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October 13th, 2009 at 2:26:13 PM permalink
This thread is to be used to discuss hotel accommodations at Green Valley Ranch.
rdw4potus
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May 28th, 2013 at 12:26:51 PM permalink
I stayed at GVR this weekend during my trip to Vegas for Wovcon ]I[.

I don't think I'll do a formal review of the property, but here is a brief rundown:

Cost: Comped. Initial receipt showed full room rate and full resort fees. About had a heartattack at check-in.

Room: 2 double bed normal room. It's an odd vegas hotel in that there's really no tower. In fact, my room was one floor below the casino level.

Pros:
-Big TV, with enough channels to actually spend time in the room. Coming from AC where ESPN and/or USA are not offered, that was a big plus.
-BEAUTIFUL property. The grounds are just as nice as most upscale strip properties
-full-pay VP and 10X odds on craps.
-Between the casino itself and the adjoining shopping area, there are plenty of good restaurant options. That didn't stop me from limiting my dining to Panda Express and Fatburger, though.
-The theater was very nice and reasonably priced. $8.50 to see Hangover 3 at a late matinee yesterday. Decent movie, too. Better than the second one, not that that's saying a whole lot.
-There is a Mississippi Stud table at this Las Vegas casino. I didn't think that happened anymore!
-It seems like Stations properties all have 2 or 3 (but not 4) of the following: theater, bowling alley, bingo hall, poker room. I thought the theater/bingo/poker combo here was a good blend.
-(edit) I never heard another guest from within my room. This was easily the quietest hotel I've ever stayed in.

Cons:
-cheap beds. I'm used to hotel beds either being too lofty (like a pillowtop) or too stiff. This bed was...mushy. Like it had been a regular discount mattress in a past life, and had just given up hope.
-Irregular shower temperature control. Twice (in 4 days) I had to turn the shower all the way to hot to make it warm enough to use. On one of those occasions, it then warmed through the shower to the point where I had to keep turning the temp down to avoid scalding. This was probably unsafe for use by children.
-Weak selection of slots. I don't really play, but I was trying to kill several hours yesterday by watching and there were very few unique games. Maybe that's because so much of the floor is taken up by full-pay VP machines.
-Layout. The casino is on floor 2. The hotel lobby is on floor G (2 floors down). Getting from the lobby to my east-wing room involved either walking on the pool deck outside or going from G to 2, then back down to 1 on the elevators in the east wing.
-Layout. The hotel valet/check-in and the closest parking garage to the hotel are on opposite sides of the building. It was almost a mile's drive to get from the check-in lane to the "215" parking garage.

Miscellaneous:
-I think Teddy's review mentioned that nothing was walkable from the property. I disagree. I wouldn't want to walk it in August, but there's a Target, Walgreens, and CVS about a mile south on Green Valley. I made that walk on Friday evening without incident. I suppose the distance limits the number of items that can be comfortably carried back to the room, but this was a pleasant walk through a good neighborhood.

Bottomline: There were some issues and annoyances on my stay. I'd return, but I wouldn't pay to stay at GVR if I could stay at a second-tier Stations property for free (which is usually my situation - not sure how/why GVR was comped on this holiday weekend...).
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May 28th, 2013 at 12:36:18 PM permalink
superrick took me out to GVR to play craps when I was in Vegas over New Years. I enjoyed GVR so much that I called a host to find out what it took to get a comp'd stay. Bottom line was they would not comp a stay for me up front, but the host stated that if my play was as I stated, I shouldn't have a problem getting the room comp'd. I was impressed with the property, and will take my wife back out there for some casino time when we hit Vegas again, end of July.
Hopefully this playing session will be enough to score me a comp invite up front.
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May 28th, 2013 at 1:10:18 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus


-The theater was very nice and reasonably priced. $8.50 to see Hangover 3 at a late matinee yesterday... I made that walk on Friday evening without incident. I suppose the distance limits the number of items that can be comfortably carried back to the room, but this was a pleasant walk through a good neighborhood.
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These are two things it would never even occur
to me to do in Vegas. See a movie? WTH? Why
would I waste 2 hours IN VEGAS at a movie theatre?
Walking? I can walk at home. Again, I never have
enough time when I'm in Vegas, why would I spend
10 seconds of it walking if I didn't have to. People
have different priorities, I guess.
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rdw4potus
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May 28th, 2013 at 1:18:47 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

These are two things it would never even occur
to me to do in Vegas. See a movie? WTH? Why
would I waste 2 hours IN VEGAS at a movie theatre?
Walking? I can walk at home. Again, I never have
enough time when I'm in Vegas, why would I spend
10 seconds of it walking if I didn't have to. People
have different priorities, I guess.



About the movie - funds were low, man! $8.50 was a cheap price to pay to keep from gambling for 150 minutes!

About the walk - 5 hour flight in a frigid plane + stiff back = 2 mile walk at dusk in the perfect Vegas weather.


Also, and I'll edit my original post, I thought of you on Monday when I realized that I'd never heard another guest at all from inside my room. Not even a little bit. Quietest hotel I've ever been in. You might've been able to get by with only 2 sets of ear protection:-)
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May 28th, 2013 at 1:49:35 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

About the movie - funds were low, man! $8.50 was a cheap price to pay to keep from gambling for 150 minutes!



I can see movies at home, I'm in Vegas to play. There's
not enough hours in the day. But I never gamble, so
maybe for you there aren't enough movie theatres..
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rdw4potus
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May 28th, 2013 at 2:16:11 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I can see movies at home, I'm in Vegas to play. There's
not enough hours in the day. But I never gamble, so
maybe for you there aren't enough movie theatres..



Hmmm...well, the BJ and Craps rules in Vegas are worse than they are at home, so I usually go to Vegas for warmth and to see friends.

You never gamble? I thought your trip report was all about roulette conditions in Vegas. Did you not play roulette when you were in town?
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May 28th, 2013 at 2:22:27 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

About the movie - funds were low, man! $8.50 was a cheap price to pay to keep from gambling for 150 minutes!



I've seen movies in Vegas. I think it's a nice respite from the casino, and like RD points out, the expected loss is not too
high AND it is known ! I saw INCEPTION and the latest BATMAN over the past couple of years.
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May 28th, 2013 at 2:31:17 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

These are two things it would never even occur
to me to do in Vegas. See a movie? WTH? Why
would I waste 2 hours IN VEGAS at a movie theatre?
Walking? I can walk at home. Again, I never have
enough time when I'm in Vegas, why would I spend
10 seconds of it walking if I didn't have to. People
have different priorities, I guess.


But I thought Vegas sucked these days, Bob?
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May 28th, 2013 at 2:48:41 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

Did you not play roulette when you were in town?



Roulette isn't gambling for me. Its the only
game in the casino I see. That and bac.
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