Monday, September 11, 2006

The Odyssey - Part 5

You can see now why I'm calling this trip, "The Odyssey"... I'm up to five posts and still not finished documenting the damn thing. It's so long that I can't even spare the energy to be funny.

On Wednesday, Bobbi and I took a cab to the airport and headed to Las Vegas. My niece was getting married on Saturday and we had decided to make it a four day stay so that we could get a little time to ourselves. We stayed at The Venetian.

Now, Bobbi and I have separate requirements when it comes to a hotel. Bobbi requires a big room, high quality sheets, plenty of amenities, etc... I require a bed and a lock on the door. That's it. Because we hadn't had a vacation in some time and probably wouldn't be seeing another one for a while, we decided to go all out. I booked us the most expensive room at The Venetian. It's actually in the new wing called, "The Venetzia," and it has private elevators, concierge service and lounge, private pool area separate from the main pool, big rooms with lots of marble and flat-screen tv's... it's really nice. We paid $350 a night the first two nights and $380 a night on the weekend. Concierge service is cool because you just pick up the phone and say something like, "I want to go to dinner here and see a show there... and five minutes later they call you back with your reservations and tickets. There's also a lounge with open bar and continental breakfast and tea. Really very nice. I commented to Bobbi that there seemed to be a lot of kids at the concierge level and she pointed out that it was probably the best place for kids since there were free soda's and the rooms had DVD players.

Here's the funny part. The whole time we were there I was sort of embarrassed to be staying in the most expensive room. Whenever I go to Las Vegas I always try to get the best rate and this time we went the other way. What we didn't realize at the time was just how far the other way we actually went. After we got back from the trip, I decided to check some other hotels for future rates. No matter where I looked, I couldn't find a better deal than The Venetian. Out of curiosity, I checked the rate on our room for a few future dates as well. I couldn't find it for less than $900 a night! Apparently, we somehow managed to book the room during the slowest friggin week of the year. We thought we were paying a lot at $380 a night when in fact we were getting a crazy deal on a $1000 room. That just goes to show you how much I know about hotel room rates. I also want to note that since Las Vegas has been taken over by the large resorts, everything is much more expensive. We actually paid $50 for breakfast one day.

I had told my family that they shouldn't expect to see us at all until the wedding.... we were going to be spending some quality time alone. Three hours after arriving we had invited everyone to dinner at Maggiano's. It was great.

While we were there we saw "La Reve" at The Wynn which was beautiful. Other than that we really didn't do much while in Las Vegas. Bobbi was determined to not have a schedule so we stuck to it. I played a little poker but not nearly as much as I usually do. We hardly played slots or table games at all.

Saturday night was the wedding and it was really nice. The ceremony was outside which everyone thought was crazy since Las Vegas is in the desert and it was August... but it was quick and really not bad at all. The whole thing went off without a hitch and it was probably the easiest wedding I've ever been to because the reception was right there. David, the groom, is half-Jewish so the broke a shot glass. (That's as funny as I get today, sorry)

On Sunday we flew back to Dallas and on Monday we flew back to Tampa. It was good to be home.

2 Comments:

Sagnuts said...

It's weird, you don't seem like the kind of bloke who would have such a demanding, high-maintenance wife. It kind of reminds me of the story I read about Ben Affleck buying Jennifer Lopez a million dollar jewel and gold inlaid toilet seat so that her ass would be regal while she took a dump. At least you've retained your values.
Though I'm sure your wife is very nice.

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