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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.
Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.
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Over the weekend, headliner Jeff Civillico from the Imperial Linq Quad Palace (as he likes to put it) hosted a charity fundraiser for his Win-Win Entertainment organization. The group hooks up entertainers with good causes such as performing shows in children’s hospitals.
Win-Win’s Headliner Bash featured an array of Vegas stars and reminded us of just why we loved some of them. One of the standout performances was from Human Nature (pictured above), the Aussie Motown group who perform at Venetian. When it comes to amazing vocals, these guys are some of the best in Vegas. Their pitch-perfect harmonies and a capella skills are truly impressive. After performing a Motown standard, the group moved to Christmas music from their “Christmas Album” and reminded guests of their upcoming holiday themed shows. If you hadn't heard, their Christmas, Motown and More show runs December 12-24.
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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
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Fulton Street? Street food? Food hall? Even the name of the newest creative culinary experience at Harrah’s is a little confusing. What exactly is Fulton Street Food Hall? All of the above and so much more is what we’ve deduced so far. After sampling a wide variety of the options at this venue (yes, we’ll call it a venue for now), we are suitably impressed, but feel we should give you a detailed lowdown so you'll be better prepared for your first visit.
Fulton is not a traditional food court nor is it a quite a cafeteria or a buffet, but rather a weird hybrid of the three, kind of like an a la carte buffet. But, then again, it does have a sit-down restaurant component, too, open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. And, a sushi bar, a noodle bar, and a bar bar, too. Oh, don’t forget the self-serve fro-yo station. Or, the bakery case up front. We’re also told there will be a mini-bulk candy station coming soon so it will have a bit of Sugar Factory's essence thrown in because why not?
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Harrah's says it's not a food court, but if it looks like a food court and serves like a food court...
The round-the-clock Fulton Street Food Hall -- termed as a marketplace and to-go cafe by execs and being hailed as a Strip first -- has been described, to us at least, as something akin to what you'd find in a Whole Foods as far as quality and set-up. Guests order what they wish from a range of options and stations and then head to one central register (for the most part) to check-out. Think of it as upscale fast-casual, if you will. However you reference it, the dining experience is now open to all.
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The Strip of today is not the Strip of tomorrow. And, when we say tomorrow, we don't just mean the near|distant future, we mean tomorrow tomorrow.
On-going construction continues to bring us a slightly different Vegas each day. Last week, we checked up on six different projects, from the tear-down of a never-completed resort to a casino remodel. The 18 photos below, snapped by Greg C. and @paperposter, were captured between August 19 and August 22. So, yeah, expect five of these projects to be slightly more advanced today.
At The Harmon, the latest phase of a year-long demolition brings a crane and black barrier drapes. The condo-hotel never opened due to construction errors.
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A Facebook fan page for Las Vegas lounge lizard extraordinaire, Cook E. Jarr, is reporting the singer is about to hang up the mic. His last day at Harrah's is being reported as August 27. That leaves today, August 20, next Tuesday, August 26 and next Wednesday, August 27 as possibly your very last chances to see him.
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It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.
The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:
I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.
It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.
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The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.
Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.
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In December, we told you how the aging resort was betting big on a casino floor revamp. One month later, we filled you in on plans for a new fast-casual dining experience that would replace Ming's Table and The Cafe at Harrah's.
In Vegas, rooms with a view often come at a premium and that's now the case for two hotels closest to the city's newest attraction, The High Roller observation wheel (which all happen to be owned by the same company).
VegasChatter fan @strong2us sent us a note to let us know that High Roller View room categories have now sprung to life:
As predicted a month or so ago on Vegas Chatter, it's happened! I booked a room in October at Harrah's and they now charge $10 more per night for a "High Roller View King Room." Even more for 2 queens or a premium room with the "view." Just thought you'd want to know it happened! Most likely at all the bordering CET properties.
The High Roller is open and has forever changed the Vegas skyline. With this new addition comes a new crop of Las Vegas tourists eager to get a good view of the new attraction. While it can be seen from many parts of The Strip, readers are asking which hotel rooms have the best view of the world's tallest observation wheel.
So far, VegasChatter reader strong2us has reported that the rooms in the back of Harrah’s (touted to have “mountain views”) have a clear line of sight to the High Roller. Another VegasChatter reader, Al D., reported having a great view from the 25th floor of Harrah’s. Here are the daytime and nighttime shots he sent as proof: