I’m a big fan of reading trip reports. Hearing different perspectives and reading about others’ experiences not only gets me excited for my own upcoming trips, but may inspire me to alter my own itinerary. If anyone has a full report or particular review they’d like to share, I’d love to feature here or on the podcast. Please feel free to email at email@example.com. Listener James was generous enough to share this report from a recent Vegas jaunt, which features some great low-roller tips:
I am finally getting around to give you a quick trip report from my recent trip Dec. 6-9th.
I decided to try super shuttle from the airport. It cost a little more than some. $11 to downtown but I wanted to see if it would be any quicker. It was, only 1 stop before mine (they used a small van for this run but do offer larger buses). I was very happy with their service.
I stayed downtown for 1 night at the Downtown Grand. I have stayed here before and enjoyed the place. The rooms are nice and modern. When I stayed there last time (May) it was very slow. This time the Rodeo was in town and the place was pretty busy for the Downtown Grand. I stayed in the tower across the street, not the main tower. I liked this better; the rooms are a little bigger but just as nice. I enjoyed happy hour at Art bar which I believe is 4-6pm and all drinks are half price. The drinks where very good and priced well during happy hour, only about $5 for a good cocktail. While downtown I went to the El Cortez for the $5 burger and Brew (very good and good value), had a beer at Banger brewing (also nice and a normal stop now when I am downtown) and had drinks at Oak and Ivory in container park. The drinks here are great. I had the apple pie and it was one of the best drinks I had on my trip cost about $15 but worth the price. All drinks here are hand crafted and the bartenders really know what they are doing.
The next day I stayed at the Flamingo. Nothing to report there but I did enjoy watching football at Westgate and affordable drinks at the Riviera afterwards. I recommend Westgate for football viewing the sports book if great but they also show the games in the showroom with giant screens, offer great drink deals and comfortable seats.
The next day I stayed at the Cromwell. This is a very nice place. Check in was great the front desk person was outstanding. We checked in and got the free Sangria delivered to our room. This was a nice touch and the price was great (free). I thought the rooms are decorated very nice lots of dark colors, hardwood floors but still very modern. The tv was larger than most casino hotels and I noticed more channels and in HD. I had a nice view of the strip over looking the Bellagio. They offer free coffee for guests on the bottom floor near the elevators. I think what I like best about the property is that everyone remembered you after you checked in, always greeting you etc. This is by far the best Caesars property I have stayed at. It is expensive but since I had a comp the price right.
All and all a good trip.
Thanks again, James, for the report! It’s great to hear that solid customer service is still prevalent at some Strip properties. And, like James, I’m a big fan of the underrated El Cortez. If you have an experience you’d like to share, please let me know!
photo credit: Allen