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Gold Spike's New Hotel Takes You Back, Way Back

Where: 217 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89101
December 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

A bed in an Ultimate Crash Pad at Oasis.

Those lamenting the loss of highly themed Vegas resorts can dry their eye, at least a little. The newly reopened Oasis At Gold Spike offers something that Vegas visitors have been missing for years: a fully immersive experience in one resort, albeit on a small scale. However, instead of a balloon flight to the Emerald City (MGM Grand of the 90s) or a ride down the Nile to ancient Egypt (a pre-modernized Luxor), guests at downtown’s newest boutique hotel can journey back in time to their free-wheeling college years.

If a certain mid-Strip resort hadn’t already bastardized the name, Oasis At Gold Spike could have easily been called The Quad. From the moment you're buzzed through the entrance (now on the east side at Las Vegas Boulevard) and pass the bicycles parked along the patio (available to rent, BTW), you’ll have flashbacks to your dorm days. If you've never attended college, here's your chance to experience the fun.

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Big Changes At Monte Carlo, New Views of SLS

May 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM | by | ()

A few days ago, we warned that you may have missed your chance to photograph Monte Carlo's fountain and all those oversized scantily clad statues. Now, it definitely is. Huge swaths of the resort's Strip-facing facade have been ripped out as a $100 million dollar reimagining gets underway.

VegasChatter friend @John_Nissan on Twitter has sent us new photographs today that reveal the rapid demolition work now being conducted. An overarching plan will add new dining and retail venues to Monte Carlo, its sister property New York-New York as well as to the space between the two (where that old CityCenter sales office is now). The first venues will begin to come online early next year. Read full details, here and here.

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Sahara Continues To Slip Away As SLS Moves Forward

April 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM | by | ()

How's this for a jaw-dropping snapshot of the Sahara, err, SLS Las Vegas?

Our eagle-eyed readers have been keeping a tight watch on the $415 million renovation of the north Strip property. A few weeks ago, the Sahara's iconic marquee and dome came down. Now, a photo by VegasChatter fan Danial Mente (seen above) shows a large swath of the old casino has been erased. Another VC reader, Dan H., reports being able to now "see in and view old exterior walls." Here's another angle of the demolition as posted by SLS Las Vegas on its Facebook page a few days ago:

A third VegasChatter fan, Greg C., recently reached out to us over rumors he's heard about possible implosions ahead, specifically regarding the Sahara's Tunis tower which he explored during the 2011 liquidation sale and whose snapshots of the tower can be seen in the photo gallery below:

If ever a Las Vegas hotel tower needed implosion -- this is it. If they got rid of this one, it would improve the views from the other towers and open up the property some (way too much concrete crammed in there). Have you heard any rumblings of a possible demolition? He (owner Sam Nazarian) has just recently demolished the (even older) portion of the old casino -- the original 1952-era portion was pulped about two weeks ago. So, why not break out the dynamite for this old relic? Why does a boutique hotel need 1600 rooms? Most have about 4-500 rooms. And who would want to stay in the Tunis anyway? --- NO VIEWS. The whole place was musty, crusty and in need of ....well.......nothing that some well-placed TNT couldn't fix.

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Gold Coast Debuts New Premium Rooms

Where: 4000 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
March 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM | by | ()

For those interested in a stay at Gold Coast, the word on Vegas travel sites has been to ask for the updated accommodations. Now, guests of the off Strip property may be tempted seek out the newer, updated rooms.

Gold Coast is finishing the roll out for its Premium accommodations which, according to Vegas Inc., will feature "new wall coverings, carpets, blackout drapes and furniture" as well as new just about everything else including new beds and bedding, HD TVs, alarm clocks, and more.

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Is The Quad Moving Its Sportsbook And Adding A Club?

Where: 3535 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
March 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM | by | ()

A view of the Quad and the Linq as they stand today.

