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Alexis Park Resort is a Bona Fide Off-Strip Marvel

Where: 375 E Harmon Ave [map], 89169
July 9, 2015 at 8:10 PM | by | ()

It can be very exciting when you stumble upon something so great that you wonder “How did I not know about this before?” Lately this writer has been happening upon several of those minor miracles. Like a weekly series of “Boozy Movies” where you can enjoy cult hits for the price of a cocktail. A $20 massage spa that shall remain my secret. And Alexis Park All-Suite Resort...a true, genuine, absolute wonder. The fact that we haven't mentioned it at length since 2010 should give you an idea of just how hidden this gem is.

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Checking Into (and Maybe Out of) Those 'WTF Rooms' in Vegas

June 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM | by | ()

No, this is not a prison...

Recently we ran a warning piece on Manor Motor Lodge, a relatively-revolting collection of motel structures behind the main towers of Circus Circus. We alerted readers not to fall for the “Five Dollar Catch” and avoid these rooms, which operate as part of the main resort.

There are several other Vegas hotels with similar “WTF” rooms. You may have already (and unwittingly) reserved one of them for an upcoming trip. Let’s look at a few and see if you might enjoy their quirky charms--or if you should run in the other direction.

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Tuscany Suites' New Resort Fee is Almost as Much as Their Room Rate

May 26, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

Tuscany Suites, which bills itself as "the best kept secret of Las Vegas," has been hiding a secret of its own--its recently hiked up resort fee.

Previously, the fee was $17 but it's now been bumped up to $24 a night, not including tax. With tax, it's $26.88 a night. That fee is almost as much as the hotel's room rate which is $35 a night tomorrow.

Supposedly the fee includes parking, laundry, pool and fitness center use, in-room coffee machine and safe, and in-room WiFi. But there are reports on TripAdvisor that there is a pay option for WiFi as well.

We think Tuscany Suites should just double their room rates and then advertise that they've done away with resort fees. That might get them more business instead.

[Photo: Tuscany Suites/Facebook]

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'Mondays Dark' Belongs On Your Vegas Radar

Where: 4455 Paradise Rd. [map], 89169
January 5, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

The lady behind me at the Tix4Tonight kiosk sounded disappointed as she gazed at the listings on the monitor. “Jeff Civillico's comedy show is dark? He must be spooky like Criss Angel". Chuckling slightly, I turned around and explained that “dark” is lingo to indicate when a show is “off” for the night. Maybe, I should have saved a chuckle for myself, because that's when this writer finally realized why a certain monthly event goes by the name of Mondays Dark.

You see, for many Vegas productions, Monday is typically the “dark” day. As weekend visitors return home and hotels empty out, show performers and crews typically start their own “weekend.” But, for some entertainers, the desire to keep performing is strong. Mark Shunock, a lead in Venetian’s Rock of Ages, had the idea to channel that extra energy into something new: a gathering of fellow Vegas performers for regularly scheduled spontaneity-fueled variety shows with proceeds donated to Vegas charities. And, that’s how Mondays Dark began.

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Don’t Forget This Low Rollers' Paradise, Bro

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | ()

If we ask you to name the top destinations on The Strip for some low stakes gambling, what would you come up with? This writer would fire back Casino Royale before the question mark even makes it out. Pressed for more, I’d name the new O’Sheas, The Quad, and maybe Riviera. All fine picks for a gambler on a budget, but there’s a big one missing from my list. And, as a self-professed low roller, I’m ashamed to admit that I forgot about Slots A Fun.

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You'll Never Believe What An Extra $10 Gets You At El Cortez

Where: 600 E Fremont St [map], 89101
June 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

Want a great blackjack game, some cheap eats, or an unusual casino promo? El Cortez is your spot.

What if you’re looking for a place to get some rest and want something upscale and modern? We’re guessing El Cortez doesn’t immediately come to mind. The hotel at El Cortez is mostly made up of older rooms that come with low rates. We’ve reviewed their tower rooms in the past and, while we wouldn’t describe them as upscale or modern, they are well-maintained and a great value. If you’re more interested in boutique than bargain, you may be surprised to discover what a difference $10 can make when booking a room here. This writer certainly was after a recent two-night stay.

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The Best Drink Special On The Strip?

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM | by | ()

The suits in the executive offices of the Riviera have seemingly been working on more than tying that perfect windsor knot in under four minutes. Some old spaces have been shuttered, one more than once. But, in other areas of the casino, everything old is new again.

After giving the theater a refresh, they've doo-wopped the entertainment lineup, adding Motown acts and mo'. The ol' casino lounge, Le Bistro? New again. And, the Riviera will be buddying up with the spawn of those Pawn Stars come April. Of course, Girls still be Crazy at the Riv and Men are getting into the act Experience now, too.

