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Avoid The Bag Drag: How To Handle Luggage In Vegas

October 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM | by | Comments (10)

One of the most frustrating parts of traveling is dealing with luggage. Navigating airline limitations, deciphering security restrictions, and fighting for overhead space is no way to start a vacation. Those traveling by ground donít have quite the number of challenges in their way, but weíre increasingly seeing questions about what to do with luggage after arriving in Vegas. Fortunately, Vegas makes it easy.

A locked hotel room is the obvious choice for storing your belongings. But, what do you do if you arrive before check-in time? Where do you put your bags if your flight isnít until late at night, well after check-out? Many visitors resort to hauling their bags around all day. Donít do this! Vegas is huge and the walk from one casino to another is long enough as it is. Dragging a suitcase behind you as you travel up and down The Strip or in between rows of slot machines will get old in a hurry and is completely unnecessary.

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Beware The Penny Slots

October 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (19)

Things have settled down since we spent a few days looking at the newest slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo†(G2E). If you noticed most -- if not, all -- of the slot machines we highlighted this year were themed. These slot machines are usually penny slots when they hit casino floors. Penny slots arenít what they used to be. You can now wager upwards of $5 per spin on a slot machine that, by name, makes you think you're†only†going to risk a penny or so. Thatís just one of the dirty little secrets about our favorite penny slots in the casino.

The bright lights and loud music from these slot machines are great fun, but the real dirty secret of the uber popular penny slots is that they are some of the worst bets in the casino. Casinos win almost twice as often when you play penny slots as they do when you play any other denomination of machine.

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At Palace Station, New Carpet And A Not-So-High-Limit Room

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
October 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (5)

VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was ďvoted the casino I want to love again if only theyíd stop making weird decisions.Ē While he seems ok with the carpet upgrade, the changes in the high limit slot area came across as a bit odd.

First, check out the new carpet on the right in the photo below. Itís being rolled out in segments across the casino floor. The machines from the coffee shop up to the oyster bar had been removed to make room for the new flooring on Greg's recent visit.

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How Low Will They Go? Room Rates Plunge At SLS While Delano Plays Hardball

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (25)

Itís been just shy of two months since the newest resorts on The Strip, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas, officially opened their doors. In that time, both properties have dealt with their share of setbacks.

At Delano, underwhelming furnishings, housekeeping delays, and a pillow problem (that, somehow, still hasnít been resolved) are all contributing to a 3-star Yelp score that surely falls short of what the luxury resort was aiming for. At the other end of the Strip, SLS faces challenges of its own. Operation cutbacks and, now, staff layoffs suggest visitorship isnít meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Letís take a look.

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Big & Rich Will Look At You, Especially At The Cromwell

Where: 3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
October 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

Is it just us or do Big & Rich already kind of look like a parody of themselves? It only makes sense that their music video for ďLook At YouĒ would be a cheesy nod to Vegas. It shows off the suites at the relatively new Cromwell.

In a scene that doesnít look super contrived, at all, a trio of hot ladies checks into The Cromwell and encounters an also attractive solo man who says heís there on business. This will surely give false hope to many a tech nerd planning CES trips for January. What happens in music videos isnít what usually happens in Vegas.

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Sports Fans Will Enjoy What's On The Tube At SLS Las Vegas

Where: 89109
October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

A recent stay at SLS Las Vegas had this writer in my hotel room much more than expected. My reservation was for a Thursday night so I had the option of watching the Thursday Night Football game in my room, the Umami Burger sportsbook or at one of the TVs in-between†the table games. The sportsbook is nice, but wasnít necessary for a stand-alone game. I opted to watch in my room since I wasnít in the mood to watch while playing blackjack. And, Iím glad I did.

The picture on the brand new 55Ē Samsung TV was wonderful. I also discovered something that sports fans like me crave when staying at hotels. There are a host of sports channels available at SLS Las Vegas that you wonít find in most Las Vegas hotel rooms.

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Secret Steakhouse At Silver Sevens? Weíre On It!

Where: 4100 Paradise Road [map], 89169
October 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (6)

Weíre always on the lookout for secret places to eat and drink in Vegas. Secret places are just more fun. Or, maybe itís that places that donít advertise have to deliver in order to survive. That certainly seems to be the case with Cosmopolitanís secret pizza. Whatever it is, weíre always excited to come across something thatís been hiding in plain sight.

A steakhouse doesnít seem like the kind of place you want to keep a secret, but thatís exactly the case at The Back Room restaurant inside Silver Sevens. With no reviews available for guidance, this writer set out to find out whatís happening at the new Silver Sevens steakhouse.

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Are Non-Gaming Hotels Better?

September 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (14)

With so many choices in Las Vegas, one of the most daunting choices you have to make will be done long before you set foot off the plane. Choosing where to rest after long days and nights of gambling, eating and, of course, boozing can have visitors vacillating between the latest and the greatest, the closest and the cheapest, and more. This writer has even heard of decisions based on the size of the shower!

When looking for hotels in Vegas there are so many options, your first time or two usually results in a stay at one of the main hotel-casinos on The Strip. And, why not? All the lights, glamour, action, romance and nostalgia exist around those hotels. After a couple trips to Vegas, however, that feeling might wear off. A transformation into a Vegas veteran may send you off Strip or downtown when choosing a spot to sleep. If you aren't interested in leaving The Strip, there are other options that provide a good bang for your buck and don't come with the annoyances of a mega-resort.

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MGM Resorts Village Now With Something New Underfoot

Where: 89109
September 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you're anything like this writer, you just spent some time studying the above image carefully. After popping up in my Facebook stream over the weekend, I just couldn't resolve the greenery seen in this photo with its Strip backdrop. From the location of Luxor, I knew this had to be the Lot MGM Resorts Village we all know and love (for its programming if not for its parking lot setting), but was that really grass underfoot?

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You'll Want Delano's Bathrobes On Your Body... And Under Your Face

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
September 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | Comments (4)

When given the chance to crash in a friendís room at Delano Las Vegas over the weekend, this writer was really excited... until I remembered the pillow situation. The revamped hotel rooms have a lot of welcomed features like plush towels, super soft robes, separate powder room, comfortable desk chair in the living area, and upscale oversized toiletries. What some rooms still lack are comfortable pillows, at least for actual sleeping.

The firm and lengthy pillows found on each bed make excellent props if reading or watching TV, but when it comes time to relax and settle into the very comfortable mattress and smooth sheets, itís clear that one of these things is not like the other.

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Yes, The Lobby Aquarium At Mandalay Bay Is No More

Where: 89109
September 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (14)

If you haven't been through Mandalay Bay's lobby in a few months, you've not had the chance to notice the disappearance of a long-time fixture.

The lobby's temple-inspired, 12,200-gallon saltwater aquarium was taken offline for repairs and maintenance in late May. When officials refilled it, they realized a leak hadn't been resolved. A decision was made to remove it and that work began in July. The tank is now completely gone; in its place, stands an oversized table topped with a collection of floral displays in varying heights.

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The Story Behind All Those Rocks At Delano Las Vegas

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (2)

Delano comes to Vegas via South Beach and while there are lots of design nods to its beachfront roots -- from the rippling, blue-hued carpeting in guest corridors to underwater photography in its suites -- the upscale brand didn't forget it's been plopped into the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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