Day One – Sept. 25, 2010
We left a bit early to make sure we went through security before the rush started. I picked our seats the night before and ended up having to sit at the back of the plane because the plane was full. But, hey, the trade-off was that we’d be in Vegas in three hours. Other then some turbulence, we had a great flight. A few drinks later and we soon arrived at McCarron Airport. We then took cab -- $13.00 to Hooters. Nice cabbie and great experience so handed the guy $20.00.
We arrived at front desk at Hooters to an overwhelming amount of noise. Yep, party time! Lots of orange and wood. I’ve never been to Hooters so had no idea what it or the hotel would be like! Great deals on beer - $1.00 bottles Bud and Bud Light. I’m not a beer drinker but when it’s hot, beer is good! I tried my first Bud Light with Lime Beer at Hooters. Signs reading $100 Free Slot Play.
We then got into line-up to be checked in. The line went quickly and received room key in 15 mins. I asked the check in person why she swiped my card because I had already paid. She muttered it was for security purposes. She then turned her back to me and commented to the person next to her that I was concerned I was going to be charged twice! Hmmm, discretion wasn’t part of the training apparently. She slid the pass key to me and with a miserable look on her face. She didn’t like her job or she was having a bad night. After taking the room key and feeling a bit light headed after a few drinks, turbulence and not having dinner I was a bit foggy. So, we walked through the seas of single men, Hooter girls and towards the neon orange signs. No directions given so we went to one of the security who was friendly and showed us to the elevator to our room.
I swiped the key and as I opened the door to what I believed as an empty room.. our room .. I saw a naked man lying on the bed! OMG. I quickly shut the door and had to laugh. My partner looked at me with a confused look on his face. I told him what I saw and he almost didn’t believe me. I said.. naked as in.. you know, all the bits with no clothes on! I looked at the room key and at the door. Yep, it was the right room. Then, the door opened and his woman came to the door with a towel wrapped around her. I apologized and told her we have been given this room. I told them I would go down and check with the desk.
Now, back to the desk with suitcases in tow through the casino. One hour in Vegas and one naked man seen.
By this time, getting really hungry and now, a bit grouchy.
We headed to security to tell them of our experience and they got on the phone. Tired of waiting I asked to speak to the supervisor on duty who apologized to us, comped the resort fee and upgraded our room to the room (apparently) stayed in by Mini Me/Verne which was amusing. I sure hope they changed the sheets!
So, off we went to the Bayview suite. The suite is itself was very big, clean, and airy complete with tropical theme. A King bed, walk in shower stall with spa shower, sitting desk, large screen tv and view of .. the parking lot! After dumping off all our stuff we wandered out to the casino and hotel looking for food. We chose the Mad Onion that had the dinner special of Prime Rib for $9.99 which included Prime Rib au jus, garlic mashed potato, corn on the cob, horseradish cream. Very tasty and filling! I was surprised by the quality of the beef actually.
We did a bit of walking around the hotel, packed it in and headed to bed since it was now about 12:30 AM. Tomorrow we had the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues and Purple Reign planned for the day!
The cost of room for three nights was $107.32. I signed up for Hooters emails and had a one time offer of 50% off their rooms. We took advantage of this..
I would recommend Hooters to anyone who has a vehicle because it isn’t as convenient as a strip hotel. You can walk through the MGM and take the cross walks across to the hotel. Otherwise, some of the sidewalks are sketchy and quite filled with garbage on a weekend! If you want to stay in Vegas for cheap and don’t care about the fancy extras it could be just what you are looking for! On the weekend, it was filled with single guys…. Hooter admirers no doubt.