The best recent news to come out of the Riviera PR machine for us? An announcement of the Riviera's 3-2-1 drink special which may just be the best on the Strip, happy hour be damned.

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At Silver Sevens, Do The Old Rooms Really Beat The New?

Where: 4100 Paradise Road [map], 89169
February 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM | by | ()

During our last night at Silver Sevens, we found the new Premium rooms to be well-appointed and an overall great value. The Premium rooms are the most recently renovated at the hotel, so we were surprised to learn that they go for the same rate as the older Tower rooms. Even more surprising was the discovery that Tower rooms often sell out well before Premium accommodations. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, this writer booked a two-night stay.

My Silver Sevens Tower room was just $30 per night on the weekdays I selected. Even with the $3 resort fee, a room for under $35 is hard to beat. Checking in was a breeze, just as during my last visit. After receiving my keys, I once again had to request and then wait as my free coffee vouchers were retrieved from a back room. This is despite the fact that they are clearly advertised as being included in the resort fee, and also despite the fact that the free coffee is pretty lousy. As I sipped my cup of lukewarm swill (I’m determined to get full value whenever I’m gouged with a resort fee), I headed through the maze of blinding slot machines towards the Tower elevators. While further away from registration than most of the Premium rooms, they are still a very short walk.

The first thing I noticed as I entered my fourth floor room was the carpet. It was worn and dirty. The Premium room which I occupied during my last stay had attractive carpeting which appeared to be very new. Here, I found a threadbare and stained floor that made the decision to leave my shoes on easy. Strike one for the Tower.

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Don't Forget To Throw Your Singles At Bally's (Or Not)

Where: 89109
October 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | ()

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:

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Surviving Five Nights At Gold Coast’s $10 Buffet

Where: 4000 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
October 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

With so many great dining options available in Las Vegas, the restaurants at Gold Coast don’t usually garner much attention. The 24-hour T.G.I. Fridays is handy after finishing up some late night bowling, but is otherwise unremarkable. Ping Pang Pong, a Chinese restaurant that is worth going out of your way for, is likely the casino’s most popular place to dine. Both are much better choices than the Ports O’ Call buffet which is where this writer ate dinner for five consecutive nights during a recent stay.

“Why would you do that to yourself?,” you may ask. A good question and one I was not prepared to answer when I checked into one of Gold Coast’s premium rooms. I had booked five nights, Sunday through Thursday, using an offer that included a $10 dining credit for each night. It seemed like a great deal when I made the reservation. I looked forward to trying out a few dishes at Ping Pang Pong, hitting the Noodle Exchange, and perhaps even getting some of those delicious baby backs at Fridays. My cuisine dreams were shattered, however, when I was informed that the dining credit was only valid at the buffet. Up until this point, I didn’t even know Gold Coast had a buffet, but that’s where I would be heading.

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Checking Into A Tower Room At Downtown's El Cortez

Where: 600 E Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM | by | ()

Earlier this year, we suggested 10 things you should know about Downtown's El Cortez. While the loose slots and cheap table games in the casino are favorites among locals, El Cortez has also been welcoming out-of-towners to its hotel for more than 70 years. This writer recently took a ride up the elevator and explored a room in the hotel’s 1980 tower expansion.

As a frequent visitor to the El Cortez casino, I knew this wouldn't be a luxury resort. This place is old. So old that it has landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Even so, I've never had a bad time when visiting. When I need a break from the pretentiousness that can be overwhelming at Strip resorts, El Cortez is always there as a beacon of humility. After discovering that Tower rooms were on sale for just over $20 on weekdays, I jumped at the chance to spend a couple nights.

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Checking Into The Casino Royale's Best Western Plus

Where: 3411 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
September 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM | by | ()

"Point Frenzy, Point Frenzy, POINT FRENZY!

If you've passed by the front of Casino Royale, you have no doubt heard this exhilarating pitch attempting to lure you inside. Amid the propositions of $1.99 foot-longs and dollar Michelob Lights which effuse across The Strip towards The Mirage, a female voice beckons you to join the players club and get in on bonus points being thrown around so freely the only way to describe the proceedings is with the aforementioned term. The siren song is difficult to escape; even the neighboring Harrah’s food court offers no refuge. While booking a stay at Casino Royale’s Best Western Plus hotel, this writer couldn't help but wonder if a full night of lying in bed listening to a endless point frenzy promotion was in store.

I had known for years that Casino Royale contained a hotel, but had never seen it. Nor had I met anyone who could tell me about it, let alone spent a night inside. I suspected the hotel was just behind the second-story windows placed above the casino’s Strip entrance. Had this been the case, the non-stop loop of hot dog offers and Blackjack Switch ads would have been impossible to avoid. Fortunately, the hotel is located further back and I left the sounds behind as I moved beyond the casino.

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