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Over on our sister site HotelChatter last month, they compared how the guest rooms at Four Seasons Las Vegas used to look with how they look today. If you click the hyperlinks, you'll see quite the transformation. Yet, when we got to peek at the new one-bedroom suites at the Four Seasons LV, we also got to see one of their Valley View Suites and were even more impressed.
As the name indicates, you get primo views of the Las Vegas Valley from this 1,700-square foot, one-bedroom suite as well as views of Mandalay Bay Beach. But, you also get a gorgeous dining room, an elegant workspace, a glam living area, a full-sized kitchen with a Keurig and a Nespresso machine and a to-die-for, walk-in closet. Yes, the ladies will love this suite, especially the closet.
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We joke that VegasChatter has become more like Vegas(Scaffolding)Chatter, but it's one of those yuks where you sort of grimace and shake your head as you say it. So, it's probably no surprise that seven of these eight updates involve, you guessed it, construction. Here's the latest news you can use (or not) from Las Vegas Boulevard to Fremont Street. The plus side is, no hard hat is required!
1. Work It Out For Free
We've been so focused on the tasty bites, yummy drinks and comfy outdoor patio of Four Seasons' new lobby bar, PRESS -- and with good reason, we might add -- that we failed to notice the sweet workstation set-up inside.
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In case you missed it, VegasChatter has been over-the-top impressed with PRESS, the new lounge/lobby bar/small bites restaurant/breakfast spot/early morning coffee bar/late night coffee cocktail bar/poolside retreat at the Four Seasons. It's universally a multi-purpose success. Seriously, we'd be willing to pay rent if they'd let us sleep on one of the comfy banquettes.
If coffee, hand-crafted cocktails and Baked Alaska doesn't have you convinced, there's another compelling reason to visit the Four Seasons. One that's been a staple of the resort for years, but somehow remains a lower profile restaurant in the Strip dining scene.
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Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.
Affordable indulgence. Las Vegas can gouge every penny, but occasionally can offer you a new adventure for the absolute right price. For decades a cheap, huge steak or prime-rib let you think you were beating the system. Think one dollar oysters or .99 cent shrimp cocktails. Cheap entrées to the world of an expensive entrée. And then, there are the prime indulgences. This is a city where foie gras, caviar and their ilk are available at every turn. The Cosmopolitan's Wicked Spoon buffet features bone marrow. Not long ago that would have been unthinkable. At the even more surprising off-Strip Eureka Casino, Fat Choy, sells bone marrow as a "snack" that will obsess your thoughts. Which brings us to Baked Alaska.
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The rendering above is for Press, the resort's redesigned lobby lounge that will offer both indoor and outdoor spaces. Described as featuring an "edgy decor" (uhhh...?), Press will serve up small bites, drinks and coffee throughout the day. Some of the examples cited include: Lavazza espressos, Stumptown organic roasted coffees, freshly squeezed juices, fruit cups, warm sticky buns (hee.. sorry, but you know you hee'd, too), local beers, and more.
The glass showers have been installed with care and the vanities nearly there as a $30 million dollar renovation at the Four Seasons comes closer to completion. Some rooms have already been made available but the final finishes on a
grand renovation will be officially complete this coming Saturday, December 8. Want a peek at what's new?
For starters, the picture perfect gold and white digs up top. Anyone worried about spoiling photoshop cred like that can write us their impressions from the desk of the Four Seasons:
Seasoned Four Seasons guests will want to note that the former 180 Degree Strip View Suites are now the Presidential Strip View Suites:
Four Seasons Las Vegas began posting remodeling photos on its Facebook page two weeks ago. The renovation will bring all new digs to the resort by December 8, including the addition of two new Hospitality Suites. (One of which you see under construction above.) Check out the photo gallery to see what $30 million buys you these days. And, click here to see what the rooms looked like before.
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Ask ten people what the top hotel in Vegas is and you'll likely get ten different answers. With so many choices out there, choosing what's best in Vegas is more of a personal preference. Maybe the room's basic, but the location is fab. Or, maybe what makes your fave hotel the best is that the room is a comp. Today, Conde Nast Traveler released its annual Reader's Choice Awards for the top 15 hotels in Las Vegas and while some are expected, there's a few surprises in there, too.
CNT readers voted Wynn and Encore as the number one hotel in Vegas. (Yes, we know, it's really two, but there it is.) Their second choice? Four Seasons. The rest stack up as so:
The Four Seasons has posted details on its renovation online as well as images of what's to come. Gone is the gold overload and, in its place, are rooms that are right in line with the hotel motif du jour -- a
muted "modern, contemporary style." (See above and below.)
We love to answer your questions on Vegas and we heart when you return the favor.
Yesterday, we filled you in on what we knew about upcoming renovations to the Four Seasons (very little) and asked what you had heard. It didn't take long before VegasChatter fan Andrew answered the call. Andrew has a stay booked there and relayed what he had been told:
...renovations will begin in October and are slated to finish by CES (January 2013). All the public areas including rooms, suites, and the lobby are due for a redo according to the front desk.
There's been Internet buzz about it for months. Change is coming
finally to the Four Seasons.
A renovation is much talked about by guests, with at least one reporting that they were told back in September of 2011 to expect a remodel by January of this year. (News flash: that didn't happen.) It's also openly talked about by hotel representatives themselves on travel sites like TripAdvisor. This response to a reviewer was posted just a few days ago:
A few years ago, we were flummoxed to see that of all the hotels in Las Vegas, The Staybridge Suites, a
budget upscale extended-stay chain spot without a casino, was the #1 hotel in town... according to TripAdvisor.
Fast forward a few years and TripAdvisor's rankings now make a little more sense putting Mandarin Oriental as the #1 hotel, based on guest reviews. We stayed there when it opened and it was fantastic. We keep praying our budgets will allow us to stay there again.