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Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Friends just want to have fun, Vegas Shore Style! Part two of a two part seven night trip.

This is part 2 and the end of my July 2013,  seven night trip report. If you haven't read the first part please go to this link:
Today is Sunday and I've checked out of Cosmopolitan and into the Wynn after having very little sleep which was my fault since I didn't have any nightclub noise. Check in was smooth and my wonderful host Edward arranged for a panoramic room, which is Wynn speak for high floor with a great view of the strip. I also had a view of the Wynn Lake of Dreams. Better yet since Tryst would not be open during my three night stay, no nightclub noise! After quickly unpacking I scurried to the Country Club restaurant where once again I would be enjoying the jazz brunch with friends.
Our group had their usual large tables in the back of the restaurant with a view of the Wynn golf course.
Several ladies in my group ordered the unlimited Veuve Clicquot champagne which costs a extra $50. I ordered iced tea because after my sleepless night I was afraid having a drink would knock me out.
Anyone who has been reading this blog has seen food porn like the cheese board above from the Jazz Brunch before, along with the rest of the buffet set up. However, I was shocked and disappointed that this visit the jumbo shrimp had their shells still on. They were split which made the shell easy enough to remove but when I go to a high end brunch the last thing I want to do is get my hands icky from shelling shrimp! I'm not sure if the decision to leave the shells on is a ploy to get people to take and eat less of them or what, but they need to go back to serving them without the shell!
The jazz trio is still behind the cooking station. They used to be to the side but I guess they wanted to put in more tables in that section.
Other then my issue with the shrimp not being completely shelled the brunch is still fabulous!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Friends just want to have fun, Vegas Shore Style! Part one of a two part seven night trip.

This started out to be my usual July trip around my birthday for a few nights. Then I discovered that some of my friends had trips planned around this time and I gradually added more nights to be with them until I ended up with a seven night trip! It almost ended up being a ten night trip but I was afraid my son and husband might think I moved out. ;) Due to the length of this trip the report will be divided up into part one which will cover my stay at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay for three nights and then my one night at Cosmopolitan. Part two of my trip report will cover my three night stay at Wynn.
My flight out of San Jose to Las Vegas was on time and smooth. Alphonso my limo driver from THEHotel was waiting for me at baggage claim and it didn't take long for my baggage to arrive. Alphonso tunneled me but made up for it by telling me a couple interesting stories of working backstage at the Stardust 35 years ago!
Checked in at the VIP desk and decided to wait briefly for a room so I could have a strip view on a high floor. Later in my stay I would wish I had taken the lower floor suite.
Angela, one of my followers on Twitter wanted photos of my room so here you go.
Everyone should keep in mind that THEHotel will be going under a lot of renovations the end of this year so once the Delano branding takes over I'm sure these suites will be decorated quite differently.
Above is my view from the 35th floor. Sorry for some reason I can't find photos of the bath  or bedroom, guess I forgot to take them. :(
I quickly unpacked and headed downstairs where I got my free play put on my card and it was off to the slots.
Last stay the Mandalay Bay Casino killed me with the exception of a bit of luck on the Lord of the Rings slot so I headed there first and was quite happy to start out with a hit of $950.50 on a Frodo bonus!
Once LOTR seemed to go cold I had some brief luck on the original Wizard of Oz.
I was happy that Mandalay Bay had installed the new Twilight Zone slots since my last visit and while I wasn't as lucky there on them as I was on the June trip at Palazzo it gave me some fun bonuses.