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In part one of our review of Downtown Grand, we spent four nights in a 450 square-foot corner "Premium" room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. Now it's time for a review of the property's more 'basic' offering, the 350 square-foot "Deluxe" room. And, spoiler, we definitely had a preference between the two.
After this writer took an overnight excursion to Primm, it was back to Downtown Grand for another two nights. This time, Iíd booked through Hotels.com for a nightly rate of $37 plus tax and an $11 nightly "Grand Experience" fee. I had no delusions that Iíd be getting a premium room once again. Even a tight Mr. Olympia tee and a bit of flirting with the familiar desk agent didnít help get an upgrade from deluxe. Darn! I mean "yay, my review is now a two-fer!"
Once on the eighth floor, it was deja vu again, but this time for a different reason. The carpeting in this corridor looked very familiar.
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Remember the old Certs commercial? ďItís two (click) two (click) two mints in one!Ē Here at VegasChatter, weíre going retro and doing the Certs version of Downtown Grand room reviews. Two opinions from back-to-back stays (with a one-night break in-between to recharge our objectivity). And, just like that breath mint, the former Lady Luck is now as fresh as a mountain spring and as yummy as the tastiest candy. But, is that enough to lure people away from the beer-and-onion breath (if you will) of Fremont Street? Letís take a peek behind those guestroom doors and find out. First, a review of the hotel-casino's Premium rooms. Tomorrow, we'll check out the Grand's Deluxe guestrooms.
Weíve been spending a lot of time at the Downtown Grand, both in person and by way of our site. If youíve been reading our updates, youíd think we havenít yet stayed. Thatís not the case. We've actually spent a lot more time there than we'd planned to, especially this particular writer thanks to an unpleasant flu/cold/fever thing that kept me in bed for much of my stay. And, when youíre feeling miserable, youíre especially aware of your surroundings, no? Thank goodness the first four nights of my visit were in a 450 square foot corner Premium Room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. (Cue the deja vu music to remind you of my review of the corner petite jacuzzi suite at Eastside Cannery just a few weeks ago.)
Iíd like to think it was my dazzling smile and always irresistible Brut 33 splash that got this writer moving on up from a bottom-tier room to a dee-luxe corner room in the sky. (Hey, itís worked before.. maybe..) But, more than likely it was the fact Iíd received a special media rate for a VegasChatter meet-up and they were hoping to make a good impression. After a slight delay coupled with a pleasant and unexpected greeting by the VP of Operations, my reservation agent escorted me to a elevator banks where I was whisked to the top floor of the Casino Tower (room 1802, to be precise).
Name Changes / Off Strip / Westin Casuarina / Westin Las Vegas / MAX Casino / MAX REWARDS / Players Clubs / Renovations / → All Tags
We've known why the Westin's Casuarina Casino has been empty for years. And, now (finally), so does Westin.
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For being one of the most derided hotel-casinos on The Strip, The Quad sure has lots of folks buzzin'. But, per usual, not in any way executives would appreciate.
As Vital Vegas puts it, it's the Vegas rumor that won't die -- a name change, again, for Imperial Palace. IP became The Quad almost a year ago, but execs were likely surprised by how quickly and how hard people began to hate on the name. A VegasChatter reader reached out to us earlier today and said that employees are now being told about the possibility of a name change:
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We don't know enough about the goings on to call it work as usual, but there was some work -- or at least, construction workers -- on-site this week at (placeholder here).
Natural curiousity led two VegasChatter members to point their lenses at what was once
Barbary Coast Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon Gansevoort Las Vegas earlier this week. A deal between the hotel brand and Caesars Entertainment to turn the property into a chic boutique falling through just days ago.
The photos in the gallery below were captured on Wednesday (10/23) by VC uber photographer Greg C. while the full-size images on this page were snapped one day later by contributing editor @sammasseur.
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As much as we love to scoff about The Quad's remodel (we kid because we love.. or something like that), it's been
pretty fairly serious about bringing the new. (Although, we'd all love to see that happen with its rooms more than anything else right now.)
Once known as the Imperial Palace, a renovation has brought many changes to the aging hotel-casino including a new name, a (mostly) new facade (seen above), a remodeled and expanded casino floor, a new valet entrance, and a coming soon(ish) restaurant by Guy Fieri. More recently, a new wave of unannounced change brought the closure of the Quad's buffet earlier this month. But, we've now found that it's not the only closure to report.
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We're not sure why this didn't happen the first time, but we can guess why it's happening now.
Now, the north Strip hotel and casino has bid adieu to QV again. And, has already replaced it. Again. This time, installing the Wicked Vicky Tavern there in its place. Hashtag see-what-you-did-there, hashtag what-just-happened. The name change is a fairly recent one. Fans of the Riv began questioning the switcheroo on Facebook last week.
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This feels so weird to write, but -- the Downtown Grand is just days away from opening. Albeit, Sunday's debut is being termed a soft opening with a more official to-do on 11.12.13, but still. It's opening this weekend, y'all!
It's hard to believe that three months have flown by since we took you inside, and all around, the then under-construction downtown property formerly known as the Lady Luck. But, where once there was scaffolding, Downtown Grand's now fully launched website reveals a hotel-casino ready to impress. A $100 million dollar renovation and re-imaging has turned a once down on its luck property into a true grand dame, from the brick-lined walls and exposed industrial ceiling of the casino floor...
An article this weekend in the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals just how different the new resort will be from the icon of the past. Gone will be the Moroccan influences and in its place "an ultramodern look and style with elements reminiscent of Hollywood Boulevard and the Sunset Strip." To achieve this goal, the pool will be rebuilt, an additional rooftop pool added atop a "party tower," the Alexandria tower will become all-suite, the monorail entrance already "torn down and rebuilt" for easier accessibility, the lobby will be revamped, the NASCAR Cafe and Congo Showroom will morph into clubs, and more.
Shocking pretty much sums it up.
Saturday evening, the Internet imploded when Bloomberg reported that Caesars Entertainment was ending its partnership with Gansevoort. The why is messy. Caesars Entertainment apparently dropped out of a project to bring a casino to East Boston after running into questions about a Gansevoort investor's alleged Russian mob ties. We said it was messy. You can read the full report here. Bottom line: the deal between the two brands to renovate and rebrand Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon on The Strip is kaput.
The end of the month can't get here fast enough.
The opening of Downtown Grand is almost here with the property holding firm on a date of October 27 for beginning stays. To make things a bit more memorable, the former Lady Luck has picked November 12 for its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Or, 11.12.13. Yes, we all see what they did there.
Until we can bust through those casino doors and claim a chair and a bed (yep, we've already reserved several for November), we were a bit giddy to find new peeks at what will be in store on Foursquare. From the brick-lined walls and chandelier'd ceiling of the casino floor:
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While Gansevoort gives us a revealing glimpse of the rooftop pool parties to come, its star chef, Giada De Laurentiis is giving us a new eyeful of her own. (As opposed to the eyefuls we've become accustomed to. And, since Caesars Entertainment is involved here, we'll continue to demand.)
The Food Network personality will open her first restaurant inside Gansevoort when it makes its Strip debut in 'early 2014.' This evening, Giada revealed a detailed exterior rendering for her apparently self-named restaurant (a name has not been officially announced) on Facebook. It's shown above. Below is the text that accompanied it: