The Plaza Mini Suite: The VegasTripping Soft Review 2011
Peeping the Brand New Rooms At The Plaza
Peekaboo. Today, this very day, The Plaza has re-opened its hotel to guests, showing off all the fancy furniture they five finger discounted from Fontanebleau. Being the super dorque that I am, I drove all the way out here to check it out on its first day of operations. Before we go any further, remember that this is very much a "soft" opening, with a slightly harder opening on September 1st. Currently, only limited number of rooms are available in the hotel's South Tower, more will be released into inventory each day as they are completed and cleaned.
I arrived at the Plaza at the south valet entrance, dragged my bags through the shiny new casino... so new that 40% of the slots don't have stools yet or are yet to be turned on. The changes are instantly apparent. Gone is the stench, the stained carpeting, the half inch thick layer of nicotine on the walls and the impassible floor plan. In its place is a shiny white, crimson and gold colored casino floor and a gorgeous little front desk and lobby. The other good news is that the casino floor - unlike Tropicana - isn't lit less like a laboratory and more like a brothel. Hooray!
The front desk, as expected on the first day of operations, is slightly tentative and confused. Some guests were waiting for their rooms to appear "clean" on the computerized room inventory manager. Unlike Cosmopolitan, my wait was a whopping 5 minutes after a manager expedited the input of "V" (vacant) & "C" (clean) data into the system. Pooooof, like that, and with no need to sooth my crankiness with a $300 bottle of scotch, I was retracing my steps through the casino towards the South Tower.
I hopped off the elevator on the 9th floor, getting my first taste of the New Plaza.