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Has MyVegas Hit Rock Bottom?

June 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (27)

We’ve featured a lot of stories about MyVegas, some good and some bad. Even though the games are a great way to kill some time and rack of comps and rewards, there always seems to be a number of issues associated with it.

We recently got an email from Wayne, all the way from the UK, about his recent problems with MyVegas.

This is what he said: (Pardon his accent. We've also edited his rant to make it easier to understand.)

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At Plaza, 'Lovers Or Losers' Isn't Always An Either Or...

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
April 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (8)

Plaza's newest production, Lovers or Losers, hasn't fallen into the latter category just yet. It's still hanging around since we first spied signage for the show, hosted by actor actor Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes, in early March.

The downtown hotel-casino hosts the live game show, which promises fast-paced fun "with a dash of sexy Vegas attitude, at 8 p.m. nightly, with the exception of Sunday and Thursday. VegasChatter fans Les & Flori J. (pictured above) attended recently and informed us that losers are, initially, winners, too, but may not feel that way for long:

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No More Unlimited Bubbly At Golden Nugget's Weekend Brunch

Where: 129 E. Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 10, 2015 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (7)

Outside of "open" bars or plunking yourself down in the casino for a while, buffets are the last bastion for unlimited booze. Over the last few years, though, there's usually been an up-charge attached to that.

Downtown's Golden Nugget is known for its weekend champagne brunch, but VegasChatter reader @ivyboy recently discovered the bubbly doesn't flow freely, anymore:

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Carnegie Deli Isn't The Carnegie Deli You Remember, Anymore

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 12, 2015 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (30)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

Just before Thanksgiving, Carnegie Deli at The Mirage quietly closed for a remodel. It reopened in December, but what we thought was just a decor makeover happens to be much more. As VegasChatter member file1040 relates (and, yes, he is a CPA), the transformation came with some unexpected changes, and not necessarily for the better:

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The Asterisks of MyVEGAS

November 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM | by | Comments (19)

First, let us just say we're not complaining. We fully appreciate that our comp cup has overfloweth thanks to MyVEGAS rewards. We also know nothing good lasts forever. That's why we weren't all that shocked to see the subject of an email sent in by VegasChatter fan Mr. CDN Vegas.

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Does Caesars' Best Rate Guarantee Actually Work For Anyone?

July 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (17)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

Best rate guarantees aren't anything new for the hospitality world. But, when they're offered, you pretty much expect them to work as implied. Finding there are strings attached isn't unexpected, either. Finding there are so many strings that it becomes impossible to secure the cheaper rate, however, almost makes you want to unpack your bags and call the whole trip off. This is the frustration recently experienced by VegasChatter fan Joe M. who found the only thing guaranteed by Caesars Entertainment's Best Rate Guarantee program was a headache.

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The Cromwell's Valet Is More 'Innapproprtate' Than Its Restroom Signage

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
June 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (8)

The Cromwell, a.k.a. the Strip’s newest hotel, has a lot going for it including Giada, the restaurant from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, swanky lobby bar Bound and Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub. If only enjoying these venues was as easy as simply parking and walking right in, as it is at most Las Vegas casinos.

One thing our east coast friends can never believe is the abundance of free parking in Las Vegas. Casinos want to get guests in for obvious reasons. The Cromwell seems to be forgetting this very important ingredient to a successful business model.

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A Flamingo Guest Sounds Off Over A Disappointing Stay

Where: 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (28)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

For someone that signs their emails with the Sebastien-Roch Chamfort quote, "the most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed," we're going to guess that VegasChatter reader KRM isn't much of a ranter. So, it must have been some stay at Flamingo recently to provoke our newest Vegas rant:

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When You Find Condoms In Your Vegas Hotel Room (It Gets Worse)

January 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (9)

There are a lot of things we'd love to find in our Vegas hotel room -- chocolates, a welcome fruit basket, a personal note from management inviting us to a free meal at their finest restaurant. (That last one may be a long shot.) We'll pass, however, on what two recent Vegas visitors found inside their accommodations -- condoms. And, while one VegasChatter fan found the unused variety (mostly), another found one in a way that would make you seriously consider bathing immediately in bleach.

First, Tony describes his find at The Quad. (Oh, yes, you could have guessed this hotel, right?):

...I visit Vegas every couple of months. I always stay at Harrah's or The Quad. Well I stayed at The Quad last Monday. Here are a few housekeeping tips: Do not think they offer free condoms. Upon entering the room the first thing I do is check all the drawers. This is what I found.

My friend called the front desk and asked if it was customary to give free condoms. They said NO SIR. ”Then why are there 3 in my drawer and one opened?” They sent someone up to clean it up. The guy that came said it’s a shame but “Hey this is Vegas." I said screw Vegas. It is a maid's JOB to clean the room entirely whether it be Wisconson or Utah. CLEAN THE BLOODY ROOM. Later my friend said they offered us a different room. I just about fell to the ground and said, "Why didn’t you take it?"

After checking out, I asked to speak to a manager. Just to get my frustrations out. He said "Sir, I can give you a complimentary breakfast worth $30 on us.' I said I had checked out already. He said “Just check back in and it will be valid only for today." UMM, first day of the biggest convention in Vegas (CES). So, I have to pay $200 for a room to get a $30 dollar breakfast. I DON’T THINK SO.

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Welcome To The Solar-Powered Las Vegas Sign

January 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (11)

If you haven't been by the Welcome to Las Vegas sign lately, your name might not be Ron M. The VegasChatter reader loves the sign "for the way it welcomes people, the design and the memories it provides people." But, he just had to share a Vegas rant with us on Facebook recently, not about the iconic landmark, of course, but to recent "improvements" around it:

Why have they blocked the sign with large solar panels? Now it is no longer a sign, but a reminder of bad designers who continue to ruin the visual landscape. I know what I'm talking about as I've been a licensed architect for over thirty years. There are many other ways to incorporate solar panels without ruining a national landmark.

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What’s Up With These Awful Casino Giveaways?

December 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (4)

When was the last time you came across a casino giveaway that really caught your interest? For this VegasChatter writer, it’s been awhile. I long for the days when casinos would dole out logo glassware, jackets, hats, and lighters. Doing an eBay search for vintage Vegas ashtray is nearly enough to make me take up smoking. Many of these casino gifts were unique and are now highly sought after collectables. Times have changed, and promotional items –- especially on The Strip –- are hard to come by.

On The Strip, the pickings are slim. Smaller casinos like Slots a Fun and Casino Royale are your best bets for scoring freebies, and used decks of cards are about as good as it gets. Signing up for a player’s card might give you a shot at some Free Play, but forget about anything interesting to take home.

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Four Queens' Website Is Giving Us A Case Of The Meanies

Where: 202 Fremont Street [map], 89101
December 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (6)

When Palms revamped its website this summer, we gave them credit for having one of the best for a Vegas resort. A good website can make planning your next trip quick and easy. A simple reservation system, easy to find restaurant hours and phone numbers, and details regarding entertainment options are the essentials. And, it should look nice. (Ahem.) This is Vegas, after all.

So, which Vegas hotel-casino has us doing our best Grumpy Cat impersonation? Downtown’s Four Queens. One look at the homepage takes us back to the days of PowerPoint ’97. It’s tough to take the welcome page seriously when everything is presented using the ‘fly-in’ effect. If you aren’t scared off by the navigation menu that beeps as you mouse over each button, you can make your way to the nightmare that is the reservations page.

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