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Demolition Time: The Harmon Hotel Begins To Slowly Disappear

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89109
June 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (10)

A piece of Las Vegas history is about to become... well... history. The Harmon Hotel -- that glossy, glassy blue structure at the forefront of the CityCenter project -- is finally coming down. And, those hoping for another spectacular Vegas-style implosion will be quite disappointed. The 29-story tower, also known as the world’s most expensive Cirque du Soleil billboard, is now being dismantled, piece by piece.

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Taking Off At McCarran: More Ways To Do It Yourself

June 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (5)

Leaving Vegas is hard enough, but getting here is a breeze. Here's the latest on some new routes and expedited services happening at McCarran Airport:

British Airways has launched self-boarding devices at all of its gates at McCarran which means travelers can check themselves in by scanning their boarding passes prior to entering the jet bridge.

This is absolutely huge news as it saves approximately a half of a second by removing the need to hand your ticket to the gate agent. Help is present at the self-service kiosks to assist those who have trouble scanning their own tickets, further confusing the technology's purpose.

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Sh*t You May Have Missed While Sorting Out Downtown's Drinking Laws

May 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.

VegasChatter has actually gotten a little too swept away in shit so, starting this month, we're going to choose shit more wisely. Here's a carefully curated snapshot of what's going on around town:


· The Cromwell
· Some rooms at The Delano (formerly THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, officially opening September 1)
· World Series of Poker (Rio Las Vegas) through July 16
· Balconies (Palms Place)
· Street Dice (Downtown Grand)

· Tilted Kilt (The Linq)
· FAME (The Linq)
· BLT Steak (Bally's)
· Sterling Brunch (Bally's)
· Afternoon service at Heritage Steak (The Mirage)
· 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque (Mandalay Bay)
· Cadillac Tequila Cantina (Golden Nugget)
· Claim Jumper (Golden Nugget)
· Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (Eastern & Serene)
· 24-hour Johnny Rockets (Excalibur)

· VooDoo Zip Line (Rio Las Vegas)
· Mamma Mia (Tropicana)

· d’annata (Tivoli Village) Near Summerlin
· PacSun (Tivoli Village) Near Summerlin
· NARS (Forum Shops, Caesars Palace)
· Sisley (The Crystals)
· Céline (The Crystals)
· Zippo Store (Luxor)
· Hershey's Chocolate World (New York-New York)

· Drai's Beach Club (The Cromwell)
· McCarran Medical Clinic & Pharmacy (McCarran Airport)
· Edelweiss air service (McCarran Airport)
· Wednesdays Downtown (Downtown Vegas)
· "Hatching The Past" exhibit (Las Vegas Natural History Museum)
· Scholastic’s "The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm" exhibit (Discovery Children's Museum)
· Altitude Fridays (Stratosphere)

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Getting Your Vegas On Mid-Air

May 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (11)

Although many surveys conducted in today's world are nothing more than creative publicity stunts, we couldn't help but share the results of a recent study, one that investigated which flight paths tend to be the most booze-fueled.

Conducted by GuestLogix, a Toronto-based supplier of in-flight payment systems to about 90 percent of North American airlines (PR plug fulfillment.. fulfilled), it analyzed the in-flight sales of five carriers between November 2013 and February 2014, trying to figure out who buys what when they're going where. (Got that? No? Great.)

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Now Boarding: A McCarran Round-Up

May 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

This week was a busy one in terms of airline news in Vegas, including the announcement of two new non-stop routes. Here’s the latest coming out of McCarran Airport:

After a successful pilot program in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Southwest has announced that passengers will now be able to use mobile boarding passes for flights out of McCarran. The pass can be sent to your smart phone via e-mail, text message, or through the airline’s app. Not all passengers are eligible, though: infants, unaccompanied minors, senior-fare passengers, and military travelers must still use a paper ticket.

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Union Workers In Downtown Set To Strike In June

Where: 89101
May 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (11)

Downtown union workers could walk off the job at 5 a.m. on June 1.

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have set that timetable for a strike against nine downtown casinos: The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate. Each of those properties have expired union contracts.

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Cosmopolitan Sold To Blackstone!

May 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (18)

After a long time on the market, The Cosmopolitan has been sold by Deutsche Bank to Blackstone for $1.73 billion... in cash!

Reuters reports "the lender made a small profit from the sale." Deutsche took ownership of the Cosmo after foreclosing on developer Bruce Eichner back in 2008 and has been trying to get rid of it (for the right price) ever since. The New York Times says The Cosmopolitan has never turned a profit.

