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A Complimentary Shuttle and Early Check-In are Coming to The Plaza

July 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM | by | ()

The Plaza in Downtown Vegas will be adding a couple of useful services shortly. Hotel guests will be offered complimentary airport drop-off as well as early check-in at no additional cost. Both amenities are based based on availability. Here’s how it breaks down.

The Plaza currently offers airport drop-off service for anyone (Plaza guest or non-Plaza guests) for $20 per person. According to TaxiFareFinder.com this would cost anywhere from $36.79 to $51.85 by taxi depending on the route taken. Hotel guests now get shuttle service for free. That’s a $20 face value but could be as high as $51 + tip by taxi.

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The Mirage Sale No Longer Just a Mirage

July 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

Looks like we're not the only ones cashing out in Vegas this week.

Vital Vegas, our other favorite Vegas website, has a good story on the rumors surrounding the likely sale of The Mirage to Starwood Capital Group, the former owners of the now-shuttered Riviera. (FYI: Starwood Capital Group is run by Barry Sternlicht, the man who created W Hotels for Starwood Hotels. Even though his new company has a similar name, Starwood Hotels are not a part of Starwood Capital.)

VV writes:

Rumors are swirling that The Mirage, owned by MGM Resorts International, will be purchased by Starwood Capital Group, former owners of the now-closed Riviera for an undisclosed sum. We’re betting it will be “many millions of dollars.”

Parties involved with the sale have been sworn to secrecy, but the official announcement should be made in the next few weeks. Once the sale of The Mirage is complete, the casino will be managed by Paragon Gaming, the company which took over operations of Westgate Las Vegas after the sale and closure of the Riviera.

Paragon Gaming managed Riviera’s casino for two years prior to the Riviera closing on May 4, 2015.

The Mirage no longer a part of MGM Resorts? Well, that's pretty hard to imagine. But these things can and do happen. Meanwhile, The Mirage has already cut back on their volcano eruptions, so change is a-coming whether you like it or not.

(PHOTO: Foursquare)

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New Silverton Tower Definitely Maybe Back To Being Timeshares

Where: 3333 Blue Diamond Road [map], 89139
July 27, 2015 at 4:59 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

Ongoing construction at Silverton Hotel Casino, near the Blue Diamond Road exit of Interstate 15, is now clearly visible to people arriving into Las Vegas from California. As the new edifice tops off with eye-catching signage, the tower itself adds more reasons for head-scratching. Apparently the back-and-forth purpose of the 20-story addition has reverted to “timeshares”.

And once again we're left wondering..."Why?".

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Fire Breaks Out at The Bamboo Pool at The Cosmopolitan

July 25, 2015 at 5:19 PM | by | ()

View from the Aria, taken by VegasChatter Facebook friend, Mike P.

What should have been a relaxing afternoon in Las Vegas turned scary and tense at The Cosmopolitan when a fire broke out on the chic hotel's Bamboo Pool Deck at 12:50pm. One person has been hospitalized, parts of the hotel have been evacuated and a section of Las Vegas Boulevard has been shut down.

You can watch a video of the fire burning from this user on Periscope, but here is a shot of the aftermath:

The Clark County Fire Department put out this tweet:

The Cosmopolitan has not updated their social media pages with news of the fire but they officially commented in a statement to the media, saying:

The hotel's other pool,Marquee, also put out a tweet announcing their closure today as well:

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the fire may have been caused by a cigarette that was tossed into a bush on the pool deck. Whatever the cause, the fire spread fast as LV Sun writes:

The witness said the fire consumed half the cabanas around the pool in less than a minute. Guests were running and screaming as the fire spread "ridiculously fast," and the entire pool deck area was quickly evacuated.

We'll be following more of this story today but it's safe to say many parts of The Cosmopolitan will not be operating normally tonight and tomorrow.

FWIW, it's about 98 degrees in Vegas this afternoon. Here's what happened to our key card once when the heat outside hit 115.

[Photos: Mike P/Facebook and @8NewsNow/Twitter]

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My Vegas: The Many Faces Of Chippendales' James Davis

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
July 24, 2015 at 8:37 PM | by | ()

“My Vegas” is an ongoing series that takes you inside the lives of familiar and noteworthy Vegas residents. They open up to VegasChatter and share their personal tips, secrets, and favorite things about living in Sin City.

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Global Force Wrestling Slams its Way into Town with First Television Tapings

Where: 4500 W Tropicana Ave [map], 89103
July 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM | by | ()

It promises to be a night of power bombs. At least, local wrestling fans hope so.

Global Force Wrestling makes it Las Vegas debut tonight at The Orleans Arena at 8 pm. This is the new venture from TNA Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett. GFW, as the name implies, aims to create a worldwide brand utilizing wrestlers from many different federations and continents.

Performers have been culled from all over. They include former and current stars from WWE, TNA, ROH and New Japan. Names like Nick Aldis, Chris Mordetzky, Bobby Roode, Scott Steiner and tag team sensation The Young Bucks are just some of the names signed to the promotion and likely to be at The Orleans July 24 as GFW runs tournaments to declare four different champions: Next Gen, Women's, Tag Team and Global Champions.

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Wynn Drops to 2x Craps Odds, Aria and Bellagio Now Dealing 6:5 Blackjack

July 24, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

It seems as though gambling becomes more of a losing proposition every week on the Vegas Strip.

A couple weeks ago, we were tipped off to New York-New York taking their house edge tweaks in blackjack to the high limits room for the first time. Now we get word from numerous sources, including the photo above from tipster @PaperPoster that the last two casinos on the Vegas Strip that didn’t offer 6:5 blackjack--Aria and Bellagio--have joined the growing trend.

