GOOD NEWS and 100 GRAND(s).
Five to be exact
(4 is a an ominous number in Asian Culture).
I know, me too. I thought that's what
that meant when I got a fortune cookie recently that read
"You will soon witness a miracle."
I'm still waiting for it to come true...
"What kind of SCAM is this" you must be thinking! ;)
By the way, this is totally not endorsed by Adams & Brooks/ Nestle Inc.
you are a lifer right?
[FLIGHT- FROM HONOLULU]
We took the red-eye out on Hawaiian Airlines on Saturday night. Despite having Pre-check, we still had to stand in the regular security line as it was closed (between 9pm-6am). Fail #1.
On the way to our gate, I realized one of my keychains broke, Fail #2.
Mid-way through the flight, I discovered my travel pillow went MIA and won't be returning any time soon, Fail #3.
Gosh, we haven't even touched ground yet...
Our plane finally landed around 7:20am.
We've got lots of time to kill, so shuttle it is!
[Airport Shuttle- Price observation- McCarran to the Strip]
Bell-Trans charges less than Super Shuttle
We've used both before with no problems (all one-way tickets, not round trips)--just with some wait time involved.
Shuttle from McCarran Airport to Hotel.
Last November, we tried Bell's VIP shuttle (depending on availability, they may dispatch a sedan/ Limo, and you may/ may not have to share with one other group). There were some miscommunication on the return trip hence we decided not to use it again. Our shuttle driver this time was really nice, and kept apologizing for the wait (as they fill up the shuttle before departing).
We were the first ones to be dropped off at Planet Hollywood (PH). Since it was too early for check-in, we decided to leave our bags at the Bell Desk. We gave up on the early check-in idea as from past experiences (with other LV properties), the rooms were left over from the previous (un-sold days) or not properly cleaned.
That or we are just consistently un-lucky.
I have a tendency to plan our trips around food nowadays, but was a bit disappointed in one of the restaurants we visited last time. Notably, the Sterling Buffet at Bally's (which also happens to be one of the most expensive). As we usually land on the weekends, we try to find a new Sunday brunch spot.
This time, it was at the much talked about Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet that's supposedly one of the best in Vegas.
After not getting lost inside Caesars Palace (a first), we entered Bacchanal shortly after it opened (after 8:30am). There was no wait, so we quickly paid the cashier and was escorted in by another friendly hostess.
Some of the Bacchanal Sunday Brunch items on-offer:
Caesars Bacchanal Buffet
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sat-Sun: 8a-3p (Champagne Brunch) $49.99 | 3p-10p (Dinner)
See current pricing from Caesars Entertainment's (CET) official page.
Overall, we enjoyed Bacchanal and had a nice time, but since some of the items were slightly overcooked (e.g. Lobster Egg's Benedict + Regular Benedict- the poached eggs were done closer to hard-boiled; Jonah Crab- the meat was tough), our experience wasn't perfect.
The food was good, but it wasn't as amazing as I was expecting it to be (due to all the high praises on Yelp , TripAdvisor and YouTube).
No doubt they win on variety compared to other LV buffets. However, for the price, I still think Aria Buffet (see my review) or Wicked Spoon (at the Cosmopolitan) is a good contender. Though from what I hear (from my Fiance's sister-in-law who is a Vegas Local + Elite Yelper) that Bacchanal's dinner is awesome. But I don't like crowds, or long lines so I guess we'll have to try for an early dinner next time to see if it's true.
I am glad we went early, because when we left-- the line to get in was quite long.
Took some random pictures, then tried to explore Caesars more fully than on past trips.
We peeked inside the Forum Tower Memorabilia stores, then played a tiny bit of slots like Top Dollar, a Corgi game (which for the life of me I can't remember the name to). Towards the end, we had a combined "winning" of a whole $1.55 haha. (For the record, we have always lost at CP so we don't spend too much time there).
And now, a short break for some Boobies...
Cleopatra's that is.
Hey, she's got a nice set of knockers.
We walked, and walked some more...
Funny how sometimes we miss things in Las Vegas.
I didn't really pay attention to this fountain before:
We even passed by the Victoria's Secret store to admire the flashy costumes they had on their last fashion show.
Later, we walked to Paris.
After our last stay, we realized it's just not for us.
I still like the casino a lot.
I was a bit thirsty at this point so we stood for a few minutes in line at their coffee kiosk (Le Cafe Ile St. Louis?). But the only person working there didn't even acknowledge anyone, and the other visitors had be standing there much longer than we have.
So we headed into Café Belle Madeleine for some dessert instead.
So many lovely pastries to choose from, which one to get?
