After a couple of dozen trips to Vegas over the past 20 years I had developed a fairly intense loathing of timeshares and their sellers. Friends would go on the tours to get free show tickets, etc., however I always refused to go finding better things to do with my time in Vegas. Last year the wife and I were staying at the Golden Nugget when we were approached on Fremont St. by a friendly gentleman enquiring as to how long we were in town. The bait was a hundred bucks. I politely suggested that he get lost, however my wife implored me to have an open mind knowing my revulsion for the subject of timeshares. The tour was only 3 hours max and there was a hundred bucks and a free lunch on the line. So after putting 25 bucks down as something of a penalty payment if we didn't actually show up at 1pm the next day we left it at that. Next day a big black bus showed up to pick us up just as I was locking all of my credit cards in the trunk of the car.
Away we went on a 10 mile jaunt down to Green Valley for a free lunch and to take the tour. The lunchroom must have sat close to a hundred people and was quite full and noisy. A nice fellow from Romania took us on the tour which consumed all of the 3 hours. Then after that came the inevitable arm twisting on making the sale which took another 2 1/2 hours. Finally it was getting close to 6pm and the place was emptying out fast. The horse trading went on and on and the deal got sweeter and sweeter. Making the point moot, I said it didn't matter what they offered us since all of my credit cards were locked in the car downtown. I felt sorry for the Romanian guy since he had been really nice and was speechless that I would be so foolish as to not bring any credit cards. I said that we'd have to come back the following week which met with loud cries of protest. My wife works at H&R Block and was kind of taking sides with the Romanian arguing that we were buying at the best possible time ever. By this point I had lost all patience with the process and was ready to leave when my wife reached in her purse and pulled out her credit card. The resulting paperwork took another hour to process and finally that night we arrived back at the Nugget at 8pm, the Romanian had to drive us back since the bus drivers had all since gone home. Our "hundred bucks" turned out to be a chit for special gambling chips at the Nugget. They had to be played on the tables and the only way to convert them into cash was to win back their value with regular chips which I did to the tune of $200.
Now it's a year later and we are off to spend a week in our timeshare. I've been reading mixed reviews on TripAdvisor about the Grandview but I've gotta see it for myself good or bad. Shortly before we left we discovered that our computer tech guy also owns there and highly recommended it as well as offering a few little tips. We arrived near midnight and were promptly checked in to the 20th floor of the Daisy building. Wow. What a shock. Everything was just as it was presented on the tour with a lovely view north up I-15 and the South Point thrown in. Although I didn't use the exercise facilities and pool area, my wife did and it was marvelous. The weather was great, she got to sun herself next to the pool listening to the waterfalls and relaxing in the hot tubs. There is a good selection of TV channels in the rooms and all too soon, the week flew by and we had to leave.
So now to conclude with the pros and cons.
Pros: This is only our first stay at any timeshare resort but from what we saw and heard from other residents in other buildings, the comments were all positive.
Proximity to the South Point is very good and it is a full service casino with plenty to do for the gambler and non gambler alike.
We felt that the lack of housekeeping was of little consequence. It was nice not to have someone pounding on the door every morning at 8:30. If we needed anything, it would have been provided. My wife was quite happy to do the minimal amount of tidying and really enjoyed using the washer and dryer since we were on a 15 day trip.
We weren't pressured to do another timeshare presentation. The welcome girl called our room wondering if we would like to participate in a free breakfast and presentation, I simply declined and that was it. Ironically, one of the salesmen stopped me in the parking lot while he was escorting a couple of "suckers" around the property to ask what I thought of the place and I unhesitatingly answered in the positive. Kind of awkward for a hard bitten old timeshare skeptic!
Cons:The hotel is located 5.6 miles south on LV Blvd. from Mandalay Bay. We had a rental car through RCI so went grocery shopping at WalMart on Silverado Ranch Rd. There is certainly no shortage of shopping options located within 2 miles of the resort. For those without the rental car option there are posters up in the elevators announcing the grocery shopping bus tours and the buses seem to run on a regular basis.
Our access to the car precluded our use of the on site transport, however I even noticed a city bus stopping in the parking lot at the South Point where there is an established route. So there are options for getting around without a car.
The WiFi situation was something that I enquired about on our tour. While the Romanian guy readily ascertained that there was indeed wifi, he failed to note that it wasn't free wifi. The computer room in the reception building is better than nothing, but with only 8 terminals it is woefully inadequate for the number of residents on the property now let alone when the newest building opens soon and the next one is built.
There was a bit of noise from adjoining rooms, however it was negligible. We have found that staying on higher floors tends to be more quiet.
One odd little thing was the stingy amount of flatware in the suites.
One last thing, it costs $175 to re-locate your week. Our assigned week is in June and since we live in Canada would have very little reason to be in Vegas in June, so we are going to look into changing to Feb.
I still have a few lingering doubts about the investment value of timeshares. Perhaps over time I'll favourably re-adjust my views. As for this property it was more or less everything it was presented to be and I can honestly say from our experience that it was likely the best experience we have ever had in Vegas. My advice would be if you don't want the hassle of presentations, sales pitches, etc., firmly tell the person who approaches you on the street with free goodies that you are NOT interested, I did it for years.
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