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What's Inside That $288 Bento Box from Nobu Hotel's Room Service

January 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Both the Nobu Hotel and the Nobu Restaurant and Lounge are just days away from opening (see our Sneak Peek HERE) yet the hotel and restaurant's very own iPhone app is very much open. And, it's one of our favorite hotel apps yet.

Under the Nobu Perks tab, guests can order up a Range Rover to transport them to and from the airport to the Nobu Hotel ($77 each way); fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire; select a type of pillow to adorn the bed; and even arrange a same-day shoe shine ($15).

Guests can also peruse the other hotel services and amenities available to them through Caesars Palace such as services at the Qua spa as well as details on shows, bars, lounges and gaming.

But, it is the Dining section of the Nobu Hotel app that had us salivating. Here we found the complete menu for the Nobu Room Service including the Nobu Bento Boxes which are being hailed as "game-changers for the hotel industry."

They are:

· Katsu, $28: Panko fried chicken, beef, or pork cutlet with Tonkatsu.
· Unagi Don, $30: Grilled BBQ eel over rice.
· Shojin, $45: Spinach dry miso salad, vegetable nigiri, vegetable roll, nasu miso, vegetable spicy garlic, tofu teriyaki.
· Vegas, $55: Maki rolls: spicy tuna, california, soft shell crabs.
· Matsuhisa, $65: Sashimi salad, nigiri and maki selection, black cod, vegetable spicy garlic, chicken anticucho
· High Roller, $288: Lobster wasabi, wagyu steak, shrimp, spicy garlic, spinach dry miso with crab, premium rolls and nigiri. Repeat, this is $288.

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You Can Now Zen With A Friend At Mandarin For Half-Off

Where: 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89158
June 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

So, you know when you ask us where's the best place to stay with a group of friends? The answer is Mandarin Oriental, at least until their "Double the Zen" offer expires.

A new promotion gives you a second room, at half off, when you want it. And, you don't have to stay a minimum number of nights, either. You do have to book at least a Strip View Room or higher, but who doesn't want a room with a view?

You won't find this tempting offer listed under, errr, Tempting Offers, but thankfully you have us to tell you about these types of things. Instead, just pick your dates through the booking site and then choose "Double the Zen" from there. You'll automatically get two rooms for the rate you see on the screen. Or, skip the hassle and call 888.881.9578 to have operators book it for you.

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Grab a Seat, British Airways Debuts a Vegas First

June 14, 2011 at 3:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you're coming to Vegas from across the pond, you can now keep it classy on British Air.

The daily transatlantic flights now offer first class seats - 14 on each flight to be specific - to those that can afford it. We, sadly, are not among that group.

If you've got the pounds, tho, British Airways is promising to pamper you in the fashion that you may, or may not, be accustomed to:

Each individual suite has its own personal wardrobe, a leather-bound writing desk that converts into a dining table, a new 15" in-flight entertainment screen and a buddy seat to enable customers to dine together. The lighting and electronic blinds can be modified to reflect mood and time of day.

Humph.. we're feeling a bit moody ourselves after randomly choosing a date at the end of this month to check out the fares. $11,660 for a one-way, first-class fare from London to Vegas?! Yikes! And, yes, that's US dollars. How about a fare sale to cheer us up, BA?

[Photo: MarksRants.Wordpress.com]

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Mandarin Oriental Has A Spa Freebie For Jet-Lagged Honeymooners (Insert Asterisk)

Where: 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89158
March 17, 2011 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Newlyweds who chose Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas as their romantic destination will be able to indulge in $300 in spa freebies when they're ready to get out of bed.

But, as with any good deal these days, there's an asterisk attached. This special is only valid for honeymooners traveling from overseas and who book five nights or more. (ahem, Prince William and Kate Middleton...)

If you fit the bill, tho, jet-lagged newlyweds will be pampered with complimentary, unlimited access to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, a Forbes Five Star facility (that means its super posh in award-ese), every day of their stay. Access includes use of the spas luxe wet and public areas (like the one shown below), entry into the spa's daily yoga or Pilates classes and a free 60-minute Oriental Essence massage.

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Encore Spa Wants to Sort Out Your Desert Skin

September 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ladies (hey, and gents, there’s no prejudice here), has the summer left your skin wilting? Then you may want to pop along to the Spa at Encore from tomorrow to get some hardcore pro help.

The spa is introducing some new treatments including four facials created by Ling Chan (a facial expert of three decades, appazza). They will include the Signature LING Triple Peel Facial (which sounds nicely hardcore, and provides “deep pore cleansing, which it should be really, since it's $200), the Fusion Facial, which slips a ginseng mask on you and rolls jade stone over your face (a friend of ours had a similar facial in London once, and pronounced it wonderful, so possibly worth $160 if you're feeling flush) and the Oxygen Rejuvenation Facial which restores your skin from an “intense dry climate”, ie the Strip ($250. You'd better be really dry).

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$750 Can Get You a Weekend Stay at The Palazzo or 1 Cupcake

December 18, 2009 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

You've just won it big at the tables inside The Palazzo so what are you going to spend your winnings on? If you've got a serious sweet tooth and no understanding of saving your money for a rainy day, then consider the $750 cupcake inside the casino's Sweet Surrender sweets shop near the guest elevators.

