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They caught our attention with a creative 24-hour checkout policy allowing guests to stay in their accommodations a full 24 hours from when they checked in before needing to depart. Now, the Palms has firmly cemented our regard with the launch of a Beverage Butler, a special service exclusively for hotel guests.
How many times have you yearned for a cocktail while waiting to check-in at your hotel? Likely too many, right? Especially, if lines are long and travels were taxing. Guests at the Palms, however, don't need to wait for their room keys before indulging. No, they can indulge while they wait for their room keys.
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An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isnít the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. Thatís why weíre really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if youíre staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isnít the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. Thereís no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, theyíve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.
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The VegasChatter in-box is overflowing these days with deets on St. Patrick's Day parties, March Madness specials, Cinco de Mayo deals, Easter happenings, Spring Break offerings, pool openings and more. So to
delete five emails in one swoop keep you up-to-date, here are five quick food & beverage updates of note!
☛DB Brasserie will open this May at Venetian. The restaurant will mark Chef Daniel Boulud's return to Vegas. You may recall when he had a brasserie over at Wynn. That closed in 2010. Venetian's version, which will still feature French-American cuisine, will serve lunch and dinner.
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It seems as though the hotels in Las Vegas have been looking to add fees wherever they can, but Palms has decided to make a left turn and offer an amenity for hotel guests at no extra charge shortly after increasing their resort fee. Now, when you stay at Palms, youíre given a 24-hour checkout cycle. For example, if you check in Friday night at 8 p.m., you wonít have to check out until 8 p.m. on the day you leave. Palms is the first hotel to offer a 24-hour checkout cycle, but it's not available to all guests. Here's how it works:
Sometime between late January and now, the Palms decided a resort fee increase was in order. What was a $20 fee has now been bumped up $5 a night. That places the Palms in the $25 resort fee club alongside such resorts as Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Encore, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Palazzo, Venetian, and Wynn.
A comparison of the Palms' resort fee amenities finds no changes. Guests still receive Internet, Strip shuttle service, a daily newspaper, and cardio center access as part of the fee. Nothing more, nothing less.
3.7 Update: Palms says amenities have been expanded to include WiFi (1mb) and access to the Fitness Center at Palms Place, too.
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Have you ever tried a hotel for the first time, then kicked yourself for staying there? Happens all the time. But, how about scolding yourself for not trying a place sooner? Thatís how this writer felt after a recent stay at Palms Place Hotel and Spa. After avoiding it for so long, I finally caved and booked a Studio Suite for two nights. Now, I wish I hadn't waited.
This VegasChatter contributor usually avoids the ďpartyĒ resorts like Hard Rock Hotel or Cosmopolitan. (Those days are disappearing in the rearview mirror.) But now, with many recent changes (along with the fickle tastes of the hip crowd), Palms isnít as popular as it once was. Recent visits for dining and a preview of Zowie Bowieís short-lived show (at the quickly shuttered Heraea sports bar/restaurant), made me realize just how much Palms has fallen out of favor, or out of touch. With that in mind, I decided to give in and try a few nights, but played it safe by booking the non-gaming Palms Place tower. And, once I checked in, I didnít want to leave. Seriously.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr (or perhaps current Beatle if you're of the once a Beatle, always a Beatle crowd) plays two shows at the Pearl at the Palms this weekend (November 22-23, 8 p.m.). And, while tickets are still available from $70 to hear Mr. Starr seeing as he saw 50 years ago can be done for free.
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Twelve NASCAR drivers will return to Las Vegas this December to take the stage for After The Lap. Though we're curious why it's not called After the Laps. Or, at least, After the Last Lap. Of course, if the mention of NASCAR revs your engine, you likely don't care if drivers take the stage after the first, fourth, fiftieth or last lap.
After the Lap is NASCAR's end-of-season event celebrating the year's highlights before crowning the newest champion. They like to call it the Ultimate Driver Tell-All during NASCAR Sprint Cup Championís Week. Though, they could also call it After All the Laps. Ok, we're done.
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Arnold. Lou. Jean Claude. Dolph. Sly. They didnít even need last names. Back in the 80s, the biggest stars in the world were bodybuilders. Muscular action stars ruled the box office. Body-sculpting programs and contests were staples on ESPN. Even Diana Ross sang that she wanted muscles. Flash forward to 2013 and bodybuilding seems to have faded from public awareness. But, in truth, the sport and the culture surrounding it are alive and well. And, quietly living in Las Vegas.
This past weekend, 40,000 enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to participate in the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and Mr. Olympia Competition. A record 10,000 attended the sold-out main event at the Orleans Arena on Saturday the 28th, and it was simulcast across the world via the Internet. But, who are these fitness devotees, and how has Las Vegas seemingly replaced Venice, California as the heart of bodybuilding? We put on our tank top, oiled ourselves up, and went to look for an answer.
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Palms is getting tsked for being a little too eager please.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the casino has agreed to pay a $1 million dollar fine (read this way) for "failure to prevent illegal activity, including drug sales and prostitution, from occurring at club venues on the property."
You can read all the sordid details here but, basically, it's that whole 'hey, that's illegal in Las Vegas... wink' thing. The naughty business went down in both Rain and Moon nightclubs.
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If you thought ladies got special treatment in Vegas before 2013, you ain't seen nothing yet. SHe by Morton's, a steakhouse marketed toward women, opened at the Crystals mall over New Year's Eve weekend with she-sized portions. And, now, Heraea (say it ha-ray-uh) at Palms is on the verge of introducing us to "Vegas' only sports restaurant designed for women." Or, "where girls go to play," as the slogan we just found states.
Taking over the expansive space once occupied by Graduno's, Heraea had hoped to open by the end of 2012. That came and went, though, with no debut. But, ladies, we're happy to report that it's almost time to break out those
babydoll-sized team jerseys and show your cleavage team spirit to the world. While dining at sister restaurant STK at The Cosmo over the weekend, we were presented with a billfold that said Heraea's would be coming this month. At the very least, we hope that it happens before or on February 3. And, if you don't know the significance of that date, Heraea may not be for you.
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Lots of changes on the horizon for the Las Vegas entertainment scene, from another laugh residency to new showrooms for old names.
First up, the next big residency wars won't be country, but comedy. As we've reported, Roseanne will yuk it up over at Trop's Laugh Factory starting next week. Now, there's another big comedic residency to report. Political commentator Bill Maher has signed a four-weekend run at the Palms' Pearl Theater. His appearances will be spread out over a nine-month period, starting March 23 and ending November 3. Tickets will begin at $45 bucks.