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Beau Rivage Trip Report

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Beau Rivage Trip Report

We just returned from a trip to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi on a casino junket and wanted to offer some details that may be of interest to those of you considering taking the trip.

I read everything I could find on any number of websites before we left and could not find anything that offered the level of detail I was seeking. I hope this account fills in some blanks for others. I will post it in segments so as not to overwhelm anyone.

Sorry….it is kinda long....

I had received several of the postcard offers for the free airfare and 3 night stay at the Beau Rivage last year but at first thought they were time share pitches and didn’t look that closely. Then, one day I took a closer look and thought it sounded too good to be true. On our last trip to Las Vegas last summer, I played quite a bit of blackjack at the $25 minimum table (I don’t play much slots) at the Bellagio. I assume my level of play put me on the list for the Beau Rivage offer.

I did some online research and learned that it was indeed a great offer and decided to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, the flight had already filled up by the time I decided to give it a try so I had to wait and hope I would get another chance. The next postcard offer arrived in early June for a trip in late July and I called to book it that same day. The offer is for two adults; must be 21 or over. You give them some information over the phone and they send you a booking confirmation by e-mail right away; then by mail a few weeks before you leave. You can cancel at least 7 days before departure without penalty; after that its $40 a person.

On the day of departure you call a number listed on the documents to check on flight times (ours was on-time) and ticket counter information. The charter uses Vision Airlines which doesn’t have a permanent ticket counter at the Minneapolis airport. We were told to check in at the Sun Country airlines counter. Check in was smooth, one bag each is free to check at counter and you don’t see it again until it arrives in your room at the Beau Rivage about 2 hours after you arrive. Our boarding passes did not have my wife and me sitting together, but we were able to reconfigure our seats once everyone was on board.

Everyone on the plane is going to the same place and is in a great mood. It is a flight unlike any you have experienced. The flight attendants are nothing like the vaguely annoyed and occasionally haughty ones we all encounter on the regular flights. These are energetic and seem genuinely happy to be part of the fun. You are informed that there are soft drinks and plenty of booze aboard but no beer or wine and the drinks are free. Our flight was a little over two hours and beverage service began after about a half hour in the air. The attendants bring a beverage cart up the aisle that is filled with large bottles of (off brand) liquor. You don’t get the tiny bottles you find on regular flights. The attendants take your drink order and pour it directly from the bottle as strong as you’d like. They came by twice during our flight. I tipped a buck per drink.

After the drinks, it’s time to play the money game. The flight attendants inform us that in order to play, we are to take either a $1, a $5, a $10, a $20 or a $100 bill (or all 5) and write our seat number on it. Then, toward the end of the flight, they will draw one bill from each bag and the person sitting in that seat wins that bag of money. In our flight, the $1 bag had about $100 in it. The $5 bag had about $400 in it, the $10 had $700 or so, the $20 had $900 or so and the $100 bag had $1400. We didn’t win.

More to Come...

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Lambertville, MI
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Waiting for the rest of the story...we are going on this trip soon.

Madison, Wisconsin
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BR Trip Report Cont'd....

When you arrive at the Gulfport/Biloxi airport as part of the Beau Rivage junket you are instructed to head directly off the plane, down the stairs, outside the terminal and onto one of three buses that are parked outside the exit. It is a very well organized affair. You are reminded that there is no need to go to the baggage carousel to retrieve your luggage. The bus driver is very friendly (but points out that unlike the plane, he does not serve alcohol) and you are soon on your way for the 20 minute ride to the Beau Rivage.

When you arrive at the hotel you are driven through the parking garage to the lower level bus lobby (not the front, circular entrance). A hotel representative climbs aboard and tells you to head into the lobby to the counter. There were three agents checking people in so the lines went very quickly. You present a photo ID along with a credit card for purchases charged to the room and fill out a quick form. You are handed an envelope with room keys, Mlife player’s cards and some info about the hotel and check out procedures. Rooms are pre-assigned so the process goes very quickly.

We were given a room on the 24th floor with a view of both the coastline and the Gulf. It was quite impressive. The room was very nice as well. They no longer use the heavy bedspreads that other travelers had mentioned. The beds are now covered with modern, light duvet covers. The only issues in our room were that the safe didn’t work properly and the bathroom sink didn’t drain very quickly. We didn’t want to give up our room so we just dealt with the minor issues.

The casino was quite large with plenty of slot machines and table games. No trouble finding an open seat at the tables. Drink service was excellent (at least at the tables) don’t know about service at the slots.

The pool was very nice as well. Other reviews had mentioned the large number of children at the pool. While we saw quite a few kids, it was certainly not overwhelming and the ones who were there were well behaved. Drink service was quite good here as well although we found it easier to just walk over to the pool bar to get our own drinks and bring them back to our chairs. We found it easy to get chairs each day although we got down there pretty early, usually by 9am. There were also plenty of padded poolside chairs available to rent at a very reasonable $30 for two. There are also cabanas to rent; those were full both days we were there. Behind the pool is a deck overlooking the Gulf. There were plenty of chairs available but the pavement is so hot there were only a few people sitting there.

We ate our meals both on property and off. We had two meals at the Half Shell Oyster House which is just a few blocks from the hotel. You can see the sign from the front of the hotel. We didn’t make reservations and there seemed to be about a half hour wait but there were a few seats open at the bar so we ate in there. Great decision! You can watch the guys shucking oysters and putting them on the grill. Its gets quite warm in there but the show is worth it. The guys heard us discussing the oysters with some people sitting next to us and gave us some free samples of the different varieties available.

