Very, very early start. Up at 6am, having a bagel at 6.30am and all loaded and on the way at 7am. The motivation is under 4hrs’ drive to Vegas. We listened to a novella on the way, perfect timing.
The conference hotel is Bally’s, which is opposite Caesar’s and Bellagio and next to Paris on the Strip. In other words, a very central location. It’s also a weekend so traffic was very busy, making it harder to get around with a trailer. We stopped at one of the hotel entrances to ask the way and were directed around the block (including going on the Strip) to the hotel loading dock. Unfortunately it wasn’t the right loading dock and we had to circle around another time to finally get to the right one.
It was a small loading dock and a hotel supervisor had to come help us reverse the trailer into place. There were 2 hotel workers helping us unload but I was the one who was inside the trailer, untying the rope and moving all the boxes to the back so they could take them. Thirsty and hot work.
Ran a few more errands after that–returned the trailer, found an ATM, at a couple of tacos (first food since 6.30am). Back at the hotel at 4pm to check-in. I received an email in the morning to use self check-in via QR code and was so glad I opted for it. There was a long queue for normal check-in but using the kiosk took 5mins. I scanned the QR code, scanned my passport, added A’s name and the machine printed 2 keys. I also got instructions on how to get to the room, and it was very much needed. Had to walk through the casino, find a sandwich shop, and find the right lift. The room is at the end of the corridor so a long walk.
Dumped my backpack and headed down to the lobby to meet A. Had to get one of our volunteers to help retrieve my suitcase. Finally all settled around 5.30pm.
A had come across the buffet of buffets, a 24hr pass that allows holders to dine at the buffets at 6 different hotels within the Caesar group. It was $75 which is decent value. We’re planning on trying to fit 4 buffets–dinner tonight, and breakfast, lunch and dinner tomorrow. For round 1 we went to Paris. There were alaskan king crab, shrimp, prime rib, turkey, pasta, sushi, asian, crepes, dessert. The king crab legs were small and served cut in half. 10 half-legs gave just 1-2 tbsp of meat. The prime rib was very good, tender and tasty even though the gravy was far too salty.
Walked around a little bit after dinner. Glad to be back in the room soon because of the crowds, the noise, and the blinking lights.