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Sh*t You May Have Missed Chasing Chicken Wings

June 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM | by | Comments (4)

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. If you spent this month recreating scenes from the Cluck Bucket after inhaling all the the chicken wings news you probably missed some sh*t so we've scooped it up for you here.

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HOTELS-CASINOS
· New Code (SLS Vegas)
· Crapjack (New York-New York High Limit Room)
· New Rooms (Mandalay Bay)

RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Tequila Taqueria (Bally's)
· Earl of Sandwich (Summerlin)
· Public School 702 (Downtown Summerlin)
· Siegel's 1941 (El Cortez)
· Therapy LV (Downtown)
· Vista (Caesars Palace)
· Buca Café Italiano (Bally's)
· Anchor Bar (Venetian)
· Classic Jewel (Downtown at the Juhl)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Reba, Brooks & Dunn (Caesars Palace)
· For The Record: BAZ (LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay)
· X Comedy Uncensored (Flamingo)
· New art and sculptures (Delano)
· Baz by Cirque du Soleil (Mandalay Bay)

SHOPPING
· Downtown Beauty Company (Container Park)
· Pink Tutu Ballet (Container Park)
· Sassy the Boutique (Container Park)
· Uptown Children's Boutique (Container Park)
· Vegas Flip Flops (Container Park)

OTHER SH*T
· New Lounge Area (SLS Vegas)

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Mandalay Bay's Colorful New Rooms Are Now Available to Book

June 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (6)

We tried to get a sneak peek of the designs back in December, but we no longer have to snoop around. Mandalay Bay is now going public with the first phase of its $100 million, 3,000 room and suites renovation.

The casino hotel Tweeted and FB'd a pic of the new rooms today, accompanied by a press release that stated "reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015" which is like, tomorrow.

We scurried over to MandalayBay.com and checked reservations for this weekend, which is admittedly a very busy weekend for Vegas and MB in particular, thanks to their fireworks show. Rates start at around $242 a night but there was no distinction between the old rooms and the new rooms. So you may have to beg ask nicely at check-in to get placed in a new room.

But overall, we're liking the new look. It's way more colorful than the old rooms and keeps in line with the hotel's island vibe (and the aquarium downstairs, #amirite.) Previously, the rooms were pretty much swathed in faded beige with little to no pops of color.

Now, these rooms are on par with Mandalay Bay's high-design Delano tower and the equally design-forward Four Seasons tower.

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Sh*t You May Have Missed Is Back So You Don't Miss Sh*t

May 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM | by | Comments (5)

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.

Sometimes readers give us sh*t about features that have fallen into the Gone category. In this case we've gotten our sh*t together to present once again our monthly list of Sh*t You May Have Missed giving the Riv a proper teary sendoff. Now, enough shooting the sh*t - we've got some sh*t to catch up on:

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There's a New Bar Coming To The Cosmo, But Where?

May 27, 2015 at 7:52 PM | by | Comments (14)

Last May, when The Cosmopolitan was sold to Blackstone Real Estate Partners, changes to the property were expected, especially since the casino-hotel hasn’t had a profitable quarter since opening in December of 2010.

Casino revenue was one of the first items addressed by Blackstone. According to their last quarterly earnings report casino revenue is on the rise so that's that.

Next up were plans to add 46 rooms in empty space in the West Tower. Those rooms are still under construction according to an adviser.

We also haven’t heard much about the space atop the East Tower of the Cosmo. Initial plans were that something “creative” would be added but nothing has been revealed yet. Perhaps a new restaurant or the long rumored Playboy Club will return to Las Vegas.

But surprisingly, it looks like Cosmo might get a new lobby bar before all of this.

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Hooters Casino Hotel Will Get a New Name, But Which One Will It Be?

May 11, 2015 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (15)

Hooters is not just sagging, it's going away for good.

A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop from employees at the long-suffering Hooters Casino Hotel--that Hooters would partner up with Holiday Inn and that the entire property would be renovated to fit the Holiday Inn brand standards.

Indeed the sale of Hooters Casino has gone through (for about $53.8 million to the Trinity Hotel Investments of New York. But Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Sun says the hotel may not turn into a Holiday Inn. Kats reports:

Trinity, which is expected to change the Hooters name, has entered into partnerships with hotels operated by such resort companies as Crown Plaza, DoubleTree By Hilton and Holiday Inn. It is expected, though not yet verified, that the last company will take over the property — but not under the Holiday Inn brand.

