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Resort Fees / Flamingo / Bally's / The Quad / → All Tags
On The Strip, good things come to those who wait. But, at a cost.
The Quad is about to finally start remodeling those rooms. Flamingo will soon be at the center of the new center Strip, flanked by The Linq and The Cromwell. Bally's has new accommodations and a revamped Jubilee as well as a
brave bazaar new world on the way. And, don't forget the rumor that WiFi is coming to each property, too.
Construction / Openings / The Cromwell / Caesars Entertainment / Drai's Beach Club / Giada's / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / → All Tags
The gaping hole in The Cromwell (almost Gansevoort, formerly Bill's or Barbary Coast depending how far back you want to go) is finally disappearing while Bally's is smoothing things over as it moves toward construction of its Grand Bazaar.
A visit to The Strip and Flamingo on Tuesday found workers still hoisting pieces of The Cromwell into place. The once aging property was completely gutted and is being re-imagined into a "boutique" hotel. On the property's northwest corner, Giada de Laurentiis' second-floor restaurant continues to take shape. Once a cavernous pit, exterior drywall is now up complete with holes for windows, providing passersby with a better idea of the views it will offer. Meantime, on The Cromwell's south-facing facade, black awning is now starting to appear above guestroom windows.
Closings / Phat Pack / Bally's / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
Critic fave Phat Pack have found themselves without a home.
The show, put on by three former Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it headlined the Venetian, debuted at downtown's Plaza back in late 2012. It spent about a year there before a new window of opportunity opened at Bally's in December of last year. The group took to Facebook on February 1, however, to let fans know their time there had already come to an end:
We're not sure how to best do this so we're going to take the Band-Aid approach and get the jolt to your system over quickly.
This is how you likely remember the entrance to Bally's:
And this is how it looked as of this past Monday:
It's ok. Just breathe. There you go. Easy does it.
As you just saw, construction on the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops has leveled the entire Strip-side promenade in front of Bally's. Palm trees, fountains, much of the (non)moving sidewalk, those
weird lighted pillars and that much photographed Bally's sign are all gone now. The worst part may be seeing those neon letters just carelessly strewn on the ground.
The photo galleries below denote the before and after. Our @sammasseur documented the destruction on Monday morning while VegasChatter friend and photographer extraordinaire Greg Clarke sent us photos and even a video, too, of the entrance as it once was. An entrance that had been around since about 1994, according to Greg.
Construction chaos comes to Bally’s as they clean up and prepare for the Grand Bazaar Shops. The never-working moving walkway is officially closed. The escalator entrance on the casino floor has been boarded up. (Side note: most probably didn't even know they were there.) Outside there are signs and barricades blocking people from attempting to walk through the neon walkway. To enter Bally’s, you must now walk the paths next to the walkway.
The walkway has spray paint markings all over to note where work will need to happen. The fountains have all been turned off. It’s fairly desolate between the hotel and street. A couple security guards posted outside wouldn’t be the worst idea. Creepers and thieves could still hide in the existing shrubbery which will eventually be removed for kiosks.
Construction / Renovations / Openings / Bill's Gamblin' Hall And Saloon / Bally's / Future Vegas / Vegas Transformations / → All Tags
The Vegas of tomorrow is changing rapidly with construction projects not just limited to the interiors of resorts, anymore. It won't be long before the Vegas of today will only be found in archival searches of Vegas past. Future Vegas isn't here quite yet, but its construction is.
One of the more dramatic changes will be found at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo where, on one side, Bill's (for lack of a better moniker) still sits gutted this week as construction workers transform the aging property into a swank, new boutique while, across the way, workers have begun to remove the Strip-side frontage of Bally's to make way for a sprawling outdoor
VegasChatter's @sammasseur captured these images on Monday of two properties in transition. At Bally's, workers have started to dig up large sections of sidewalk and plantings, too. Pedestrian access has been blocked to the resort's (non) moving sidewalks both on The Strip as well as inside the hotel. You'll find a bit of quiet Vegas has been lost with foot traffic blocked from entering parts of the landscaped area out front. Sam tells us that guests trying to get to the Strip from Bally's must walk out the valet entrance and take the stairs towards the sidewalk on Flamingo or walk through the south side of the gardens (at least until that's closed, too, anyways).
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.
Vegas Residencies / Vegas Moves / Shows / Entertainment / Phat Pack / Plaza / Bally's / Windows Showroom / → All Tags
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.
VegasChatter Reviews / Vegas Observations / Bally's / Jubilee Tower / Renovations / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
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
Vegas For Beginners / Gambling / Slot Machines / Slots / Jackpots / Bally's / → All Tags
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.
Shooting / Bally's / Drai's / → All Tags
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.