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You're in Vegas. You need a cup of coffee (or 12) before you can even speak to another person, much less hit the tables for an early-morning craps session. You're bored with the Starbucks you'll find at just about every hotel on the Strip and want something different. We've got you covered. Monte Carlo might have local coffee roaster Sambalatte but Paris has Mon Ami Gabi and bottomless cups of Intelligentsia Coffee to kick off your day.
Mon Ami Gabi has been such a staple in Las Vegas for years that many people donít realize the restaurantís flagship location is based in Chicago. Intelligentsia Coffee originated in Chicago and has grown into a small chain of coffee shops by expanding to California and a few other states. The brand generally buys its beans directly from growers in Central America, South America, East Africa and Ethiopia to create its own unique roasts. You'll taste the difference with each sip.
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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 thatís 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 thatís 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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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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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.
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. Itís 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 thereís an option for coffee. Any coffee. For most, it's okay that thereís 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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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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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 Managerís 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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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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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 canít 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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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...
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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:
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.
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.