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Author: anonymousPosted: Thursday, April 24, 2014About: Hecho En Vegas
“Great food, great service. Not as pricey as you might imagine. Had The Tamale Temptation, a three-tamale combo plate that was excellent. I'd definitely eat here again, and plan to soon.”
Author: anonymousPosted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
“Drink service on the casino floor is very slow. Lots of children in the casino. What is it with people taking their kids to adult venues?”
Author: ZippyPosted: Friday, December 7, 2007
“I only played in $50 buy-in holdem tourney here. The card room seemed immense after the intimate room at TI; there were nearly a hundred entrants to the tourney I played. I made it to the final table, then went all in on the flop with a set of aces--and got wacked by a fool who pulled a runner-runner flush. grrrrr. Still, I tripled my buy-in, so I can't cry too much.”
Author: JimPosted: Thursday, December 6, 2007
“I agree, the place is huge. Floor service was very spotty, and I didn't see many jackpots in the three days I was there. I got one hand-pay the entire time. Poker room is very good, service there is good and the tournaments are run very professionally.”
Author: StevePosted: Thursday, December 6, 2007
“Okay, it's a big place, but it's a good place to stay and here is why? Thousands of rooms, over 15 restaurants and probably more to come. Yes, the casino is so big you can get lost in it, but hey, they've got everything that anyone would want to play and a cigar store right inside the casino near the players club. And for the animal lovers in all of us, they've got cubbies!”
Author: vegasgal12Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2007
“Just got back from 3 nights at MGM on their spring/summer/fall promotion that ran from April to October every month for the same offer, but could only find a way to redeem 1 of the 7 months it was extended to us. My husband & I were originally going to be in Vegas the 6-8th of July but it didnít pan out.
I was going to go to Wynn with my parents in August to redeem 2 free nights, no Freecredit, no nada, but free is free, and free at Wynn is always good. Unfortunately my Mom had to have emergency surgery while I was out in California and I had to take care of both of my parents for about 10 days. What a nightmare that was. A routine procedure turned into a weekís stay in the hospital for my Mom.
The offer we received from MGM included up to 3 nights compíd in either a celebrity spa, Hollywood or Bungalow suite, food and beverage for 2 in all restaurants except Joel Rubichon and LíAtelier, show tix to Hollywood Theatre, Crazy Horse Paris and passes each day to the spa, limo trans to and from the airport and Freeplay for both me and my husband. Mind you MGM has sent this offer to me for 7 months straight, and I could have redeemed it for 7 months in a row had I been able to. I was glad that I took them up on the offer as it was trip we needed.
Picked up at the airport by a very nice driver and dropped at the front of the hotel to be greeted by a team of hosts, 1 senior and 2 in training; we teased them all. Guided into the VIP check-in area we were asked if we wanted anything to drink to which I finally decided on a glass of champagne. We were also given hot towels which I thought was a nice touch. We were given a spa suite on the 26th floor overlooking the strip and used the private elevators through VIP check in. Also very convenient.
Had dinner reservations at Emerils for 8:30 and decided to play for a few hours before heading over to the Studio Walk for our first comped dinner. We sat down at a few upright Game King machines which did not include Cleo but did include Caveman, regular and 4 card in quarter and up denominations. Hubby hit a few small winning combos and had the machine up about $400 but that was about it for winnings on our first night at MGM. In the course of three days I saw very few jackpots being paid out and we received only 1 hand pay for the whole stay. I did see a gal who lined up all three symbols on a Big Times Pay for a $6000 jackpot near the horse race game in the casino.
I also noticed the high limit room was practically empty the whole time we were at MGM but when I did see people playing, the jackpot lights were going off frequently, maybe I should have played a $5 slot instead.
