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Flamingo's GO Pool Charges $10...for Hotel Guests

July 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

A VegasChatter reader, CindyK, recently wrote in to us about a disturbing new charge going down at The Flamingo.

The Flamingo webpage shows a $10 charge for their own guests to use the pool. Earlier I had heard that it was only if they had a guest DJ but the website doesn’t say that and isn’t that part of what the Resort Fees are supposed to be for? Do you know anything about this?

Two years ago, getting into the GO pool was free for guests, $20 for non-hotel guests and $10 for guests of other Caesars hotels but now today, the website does say it's $10 for hotel guests of the Flamingo, $15 for other Caesars guests and $25 for non-guests.

This is outrageous especially since The Flamingo already charges a $25 resort fee plus tax (that fee includes internet, local calls and two passes to the fitness center.) And it might be the only hotel on the Strip that is charging its own guests to use the pool. True, this is the Flamingo's "party pool" and there is another general pool area for hotel guests to use. But still. Nothing says "We Love Our Guests!" by dinging them $10 for entering the pool.

The Flamingo's official stance on this is that guests are only charged for special events, as our reader alluded to above. Here's a Facebook comment posted by The Flamingo just the other day:

We look forward to your visit! Admission to the GO Pool is complimentary to hotel guests, however there is a $10 entry fee during special events.

The problem with this is that there is an event, or at least a DJ, happening nearly every day at the GO pool during the summer. So it's hard to tell what's a special event and what's a normal day.

We called the pool to ask them what was the deal with the charge and no one was there to pick up the phone. But we think it's safe to say if you're looking to party at the GO pool on the weekends, stuff a tenner in your bikini or board shorts just in case.

[Photo: Flamingo]

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Green Valley Ranch Goes Back to The 80s with 'Flashback Features'

July 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM | by | ()

It’s not often I can say “totally tubular” and mean it both literally and in that choice 80s slang way. Thank you, Flashback Features, for giving me this one in a million opportunity.

Green Valley Ranch is getting in on the “movies at the pool” game that the Cosmopolitan has successfully capitalized on for the past few summers. Unlike the Cosmo, GVR is going all 80s all the time. Gnarly!

Entry is free. Belvedere drink specials are $5 which is choice, but if they had Tab and Zima ready to go, it would be even more to the max!

Take the day off with Ferris Bueller on 7/26. Do The Truffle Shuffle with The Goonies on 8/2. Get your Molly Ringwald fix with Pretty In Pink on 8/9. Visit Wally World with The Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Vacation on 8/16. Rev up your Mr. Fusion to 1.21 gigawatts so you activate your flux capacitor and reach warp speed at 88 mph with Back To The Future on 9/6. The full schedule is available here:

It’s time to put on your best pair of Jams, hit the pool , and watch some righteous flicks. Remember. No guts. No glory.

[Photo: Green Valley Ranch/Facebook]

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Even More Changes in Store for SLS Las Vegas

July 8, 2015 at 7:12 PM | by | ()

And the hits keep on coming for the SLS Las Vegas. And by hits we mean more changes to the struggling casino hotel.

Page Six reports that Sam Nazarian is selling off his two best restaurant concepts--Katsuya and Cleo--to the One Group which owns the STK steakhouse brand (found in Vegas in The Cosmopolitan) as well as the Bagatelle brand (once found in Vegas for a hot minute at the Tropicana.) What this means for the future of Katsuya and Cleo at the SLS, whose hours were downgraded in November, we're not sure but now with new, non-SBE owners, anything can happen.

Another interesting development at SLS may happen to the hotel's pool scene. According to # 11 on this recent Clark County Zoning and Subdivision agenda, there's a design review pending for:

"an outside bar/nightclub with swimming pools in conjunction with a resort hotel (SLS) on a portion of 17.5 acres in an H-1 (Limited Resort and Apartment) Zone in the MUD-1 Overlay District. Generally located on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sahara Avenue within Winchester. CG/jt/ml (For possible action)"

Currently, the SLS only has one pool (the original Sahara pool) but now that LiFE has closed, we could totally see SLS ripping up this area and building an entirely new pool scene.

Of course, that's just what we think. And what do we know? We're just an unfrozen caveman lawyer. So have at it with your Vegas expertise in comments below.

[Photo: Greg C./VegasChatter]

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Beware! Bare's Pool Security May Not Be Protecting Its Topless Guests

Where: 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM | by | ()

It’s pool season here in Vegas, which means bikinis, cabanas, tan lines, and...crappy pool security guards? This was the case recently for one of our readers at Bare at the Mirage. Bare, a Hakkasan Group property, is known for being a sexy and sophisticated European-style pool (read: topless), but according to this reader’s story, their staff might be missing the mark with their security operations:

Here, she's bared all about her time at Bare and it is nothing sexy nor sophisticated:

“As VegasChatter is my trusted source for all things Vegas, I wanted to share an experience I had while visiting last week at Bare Pool at Mirage. My hope is that my experience will let future visitors know what they're in for if they visit Bare.

