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Searching For Coffee Breaks On The Strip That Won't Break The Bank

June 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (10)

While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip that’s actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.

The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.

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Cheffini’s Hot Dogs Headed To Downtown's Container Park

May 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (2)

In Downtown Vegas, a hot dog cart known for setting up shop late at night outside The Beat coffeehouse (and its $3 dogs) will soon have a permanent home a block down at the Container Park. (Don't despair, the cart will remain.)

Cheffini's Hot Dogs will expand from a cart to a container in early June (meaning any week now). The hot dog eatery will take over the space being vacated by Pork & Beans, just inside the entrance to the outdoor mall. Owners are aiming for a seamless transition. There will also be a separate walk-up coffee window called The Black Cup.

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Yes, The SLS Las Vegas Will Have A Buffet (And, A Coffee Spot)

Where: 89109
May 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (5)

While SLS Las Vegas will be a shiny, new example of Future Vegas, it won't ignore one of the time-honored traditions of a Vegas vacation -- a trip to the buffet.

When it opens on Labor Day weekend, SLS Las Vegas will debut The SLS Buffet. Guests can expect everything from fresh doughnuts and dessert shots to Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese and wood-grilled selections within a setting meant to reflect "cabin chic" which is what you get (obviously) when you combine antler chandeliers and SLS.

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Monte Carlo, Sambalatte And The $6.50 Steampunk

May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (12)

The original location of Sambalatte in Summerlin serves one of the best cups of coffee you'll have anywhere in Las Vegas. It's a little more expensive than some of the chains, but each cup is handcrafted by pouring filtered water over your choice of freshly ground beans. This single cup brew is a unique sip. No two cups will taste exactly the same. It’s worth paying a little more for such attention to detail. Yes, a cup of coffee can cause us to wax poetic.

The hotels on the Vegas Strip are often more concerned with simply making sure there’s an option for coffee. Any coffee. For most, it's okay that there’s little care put into making a cup. But, that's not true with everyone. When MGM Resorts announced Sambalatte would be opening its third location at Monte Carlo, this coffee lover was a little excited. The Vegas Strip was finally getting a coffee shop worth leaving another hotel for to get the day started.

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Sambalatte And BLVD Creamery Debut At Monte Carlo

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Monte Carlo's Strip-side transformation is complete with the official openings of Sambalatte and BLVD Creamery set for tomorrow, Thursday, May 1.

Both venues, offering walk-up entrances right off Las Vegas Boulevard, were hosting employee previews when we swung by this afternoon. Ask a tourist what a Sambalatte is and you'll probably get a bit of head scratchin', but mention it to a local and you'll receive an enthusiastic, "SAMBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA."

The Las Vegas chain is well-respected for its coffee skillz and Monte Carlo's location marks its third in the city. And, it's an expansive one, offering not one but two Strip-side entrances as well as a third entry point just off the property's casino floor.

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The 6Cs of The Cromwell: Champagne, Caviar, Cocktails, Coffee, Cotton Candy and Cosmetics

March 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (7)

Rendering of The Cromwell's facade.

Last week, we told you The Cromwell is bestowing special perks on its hotel guests. Now, we have more details on how, as our sister site HotelChatter put it, every guest will be the best guest at the hotel. We're calling them the 6Cs. For now, at least. These services and perks can and will change throughout the year.

Champagne & Caviar: The General Manager’s Reception will now happen every Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a reserved gaming space of the Cromwell's casino. According to Karie Hall, the general manger of The Cromwell, the fare will be seasonal so, when the hotel opens, the reception will feature champagne and caviar. The cocktail hour will also give guests the opportunity to get ideas on what to do during their stay and even interact with some execs from Caesars Entertainment.

Cocktails: We're also hearing that a super special cocktail menu will be created for The Cromwell by a seriously legit, award-winning mixologist whose name is still under wraps. (No, it's not Doug Coughlin.)

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In-Room Coffee Is On The Way Out At The D, Golden Gate

Where: 89101
February 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM | by | Comments (9)

At the D, guests who can't function without that morning cup of java will now need to head downstairs to grab some, or bring their own coffeemaker.

