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At Vdara, A First Taste And Sip Of Vice Versa

Where: 2600 W. Harmon Ave. [map], 89158
March 16, 2015 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (2)

The indoor lounge of Vice Versa.

Bar Vdara was always one of my favorite hotel bars to grab a cocktail and enjoy the nice patio weather Las Vegas offers more days than it doesnít. Iím not entirely sure why the powers that be decided the Vdara venue needed a facelift and menu update, but I suppose change is inevitable in this dynamic town. Iím happy to report I still like the space, now known as Vice Versa, and its tasty new menu.

The concept follows that new trend of half healthy/half gluttonous menus. The Vice part of the name refers to the rich and decadent items and Versa (though I donít know quite why) refers to the healthier dishes. In the Versa category are items like Turkey Sliders (2 for $12, 3 for $16), Chicken Teriyaki Sliders (2 for $12, 3 for $16), the Caslistoga Flatbread with chicken sausage ($11), Caprese Flatbread ($11), Ahi Tuna ($14) and Chicken Satay ($11).

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There's An Opening Date For The LINQ's New And Improved Pool

Where: 89109
March 4, 2015 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (11)

After a major gut job reduced it to nothing but dirt and a rectangular hole in the ground, The LINQ Hotel is about to debut its brand new pool experience. (Despite failing to rename it the Qool. We thought that was a solid suggestion.)

Sun worshippers will enjoy a completely revamped pool deck beginning March 20. When that date arrives, guests will discover not one, but two pools. As we've previously reported, it will include the original footprint while a second, elevated pool has been added as well. The LINQ's website promises an extensive misting system throughout the pool deck as well as other amenities:

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Westgate 'Committed To Providing Enjoyable Experiences'

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
March 4, 2015 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

After a recent, unsatisfactory stay at the ever-evolving Westgate Las Vegas, we couldn't sign off on the hotel-casino's new room product. The good news is, Westgate officials are listening and aren't signing off on how things went, either.

Among the chief problems encountered by our @sammasseur: A non-working air conditioning unit and shoddy housekeeping. If you missed our report, catch up on the specifics here. While Sam tried to speak to a manager during his stay (even going so far as to leave his card), he was never contacted. After his report published on VegasChatter, Westgate Resorts' Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip provided this comment to us directly:

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There's A HEXX At Paris Las Vegas

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 3, 2015 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (10)

From the "that didn't take long" department, the old Sugar Factory restaurant and candy shop at Paris Las Vegas has a new name after being scrubbed of all sugary references (but not its sugary treats) last week.

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We Can't Sign Off On Westgate's New Signature Rooms

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
February 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (28)

In January, we tipped readers off to the addition of 1,200 renovated rooms at Westgate Las Vegas, many of which are now designated as the Signature class. Located in the central tower of the Benihana Hotel former LVH (and, before that, Las Vegas Hilton), Signature accommodations promise ďmagnificent ambience and uncompromising quality.Ē Lured in by all of that boasting (and a very tempting price), I decided to celebrate my three-day birthday weekend in all of this supposed luxury. Did the Signature class live up to heightened expectations?

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Sid's Cafe Opens In Westgate, More To Come In 2015

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
December 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.

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Erasing The Roof At The LINQ Hotel

Where: 89109
December 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

After being around for so long it became a fixture for not one but three different hotel concepts, it's still a bit surprising to see the Imperial Palace The Quad The LINQ Hotel without those trademark blue tiles and winged pagodas.

A few VegasChatter members have asked for a visual update on the work being done to erase the dated sight from the Vegas skyline so here it is courtesy fellow reader Jeff C. Blue tiles have been replaced with white panels while the pagodas have been disassembled. The underlying structures have been squared off and are now being given a new, understated facade, too.

So that we can all pause and pour out some of our latte, soda, tea, or Ol' E right now, here are some shots of IP in its glory days, as captured by our Greg C.

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When Hungry At Aria, Consider Its New Bar

Where: 89158
November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.

Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')

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Our Thoughts After A Stay At The LINQ Hotel

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (21)

It took a transitional brand (The Quad already seems like a distant memory) to get from the heavily themed Imperial Palace to the modern and hip LINQ, but we think Caesars Entertainment has gotten it right this time. Though some construction walls are still up and the pool won't be ready until next spring, The LINQ aims to make its presence known in the budget-friendly hotel market for all the good reasons this time. With the amenities of a luxury property like a snazzy lobby bar, but without the hefty price tag, we are impressed with the remodel and looking forward to the spring openings of the revamped pool and spa.

Check-In

We got to experience VIP check in which is a separate, posh-looking room apart from the main registration area. Arriving around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, the main check-in desk was well-staffed and lines were short and seemed to be moving quickly. As room blocks are color-coded, an initial rundown of how to get to our room seemed a little confusing, but a reminder that elevators were marked for which color block they serviced made it clear.

Normally we'd be creeped out if somebody was watching us shower but this makes for fun selfies.

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A Few More Things About The LINQ Hotel's 3535 Bar

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Now that weíve acquainted you with some of the cocktail offerings at the LINQ's new 3535 infusion bar, letís bring you up to speed on the venue itself. Located right off of the main registration lobby and near gaming areas (remember, the LINQ is also the name of The Quad now), this bar should breathe some excitement into a renovated space featuring a brightly colored, vortex-shaped light feature in its center. Itís hard to miss as it changes from green to red to blue, beckoning you to come closer and glance at the cocktail menu.

The bar looks very upscale and almost out of place if you still have flashbacks to the Imperial Palace like this writer sometimes does. The property has certainly come a long way and this flashy lobby bar will help bring The LINQ Hotel to the big kidís table, so to speak, in terms of posh-feeling venues, accessibly placed near hotelsí lobbies. Welcome to 2009 the modern era, LINQ.

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Yes, The Pagodas Are On The Way Out

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM | by | Comments (6)

The LINQ Hotel is about to put its first week to bed, but while the inside is bringing all kinds of new, the outside still says "IP was here."

The center Strip property -- that once was The Quad and, before that, Imperial Palace -- has been working to shed its reputation as an eyesore, but it's hard to do that when you still have the themed pagodas from three names ago still gracing your roofline.

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What's on The Menu at The LINQ's New 3535 Infusion Bar?

November 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (4)

As if the 3535 Bar at the newly revamped LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad) wasn't flashy enough, what with the color-changing vortex behind the bar, power outlets and chargers at every seat, gaming tables and no-reservations-required private booths, here comes their crazy, insane in the membrane hand-crafted infusion cocktails.

We've already told you about the playful-sounding Pig Newton, which is made with fig-infused vodka and garnished with a smoked, black salt rim. Now, brace yourself for many more concoctions like the Wat-a-Pear, made with watermelon- and rosemary-infused Tito's Vodka, and the Commodore, made with mint- and apricot-infused Courvoisier VS Cognac.

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