Monday, March 17, 2008

Weekend Vegas Trip

Vegas weekend. Booked 2 nights at the mirage (a so-called 4 star hotel?). Room we were assigned to was clearly out of date. old crt television, rough sheets, sagging bed, broken faucet. room decor was awful. we were able to get out of our 2 night hotel reservation after only 1 night with no penalty. Mirage did finally offer to move us to a newly renovated room, but it was too late. also, mirage check in desk, was nice looking with a hugh aquarium background, was inconveniently located far away from the hotel elevator. the guests actually have to walk thru the same walkway as the visitors thru the casino. obviously, not something i wanted to do since people were leisurely walking around (in my way at times), while i wanted to get to the hotel room asap. luckily, the flamingo hotel had available "go" rooms. when we checked in, we were automatically upgraded from a regular go room to a mini suite go room (600 sq ft). the room was quite spacious with 2 large lcd televisions and 1 small lcd embedded in the bathroom mirror. the room also had an assortment of complimentary nuts, crackers, cheese, dried apricots and chocolate awaiting our arrival. lastly, the room was on the 29th floor, the highest floor of the flamingo i believe, with a view of the bellagio fountains. i will most likely be returning to flamingo if ever in vegas again. i think i just got sucked into the mgm properties (mgm, treasure island, mirage) from their website. harrah's website is not as nice. their properties include flamingo, caesars palace, imperial palace, bally's).

i also saw cirque du soleil's ka at the mgm hotel. good production effects, especially in the first 15 minutes. similar type dramatic performances and skimpy costumes (male thongs, etc) as in other cirque shows i've seen (mystere, o, delirium).

i won a total of $200 playing blackjack at the $10 table (imperial palace and o'sheas), some winnings from the help of a dealer nice enough to give his expert advice to me. it was a roller coaster ride all night for both nights.