Well, not really. I did, however, change my Vegas reservations from MGM Grand to Caesars for my trip at the end of August. I love the MGM Grand. Really, I do. I particularly love the lounges/bars, which in addition to delightful beverages, present a wide array of bar-top "devils game," including ten-handed VP. My last trip there -- 5 days over Memorial Day (which, if you follow this blog, you'll recall nearly killed me) -- I barely ever even left the joint.
Nevertheless, I find myself itching for a change. The last time I stayed at Caesars was about 5 years ago. I was there with a friend. I got us 6 nights fully comped at the Augustus Tower. Problem was, my friend doesn't gamboooool much. And, as a result, I barely gambooooled that trip. And, Gary Loveman is nothing if not vindictive. In retribution, my rates at Caesars Palace immediately went from "freerolling" to like $215 or so on, like, a frigg'n Wednesday night (and $300-plus on weekends). Needless to say, I've been residing elsewhere on my Vegas trips.
But, perhaps Gary is feeling more charitable lately. Or, perhaps its the fact that I reached 15,000 tier points for Diamond in May this year. Whatever the cause, I find myself back in Caesars' good graces.
And, accordingly, I'm planning a triumphant return. While I'll miss the MGM Grand, I think Caesars is a solid alternative. The pools are some of the best on the strip. The rooms (Roman-Helmut Tower aside) are pretty nice as well. Plenty of restaurants, including some in the Forum Shops. And, the location is, in my opinion, far better than MGM, particularly given my recent love of the Linq.
While the poker scene was somewhat of a concern, my fears were assuaged by the recent review from Rob-The-Poker-God (and, no worries, I'm use to the dreaded $2 chip from playing at Maryland Live!).
Indeed, looks like P3 will be heading to "Rome" in a few short weeks.