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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)
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Sunday brunch while overlooking a topless pool? That’s what you get for waking up in Vegas.
With a new brunch menu, the sexy surroundings at Bare, The Mirage’s adults-only pool retreat, just got a lot more tempting. For the record, this Vegas Chatter’er did not dine topless. Though, if not sitting with other distinguished members of the media, it might have happened. What? Too many cute tops have suffered from our messy eating habits. Besides, tan lines are the worst! Here's our thoughts after dining if not au naturale, al fresco at least.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say you know Vegas, but how well do you really know this town? Well enough to know exactly where these innocent children playing by the pool are found?
If you think you do, then step right up and drop your answer in the comments below. Here are a few hints to get you started:
· This is one of the tamer pool scenes in Vegas, except there's a bit of overhead commotion
· You will need to not just show your room key, but also hand it over to the attendant so they can swipe it through a machines
· While we have spotted kids in the pool at Hooters, it is not Hooters
· There's a not-so-kid friendly show that plays here
Think you know the answer? Put down your best guess and we'll reveal the location in a little bit!
Sundays can be the worst days in Vegas. You've got a nasty hangover, you've got to get out of your hotel room by 11 a.m. and you've got a flight back home to catch later in the day. Yet no one wants to spend the hours between hotel check-out and their flight departure time at the airport. So, you usually drop your bags at the bell desk and wander aimlessly around the casino, stopping to gamble whatever funds you have left or grabbing one last bite to eat (if you aren't too nauseous). It can feel rather pointless, not to mention a little depressing. But, now there's another option -- The Sapphire Pool.
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Despite the coming streak of consecutive 100-degree days and our usual unwillingness to quote country songs, things just might get hotter as the sun goes down on the Vegas pool scene.
While most hotel pools close between 5 p.m. and sunset, a few stay open late by means of concerts and special events bringing a whole new meaning to the idea of "suiting up" for a night out in Sin City. For your nightlife needs, check out these wet and wild pool parties happening across town this summer:
Night Swim at XS: Don your swimsuit (but keep it under a classy wrap until you get there, tho) and watch the pool turn into a dance floor at Wynn/Encore's Sunday late-night pool bash. Doors open at 10 p.m. and table reservations can be made by calling 702-770-0097.
“Party Like It’s $19.99!” at Sway Pool Lounge: Silverton Casino is hosting this poolside summer concert series featuring cover bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The $19.99 ticket includes entry and two drinks (well cocktails or domestic beers), or you can buy a $15 ticket that does not include beverages (which would be silly). The concerts are held mostly on Saturdays and doors open at 6 p.m. You can see the full schedule here.
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From Daylight to Light to Eclipse, Mandalay Bay wants to be your new dusk-till-dawn nightclub destination. The club wars in Las Vegas hit the tipping point this weekend with the opening of the European-inspired Daylight Beach Club and the Cirque du Soleil-inspired club, Light. This may be the nightlife point of saturation for a dramatic year of Vegas resort shuffles and maneuvers.
We'll have an inside look at Light in another report, but here is pretty much every nook and cranny at Daylight.
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Five words. Nightly. Nude. BBQ. Pool. Party. Where do you sign up, right? Unfortunately, this won't be a regular Vegas occurrence, but it will happen for two evenings during the 2013 Nudist Clubhouse Nudist Expo set for later this month at Alexis Park.
The conference, set for May 31-June 2, is meant to promote nude travel and will feature "exhibitors from nudist resorts across the country, travel agents specializing in Nakation (real word?!?) travel and nude cruises..." as well as other naked experts. Anyone can attend for the low price of $20 for a one day pass, or $25 for two days. Nakations will also be given away. Check it out, you know, for a friend, here.