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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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Today, Trop unveiled their new Sky Villa Suites, found on the 20th floor of the Paradise Tower. Designed in part by the hotel-casino's CEO Alex Yemenidjian (hey, at least he didn't name them Alex Villas, ahem), the suites "were created with an emphasis on modern glamour":
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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.
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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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As much as we love the glitz and excitement of The Strip, it can be overwhelming at times. A day trip to surrounding areas offers a chance to catch your breath and take in some things you've never experienced, even if you’ve been to Las Vegas many times in the past.
Jaunts to Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and the Grand Canyon are always popular, but we’ve grown rather fond of a small cluster of casino hotels that welcome visitors crossing the Nevada-California state line. Well-known by residents of Southern California who drive here for wild weekends, it’s an undiscovered gem for tourists who come by air.
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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)