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Could There Be Any More Options on This Bellagio Pre-Arrival List?

May 18, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (6)

Do you have a room booked at The Bellagio for an upcoming Vegas trip? Would you prefer to have a room near the elevator? You can select that on your Pre-Arrival Room Request list through MLife. You can also request an Express check-in, a crib, a room in the Spa Tower, a connecting room, a refrigerator, a roll-away bed, a pool view, and...Krispy Kreme?

A dedicated reader with MLife status sent us a screenshot of this crazy long pre-arrival request list when he was booking his trip at The Bellagio.

At first, we thought the long list was what you are offered when you book the Penthouse Suite but upon closer inspection, this seems to be a back-end website glitch of some kind as boxes include various travel agencies, corporations (presumably partnerships with MGM Resorts), credit cards, marketing promotions and good old-fashioned hotel packages. Indeed, many options don't make sense. Drill Down Room anyone? How about International Letter 1 and 2?

Still, the screenshot does give us an inside look at what's going on behind the desk when you check-in at a hotel, not just in Vegas, but anywhere. Notice the boxes for Prior Guest Inconvenience, Waive Resort Fee and Debit Card Open For Charging Privileges. So if you've ever doubted a hotel's promise to "make a note on your reservation", here's proof that they actually are.

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When One Door Closes, Resorts World Las Vegas Breaks Ground (And Has New Renderings, Too)

May 6, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (21)

Yesterday, we were so caught up with the hunt for the stolen Crazy Girls costumes and wigs as well as mourning the loss of The Riviera, we completely forgot about the ground-breaking for the Resorts World Las Vegas. But we've got the recap for you right here, along with a batch of new renderings.

After a few delays, Malaysia-based Genting Group finally held a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday for Resorts World, a $4 billion Asia-themed resort and casino on the site of the stalled Echelon property, which is also the site of the former Stardust casino.

The ceremony was attended by Governor Brian Sandoval as well as several execs from Genting Group and Clark County officials.

Steve Wynn was there too but he really did not like the Chinese thunder drummers. Come on, Steve, cheer up! Resorts World Las Vegas will mean the end of depressing views from your hotel rooms.

Resorts World will be a completely over-the-top project. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that when completed it will look like a Chinese village with 6,500 rooms (spread out over four room towers), a 175,000-square-foot casino, a 4,000-seat theater, an aquarium, a panda exhibit, an indoor water park and a replica of the Great Wall of China. You can peep this video to get a better idea of it all:

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Apple Pay Has Made Its Way to The Strip

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
May 6, 2015 at 11:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

And the first Local casino-resort to have Apple Pay will be… The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Other casinos, you better step your game up. The pin pads that will make Apple Pay transactions possible will be available at the casino this summer.

There are a few points of sales already live, but by early June many more areas of the casino will have the technology including the front desk, VIP services, concierge, restaurants, lounges, bars, and a variety of their retailers.

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Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2015 Guide

January 12, 2015 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (34)

With more hotels charging resort fees than not, the year of 2014 was all about that bump.

On the Strip or off it, nightly charges continued climbing to new heights. Since we published our 2014 guide a year ago, Boyd Gaming raised its rates and enacted a flat fee of $12.99 at The Orleans, Suncoast and Sam's Town. MGM Resorts raised the charges at all of its properties by two to five bucks. Caesars Entertainment instituted a one-rate-fits-all-properties fee of $25 in November 2014 and has, somehow, sneakily already topped that with five of its resorts now at $29. Hooters, Silver Sevens, Silverton, Plaza and Palms also bumped their resort fees higher in 2014.

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What To Expect From Vegas in 2015

January 8, 2015 at 1:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

If 2014 was the year of the new hotel, 2015 will be the year of the restaurant in Las Vegas. A billion (rough estimate) new dining destinations will fire up around Las Vegas this year and, for the most part, that's about it. Yes, we'll also see the arrival of Hakkasan North, erm.. Omnia.. and the Delano Beach Club, but otherwise, you're going to have some eating to do. And, by some, I mean you need to buy extra stretchy pants now.

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So yeah, dining. You won't be able to walk in any direction without running into a new eatery this year. Aria will welcome Michael Mina's BARDOT Brasserie (January 16). Casino Royale will be all about that White Castle (expected later this month). Bellagio will bring the Lago (March). Caesars Palace will launch Searsucker and MR CHOW (both this spring). Gordon Ramsay will bring his Fish & Chips to The LINQ (spring). Morimoto will finally fire it up at The Mirage (summer). Rivea will replace miX at Delano (September?).

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How Long Should You Stay In Vegas?

January 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (34)

“How long should I stay in Vegas?” It might just be the most frequently asked question for first time visitors and it’s certainly on the minds of many now planning vacations for the new year. Even Vegas vets often struggle with the question, especially when trying to plan trips for groups with complicated travel schedules. Is two days enough time to fit everything in? Is a week too long? What’s the right answer?

The only correct answer is, of course, it depends on what you want to see and do. When planning, consider creating a list of your essential attractions and then work them into a rough itinerary. This works as a good starting point and, while including only the must-sees, allows for the flexibility that makes Vegas vacations so much fun. Shows, restaurants, and nightclub and lounge trips work great as these staples.

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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 (4)

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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