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MGM Grand's on-going Grand Renovation took its round-the-clock Studio Cafe, closed it, remodeled it (and its menu), and reopened it as 'see what we've done there' Avenue 24. (Well, as far as the last part of the name, at least.)
We grabbed lunch there back in July shortly after the
cafe restaurant made its return. It was okay. The fare was solid and, this writer thought, creative for a Strip cafe (ok, we're just going to say cafe, MGM), but nothing was amazing nor memorable. As I wrote this, I struggled to remember any of the dishes I had. The only thing I could recall was meat fries. (A check of the menu amends that to Short Rib Fries, $19.) But, while I can't remember specific menu items, I do recall the overly generous portion sizes. Every dish presented to my party (we also tried the Skinless Skins, $15; Thai Chicken Salad, $18; and the Cubano sandwich, $17) could easily have satisfied two. Maybe even three. I'm really not exaggerating.
In June, Bally's execs announced that the property's South tower would be relabeled Jubilee and would feature renovated "ultra modern" accommodations. At the time, November 1 was the earliest available date for bookings, but that changed yesterday. There are now 756 redesigned rooms to crash in and each starts at $99 a night, according to a press release. While the rooms did not get any bigger, they do feature new flat-screen TVs, furniture, beds, carpeting and wall coverings as well as redesigned bathrooms, too. This, however, can not be said for the tower's suites, nor for the north tower, period. We're promised more news on the Jubilee tower's suites "later this year."
Back on the good news front, though, in-room safes are now "complimentary." We just ranted about the WTF $3 safe charge on top of the resort fee. Clearly, our work here is now done.
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Bagatelle Beach and Sapphire Pool won't be the only two new pool scenes in Las Vegas this summer. Rumor has it that Hakkasan will have a pool, too. And, a stop by Mandalay Bay this weekend found work was underway on their second adult pool.
As we reported back in November, the unnamed Light Group project will take over Mandalay's auxiliary pool known as Landshark Lagoon. An area now enclosed in tall, green privacy fencing although we did see construction equipment on-site and spotted demolition underway. Nearby landscaping has also been ripped out.
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Aria has been slowly cooking up a brand new buffet experience after turning off the grills back in October. An improved all-you-can-eat fest will reopen sometime this month. (Aria is only saying "late" December right now.)
When it does make its debut, the buffet will look different, but it's what they will be asking us to put on our plates that matters. And, now, the hotel-casino is finally giving us a taste of what's to come:
The glass showers have been installed with care and the vanities nearly there as a $30 million dollar renovation at the Four Seasons comes closer to completion. Some rooms have already been made available but the final finishes on a
grand renovation will be officially complete this coming Saturday, December 8. Want a peek at what's new?
For starters, the picture perfect gold and white digs up top. Anyone worried about spoiling photoshop cred like that can write us their impressions from the desk of the Four Seasons:
Seasoned Four Seasons guests will want to note that the former 180 Degree Strip View Suites are now the Presidential Strip View Suites:
The changes taking place at Mandalay Bay won't just happen on the inside. While The Delano is transforming THEhotel, Cirque is working to bring Michael Jackson center stage. And, let's not forget that the Light Group is taking over three restaurants and a long-shuttered nightspot there, too. And, now, public records reveal one of the resort's pools will be morphed into a hotspot, too.
The Light Group has requested and received permission by local government officials to "remodel an exisiting pool area" at the resort. While it doesn't say which pool, specifically, language in the paperwork seems to point to it being the hotel's overflow pool which borders the parking lot at Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell. The area is referred to as the South Lagoon on the hotel's website. Here's a map if you're having trouble picturing the area.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal states that the property has been gutted and that "workers were building interior walls, installing wiring, insulation, doors, as well as painting and installing new carpet in hallways." The newspaper also reports that execs are close to nailing down a room decor. What we found to be the most interesting part of the article, however, is the mention of a room rate --
Four Seasons Las Vegas began posting remodeling photos on its Facebook page two weeks ago. The renovation will bring all new digs to the resort by December 8, including the addition of two new Hospitality Suites. (One of which you see under construction above.) Check out the photo gallery to see what $30 million buys you these days. And, click here to see what the rooms looked like before.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal states that the renovation would include a new nightclub concept (by the folks behind the hotel's current club, Drai) as well as a rooftop pool, a remodeled casino and new rooms, too. Oh, and all these
dreams plans "could also lead to a new name."
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Located at 1 Fremont Street, it introduced the very first telephone to Vegas. Phone number? One. The site of Downtown's Golden Gate Hotel & Casino isn't just steeped in Vegas history. It practically invented it. A hotel that has resided on the same spot since 1906. It's been the Golden Gate since 1955 and became the first locale to introduce shrimp cocktail to the Vegas masses in 1956.
Now, the first major expansion in fifty years concludes a couple of years of renovation and the hotel now has 16 all new suites and two penthouses. Plus, a high roller lounge, an all new lobby, their first ever porte cochere and a revived energy about the place. Our galleries (see below) shows you the breadth of the upgrades.
And it's 16 new hotel suites, "not 1,600 or 60," as President and co-owner Mark Brandenburg told us on a media tour of the property. They are proud and, with a wink, tout it as the "smallest expansion in recent Vegas history." He maintained, "you don't have to be a mega-resort to be a high class, quality place."
In 1906 when the hotel first opened, local press hailed it as "first class." Their aim is to keep that tradition alive and move into a new stage of luring Strip regulars who have never been Downtown before. Brandeburg says he often hears new visitors had "no idea" that the Golden Gate or Fremont Street existed. He wants to change that because he believes this section of the city, "feels real.. This the the real Las Vegas." His focus is also on the "cool part of Vegas history," but he hesitates to admit the hotel is anything close to a musuem. A small history display parked by the new lobby and the new retro design touches is as close as he wants to get to any hint of the building being a living artifact.
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You've probably already heard about the new rooms that are on the way, the new sportsbook that's already here, and the new dining (Heraea, XISHI and Chocolat Bistro, for starters) that's to come. There's also a nightlife and casino revamp on tap, too. (Let's pause, though, to pour some out for Little Buddha, Garduño’s, Cathay House, the Playboy Club, the Empire Comedy Club, Hart & Huntington and Pauly D. Standby as to whether Alize will be added to this list.)
At Bellagio, there are new rooms. And, then there are newer rooms after a (almost) top-to-bottom reno last year. But, while a lot of the rooms look like the photo above (or a variation of that contemporary
sameness theme), none of the accommodations in the hotel's "newer" Spa Tower do.
That will change by the end of the year, however, as Bellagio hopes to transform the rest of its rooms by early September and the remainder of its suites by November. Bellagio already spent $70 million bucks on redo'ing the more than 2,500 accommodations in its main tower. They'll spend another $40 mil to give the just over 900 rooms in the resort's Spa Tower the same decor.
Round two of renovations will kick off August 19th.
(PHOTO: MGM Resorts)