We also had one meal at Mary Mahoney’s which is only about 50 yards away from the Oyster House. I made a reservation for the following night on our way back to the hotel on the first night.

I had the Veal Antonio which was quite good but also quite rich. DW had the Gumbo which was outstanding. The wait staff is very professional.

At the hotel we had one lunch at the Terrace Café. I had read some negative reviews of the café but we enjoyed it. It is located right off the lobby. We asked for a seat in the atrium so we could see outside. It was bright and cheery. Service was very slow but the staff was friendly and food was fine and fairly priced.

We also ate at the Jia Asian restaurant at the hotel. I made same day reservations in the late afternoon for the Hibachi section (where they cook on a large grill at your table.) They also have a regular section with traditional Asian menu items along with a Sushi bar. Along with the two of us, there were eight others at the table including two small children but they were very well behaved and seemed to enjoy the show. Food was very good, very seasoned and very similar to a Benihana. Our price for two with one drink was under $100 with tip.

We didn’t go to the show at the Beau Rivage. It was called “Funambula” and was family friendly. Each night we saw families with small children walking through the hotel lobby when the show let out around 9:30 or so. The hotel is very strict about children in the casino area. There is a guard posted in the hallway between the hotel and guest elevators and the casino. Anyone who looks under 21 gets an ID check and parents with children must have a specific destination in order to be allowed to pass.

Final segment to come....

Lambertville, MI
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Loving it....going soon. :) What level playing card do you have?

Madison, Wisconsin
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I'm glad you're enjoying the review.

I am a lowly "sapphire" card holder. I guess I got the offer because I fit the demographic they are seeking..

Lambertville, MI
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Same here, lowest card and I got the offer. But I am happy and going. :)

Madison, Wisconsin
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BR Trip Report Conclusion..

The check out process and flight home was as smooth as the check in process. You set your packed bags inside your room door by 9am on the day you leave. You do have the option not to have your bags picked up but you are then responsible for bringing them on the bus to the airport yourself. Check out time is 11am and our flight didn’t leave until 3pm.

After I checked out and stored our carry-ons with the bell desk; we took the Biloxi City tour then had a late breakfast at the Waffle House right across the street from the hotel. It was incredibly busy but the staff is very friendly and service is fairly quick.

Buses begin boarding at the bus lobby at around 12:45. When you arrive at the airport your bags are placed outside the bus. You pick them up and take them a few steps into the terminal to the Vision Airlines counter where they are checked and you are off to the security checkpoint. Flight was on time. No alcohol on the return flight but they did play the money game again. Not NEARLY as many people took part: lots of people sleeping and looking worn out. When your plane lands you head to baggage claim to pick up your luggage like the other travelers (your special privileges are over).

Overall I spent about 10 hours playing blackjack at an average bet of $30-$50 a hand. I don’t know what level the organizers expect but I hope that amount is sufficient to have earned a return invitation. I am hopeful because two days after we returned; I had another postcard offer in the mail for late September. I do not know however, if that was in the mail before or after our recent visit. We’ll see.

I would strongly encourage anyone who gets the offer to take it. There are truly no strings attached. No one knocks on your door or drops by your pool chair to ask why you aren’t in the casino. I would assume that if you don’t play enough to meet their expectations, you simply won’t receive another invitation.

A couple of thoughts regarding meal comps. Based on comments on this forum and others, I put two meals (not buffets) and some pool bar drinks on the room tab in the hope that some or all would be comped at check out. The welcome letter you receive at check in states that the desk agent can assist you with comps for room charges at check out time. It didn’t work for me. I asked the agent if I had anything on the Mlife card that would cover any room charges. She checked and said no. It was no big deal to me because I figured getting free airfare and hotel room was far beyond my expectations. Also, I am not a slot player and playing the slots is, at least to my understanding, the only way to earn “express comps” which can be used for things like meals and drinks. Table game players earn Tier Credits which are redeemed in different ways. In any event, I did not want to stand in a fairly long line at the Players Club counter in the casino on the morning we left only to have them tell me I had no comps available. Perhaps there is another more assertive strategy that would pay dividends, but I didn’t pursue it. Maybe next time??

I hope this very lengthy report is useful to some of you!!

Austin
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Thanks for the detailed trip report Scott. We are heading to the BR on the same type of junket out of Austin this coming Saturday, so it is nice knowing exactly what to expect. I have been getting these offers for sometime now, but they never worked with my schedule until now. Can't wait to eat at Mary Mahoney's again while we are there!!! Thanks again for sharing!

Madison, Wisconsin
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Glad you enjoyed it.

Short flight from Austin....

They're going to have to bring the drink cart and the money game out right away!!

Winnipeg, Canada
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Thanks for the TR about the Beau and Biloxi. Well be driving down to Biloxi in early October. Staying one night at the Grand but haven't decided on the 2nd night yest.

Campbell, New York...
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We stayed at the Beau last October on our first Biloxi trip and loved it.

My wife is a $200 a day slot player and I usually gamble $3-400 a day on LIR , roulette and a bit of penny slots. We spent about 2/3 of it at the Beau during our 5 day stay. At midnight on our last night before going to our room, on a lark, I stopped by and spoke to a casino host just to see what he'd say about our low level of play. Supriseingly, he took three night charges off our bill. Maybe he was just in a good mood that night and we hit him at the right time but it would be worth a shot.

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