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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 (14)

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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Puddles Pity Party Performing Promptly, Predicating Perfunctory Patron Participation

Where: 124 S. 11th St. [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

With all due apologies for the absurd amount of alliteration in the title, I just couldn't help myself because everyone's favorite seven-foot-tall singing clown is coming back to Vegas. On Tuesday, August 26, the cult comedy/vaudeville/burlesque/lounge show known as Puddles Pity Party will be one of the very first acts to debut in the new Bunkhouse Saloon in Downtown Vegas (reopening August 25).

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Binion's Remodeled Cafe Is Ready For You

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
February 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (9)

After closing in January for a remodel, relocating downstairs in the interim and debuting a new, expanded menu, Binion's Cafe is back in business in its original location.

The new, improved and larger cafe made its debut on Friday. We stopped by on Saturday and found hungry patrons once again claiming stools at the counter and filling tables, too.

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Riviera's Versailles Theatre Is Ready For A Comeback

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

Recently, VegasChatter told you about our new found love for the Riviera, the north Strip’s last “grand dame” of classic neon Vegas. Our readers offered a small avalanche of positive comments on its renaissance, many vowing to revisit her again (or try her for the first time). Now, as the Riviera continues a rebirth, her long-shuttered Versailles Theatre has been restored to greatness and is ready to shine once more. We got an exclusive tour yesterday afternoon and are excited to share a sneak peek.

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Zuri Is No More At MGM Grand

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. [map], 89109
January 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

We plead the fifth in regards to the state of our inebriation when obtaining this pic.

At MGM Grand, execs have traded the character of the mysteriously named Zuri Bar for the sameness of yet another Lobby Bar.

Zuri was closed several months ago. A visit over the weekend found that the bar had finally returned, but its name had not. Now called Lobby Bar (even though it's not really in the lobby), it looks as if the lightest of refreshments has taken place.

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Venetian's Canals Filled Again, TI's Sirens To Depart Early

October 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (6)

If you've ever wondered how long it would take to fill up Venetian's indoor canals, we now have the answer. About three days.

The resort's canals went dry in early September for routine maintenance and weren't expected to reopen for gondola rides until October 8. But, a hard-working staff completed the project ahead of schedule and began refilling the waterways Saturday night. They reopened this morning at 10 a.m.

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At Palms, New Ghostbar, Same Amazing Views

Where: 4321 West Flamingo [map], 89103
August 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Ghostbar at Palms reopened with a fresh new design this week, and we swung in for a quick look. And, it was impressive. Ghostbar is famous for what is almost certainly the best view of the Las Vegas Strip in the city. Positioned on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower, Ghostbar features 14-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, and also boasts a gorgeous sky deck where guests can party high above it all. The front of this patio still has a small section of clear glass where the pool can be clearly seen 55 floors below.

With a new color scheme of fuschia, black, and white and a revamped drink menu featuring rose cocktails and sugary martinis, Ghostbar is clearly targeting female clientele. That can be taken advantage of on Wednesday nights, when ladies get free admission until midnight and a complimentary rose champagne bar from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Gansevoort Las Vegas To Offer Guests A Naughty Surprise

March 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you plan to try out Gansevoort Las Vegas with a few friends when it makes its debut, just make sure they're really good friends, or be on your best behavior.

A new rendering of the coming Gansevoort's accommodations reveals that the full-length mirror in the bedroom... is also a window. In the bathroom. Yes, a portion of the shower is bordered by a one-way mirror.

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Bill's To Return As Gansevoort Las Vegas In January 2014

March 15, 2013 at 8:46 PM | by | Comments (12)

First, Caesars Entertainment gave a tower to Nobu. Now, it's giving an entire building to Gansevoort Hotel Group.

USA Today reports that Gansevoort Las Vegas will replace the now shuttered Bill's which closed on February 5 for renovations. Caesars is spending $185 million to remodel the entire hotel-casino before turning it over to the New York-based company for a reported January 2014 debut.

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Best Reopening of 2012

December 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM | by | Comments (3)

Should this award go to Fitzgeralds or to the D? Or, both? The best reopening in Las Vegas for 2012 goes to the D. Even though the D never closed it was transformed, top to bottom (touting a new grill, D Grill, just today). Downtown Vegas has changed a lot over the past few years, but the end of Fitzgeralds and reopening of the property as the D was a landmark change.

The transformation of the Fitz into the D was bold, but it still kept the tradition of old Vegas. Out are the giant neon Fitzgeralds signs and in are new LED boards. Older slot machines and video poker machines have been moved out of initial sight to the second level and back side of the casino. Go-go dancers and loud music are abundant when you walk into the casino which now includes one of the longest bars in America with an endless supply of HDTVs (well, 1,000 square feet worth).

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How To Find Out About Jobs With Downtown Grand (And, When To Expect It)

December 27, 2012 at 7:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

The excitement is building about the return of downtown's Lady Luck opening of Downtown Grand. While we keep you abreast of the construction and show you what the future holds, others are more interested in the 600 full-time jobs it will bring to the city.

VegasChatter fan April queried us about the best way to apply so we reached out to Fifth Street Gaming, its owners, to find out. A top executive let us know that they're already searching for senior leadership positions on sites like LinkedIn and suggested that interested applicants keep an eye on their LinkedIn page, as well as follow them on Facebook at Fifth Street Gaming and Downtown3rd, or watch fifthstreetgaming.com for more employment options as they come online.

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