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Tips For Attending The Midnight Opening Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (8)

When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.

If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.

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Spies Love Showers? Bathrooms In Suites At SLS Will Be Very See-Through

Where: 89109
August 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM | by | Comments (5)

There's only 10 days until the SLS Las Vegas opens and, while rooms are only available in the Story and World towers for the first two nights (starting at $189 a night), the Lux rooms will be available beginning August 25, offering not only more space but also more sexiness.

As we told you back in May, the Lux rooms start at 425 square feet and feature mirrors on the ceilings, long white leather chaises and illustrated drapery that is wrapped around most of the room. This drapery also covers the glassed-in bathroom shower. So, while you can't step into the shower from the room, you can pull back the drapery and admire whoever is taking the shower. Surprise! Prince Harry, the SLS is practically calling your name!

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Want To Spend Labor Day Weekend In Vegas? Here's How Much It Will Run

August 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

A room at Hooters.

Don't judge, but we've been counting down the days to Labor Day weekend since July 5. Now that we're less than a month away, it's a good time to check in on room rates. We decided to research rates with a Friday check-in and a Monday check-out because Vegas. Here's how much a summer holiday will cost you in Sin City (not counting tax and resort fees!):

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From The Resort Fee Department: Increases And The Disappearance Of An Opt-Out

August 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (24)

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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We Still Like Element Las Vegas, But Wouldn't Hate An Update

Where: 10555 Discovery Drive [map], 89135
July 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (5)

We loved the Element Las Vegas in Summerlin long before President Obama slept there, but on a recent stay at the (way) off Strip hotel, this writer was left a little disappointed.

I had a small hiccup at check-in when I was sent to an accessible room. It turns out I booked the cheapest rate for a one-bedroom (of course), but did not notice the accessible designation on the rate listing. The hotel was able to put me in a smaller studio room. Not what I booked, but since it was my bad, I didn't make a fuss.

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Public Service Reminder: Even Off Strip Motels Charge Fees

July 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (2)

Most people either hate them or take them with a 'whatcha gonna do' shrug, but resort fees are at their most maddeningly when there's nothing resort-like about the business that's tacked the charge onto your tab.

While they're pretty much inescapable at Las Vegas' mega-resorts, it can be a rude awakening to discover your run-of-the-mill, off-Strip motel is charging them, too. VegasChatter reader Scott C. wrote us to alert us that the Mardi Gras "Hotel" & Casino on Paradise (shown above) has a $5 resort fee. The holder of 2 1/2 stars on Yelp, the property offers an airport shuttle, in-room coffee and WiFi in exchange for the fee. Although, the wireless Internet, according to one Yelper, hasn't worked on any of his four previous stays. Four!

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Caesars To Rebrand The Quad As The LINQ Hotel And Casino

July 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (28)

Another long-time rumor has become reality.

The Quad, which replaced the Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip in December 2012, is already getting tuned out.

Caesars Entertainment has announced that The Quad, as part of more than $200 million worth of additional renovations, will emerge in November as LINQ Hotel & Casino, capitalizing -- of course -- on the adjacent LINQ shopping, entertainment and dining district (read: outdoor mall) next door which culminates in the soaring High Roller observation wheel.

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Then And Wow: Remembering The Transformation Of Bellagio's Rooms

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
June 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (12)

Way back in 2007, our sister site HotelChatter was not impressed with the rooms at Bellagio, one of the premier (obviously) hotels on The Strip. For all the talk about Bellagio being the best in town, we found the room decor to be nondescript, non sequential, and non-stylish. It was dominated by a massive brown armoire which overpowered the room. In the bathroom, we found some very questionable wallpaper. We also noticed a stain on the headboard. See for yourself just how "BLAH" this room was in 2007 in the video below.

Well, it took a few years, but Bellagio finally upgraded their guest rooms in 2011 and, boy, was it an improvement.

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Another El Cortez? Plus, Fancy New Keys

Where: 600 E. Fremont [map], 89101
May 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s always exciting to find a piece of Las Vegas while away from Las Vegas. We were surprised when we discovered multiple world’s largest gold nuggets outside of Vegas. And, just last month, we were delighted to find our favorite Vegas horse racing game up in Lake Tahoe. During a recent overnight stay in Reno, this writer was stunned to find something even bigger, a second El Cortez.

This hasn’t been a great year for El Cortez Las Vegas. First, they added an $8.95 resort fee. Shortly after, gaming legend and former El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan passed away. El Cortez continues to thrive, however, and remains one of my favorites in Downtown Vegas. When I came across a hotel and lounge that shared its name, I couldn’t resist exploring.

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So, Like, 'Sup?: What to Expect from The SLS Las Vegas

May 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM | by | Comments (14)

Last week, we got to the tour the most ambitious SLS Hotel project yet -- the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the old Sahara casino used to be.

For "old" Vegas fans, there's not much of the original Sahara left, aside from the bones of the room towers and casino building. But if you want a thrilling new way to do up Vegas, the SLS will satisfy small and large spenders alike. Sorry, we got carried away with SLS-speak. What we meant to say is, there will be something for everyone here. You may not need to leave the SLS, at all.

THE ROOMS
As we mentioned on Friday, there will be three different room towers, each with a different category of rooms inside.

The World Tower will feature SLS "lite" sort of rooms. These rooms are no bigger than 400 square feet (with the exception of a suite) and they are more functional rather than over-the-top luxurious. Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, told us these rooms were designed by Philippe Starck to be "cost effective chic."

There's an exclusive SLS bed (called Sleep Lying Still from Beauty Rest by Simmons Hospitality), 300-thread-count bedding, down pillows and a comfy little couch at the foot of the bed. There's also the SLS-branded Saints & Sinners minibar goodies as well as a desk and rolling chair and a flat-screen TV.

And, instead of putting in a lot of luxury layers where room technology is concerned, Oseland said SLS will simply boost the cell reception and install a fast WiFi network which, at the end of the day, is really what guests want. The World Tower rooms start at $149 a night . Yet if you want some luxurious settings, you should upgrade up to the Lux Tower.

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VegasChatter Questions: The Perfect 40th Anniversary Room (With Restrictions)

Where: 89109
March 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (6)

Nothing says romance like an in-room whirlpool tub, are we right?

Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Mayor Rusty who needs hotel help for a special occasion. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

Now, back to VeagsChatter reader Mayor Rusty (seriously, he's a real mayor!) who is planning a trip to Las Vegas for his 40th wedding anniversary and needs help finding the perfect hotel room to celebrate those 40 years. He has just a few constraints for his search:

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The Cromwell to Bestow Special Perks on Its Hotel Guests

March 21, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (6)

We're officially two months out from the opening of The Cromwell and we've been getting a steady stream of info on the casino, the suites, the restaurant from Giada de Laurentiis and the plans for Victor Drai's night and day club extravaganza. Now, we've got a few tidbits on what being a hotel guest gets you at The Cromwell.

· Privacy: The guest elevators at The Cromwell will be keycard access only. So if you're not a guest, you need to be with a guest to get up to the rooms.

· Complimentary coffee and pastries: We already told you about this but the coffee and danishes on the guest floors are a nice perk. It's no nonfat skinny iced mocha with whip but it's coffee and you can walk out in your robe to get it.

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