....quickie two night stay. I had comps from both Harrah's and Gold Strike, so I "double-booked" -- booked Wed and Thurs nights at Harrahs (so I could use their nice pool during the day Thurs) and then Thurs afternoon I moved over to GS for one night.
Few quick observations:
-- Stayed in Harrah's Casino Tower for the first time, instead of Terrace/Veranda. I liked that much better. I'm a frequent Vegas visitor -- I like having the casino just an elevator ride away from my room. Really dislike the "detached hotel" model.
Of course, staying in the Casino Tower meant I had to drive over to one of the other two towers (I picked Terrace) on Thursday to use an outdoor pool. But no biggie. Pool was gorgeous, though a lot of noisy kids. I eventually moved up and sat next to the jacuzzi for some peace and quiet -- it was very hot, so no one was using the jacuzzi!
-- Went down to Sam's Town just to earn some B-Connected players club points, and basically broke even on a "Cash Time" slot after a couple hours of play. Ate at the ST buffet, which was good, if not spectacular.
-- Drink service at all three casinos I visited was quite poor. Never saw a waitress at Sam's Town. At Harrah's, I used the "total touch" system and ordered drinks from the machine, but each one took a LONG time to be delivered. At GS, I saw waitresses on the floor, but seems like they kept missing me every time I was thirsty.
Ended up spending some time playing bartop VP just to have easier access to beverages. Pay tables at the bar top machines are better than Vegas, but of course you don't earn a lot of players club points that way. Part of the rationale for this trip was to earn some MLife points so I can maintain my Gold status for next year. I took advantage of the fact that Sams Town had 5x points on Wed, and Gold Strike 2x points on Thursday (but slots only, not VP.)
-- Rooms. The king room at Harrahs was nice, though it had a sticky door and a noisy A/C unit. Sixth floor room, with a view of the parking lot, the other hotel towers, and the golf course. Room at Gold Strike (also a king) was on the 28th floor, looking out over the river and Horseshoe / Roadhouse, with Harrahs way off in the distance. Room at GS was in a little better shape; I think MGM does a better job of maintenance than Caesars. GS shower had dreadful water pressure, though.
-- Meals. In addition to the buffet at Sams Town, I ate lunch at the poolside snack bar at Harrahs (about what you'd expect) and had dinner that night at Chicago Steakhouse at Gold Strike. Sat at the bar and had an excellent meal -- salad, steak, and baked potato. Would definitely return; I like that they have a bar for dining, unlike the steakhouse next door at Horseshoe. Always feel funny dining solo at a table at a nice restaurant.
-- Gambling treated me very well; in addition to the Cash Time machine at Sam's, I found a $0.50 Wheel of Fortune machine at GS that was very friendly to me. I took a decent budget to Tunica; I came back only $100 down, and earned over 6000 MLife points, plus a bunch of B-Connected and Total Rewards points that I haven't checked yet.
I consider that a win!