Dinner at Emerils was great. We had the BBQís shrimp and some sushi dish for appetizers, followed by scallops and shrimp on a bed of seasoned noodles for hubby and Pecan Crusted Texas Redfish for me. Everything was wonderful and a dry Riesling accompanied our dinners and appetizers. We also saved room for banana cream pie and French pressed Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee for dessert. The food was good as always but our waitress disappeared a few times, making the service a little spotty
We gambled a while longer without any memorable hits till about 2 AM and went to bed. I have to say that the new comforters and sheets made sleeping on the MGM beds a lot better than the bedspreads they had before on our list trip to MGM in 2005. It felt good to sleep in a big comfy bed with all those new linens.
I didnít sleep all that well our first night and was up by 7 to have Starbucks to rocket fuel my way to waking up. I played the Goldfish game and have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Itís a game with the cheesiest music, but still fun to play. No great winnings but managed about an hours worth of play on $20.
At 11 my husband decided to play in the morning poker tourney and lasted about 2 hours before getting kicked off but enjoyed the size of the room and the management of the games in the MGMís poker room. Itís a bigger room with twice the number of tables as TI but he didnít place in the money. He did go back on Wed and won a bit from the final table and would like to go back for his birthday and play for three days. I would welcome the opportunity to use the spa for three days next time as I didnít use it even once this trip. I am thinking seriously about booking the birthday trip now for a nice holiday/birthday getaway.
I played a few hours at Deep Pockets in nickels and managed to cash out $188 from a $20 by getting a 700 coin bonus and hitting the modify win button to increase it by 5 times the original bonus. Not bad, although I was not as lucky the next day as the Tasmanian devil kept popping up and ruining it for me.
After the tourney, hubby and I were freezing to death in the casino and lack of sleep didnít help either of us. We decided to grab a bite at Studio Cafť to warm up. Our waiter was great and we had a nice chat with him about working for MGM, changes and service attitude about the property. Needless to say after lunch we were warmed up and stepped outside for a few minutes to take in a bit of fresh air and sunshine at 80 degrees which felt great.
We came back inside the casino and played keno and I walked back over to my Deep Pockets machines in the nickel section of the casino near the buffet., I was able to turn $20 into $135 and decided to go find my husband and share it with him when I found him playing a Game King keno machine with lights flashing on it. He had been playing 50 cents on it with 1 coin in and hit for 8/9 for a jackpot of $2350. We both were playing short coin because there were few winning hits for a few days. The staff at MGM were relatively quick to pay out the jackpot and issue a 1099.
Afterwards we had a few cocktails and played keno for a while and I tried the Goldfish game again just for fun. We had dinner reservations at Nob Hill that evening and Lewis Black tix so we decided to go up and get ready. Earlier in the day while I was showering, I received a knock on the door from casino marketing with a gift basket of cookies, jelly beans, Mashuga Nuts, and chocolate which had never been done before. This gift basket was not something I would have expected but thought it was a nice gesture and it was in a box so you could pack it up in your suitcase and enjoy it at home.
Our dinner reservations were at Nob Hill for 6:30 because we had a 9 PM show and we wanted to really take our time and not be rushed during dinner. We were hungry but not starving like the night before. We both decided to have the tasting menu without the wine pairing, and just have a glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner. It was a wise choice as the dinner we had was so good and so filling that I could barely roll out of the restaurant.
The tasting menu consisted of the following: Caviar Parfait, Lobster Pot Pie (be forewarned it was a bigger portion than one would think for a tasting menu), roasted chicken with macaroni and cheese/broccoli, Kobe Beef with 3 sauces and foie gras, and a Banana tartin dessert with French pressed coffee. The tasting menu also came with a Michael Mina cookbook, not 1 mind you, 2, so my Mom can enjoy a copy as well. The restaurant was half full on that Tues night, and the tables up front where we were seated seemed to be a very quiet area of the restaurant. There were 2 large and loud parties towards the back of the restaurant but I have to say that this dinner was as perfect as it gets. The service at Nob Hill was personable, refined and exceptional. Winning a bit before dinner also helped us enjoy the evening as well. My only advice to anyone going to Nob Hill is to skip lunch, youíll be glad you did.
