Las Vegas, we stayed at MGM. My first ever meal in Las Vegas was at New York, New York. I got food poisoning. But aside from that, I always remember the feeling of seeing the casino from the top of the escalator when we crossed the pedestrian bridge from MGM. It is one of the very few things left from my first trip that is still there. I get excited every time.

      I kind of almost didn’t see the PHo lobby either. All I saw was wall to wall people. It is located a floor below the casino so you would not happen upon it unless you were intending to.

  3. Joanne

    Hi Jennifer. I am loving your trip reports as always. I felt goosebumps looking at the view down the escalator too and almost got a waff of smoke indicating I have arrived at my favorite destination. I was thinking too that not so long ago you couldn’t dare get caught taking a picture in a casino. Now I love watching videos of slot wins on you tube.

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      Hi Joanne! I got in trouble a few times for taking photos in casinos way back when. I love that this has lessened. I am also loving watching people play slots on Youtube. Maybe one day I will figure out video editing and make my own videos.

  4. Mare

    WTF is that on the tub surround?! I didn’t care for the old PH rooms, but the renovation sure doesn’t look like I’m going to like it, either.

    Glad you got to play your machine and WIN on it! Nice.

    1. jenniferjennifer Post author

      That tub surround is a picture of a woman! Some people can see it, and some cannot. It is so weird. Her shoulder starts on the right above the towel. You are not the only person who asked me this.


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