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A year ago, we culled a list of 15 spots, surprisingly, still open. A list partial tongue-in-cheek, partial kudos and a whole lotta shock. In drafting a 2013 follow-up, if
Mr. Pappagiorgio hadn't taken a vacation and we'd published just two weeks ago, we would've looked like bonafide geniuses. Goretorium and Heraea are two spots that would've topped the list and have just shut their doors. The Las Vegas Zoo may have even made the cut if we'd looked far enough away from The Strip and downtown. Timing is everything, after all. But, we're up to a challenge and are ready to callout less easy pickin's.
While complaints about its neighbor to the south, The Quad, are frequently found in the VegasChatter in-box, we rarely hear about sister property, Harrah's. Recently, VC reader Tony shared his tale of terror regarding a stay at The Quad, but he also spent some time on the other side of Carnaval Court as a guest of Harrah's.
Where The Quad was a horror, Tony loved his accommodation at Harrah's, calling it "great," "clean as hell" and "exactly the way a room should be." Being given free play didn't hurt Tony's impressions, either. He also gave high marks to the staff, saying everyone was "friendly to the MAX." Another plus for Tony? A fab view of The Mirage's volcano, although, dirty windows made it a bit hard to photograph.
Have you ever stayed at Harrah's? What were your experiences? Tell fellow readers why they should or shouldn't give it a try down below.
(PHOTO: Carl F. on Foursquare, Tony L.)
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With the 2013 World Series of Poker's Main Event now airing weekly for two hours on ESPN and a 24/7 Poker Entertainment Network scheduled to debut in December, one could be tempted to say that interest in the game is up this week. Patrons of at least one Las Vegas casino may beg to differ after the closure of its decent sized poker room.
In what seems to becoming a monthly trend we again poke our heads around Vegas card rooms to stay up-to-date on the poker scene.
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Among the quieter amenities in Las Vegas are the various free hotel shuttles that ferry guests to and from the Strip, McCarran Airport, and a few other points along the way. While they may not be the most popular of Vegas pastimes, these shuttles can erase worries over getting long-hauled or simply figuring out directions.
These shuttles, in general, are intended for guests of a specific hotel-casino, though, drivers will often allow non-hotel guests to board, if there is room. While they may not be as frequent as the city's public transportation options or as quick as a taxi or rental car, they can be an awesome way to chat with visitors and locals and, possibly, find a new Vegas fave.
So, just where can you go on a hotel shuttle in Vegas? We highlight what's offered by Boyd Gaming and Caesars Entertainment below. Several other free shuttle routes include stops at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, and additional areas of interest. Also, a number of the chain properties offer airport and Strip shuttles including select La Quintas, Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, etc. (And, an interesting note to keep at the back of your mind, sometimes those shuttle can be utilized by reward members, even if they aren't hotel guests. The best thing to do is call and ask.)
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This is room 858 in the Carnival Tower of Harrah's and this is what it looked like when guest, Wendy, and her husband checked-in over fourth of July weekend. Yup, just like that. Remote control on the bed, instead of on the desk or the nightstand, and pillows skew. As Mama Bear would say, "Who's been sleeping in my bed?"
Wendy wrote a lengthy email to us about the issues with her stay, that included this housekeeping fail and some seriously noisy neighbors. In the interest of saving you time, we're pulling out choice bits of Wendy's Vegas Rant. Starting with what happened when Wendy phoned downstairs to express her displeasure and the front desk agent who apparently could care less.
"She raised her voice with me, spoke very rudely to me, and instead of apologizing said that the ‘Room was clean and she would send a maid to straighten the bed.’ She barely let me get a word in before she was raised her voice with me and was speaking over the top of me. We left the room, and yes, when we returned, the bed was straightened, but that did nothing to ease my mind that someone hadn’t still been ‘hanging out’ in the room prior to our arrival."
