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For the general public, there's one part of the D's transformation that still screams WTF (standing for, in this case, what the Fitz). It's that
shabby vintage McD's off its main Fremont Street Experience entrance. (For guests, there's also those halls and that pool, at least for now.)
In downtown Vegas, (just about) everything old is new again at our choice for best new reopening of 2012. But, we've wondered -- will the D's McD's be a part of its expansive remodel? Perhaps, at least a revamp into a Metro McDonald's?
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Once upon a time, there was a hotel and casino called Fitzgeralds. And now, there isn't. The end.
But, actually, it's just the beginning because the hotel formerly known as Fitzgeralds is now the D Las Vegas. And, a lot more has changed than its name.
The green? Gone. The leprechauns? Gone. And, in the ultimate "F you" to this former downtown Las Vegas hotel, all the Fs are gone, too. Ten thousand Fs to be exact. That's a whole lot of Fs! (We've only had one F. In junior year Spanish. We were never very good with foreign languages).
Have $25,000 and an eBay account?
If so, you can start your own Neon Boneyard this week. Owners of the D, formerly Fitzgeralds, are selling its iconic neon rainbow sign on eBay. There are only four days remaining for you to make an offer. Please be awesome, because one offer has already been turned down.
This is the original Fitzgeralds sign that hung over the Fremont Street entrance and stands 10 feet tall and 30 feet wide (the Shamrock is 10 feet tall while letters are 4 feet tall). The sign is said to be in "perfect working condition complete with transformers."
The Fremont Street hotel rebranded itself as the D back in March. (Catch up on what the name means here.) Since then, new table felts have gone in while the property's iconic rainbow and lucky coins have been removed (find the coins at the Neon Museum). Now, another piece of the Fitz is about to be cashed out.
Fitz casino chips will be taken off the casino floor on August 14th so you only have a few weeks to
ask someone to pick some up for you stack them up one last time. The hotel says that some limited edition chips will also be in play:
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The rainbow might be extinguished, but one of Fitzgerald's Fremont Street legacies that lives on under the D name and exterior is the Vue Bar. The bar's patio overlooks Fremont providing a unique angle to people watch, take in the Fremont Street Experience, and spy zipliners. In fact, in our first downtown guide we pointed the less adventurous in your ziplining group toward Vue to snag a few photos while they drank your arrival.
Anyone who hasn't seen past the dancing dealers to make their way upstairs at the D still might not reach the patio. There's a little distraction called Sigma Derby (now open) that can get in the way. There's also coin-operated slot machines. A summer lobster palooza & bbq boneorama. For the record, yes, we included that last one just to say boneorama.
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When we were last at the casino we noticed the placement of a high limit sign towards the back of the casino. Under that sign, we only noticed a couple .25 cent Top Dollar slot machines. Fast forward two months and the same .25 cent machines are still located in the same area by the high limit sign.
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The D Las Vegas is currently undergoing a complete room overhaul, burning (we hope) those old Fitzgerald's patterned bedcovers and floral drapes and installing new chic decor like crisp white bed linens with red accent blankets, flat-screen TVs and modern dressers and desks.
Yet while we wait for these sexy rooms to open up to the general public, (supposedly they are to be released in phases starting this month), it looks like no one really cares what room they get this Saturday as the hotel is completely sold-out for Cinco de Mayo.
However, there are rooms available for Friday night at $89 while on Sunday and all next week rooms at The D can be had for just $29. Typically, weekend rates are a little more at $69. Heh.
So The D is bringing the sexy back in all ways, not just the foot fetishy ways.
Have you stayed at The D recently? What did you think? Let us know in comments below!
We've already filled you in on how the D is the Fitz is the D, but we're happy to report that what you see is also what you get now, too.
When the D first launched its snazzy website, thed.com, it featured beautiful photos of its new rooms -- except, those weren't the accommodations guests were actually receiving. Now, a photo of the current rooms has been added:
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The D isn't quite the D yet. While there's been a big PR push, the awning on the casino still reads Fitzgeralds. The door handles are still the classic Fitzgeralds "F"'s and, until yesterday, the players club booth was still Club Fitz. The D players club takes over this week. The announcement of the D changeover may have been premature, but it's well underway.
What's happening over at the
Fitz D is fantastic. But, while things will change there almost every week, it's best to remember that the D is still more like the Fitz. Right now, at least.
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Ok, first. Yeah, get a load of the new Fitzgeralds. We mean, the D. We finally can confirm the D. And, it's lowercase "the" like theHOTEL, but with a space. the D Las Vegas, officially. The D Las Vegas, grammatically. But, we digress.
With today's announcement of the new name came new glimpses of the new brand to come, from the exterior image above (featuring a new still-to-come outdoor bar as well as go-go dancers.. and a couple who are really lovin' the new downtown) to swank new rooms (pillow-top mattresses, flat screens, and WiFi, anyone?).
Fitzgeralds is planning to announce its new name
tomorrow later today, but the Internet -- like always -- is all knowing.
Thanks to VegasChatter contributor Denver Gambler, we've long suspected that the new name for the Fitz would be The D. And a quick Google search has now yielded pretty definitive proof:
ABOUT US A whole new way to play! Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel is now the D Las Vegas. Our vision will...
The video itself is
labeled as private. Until tomorrow, we're guessing now available for viewing and has been embedded below. We've got a chat set with majority owner and CEO Derek Stevens this morning and will bring you his visions for the new hotel, and the new downtown, later in the day.