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VegasChatter Reviews / Reopenings / Renovations / Buffets / Eating / Dining / Excalibur / The Buffet At Excalibur / → All Tags
In the past few years, Strip casino buffets have separated themselves into two distinct categories: 1) so pricey they may as well be fine dining establishments, or 2) affordable, but with the likelihood of spoiling your appetite. Excalibur’s infamously awful Round Table Buffet once fit squarely into the latter category, but a pricey three-month renovation (along with a generic renaming) revealed an entirely new dining experience last month. Is The Buffet at Excalibur worth a visit to the Castle?
VegasChatter Reviews / Sahara / SLS Las Vegas / Name Changes / Reopenings / Room Remodels / Renovations / → All Tags
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.
Renovations / Reopenings / Denny's / Casino Royale / Expansions / The Strip / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
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.
Events / Bunkhouse Saloon / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Reopenings / Openings / → All Tags
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).
Reopenings / Binion's / Binion's Cafe / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont / Renovations / Construction / → All Tags
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.
Renovations / Reopenings / Riviera / Retro Vegas / Neon Vegas / Theaters / → All Tags
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.
Renovations / Reopenings / Zuri / Lobby Bar / Name Changes / Bars / Drinking / Lounges / → All Tags
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.
Attractions / Venetian / Reopenings / Gondola Rides / Closings / Treasure Island / TI / Sirens of TI / → All Tags
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.
Reopenings / Openings / Palms / Ghostbar / Nightlife / Nightclubs / Lounges / Drinking / → All Tags
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.
Hotel Renovations / Name Changes / Reopenings / Gansevoort Las Vegas / Bill's Gambling Hall And Saloon / → All Tags
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.
Name Changes / Hotel Renovations / Bill's Gambling Hall And Saloon / Gansevoort Las Vegas / Reopenings / → All Tags
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.
VegasChatter 2012 Awards / Reopenings / The D Hotel / Golden Gate / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / Hotel Renovations / → All Tags
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).