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A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.
Spent all your time telling your Facebook friends how thankful you were last month? Then you missed a lot of sh*t! Here's November in a nutshell!
· One Bar (Golden Gate)
· Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat, Drink, Party (Circus Circus)
· Newly redesigned Garden Chapel (Flamingo)
· Marinelli’s Pasta Bar (M Resort)
· Splendid boutique (Fashion Show Mall)
· Graham Knuttel Gallery (Grand Canal Shoppes)
· Sugar Factory (Town Square) December 6 grand opening
· Rock 'N'oodles (Downtown)
· Container Park (Downtown)
· Microsoft Store (Fashion Show Mall)
· Expanded Apple Store (Fashion Show Mall)
· Zombie Burlesque (V Theater) 8:30 p.m., dark Sundays
· Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe (19 S. Stephanie Street, Suite 150, Henderson)
· The Coop Show (Planet Hollywood) Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
· FIZZ (Caesars Palace)
· Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (Off Strip)
· Re:lax spa (Aliante)
· Ketchup Premium Burger Bar (Miracle Mile)
· Red E Bike (Red Rock Canyon)
· The Who: Miles Over Vegas (Fremont Street Experience)
· Marvel 4D (Madame Tussauds)
· Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume (The Cosmopolitan) Through January 2, 2014
· Las Vegas Live Comedy (Miracle Mile, V Theater)
· Titan 360 (Venetian)
· Krave (TW Theater)
· Ice Skating Rinks (Venetian/Palazzo and Cosmopolitan) Through December 5
· The Great Jelly Rescue 4D movie (The Adventuredome)
· Stadium Gaming (Palazzo)
During its hiatus, signs around the fountain proclaimed big things:
Atlantis will return soon with: a new look at the legend, a new story to tell, a new take on the characters, a new style of costumes, a new barrage of special effects, a new multi-screen experience, a new thrill for everyone!
Now that we've seen the new show, let's break it down.
A new look at the legend, a new story to tell, a new take on the characters: Yeah, no. It's the exact same story, told with the exact same arc, and has the exact same climax. If we were actually able to hear what was being said, we could confirm that the script is the same, but we weren't, nor will you be, that lucky. The audio is still incredibly difficult to make out in the crowded dome the fountain sits under.
Future Vegas / Construction / Closings / Openings / Casino Royale / Walgreens / Renovations / Denny's / → All Tags
So, which is the last casino on the Vegas Strip that you’d expect to have major renovations? If you said Casino Royale, you’d be wrong. The Denny’s at Casino Royale will be closing at the end of the month to make way for major construction in 2014. Denny's will become larger and a new drugstore will go into the Strip frontage at Casino Royale, too.
Altogether, this $14 million renovation will take up over 22,000 square feet and two floors. Here's a rough sketch:
If you’re staying at the Best Western at Casino Royale and want breakfast without going elsewhere, you can still grab a Cinnabon or an egg sandwich from Subway. Denny's is the only restaurant at Casino Royale that will be closing. All other restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, will remain open.
VegasChatter Reviews / Downtown Grand / Lady Luck / Name Changes / Renovations / Openings / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / → All Tags
In part one of our review of Downtown Grand, we spent four nights in a 450 square-foot corner "Premium" room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. Now it's time for a review of the property's more 'basic' offering, the 350 square-foot "Deluxe" room. And, spoiler, we definitely had a preference between the two.
After this writer took an overnight excursion to Primm, it was back to Downtown Grand for another two nights. This time, I’d booked through Hotels.com for a nightly rate of $37 plus tax and an $11 nightly "Grand Experience" fee. I had no delusions that I’d be getting a premium room once again. Even a tight Mr. Olympia tee and a bit of flirting with the familiar desk agent didn’t help get an upgrade from deluxe. Darn! I mean "yay, my review is now a two-fer!"
Once on the eighth floor, it was deja vu again, but this time for a different reason. The carpeting in this corridor looked very familiar.
VegasChatter Reviews / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Grand / Lady Luck / Hotel Rooms / Resort Fees / Renovations / Openings / Name Changes / → All Tags
Remember the old Certs commercial? “It’s two (click) two (click) two mints in one!” Here at VegasChatter, we’re going retro and doing the Certs version of Downtown Grand room reviews. Two opinions from back-to-back stays (with a one-night break in-between to recharge our objectivity). And, just like that breath mint, the former Lady Luck is now as fresh as a mountain spring and as yummy as the tastiest candy. But, is that enough to lure people away from the beer-and-onion breath (if you will) of Fremont Street? Let’s take a peek behind those guestroom doors and find out. First, a review of the hotel-casino's Premium rooms. Tomorrow, we'll check out the Grand's Deluxe guestrooms.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the Downtown Grand, both in person and by way of our site. If you’ve been reading our updates, you’d think we haven’t yet stayed. That’s not the case. We've actually spent a lot more time there than we'd planned to, especially this particular writer thanks to an unpleasant flu/cold/fever thing that kept me in bed for much of my stay. And, when you’re feeling miserable, you’re especially aware of your surroundings, no? Thank goodness the first four nights of my visit were in a 450 square foot corner Premium Room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. (Cue the deja vu music to remind you of my review of the corner petite jacuzzi suite at Eastside Cannery just a few weeks ago.)
