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With so many fantastic dining options available on The Strip, it’s easy to forget Vegas is a real city full of real restaurants, just like anywhere else in the country. For most Vegas residents, dining on The Strip isn’t an everyday occurrence. Rather, dining out for locals usually means a visit to a neighborhood restaurant. We always encourage visitors to venture off-Strip and we’ve featured plenty of local eateries in the past. If you’re without transportation or just don't want to venture that far, off-Strip cuisine isn’t a viable option. That is, unless you consider delivery.
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Las Vegas does a lot of things right when it comes to food. There are great choices for fine dining, poolside dining, casual dining, and very casual dining. But, when it comes to room service, the food is often bland, uninspiring and, in some cases, cold.
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Last week, we told you The Cromwell is bestowing special perks on its hotel guests. Now, we have more details on how, as our sister site HotelChatter put it, every guest will be the best guest at the hotel. We're calling them the 6Cs. For now, at least. These services and perks can and will change throughout the year.
Champagne & Caviar: The General Manager’s Reception will now happen every Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a reserved gaming space of the Cromwell's casino. According to Karie Hall, the general manger of The Cromwell, the fare will be seasonal so, when the hotel opens, the reception will feature champagne and caviar. The cocktail hour will also give guests the opportunity to get ideas on what to do during their stay and even interact with some execs from Caesars Entertainment.
Cocktails: We're also hearing that a super special cocktail menu will be created for The Cromwell by a seriously legit, award-winning mixologist whose name is still under wraps. (No, it's not Doug Coughlin.)
This isn't our favorite sight to see. A room service table left out in the hallway with the remnants of a late night binge. Yet, this might be a distant memory if Vegas hotels take notice of what other hotels around the country are starting to do and kill room service.
Hilton New York stunned the hospitality world when they announced they would be doing away with room service and, instead, offer guests 24-hour food options in the lobby. But while this was a bold move for a full-service hotel like Hilton, many boutique hotels have been offering guests abbreviated room service menus with fare that can be delivered in 20 minutes or less. And, some luxury brands, too. Already Trump Las Vegas is doing this as is the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
Here's a look at some of the "Crowd Pleasers" a.k.a. room service packages on offer at the trendy Cosmopolitan.
Immediately, our eyes were drawn to the first package which is "For The Ladies." That includes a cheese and fruit plate, mini vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and (thank God) a customizable bar served in a hand-crafted leather steamer trunk. All this will cost $1,500. At that price, we nearly expect a private performance from a Chippendale. Alas, he costs extra. Meanwhile, the guys' version of this package has the same price but includes pizza, chips and dip, beer and a customizable bar.
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We've asked your top questions and previewed two of its rooms, now it's time to turn our focus to the coming restaurants of Downtown Grand. Taking over the shuttered towers of downtown Las Vegas' Lady Luck but ripping everything down to the steel and concrete and starting anew, Downtown Grand will open late this year. The state of things, as of this week, can be seen through the images on this page.
When Downtown Grand does make its debut (right now, no specific date has been released), there will be 650 rooms and suites, gaming, a rooftop pool, and 17 restaurants and bars to choose from. Yes, 17. And, we're not talking Taco Bell.
Fifth Street Gaming, owners of the new venture, spoke to us about the restaurant concepts it will bring to downtown. And, in doing so, revealed a mindfulness to what we all want from a dining experience when it boils down to it -- good food that's not fast crap we regret later, comfy seating and.. let's face it.. in this day and age, handy electrical outlets and WiFi. To which, Downtown Grand plans to check all the boxes.
Design boards for five of the restaurant concepts can be found in the photo gallery below. They'll prove insightful as we walk you through the concepts Fifth Street Gaming executives filled us in on. First up, Stewart + Ogden, described as a "diner bistro with soul" will be found in the resort's east tower. The design will be a rich palette of blues, purples, and golds with a checkerboard floor, tin ceiling, cozy booths, and more. Named after two streets that bracket the resort, the menu will be a playful 'this or that' presentation with Stewart presenting more traditional dining choices and Ogden offering up more 'wild card' eats.
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Both the Nobu Hotel and the Nobu Restaurant and Lounge are just days away from opening (see our Sneak Peek HERE) yet the hotel and restaurant's very own iPhone app is very much open. And, it's one of our favorite hotel apps yet.
Under the Nobu Perks tab, guests can order up a Range Rover to transport them to and from the airport to the Nobu Hotel ($77 each way); fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire; select a type of pillow to adorn the bed; and even arrange a same-day shoe shine ($15).
