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Our Thoughts After A Night At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
September 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (17)

As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.

Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.

After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.

Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).

My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.

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At Four Seasons, Verandah To Return Without The 'H'

Where: 89109
September 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

You won't have to remember a brand new name when Four Seasons' popular casual dining spot returns from a self-described $1 million "refresh," but you will need to remember to drop the "h."

Verandah will return as Veranda on Saturday, September 20. Technically, the restaurant's new, full name will be Veranda Cucina Italiana, but we're sure that's just to provide more reasons to use some sort of curlicue font on signage remind patrons that Italy is its thing. (Although, this writer never really knew that with my laser focus on weekend brunch. And, PRESS. And, fresh donuts. At brunch. Brunchhh. If you're picturing me as a drooling Homer Simpson, you're not far off base.)

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Changes At Caesars: New Sportsbook Bar And Food Court Renovations

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (6)

Construction walls surround the former Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars.

Caesars Palace, the sprawling compound that it is, has gotten a sports book facelift and is undergoing renovations to its food court, previously known as Cypress Street Marketplace. The former food court always had steady traffic and especially long lines whenever this writer wanted to pop in for her beloved BBQ pork sandwiches, mac & cheese and creamed spinach at the Bar BQ outpost.

Granted Mesa Grill, Rao’s and Nobu are also at Caesars and clearly in a different class, but the various Cypress Street offerings were solid food court options for those with less time or a smaller budget.

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Excalibur's Buffet Will Be Closed For The Rest Of The Year

Where: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

We know. You're probably meeting this news with a shrug, a "who cares," or an "it's okay if it never comes back." But, if you did enjoy Excalibur's buffet for what it was, or as a MyVEGAS freebie, just know that change will be a long time coming.

The hotel has announced that a remodeling, which called for the closure of the buffet on September 2, will last into the New Year. A revamped gorge-fest is expected to debut in January. We asked for details, but reps say there are none they are ready to provide at this time.

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It's A Very Small World In The SLS World Tower

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
August 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM | by | Comments (17)

The Sahara was one of the first Vegas hotels that this writer (and my other half) ever stayed in. After visiting many times, both alone and with pals, Sahara felt like an old friend. Unfortunately, our relationship faltered when the property and level of service fell into decay. After a particularly unpleasant experience in 2009, I vowed not to return as a guest. And, I kept that promise… until last weekend when it was reborn as SLS Las Vegas.

As soon as an opening date for SLS was announced, I was able to book a two-night stay in a World Tower accommodation (360 sq. ft.) for that weekend. The World Tower is, by SLS’ own description, the "functional” arm of its three towers, with the Story Tower rooms (325 sq. ft.) intended for partiers, and Lux Tower rooms (465 sq. ft.) designed for those with luxury tastes.

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It Sounds Like Casino Royale Will Have A Denny's Again Before Year's End

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (5)

Torn down for expansion (and for, yes, another Strip-front pharmacy), Denny's should return to the center Strip sooner than we thought.

A representative of the 24/7 diner chain tells us the Casino Royale location -- which sees $8 million in revenue a year! -- is tentatively scheduled to reopen this November. Until now, we thought a return wouldn't happen until 2015.

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At MGM Grand, A Closure For Remodeling Will Be Over Like 'Bam!'

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

A multi-year Grand Renovation project at MGM Grand has slowed down after kicking out new rooms, casino carpet, dining spots and nightlife, but some of the resort's oldest longest running destinations aren't being ignored.

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House will close September 2-11 while it kicks its design and menu up a notch. The plan will add new fare as well as an oyster bar while a remodel of the space will make it more airy and introduce new promenade-side seating as well. Don't worry, though, about the menu changes. We're told guest favorites will remain.

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Verandah's Indoor Dining Room Closing For Remodeling

Where: 89109
August 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (2)

At Four Seasons, guests have enjoyed a lovely room redesign for closing in on two years now. And, long-time readers know how im-PRESS-ed we've been with the redesigned lobby bar. Now, the focus is turning to the resort's informal yet still classy cafe.

VegasChatter has learned Verandah's indoor dining room will be closed September 1-22 for remodeling. Its patio, however, will still offer breakfast and lunch service. Dinner, however, will not be available. The closure also means the resort's yumtastic weekend breakfast buffet also will be off the menu until renovations are complete.

(PHOTO: VegasMagazine.com)

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Westgate Is Promising Renovated Rooms By Early 2015

August 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

When our monthly LVH Westgate e-newsletter pinged into our in-box today, the headline immediately caught our interest:

Exciting new changes are happening!

We already knew new owner David Siegel was promising big things in regards to the aging off-Strip property, but curious as to the focus of this particular excitement, we clicked through to find the answer:

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Excalibur Buffet Closing Soon For Renovations

Where: 89109
August 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM | by | Comments (11)

Its exterior may forever be a castle, but Excalibur's buffet won't remind us of a neglected dungeon much longer. Or, at least, its decor won't.

VegasChatter fan Sharon C. tipped us off to the news of a remodel earlier today. According to Excalibur's Twitter feed, a renovation project will close the overly exuberantly themed space beginning September 2. The property will offer a "special breakfast set-up at The STEAKHOUSE at Camelot in the mean time."

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Mandalay Bay Should See A Room Remodel In 2015

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
August 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (5)

THEhotel is just weeks away from becoming Delano Las Vegas, a transformation that includes a full remodel of its all-suite tower. Four Seasons completely renovated its floors within Mandalay Bay in 2012. Now it sounds like the resort's main tower will be next for an update.

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At Harrah's, A Food Hall Cometh, Plus Casino Changes

Where: 89109
July 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (9)

While what's happening to its south is taking much of the limelight, Harrah's is bringing the new, too.

In December, we told you how the aging resort was betting big on a casino floor revamp. One month later, we filled you in on plans for a new fast-casual dining experience that would replace Ming's Table and The Cafe at Harrah's.

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