JohnnyQ
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July 27th, 2019 at 9:41:44 AM permalink
Just got back home, hereís a summary of our trip.

HOTELS

This year we split our stay between PARIS and MIRAGE. So that adds one more to the list of places I have stayed at over the years. Both had nice, large rooms. The shower at PARIS was large enough for 4 adults which was kindof cool but we didnít end up needing that.

Amenity-wise, PARIS had a larger TV than MIRAGE, but MIRAGE had more channels to surf through. As a Diamond level playerís club member, we got a late check-out of 2 pm which made switching to MIRAGE easier. (We used myVegas to book 2 comp nights there, just paying the resort fee and tax. However, that opened up a few rewards that are "minimum 1 night stay required). There were plenty of desk clerks there, so we didnít have to wait in line very long to check-in on a weekday.

One little weird thing about our room at the MIRAGE is that the floor had a noticeable lean to it, at least a half bubble off of level. I canít imagine that was on purpose, so is it possible the property settled that much over the years ? I didnít see any tell-tale cracks anywhere.

SHOWS

We enjoyed all of the shows we saw. It is a bonus, of course, to get them comp'd or deeply discounted.

KA ( Comp from myVegas )
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I picked front row seats when I did the redemption on the M-Life website. I know some people donít care for that, but I enjoyed having the performers crouch and hide right in front of us, and march by several times on the raised edge separating the theatre from the pit.

BEATLES LOVE ( Comp from myVegas )
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Last row seats this time, but because it is a ďtheatre-in-the-roundĒ, I donít think there are any bad seats.

The show is mostly the same as we have seen over the years. However, I donít quite understand why they open with a darker scene of bombing in WW II, then abruptly jump about 20 years later to the early 1960ís Beatles. Maybe to show the contrast, I guess ?

We enjoy both of these Cirque shows so much that we have seen them multiple times.

MAT FRANCO ( Comp CZR )
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Mrs Q is still DIAMOND at CZR for a few more months, so we were able to get 2 comp tix for Mat Franco. This isnít exactly free because it takes some serious coin-in to reach that level, but it is a nice perk. The seats in our row, about 6 back from the stage, were large and really comfortable, more like a small love seat than a typical theatre seat.

I agree with the WIZís review that it is a very good show.

Link here https://wizardofvegas.com/articles/mat-franco/

He ( Mat, I donít know about the Wiz ) is a very charismatic, likeable performer with a number of excellent tricks. I only remember one duplicate from his appearances on AGT several years ago, and it is fun seeing it in person anyway.

However, I do think that one of his tricks is an exact copy of what Mac King has been doing for years, so it would be nice if Mat could do something to differentiate that a little bit more.

MAC KING
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Also saw MAC KING for old times sake using the Free Show with minimum 1 drink purchase coupon. That ended up being about $ 30 total, so a very good value. Another $ 5 to the usher got us to the 2nd Row. Mrs. Qís smile got her on stage for a card trick. Cool ! She was a good natured participant, having a good time up there which makes for a much better experience for the audience too. I heard an interview with Mac King where he emphasized the importance of picking a person with the right personality for his audience participation tricks.

It was fun to visit with MAC after the show for a minute while we got a T-Shirt, deck of cards, and box of Fruit Loops signed ( this was one of the props from his show ).

BEST TRIP VALUE

All the shows above.

WORST TRIP VALUE

I bought a 20 oz bottle of Coke in McCarran. It was $ 4.19.

DINING

I think SPICE MARKET at PLANET HOLLYWOOD and the PARIS buffet have both slipped a few notches over the years. MGM was a little better, but also sortof so-so. At least they included wine (Liberty Creek - it's $ 7.99 where I live for a 1.5 liter bottle). I wouldnít rush back to any of these. The price of the 24 hour buffet pass has also gone up to $ 60 on weekdays, it was only $ 50 a couple of trips ago.

My favorite was CRAVINGS at MIRAGE. Excellent crab legs and a sushi selection much better than the CZR offerings we tried. Well prepared fish as well.

I didnít get the bar package there for $ 12.99, but when one of the cashiers said I could have it for $ 8, I said what the heck ( beer, wine, rum punch, screwdrivers, and mimosas). I think the lower price may be for when you have a dinner comp, but Iím not sure. You can take a drink with you when you leave, just pour it into a plastic cup that the hostesses have. If I recall correctly, the drinks were included the last time we were at Mirage buffet. Aarrgghh.

Anyways, at the risk of repeating myself, the best crab legs were definitely at MIRAGE.

I think all of these have self-service soft drinks now. I actually like that, you can get something to drink yourself much faster than waiting for the waitress. In fact, except for the Diamond room at PARIS, the buffets essentially donít have waitresses anymore. Once or twice, someone will pop by to clear off used plates.

We went to Ellis Island several mornings for the good olí $ 6.99 Steak and Eggs breakfast special. And we did the Steak dinner there one night too. It is interesting to see the renovations there have made it much less dumpy than it was back in the day.

The breakfast buffet at FLAMINGO is still pretty good, but they don't have free mimosas anymore. ;-(

SHOPPING

I went to the south Outlet Mall with Mrs Q since I didnít have anything better to do one particular morning. My shopping consisted of getting a bottle of Coke from a vending machine. We also did the 4 for $ 10 T-Shirts at one of the little shops on Koval, picking out some with a lot of glitter/sparkles for my mother-in-law.

