My husband and I just returned home from our 6th trip to "Sin City". As usual we had a great time. Gambling was so-so, but we did not expect to come home big winners. We were looking forward to staying at The Orleans; we had checked it out during our last trip. Contrary to what others here have reported, upon check-on we asked about an up-grade and were told "We are not offering any up-grades today, but there's plenty of rooms". Huh? The room was spacious and located two doors from the elevator--how can you get so lucky? The problem was we had booked a smoking room with King bed; not two doubles in a non-smoking. We called the front desk and were told we must not have listened to the check-in clerk, he never mentioned they had ignored our room preferences, which by the way were reserved last January. They could give us a smoking room and we could come back and get the key or wait 30 minutes for someone to bring it to us. We went after it. This room ended up being way down at the end of the hall but that's okay; the exercise was a good thing! Other than the front desk personnel, everyone else we encountered were very friendly and helpful. We were a little surprised that there was no room safe; if you want to "stash" your extra cash you will need to rent a safe-deposit box at the Cashier cage and they charge you a $50 deposit. You will get that back when you return the key. It is a little inconvenient to do it this way; a safe would be better.

Our first meal after arrival was as usual the $4.95 steak special at Ellis Island. Terrific as always! And don't forget to try their root beer. The next day was brunch at Kady's in the Riviera; what a well-kept secret! We had a coupon for buy one lunch or dinner, get one free. It was quiet, with music for us "old hippies" from the sixties. The staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good meal. That evening we dined at Koji Japanese and Chinese Restaurant in The Orleans. I had orange peel shrimp, 8 larges pieces and too much to finish; my husband had the sushi which he enjoyed immensely. The next morning we had a muffin for breakfast as we were going to the Seafood Buffet at the Rio for dinner and wanted to arrive starving! After the Carnival in the Sky we headed straight for the buffet. We had two coupons for $10 each off the price of the buffet which is $35 a person now. What a meal we had!! Everything from slipper lobster, shrimp, crab legs, crab claws, stuffed crab, mahi-mahi, calimari, to salads and then if there is any room left try the dessert bar. This is a must if you love seafood; we will definitely eat there again. The next day we went to The Wild Wild West for a pizza for dinner. The food here is always good as we went back the next day for their cheeseburger special; where else can you get a cheeseburger and fries for $1.89? And it's not a wimpy burger, it's huge with all the fixings.

If you want a break from gambling, try the Indoor Flea Market on Decatur St. Everything is new and you can pick up some terrific bargains on everything from tools to watches, clothing, shoes, wigs, perfume, carpet, you name it.

Overall, we had a great trip as usual and found some new places to eat. It helps to surf the Internet for coupons to find some terrific deals for dining. When we go back to Vegas in the Fall hopefully we will have more great places to report on.