Dan was very wonderful and even showed us where he lived by. The ride came out to $10.55 (actually $15.55, but we had a promotional code that takes $5 off the first 3 rides). We thanked him with $5 tip. I know, it kind of defeats the whole "cashless" transaction that defines Uber as it's supposedly included. But this is Las Vegas after all. It would feel strange not tipping.
Lotus of Siam doesn't take reservations for lunch so we planned to walk-in around their opening time (11am).
In true Asian fashion, we settled on Pu-erh tea. It's good for digestion right?
- Really friendly service.
- Excellent food and large portions (would be great to share in a group).
- Inexpensive wine list. It's not marked up much at all.
- BYOB (Corkage is $25 per bottle up to 2 bottle limit-- only if it's not on their wine list).
- Super prices and a large range of menu items (including their famous "Northern Thai" section).
- You can opt for a level of spiciness that you are comfortable with. Funny though, we ordered all the dishes (except for the Shrimp in a blanket) in "medium," yet the soup was very spicy.
- Remote off-strip location.
- No-frills (but that's okay because the food alone is worth the trip).
- Reservations available only for dinner.
On our itinerary today was Downtown, so Dan dropped us off at the Plaza Hotel. The ride itself was $7.58 ($12.58 before discount). For his kindness and trouble, we tipped him $10.
We usually go to Downtown in the day time (if we can help it as we dislike crowds). We hardly spend any time at DT because we don't care for the barely dressed "performers" that pop up. There's so many that I wish I could have unseen. Though ever since the city passed the new ordinance with the performer zoning regulations, it seems like it really helped to keep it under control.
We roamed Fremont from hotel-to-hotel, and walked through the Golden Nugget to try and sign up for a player's card. We stood in line for about 5 mins and it didn't even move. So we gave up and continued walking through.
My Fiance wanted to bid Las Vegas Club farewell. On a previous trip, we ventured into the casino and said hi to some of the staff that had taken good care of his Grandpa for many, many decades (it was his most favorite place to stay and play). We've never been inside when the hotel was still functioning, but it holds sentimental value due to all the stories we've heard throughout the years. Now that it's been sold to the owners of the D hotel, better things are bound to happen as it was sitting in a very dismal state.
They do phone orders and ship (not sure about internationally though). We were going to have them ship our purchases to Hawaii (they charge you the same rates USPS charges), but since we bought Cinnamon Bagel chips, we didn't want to chance it being broken. We were actually looking for the card-shaped beef Jerky, but they didn't have any in-stock this time.
After stocking on the Bagel chips, Lup Chong, and candies (and adding about 10 pounds+ worth of things), we rested our feet for a while. Then, we decided to venture onwards to the Stratosphere.
I saw my Fiance dialing his phone. He was calling Dan. I was a bit mad at him because at this point it felt like we were imposing. But Dan was so kind that he swung by to pick us up at the Plaza (we didn't mind waiting since he was actually not close by at all). This ride was only about $4.99 ($9.99 with promo code). So we tipped him $10. When he was dropping us off, he asked how long we were planning on staying. We weren't sure ourselves so we could not give him an answer.
This was our first visit to the Stratosphere. So we signed up for the player's card, then proceeded to slot around a while. No wins. But we did play the really big, 3-reel Big Bang Theory slot ($1; $5 max). We played 4 rounds ($20), with no hits. I can't remember what I played here, but my Fiance moved on to Britney Spears, but she wasn't in the mood to show some love today.
We had our 3 faithful otter companions. Then there was a big bag of Green Tea Kit Kats (the Japanese use it as a good luck charm; but we always leave some for housekeeping along with tip), and the newly acquired Charmin toilet paper rolls from the ABC store earlier. Oh, and some other random things.
Apparently, it's not the strangest bag security has seen in his days. He told us that one time, a real dog popped out of the bag and startled him.
- Lovely view. Great place to have a drink and small appetizers.
- We had 2 waitresses due to a shift change. But they were both super nice and friendly.
- We went when there's no DJ yet, so the atmosphere was very relaxing.
- Happy hour daily!
- Nice drinks and pretty good food (though the food gets cold super fast, so you may want to eat it quick, or order one item at a time).
- Free entry to the observation decks above (instead of paying the observation deck entry fee).
- The staff in the elevators are super friendly.
- Check their website before you go, there might be a special going on.
- I wished the lounge was situated right next to the window.
- Off-strip location of the Stratosphere.
After drinks and appetizers (~$70 for 3 appetizers and 6 cocktails + $25 tip), we went to the outdoor observation deck above. We figured, it's free when you eat at 107 Lounge--might as well check it out (since the regular adult admission is $18-$20 per person, depending on the time of day).