TRANSPORTATION

We mostly used LYFT for transportation. The price is pretty good, especially if you have a one-time first time user promo to apply. I was surprised that several drivers kept the radio turned up pretty loud, especially the one who was playing rap music with explicit lyrics.

All the vehicles were clean, most were well maintained but I could hear a brake or wheel bearing issue on a couple of them, and the drivers were pleasant. We also took several rides on the 202 bus to get back and forth to the PALMS.

Misc - DIAMOND at CZR

I donít know if we will do Diamond again next year. For the past several years, CZR had a promo where they would match your Tier Credits for a month or two in the spring. I didnít see that again earlier this year. And they have started charging for the Diamond lounge. And on many occasions the comp monthly show we have wanted to see has been unavailable, even though the show might only be 60 % sold. For those reasons, it might be time to give M-Life a try.

ĒSTADIUMĒ STYLE BLACKJACK at TI

I was pleasantly surprised to see very player friendly rules there.
- 3/2 Blackjack
- Dealer stands on all 17ís
- DDAS I think
- Continuous Shuffling Machine ( I think )
- Surrender
- $ 1 Minimum Bet !

The drink service while we were there was the fastest we saw during our entire stay, although that could be ďHITĒ and miss, I suppose. We didnít end up spending very much time there, but I think I would next time if the rules are the same.

WORST LUCK

We played hours of FPDW and PALMS but only ended up with Quad Deuces once for each of us. Overall on the trip, we lost more than I had wanted/expected to, but less than we can afford to.

CATCH-22

We like comp hotel rooms, and we know if we don't play on the strip, our room offers are going to go away. So that is definitely a balancing act.

BEST LUCK

We took a voluntary bump on our flight to Las Vegas, and the airline gave both of us vouchers even though I had the impression that they really only needed one volunteer. So we didnít have to split up and got a crazy total amount of vouchers. It was so much that I am a little embarrassed to say how much. OK, OK, it was in the low-ish 4 figures range.
Last edited by: JohnnyQ on Jul 27, 2019
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July 27th, 2019 at 11:06:06 AM permalink
Nice report. Nicest part of diamond perk is skipping lines and no resort fees. MGM doesnt automatically waive resort fees without play
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JohnnyQ
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July 27th, 2019 at 11:15:14 AM permalink
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Nicest part of diamond perk is skipping lines and no resort fees.

Yep, I am gonna REALLY miss that. Hopefully there has been a HUGE drop-off in Diamond qualifications this year, enough that they decide to bring back some easier ways to get it in 2020.
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July 27th, 2019 at 6:53:30 PM permalink
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We went to Ellis Island several mornings for the good olí $ 6.99 Steak and Eggs breakfast special.

Do they still have that one FREE bingo card for their first game of the day? Bingo is of vey little interest to me, but 'free' always means a lot.
JohnnyQ
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July 27th, 2019 at 7:21:59 PM permalink
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Do they still have that one FREE bingo card for their first game of the day? Bingo is of vey little interest to me, but 'free' always means a lot.

I haven't seen BINGO there for several years now.
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July 27th, 2019 at 8:54:15 PM permalink
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Yep, I am gonna REALLY miss that. Hopefully there has been a HUGE drop-off in Diamond qualifications this year, enough that they decide to bring back some easier ways to get it in 2020.



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July 27th, 2019 at 11:23:50 PM permalink
When you say that the Paris rooms are big - were you in a standard room? Never stayed at Paris but friends who have say Paris' standard rooms are actually pretty small and on the Paris website they are listed as 390 sq. ft. Whenever I look across at Paris from Bellagio or Cosmo it does appear like the windows are closer together than on other hotels, which also tells me that the Paris rooms are small.

For example the standard room size at Bellagio is 510 square feet. Standard room at Cosmo, 460 square feet. Hell, the Tuscany has standard rooms that are 650 square feet.

Mirage standard rooms are pretty small too, 394 square feet.


Nice detail, nice trip report. Thanks!
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JohnnyQ
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July 28th, 2019 at 6:52:04 AM permalink
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When you say that the Paris rooms are big - were you in a standard room?

Yes, a standard room as far as I know. It was probably 390 sq ft which is plenty big for a King Bed and then extra room for a nice chair in front of the floor to ceiling windows. Anyways, from my perspective, it seemed like a big room. In the past, I have stayed in a "petite suite" there and it was even bigger.

Quote: MDawg

For example the standard room size at Bellagio is 510 square feet. Standard room at Cosmo, 460 square feet. Hell, the Tuscany has standard rooms that are 650 square feet.

I have stayed at Tuscany and I consider their rooms huge. Same with RIO, which I think calls their 600-ish sq ft rooms suites.
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July 29th, 2019 at 7:09:55 AM permalink
It sounds great, I read about your trip and now I would like to travel;)
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July 29th, 2019 at 8:45:21 AM permalink
Thanks for the report! You certainly do a lot more than I.

I do hope your vouchers don't say:

"Only Valid on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft".

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