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Now that Caesars Entertainment has buckled under pressure and is charging resort fees at all their Las Vegas properties (and in its other Nevada locations), we've got some major updating to do to our 2013 Resort Fee Guide.
But, to make things easier for you, we've rounded up all the new resort fees right here. These will go into effect on March 1. And, to clarify, that is for bookings made on March 1st and after. So, if you're looking to go to Vegas and stay at one of the hotels below, book your stay now to avoid, on average, an extra $18 a night!
Remember the good old days when you could stuff your store-bought bottles of Coke and water in the minibar refrigerator, thus avoiding those hefty minibar fees? Remember when you could also crack open a minibar bottle of
vodka Sprite, down it, then fill it back up with water, with the minibar man none the wiser? Or, maybe that was just us.
Anyways, at the MGM Grand, they don't want any of your crap cluttering up their brand new minibars. This is the sign that they now place on top of the drinks (which are all sensor-operated, too).
In this episode of Vegas Decisions, we're helping our friends pick a place to stay later this month. But, not any room will do. Our friends are looking for some suite accommodations, preferably ones with kitchenettes. Ah, yes, the age-old "what are the best suites on the Strip?" question, but with a little kitchenette twist.
Immediately, our friends nixed the Elara (formerly known as PH Towers) since they stayed there last year which left us thinking of two places -- The Signature at MGM Grand and Vdara. Both of which we know to have little kitchens (and are also non-gaming and non-smoking). So now, how do the room rates stack up?
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Everyone in Vegas, from the hotels to the restaurants, shows and nightclubs, loves to brag about awards they've received, no matter how ambiguous or unknown these awards may be. Our own guest Chatter'er Rick Lax sounded off on the "Best in Vegas" bragging nearly two years ago.
Recently, both the Bellagio, which just finished a recent room renovation, and The Cosmopolitan sent out press releases stating they each were voted a "best hotel" in the world. The Bellagio's top honor comes from Fodor's Travel Guides which deemed the hotel a Global Icon in their 2012 100 Hotel Awards. The hotel list was put together by the editorial team of Fodor's.
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A big part of what we do at VegasChatter is not just telling you where to go, what to eat and who to see but actually showing you what things look like "in real life." That's why whenever we do something new or interesting we think you readers would like to know about, we whip out our iPhones, Blackberries and digital cameras (sometimes all three) so we can capture it all on film, err, digital pixels.
Last week, we took you inside 15 Vegas hotel rooms, from high-end to low and from brand new to a few in need of a renovation. But, in a city where 15 different room types can be found in just one hotel alone, there is much, much more to see. Here is a glimpse into five more Vegas accommodations:
If you're heading to Las Vegas for the Fourth of July, consider staying at least through the 7th as that's when the fireworks are shooting off on the Strip. But, regardless of your dates (Wednesday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday), room rates in Sin City are looking pretty good right now.
Doing a cursory look at Expedia for July 6-8*, we found The Wynn for just $216 a night while the The Encore (above) is just $209. That rate is so good, we hardly would look elsewhere. (Of course, that doesn't include the resort fee.) The Venetian is even cheaper at $204 a night, sans resort fee. The Cosmopolitan, however, is $295 a night -- the highest in the land.
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Yes, indeed you read on VegasChatter that Mandarin Oriental is #1, according to TripAdvisor. But while the posh hotel has won the hearts of guests who like to write online reviews, something inside of us is telling us to go for The Wynn instead.
After all, it's a gaming property which will surely impress your son, even if he's too young to gamble. (Not that this stopped Bobbi Kristina.) The Wynn also has an expansive pool scene which your son will also love. (Isn't the #1 most important amenity when taking a kid on vacation the pool?)
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The D Las Vegas is currently undergoing a complete room overhaul, burning (we hope) those old Fitzgerald's patterned bedcovers and floral drapes and installing new chic decor like crisp white bed linens with red accent blankets, flat-screen TVs and modern dressers and desks.
Yet while we wait for these sexy rooms to open up to the general public, (supposedly they are to be released in phases starting this month), it looks like no one really cares what room they get this Saturday as the hotel is completely sold-out for Cinco de Mayo.
However, there are rooms available for Friday night at $89 while on Sunday and all next week rooms at The D can be had for just $29. Typically, weekend rates are a little more at $69. Heh.
So The D is bringing the sexy back in all ways, not just the foot fetishy ways.
Have you stayed at The D recently? What did you think? Let us know in comments below!
We're in the midst of a hotel hunt for our upcoming Las Vegas looky loo and even though we will probably chance it to the hotel selections that come up on HotelTonight, we couldn't resist checking out what another one of our fave booking sites, Quikbook, had on offer.
While we didn't find much that appealed to our hotel wants and wishes nor our budgetary restrictions, we did see this hotel pop up in the listing -- Bluegreen Club 36.
We'd never heard of Bluegreen before but in doing some Internet research, we found the resort to be a part of the Bluegreen Vacation Clubs. So when the club owners aren't filling up the rooms, Bluegreen Club 36 loans 'em out to regular hotel guests.
VegasChatter's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas v2.0 is out. You may have missed it. It happens. Or, you may have missed just some it of. There's a lot in there, after all. CliffsNotes got us through high school so we understand. That's why we're back to guide readers through sections of our Downtown Guide.
Yesterday, we singled out the drinking spots. Priorities. Worry about where to crash later, which is where we shine our downtown spotlight today.
Fremont area hotels aren't as plentiful as The Strip and some of the rooms aren't that large considering their age. In the real estate biz, those are called charming. But, the casinos and hotel towers don't have supersized egos, trying to prove theirs is bigger than their neighbor's. Those 15-minute treks lugging luggage from the registration desk to your room aren't going to happen downtown. That may be good news or bad news. At least, it's different.
VegasChatter reader Greg F. recently passed along the tip that the old Holiday Inn on Palos Verde Boulevard (a few blocks down from the Strip, off Flamingo Road) has turned into a new hotel called, The Blackstone. But, what's changed from the Holiday Inn days is that the hotel is touting itself as "Adults Only".
Checking out the Expedia info on the hotel, we find that guests under the age of 21 are not permitted. Ooo, kinky! Then right below that we saw this info:
There are no room charges for children 17 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding.
A few years ago, we were flummoxed to see that of all the hotels in Las Vegas, The Staybridge Suites, a
budget upscale extended-stay chain spot without a casino, was the #1 hotel in town... according to TripAdvisor.
Fast forward a few years and TripAdvisor's rankings now make a little more sense putting Mandarin Oriental as the #1 hotel, based on guest reviews. We stayed there when it opened and it was fantastic. We keep praying our budgets will allow us to stay there again.