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When you think of The D in Downtown Vegas, are you yet at a place where you think of it as sexy? We wonder if the former Fitzgerald's is positioning itself as The Cosmopolitan of Fremont Street. We just tripped over this casting call for an in-house commercial to promote the hotel. It's too late to apply, but we thought the pitch rather interesting.
Here's the premise: "A young conservative couple arrives at the D. The casino gradually transforms them into wild & sexy partiers as the commercial progresses."
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Many downtown visitors may not even realize they had the following question about The D that we're about to answer. After all, the Fremont Street hotel offers plenty of street-side distractions to keep the eyes occupied. Our favorite is the outdoor bar pictured above. Oh, you didn't notice the bar? Think we just proved our point. In fact, 34% of you aren't even reading this paragraph yet.
With us now? Thanks for following along. Many who have have really taken time to inspect the scene behind the bar likely came away with the same question our party did recently: Who
the frack is Christian Delpech?
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What's better than Vegas? Free Vegas, duh.
Two weeks ago, VegasChatter teamed up with the D to offer five readers a chance to pony up to downtown's only Sigma Derby table for a first ever tourney. A fifty dollar entry fee would be waived for the five, and some D swag would be awarded, too. And, one really lucky VegasChatter fan would even win a two-night stay.
Well, some 241 readers couldn't rein in their excitement and entered with hopes of a big win. And, without further ado, here are our randomly generated winners!
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A spate of new show announcements may have you making some changes to your Vegas list. Or, not.
At Luxor, we finally know when Jabbawockeez will break it down in a new, built just for them showroom. Their also new production, PRiSM, will launch May 18. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 19 and will start at $55. Purchase via luxor.com. A whole new show is promised. This will be Jabbawockeez's third home in Vegas having performed at Monte Carlo and MGM Grand previously.
Lexington Legacy Hotels is part of Vantage Hospitality which, according to their press release, is the 8th largest hotel operator in America. The D becomes the largest hotel that Lexington by Vantage has as part of their family of hotels which consists of hotels mainly in smaller cities like Sacramento, CA and Daytona Beach, FL.
What does this mean for guests at the D? Mostly making the hotel management more efficient and keeping rooms booked:
The D hotel-casino in Downtown Vegas knows we could barely contain ourselves when we discovered they'd be bringing Sigma Derby to Fremont Street. Folks have been ponying up to the mechanical game (located in the D's second floor Vintage Vegas casino) since last summer and, soon, your luck with the horses could land you big bucks.
In conjunction with the fast-approaching Kentucky Derby, the D will host its very first Sigma Derby Tournament next month. Fifty bucks will get you a shot at a $10,000 prize pool. Since the D well remembers how geeked out we get about the game, it's offering to comp entry into the tournament for five lucky VegasChatter fans. Winners will also be able to show their downtown swag thanks to free D hats and tees. But, wait -- there's more! One of those five will also win a two-night stay at the property we declared the best reopening of 2012.
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Taking in a live music act as part of the Fremont Street Experience is loads of fun, but until now, there hasn't been a way to take a load off your feet. However, if you have the money (honey), you just might be able to score these seats at the D.
You might have noticed the hotel-casino's tiered seating adjacent to the Third Street Stage before. Usually reserved for the D's VIP customers, we were curious if others could party there, too. And, the answer is yes. A D representatives relays that the enclosed viewing stand can be rented out by groups. If you're interested in securing it for a night, email sales@theD.com.
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For the general public, there's one part of the D's transformation that still screams WTF (standing for, in this case, what the Fitz). It's that
shabby vintage McD's off its main Fremont Street Experience entrance. (For guests, there's also those halls and that pool, at least for now.)
In downtown Vegas, (just about) everything old is new again at our choice for best new reopening of 2012. But, we've wondered -- will the D's McD's be a part of its expansive remodel? Perhaps, at least a revamp into a Metro McDonald's?
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The D in downtown Vegas recently debuted another Detroit area import, Joe Vicariís Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. The second-floor restaurant features homemade Italian breads, handmade pasta and 30-day aged prime cuts.
We'd single out which area of the menu you should focus on, but that's unnecessary. Andiamo is outstanding. All of it. Seriously. You know those rare meals you're still licking your lips over hours later? This is all that and a bag of chips. Except they don't serve chips. But, if they did, they'd probably be all that.
Start by checking out the photo gallery. This is a beautiful restaurant that has somehow maintained an old school Vegas charm that isn't code for old and dirty. The fact that Andiamo manages to feel upscale and vintage Vegas at the same time is extraordinary given it's a Detroit import rather than homegrown original. The leather chairs, fine table settings and extremely knowledgeable and well-trained staff kick it up a star. Watching jumbo pieces of romaine handled with the utmost care during the throwback tableside prep of Caesars salad felt right. The staff's white dinner jackets combine fine dining and old Vegas. All of which made for a great start to a fantastic meal without any air of pretentiousness. Refreshing.
It may not have wowed us initially with its cryptic name and loooooong bar, but the D quickly won us over after opening. The vibe of the downstairs casino coupled with the old school gaming on the second floor helped the D take home VegasChatter's Best Reopening of 2012. And, on a foodie note, finger food and fresh food have been added and we'll have a firsthand recap of the newest restaurant later this week. (Quick preview: it's gonna make you Drool. See what we did there?) The D has quickly placed itself in a battle with Golden Gate for our fav downtown casino, perhaps by no small coincidence since both are under the same ownership.
Downstairs D: Love it. What are the upstairs hotel rooms like? Earlier this week we brought you on a photo tour of the D's newly redesigned standard room and suite. Personally, we'd never stayed at the Fitz, but it doesn't take a photo scientist to conclude the refresh was a much needed improvement. Readers so far have been finicky, though, with comments ranging from eh and ick to another asking if the furniture was purchased from Target. With pictures speaking 1,000 words, it's sometimes hard to determine which are right so we booked a night at the D to experience an overnight firsthand.
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The D had its official grand opening in October of 2012, but it's still not quite the D it wants to be. Room hallways still need to be updated and so does the pool (yes, the pool). Hotel reps say they're hoping to upgrade both in the future.
Until then, new restaurants and a new entertainment lineup are now here to explore at the downtown hotel-casino formerly known as the Fitz. All made their debut over the last few weeks. Courtyard Grill is now a re-stylized D Grill promising "fresh never frozen ingredients," Don B's Steakhouse has morphed into Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse featuring prime cuts and seafood flown in daily, and a newly renovated D Showroom (more seats, a new look and better lighting and sound) has welcomed Laughternoon and Raack N Roll to the stage.
Photo galleries for each can be found below. We'll have reviews of Andiamo and Raack N Roll in the coming weeks.
Now, we want to take you inside a standard room at the D, properly, as well as a suite. Both are redesigned (and much improved), with room rates starting at $31 for a standard double and $159 for D Suite.
First, don't be thrown by the hallways leading to its rooms. They reflect the last bits of the old Fitzgeralds that still remain. And, will eventually be upgraded, too. Beyond these halls and within each 300-square-foot standard room, guests will find a decor that's a bit stark with mostly white walls (one accented in red), red-and-black patterned carpet and white beds adorned with, you guessed it, red accents. Amenities include daily Internet, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, and a Keurig coffeemaker. (No, pods are not included with your stay.)
In the two-room D Suites, rooms don't scream luxury, but they do offer loads of space, comfy seating, a wet bar (with two mini fridges), four flat-screen TVs (three of which are in the living room), one kick-ass bath almost (or just) as large as the bedroom, and a masculine design (read: dark grey, dim lighting and ties as art). Check out snapshots from both room types in the photo galleries below.