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Donald Trump recently made some derogatory remarks (to say the least) about illegal immigrants in America, leading Univision and NBC Universal to drop Trump and the broadcast of his "Miss Universe" pageant which he partially owns. Trump was also recently dropped by Macy's department store who announced that due to his remarks they would no longer be producing or selling his clothing line.
Interestingly, Trump also posted this "review" of his Trump Las Vegas which was reportedly sent to him by the "president of NBC." Indeed, the president of NBC Universal is Robert Greenblatt but there's no way to confirm when he wrote this letter or if he really wrote it.
But still, it's an interesting, if totally overinflated with praise, look at what to be a guest not just at Trump, but of Trump. Yet, as usual, Trump completely misses the mark here. This letter is not flattering him, but rather his employees who probably don't share his racist views and whose livelihood could be in danger if the public decides to boycott Trump's hotels. So he's got that going on for him.
[Photo via @RealDonaldTrump/Instagram]
We tried to get a sneak peek of the designs back in December, but we no longer have to snoop around. Mandalay Bay is now going public with the first phase of its $100 million, 3,000 room and suites renovation.
The casino hotel Tweeted and FB'd a pic of the new rooms today, accompanied by a press release that stated "reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015" which is like, tomorrow.
We scurried over to MandalayBay.com and checked reservations for this weekend, which is admittedly a very busy weekend for Vegas and MB in particular, thanks to their fireworks show. Rates start at around $242 a night but there was no distinction between the old rooms and the new rooms. So you may have to
beg ask nicely at check-in to get placed in a new room.
But overall, we're liking the new look. It's way more colorful than the old rooms and keeps in line with the hotel's island vibe (and the aquarium downstairs, #amirite.) Previously, the rooms were pretty much swathed in faded beige with little to no pops of color.
Now, these rooms are on par with Mandalay Bay's high-design Delano tower and the equally design-forward Four Seasons tower.
Not all pillows are created equal. You’ve heard us gripe about the ones Delano opened with, but hey, they were pretty rough. One alone was enough to make you lay completely upright and forget about it if you’re a side-sleeper. Though those pillows have improved, we are still partial to the Delano bathrobe-pillow (patent pending).
Next up in the painful pillow hall of shame is Paris. Now I haven’t heard widespread outrage about these like was heard about Delano’s so maybe this was just the case in my friends’ room, but the lumpy bumpy pillows in their room were horrible.
The best comparison I can think of is undercooked mashed potatoes. Giant hard chunks of fluff separated by lots of nothing. it is literally impossible to find a comfy spot because the chunks are all smaller than one’s head so you just fall in between them. One was worse than the others but all were super lumpy. I still have a pillow I had from summer camp (I know; I’m weird) that is in fine condition! It’s time to check your supply, Paris, and replace accordingly.
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Yesterday, we went sad panda about the scaled back plans for Phase One of Resorts World Las Vegas complex but perhaps to keep us still interested, the casino is posting construction pics on its Facebook page.
In reading the comments on the two photos they shared yesterday, it looks like Resorts World is finishing off a parking garage so construction employees will have space to park during the building. Definitely nothing to get excited about, but we hope they keep it up. The posting of construction pics, we mean.
It will still be about three more years before the resort's first phase opens. When that phase opens, about 3,000 hotel rooms and 3,500 table games and slot machines will be ready for guests to use. But no pandas.
[Photos: Resorts World Las Vegas/Facebook]
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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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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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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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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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.