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VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was “voted the casino I want to love again if only they’d stop making weird decisions.” While he seems ok with the carpet upgrade, the changes in the high limit slot area came across as a bit odd.
First, check out the new carpet on the right in the photo below. It’s being rolled out in segments across the casino floor. The machines from the coffee shop up to the oyster bar had been removed to make room for the new flooring on Greg's recent visit.
A mainstay in the gay community is closing its doors tomorrow after a 12-year run. Blue Moon Resort off the Strip near Artisan announced last night it will be ending operations October 15. The message posted by owner John Hessling on the resort’s Facebook page cites only “circumstances beyond my control” as the reason for the closure. An employee cited the resort was “sold out from under the owner” in a mortgage situation.
From what we’ve heard, Blue Moon was home to some pretty epic pool parties and BBQs. What other Vegas hotel offers a free BBQ on Sunday with BYOB? Blue Moon’s Facebook page is full of comments from sad customers who don’t want to see the hotel close. They called trips to Blue Moon “the best vacation I ever had” and noted it had the “best service” while being “the most fun I had” in Vegas.
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The off Strip casino-hotel used to charge $4.99 for standard rooms and $9.99 for its suites. Now, the resort fee is a flat $9.99 (not counting tax), no matter the spaciousness of your room type. The policy change quietly went into effect September 1. Here's what the website says guests receive for their money:
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We’re always on the lookout for secret places to eat and drink in Vegas. Secret places are just more fun. Or, maybe it’s that places that don’t advertise have to deliver in order to survive. That certainly seems to be the case with Cosmopolitan’s secret pizza. Whatever it is, we’re always excited to come across something that’s been hiding in plain sight.
A steakhouse doesn’t seem like the kind of place you want to keep a secret, but that’s exactly the case at The Back Room restaurant inside Silver Sevens. With no reviews available for guidance, this writer set out to find out what’s happening at the new Silver Sevens steakhouse.
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Prince tribute act Purple Reign continues its rule of Las Vegas from a new home at Westgate. It’s hard to name a casino this show hasn’t been in during its 15-year run. Most recently at The D and at Planet Hollywood before that, tribute artist Jason Tenner and his almost too convincing act have now set up shop in the Shimmer Showroom at Westgate. His falsetto could rival Mariah Carey's dog whistle, likely aided by his incredibly tight pants.
This intimate showroom is a great venue for the show. The sides don’t extend much past the stage so there are no awkward angles and the tiered seating means there’s a good view, even from the back by the bar. The drum kit is up in the air too, so you literally can see every performer easily. With costumes as flashy as these, you surely wouldn’t want to miss any details.
When MyVEGAS reps announced rewards for Station Casinos, it became a great excuse to check into Palace Station. Aside from having a delicious dinner at the Charcoal Room, this Chatter'er has only visited the off-Strip property a couple of times, even though I drive by it almost weekly.
Palace Station compares fairly with other near Strip properties like Gold Coast and The Orleans. The mid-range hotel offers fine accommodations, but nothing better than you’d expect for the price point. Midweek rates are about $29 to $49 (plus resort fee) and weekends are closer to $100 per night.
It's the Sooouulll Traiiinnn.....!
If just that phrase dredges up joyful memories of love, peace and soul from across the tracks of your mind, polish up your best moves and dance on down to the Orleans on November 7 for the 2014 Soul Train Awards.
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If you’ve been to the Hard Rock sportsbook you know that it’s cozy and can get quite full for football. With only seating for about 100, the upside of the small sportsbook is that it has those beautiful new TV screens that you’re used to from CG Technology. If you were in the mood for a drink, however, you’d often have to walk out to one of the bars or the coffee shop. Although, you won't have to venture quite that far, anymore.
The sportsbook at Hard Rock is receiving a semi-expansion and more drink service. The attached bar which was rarely an option has just finished a makeover and is finally open for business, even if it missed the kickoff of football season. The bar will now have a name. From here on out it will be called the Side Bet Bar.
In case you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big event in Vegas. We’ve already given you the scoop on Fright Dome, the Gates of Hell, The Asylum, and Hotel Fear. But, you may be unfamiliar with the frights found just a stone’s throw from Silver Sevens.
You might know Fortune Hotel & Suites as just another off-Strip bargain property. This VegasChatter writer can assure you, however, that it's also the creepiest destination in the Las Vegas Valley, guaranteed to give you nightmares long after you’ve checked out.
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You’ll have to eat it in the sushi bar area only, but the hours for Jayde Fuzion’s all-you-can-eat sushi option have expanded. The M Resort restaurant has added new hours along with new menu items. Previously, the special only ran Sunday through Thursday, but it’s now available daily with new small plates to sweeten (or its savory equivalent) the deal.
Though, sushi purists may wish to stick to the more traditional rolls, the new menu additions include crispy calamari, chilled Vietnamese salad rolls, pork egg rolls, steamed BBQ pork buns, vegetable tempura, seaweed salad, pickled Asian cucumber salad, edamame and miso soup. The widened variety means even if there’s a seafood-phobe in your group, they can find plenty to eat to make the AYCE deal worth it.
There’s something new on the rise, quite literally. The Rise Lantern Festival hits the Mojave Desert Saturday, October 18. According to organizers, “Rise Festival is a celebration of the life, joys, dreams, hopes, and blessing of each participant. Those are all unique, but something we all share is a love for the planet.”
Participants will gather to light lanterns for one or all of those reasons and will then release them into the night sky. If you’re wondering what this means for the hopes and dreams of the environment, officials say the event has a “leave no trace” policy and that a 500-person cleanup crew will ensure every biodegradable lantern is retrieved. They’ll also pick up any additional trash they find while on cleanup duty. Organizers are also purchasing “carbon offsets for every vehicle we use in the setup and cleanup of the festival” and encouraging participants to do the same.
Ever wonder what the west was like before the fancy rooms, massive casinos, celeb restaurants, and elaborate pools? The Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada provides an opportunity to see how people lived here long before the cities of today.
Only about 15 minutes from the Valley of Fire, the Lost City Museum (formerly known as the Boulder Dam Park Museum) has some really interesting artifacts and exhibits from the early inhabitants of Nevada. Mostly focusing on early Native Americans such as the Anasazi, there is a collection of pottery and tools as well as other insights into how they lived. If you're a history buff, or just want to learn about this unique culture, these exhibits are truly one of a kind.