In defense of Circus Circus.....
- From: "Snoopy" <okajo01@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 6 Nov 2005 22:47:33 -0800
A buddy and I just got back from a weekend at Circus Circus. I've
stayed at the better properties on the strip (Bellagio, MB, Venetian)
and was a little leery of CC, especially with all of the negative
posts. Some event on Saturday was causing Friday room rates to go
through the roof so we settled on a Tower room which was much better
than I expected, it was on par with any of the older properties on the
Strip. I dunno, maybe CC rooms used to be much dumpier but perhaps
recent renovations have fixed that. The bathroom counters were
granite, the towels were fluffy, the water was hot and had a lot of
pressure. This is not something which can be consistently said for
even some of the newer mid-level properties. (I've had some bad
experiences at places like Monte Carlo and Luxor).
One nice thing about CC when compared to other older properties is that
it knows what it wants to be. The circus is supposed to be a little
seedy, right? CC upholds that theme in the public areas and all of the
screaming kids running around only enhances the surreal circus
experience. All you need are some evil clowns roaming around to
complete the picture. Can anyone tell me what the theme is at Ballys,
Riviera, Sahara, Stardust, or Tropicana? Those places used to be the
class act in their day but now are just generic low-roller propeties.
I can't comment on the food at CC as we didn't eat there. I do
remember from a prior visit a few years back that the Steak House is
I did have a fun time rolling the dice at CC. Even though the odds
there suck at 2x, the "homeboys" at the table knew how to have a good
time, yelling, joking, and trading sarcastic barbs with the table crew.
Earlier that evening I was at the Wynn LV and held the dice for 15
minutes. I wasn't making a lot of points but I was rolling all of the
other numbers. Everyone at that table was so somber and non-emotional
that I had to sarcastically ask if "anyone was having a good time".
All I got was blank stares and so I felt a certain self-satisfaction
when I finally seven'd out.
So that's my 2 cents on CC. It might not be the nicest place but it
certainly is good value for $135 a night (or the even better standard
weekend rate of $100 per night). Don't get me wrong, I love places
like Bellagio and Mandalay Bay but they cost 3 to 4 times that of CC.
Do they really provide 3 to 4 times the level of quality? I think it
was the late Benny Binion who said when it comes to gambling, "a
joint's a joint".
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