This housekeeping snafu aside, Wendy and her husband decided to stick with the room. But, over the course of their stay (July 3-July 6), Wendy had to call security three times to have them quiet down the folks in the room next to her room. (Incidentally, if security needs to be called three times, then the hotel has the right to evict that guest.) Wendy and her husband were offered a different room to stay in, but felt that they shouldn't be inconvenienced. Now, cue unsympathetic front desk:
I was greeted by Mark (Front Desk Lead), and instead of listening, and lending me a sympathetic ear, he told me that ‘He didn’t have sympathy for me because he has lived in hotels and apartments and it comes with the territory’. That is the WRONG answer to give to a hotel guest. I am a paying customer, and I am not paying to be disturbed every moment that I am in my room trying to sleep. YES, I understand that it is Las Vegas, however, common courtesy still applies for ALL hotel guests. He offered to change my room, but why should I change MY room when I am not the one doing anything wrong?
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In our last segment of Sip or Pour, we took you through two of our favorite spots on the south end of The Strip. As we continue to feature some must-hit bars, we thought to share two spots closer to the north end. Hope you enjoy!
For "Sip," we like to highlight great spots you can chill out at and linger a while. This time around, we take you to The Mirage which is undergoing several venue changes, but its most popular lounge is still running strong. Rhumbar is a laid-back, Miami-style, indoor/outdoor mojito and cigar lounge with a great collection of rum. (Big surprise, we know.)
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With April Fool's Day being so anticipated and expected these days, it's hard to play a proper prank -- something that was obvious to anyone who followed along with the mainstream news last week.
Companies made their best attempts at corporate humor. Google pretended they were introducing a few new products, such as Google Nose -- a joke that fell flat on its face. We also saw other phony products and services such as pizza-flavored Tic-Tacs, glass-bottom planes, and promises of good-looking delivery boys. Um? Then we have juvenile stuff like this floating around YouTube which had us scratching our head. Is this really the best we've got?
The saving grace is that Vegas, in particular Caesars Entertainment, is celebrating humor (or the lack thereof) all month long in the form of discounts to comedy shows and performances. Here's a roundup of the deals so you can see which tickle your funny bone most:
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Harrah’s has a reputation for mediocrity and that’s with good reason, it's not a five-star resort. That mediocrity leads to it being overlooked when people are in search of a place to stay on The Strip. While the casino is often smoky and hotel rooms are nothing special, we always end up having great service here. Being Diamond Level with Total Rewards doesn’t hurt, either. Last week, we decided to spend our last night as a Diamond player at Harrah’s because of the spectacular service in the past.
Checking into the hotel was quite a feat. The reservations system was out of order so we were instructed to come back later. The Diamond Lounge was opened early so there was somewhere to hang out in case it wasn’t time to gamble. For this writer, it was time for a complimentary beer.
The Diamond Lounge staff notified us when the reservation system was up and running which timed out perfectly with the end of our brew. Unfortunately, we learned that our reservation was made for the night before by accident. The attendant said to give him 20 minutes to see if he could wrangle up a room. Lo and behold, he did. And, it wasn’t just a room -- it was an executive suite on the top floor with a south view of The Strip!
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Caesars Entertainment began charging resort fees on March 1. They haven't released detailed information on the resort fees so we've had to do a little exploring on exactly who will pay resort fees and what we will get.
Nobody will argue that resort fees stink, but the Caesars resort fees aren't as bad as many initially thought. Why? Because not everyone will pay a resort fee. Caesars is "rewarding" their bigger players by waiving the charge. Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status won't have to pay a resort fee.
The resort fees at Caesars include only three items: local calls, fitness center and "Internet service for one device." According to a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson, this is what customers demanded. Many of us look at resort fees as the cost for WiFi since we don't bother with the local calls or fitness center. Well, the resort fees at the Caesars properties don't exactly include that.
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There's a whole lot of of nostalgia and shakin' going on at Harrah's. The musical Million Dollar Quartet sates your Elvis impersonator fix and adds Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins into the mix.
On December 4, 1956, this quartet found themselves together in the Memphis studio of Sun Records for the first and last time. Informally, and devoid of any commercial motivation, they played some songs that were recorded on almost a whim. The next day, a journalist branded them a million dollar quartet. That's in 1950s money. Since 2010, this moment in time has become a stage musical that takes broad liberties with the occasion, the songs and the significance, but will give you 90 minutes of retro entertainment. If that's your bag, you'll probably dig it, Daddy O. On the fence? 23 skidoo. There's not much middle ground.
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The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or Cosmopolitan, but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.