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With sunny skies and a string of highs in the 70s ahead (except Thursday... drat you, Thursday, and your 63 degree high!..), Vegas is ready to get its pool party back on.
At least four will dive back into the swim of things (hee) in less than a month with more suiting up soon after. Here's how opening season is shaping up in Vegas:
Before year's end, we should have three new hotels -- The Cromwell, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas -- to explore. And, we should be able to test the waters at two new pools with their debuts, fingers crossed.
Delano, which is taking over and transforming THEhotel, will share the already established pool offerings of big sis, Mandalay Bay, but SLS and Cromwell will both bring entirely new pool scenes to the city. We don't know what is in store at either just yet aside from beautiful babies and luxe cabanas, obvi, but -- based solely on their renderings and locales, which pool would you rather?
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Would you believe us if we told you that pool season is just around the corner?
It may not feel like it in the midst of this polar vortex, but if all goes according to plan and the weather cooperates, we could see hotels begin to reopen their party pools as early as St. Patrick’s Day. That would mean that we're only two months away from showing some (more) skin.
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Have you ever tried a hotel for the first time, then kicked yourself for staying there? Happens all the time. But, how about scolding yourself for not trying a place sooner? That’s how this writer felt after a recent stay at Palms Place Hotel and Spa. After avoiding it for so long, I finally caved and booked a Studio Suite for two nights. Now, I wish I hadn't waited.
This VegasChatter contributor usually avoids the “party” resorts like Hard Rock Hotel or Cosmopolitan. (Those days are disappearing in the rearview mirror.) But now, with many recent changes (along with the fickle tastes of the hip crowd), Palms isn’t as popular as it once was. Recent visits for dining and a preview of Zowie Bowie’s short-lived show (at the quickly shuttered Heraea sports bar/restaurant), made me realize just how much Palms has fallen out of favor, or out of touch. With that in mind, I decided to give in and try a few nights, but played it safe by booking the non-gaming Palms Place tower. And, once I checked in, I didn’t want to leave. Seriously.
Downtown Grand will host its grand opening tomorrow (11.12.13 at 14:15 military time), but execs are holding off on officially opening, Picnic, their rooftop pool and lounge until the spring.
Yet, when it opens, you won't even have to go to the pool to observe the scene. That's because Downtown Grand will be offering a live pool cam through guestroom TVs.
We found this "channel" while we were looking for
TLC's "Say Yes to The Dress" a serious news station. Alas, because the pool is not open, the pool deck camera wasn't turned on. But, when spring comes, we can't wait to see how guests will use this feature. You can spy on your friends, scope out potential hook-ups or just assess how crowded the scene might be.
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Downtown Grand has marked its first 24 hours of business, but not everything is open to the public.
Formerly the Lady Luck, the reimagined, renovated and renamed Downtown Vegas hotel and casino welcomed its first guests Sunday night. Termed as a soft opening, the official debut is set for 11.12.13. (Hopefully at 11:12 .. and 13 seconds.. a.m. because why not go all the way?)
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What does Vegas do when the high drops down to 70? Yep, pull out the hoodies and drain the pools.
Locals were in sweats, jackets and full-on coats everywhere this writer looked this morning (while bravely going against the grain and wearing a short-sleeved shirt) while Vegas resorts ready to move the party from poolside to brunch-side. (Yeah, that's stretching it, but go with it.)
At Hard Rock, Rehab will shut pool season down with Sean Kingston on October 13 while Liquid at Aria parties one last time this Sunday, October 6. Encore Beach Club's last event is listed as October 12 while MGM's Wet Republic will shutter after one last blow-out on the 13th. Meantime, TAO Beach at Venetian and Marquee Dayclub at Cosmo will try to stay open through October 27.
Now that Labor Day has passed and the weather is heading towards cooler temps, Vegas pools are gearing down in preparation for the off-season. In general, this translates to closures for adult party pools, shorter hours for the other remaining pools, and a more subdued atmosphere compared to the club-like scene of the summer. While we're not ready to pack up our swimsuits just yet, there are a few things from this past season that we would happily pack away never to be see again.
1) Broken Loungers. While most people want to get to the pool early for a prime spot, we found we wanted to get there early for a prime lounger. We went to several pools-that-shall-not-be-named and found chairs that were so stained, caked in dirt, ripped and broken that it left us wondering how many drinks it would take to forget what we tried to hide under our pool towels.
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We won't be getting another stripper pool anytime soon, but it is a possibility in the year
2000 2015... ish.
Last month, OG (Olympic Gardens for Vegas old-timers) asked city officials to give them more time to get an expansion off the ground that would include, perhaps, a roof-top pool.
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When The Plaza Downtown unveiled their new look nearly two years ago, the rooftop pool deck was still, um, "under repair." But as this picture (steathily taken from the Golden Nugget's Rush Tower) indicates, not much has been updated or upgraded since.
According to their Facebook, they did add some new lounge chairs and what looks like a patch of seriously random astroturf. But there are no cabanas, no foliage, no umbrellas and little to no places with shade. Better bring a big floppy hat if you want to avoid a nasty burn. We aren't even sure if there are misters hanging around there. And God knows we need our misters when laying poolside in Vegas. (The water misters and the regular misters too.)
Then again, it's been so hot in Vegas recently that even laying by a full-service hotel pool has its drawbacks. Wherever you are, you're better off staying inside.
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Execs at Mandarin Oriental have been busy refreshing their pool this year, from new colors in the cabanas to updating non-hotel guest policies. The private cabanas surrounding the pool offer a nice reprieve from the Vegas heat, of course, but are also furnished with Playstation 3, 42-inch flat panel TVs, a fridge full of non-alcoholic beverages, sun tan lotion and even plush robes. And, each comes with a complimentary bottle of champagne. All in all, it's a pretty slick setup for the eighth floor pool for those that want to enjoy a more relaxing scene over the dayclub parties dotting most the Strip, these days.
One noteworthy change to the pool policy is that non-hotel guests can now buy their way in. NHGs are welcome to visit and dine in the Pool Cafe anytime, but renting a cabana for the day grants access to the pool itself, too. Full-day cabana rentals, since let's admit it, it's going to take all day to plow through those amenities, start at $350 during the week and $550 on the weekends.
The hotel has also revamped its Pool Cafe menu, adding more poolside friendly dishes that still have a signature Mandarin Oriental twist. Since we forgot to pack a mankini for our visit, we laser-focused in on the food and drink over showing off the Pappagiorgio pecs. A decision that probably worked out for everyone involved, including our hosts.
There are strip clubs and then there are strip clubs in Vegas. And, even this VegasChatter'er has been to one of the most OG (as in original gangsta) in town -- OG. As in Olympic Gardens. (And, yes, ok. More than once.)
Located just down Las Vegas Boulevard from the Stratosphere, OG rightly bills itself as the only strip club on the Strip. In 2011, city officials approved a request to expand the gentleman's club by 38,000 square feet which would include the addition of a 8,770 roof deck. Tomorrow, OG will ask for a time extension on the project because it's "used the last few months to observe the emerging trends using accessory pools to establish a business plan that utilizes the roof-top recreational area." Or, in layman's terms, it's thinking about adding a stripper pool to the roof, y'all.
Sadly, city officials are recommending a denial to the request for more time. In the summer of 2011, city officials stated that the expansion approval would become void after two years. We'll let you know if they change their mind.
(Photo: OG on Foursquare; Rendering: City Council)