We've confirmed that the downtown hotel is removing all of its in-room Keurig machines and that there are no plans to replace them with something else right now. Guests will need to head to D Grill or McDonald's to get their caffeine fix if they don't want to bring a travel coffeemaker with them to Vegas.

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Cheap Buys To Make Your Next Stay In Vegas (Or Anywhere Else) Better

July 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (10)

As VegasChatter continues to introduce you to new members of our team, this is a name you'll probably recognize -- whether you're a frequent visitor to our site or keep track of Vegas on various message boards. If there's an opinion to be shared on Vegas or news to impart, you can bet on @sammasseur to deliver it. Now, he moves from commenter to contributor and we couldn't be more pleased.

The great thing about visiting Las Vegas is the ability to indulge in things you can’t do elsewhere. But, the comforts of home can be missed, too. In a time when resorts are cutting back on amenities along with housekeeping efforts, a few inexpensive gadgets can greatly enhance your stay while protecting your health. Be it the necessity of a caffeine fix or the need for a clean breath of air, here are 10 ways to pamper yourself (and avoid future headaches) on your next vacation.

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The Cup Shutters at Crystals

May 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

With three Starbucks and a Roasted Bean all within a few minutes walk, it wasn't hard to see where this one was going. Crystals' original coffee shop, The Cup, has folded.

Recently, CityCenter debuted three new Starbucks and one was just a short escalator ride away from The Cup. (It replaced the closed Pods by Wolfgang Puck.) Another Starbucks opened inside Aria (where you can find the Roasted Bean as well) while a third now can be found alongside the Strip, just in front of Mandarin Oriental.

And, that's not counting the Starbucks you can find next door at Monte Carlo. Or, the coffee you can order up at the Jean Philippe Patisseries you can find inside both Aria and Bellagio. Or, the cup of Joe you can grab at Va Bene Caffe inside The Cosmo. Or...

(PHOTO: @daynaroselli on Twitter)

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Eight New Things To See, Try In Vegas

March 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

The excitement level is high.

Thought your Vegas to-do list was all set? Maybe. Maybe not. There are eight new dining and show options to explore. Some on The Strip, some downtown. Some recommended. One decidedly not. Listed below are the venues and acts hoping for your consideration:

TWIN PEAKS

Open: Now (Full lunch/dinner service begins on March 6)

This chain restaurant has official put out the breasts welcome mat. The first Vegas locale of Twin Peaks opened at 5 p.m. in Harmon Corner (next to Planet Hollywood) tonight. Head here for cold brews, rock climbing walls, and scantily clad LumberJills.

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The Best Part of Waking Up? VegasChatter's Guide to In-Room Coffee

March 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (11)

We know that Starbucks are practically a dime a dozen these days in Vegas hotels thus ensuring we never have to go without strong caffeine during our trip, but... sometimes that morning java trip can be long. First, there's the walk from your room to the elevator. Then you have to make your way out of the elevator lobby through the casino full of distractions before finally arriving at Starbucks where you have to wait in a decent-sized line. Wouldn't it be nicer just to have the coffee readily available in your room without having to place a room service order?

Fortunately, many casinos are hip to the one-cup coffee craze from Keurig and other brands. But, it's near impossible to track down who offers what in what rooms and what tower and for how much. But, never fear. That's why we're here.

Here's our first-ever Guide to In-Room Coffee. We've listed the properties that we know for certain offer coffee in the rooms and for how much. If the hotel you're looking for is not on the list, it probably doesn't have in-room coffee. Got any coffee tips to share? Tell us in comments below and we'll update it in our story.

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Who Has The Best Casino Coffee?

February 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (5)

Coffee is a vital part of our day at a casino. In the morning, it warms the soul and prepares us for the day. Coffee in the afternoon can give the push to get us past the post-lunch drag and a late night cup may offer the punch we need to see the sun rise.

Venetian and Palazzo have at least six coffee shops to buy Illy, Coffee Bean and Lavazza coffee and there are Starbucks popping up quicker than CeeLo's puppets. That's great when we're walking around, but not so helpful when in the zone at the blackjack table or while having a mega video poker session.

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