Well, a bad influence convinced me to go back to Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend… Okay, it didn’t take much convincing – I’m a sucker for flash and glitter and shiny lights.
We stayed at New York, New York. The room was an okay size. The thermostat had two settings – low and high and it seemed like only one vent in the room. So after a day of 104+ degrees, while it was cooler than outside, it wasn’t an expansive hotel level of cold. There was plenty of closet space and the safe was large enough for a thin laptop. Room and bathroom were clean and the beds were fairly comfortable.
We couldn’t seem to get the right number of washcloths without calling housekeeping and a room service cart with dirty dishes and food sat in the hallway down from us for over 24 hours. Seems picky, I know. And the cab driver from the airport did tell us that they were expecting 300,000 visitors that weekend, 100,000 more than last year. So I’m sure they were very, very busy. But food in the hallway for more than a full day is a little odd to encounter in a hotel where the rooms normally cost a lot more than a Holiday Inn.
For the cost of a room there, you can find a bigger room, probably with better air conditioning somewhere else, even on The Strip to say nothing of on Fremont. But it does seem like they have more restaurant choices in their little borough-neighborhood mock-up than a lot of the other hotels do. Hardly any of them seem to stay open late, but that’s okay. Their casino area has some of the coolest video slots I’ve seen yet. A couple banks of machines with the MOST flashy lights, glittery wheels, spin like crazy for no reason reels EVER. Epileptic fit inducing to the max. In other words, AWESOME. Oh, and alien cow abduction themed slots!