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President's Weekend Vegas Style

Author: sightseeingsue (More Trip Reviews by sightseeingsue)
Date of Trip: March 2003

The first floor was a smoking floor (we are non-smokers) so we were a little worried about the smoke smell bothering us, but with free rooms why bother? The hallway stunk, but the rooms were fine. Our room was located not far from the elevators so it was only a short walk to reach the casino. If you are thinking why did they take the elevators, as we were on the first floor, it's because there was a sign on the door telling us too...honest.

If I had to list something negative it would have to be the size of the bathrooms. I was thinking to myself that if I get any bigger I might have a hard time using this room. The tub and shower were adequate as the water was hot, and the pressure was good. Two important things needed to get the soap out. But if you are looking for fancy toiletries then bring your own. They did provide a blow dryer, an iron, and a one cup coffee pot for your convenience which was very helpful and much used. That's about it for the room. There's nothing fancy about this place. But if you would rather plop your cash into the machines to try your luck, then waste it on a room that you are only in a few hours, then this might be the ticket for you.

Gold Coast Security

One thing I want to mention about the security at the hotel is that it was very efficient during my stay. One afternoon we came back to the room to catch a short nap before we headed out for the evening and in one of the other guest rooms a few doors down from us, there was all sorts of ruckus going on. You could hear young kids running around and it sounded like they were running up and down the hallways, and jumping from bed to bed. After about 30 minutes of this, I walked down and could tell which room it was coming from but didn't hear any adult voices, only children. I decided to call the hotel security as I didn't want anyone to get hurt goofing off without supervision. They were very thankful as they said they have a very strict policy about leaving unsupervised children in the rooms. It was only moments later that I heard security knocking on their door. The noise stopped instantly and then shortly after that I could hear the parent yelling at the kids. This bothered me a little as I was sure it made the parents mad for having to come back from their gambling to actually take responsibility and watch their children. My intent wasn't to get the kids in trouble, but to prevent an unnecessary injury. I am sure they were paged downstairs in the Casino...but shame on them for leaving young children unattended.

One other note regarding security...at about 4am in the morning, as I was getting ready to catch my flight home, I heard an alarm ringing. I was blow drying my hair and my friend was in the shower so the noise wasn't that loud and I just took it for someone's alarm clock ringing and ignored it. It evidently stopped. Then shortly afterwards over the loud speaker was an announcement that the fire alarm was a false alarm and everyone should return back to their rooms. When we went downstairs to check out there were firemen and security everywhere (also still a large crowd at the table and machines gambling) checking out the situation. The hotel handled this situation very smoothly in my opinion and I am quite sure I would feel safe here as a guest once again.

On a funnier note: I heard a funny story from some other friends of mine that were staying there the same night on the second floor. I guess a large group of high school hockey players were also staying there (in town for a tournament) and when the alarm rang, they all ran out of their rooms barely dressed, without anything...but they all had their hockey sticks. You can tell what their priorities were!

Nine Fine Irish Men

I ate lunch here on a Saturday afternoon while in town, and had a great meal. My friend and I shared a corned beef sandwich and a bowl of the Irish stew. We each ordered a house drink -- forgot the names but mine was like an apple martini. Prices were around $9 for each drink, which I thought was a bit pricey for what you got. The food, however, was awesome. Great stew with big hunks of meat and vegetables. The corned beef sandwich was so tender we both finished everything on our plates. The total bill ended up being round $50 for two, but well worth the stop.

There was a live Irish band playing and the crowd was really getting into the songs by yelling out their favorite request. We were seated in the way back, behind the band, which was a more quiet spot and away from all the action, but we could still hear the music clearly, and there was no wait to get seated.

I would definitely stop here again if Irish food is what you like. You will feel like you are in a true Irish Pub in Ireland.

Wayne Newton (The Show)

I couldn't leave town again without seeing Wayne Newton, Mr. Vegas, so I didn't. We got tickets the same day of the show, on the lower level, and paid $80. We were seated with another couple and ordered a not so great $10.00 house drink during the show. The theatre is smaller than you would imagine, but very comfortable for the guests. Wayne is such a performer. His voice is fading, and he coughed a lot during the show, so maybe he was suffering from a cold. But still, it's Wayne Newton, and I loved it. He played several instruments which was very entertaining, and had a few singers perform numbers as well. They were very talented and he showcased them extremely well. The show only lasted an hour and a half but I felt like I did get my moneys worth. If you are looking for a fun show, and don't expect him to sound like he did when he was 20, then go and enjoy yourself.

Toby Keith's

I love this bar and grill!If anyone tells you this place is easy to find...well don't believe them. We knew it was located in Harrah's and even asked how to find it once we got there. Go up the elevators that are in back. FYI there are three sets of elevators. Avoid what we did and just go up the third one and yes, they are located in the far back of the casino.

Once upstairs, and just past the Fairfield Timeshare Folks, you will see the restaurant. We arrived around 2 in the afternoon and had to wait for 20 minutes or so. They took our names and gave us a paddle that would light and vibrate when we could be seated. This was a perfect time to check out the gift shop next-door and purchase that Toby souvenir.

The restaurant wasn't too crowded, but most of the tables were full. There is a restaurant section and then a bar area, with monitors playing Toby's videos over and over again. It's loud in here, but that was expected. Plastered all over the walls was Toby's memorabilia. There were guitars, pics, handwritten song lyrics, pictures, and clothes he wore to special events among other things. There were a lot of items on displayed but not too much that would be too busy on the eyes. And way in the back there is an actual stage and dance floor. Nothing was going on back there, but I am sure it gets hopping in the evenings.

The menu has four sections: appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts, highlighting Toby's signature meals. Some of the appetizers included chips, cheese fries, and not-so buffalo wings. Cheeseburgers, catfish, and Toby's signature fried bologna sandwich, and a few salads to choose from as well. Some of the dinner entrée were ribs, steaks, and seafood dishes, along with his meatloaf and chicken fried steak. Then there were his desserts and signature drinks to try. Prices ranged from $9 for sandwiches, and up to $30 for the steaks.

I ordered the chicken fried steak, and my friend couldn't pass up the fried bologna sandwich. We munched on cornbread they brought to the table and ordered drinks. The meal took about 25 minutes to be served, which gave us plenty of time to walk around the bar and check out all the cool stuff on the walls.

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