If you are adventurous, the Stratosphere offers different thrill rides and activities, but we were not interested. Okay, so we are a bit afraid of heights. That and I did see a good friend of mine bungee jump off of Macau Tower last year (which looks similar to the Stratosphere and holds the Guinness World records for the tallest commercial bungee jump. Though the SkyJump at the Stratosphere is the highest commercial decelerator decent. Apparently there's a difference on the mechanics of both, and the Sky Jump is technically not a Bungee Jump but it gives you a similar effect. If you figure it out, let me know ok? :)
Level 107 Lounge @ The Stratosphere Hotel.
2000 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Daily Early Happy Hour:
4p-7p | 1/2 off appetizers + 2-for-1 cocktails
(It has to 2 of the the same cocktails; beer and wine excluded).
Daily Late Happy Hour:
10:30p-1a | 1/2 off appetizers
1a-4a | 2-for-1 cocktails
Wednesday Ladies Nights:
2-for-1 drinks all night.
Other specials on their official webpage.
When it was time to leave, we utilized Uber once again. (Dan had actually messaged us to see if we would need a ride back, but we were still at Stratosphere and he was going to call it an early night. We thanked him on the phone and we hope to run into him again. I'm not sure if it's okay to call him on our next trip though).
The universe likes to play tricks on us. I believe we were long-hauled by the next Uber driver (it came off as un-intentionally). He kept getting lost from the Stratosphere to Paris. He said the GPS led him to the wrong route. He made a turn into the Palazzo self-parking lot, thinking he could drive through it, then had to back-track to the exit. Once we were near Paris, he somehow took the wrong turn to the hotel's loading dock area. Then he had to do a loop all the way back to the Valet. The ride came out to $17.60. I still tipped him $5 since his car was clean.
What do you guys think? Were we long-hauled? Or did I misunderstand the situation?
It's not like this particular driver just moved to Las Vegas either. He talked about having a unit at The Signature way back in early 2001 and had lived in LV for sometime now. But in 2008 when the market crashed, his condo lost a lot in value. He even disclosed how much he was making when he was renting it out (he gets brownie points for being friendly). Are we overanalyzing it?
So...back at Paris, we unload our goodies in the room from the Jerky store from earlier. I went to use the restroom to find it didn't flush. I uncovered the back of the toilet to find this:
My Fiance tried calling housekeeping/ maintenance but was put on hold for a long time. When someone finally picked up, they hung up on him before he could say anything. Second try- he was put on hold, then the phone rang, followed by more holding. After a while, he gave up and decided to go to the front desk. On our way, we ran into the resident Engineer, and found him on the other side of the wing.
We told him our problem, gave him our room number and he assured us he will take care of it (true to his word, it was fixed when we came back later in the night). For the record, he was really nice and helpful. Apparently he was going around the rooms on our floor to repair things. I guess we weren't the only ones to have problems on this night. He had asked if there were any more work orders from his supervisors, but was told there was none. Weird right? Whoever was picking up their maintenance phone lines was really dropping the ball on things.
On our way, we saw a Michael Jackson street performer. He was pretty good. Good enough that my Fiance actually tipped him (rare since he never usually stops or tips street performers).
All the while, I more amused by this other man (who I initially thought was part of the act, but he later tipped the performer too). He was singing and busting out full-on dance moves with the MJ impersonator. He was such a blast to watch. I can't help but smile.
We had accumulated a bag load of coins at this point (and it was only day 3), and really wanted to lighten up our wallet. Treasure Island has a coin converter machine. They do take a small percentage cut, but I feel it's worth it versus lugging several pounds of coins around.
Afterwards, we stayed and played a bit.
My Fiance found the 777 game which he likes, and played some Video Keno. I discovered a Spin Poker machine (maybe it was 8/5; $1 on max), and was playing there for about 1/2 hour. No wins, but I felt like I got a lot of bang of my $20 bucks. My Fiance had a few small wins ($30-$60). I guess he felt pity on me so he would feed my random slot machines with his TITOs (thanks Hon!).
Though, another first for me was I didn't get drink service here.
Once we passed by Casino Royale, he needed to try White Castle!
I was not too enthused. I knew I probably wouldn't like it (as much as it was hyped up on Harold & Kumar).
I think we got combination #1. Personally I didn't care for the texture of the famous burgers. It's a bit mushy for me. (But I guess that's how they originally made it, so kudos on keeping up with the original recipe?)
I remember reading a TripAdvisor review where someone said it was so bad, they gave theirs to the "hungry and homeless" (who is probably not homeless) on the street-- and even they refused to take it.
Do you like White Castle?
It was now past 1am. I went back to the room to get ready for bed and to catch up on some zzZZZzzZs. My Fiance went back down to play slots. He had a bit of luck on the following game (it seems whenever we are far part from one another, our luck seems to improve. It's one of our silly gaming superstitions but we have been proven wrong before).