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Trip Report 1st March to 6th March - Birthday Trip!

Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:26 am

Just to give you all a bit of background info. We're a couple aged 30 and 36 from the UK. We've both been to Vegas several times.

Day One:

We fly out of Gatwick to Las Vegas with Virgin Atlantic. We booked Economy Delight but wouldn't bother with it again. No priority boarding as advertised and wasn't really worth the cost.

Flight arrives into Vegas on schedule and we head to the strip. We have three nights booked at Park MGM comped via my Mlife account. The express check in process was really straight forward and quick. If you do need to speak to anyone there are staff around to help you.

We're allocated a queen room with two beds. The room was spacious and the style of it was to our taste. After dropping the bags off we head out for a quick stroll. We stop off at Bierhaus for happy hour. After a couple of beers we're in need of a nap. The quicker we can adjust to Vegas time the better. Also noted that I got $25 free play for my birthday from Park MGM too

After the nap we're feeling refreshed and ready for Zombie Burlesque. We need a quick bite to eat so just grab some tacos from Chipotle. Really didn't know what to expect with Zombie Burlesque but it was such a fun show to see. I would recommend it. More of a variety show with some audience participation too.

We head back to Park MGM to play some slots before bed. We win enough to cover all our expenses for the day which we're happy about.

Day Two:

We wake up so early on our first morning in Vegas no matter what time we go to bed the night before and this time was no exception. We have brunch booked at Paris buffet (present from the in-laws) so don't want anything to eat just yet. Couple of hours on the slots and we're up, WHOOP!

We take a slow walk down to Paris via Starbucks. The queues at the ones in some of the hotels astound me.

We get to Paris as they're changing over from the full breakfast menu to the brunch items. It was ok nothing much to write home about. Highlights were the omelettes and the prime rib unsurprisingly.

The better half has tickets to the Secret Garden and Dolphin habitat via Myvegas so we decide to head over there after the brunch. I'm happy we didn't pay for this to be honest. The enclosures for the animals are so small. I really wasn't impressed. We were in the dolphin habitat when they were doing the training. The dolphins seemed happy which was the most important thing.

We slowly work our way back towards NYNY after that. Stopping off to play some slots at the Bellagio and Cosmo. We both have $50 bar credit for Times Square so go to cash them in. The guy on the mlife desk was shocked we wanted to claim them both at the same time. We're English, if there's one thing we're good at then it's drinking alcohol!

We had such good fun in there. It was happy hour and one of the piano guys was in there playing requests. Everyone was having a good sing along.

Time for a sleep before our dinner reservations at Hell's Kitchen.

We're both massive fans of the show so the gimmicks on entry were appreciated along with the blue and red kitchen design. Our service and food was exceptional. I had the iberico ham to start followed by the rack of lamb. My better half had the lobster risotto followed by the braised beef. When we booked they had taken note that it was birthday so I was offered a complimentary dessert which was a nice touch.

The food and alcohol wiped me out so we're in bed by midnight.

Day Three:

We have a busy day ahead so we're up quite early. Breakfast is at Toms Urban. I have the cubano sandwich and the wife has huevos rancheros. My word the portion sizes were huge, completely filled us both up. We have 90 minutes to spare so a short stroll over to MGM Grand and Tropicana. I play a bit of roulette and the wife on the slots. We come out up so all is good.

For Christmas my wife booked for us to go to Machine Guns LV. Neither of us have ever shot a gun before so I was excited for this. The wife was more nervous than anything. They come and pick you up and drop you back. Chris, our instructor was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour which helped relax my wife. We shot a sniper rifle, glock and an uzi. We had such a good time. Definitely something we'd consider doing again the next time we're over.

We get them to drop us back to Park MGM so we can drop our targets back into our room.

It's getting quite late in the afternoon so we get some late lunch from Pampas Grill in the miracle mile with a voucher we have. It filled a hole but wasn't great and to be honest we were still full from breakfast. It's nap time so we head back to Park MGM.

Feeling refreshed and dressed up for the evening we go to Juniper Lounge with $100 credit we have. The cocktails in here are so good with some theatrics.

We have tickets to see the late Opium show in Cosmo. We are both big fans of Absinthe so have been looking forward to this. It's crazy, crude and ridiculous but it's fun and definitely worth going to see if you're not easily offended. Bit more gambling afterwards in Cosmo followed by some pizza from the not so secret pizza place there. I was disappointed with this. I don't know whether I had built up my expectations in my head that I was going to experience some of the best pizza I've ever had but it was distinctly average.