Guests can also peruse the other hotel services and amenities available to them through Caesars Palace such as services at the Qua spa as well as details on shows, bars, lounges and gaming.
But, it is the Dining section of the Nobu Hotel app that had us salivating. Here we found the complete menu for the Nobu Room Service including the Nobu Bento Boxes which are being hailed as "game-changers for the hotel industry."
· Katsu, $28: Panko fried chicken, beef, or pork cutlet with Tonkatsu.
· Unagi Don, $30: Grilled BBQ eel over rice.
· Shojin, $45: Spinach dry miso salad, vegetable nigiri, vegetable roll, nasu miso, vegetable spicy garlic, tofu teriyaki.
· Vegas, $55: Maki rolls: spicy tuna, california, soft shell crabs.
· Matsuhisa, $65: Sashimi salad, nigiri and maki selection, black cod, vegetable spicy garlic, chicken anticucho
· High Roller, $288: Lobster wasabi, wagyu steak, shrimp, spicy garlic, spinach dry miso with crab, premium rolls and nigiri. Repeat, this is $288.
The Signature at MGM Grand is one of our top picks when you're looking for a quieter hotel stay in Vegas, but you can feel a bit removed from the action of the casinos and the nightlife. (Even if the MGM Grand is just a people mover away. Ok, a few people movers away.)
However, The Signature has a remedy for that by bringing the bar to your room.
On the room service menu at Signature, we spied a couple of bar package options like the Margarita Bar ($100) where 375 ml bottles of Patron Silver and triple sec, fresh sour and limes are delivered along with shakers and glassware so that you can have your own margarita party without having to leave your suite. There's also three different types of Martini Bar packages ($80) as well as a Bloody Mary Bar ($60) and a Beer, Wine and Soda package ($120).
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Now, we've stayed at plenty of small town hotels that offer delivery menus from local restaurants, but we've never come across this in a casino. Casinos always promote their own on-property restaurants or room service so it's surprising to see this.
To our knowledge, there isn't a Pizza Hut anywhere on site at the Rio. In fact, there isn't even a pizza joint at Rio. That may change, as pizza joints are popping up everywhere in Vegas. The closest Pizza Hut we could find is two miles away and stops delivering at 10 p.m. during a weeknight.
We're always looking for a good way to save a few bucks so allow us to introduce our newest series, Buy This, Not That where we look at what's worth your precious gambling winnings and what's not. Got a "Buy This, Not That" episode of your own? Share it with the rest of us!
Our inaugural Buy This, Not That suggestion is a rather general one but in a city like Las Vegas where there are quick eats available at every corner at all hours of the day, we think it's a pretty important one--buy breakfast from a coffee shop or food court, not from room service.
The first reason is, obviously, the cost. Room service fare comes with room service prices. $18 omelette anyone? $9 bagel? $13 for coffee? You get the picture. And, speaking of pictures, mwong64 on Flickr says this is what $180 in room service looks like.
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Earlier this month, we checked into a Go Metro Suite at the hotel, and one of the first things to catch our eye—well, in addition to a neon green plastic chandelier hanging over the glass dining room table, and the stunning views—was a Go Sexy sex shop menu, placed discreetly on the nightstand next to the bed. Nevermind midnight snacks, afternoon tea, or indulgent breakfasts. This menu sold nothing but vibrators, g-spot massagers, massage oils, lubricants, gels, rings, edible lingerie...well, the list really did go on. For four pages.
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With a multitude of dining options in Vegas just outside your hotel room from the buffets to the coffee shops, delis, cafes, hot dog shops, sushi spots, pizza places, Mexican joints, steakhouses and Italian restaurants, there's really no need to order up room service, not especially when it comes with such high prices ($18 waffles) and added-on fees (automatic 18 percent gratuity, delivery fees, etc.)
But on our past few trips to Vegas, we've had to get up at ungodly hours to work. Which means we're not in the mood to put on normal clothes and follow the maze to a coffee shop or a bakery. So we decided to splurge on some room service early in the morning. And after a recent order, it's clear that some folks do room service better than others.
For instance, Caesars Palace crisped up a side order of bacon to perfection but then gave us bottled cranberry juice, not fresh, which we could have probably just grabbed from a minibar. The room service also brought up little plastic tubs of Philadelphia cream cheese for our bagel. You know, the kind you get at Starbucks when you order one of their bagels.