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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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Are Some Slot Machines Cursed?

December 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (15)

We all have our favorite slot machines. Usually, it’s a game that we’ve had a nice score on in the past. Or, it may be a game like Wheel of Fortune that draws us in with familiar sounds. Few of us, however, have probably given thought to our least favorite machines, but could certain games be cursed? Consider this tale of woe we recently heard:

When I play slots, I usually just wander around until one catches my eye. I have a few favorites that I might hit, but I typically go for something that I haven’t played before. If a game hasn’t been particularly good to me in the past, I’ll eventually try it again in hopes of settling the score. Never have I sworn off a machine for good, until my final time playing JAWS.

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Is It Time To Ban Bicycles And Scooters From The Strip?

October 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (6)

It seems we were preaching to the choir when we exclaimed that we need more pedestrian bridges. Many of you shared your own frustrating Las Vegas traffic jam experiences and came up with creative ways to both clear the streets and help pedestrians move about safely. Jaywalking on The Strip, while not likely to end anytime soon, remains illegal. The same can’t be said for two other sources of congestion, bicycles and motorized scooters.

Bikes are, of course, street legal. Good for the environment, and your health, they are second only to walking in terms of cheap transportation. In the past few years, many areas of Las Vegas have taken great strides to shed the notion that this is not a place for cyclists. Bike lanes, bike racks, even bike-sharing programs have popped up everywhere from Henderson to North Las Vegas. Several casinos will valet bicycles and, a few like Aria, even offer bike racks that provide more convenience than their parking garages do. Still, The Strip as a whole is not a welcoming place for bike riders. With no bike lanes, and insufficient space to add them along most of Las Vegas Boulevard, riders are stuck sharing lanes with aggressive cab drivers and inattentive tourists. Additionally, bikes are known tools of the trade for bottled water sellers and card-slappers, so don’t be surprised if you get some dirty looks while out for a ride.

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We Need More Pedestrian Bridges On The Strip

October 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (21)

It’s late in the afternoon and a couple is stranded in Las Vegas. You might guess that we’re referring to a delayed flight at McCarran, but that’s not it. They’re actually stranded among the bushes that make up the median of Las Vegas Boulevard. Oversized Treasure Island skull mug in tow, they contemplate their next move. When they started their trek across The Strip, they didn’t notice the concrete barrier and shrubbery that line the other side of the street. (Or, maybe they did...) Now, they are stuck. Can they run across, dodge the George Wallace promotional trucks, and climb over the obstacles before getting hit? Or, should they turn back and try crossing somewhere else? They now wish they could push a button and make traffic come to a stop, but that’s not going to happen here because they’re jaywalking. Ultimately, they decide to go for it. They get honked at a few times, but are otherwise unscathed. Are you familiar with this scenario?

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A Vegas Tale of (Almost) Woe At El Cortez

September 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (27)

Recently, our Ramblin Gamblin posted a review of downtown's El Cortez, inviting us to keep the hotel in mind when looking for a decent stay option, for the price and digs. If you had asked this writer for an opinion last week, I pretty much would have said the same thing having had my first stay there earlier this month. However, it was my second stay last Friday (the 13th, no less) that now makes me reluctant to say the same. If you're up for a twisted tale of reservations, credit cards, and hotel policy, keep reading to share in my Vegas Rant.

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Vegas Rants: 'Our Anniversary Trip Turned Disaster'

August 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM | by | Comments (19)

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.

When you're in Vegas for a spot of fun, you can usually overlook a headache or two. But, when you're in Vegas for a special occasion, anything less than the time of your life can be crushing. And, unfortunately, that's the subject of our latest rant sent to us by Mary who was excited to celebrate another year with her spouse at Flamingo in July, but ended up sending us an email titled, "Our Anniversary Trip Turned Disaster" when all was said and done.

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Another Vegas Hotel Considers, Adds Resort Fee

Where: 325 E. Flamingo [map], 89169
August 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (7)

The same day The D and Golden Gate announced shocking yet expected resort fees, another non-Strip hotel reached out to us about the same quandary.

In an email entitled, "Resort Fee Rant From A Hotel," an employee of Fortune Hotel, located on Flamingo near Terrible's Silver Sevens, expressed dismay over the catch 22 every Vegas hotel is finding themselves in. Refuse to add resort fees and be a (profit-less) hero, or add one, be hated, but still beef up the bottom line while seeming competitive.

This is a Rant about Resort fees but from a hotel point of view. The resort fee craze that is at almost every Hotel on or around the Las Vegas Strip is forcing us to think about adding one also. It is hard for us to compete with Hotels offering $17.00 rooms. The $17.00 advertised room with resort fee of $15.00 now becomes a $32.00 room. If we advertise rooms for $32.00 with no resort fee but someone else advertises $17.00 rooms with a fee it's a loss every time for us.

Amenities typically part of the resort fee we already offer:
Free Breakfast
Shuttle Service
Local Calls
Hot Tub

We have a remodel underway now that adds a Restaurant, Bar, and Gaming and unfortunately probably a resort fee as well.

It is going to end up either everyone charges a resort fee or no one does.

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Vegas Rants: What's With The Excessive ID Checking?

August 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM | by | Comments (18)

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.

Our latest rant comes from Keith B. who is ok with him, and the wife, looking their age. If only they could be taken for it:

What is going on in Vegas with the over the top ID requests? When in the Outback restaurant at a table of 17 people with six people under the age of thirty all drinking alcohol, they asked my wife (aged 52) for ID. With the best will in the world, she could not be mistaken for being under age. She had to go back to the hotel for her passport. She was the only one asked. What is going on? Why do they do this?

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A Harrah's Guest Wonders What Was Happening In Her Room

July 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (22)

This is room 858 in the Carnival Tower of Harrah's and this is what it looked like when guest, Wendy, and her husband checked-in over fourth of July weekend. Yup, just like that. Remote control on the bed, instead of on the desk or the nightstand, and pillows skew. As Mama Bear would say, "Who's been sleeping in my bed?"

Wendy wrote a lengthy email to us about the issues with her stay, that included this housekeeping fail and some seriously noisy neighbors. In the interest of saving you time, we're pulling out choice bits of Wendy's Vegas Rant. Starting with what happened when Wendy phoned downstairs to express her displeasure and the front desk agent who apparently could care less.

"She raised her voice with me, spoke very rudely to me, and instead of apologizing said that the ‘Room was clean and she would send a maid to straighten the bed.’ She barely let me get a word in before she was raised her voice with me and was speaking over the top of me. We left the room, and yes, when we returned, the bed was straightened, but that did nothing to ease my mind that someone hadn’t still been ‘hanging out’ in the room prior to our arrival."

This housekeeping snafu aside, Wendy and her husband decided to stick with the room. But, over the course of their stay (July 3-July 6), Wendy had to call security three times to have them quiet down the folks in the room next to her room. (Incidentally, if security needs to be called three times, then the hotel has the right to evict that guest.) Wendy and her husband were offered a different room to stay in, but felt that they shouldn't be inconvenienced. Now, cue unsympathetic front desk:

I was greeted by Mark (Front Desk Lead), and instead of listening, and lending me a sympathetic ear, he told me that ‘He didn’t have sympathy for me because he has lived in hotels and apartments and it comes with the territory’. That is the WRONG answer to give to a hotel guest. I am a paying customer, and I am not paying to be disturbed every moment that I am in my room trying to sleep. YES, I understand that it is Las Vegas, however, common courtesy still applies for ALL hotel guests. He offered to change my room, but why should I change MY room when I am not the one doing anything wrong?

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