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Avoid The Bag Drag: How To Handle Luggage In Vegas

October 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM | by | Comments (10)

One of the most frustrating parts of traveling is dealing with luggage. Navigating airline limitations, deciphering security restrictions, and fighting for overhead space is no way to start a vacation. Those traveling by ground don’t have quite the number of challenges in their way, but we’re increasingly seeing questions about what to do with luggage after arriving in Vegas. Fortunately, Vegas makes it easy.

A locked hotel room is the obvious choice for storing your belongings. But, what do you do if you arrive before check-in time? Where do you put your bags if your flight isn’t until late at night, well after check-out? Many visitors resort to hauling their bags around all day. Don’t do this! Vegas is huge and the walk from one casino to another is long enough as it is. Dragging a suitcase behind you as you travel up and down The Strip or in between rows of slot machines will get old in a hurry and is completely unnecessary.

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Blue Moon Closing Its Doors

Where: 2651 Westwood Drive [map], 89109
October 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (3)

A mainstay in the gay community is closing its doors tomorrow after a 12-year run. Blue Moon Resort off the Strip near Artisan announced last night it will be ending operations October 15. The message posted by owner John Hessling on the resort’s Facebook page cites only “circumstances beyond my control” as the reason for the closure. An employee cited the resort was “sold out from under the owner” in a mortgage situation.

From what we’ve heard, Blue Moon was home to some pretty epic pool parties and BBQs. What other Vegas hotel offers a free BBQ on Sunday with BYOB? Blue Moon’s Facebook page is full of comments from sad customers who don’t want to see the hotel close. They called trips to Blue Moon “the best vacation I ever had” and noted it had the “best service” while being “the most fun I had” in Vegas.

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Are Non-Gaming Hotels Better?

September 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (14)

With so many choices in Las Vegas, one of the most daunting choices you have to make will be done long before you set foot off the plane. Choosing where to rest after long days and nights of gambling, eating and, of course, boozing can have visitors vacillating between the latest and the greatest, the closest and the cheapest, and more. This writer has even heard of decisions based on the size of the shower!

When looking for hotels in Vegas there are so many options, your first time or two usually results in a stay at one of the main hotel-casinos on The Strip. And, why not? All the lights, glamour, action, romance and nostalgia exist around those hotels. After a couple trips to Vegas, however, that feeling might wear off. A transformation into a Vegas veteran may send you off Strip or downtown when choosing a spot to sleep. If you aren't interested in leaving The Strip, there are other options that provide a good bang for your buck and don't come with the annoyances of a mega-resort.

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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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