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VegasChatter reader Greg B. let us in on some updates from one of his favorite spots, Palace Station, which he affectionately said was “voted the casino I want to love again if only they’d stop making weird decisions.” 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. It’s 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.
It’s 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 hasn’t 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 isn’t meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Let’s take a look.
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 “Look At You” would be a cheesy nod to Vegas. It shows off the suites at the relatively new Cromwell.
In a scene that doesn’t look super contrived, at all, a trio of hot ladies checks into The Cromwell and encounters an also attractive solo man who says he’s there on business. This will surely give false hope to many a tech nerd planning CES trips for January. What happens in music videos isn’t what usually happens in Vegas.
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 wasn’t necessary for a stand-alone game. I opted to watch in my room since I wasn’t in the mood to watch while playing blackjack. And, I’m glad I did.
The picture on the brand new 55” 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 won’t find in most Las Vegas hotel rooms.
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We’re always on the lookout for secret places to eat and drink in Vegas. Secret places are just more fun. Or, maybe it’s that places that don’t advertise have to deliver in order to survive. That certainly seems to be the case with Cosmopolitan’s secret pizza. Whatever it is, we’re always excited to come across something that’s been hiding in plain sight.
A steakhouse doesn’t seem like the kind of place you want to keep a secret, but that’s exactly the case at The Back Room restaurant inside Silver Sevens. With no reviews available for guidance, this writer set out to find out what’s happening at the new Silver Sevens steakhouse.
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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.
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?
When given the chance to crash in a friend’s 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, it’s clear that one of these things is not like the other.
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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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.
Slots have always struck us as one of the most laidback forms of casino gambling. Play craps and you have to be on your feet. Choose blackjack and you can sit, but keeping track of the game can keep your mind racing. poker’s constant pushing, shoving, and stacking of chips can be exhausting. Even roulette requires some counting and sorting. Slots are the game for the truly lazy. Sit in a chair, sip a drink, and slap a button. That’s all there is to it. Slot manufacturers, however, seem to think the games are still too strenuous. In a never-ending quest to combat slot player fatigue, they’ve introduced some game enhancements that have us rolling our eyes.
First up is an easier way to bet. Hitting “spin” sounds painless enough, but apparently pressing a large round button is a process that needs improvement. Could valuable seconds be lost with each reach of the arm? Or, maybe frequent players are plagued by elbow strain. We’re not really sure where the need for this innovation came from, but remote play buttons are here. Connected to the machine via cabling approximately two feet in length, these handheld devices let you enjoy another spin without the discomfort of raising your arm. You won’t find a cash-out button on the unit and, unless you’re willing to make the grueling reach six inches over, your only option is to continue playing. Sneaky.
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The Strip of today is not the Strip of tomorrow. And, when we say tomorrow, we don't just mean the near|distant future, we mean tomorrow tomorrow.
On-going construction continues to bring us a slightly different Vegas each day. Last week, we checked up on six different projects, from the tear-down of a never-completed resort to a casino remodel. The 18 photos below, snapped by Greg C. and @paperposter, were captured between August 19 and August 22. So, yeah, expect five of these projects to be slightly more advanced today.
At The Harmon, the latest phase of a year-long demolition brings a crane and black barrier drapes. The condo-hotel never opened due to construction errors.