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Where You Can Play Blackjack Poolside in Las Vegas This Summer

May 28, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | ()

This weekend, temperatures are expected to hit 100 degrees in Las Vegas for the first time this year. And there’s no turning back. We’ll feel this dry heat (this east coast transplant says that's a real thing) for the next few months. Spending time indoors with air conditioning can be a nice relief from the heat, but so can hanging outside by the pool with a nice frosty beverage.

But if you’re a gambler like this guy, sitting around Las Vegas just drinking frosty drinks can get boring after a while. What better way to get liven up the day by the pool than by gambling a little? Thankfully there are more than a few casinos all over Las Vegas dealing poolside blackjack. Take a look:

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Stratosphere's Adults-Only Radius Pool Has A Lot To Offer

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

I like my coconut drinks with a view.

It can’t compete with the sight lines from Level 107 or Top of the World, but Stratosphere’s new Radius Pool offers tasty food, drinks and scenic views. The new adults-only pool will be open during the day and in the evening, making it a great place to soak up some rays and view the sunset.

Spicy chicken skewers.

The food selection rivals any other pool café on the Strip and includes tropical inspired dishes. The crispy pork belly bao sliders with Asian slaw and cilantro pesto ($12) are especially good. The caramelized chile pineapple chicken skewers ($12) are definitely on the spicy side but full of flavor. Pepper seared ahi tuna tataki with chukka noodle salad and Thai vinaigrette ($15) is a light yet flavor-packed dish. Other dishes include burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads.

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'Matinee' LGBTQ Party Poised to Dominate Busy Holiday Weekend

Where: 455 East Harmon Ave [map], 89169
May 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

Vegas pool parties are already in full swing, and for the LGBTQ crowd that means weekly hedonistic hard-bodied blowouts...and a few multi-day events.

This coming Memorial Day Weekend marks the fifth year for Matinee Las Vegas, a four-day festival for gay (our preferred shorthand) clubbers that promises bigger/better/hotter than ever before.

In a city that sets the standard for water-centric events, that’s a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the organizers at Matinee Group have 20 years of experience at raising the bar.

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Stratosphere To Offer A New Angle On The Vegas Pool Scene

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89104
April 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

The space that was once Stratosphere's topless pool foray, Beach Club 25, will do a 180 this May. That's when the please-keep-the-tatas-away Radiusº Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge, a pool-in-the-daytime, lounge-in-the-nighttime, party-all-the-time experience, makes its debut.

Beach Club 25 closed indefinitely back in June 2011. The pool scene, located 300 feet up on the hotel's 25th floor, stayed dormant all this time.

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Just One Dish: Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich At Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

Usually at pools and beach clubs the food is pretty basic. The menus include classic staples like burgers, sandwiches, fruit platters, chicken strips etc. Nothing extraordinary. When I visit pools, the last thing on my mind is the food. I’m usually more interested in the drinks (don’t judge). So, when I recently visited Delano Beach Club, the last thing I expected was to be blown away by a food item on their menu. But, I was.

My guest ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Sandwich and I initially cringed. The sounds of crab and shrimp salad didn’t appeal to me, especially in the heat and while drinking the beach club’s sweet, sugary drinks. I was wrong about the sandwich, though, and pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic!

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Checking Out Delano Beach Club

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
April 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM | by | ()

So, we gave you the scoop on Delano Beach Club, the newest Vegas pool on The Strip. The new kid on the block opened just next to Mandalay Bay Beach a little over a week ago and they invited us to check out the venue first hand.

I went to DBC on a Thursday, which was perfect because that means it wasn’t too hectic or crowded. My guest and I were greeted by a group of eager, inviting staff who set us up in chairs right at the edge of the pool. We were informed that the chairs are complimentary if you are a Delano hotel guest and show a room key at the door. This is a plus considering some beach clubs charge hundreds of dollars for a chair (insane. so insane).

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Have A Mid-Life Crisis At Encore Beach Club

Where: 3121 Las Vegas Boulevard S. [map], 89109
April 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

As clubs keep trying to outdo each other with more and more elaborate bottle service presentations (drone delivery, anyone?), the spectacle is beginning to get out of control even more over the top. Encore Beach Club is upping the ante with two new packages for your indulgence.

First up is the Sons of Beach Club motorcycle-themed offer where a gang of leather bikini-clad servers ride out to your table on a real, production model Harley-Davidson armed with a Nebuchadnezzar (that’s 15 liters) of Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label plus 20 bottles of house bubbly. Hopefully, there’s a sidecar to hold all that booze. This will set you back $25,000.

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Delano Beach Club Makes Its Debut

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
April 14, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | ()

Delano Beach Club is officially open! Enjoy this exclusive retreat with our signature cocktails, chaise lounges, hammocks and a submerged chess board.

Posted by Delano Las Vegas on Friday, April 10, 2015

Mandalay Bay now has four ways for guests to make a splash: Mandalay Bay Beach, Moorea Beach Club, Daylight Beach Club and, now, Delano Beach Club.

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