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Trip Report Part 2 (Commander's Palace)

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Trip Report Part 2 (Commander's Palace)

Thomas W. | Jan 18, 2006 04:06 PM

Monday, 12/12

I read in a guidebook that Hoover Dam is supposed to be quite an
experience at night, so I drove there next. It was dark and cold, not
quite dark because of the lights from construction. Also, because of
traffic, it wasn´t that quiet. I had thought about sticking around for
sunrise, but that wasn´t about to happen for another hour. I stopped
at a spot overlooking Lake Mead. It was quiet and rather beautiful,
but still too cold to linger outside.

Next stop was Fiesta Henderson. I got $5 of freeplay of which I cashed
out 3 ($41) up. Nice casino. I checked my email at the Coffee Bean on
Maryland and had a good jalapeno bagel.

Then I checked out of the MGM. Unfortunately, they hadn´t credited the
$35 for food. Even worse, now they told me the spa credit couldn´t be
used for admission. After some extended discussions involving the
manager on duty (first time ever I called for him), I got everything
credited correctly.

I drove over to the Aladdin that I´ve always liked despite the strange
layout. I sat down at a penny video poker machine and played about 45
minutes with my $5 credit, cashing out $4 (up $44).

Then it was time to meet with Tom from CT who to my delight was
accompanied by his wife. We had a great time talking about all kinds
of stuff. It´s really great to have some common ground like avlv, but
to be able to get to know each other on another level. Avlv crept into
the conversation only sporadically. It was great fun and I hope we´ll
meet again.

There was a waiting time of almost 45 minutes, but it was worth it
(I´d probably would´ve walked away if I had been alone but this way,
it was fun get to know each other), because the food was excellent
again. They don´t advertise the $18.80 three course lunch anymore
outside the restaurant, but it was still there. This, combined with
the 0.25 martinis, is one of the best values you can find in Vegas
right now.

I had Creole Salmon Beignets, Hawaiian Mahi Mahi and Bananas Fosters.
I especially liked the first two courses, the dessert being a bit too
sweet for my taste. The choices of the others looked great, too, and
they seemed to enjoy them.

Being the frugal guy I am, I had to take advantage of the martini
deal. I had the Lemon Drop (excellent), Chocolate (too sweet), Apple
(good, but a little too sweet) and House Martini (very good). Towards
the end of lunch, I fear my pronunciation might have become a little
slurred. I hope I behaved. Tom insisted on paying for lunch and I
wasn´t able to put up much of a fight.

We said a fond farewell, the Toms heading to Wayne Newton Xmas show
and me checking in at Aladdin. Sweettalking the desk clerk got me
3143, a room I thought to be considerably nicer than the one at MGM. I
liked the design, the bathroom was great, especially the oversized
tub, and the view from Mandalay to Bellagio wasn´t bad, either. I
cursed more than once dragging my stuff to the room from the garage,
though.

I decided that after all that fabulous food it was time to exercise
and began wandering the Strip in a general northern direction,getting
some pirate stuff for my son at TI. I saved Wynn for later and stopped
at some others. I lost a $5 matchplay at the New Frontier and gambled
a bit with the free play at the Riv (up $39).

I´ve never been to the Sahara and took some pictures of the great neon
sign. I then took the monorail (another first) back to my room. It´s a
nice thing to do once but not that convenient to get to. IMHO, at $3 a
ride it´s also a bit to expensive. The ride was surprisingly bumpy,
too. I rode to the terminal and then went back to the Bally´s station.
I would have loved to enter the Aladdin garage right next door, but
the system guides you back into the casino (but of course) and into a
huge detour. Raising prices will not be a good move.

I rested my aching feet, being content with my workout. Before falling
asleep, I watched Las Vegas the show on tv and Las Vegas the city out
of my window. It felt a bit strange, but somehow very good.

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