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Openings / Bars / Drinking / Aria / City Bar / Name Changes / Renovations / Alibi Cocktail Lounge / → All Tags
From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.
The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a
stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.
Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.
VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.
Suncoast / Off Strip / Openings / The Game / Bars / Restaurants / Name Changes / → All Tags
A few weeks ago, Suncoast closed the TGIFridays near the movie theater that was never really busy to make way for a new restaurant/bar. The new dining spot is called The Game and it opened this week.
Such a quick turnaround time should tell you all you need to know about the transformation. Little was really done to the space besides changing upholstery and adding a few beer taps and televisions. There are about 15-20 large TVs lining the walls of the restaurant with about five more individual TVs at some of the booths. There are approximately 25 beers on tap, but nothing to make a craft beer snob get too excited. The craft beers on tap are the likes of Blue Moon and Magic Hat #9. There's nothing wrong with that, but nothing you can't get at most bars. If you have a soft spot for the old TGIFridays, you can still get a shot of Jagermeister from the tap. Bro.
The LINQ Hotel / The Quad / Imperial Palace / Name Changes / Renovations / Room Remodels / Hotel Tours / → All Tags
There’s yet another new hotel in Las Vegas. Or, at the very least, everything old is new again.
The past year in Las Vegas has seen the opening of The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gamblin' Hall), SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas. Now comes The LINQ Hotel & Casino. But, if you know your Vegas, you know it’s not entirely new.
Most recently, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was known as The Quad and, before that, it was Imperial Palace. The IP first opened in 1979 and was consistently built up throughout the 80s. The 90s saw some interesting revelations about the IP’s owner at the time (he apparently had a Nazi memorabilia room on-site.) By 2005, the casino was acquired by Caesars Entertainment (the company went by Harrah’s back then), but was in desperate need of repairs. Then, the recession hit. Once the economy improved and construction began to turn an alley into the now neighboring Linq mall, the Imperial Palace brand was discarded and The Quad was born in late 2012, complete with a shiny, silver exterior. Much of the old Imperial Palace remained, though, including the rooms and the distinctive pagoda rooftops.
Delano Las Vegas / miX / miX Lounge / Name Changes / Renovations / Mandalay Bay / Closings / Rivea / Restaurants / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.
While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.
No one will be sad to see the Quad name disappear as it was pretty much universally reviled, but we're not totally in love with The LINQ, either. We understand why, but we're getting a bit tired of explaining ourselves around town. No, not the Signature hotel, the air terminal. No, not the Public House at Luxor, the one in Venetian. No, not Downtown as in Vegas, but as in Summerlin. Let's go to the Linq. No, the mall, not the hotel. Oy.
If you're anything like this writer, you just spent some time studying the above image carefully. After popping up in my Facebook stream over the weekend, I just couldn't resolve the greenery seen in this photo with its Strip backdrop. From the location of Luxor, I knew this had to be the
Lot MGM Resorts Village we all know and love (for its programming if not for its parking lot setting), but was that really grass underfoot?
Future Vegas / Delano Las Vegas / Openings / Name Changes / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Delano Beach Club / Pools / Rivea / miX / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Closings / → All Tags
The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.
Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.
VegasChatter Reviews / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / Openings / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
Name Changes / The Lot / Luxor / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / MGM Resorts Village / City of Rock / → All Tags
The parking lot across from Luxor that went from hosting employee cars to fun-lovin' partiers has dropped its hipster moniker of The Lot to go with the much more
confusing official designation of MGM Resorts Village. (It also was known as the Luxor Festival Grounds for a brief moment, too.)
Fees / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Openings / → All Tags
It's enough to make you feel like you're stuck between a 126,000-pound rock and a hard place. Luggage-laden guests who choose to valet at Delano Las Vegas will also end up handing over at least $20 along with their car keys.
The Delano's Sin City arrival brings with it an overnight valet parking fee of $20. Yes, that's per night. A statement from MGM Resorts reads as follows:
Snapshots / Vegas Observations / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / → All Tags
Delano comes to Vegas via South Beach and while there are lots of design nods to its beachfront roots -- from the rippling, blue-hued carpeting in guest corridors to underwater photography in its suites -- the upscale brand didn't forget it's been plopped into the middle of the Mojave Desert.
Pet Friendly Vegas / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / → All Tags
At Mandalay Bay's all-suite tower, a new name won't bring a new change in its pet policy. Now that THEhotel is officially Delano, guests can still expect the rebranded hotel-within-a-hotel experience to welcome Fido. (But, only canines. Felines are still out of luck.)
A Doggie Delights menu features in-room dining options as well as butler services. Yes, double check that bill at the end of your stay 'cause you know how crazy dawgs can get when they're let out in Vegas. (Insert Baha Men musical break here.)