Things are a'changing fast at The Quad. Pulse of Vegas, the blog of Caesars Entertainment, recently chronicled the opening of a new bar (Catalyst), a new section of casino floor, a new wine and spirits shop, and two new entrances as well. While work continues on other sections of the hotel-casino, no mention has ever been made about improvements to its sportsbook. But, is that about to change?

VegasChatter Facebook fan Mike P. messaged us today with this news:

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Gansevoort Las Vegas To Offer Guests A Naughty Surprise

March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM | by | ()

If you plan to try out Gansevoort Las Vegas with a few friends when it makes its debut, just make sure they're really good friends, or be on your best behavior.

A new rendering of the coming Gansevoort's accommodations reveals that the full-length mirror in the bedroom... is also a window. In the bathroom. Yes, a portion of the shower is bordered by a one-way mirror.

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Bill's To Return As Gansevoort Las Vegas In January 2014

March 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM | by | ()

First, Caesars Entertainment gave a tower to Nobu. Now, it's giving an entire building to Gansevoort Hotel Group.

USA Today reports that Gansevoort Las Vegas will replace the now shuttered Bill's which closed on February 5 for renovations. Caesars is spending $185 million to remodel the entire hotel-casino before turning it over to the New York-based company for a reported January 2014 debut.

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Palms Shows Off A Redesigned (And Renamed) Suite

Where: 4321 W Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
March 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM | by | ()

Palms' replacement concept for Playboy Club had us doing a level 9, Tommy Lee Jones not impressed face, but the off-Strip resort has managed to distract us now with news of new suites.

In its March email newsletter, the Palms heralds its new Ivory Suites, which were once called the Grand Suites. And, the new look is night and day with a boring, dark decor replaced with bright whites, pops of color and a more contemporary design as shown throughout this post.

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A New Look At The Ever-Changing Linq, Quad And High Roller

February 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM | by | ()

Every week, we get a new glimpse at what a finished Quad, Linq and High Roller will look like. What was once O'Sheas now bears a growing glass-and-silver exterior. Next door, The Quad continues to lose a bit more of its Imperial-ness while adding an orange facade in places. Recently, the renamed property also gained a new exterior logo. Unfortunately, it's atop a building that still screams IP. Meantime, the High Roller observation wheel climbs ever skyward.

VegasChatter fan and all-around awesome guy @John_Nissan on Twitter recently (and happily) took on the huge task of chronically the latest visible changes for us. His fantastic images, all taken during the afternoon of February 19, can be found below.

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Four Seasons Looking To Im-Press This April

February 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM | by | ()

Four Seasons has the new rooms and, soon, it will have a new bar, too.

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.

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So, There Are SLS Vegas Model Rooms In The Sahara, Err, SLS

February 14, 2013 at 9:38 PM | by | ()

Yes, we repeat, there are already SLS Vegas model rooms in the Sahara. We were just as shocked to hear it. VegasChatter fan Danial Mente wins the smooth operator award of the year after informing us that he was able to talk his way inside Sahara yesterday (and, we're just going to keep calling it Sahara until the sign comes down, fyi) and into being shown model rooms for SLS.


Just don't count on your being able to do it, too. Especially, after this post. Sorry, in advance.

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Inside The Rooms of Downtown Grand

February 14, 2013 at 1:16 AM | by | ()

Deep reds. Avacado greens. Some dizzying interesting carpet choices. And, loads upon loads of pillows.

The coming Downtown Grand isn't playing it safe when it comes to furnishing its 650 rooms and suites. To which we say, hallelujah! Especially, after the disappointment of this downtown room re-do.

VegasChatter received an advance sneak peek at two of the hotel's room types, a standard double and a 'casino block' corner suite. Downtown Grand refers to the design of its standard 400-square-foot accommodations (side note: Nobu Hotel's standard rooms are 350) as a "refreshing 70s retro feel." But, not in a time wrap way. The room felt -- in keeping with the theme -- groovy, but not dated. You see the end result above, as well as in the photo gallery below.

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