Planet Hollywood - The VegasTripping Review 2007
The Grinders take the "new" P-Ho for a Test Drive
I think it's the classic song from The Who that goes, "New room, same as the old room...", or something like that. It could be the theme song for the rooms at the newly renamed Aladdin, now called Planet Hollywood. Having signed up for the Aladdin players club in the past, and thus being on their mailing list, we received an invitation in the mail to come stay at the new Planet Hollywood. We were excited to be among the first wave of people to see the improvements. Plus, we got four nights for the price of three with our "special invitation" deal.
Miss Melody and I arrived for our four night stay at the new Planet Hollywood by taxi early on Sunday afternoon. We entered the revamped lobby with it's shiny black floors and ultra-hip neon-adorned walls slowly changing color from red to green to purple. I noticed the new Planet Hollywood logo, a red, lower-case "ph" within a circle. It kind of reminded me of an unimaginative tech company's logo, while it made Miss Melody think of the hemorrhoidal cooling gel Preparation H.
The main check-in line was quite long, and it quickly got twice as long behind us while we waited. But they had about ten counters open and the wait was pretty short, and the check-in was fast and easy.
The narrow corridor to the elevators was blocked by several employees wearing matching sports jackets. When we tried to get by they lead us to a counter nearby saying, "Come over and sign up for some comps..."
All I wanted to do was to get to our room, but we dragged our bags over to the counter and quickly realized what was happening. Westgate Properties is building two huge towers right behind, and connect to, Planet Hollywood, (we saw the construction zone from our taxi). We were offered any number of comps and freebies if we simply signed up for their timeshare presentation. I was already backing away when Miss Melody, seeing a chance for some good comps, said, "Okay, sign us up."
We went to the Westgate timeshare presentation and got our comps, a free show plus $50 toward a meal at Planet Hollywood restaurant. The whole thing really wasn't that bad, although I dreaded the decision at first. I will say, as a warning, that these timeshare hawks approached us throughout our stay. To put it not-as-nicely, I would say we were harassed. They occupied every entrance and exit of the hotel and casino. I found myself plotting escape routes to avoid them. Even my plan to exit through the mall, now called The Miracle Mile, was foiled by these sports jacket monsters.