Decadence D’Or is made of the exotic Palmira Single Estate Chocolate which is derived from the rare Porcelana Criollo bean and cultivated in Venezuela. The cupcake is also made with Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar, a fruit that ripens for nine months and can only be pulled out of its shell by tedious extraction. It's also the world’s most labor-intensive agricultural crop. Already, we're in a sugar coma. But there's still more to this cupcake:

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The Mandarin Oriental Charges $30 to Park Your Car Overnight

Where: 3275 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you didn't know, parking, even valet parking, is free at nearly every hotel on the Strip. Vdara in CityCenter has valet-only parking for guests but the service is rolled into the $15 resort fee which also includes internet access and use of the gym.

However, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas charges $30 a night for overnight parking. Ugh. If this was New York or San Francisco, we would understand. $30 would even be considered a deal. But no one charges for valet parking on the Strip so why did Mandarin Oriental decide to do this? Especially when their rooms are upwards of $300 a night?

We'd much rather they charged a resort fee and rolled that in there like Vdara does. That way we also wouldn't have to shell out $18 for in-room internet access. Yes, it's one of the most expensive hotel WiFi charges we've seen in the U.S.

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The Mandarin Oriental Has Luxury Las Vegas Has Never Seen Before, But at a Price

Where: 3275 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 15, 2009 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

This video comes with its own soundtrack!

We recently spent two nights at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, admiring the new Vegas skyline from some seriously luxe digs.

But this was not without a serious strain on our bank account. We were able to book the Mandarin's "We Fan Las Vegas" offer which gave you a complimentary night for each night you booked. The bill before taxes was $465 for two nights which is really, a terrific deal when talking about the esteemed Mandarin Oriental brand and their incredible service. Seriously, it was some of the best we've ever experienced.

However, it's the little charges that nearly broke our hearts here. Yes, we know this is Vegas and everything you want costs money but some of the "services" here felt like blatant price-gouging.

You know it's bad when you wish the hotel would just institute a resort fee instead of charging you a la carte. Sigh. More on that tomorrow but for now enjoy the photos we've put up over on HotelChatter and this here video room tour. (And yes, that music playing is coming from the room. It's not something we dubbed into the video.)

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To Do in Vegas: Eat, Drink, Gamble and Buy Objets d'Art from The Wynn?

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

In what takes the trend begun some years back by certain international hotel chains of selling beds, linens and the like, Wynn LVNV allows you to take everything from bedding to your favorite lighting fixtures and restaurant place settings home – for a price, of course.

Organized into separate, mini-boutiques focused on bedroom, dining room, living room, foyer and children’s merchandise, it offers an immersive and easily navigable shopping experience. Here, you can stock up on everything from Murano glass objets d’art, drinking vessels and chandeliers to Anne Geddes children’s merchandise that’s just so gosh-darn adorable.

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Pampered Adrenaline Junkies Should Seek Out Spring Mountain Motor Sports

Where: 3601 South Highway 160, Pahrump, Nevada [map], 89048
September 18, 2009 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stuck in traffic on the Strip? Feel the need for speed in your exotic rental car? Well, you're gonna have to get out of Vegas to satiate your fast and furious desires. But don't worry, you won't have to go to far.

About 45 miles due west of Vegas in the little hamlet of Pahrump, fast car enthusiasts will find a playground created just for them. A visit to Spring Mountain Motor Sports during your next trip to Vegas might be the splurge you and the fellas decide to make for the bachelor who already has everything else, or just another way to get your ya-yas out in some really tricked-out vehicles.

Several different driving schools are offered and a full calendar of upcoming classes is viewable here. And this is no remedial, judge-ordered driving school neither, boys and girls. Your classroom will be either a Corvette Z06, a Lotus or a Radical SR3 Tracksport.

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The Swankiest Place To Grab a Cup of Coffee in Vegas

Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
September 9, 2009 at 8:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the swankiest place to grab a cup of coffee is at Encore Las Vegas inside the hotel's Lobby Bar & Cafe. Located in front of the guest elevators the cafe is painted jewel-box red with those colorful mosaic tiles on the floor that you've seen over at the Wynn but set against a black background instead of a white one.

The goddess Daphne presides over the bar (indeed her statue greets you at the entrance) and you can order specialty plates that come with your own personal sculpture of Daphne. We were intrigued by the tomato and feta cheese skewers with basil pesto as well as the bacon and cheddar cheese croquettes and the old bay fried shrimp but we decided at $21 we didn't need a personal statue of Daphne to lug around the casino.

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Beyonce Arrives in Sin City; Rates Jump at Wynn and Encore

July 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tonight is the first night of Beyonce's four-night concert extravaganza at the Encore and after a dismal second quarter profit report, the Wynn/Encore folks could certainly use some "Get Me Bodied" music.

Surprisingly, room rates are still very do-able tonight--$179 for Wynn and $199 for Encore (on Expedia.) Of course, Friday and Saturday are much, much, much higher--$442 for Wynn and $576 for Encore. As for getting tickets to the B-show, there are some limited seats available at a whopping $1,000 a piece. Interested? Tickets can be bought by calling (702) 770-DIVA (3482).

If you can't splurge for the tickets, just remember that Toad the Wet Sprocket will be performing absolutely free tonight at VooDoo Beach at The Rio.