After dinner, my husband enjoyed a cigar while we played for about 1/ 2 hour and went into the Hollywood Theatre to see Lewis Black. The show was great, about 1 hour, 45 mins and there was nothing old or stale about his act. He brought out the newspaper, jumped up and down a few times, but generally made us laugh till we cried and think about things. It was a great show and I would see him again in a heartbeat.
We played a bit more keno near the buffet without any memorable hits and decided to call it a night around midnight. It was great to get out of dress clothes and relax and go to bed underneath all those comfy bed linens.
Wed was our last day and I awoke refreshed and rested and ready to greet the new day with a big cup of Starbucks and a bear claw. Played the Goldfish game again and enjoyed the cheesy music and cashed out a few dollars up.
My husband played in the poker tourney in the morning and placed in the money and enjoyed it quite a bit. We were both more comfortable also, not suffering from freezing to death in a cold casino. BTW, the hallways to the rooms were like walking through a refrigerator. Always cold, cold, cold.
Played most of the day on Deep Pockets, Caveman and 4 card keno but didnít really do that well. Not once in the three days we stayed at MGM did I hit 5 out of 5 which pays 3240 quarters.
We had dinner reservations at CraftSteak at 8 on Wed but I was hungry around 2, so I decided to go up to the room and try out room service. I ordered a chicken salad and a quesadilla and was told the order would be delivered in 35 minutes. 45 mins later I called room service back and was told that the order was taken but lost in some ridiculous transmission error. The agent I spoke to said they would send up another order in another 35 mins and not charge me for it, to which I replied, ďitís already a comped meal and I donít want to wait another 35 minutes for another free lunch.Ē I told the agent to cancel it and went back downstairs to find my husband. We decided we would try to change our dinner reservation at Craftsteak to an earlier time and hoped that a host calling it in would help, and it did. At 6:30 we arrived at Craftsteak and were greeted by a very accommodating staff and seated at a great table in the main dining room. We had the grilled shrimp for an appetizer, I had the filet which was like butter and hubby had the Veal T-Bone, which was the size of your head and very tender to boot. Service was exceptional and very casual. We also enjoyed sides of garlic and leek potatoes, grilled Maui onions and asparagus. For dessert, we had the liquid chocolate cake and more French pressed coffee. Our waiter was busy that night but managed to bring us an extra dessert of a trio of sorbets, 1 pineapple, 1 cantaloupe and a very smooth chocolate. Nice touch and a great meal.
On Thursday, our last day, we got up about 7 and headed for Starbucks for a good jolt of caffeine before leaving around 11:30 for our 1:15 flight. We walked over to the GameKings over by the buffet and I decided to play 4 card keno in quarters, max bet, $4 a game and I started to hit 3 out of three and 4 out of 4. Needless to say I turned a $20 into a few franklins quite quickly. I should have cashed out and taken my husband to the buffet for breakfast for our last meal but we played instead and I put it all back but had at least a 90 min session on about $20 which isnít bad either. Next time I will insist on eating breakfast before our flight instead of having lunch at the airport. We had lunch at Rubyís and it was okay, a little bland I would say, but cash and free breakfast would have been better. Oh, well next time.
We checked out over the phone through VIP for a total bill of $100 for tips and a few items from the gift shop which I thought was a hell of deal for a three night stay. For some reason coffee at Starbucks was comped but not the muffins or Danish we had during our stay. Not that I was going to argue about it, as the hotel picked up about $1000 in food over the three day stay and in my opinion any host would have said, ďyouíve been over compedĒ. I would return to MGM again as early as December because we really enjoyed ourselves. The comps I have recíd from this hotel are generous and you feel like youíve had a vacation here. If only it wasnít the big, green frig!.
Hope you enjoyed the trip report.”
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