I’d like to think it was my dazzling smile and always irresistible Brut 33 splash that got this writer moving on up from a bottom-tier room to a dee-luxe corner room in the sky. (Hey, it’s worked before.. maybe..) But, more than likely it was the fact I’d received a special media rate for a VegasChatter meet-up and they were hoping to make a good impression. After a slight delay coupled with a pleasant and unexpected greeting by the VP of Operations, my reservation agent escorted me to a elevator banks where I was whisked to the top floor of the Casino Tower (room 1802, to be precise).
The Mirage is just days away from marking its 24th anniversary and, when it does, it will do so with that new carpet smell.
A visit this morning found new flooring is on the way. This carpet is darker than the previous version and features a vibrant pink, yellow and purple floral pattern. It can now be found in the lobby as well as growing sections of the casino. Major pathways, however, have been covered with carpeting that's almost entirely mocha with the exception of hot pink floral outlines. The lobby install was just about finished when we walked through while only about half of the gaming floor had been switched over.
You know how to make our eyes light up these days? Send us an email filled with photos and the words "heavy construction." Of course, our preference is for photos like this, but.. oooh, yeah. We can get pretty excited about run-of-the-mill construction, too. (We said, could SLS.)
Our Twitter friend @John_Nissan sent us a note last Wednesday updating the demolition and construction taking place at New York-New York, Monte Carlo and the land in-between the two. Unfortunately, we were
too busy boozing not able to bring you the photos until the today. (For that, we apologize, John!)
As John relayed:
NYNY is still under heavy construction, while MC is slowly starting to tear away chain link fence. The new main entry of the MC is open, but still needs some attention to detail. I assume since they closed the entry area next to Diablo's they needed even a half-finished entry for now. Diablo's is still open. Double Barrel is starting to take shape.
Construction / Future Vegas / SLS Las Vegas / Sahara / Vegas Transformations / Renovations / → All Tags
Work is still progressing to transform Sahara into SLS Las Vegas, but it seems the pace has slowed quite a bit. Where the aging hotel's iconic dome and sign were gone like that and visible demolition once moved along at a quick pace, change is occurring much more leisurely now.
A stop by the construction site last Thursday found not much different from a visit in mid-September. The most noticeable change is the addition of bright white paint which we hope is just step one in a multi-step plan since they're simply painting over large sections of the exterior and not making any structural or design changes before they do. Just check out those now white diamonds above. Hashtag ugh. We just hope that beautiful aqua tile work (seen below) isn't about to receive the same treatment. (SLS, just send it to us. We'll think of something crafty for it, for sure. Thanks.)
VegasChatter Reviews / Vegas Observations / Bally's / Jubilee Tower / Renovations / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
When Caesars Entertainment announced that they were rebranding and renovating the south tower at Bally’s into the Jubilee Tower, it was easy to be skeptical. The remodeled the Flamingo FAB rooms aren’t much more than lipstick on a pig with a 20-year-old bathroom that went untouched. The change from Imperial Palace to The Quad included renovations of everything except for (now?) the hotel rooms. Thankfully, Caesars treated the Jubilee Tower renovations with a little respect. The entire tower has been remodeled from the hallways to the bathrooms.
None of the signage on the casino floor points to “Jubilee Tower” yet so don’t forget this tower is also known as the “South Tower.” After a long wait for the elevators, you walk out to new carpeting throughout the room corridor. Everything feels fresh and crisp. This is how all hotels should feel -- new or
Name Changes / Off Strip / Westin Casuarina / Westin Las Vegas / MAX Casino / MAX REWARDS / Players Clubs / Renovations / → All Tags
We've known why the Westin's Casuarina Casino has been empty for years. And, now (finally), so does Westin.
Rumors / The Quad / Renovations / Name Changes / → All Tags
For being one of the most derided hotel-casinos on The Strip, The Quad sure has lots of folks buzzin'. But, per usual, not in any way executives would appreciate.
As Vital Vegas puts it, it's the Vegas rumor that won't die -- a name change, again, for Imperial Palace. IP became The Quad almost a year ago, but execs were likely surprised by how quickly and how hard people began to hate on the name. A VegasChatter reader reached out to us earlier today and said that employees are now being told about the possibility of a name change: