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By now, most Vegas visitors have been clued in to the long-hauling game. A simple ďno tunnelĒ as you enter your cab can ensure that your ride doesnít unnecessarily cost an extra 25% or more. Unfortunately, long-hauling isnít the only way to be ripped off. As this writer found out during a recent trip to Venetian, cab customers are sometimes being fleeced even before the ride begins.
My groupís night on The Strip concluded with a late dinner inside Venetian and, as we finished off a second carafe of sake at Noodle Asia, we decided on cabbing home. As a Vegas resident, I know how to avoid a long-haul and was expecting an uneventful ride. What I didnít anticipate, and was disgusted to discover, was a group of Venetian employees attempting to extort money from customers in exchange for bypassing an artificially inflated cab line.
While boobs, barely there bikinis, and beefcakes are the norm for the Vegas pool scene, we've begun to notice some extra special trends happening this season. A look through the various Facebook pages of Las Vegas' hottest pool parties revealed how widespread these trends really are. Here's what is hot right now in Vegas. Anna Wintour, shield your eyes.
The other day, however, this writer had a few too many beers and needed to use the restroom. After getting directions, I had to stop and chuckle after seeing the sign on the door:
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The American Gaming Association polls casino visitors every year to to see who they are and what they enjoy. One of our favorite survey questions focuses on what casino games people like to play the most. You can expect some differences than what you'd typically expect to see in Las Vegas since there are more slot machine-only casinos across the country. Here's how it breaks down:
Every year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority releases a profile on whoís actually visiting Las Vegas. No, this isnít you. This isnít any one person. This is a snapshot taken from polling 3,600 visitors. The goal is to†see who the typical visitor is and what it is that they do. We like random data so letís take a look:
Why did you†visit Las Vegas in 2013? (This includes first time visitors and repeat visitors.)
○ 41% were on vacation.
○ 15% came primarily to gamble.
○ 12% were visiting friends or relatives.
Last month, when we rode up the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, we noticed something a little, well, hokey before we boarded the elevator. Yes, we know this is Vegas where hokey-ness reigns supreme. And, yes, we know we were standing in a cheap imitation of the real city of Paris. The sight still had this Chatter'er rolling her eyes, though.
Now that Giada is open for business, guests of The Cromwell can gamble, sleep, swim, dance, drink, shop and eat all under one fancy new roof. We've personally provided our impression that the hotel's lobby bar is "Bound" for success and highlighted a mysterious $795 thingy from the gift shop. And, while we won't belly up for a bite at Giada for at least a couple weeks, we scoured the Internets for early opinions of the hotel.
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The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether
bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.
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This year, things are really moving on The Strip. The Cromwell and High Roller are off and running, Ballyís is getting Bazaar, and room renovations are (finally) underway at The Quad. And, thatís just center Strip. Thereís action at the ends of The Strip as well; rooms are being revealed at The Delano and Resorts World is taking steps towards reality.
In all the excitement, itís easy to forget about those places that havenít changed. Here at VegasChatter, weíre keeping track. We think itís time the three casino-hotels listed below wake from their slumbers and give us something to get excited about.
The original location of Sambalatte in Summerlin serves one of the best cups of coffee you'll have anywhere in Las Vegas. It's a little more expensive than some of the chains, but each cup is handcrafted by pouring filtered water over your choice of freshly ground beans. This single cup brew is a unique sip. No two cups will taste exactly the same. Itís worth paying a little more for such attention to detail. Yes, a cup of coffee can cause us to wax poetic.
The hotels on the Vegas Strip are often more concerned with simply making sure thereís an option for coffee. Any coffee. For most, it's okay that thereís little care put into making a cup. But, that's not true with everyone. When MGM Resorts announced Sambalatte would be opening its third location at Monte Carlo, this coffee lover was a little excited. The Vegas Strip was finally getting a coffee shop†worth leaving another hotel for to get the day started.
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We called foul when Border Grill tacked on an automatic .50 cent fee for water. And, our friends at Vital Vegas have taken Cabo Wabo to task for its concession & franchise fee that simply appears on bills as "CNF" without any pre-warning or explanation.
Sometimes, it doesn't take much to make us happy. A smile. Actual eye contact with a greeting. An actual greeting. We're pretty easy to please when it comes to customer service. So, we're awarding The Linq's valet 1 million
MyVEGAS rewards Total Rewards points for delivering Seven Stars service to everyone, along with our cars.
We told you about The Linq's valet as soon as we discovered it upon the opening of the full promenade almost two months ago now. We've continued to remind you about it from time to time, but never actually used it ourselves until this past weekend.