For most of my life there were three cities I really didn’t like, and Las Vegas was near the top. It doesn’t have to be expensive, flashy, or over-the-top, but it often is for many tourists. Contrast that with my ideal form of relaxation: an overstuffed leather armchair, a glass of very good Scotch, a copy of The Economist, and a view of some pristine natural environment — preferably behind a window so I don’t have to endure the discomfort of actual weather.
No, Las Vegas wasn’t created with people like me in mind.
I like the chance to have a nice meal and enjoy the warm sun by the pool, but that’s pretty much all Las Vegas ever was to me. The drinks are generally overpriced and not very good. The noise and press of people can be overwhelming. The lines are everywhere (and skipping lines is my biggest motivation for getting elite status with airlines and hotels). Gambling is almost as much fun as setting my wallet on fire.
My new M life status has started to shift my opinion. I’ve talked ad nauseum on this topic, so this is my last post on it. I just thought it would be interesting to note just how drastically it affected my plans on my most recent trip to Las Vegas and why I’m now actually excited to go back.
I invited Amol along with me to the Hyatt/M life launch party last weekend, and after a show and a late dinner (I was getting used to flashing my card to be seated without a reservation) we wandered around looking for something to do. It was 10 PM, and all the young adults were just making their way to Hakkasan, one of the biggest and newest nightclubs in Las Vegas.
Remember what I said about how I relax? I can just tolerate having a cocktail at a casino bar what with all the people and noise, but I figured I might as well see what this M life status can really do. Instead of waiting with over 200 people outside (perhaps over 300, even) we had a nice chat with the bouncer who promptly let us in and waived our cover charges (~$60 each for men).
The drinks inside the club were surprisingly good and not any more expensive than outside in the casino. We had a couple of bourbons (good pour of Knob Creek for $18 each) and cocktails (a large Chinese Sling with fresh ginger for $15). Hakkasan is divided into three areas with a small room for dancing downstairs next to a relatively quiet bar and lounge. The main stage is upstairs and has mostly table service. The balcony was less crowded. Reviews suggest it isn’t the best club in Vegas, but I still had a lot of fun dancing until 4 AM.
It’s worth noting that priority access to nightclubs — and pool day clubs — is a benefit for M life NOIR, Platinum, and Gold members. Basically anyone with elite status from Hyatt Gold Passport can be matched to Platinum or Gold to take advantage of this perk, and you can get Hyatt Platinum status pretty easily with a credit card. Amol commented that he enjoyed himself so much it might even be worth pursuing Diamond status. The one thing I couldn’t do was convince them to give me a free table (after the original party had left.)
I did not get a good look at the coupon that waived our cover charges, but in full disclosure my recollection is there were two check boxes: one for NOIR/Platinum and another for Gold. Perhaps Gold members get a line pass but still have to pay. In any case, the benefit is only for the cardholder and one guest. It would probably make for a great activity at Vegas DO once everyone gets their status matches next month!