Went to Vegas for INFR, or Indian National Finals Rodeo, which was held at South Point Hotel & Casino further down the strip (would that be considered off strip?). Chose not to stay there and decided upon New York.
Always wanted to stay here, my main hotel I've stayed was the Luxor. Place has a unique style and sense about it. Never been to the actual big apple itself, so I dunno if it captures the "vibe", I doubt it does.
Upon arrival, the bell hop immediately offered to bring my bags up when it was convenient for me. At check-in, I was offered an upgrade to the zaggurat suite for $85 more a night, I declined. My room was in the century tower facing the strip. Had a good view of the MGM, Excalibur, Tropicana, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Not to mention the roller coaster, read previous reviews about how noisy the coaster can be, didn't bother me, was hardly in my room during its operating hours. Room had a comfortable king bed, flat screen television, two chairs, small table, desk and chair and the armoire that housed the dresser and closets which had the ironing board and safe. Bathroom was spacious and the tub was deep. Only drawbacks I had with the room was the temperature was a hassle, the way the room was set up and how the vent and bed were laid out, the room either became too hot or too cold, and the bathtub was easily plugged if you accidentally nudged the drain plug while showering. And, although I didn't go, the pool seemed to be located right next to the street.
House keeping was a whole other story, for three days I had no new towels replaced and room wasn't tidied. Not even a slight once over. And I've left for the day well before house keeping staff even got to my door. Wasn't until the fourth day that I finally got new towels and room was tidied.
Casino floor was good times, the dealers were friendly and talkative, although it wasn't really packed compared to the other casinos I've visited during my stay. The New York vibed eateries were good, especially the pizza. Nine fine Irish men pub and the coyote ugly bar were fun, lotta singing and dancing. Crazy Horse III is just a 10 min ride from the hotel, they even have a limo service. Southpoint casino was a $25 cab ride, even though it's just two more minute drive further.
And the biggest bane of it all, the "resort" fee that's imposed on you upon check-in. $18 per day. Wish those didn't exist, but they do and I brought my laptop. But for $18 a day, I'd have expected a faster and stronger connection. Don't get me wrong, the fee includes other services, I just didn't use them, only the Internet.
All in all, my stay here was a good one. Would I stay here again, maybe, especially if they're offering that upgrade for that same price as before. Would I recommend it, yes. Would I gamble here, yes. Go to the bars/clubs, yes.
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