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Only Home a Day and Already Planning Next Trip

Last edit: hugeheed63 on Friday, 21st November 2014 1:38 pm
Last response by levans 24th November 12:28am

Just returned from trip #20? 22? 25? I'm ashamed to say I've lost count!
My last trip was last October, before Linq, Cromwell and SLS opened, so I was really looking forward to checking them out.
I actually thought the Linq area was pretty cool, and although we didn't spend my time there, it seemed a ton of other people did. We did have lunch at Yard House and watched a game at Tag (bartenders super friendly and very knowledgeable about beer).
At first the Cromwell didn't impress-but the more I looked around the more I liked it. I'm a big fan of the "crappy" old properties and hate to see them all erased from the strip, and I think the Cromwell remodeled just enough to refresh but kept enough of the previous look to keep the nostalgia.
I thought SLS would be interesting if it were in a better location but (and not to sound negative) I didn't see anything "wow" enough to bring people that far down the strip.
Went by the Downtown Grand for the first time as well-it was a ghost town. Same thing as my opinion not enough to wow anyone to go out of their way to visit.
Enjoyed as usual our favorite stops....Ri'Ra, Red Square, Zeffirino's, Olives, Tao, Hogs and Heifers, Griffin, Vesper, Bourbon Room and Parasol Down among others (how's that for a crazy mix).
All in all another successful and fun Vegas experience!
Ps. Am I the only human out there who thinks the Grand Bazaar Shops aren't ugly???

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 Chuckmonster responded on Friday, 21st November 2014

I liked Cromwell layout and decor and the Linq promenade as well. Not so sure I'd go back to Linq parq again other than to pick up my car at the valet. The ex-IP/Quadlinq casino bit just doesn't feel right to me. Being in that property makes me look for the exits.

 levans responded on Friday, 21st November 2014

I spent as much time wandering thru Linq than the hotel I was staying in and will spend time there again when i return. Cronwell does have a vibe that Barbary Coast/Bill's never had. SLS would be perfect in another location as would Downtown Grand but at least Grand has something next to it. as for the Grand Bazaar shops it's not that they are ugly but they just don't fit the location. And I am always planning my next trip the moment I get home.

 KickedBoar591 responded on Saturday, 22nd November 2014

I feel the same way about the SLS. The rebirth of the Trop works so well because it's at the busiest intersection in the world. SLS doesn't get foot traffic. It's going to be hard for it to thrive. Rocking Rio and Resorts World would help out immensely if SLS can hang on that long. I would consider staying there if the room rates where good because of the Monorail and the ease of taking a taxi down Paradise to the Hard Rock.

Same deal for the Downtown Grand. I know Fremont is loaded with hipster bars, but DTG would have a better chance if those shops on Third across from the Fremont Casino side wall had some thriving business and not a few busted check-cashing places. (Too bad the Mexican place is on the other side facing Neonopolis.) Double too bad Boyd is also dead-set against outdoor bars, because open access to Third would be awesome when the D has bands on its stage.

I'm not sure it's even feesible, but it's a shame the DTG could turn the bottom level of its parking structure into an old O'Sheas type of bar. Again, probably not possible. But I'm just a day dreamer, not an engineer. It's not my money so level it and build a new parking structure with a basement bar. (Kind of kidding.)

That said about the DTG, I'm ready to play there. I've pretty much moved on from the Fremont (well, not the Paradise Buffet) as I've taken my gaming to the California. I could be swayed to the DTG. I liked it more than SLS.

 levans responded on Monday, 24th November 2014

DTG has an advantage over SLS due to location. People wandering off Fremont to get to Mob Museum or Pizza Rock will go in just to see what's inside. I found the vibe there better than SLS.