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In Downtown Vegas, there's an Arts District and a fancy performance center among other new places created in hopes of making it a destination, but there's one thing that's been off the radar that's finally getting started this summer. The city is slowly rolling out free WiFi in two phases. Here's how the coverage areas break down:
Phase 1: Charleston Boulevard on the south, U.S. 95 to the north, Interstate 15 to the west and Eighth Street to the east
Phase 2: Charleston to the north, Wyoming Avenue to the south, Las Vegas Boulevard to the east and Main Street to the west
In January, MGM Resorts announced it was bringing free WiFi to everyone.. in its public spaces. At the time, the gaming company mentioned that speedier service would be available for a fee. But, specific pricing wasn't mentioned.
drinking trip to Mandalay Bay last night put the answer in the palm of our hand when we put down the Crabbie's picked up our smart phone and found the screen shown above. Basic connectivity was offered at a speed of 256 kbps while a Web Browsing speed of 512 kbps was billed at $7.95 for 24 hours. For those in search of Media Streaming, 1.5 mbps was available for $14.95 for 48 hours.
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Caesars Entertainment began charging resort fees on March 1. They haven't released detailed information on the resort fees so we've had to do a little exploring on exactly who will pay resort fees and what we will get.
Nobody will argue that resort fees stink, but the Caesars resort fees aren't as bad as many initially thought. Why? Because not everyone will pay a resort fee. Caesars is "rewarding" their bigger players by waiving the charge. Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status won't have to pay a resort fee.
The resort fees at Caesars include only three items: local calls, fitness center and "Internet service for one device." According to a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson, this is what customers demanded. Many of us look at resort fees as the cost for WiFi since we don't bother with the local calls or fitness center. Well, the resort fees at the Caesars properties don't exactly include that.
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The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.
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On our last trip, we discovered that this off Strip hotel-casino has free WiFi across the property. Using WiFi at Silverton isn't the best for those looking to work since there isn't a food court to camp out in all day. That said, there is seating by the aquarium for you to sit with your laptop or tablet.
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If you drive north on Las Vegas Blvd, just past the Stratosphere and near the Pawn Stars shop, you'll pass the Gateway Motel. The Gateway is an unassuming motel and you'll most likely drive by one of the best bargains on The Strip.
Although it may not be in the best part of town, the Gateway offers something that none of the 3-5 star resorts on the strip offer -- free WiFi.
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Our go to place for WiFi on The Strip is usually the food court at the Venetian. For starters, the connection is free and we don't even have to buy a cup of coffee to use it. The connection is steady, we've never experienced the connection being down and, being bandwidth hogs, it's important that the connection is fast. Most importantly is that there are outlets for us to plug in our computer. We could find the same WiFi access next door at the Palazzo, but there aren't the outlets to keep our laptop juiced. We like the juice.
Last week, we found a way to step up our work experience at the Venetian. The Cantor Gaming sportsbook has its own free WiFi connection. The connection zips since there aren't many people using it. While we don't really like sitting at the red work stations when we're just there to watch games, they come in handy if we want to work. Underneath some of the workstations, you'll find outlets to keep the laptop charged. Most exciting about setting up shop in the Cantor Gaming sportsbook, is that we can keep an eye or ear on the games on those beautiful TVs.
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We don't expect everyone visiting Las Vegas to come equipped with their laptops or iPads and we understand that there are quite a few folk who don't have smartphones (old people, hipster luddites) but one thing we'd hate to see any of you do is hand over $5 for an Internet kiosk, like this one at Caesars Palace.
For a minimum of $5 at .35 cents a minute, you can browse the Internet while standing up outside of Old Homestead. For an additional $.50 cents, you can print out whatever page you are looking at.
Egads. This blows our mind. Maybe (maybe) if we were in an emergency situation without our iPhone and needed to access our email to track down some important confirmation number or phone number, would we consider an Internet kiosk.
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Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it barely works, even though you paid for it. WiFi in Vegas is a mixed bag and not even Siri can direct us to the best hotspots, free or paid. But, you can.
VegasChatter is compiling its first-ever Vegas WiFi Guide and we want to hear from you -- where do you like it, where do you hate it and where are the spots to find it for free?
Back when The Cosmo offered free WiFi, we found it to be hit and miss. Over at the Venetian, the WiFi that we paid for in our room was so bad that we went down to the food court for the free hotspot that was sooo much better. (The Venetian is making improvements, tho.) And, we're happy that CityCenter offers free WiFi throughout its campus, but why can't we ever get any of our apps to work?
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But, you'll be happy to know that WiFi is now include in the hotel's resort fee. Previously, Internet was a la carte and all you got for the resort fee was a $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar. However, there is a catch.
The resort fee has been bumped up from $15 to $20. And, it's still a bit trickily displayed. The hotel's website doesn't even mention the resort fee until you put in your name and credit card info. It's not listed on the description of taxes nor on the hotel's FAQ page. Even more of a bummer, the resort fee only covers one device per room. So if you and your lover roll up with two laptops, someone's getting dinged an extra $14.99.
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Welcome to the most FABULOUS Starbucks in Las Vegas. It must be -- it says so.
Newly opened in Caesars and flush with gold accents as well as that minty fresh new barista smell, the shop is a front runner for the finest Strip coffee-chain joint to loiter with your latte. Nicely designed, it's tucked out of the way so the crowds thin out as you sip your skinny espresso. Still the same old beverages you know and may love.
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OMG, you guys. Is it just us or are you seeing what we're seeing?
No, not the hellaciously high WiFi fees, but the bottom line -- inter-property roaming.
We're not sure how new this is (we're still waiting to connect with Caesars Entertainment on that), but this is definitely news to us. For $34.99, we can now ramble around Paris, Bally's, Caesars and Flamingo without aimlessly trying to find a complimentary hotspot here or there. An all-you-can-surf smorgasbord priced, ironically, quite similarly to the resorts' all-you-can-nosh Buffet of Buffet. (First priced at $29.99 for 24 hours of eats, but now a staggering $49.99. So, the writing may be on the wall there.)