My family was also staying at the GVR at the beginning of this year. I enjoy gambling and average about 2000 dollars a bet on the blackjack tables. My friend, Joe Mcquire is an old friend of Matt Sacca, one of thier hosts and recomended we stay at the GVR.
Matt was there to meet us at the airport and he really is one helluva guy. During the short trip to the resort, Matt outlined what he had in plan us. Two days in thier luxury spa for my wife and daughter, whilst my son and I were to go sky diving one day and to the racetrack the next !
We were staying in the whiskey suite in thier new east tower and it was nothing short of amazing. We could have spent the whole vacation in that suite ! The attention to detail - from the marble in the bathrooms to the choice of coffee table books on the coffee table was perfect. That evening, a bald chef named Joe cooked us an exquisite barbeque in our own room. Matt stayed with us to eat and then took us to the high limit gaming room.
This is a high class affair and a private table was arranged for our us. The staff were attentive and charming throughout. Matt's prescence was very welcome - my wife even joked that he was something of a lucky charm !
The next day the our newspaper hadn't arrived. We spoke to a young lady, Ninya, who promised to deliver us one later in the day. Otherwise our morning was blissfull, the food once again perfect.
Matt called us to confirm our bookings at the spa and airport (for sky-diving) and we were off. My son and I had one of the most exhillerating experiences possible - sky-diving - whilst my wife and daughter had a relaxing though no less enjoyable time at the spa. They really enjoyed the treatments and found the staff extremely attentive, I asked them if they could find any fault with the place. "I would like some candy such as M&M's when I'm being pampered." said my daughter. My wife also noted that the arrangement of fruit in the bowl was rather odd, "Who on earth put all the apples on top ?" she said.
That evening we ate in thier steakhouse restaurant. Again the food was perfect. After a quick drink in thier whisky bar, we met up with Matt and saw the Ultimate Fighting gig from the front row with tickets he'd comped for us.
It seemed Matt could manage just about anything. Not only that, he did with a sense that he really wanted us to have a good time. Back at the ranch we met up with my wife and daughter who had been to the biggest show in town with front row tickets comped by guess who ? Matt Sacca !
Before moving to the tables again we were introduced to Wayne Shadd, one of Matt's friends at the whisky bar. He's crazy too - on the friendly rather than violent side if you know what I mean. Matt left to meet some other guests and Wayne explained he was to be our host at the racetrack in the morning.
Our night on the tables was less profitable without our lucky charm beside us but we all went to bed with smiles on our faces.
The next day a paper was delivered with our breakfast, unfortuneatly it was the paper we had ordered yesterday ! Ninya said she would send us up a new one.
As promised Wayne called us in the morning and we took a limo to the track. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed ourselves. One of our party, Seth enjoyed himself so much that we didn't realise he was a member of staff until we were driving back ! We were even given the privelidge of presenting a trophy from a GVR sponsered race and met up with the jockey and owner.
Later that day we relaxed by our own private pool and watched the sun go down. That night we went to a party organised by Dave Demontillo. It was a fairly dull with tacky gaint casino chips and cards everywhere, Dave made us feel awkward because we wanted to leave. he kept mentioning another party called, "JC2K." Saying it was much better than the "flimsy New Years in New York." Because we had been to neither, we were not in a position to judge the merits of either party but we were very happy to leave.
Finally we went for our last night in the high limit gaming room. Matt, as good as his word, had already aranged a private table for us all and supervised us throughout the night ! I have to say we came home with more money than we could have ever dreamed of thanks to Matt's clever betting advice.
In the morning it was time to go. Ninya came up to wish us on our way at 10 o'clock despite the fact that we had pre-arranged to check out at 2 o'clock. we asked her for the newspaper and she made an excuse blaming her staff and ignoring our requests!
Finally, after a few cell phones to the management we were told to ignore ninya's aggressive manner and we checked out at our agreed time. Matt Sacca even came to say goodbye.
In summary, the GVR is as close as you can get to a 4 star hotel without it being a 3 star. The prices should reflect this.
It has many faults but we loved our stay.