Keep in mind, we just finished eating at Bacchanal's not that long ago.
For the sake of our waistlines, we decided to split a piece and get a drink.
It was waaayyy too long.
Forget it- totally not worth the wait.
Instead, it was almost time to meet with our friend (L) and their Fiance (E) at
800 Degrees Pizza at Monte Carlo.
The two of them drove up to LV from California for an overnight trip to meet with us. The first time we met E was a few months ago, shortly after their engagement. We didn't get to talk as we met on an unfortunate night of a dear relative's unexpected passing. L + E were staying at PH too. I give them props for braving the long line at the usual check-in time.
Before arriving at Monte Carlo, we walked through City Center/ Crystals and saw these sculptures.
I guess I've been oblivious, as I haven't noticed Glacia till now.
Though I'm pretty sure this one (HOTO) is new (or at least it wasn't there a few months ago).
Interesting piece. It kind of reminds me of a Christmas tree and feels very festive
(but on a totally geeky level).
The story behind the inspiration is pretty neat as well.
800 Degrees Pizza
As it was the weekend, their pie of the day special ($5 Pizza with Instagram follow) is NOT on offer.
But that's ok because majority of their regular menu is under $15 bucks anyways.
The meatballs were ok, but the sauce seems to get cold fast.
Sure, we could have built our own pie from scratch, but this one really appealed to us. This was really good, a bit reminiscent of the white slice at Hidden/ Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan. We got it in the crispy (thin) crust.
Everyone enjoyed their meal and the casual atmosphere.
It was the perfect place to relax and unwind.
After dinner, we all took a stroll to the MC Casino since E like to play Craps there.
But the tables were all full, so we continued to Excalibur on foot in search of a lower limit table.
Craps to us is like a foreign language, so E proceeded to demonstrate how to play using the electronic version which is less confusing.
We understand the basic idea, but still too chickened to play at a real table when E presented us with the opportunity as the night went on.
L decided to play some slots with us (they usually don't play at all so as a fair trade, we showed them how it works).
To channel positive vibes, we bust out our mini stash of "100 GRAND(S)" to share with L+E.
I totally did not win a thing at Excalibur.
I had just finished playing a slot and forgot to cash out my 25 cents on the machine. Both of us gals (L + me) were just chatting away 5 feet from the machine. An older man with a cane came by and pushed the cashed out button.
I know, you're thinking "it's only 25 cents" and you are right. But then I noticed he was making his rounds and doing the same thing for other machines. That really bugs me.
It was almost 10pm now. For fear that PH might not hold our room reservation much
longer (and don't want to be sleeping on the streets--though I guess that would make for an interesting trip report huh), we returned to check-in.
Our front desk agent was really friendly and smiley. We had wanted to do a paid upgrade (Caesars properties offer you a chance for a reduced- paid upgrade if the room is available day-of; this is presented to you at the time of booking). I was thinking of the Resort Vista, but when we asked about it, no paid upgrades were available. The agent gave us a high floor instead (see my separate review of the HIP Room). She was really nice, and we got talking about Hawaii. We had a box of Dark Macadamia Nut Chocolate with us, so we gave it to her after we got our room.
We go to the elevators, and come to find we got the top floor (of the South Tower).
Hmm...maybe...just maybe it's a bigger room?
But the room is pretty roomy for a standard, especially the bathroom.
My partner says to me, "We got a Strip View."
Um... "I booked a Strip View."
We got smart this time and packed our own toilet paper.
Funny enough, in CP's public restrooms, they seem to use what I think is the Costco brand of toilet paper
(vast improvement over what the rooms supply).
Going forward, we will be packing toilet paper every time we stay at a CET property.
Question for You:
Does Caesars/ Nobu/ Cromwell have the same TP too?
Let me know if anyone has the answer! :)
After checking-in and getting settled (for me that means taking photos of the room, checking for bed bugs, disinfecting all of the hard surfaces), we re-grouped and met up with L+E again at the Cosmopolitan (right across the street from PH).
The meeting spot was at the gigantic pair of "High Heels" near the East End Tower (on the side of the strip). The two of them had never been to the Cosmo before, so we showed them around a bit.
Everyone seemed to be craving dessert so I suggested we check out The Henry since it's opened 24 hours and we didn't have to walk far.
We each ordered a dessert and shared it.
Everything tasted great and service was friendly.
Though a word of caution, the Chocolate Cake + Cheesecake is very rich.
Service was really good and I got a soda (Coke) to go with my Brookie Skillet
(Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream).
Then it was off to donate some money to the slots.
I'm not keeping track, but I'm pretty sure gambling-wise, I am down at this point.
Tomorrow's another day, good night Vegas!