Our Vegas trip began with a non-stop flight out of Spokane Wa on Jan 16th. Our flight was scheduled to depart at 1:30pm and we planned to get to the airport at around noon.
We made a stop at a Safeway store in Spokane to pick up some sandwhiches for the flight and got to the airport in plenty of time. Of course since we had so much time to spare, there was no one at checkin, so we breezed right through that. Than walked up to security and guess what? Yup, no one on line there either. Little did we know that this no waiting trend would continue more or less uninterputed through out our visit.
We were pumped up, things were going so smoothly, but when we got to the gate we found our flight had been delayed 1 hour due to high winds in Las Vegas. So after waiting for what seemed like forever, the flight finally left and 2 hours later we were landing in Vegas.
Headed to baggae claim and after only waiting a few minutes our luggsge arrived. We walked out to the taxi line and walked right up to our cab. A $17.00 fare got us to the South Coast casino arriving about 5:30pm.
Since this is a new casino, and information is somewhat scarce on it's services, I'll take a few minutes to try and fill some of those blanks.
The South Coast has a Child Care Center right in the casino, 2nd floor. The cost is $6.00 per hour, per child. Parents must remain in the casino while their children are in the facility.
Facility staff are prohibited from administering any medicines or medications to the child whatsoever. Children are not permitted to self medicate themselves. If a child needs medications, the parents or guardian must be present to administer them personally no exceptions.
Children will only be released to a parent or guardian listed on the care contract. Picture identification is required. There is a security guard posted directly outside the facilty.
There is a 16 screen multiplex theater in the South Coast. Cost for tickets is $6.50 for shows before 6:00pm, about 9 bucks for others. It has a full service snack bar/cafe and is a nice diversion from gaming all day. We caught the movie "Fun with Dick and Jane" and enjoyed it a lot. Seats are arena style, and very comfortable.
The Garden Buffett is not too bad as buffets go. Cost is comparable with other Coast properties, with Monday night being steak night and Wed night being seafood night.
We took in the Steak Night and I found the filet mignon to be very tasty. I did not care for the strip steaks they were serving. Our meal included a free bottle of wine (we chose Merlot) with a coupon from our Fun Book.
Breakfast was not too bad, standard breakfast foods, but the omlette bar cooked my omlette exactly the way I like them. There was a lot of fresh fruits, which I filled up on.
I noticed during my stay that there were at least one $5.00 BJ and Craps table and even a $1.00 roulette table. We are not table game players, perfering the slots, so I can't comment on the games. We usually play the 25 cent slots, but I'll go as high as the dollar slots if I'm feeling lucky. For long time play we move down to nickle slots.
This time around, we decided to cash out of any machine where we racked up a $50.00 win or more and put that money into our "booty pool". Than at the end of the trip we would count up what we had and see where we were.
This worked out well, and imagine our surprise when the booty pool count came up at $2,000 when we got home. That 42" plasma TV is looking a lot closer this week than last.
There were a number of additional smaller jackpots, but even the small ones added up to a nice little haul for this trip.
If we wanted to take the monorail north, it was coming into the station as we entered. If we wanted to go south, the southbound was approaching as we walked into the station.
After spending a night downtown, we walked to the bus stop, lo and behold, there was a duce bus, getting ready to pull out. We boarded, and got choice seats on the upper level.
There did not appear to be nearly as many people on the strip and downtown as in past visits. For us, that was a good thing, I hate having to battle crowds.
I really liked this casino. Being new, it smelled good and looked good. I quit smoking about 7 months ago, so my nose is still very sensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke. I can smell it from 1/4 mile away. I could detect no such odors in the room or non-smoking floors, nor as a general rule in the casino, unless someone was smoking near by. Everything worked according to design specifications. All the staff were pleasant and helpful.
The only draw back was it was so far from the heart of the action. It is about a 7 mile trip to the strip, and depending on traffic, it is a trip that could take close to an hour.
Being new it did not have the same amount of cabs that strip hotels have, so it could be a long wait for a taxi. You can have the Bell Desk call a cab for you but you will still have a wait.
As like other coast properties, this one has a shuttle that runs from the South Coast to the Barbary Coast. Originally, it was running about once an hour. But they seemed to have streamlined that a little.
The shuttles are posted with signs that say you must present a room key to ride the shuttle, but I only saw one instaence where a driver actually asked for them.
The shuttles only hold 19 people and I notcied some drivers tend to leave once the bus gets full, so even if the schedule shows a depart time of say 10:45, it may depart a lot sooner than that. It is a good idea to get to the pick up point early, just in case.
The shuttle picks up and departs from the exit next to the Silverado Steak House. They had just started an airport shuttle, but it only runs twice a day and I don't have the schedule or pick up times available.
Well this concludes my trip report. I hope you enjoyed reading it and seeing my pictures. I'm not the worlds best photographer, but I did my best.
Would I stay at the South Coast again? Yes, probably, once the shuttle and taxi situation improves. As I said, I really liked the place and the folks working there seem to be doing their best to make their guests happy.
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