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It hasn’t even been a year since Silver Sevens arrived along with a resort fee, but the Off Strip budget destination feels it’s time for an increase. It’s not all bad news coming from the casino, however, as they have also introduced new entertainment options, as well as some bargain meal deals at the café.
We’ve written about the $3 Silver Sevens resort fee before. While one of the lowest in Las Vegas, it also came with some of the worst inclusions we’ve seen. No Internet access, a too-complicated-to-redeem “free” cup of coffee, a poorly conceived business-gym combo, and boarding pass printing are among the disappointing amenities. Now, the resort fee has jumped to $9.99. That's still on the low end of the resort fee range, but the overall value has dropped because nothing new was introduced.
Food Challenges / Eating / Dining / Jerry's Nugget / Off Strip / → All Tags
The advertising slogan “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.” never fell out of use at North Las Vegas casino Jerry’s Nugget where guests can chow down on a Double Cut Prime Rib meal featuring an enormous serving of beef with all the sides. In honor of National Prime Rib Day Sunday, April 27, embrace your competitive side and sign up for the casino's Prime Rib Eating Challenge.
The contest is available at Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Prime Rib Eating Challenge requires the full consumption of the Double Cut Prime Rib meal which features a salad, thick-cut, 48-oz. prime rib, a baked potato, ear of corn, garlic toast and Jerry’s Famous Banana Split.
Future Vegas / Off Strip / Red Rock Resort / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Spas / Shopping / The Shops at Summerlin / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
Just when we were raving about Red Rock Resort's suite offerings (and their spectacular views) comes news that the off-Strip property is planning to transform many of its most luxe accommodations as well as its dining lineup and its spa, too.
The Station Casinos property has earmarked $35 million which will include the total renovation of 26 of its most high-end suites as well as The Spa at Red Rock.
The biggest and most visible change for the general public, however, will be the creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock which will add several new dining experiences to replace the recent losses of Pink's, Hachi and LBS. It will also add an expansive outdoor dining promenade to the property's main facade.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Addiction / Rumor Hotel / Off Strip / → All Tags
Editor's Note: Once upon a time, we were totally addicted to the fare of Addiction, the restaurant at the off Strip Rumor hotel. But, several years and the loss of a Vegas Vic later, would we still feel the same? Our 3brothers dropped by to find out.
Before dining at Addiction, we called two hours in advance to ask if we needed reservations for a Saturday night. We were told yes and gave our name to secure a spot. Upon arrival, the restaurant was completely empty and the hostess nowhere in sight. After waiting around ten minutes and thinking the restaurant was closed, we were finally greeted and sat.
Red Rock Resort is just a 20 minute drive from the center Strip and yet that's far enough to make the mega-resorts that tower over Las Vegas Boulevard seem eons away. That 20 minute drive places guests on the western edges of the Las Vegas valley with the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area within view on one side and the sweeping landscape of a growing cityscape on the other. Known as a locals casino, quite a few out-of-state visitors claim Red Rock as their own, too.
At the off Strip property, deluxe (standard) accommodations are about 500 to 600 square feet in size and begin at $79 a night (plus $27.99 tax inclusive resort fee). While most guests won't see them, Red Rock also offers sprawling "Ultimate" Suites and Villas, ranging from 2,400 to 6,560 square feet. And, if your pockets (or credit lines) are deep enough, man, are they the way to live. Especially, this writer's fave after a recent tour of Red Rock's sweet suite offerings, the Villa Suites.
Featuring an expansive patio complete with bar, tons of lounge seating, and a 10-person whirlpool spa, Grand Villas also offer two bedrooms as well as an enormous open-plan living area with a huge sofa, dining for ten, and a pool table (naturally). But, there's only one reason you're booking one and it's because of this:
There are only four Grand Villas at Red Rock and rack rates begin at $$$$. (C'mon, you know that's one of those "if you have to ask" things.)
Events / Off Strip / Michael Jordan / MJCI / Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational / Shadow Creek / Golf Tournaments / Golf Courses / Aria / → All Tags
Initially created by Steve Wynn back in 1989, Shadow Creek is the course of choice for VIPs and was once only open to a chosen few. Even now, not just anyone can tee off. Only guests of MGM Resorts can play for a whopping $500. Don't have that much cash? You can walk the course during Michael Jordan's charity tournament which runs today, April 3 through Sunday, April 6. Tickets start at $30 for a daily pass or $100 for a four-day pass.
“I miss the themed casinos.”