The Cosmopolitan was purchased by a division of Blackstone, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII. You may not be familiar with the Blackstone name, but you are familiar with the major hospitality brand already in its portfolio, Hilton.

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Frontier Launching Non-Stop Flights from D.C. to Vegas

May 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (6)

We missed a "as low as $15" flash sale, but getting to Vegas just got a little easier and cheaper for those in our nation's capital. Frontier Airlines announced yesterday that it will launch 14 new routes from Washington Dulles International Airport, including non-stop flights to Vegas beginning September 8. Rates for September are currently between $99 and $129 one-way.

The five-hour flight will run once daily on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, departing Dulles at 8:20 p.m. and arriving in Vegas at 10:25 p.m. Return flights on Thursday and Sunday will leave McCarran Airport at 9:50 p.m. and arrive in D.C. at 5:15 a.m. while return flights on Monday and Friday will depart at 11:20 p.m. and arrive at 6:45 a.m.

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Edelweiss Touches Down In Vegas

May 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a new way to get here from there if there is Switzerland.

Air carrier Edelweiss has launched twice-weekly non-stop flights from Zürich's Kloten Airport to McCarran. The flights are expected to bring more than 18,000 passengers to Vegas annually and generate more than $20 million for Southern Nevada.

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Sh*t You May Have Missed Now That Slotzilla Has Arrived

May 2, 2014 at 1:17 AM | by | Comments (8)

Have you flown down Fremont yet?

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.

If you spent this month reading anyone else, you probably missed a lot of sh*t! In the event we still manage to miss some sh*t, leave a comment below!


· The Cromwell... Casino (Formerly Bill's Gambling Hall)
· Riverboat Roulette (Golden Gate)
· Room Reservations (SLS Las Vegas)
· Room Reservations (Delano Las Vegas)
· Xposed, an LGBTQ pool party (Tropicana) Saturdays
· Bingo Room (Rampart)

· Guy's Vegas Kitchen (The Quad)
· Flour & Barley (The Linq)
· 800 Degrees Pizza (Monte Carlo)
· Yusho (Monte Carlo)
· PT's Pub (Tropicana & Fort Apache)
· Kitchen Creations (Downtown)
· Cowgirl Up Cantina (Binion's)
· Hungry Howie’s Pizza (7703 N. El Capitan Way, Off Strip)
· The Scullery bar (The Ogden, Downtown Vegas)
· DB Brasserie (Venetian/Palazzo)
· Lobster ME (Grand Canal Shoppes)
· BLVD Creamery (Monte Carlo)
· Sambalatte (Monte Carlo)
· 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque (Mandalay Bay)
· Expanded Dining Options (Serendipity 3)
· Braddah's Island Style (Durango & Centennial)
· O Face Doughnuts (Downtown)

· Slotzilla (Downtown)
· The High Roller (The Linq)
· Olivia Newton-John Residency (Flamingo)
· Polaroid Museum (The Linq)
· Shoot Las Vegas (Around Town)

· Ink & Vector (Miracle Mile Shops)
· LEGO Store (Fashion Show Mall)
· 12AM Run (The Linq)
· Vanity Style Lounge (The Linq)
· Lululemon (Fashion Outlets at Primm Valley Casino Resort)
· Polaroid Fotobar (The Linq)

Inside Polaroid Fotobar at The Linq.

· LOOK Style Society (Town Square)

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Sending Champagne And Caviar To This Guy

April 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away there was a show titled Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. And, its host offered "champagne wishes and caviar dreams." That man, of course, was Robin Leach, now resident and scribe of Las Vegas' exclusives wicked whispers and racy rumors. Ever present at all the biggest galas and openings while pressing everyone else aside in search of his next big interview.

Leach's legacy hasn't been forgotten by the New York Times which came to Vegas recently to see how he wobbles rolls nor has he been forgotten by big-name celebrities from the 80s, as evidenced by the pilot episode of Alan Thicke's semi-scripted reality sitcom Unusually Thicke. Thankfully, Thicke's garage sale customer says what the rest of us have all been thinking.

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MGM Resorts, Hakkasan To Make Beautiful Hotels Together

April 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (3)

A rendering of Dubai Pearl which will feature Bellagio, MGM Grand and Skylofts hotels.

In 2007, MGM Resorts created a hospitality arm to take its most high-end/recognizable brands -- Bellagio, SKYLOFTS and MGM Grand -- and bring them to cities around the world. Now, that goal will include the Hakkasan brand, too, as the two unite to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

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