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What The LINQ's Cabana Rooms Offer To Guests

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 31, 2015 at 8:50 PM | by | Comments (6)

There aren't many places on the Vegas Strip, outside of The Cosmo and the realm of high roller digs, where guests can step from their room directly onto their own patch of sunlit paradise. The LINQ, however, now offers a moderately priced option.

Instead of booking a room and cabana separately while in Vegas, consider reserving one of the LINQ's 25 cabana rooms instead. Located on the second floor and appearing to be just another standard accommodation from within, these rooms feature a sliding glass door that opens onto a private patio. From there, guests can walk right onto the pool deck (as long as it's between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

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Lago At Bellagio Dishes A Taste Of What's To Come, And When

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 30, 2015 at 11:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

A rendering of Lago's main dining room.

This year, there's not too many restaurant openings on the Strip to get really excited about. Bellagio, however, will offer one of the exceptions to the rule when Lago by Chef Julian Serrano takes to the Vegas dining waters in April.

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Confusion And Awe On The Vegas Strip For Earth Hour 2015

March 30, 2015 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Las Vegas Strip has been going dark to commemorate Earth Hour for years now, but it never fails to be a surprise to those who see it as a blackout more than an intentional lights out:

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Just One Dish: d.vino's Gnocchi a la Bolognese

March 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

While the Monte Carlo plaza restaurants like Yusho and Double Barrel Roadhouse are getting more attention these days than their interior counterparts, these older restaurants are not to be forgotten.

After a recent visit, Italian restaurant d.vino proved it shouldn’t be overlooked. With tasty pizzas and other delicious appetizers like the Italian Fritters (a.k.a., goat cheese balls), there’s a lot to love. There was definitely one dish, however, that stood out: the Gnocchi a la Bolognese ($20).

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We Kinda Don't Want To Tell You How Nice The LINQ's New Pool Is

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM | by | Comments (8)

The LINQ Hotel, a rebranded Quad/IP, keeps pleasantly surprising us. And, we're by no means complaining.

The hotel-casino's new pool deck opened to guests last weekend and, after a tour Thursday, we have no qualms about saying it's the most refreshing find of the 2015 pool season. (Sorry, Delano Beach Club.) The drab, concert slab of the past (and that awful faux rock display) has been ripped out and replaced with a super cute, beach-y vibe, from a textured deck reminiscent of white-sand beaches to the wooden planks in the cabanas.

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Spahhh At The LINQ This May

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 27, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (4)

A slate-covered hallway inside the LINQ's opening soon spa.

The LINQ Hotel expects to start rubbing us the right way (may not have come out the right way) starting May 4. That's when a rejuvenated spa experience will make its debut.

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Bellagio Ushers In Spring With Serenity

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 26, 2015 at 10:10 PM | by | Comments (5)

Always an enchanting experience, Bellagio's Conservatory has gone zen for spring. The resort's annual spring exhibit usually has a decidedly Dutch or Americana feel, but 2015 brings a departure from that with a display inspired by a Japanese garden.

Already a massive, labor-intensive undertaking (it takes 100 people more than 140 hours to change out each show), Bellagio's horticulture and design staff flew to Tokyo and Kyoto for inspiration. A 26-foot temple replicates Japan's Golden Pavilion Temple while turtles, cranes, parasols, bonsai trees and cherry blossoms can be found throughout the exhibit. There's so much to see we apparently missed the 75 Koi exploring their temporary new home. #NextTime

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At Caesars Palace, Searsucker Making Its Debut

Where: 89109
March 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Strip officially welcomes its newest restaurant, Searsucker, this weekend at Caesars Palace.

The dining spot by Brian Malarkey opens to the public Friday evening, although some lucky luckertons are previewing it tonight. We spied the (almost) Top Chef checking out his newest destination earlier today. The eatery takes over the former Munchbar space adjacent to Omnia and features an eclectic, homey decor, with mismatched chairs, area rugs and rustic woods.

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A Close Shave For The LINQ

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 25, 2015 at 7:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

We picked The LINQ Hotel as the best opening of 2014, but fact is, the debuts have yet to stop.

A new pool experience launched this past weekend (we're touring it tomorrow) and, just before that, new shops, food & beverage spots and a Club Tattoo parlor all opened to the public. Still to come is a new cafe, spa and the Strip debut of a popular local barbershop.

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Venetian, Palazzo Being Sued Over Resort Fees

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (21)

If you've ever thought about suing over resort fees, a Southern California man may be your new hero.

The Associated Press is reporting Benjamin Brin has filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo for failing to cite resort fees until after his June 2014 reservation was booked. While it isn't in extra large print nor included as part of the "starting from" costs, the websites for both hotels do list the fees. At least, they do now. The suit reportedly states that, until a warning letter and a site redesign late last year, the fee was not mentioned at all until after a reservation was submitted. (Venetian|Palazzo fans, feel free to weigh in on that one below.)

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Celine Dion To Go On At Caesars Palace

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (5)

After taking time off for family and health, Celine Dion will return to the Colosseum stage this August, ending what will then be a year-long hiatus. She made the announcement to fans last night via social media.

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Check Out The New Le Central At Paris

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 24, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last week Paris opened their renovated and expanded lobby bar, Le Central. I happened upon the newly revealed change by accident when meeting a friend after the first day of March Madness. The poor staff were slightly overwhelmed by the amount of people in the bar Thursday night. Bartenders had to remake new drinks on the menu and had a difficult time accommodating orders from the waitresses and folks sitting at the bar. That said, everyone was very nice and I ended up with a couple of fine drinks. Then again, I'm pretty simple -- beer, vodka, coffee. Done.

The first thing you notice about the new Le Central is the large circular bar next to Le Toilets and the check-in area. The bar has TVs all around with bar-top video poker. VP players shouldn’t be surprised by the typically bad Caesars pay tables. What you might be surprised about is the minimum denomination is 50 cents.

The inside of the bar is a couple of steps up from the casino floor so you have tall bar stools on the outside and chairs on the inside. Those bar stools shown above are nice, but can only be found at the bar.

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