Next Trip: Harrah’s for the First Week of March Madness

Next Trip: Harrah’s for the First Week of March Madness

Hey Everyone!

My next trip is a little more than a month away.  My wife and I are going for the first week of March Madness.  As an added bonus St. Patrick’s day is on Friday of that week so Vegas is going to be completely packed with sports fans and terrible Irish accents.

We are staying at Harrah’s, mainly because we got an insane deal.  Our last trip, we stayed at Planet Hollywood so we had a nominal number of points at Caesar’s casinos.  Combining my card(with the points) and my wife’s card(with no points) we were able to get 4 nights for $355 with taxes and resort fees included.  I am looking now and rates are at least 3 times higher so I must have booked at the perfect time.  Most hotels are charging at least $200 a night.

I was in Vegas last year for the second week of March Madness and was able to get a Lagasse’s Stadium reservation with $50 minimum spend per person.  This year I was not so lucky.  There were still spots for Saturday and Sunday but you needed to book all day for a $300 per person minimum.  I will be on the lookout for other basketball parties and let everyone know what I find on Twitter.  Because we are going to be there for four days, which is a pretty long trip, I am planning to use some less popular sports spots like Public House at Luxor and Todd English Pub at Aria.  I am guessing there will be so many people everywhere will be crowded and most places will have a gimmick to make a buck.

I am most looking forward to betting on basketball.  I normally am not a huge sports better but with 48 games in 4 days there has to be some juicy parlays to make.  Last year was fun but there were so many fewer games it was less exciting that I think the first week will be.

Follow me on twitter @VegasForCheap for my trip reports while I am there!

Caesars Palace Octavius Premium Room Walkthrough

Caesars Palace Octavius Premium Room Walkthrough

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for being gone for so long.  This video is of my trip from March Madness 2016.  My friends and I met in Vegas for a guys trip and it was a great time.

I booked a Premium Room in the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace with two queens for two people.  Now that the Julius tower is open, the Octavius tower is the second newest if you do not count Hotel Nobu, which is a boutique hotel inside of Caesars.  The rooms are extremely spacious and everything is upgraded.  I would definitely recommend staying in the Octavius tower if you have the means and do not mind having something less than a suite.

I hope you enjoy!

How to Save Money at Caesars Palace

How to Save Money at Caesars Palace

I created a short video detailing how to save money when booking a room at Caesars Palace.  This trick will work with all Caesar’s Entertainment resorts such as Planet Hollywood, Harrah’s, Flamingo, The Quad, Rio, Bally’s, and Paris.

 

In case you do not want to watch the whole video, all you need to do is sign up for a Total Rewards account. You can sign up for free by providing your name, address, and phone number. To sign up click join at the top of the Total Reward’s page.

While you are there check out Caesar’s latest deal giving out a $25 poolside food and beverage credit when staying two nights.

Paris Room Review

Paris Room Review

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Thanks to @heatherwhenever for providing this guest post!

 
ParisBedsLast weekend I was in town for Affiliate Summit 2014, which took place at the Paris Hotel, centrally located on the Las Vegas strip across the street from the Bellagio. I had booked a room there at Paris to stay during the conference and I ended up on the 24th floor after asking nicely to be as high up as possible at the front desk.

I think I would describe the room itself as pretty standard. Upon walking in I found a small hallway with the bathroom immediately to the right, and the main room area straight out in front of me. There were 2 queen beds facing a huge wooden wardrobe with hanging closet space on the sides, a small empty fridge in the middle to store my own snacks/drinks, a small safe, an iron with ironing board, and a gateway to Narnia.

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To the right of the wardrobe was a flatscreen TV mounted to the wall above a small desk and chair. Next to the window were two sitting chairs and a small round table, which had a stack of magazines on it. Most notably was a copy of Vegas Player with Britney on the cover, whom I was sad to be missing on this trip as her show was on break til the 29th (yep a fan of the Britster here). My window faced the rear of the building so no Strip view, but I did have a view of the newly constructed “High Roller”, Vegas’ (bigger) answer to London eye.

The bathroom was pretty spacious but I found the ivy-ish wallpaper to be kinda odd. I did however enjoy the marbled look on the floor, sink, and shower. The tub was separate and standard sized. A hair dryer was mounted on the wall to the left of the sink, and a small coffee pot sat underneath it. The water pressure ended up being pretty horrible.

ParisShowerOverall I thought the room was comfortable enough for the 3 nights I stayed in it. The bed was soft and I had plenty of pillows. I did wake up a few times at night to a loud buzzing coming from the minifridge. I also detected a bit of a smokey smell but it wasn’t unbearable, and could’ve just been me smelling my own hair after spending time at the casino…

The room wasn’t modern or huge but was quiet and clean, The rate was about $100/night plus resort fee. I enjoyed my time in the Paris hotel itself walking the cobblestone paths, trying the restaurants, and getting some great networking time in at the marketing conference.