We want to work our way back to Park MGM so stop off at Aria for a blast on the slots. Two hours later we're still there sat side by side on Monopoly machines comfortably up on our play and well lubricated by the waitresses. A great end to a great day!

Day Four:

We're up surprisingly early following our late night. We head over to Bruxie for breakfast. My word the chicken and waffles were so good. Massive but soooooooo good.

It's time to check out from Park MGM. Quick stop off at the Mlife desk to check on our gambling levels. Our resort fees are taken off our account completely which is a nice bonus.

We have two nights booked at Harrahs so head down there. We don't have too much planned today so walk round the strip and do a bit of people watching. We stop off at the Venetian for some ridiculous sized drinks at Taco n Ritas. 32 oz down and down on the gambling we head back to Harrahs to chill out before heading downtown.

We uber it downtown to the mob museum. There's two things that Americans definitely do better than us English and that's make sandwiches and museum experiences. This is our first visit to here and it won't be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had cocktails in the speak easy in the basement too.

Of all the times I've been to Vegas I've never actually been downtown on an evening. We casually stroll up and down Fremont taking it all in. We gamble in Binions, 4 Queens and Golden Nugget. We have a drink outside Mickie Finnz's which is a great people watching spot. There's a continual flow of people weighing themselves on the giant scales of Heart Attack Grill.

We walk a bit further down to the container park. A bit of a waste of time to be honest. Really not much going on.

We're hungry so we decide to go to Nacho Daddy. The place was full and the atmosphere was great. We sat at the bar as no tables were available. We're more than happy to do this. The food was superb and plentiful.

Uber back to the strip and the wife is ready for bed which leaves me to gamble by myself. I head over to TI as I like the atmosphere in there. I don't really win or lose too much. Bedtime!

Day Five:

Breakfast is at Chayo on the Linq Promenade. We like our Mexican food as you can probably tell.

It was nice and did the job.

All our walking over the past few days was taking it's toll. We wanted to go to the Wynn and Encore so we took a very slow walk over there. They're such nice hotels but I don't think we'd consider staying there as they're a little bit far down strip for our liking.

We have some vouchers for Kiss golf at the Rio so get an uber over there. We're both Kiss fans so this was a cool thing to do. I won by one shot which made my day!

The Rio really isn't what it used to be. Such a shame but you can see the quality has dropped there.

Back to Harrahs for a rest and to get ready to watch a show. Of all the times we've been to Vegas we've never seen an Elvis show so we booked up All Shook Up in the Miracle Mile. What a fun show. I love Elvis's music and the impersonator was very good. Absolutely nailed his moves as well as having a good voice.

Drinks and gambling at several hotels followed. End up having a sandwich from Greenbergs in NYNY for dinner. Lots of meat and good quality bread. What's not to love!

Even though this is our last night we don't stay up too late. Vegas has worn us out!

Day Six:

Early morning message from Virgin to let us know that our flight is delayed. More time in Vegas, yay! Look out of our room window and the heavens have opened. Not venturing very far in the rain. We check out of Harrahs relatively early and leave our cases there. We head back over to the Linq Promenade to Off The Strip for breakfast. The food and service were good. Over to the Mirage for some more slot play. Wasn't most successful of plays but we had fun.

Back over to Harrahs for our bags and that's the end of our trip.


Park MGM is a good hotel. I know it isn't the most popular of places on here but we thoroughly enjoyed it there. Would definitely stay there again

Harrahs isn't great. The casino needs a refurb in my opinion. Those ceilings are grim.

It surprised me by how many families were in Vegas with young children this time.

We had a blast. I hope this doesn't bore you all!
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Re: Trip Report 1st March to 6th March - Birthday Trip!

Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:53 pm

I'd love to hear more about your experience with this "Economy Delight". I've not heard of it - is it premium economy of some sort?

It does sound like you had a great time!
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Re: Trip Report 1st March to 6th March - Birthday Trip!

Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:24 pm

The last time I was in Vegas we stayed at the Parc, and honestly I was very disappointed. We had a late departure and they turned off the water for the entire floor, without notice. When I contacted the concierge they were basically uninterested. They discontinued their poker room and their slots were a disappointment. I'd much rather stay at the Aria or Mirage, and you can get good deals on MLife for both of them.
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