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For better or worse, a new shopping mall is rising on The Strip. More than a year after we uncovered the renderings for a retail space out in front of Bally's, ground has finally broken on the Grand Bazaar Shops, an open-air market modeled after the Grand Bazaar in istanbul.
According to the Associated Press, the strip mall will open next fall.
About two months ago, new renderings popped up for the Grand Bazaar showing some mosaic-tiled teepees and a few mosaic-tiled building wraps. The site also revealed a giant crystal starburst that would light up every night as if it were New Year's Eve. Every night. There are also plans to put an "interactive timepiece" out front as well.
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The trio, comprised of Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it ran at Venetian, belt out everything from Broadway standards to originals. An almost year-long run at Plaza is coming to an end, however, it's not over 'til it's over. And, in this case, it's not over, at all. Phat Pack will take to the stage at Bally's beginning next month. Pretty awesome door/window if you ask us.
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When Caesars Entertainment announced that they were rebranding and renovating the south tower at Bally’s into the Jubilee Tower, it was easy to be skeptical. The remodeled the Flamingo FAB rooms aren’t much more than lipstick on a pig with a 20-year-old bathroom that went untouched. The change from Imperial Palace to The Quad included renovations of everything except for (now?) the hotel rooms. Thankfully, Caesars treated the Jubilee Tower renovations with a little respect. The entire tower has been remodeled from the hallways to the bathrooms.
None of the signage on the casino floor points to “Jubilee Tower” yet so don’t forget this tower is also known as the “South Tower.” After a long wait for the elevators, you walk out to new carpeting throughout the room corridor. Everything feels fresh and crisp. This is how all hotels should feel -- new or
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Some of our friends scout out slot machines with low minimums. They bet only a few cents per spin, and usually only when the cocktail waitress is nearby. You’ll never find them sitting at any of the new, high-denomination machines. Others are looking for big payouts. They can’t resist the allure of a monstrous progressive jackpot and will play several bucks a spin if that’s what it takes. It’s the latter type that always reminds us of the importance of making a max bet.
Encouragement for betting big is nothing new. Slot revenue is the biggest slice of the gaming pie, accounting for nearly double what table games bring in. Casino operators, naturally, pay a lot of attention to ways they can maximize their take from machines. Penny slots get people in the seats, but today’s casinos want your dollars, not your dimes. To encourage gamblers to risk more, the bonuses on many machines are designed to offer better returns when you bet more per line and bet more lines. Customers often sit down expecting to play a few cents a spin, but quickly find themselves increasing their bet to 10, 20, or more credits per line.
Even as it attempts to move into the now with new rooms, new shows and new eats, Bally's still wants us to know that it can fling us back into the past. And, no, you don't have to travel through its
outdated retro non-working self-powered people mover to do so. Although, it would help.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal says it all happened at a quarter to six this morning. Before the gunman was subdued,
several two security guards had been hit while a good samaritan who was trying to help died from their injuries.
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It's not often we get emails (read: never) disparaging our contributors, criticizing our usefulness and humor, and boasting of how the writer can do better before delivering the equivalent of SNL's 1980 season. But, VegasChatter
lambaster reader Chris S. does have a point in that we've not touted Bally's not very widely known cheap booze and tacos deal for good reason.
Here's Chris' love letter to Tacos and Tequila (he means Tequila Bar & Grill and the tacos and booze are actually $2-$3 now, but we're big enough not to let a small thing like facts get in the way), in his own words:
It's been a while since we've had any news on the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally's Las Vegas, but thanks to the watchful eye of Vegas lover Eric G., we've been alerted to these crazy-sexy-cool (???) new renderings on the Grand Bazaar Shops website.
For starters, it look like they've replaced the mood-lit teepees with mosaic-tiled teepees as well as a few mosaic-tiled building wraps. (Clever way to hide the old Bally's, eh?)
The planned retail attractions are still the same -- over 150 shops along two acres of real estate facing Las Vegas Boulevard and along Flamingo. And, we can't forget the restaurants and bars, too.
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Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.
While previewing the fixtures, furnishings and rooftop pools of the coming Gansevoort last week, media types were given a taste of another project Caesars executives are working on. Unfortunately, Giada wasn't making our mouths water. Instead, and with little fanfare, sample bites from the upcoming BLT Steak were passed.
BLT Steak -- yes, sister to Mirage's BLT Burger -- will replace Bally's Steakhouse early next year. The advertised signature popovers were absent, but guests were treated to Tuna Tartar (dressed with soy-lime atop a tad too much avocado), Ginger Marinated Tomatoes (with Burrata cheese) and BBQ Short-Rib Sliders (with aged white cheddar and homemade pickles).
In June, Bally's execs announced that the property's South tower would be relabeled Jubilee and would feature renovated "ultra modern" accommodations. At the time, November 1 was the earliest available date for bookings, but that changed yesterday. There are now 756 redesigned rooms to crash in and each starts at $99 a night, according to a press release. While the rooms did not get any bigger, they do feature new flat-screen TVs, furniture, beds, carpeting and wall coverings as well as redesigned bathrooms, too. This, however, can not be said for the tower's suites, nor for the north tower, period. We're promised more news on the Jubilee tower's suites "later this year."
Back on the good news front, though, in-room safes are now "complimentary." We just ranted about the WTF $3 safe charge on top of the resort fee. Clearly, our work here is now done.
Sometimes, you shouldn't judge a hotel by its outside appearance. If you do, you risk missing out on something special. Casino Royale is a smoky dive, but when we checked into their Best Western Plus, we were pleasantly surprised. El Cortez is not much to look at, but its tower rooms are a great value. Unfortunately, this pattern doesn't hold true everywhere, and the outdated and bland stylings at Bally’s don’t stop at the hotel room door.
Bally’s is working on changes, but lately there has been more bad than good. This year, we've seen them tack on a resort fee and then raise it not even six months later. New rooms are on the way, but up until recently, guests were still being given rooms like this. Out front, the moving walkways haven’t been doing much moving. And, we've been waiting a long time for the Grand Bazaar to break ground, but nothing seems to be happening. Even though Bally’s isn't at the top of its game right now, this writer couldn't say no when offered a complimentary stay in one of the hotel’s north tower deluxe rooms.
Finding a place to stop and relax on the Las Vegas Strip is not always the easiest task. The hustle and bustle of Las Vegas Boulevard can be overwhelming at times, even for the most seasoned Vegas travelers. So, rather than finding refuge at the food court or on a bench in the Forum Shops, sit back, relax, and enjoy a few moments of peace and serenity at Bally's.
The long "moving" walkways (they're never turned on, anymore) out in front of Bally's go right through the heart of a little desert garden flanked by a long row of water fountains. Most simply head through the middle and wind up inside the casino, but we're telling you, go the long way and enjoy the views, because they might not be around for much longer.