‘Til next time!

-Heather

PS. A few notes on some eateries there at Paris. Burger Brasserie is a great spot for a burger and to catch a game on TV, I tried the ‘le classique’ burger while taking in the Broncos game and a business lunch (how’s that for multi-tasking?). Think sports bar/grille meets nice French restaurant. La Creperie was a good spot for a quick snack, one afternoon I tried the Shrimp Scampi. In the mornings I grabbed my latte at Cafe Belle Madeleine, an always busy but cute coffee/pastry shop. J’adore caffeine!

My Stay in a Mirage 1 Bedroom Tower Suite

My Stay in a Mirage 1 Bedroom Tower Suite

Over the 4th of July I had the pleasure of staying in a one bedroom tower suite at the Mirage. It was on the 26th floor, also known as floor A and it had a view of Treasure Island and the Wynn. When I stayed at the Mirage for the first time I was not super impressed with the room quality but this trip more than made up for it.

When you first walk in your are treated to a huge living room with floor to ceiling windows. There is a nice bar area with a mini bar full of your standard Vegas items like beer and snacks. Plus there is an empty fridge that you can use yourself.

The living room has a huge TV with a large sectional sofa that can fit six. There is also a dining table for four and plenty of space to lounge out. The one weird thing about the living room is that the curtains are not automated like most of the nice Vegas hotel rooms. The Mirage is a little older so that is probably why but everything else great.

The bedroom has a TV that pops out of a case in front of the bed when you hit the power button. The night stand has an iPod dock and there is a cushy chair next to the bed.

The bedroom opens up into a huge bathroom. There is an awesome shower with great water pressure immediately inside and a tub right after that. There are double sinks so two people can get ready at the same time. Best yet, the towels are much bigger than your standard room towels. If you are used to staying in basic rooms you’ll know what I mean. Inside the bathroom there is a full hallway… no joke a hallway in side the hotel room. It leads to the closet and the bathroom, which has it’s own door.

All in all the one bedroom tower suite is a great choice if you want to stay in a really nice room. It is relatively cheap compared to other suites at around only $200 for a weeknight. And if people don’t mind sleeping on the couch and the floor you can fit a ton of people.

Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas

Sorry, there have not been many posts lately. I’ve been busy getting married! And one of the perks of getting married is the honeymoon, which is in Vegas of course.

We will be staying at The Mirage in a tower 1 bedroom suite. I played enough MyVegas to get a Thursday and Friday for 300,000 loyalty points. That took about 8 months to earn and the tower suites have since been pulled down off the offer list. Those two nights are worth $600 so I’m glad I was able to use my points on something awesome. I’ll be posting a video walk through of the room post trip.

Speaking of MyVegas, I’m hoping they will put up the Smashmouth/Sugar Ray concert like they did for Snoop Dogg. That way I can get free tickets and hang out at Mandalay Beach. Of course it just hit record temperatures last week at 117 degrees so perhaps standing outside, even at night, may not be the best idea.

Besides that I am looking forward to getting a goblet at Sugar Factory. Usually we are so full it is hard to drink so much at one time, but we will be there a little longer than normal and should be able to fit it in. On top of that we really want to try BurGR at Planet Hollywood. We have tried quite a few places and trying a celebrity chef restaurant should be fun.

50% off at Palms

50% off at Palms

Palms is offering 50% off their normal rates. There is no date listed to book by, so if you find rates that work for you book them as soon as possible. The lowest rates I saw were $52, which does not include the $20 per day resort fee. To book, head over to the Palms website.

Memorial Day Trip!

Memorial Day Trip!

Finally, I’m heading back to Vegas again for Memorial Day after 4 months of my normal life and I am super stoked. This trip is actually for my bachelor party, so it is going to be a great time. We got rooms in the Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace so look for my video walk through soon after the trip.

My very first trip to Vegas was on Memorial Day weekend 6 years ago but I have not been back during this time for 5 years. I was on Trip Advisor and a lot of people were complaining about the huge crowds, but let’s be honest Vegas isn’t nearly as fun without enough people. If you don’t want crowds come during the week. I remember my last two Memorial Day trips fondly and although the buffet lines are long it is still a great time.

One thing I really am excited to try is the Billionaire Burger at Holsteins in Cosmopolitan. It is a burger with foie gras on top of it! Now, I do feel bad for the animals who are overfed to make delicious foie gras, but if you think about what we do to the other animals we eat it is not that much different (Thanksgiving Turkey anyone?).

Because it is a guys trip, I’m planning on hitting up some buffets of course. Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan will be on tap, plus I’m planning on going to Wynn for lunch. I’ve gone for lunch plenty of times but I’m excited to see what they offer for dinner. If it is more amazing than lunch, it might take the crown for best buffet.

Besides that I am just looking forward to enjoying another crazy trip with my buddies!