This isn’t a small change to blackjack at Aria and Bellagio. @John_mehaffey reports that there are now a total of 40(!) blackjack tables that say “Blackjack pays 6-5" between the two properties. The difference from the traditional 3:2 blackjack is that you're getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.

But wait...there’s more.

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The Good, Bad and The Questionable at The Cromwell

July 24, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

There is a lot to like about The Cromwell but like most things in Vegas, it isn’t perfect.

The Cromwell was built for today’s millennial visitor but that doesn’t mean people of all ages can’t enjoy the hotel and casino. On a recent stay we noticed more families than we expected for a hotel with one restaurant and limited amenities for families

When Caesars Entertainment turned Bill’s Gambling Hall into a modern boutique hotel, there was a concerted effort to offer a hotel room above and beyond the usual fare found at Caesars properties. On this mission, they succeeded. Even the basic rooms at The Cromwell have a look and feel unlike any other rooms at any other Caesars hotels. The vanity area outside of the bathroom is stunning. While much of the room has a dark color palette this is very much a literal bright spot in the room.

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Yummy Carbs! Lazy Dog Cafe Has Rolled Out a New Line of Pizzas

Where: 1725 Festival Plaza Drive [map], 89135
July 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

There’s nothing better than researching to provide VegasChatter readers with informative articles, especially when that research involves eating carbs. This was the case recently when Lazy Dog Café invited us to try their new line of pizzas.

If you’ve never heard of Lazy Dog café, it is a restaurant out of Cali that debuted this spring in Downtown Summerlin. Their menu has everything from burgers, sandwiches and pasta to chimichurri mahi mahi and Thai noodles. They also have an amazing Happy Hour during the week from 3-6pm (and again from 9pm to close, Sunday through Thursday) as well as an amazing Sunday Brunch.

And true to their name, the Lazy Dog Café does allow dogs--on their patio. They even have a dog menu.

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Flamingo's GO Pool Charges $10...for Hotel Guests

July 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

A VegasChatter reader, CindyK, recently wrote in to us about a disturbing new charge going down at The Flamingo.

The Flamingo webpage shows a $10 charge for their own guests to use the pool. Earlier I had heard that it was only if they had a guest DJ but the website doesn’t say that and isn’t that part of what the Resort Fees are supposed to be for? Do you know anything about this?

Two years ago, getting into the GO pool was free for guests, $20 for non-hotel guests and $10 for guests of other Caesars hotels but now today, the website does say it's $10 for hotel guests of the Flamingo, $15 for other Caesars guests and $25 for non-guests.

This is outrageous especially since The Flamingo already charges a $25 resort fee plus tax (that fee includes internet, local calls and two passes to the fitness center.) And it might be the only hotel on the Strip that is charging its own guests to use the pool. True, this is the Flamingo's "party pool" and there is another general pool area for hotel guests to use. But still. Nothing says "We Love Our Guests!" by dinging them $10 for entering the pool.

The Flamingo's official stance on this is that guests are only charged for special events, as our reader alluded to above. Here's a Facebook comment posted by The Flamingo just the other day:

We look forward to your visit! Admission to the GO Pool is complimentary to hotel guests, however there is a $10 entry fee during special events.

The problem with this is that there is an event, or at least a DJ, happening nearly every day at the GO pool during the summer. So it's hard to tell what's a special event and what's a normal day.

We called the pool to ask them what was the deal with the charge and no one was there to pick up the phone. But we think it's safe to say if you're looking to party at the GO pool on the weekends, stuff a tenner in your bikini or board shorts just in case.

[Photo: Flamingo]

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'50 Shades! The Parody' at Bally's is Still Worth It

July 23, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

Chelsea Phillips-Reid is in the middle.

I still stand by my earlier article. Now that I’ve seen this show a couple of times, I can say this: you’re likely to have a lot of fun at this nutty musical parody of the book that’s changed our entertainment landscape in a big way, whether we want to admit it or not.

Typically, I judge a show by several factors: My initial reaction, aka how much fun I had the very first time I saw it, the setting of how I saw it, and how far along the show was in its own timeline. If I go to a media event and already know half the cast, then that is clearly a particular set of circumstances I realize will not be experienced by 99.27% of other people who see that show.

Also, I am often there for opening night or the grand opening. I’ll never do a review of the actual soft opening because that’s just mean. Performers, producers, etc. all need time to get into their roles, get used to the venue, blah, blah, blah. The thing I’ll never forget though is how genuinely excited (or not) I was after that first taste.

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New Tiki Bar Set to Open Tomorrow

Where: 3939 Spring Mountain Blvd. [map], 89102
July 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

Did someone say Mai Tai? Get ready because a new tiki bar is coming to the Vegas Valley. The Golden Tiki’s grand opening will be tomorrow July 24 at 8pm. Located on the corner of Valley View and Spring Mountain (previously Little Macau), the venue will be opened by former Hard Rock, Sony Music, and Capitol Records consultant, Branden Powers, and promises to be 4,000 square feet of exciting tiki culture.

We’ve been stalking monitoring their Facebook page for weeks now, and we are pretty excited about this place because it has potential to be a killer hang-out for both locals and tourists. Not only will the venue have amazing drinks, but they also plan on having a delicious food menu, and gaming. Oh, and they will also have a stage for live music (Hmm… that PTs up the street from this location should be very afraid. Sips tea).

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