FWIW, Holiday Inn is a part of the InterContinental Hotel Group which also has Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo as part of their company.

So, no motel hotel Holiday Inn for Las Vegas? Perhaps that's a good thing. But given Trinity's history of partnering up with budget select service brands similar to Holiday Inn, we wouldn't hope for something super flashy.

Meanwhile, there will still be plenty of Hooters in Las Vegas. VegasChatter member PaperPoster submitted these snaps of the Hooters under construction at The Palms.

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Harrah's Next For A Room Remodel

Where: 89109
April 28, 2015 at 10:08 PM | by | Comments (12)

With The LINQ set to finish the complete remodel of its accommodations by next week (and see the opening of its brand new spa, too), Caesars Entertainment is turning its attention to sprucing up neighboring sister property, Harrah's.

VegasChatter Twitter follower @mspenn1013 tells us the word on the street at the front desk:

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Spahhh At The LINQ This May

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 27, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (4)

A slate-covered hallway inside the LINQ's opening soon spa.

The LINQ Hotel expects to start rubbing us the right way (may not have come out the right way) starting May 4. That's when a rejuvenated spa experience will make its debut.

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Check Out The New Le Central At Paris

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 24, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week Paris opened their renovated and expanded lobby bar, Le Central. I happened upon the newly revealed change by accident when meeting a friend after the first day of March Madness. The poor staff were slightly overwhelmed by the amount of people in the bar Thursday night. Bartenders had to remake new drinks on the menu and had a difficult time accommodating orders from the waitresses and folks sitting at the bar. That said, everyone was very nice and I ended up with a couple of fine drinks. Then again, I'm pretty simple -- beer, vodka, coffee. Done.

The first thing you notice about the new Le Central is the large circular bar next to Le Toilets and the check-in area. The bar has TVs all around with bar-top video poker. VP players shouldn’t be surprised by the typically bad Caesars pay tables. What you might be surprised about is the minimum denomination is 50 cents.

The inside of the bar is a couple of steps up from the casino floor so you have tall bar stools on the outside and chairs on the inside. Those bar stools shown above are nice, but can only be found at the bar.

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Check Out Bellagio's New Sportsbook Look

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 5, 2015 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (13)

The next time you visit the sportsbook at Bellagio you'll see a different space then you’re used to. The sportsbook just wrapped up a renovation in time for one of the busiest sports betting weekends of the year, March Madness.

Much of the older desk seating that was used for horse bettors has been removed, allowing for a more lounge or living room-type atmosphere with couches and comfortable leather chairs and couches like you see at The Mirage and Aria. In addition, Bellagio's sportbook is the next within the MGM Resorts family to install the InteractivePro tables. They were introduced to The Mirage sportsbook last year and also can be found at MGM Grand now.

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There's An Opening Date For The LINQ's New And Improved Pool

Where: 89109
March 4, 2015 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (11)

After a major gut job reduced it to nothing but dirt and a rectangular hole in the ground, The LINQ Hotel is about to debut its brand new pool experience. (Despite failing to rename it the Qool. We thought that was a solid suggestion.)

Sun worshippers will enjoy a completely revamped pool deck beginning March 20. When that date arrives, guests will discover not one, but two pools. As we've previously reported, it will include the original footprint while a second, elevated pool has been added as well. The LINQ's website promises an extensive misting system throughout the pool deck as well as other amenities:

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We Can't Sign Off On Westgate's New Signature Rooms

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
February 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (28)

In January, we tipped readers off to the addition of 1,200 renovated rooms at Westgate Las Vegas, many of which are now designated as the Signature class. Located in the central tower of the Benihana Hotel former LVH (and, before that, Las Vegas Hilton), Signature accommodations promise “magnificent ambience and uncompromising quality.” Lured in by all of that boasting (and a very tempting price), I decided to celebrate my three-day birthday weekend in all of this supposed luxury. Did the Signature class live up to heightened expectations?

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At Flamingo, A Cafe Closes And Other Changes

Where: 89109
February 16, 2015 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (18)

Is Flamingo launching an intensive top-to-bottom overhaul which will bring more room updates? Or, is what's happening around the center Strip hotel-casino meant to update, but not overdo? The big picture over at Flamingo is still unknown, but one thing's certain -- this dirty bird is molting.

Yesterday, the resort's Tropical Breeze Cafe marked its last day of service while the Paradise Garden Buffet scaled back hours last month to just 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Now, VegasChatter fan Jeff C. brings us our latest report on Flamingo, complete with images captured this past weekend.

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