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Where A Mega-Resort Once Would Have Reigned, A City Of Rock Will Arise

April 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM | by | Comments (6)

Once upon a time, MGM Resorts (or MGM MIRAGE as it was known at that time) had hoped to bring two new mega-resorts to Las Vegas. CityCenter arrived, but plans to turn a vacant plot of land next to Circus Circus (and across the Strip from what is soon-to-be SLS Las Vegas) into a second tourist destination died when the economy went south. That multi-billion dollar mega-resort was to have been a partnership with Kerzner, the company best known for its Atlantis resorts.

If everything had gone as planned, that resort would have debuted in 2012. It didn't. Fast forward seven years and that acreage is still a wasteland. But, not for much longer. MGM Resorts plans to custom build a $20 million, 33-acre "City of Rock" on the site as part of plans to host the US debut of Rock in Rio (RiR), one of the world's biggest music festivals.

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MGM Resorts, Hakkasan To Make Beautiful Hotels Together

April 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (3)

A rendering of Dubai Pearl which will feature Bellagio, MGM Grand and Skylofts hotels.

In 2007, MGM Resorts created a hospitality arm to take its most high-end/recognizable brands -- Bellagio, SKYLOFTS and MGM Grand -- and bring them to cities around the world. Now, that goal will include the Hakkasan brand, too, as the two unite to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

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MGM Resorts Explains Phone Reservation Fee

April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (10)

When booking a room over the phone with an MGM Resorts hotel, a $10 fee is now attached. A VegasChatter reader bought the charge to our attention last week. Now, we have a statement to share from MGM Resorts on why the fee was enacted:

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A Room Reservation By Phone? There's Now A $10 Fee For That

March 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (10)

There are probably not that many people that reserve hotel rooms by phone, anymore. And, when it comes securing reservations in Las Vegas, there will be even less.

VegasChatter reader Ken R. informed us that a new fee has popped up on the websites for MGM Resorts' properties. It's a $10 fee for phone reservations. Instead, website visitors are urged to "avoid" it by booking online. We found the fee cited on the websites of Bellagio, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, and The Mirage.

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Las Vegas Casinos To Go Dark For Earth Hour 2014

March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM | by | Comments (7)

Las Vegas is known for 24-hour gambling, Elvis impersonators on every street corner and lots and lots of lights. The Strip features numerous marquees and bright lights that can be seen for miles. The Luxor's beam of light can even be seen from space. So, what does it take for these lights to take a break?

Earth Hour! Taking place around the world, Earth Hour draws attention to environmental issues. Created in 2007 and organized by the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature, not the fake pro wrestlers), the annual event encourages businesses and individuals to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a commitment to the planet.

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When Pretty Please Doesn't Work, Paying Extra Will

March 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isn’t the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. That’s why we’re really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if you’re staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isn’t the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. There’s no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, they’ve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.

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M Life And Pinnacle Entertainment’s MyChoice Announce Partnership

March 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like just yesterday that MGM Resorts and Ameristar reached a partnership which would allow Ameristar's Star Rewards to connect with MGM's M Life. That players club partnership was actually more than two years ago now. Things changed for Ameristar late last year when Pinnacle Entertainment bought the company. Instead of squashing the Star Rewards/M Life partnership, Pinnacle created a new partnership between their MyChoice players club (which is not connected with Ameristar’s Star Rewards... yet) and M Life.

This partnership will allow all Pinnacle properties across the country to connect with Las Vegas. In addition to the Ameristar casinos in seven states, you can find Pinnacle casinos everywhere from Jackpot, Nevada to St. Louis, Missouri and Cincinnati, Ohio. You can view a full list of Pinnacle casinos here.

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Ain't No Stopping M Life Now

February 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

M Life isn't pulling any punches in its quest to be the best players club around.

After teaming up with Hyatt, Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Avis Budget and Ameristar Casinos to offer members greater rewards, it's now bringing a new heavyweight to the game -- the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

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How To Celebrate The Year Of The Horse In Vegas

January 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.

MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.

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Get Here On Allegiant And Get Into A Vegas Show For Free (Insert Asterisk Here)

December 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (3)

Christmas might be over, but if your holiday wishes included more Vegas, a new offer from Allegiant Airlines can help you score free tickets to a Vegas show.

The airline recently announced a partnership with MGM Resorts to create a new ticket package for passengers traveling to Las Vegas. Patrons who book a fly-and-stay package of three or more nights will receive two complimentary tickets to a selection of MGM Resort shows.

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Our Thoughts After Playing Around On The Newly Launched MyVEGAS App

November 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (5)

After what felt like an eternity the MyVEGAS app is here for both Android and iPhone platforms. Thankfully, you no longer have to spend countless hours at work earning loyalty coins for your upcoming trip. Now, you can do it on the go, too.

This writer got a chance to play the beta version as I'm a resident of Canada so I had some early concerns about the full release. But, just over a week after the official launch, I'm happy to report that the game runs much more smoothly than I ever expected it would. Being a regular player of the original Facebook version of MyVEGAS (brought to us by MGM Resorts and PLAYSTUDIOS) since it first broke onto the scene last August, it has been a frustrating, to say the least, experience when the game freezes up or lags significantly. However, the MyVEGAS phone/tablet app has been quick and responsive, especially impressive when running on 3G!

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This Is What The Stadium Behind Monte Carlo And New York-New York Will Look Like

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November 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

It won't see its first event until sometime in the spring of 2016, but now we know what the new stadium destined for the land behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York will look like -- a stadium!

The 20,000-seat arena is being built as a partnership between AEG and MGM Resorts. Shovels won't hit the dirt until April 2014, however, the first renderings of the $350 million dollar structure were released today. It will host everything you'd expect a stadium to host, from sports matches and concerts to award productions.

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