It’s one of the most frequent complaints we hear about Las Vegas. For every Aria or SLS that goes up, a Boardwalk or Sahara is erased. And, while themed casinos aren’t likely to make a comeback anytime soon, there are still a number lingering around. One is Texas Station in North Las Vegas. During a recent trip to the movies, this writer spent the better part of an afternoon exploring the locals destination.
Texas Station’s theme is apparent even before you step out of your car. The state flag is displayed proudly, and replica oil drilling equipment is scattered about. While the casino isn’t large, it does stand out because it’s a bit isolated.
They caught our attention with a creative 24-hour checkout policy allowing guests to stay in their accommodations a full 24 hours from when they checked in before needing to depart. Now, the Palms has firmly cemented our regard with the launch of a Beverage Butler, a special service exclusively for hotel guests.
How many times have you yearned for a cocktail while waiting to check-in at your hotel? Likely too many, right? Especially, if lines are long and travels were taxing. Guests at the Palms, however, don't need to wait for their room keys before indulging. No, they can indulge while they wait for their room keys.
Panorama Towers / The Blind Pig / Openings / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Bars / Drinking / Off Strip / Block 16 Hospitality / → All Tags
The Strip has just about everything one needs in the food and beverage department, but sometimes it's nice to get away from the fray and experience a different type of dining experience. Enter The Blind Pig at Panorama Towers.
The newest concept from Block 16 Hospitality -- the folks behind Holsteins at The Cosmo, Venetian's Public House and the off Strip Barrymore -- The Blind Pig boasts hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food from Chef Anthony Meidenbauer. With LBS gone at Red Rock, it’s nice to know the brand's delicious burgers will live on at sister property Holsteins as well as The Blind Pig.
An invite for a media party let us sample the goods at this newly opened venue. The BP Burger ($12), served with gruyere, smoked bacon, arugula and garlic aoli was one of the true standouts on the menu and is almost getting us over the loss of LBS. Almost. The meatballs ($8), pizza ($11-$16) and crispy pork nuggets with a sriracha aoli ($13.50) were also tasty. The menu also features salads ($7.50-$13), sandwiches ($7-$14.50), steak ($18) plus shrimp and lobster mac & cheese ($16.50).
Off Strip / Wyndham Grand Desert / Wyndham / Hotel Alternatives / Vegas Condos / Tips / Survival Strategies / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
Recently, we talked about the benefits of renting a condo over a hotel room while in Vegas as part of a group. The story came about after this writer happened to make the Wyndham Grand Desert on Harmon my home for a weekend as part of a bachelor party.
After settling into a two-bedroom unit -- with a full kitchen, living room, large dining room table, and two full baths -- with a group of friends, here's what I liked and didn't like about the Wyndham Grand Desert:
I've already gushed about how I enjoyed the extra space to lounge and hang out as a crew during downtime. The Wyndham is a mile off the Strip, but the trip was a breeze thanks to a hotel shuttle that ran to Harrah's multiple times per hour. And, because Las Vegas Boulevard is only a mile, we could have walk, if we had wanted. The neutral location also put us in walking distance to the Hard Rock in the other direction, which took about 15 minutes. Don't take this to mean there was no view: We had a great one of New York-New York, The Signature and MGM Grand.
It is well known Las Vegas has some of the best culinary experiences and wine vaults in the country. But, most wouldn't guess that Nevada's desert is actually producing some a great wine of its own. The Pahrump Valley Winery, just an hour from The Strip, offers a unique experience that will show off just what Nevada is capable of when it comes to winemaking.
After being on this writer's list of places to visit for a long while, an opportunity to drop in en route to Death Valley couldn't be passed up. While this off-Strip adventure isn't a full day trip, if you're heading this way or just want to do something different it is a can't miss.
Not as large as its rivals in Napa Valley, the Pahrump Valley Winery has a different feel, but all the same quality that you will find for much more $$$ on the other side of the state line. The winery is like an oasis in the desert, with sprawling green grass, colorful trees and, of course, rows upon rows of grapevines.
Vegas Delays / Openings / Fremont Street Experience / Slotzilla / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / VooDoo Zip Line / Off Strip / Rio Las Vegas / → All Tags
One was supposed to open downtown in June 2013. The other, just off The Strip, in August 2013. Months later, we're still waiting on both. And, the party line remains "soon."
In Downtown Vegas, the new rumor on Fremont about Slotzilla looks as if it may come true. In February, we shared whispers that an opening wouldn't happen until at least April. Today, the Fremont Street Experience Facebook page showed fans the view from Slotzilla's highest zipline level (the one folks will ride "Superman"-style) while keeping a specific launch date on the down low.