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When we opened our
phone lines email up to your Vegas rants, we knew we were providing a valuable service. Since we invited you to dump your Vegas woes on us, tales have been steady and frequent. Today's grumbles center around those dastardly resort fees. First up, George:
Just checked my status for a 4 nite stay at the RIO, we always got them comped. Not any more. Web-site wants $40.00 per nite or more depending on the date. PLUS the famous RESORT FEE. I feel sorry for the help there they are going to end up starving. Let's not forget those famous words THE PUBLIC ASKED THIS.
Vegas Rants / Luxor / Vegas Mistakes / Retail / → All Tags
Vegas is the sh*t! Until it goes to... well, you know. For as much as we love us some Sin City, sometimes we have experiences that we hate. But, it's nothing a good old-fashioned rant can't cure. That's why we invite you to vent to us, get it off your chest, and move on. The doctor is now in for VegasChatter fan Brenda:
We're fanatical about Vegas to the point that we read popular travel message boards just to find out what folks are reporting, or wondering. Oftentimes, we see posts inquiring if
Imperial Palace The Quad is really as awful as everyone jokes, says or implies. Responses vary, naturally, from those who say run to others who say it ain't so bad for the money you save.
Recently, VegasChatter friend @sammasseur checked into The Quad and sent us photos from his stay. We asked him if he could write about his experience so that we could share it with other readers, and this is his story:
I'm a Downtown Vegas kind of guy, but like to take in The Strip a little from time to time. On my previous visit this past January, I spent one night on Fremont and the next three at The Quad. It was a disastrous experience, and the "classic" room they assigned me was so far in the dark depths of the property that cellular service didn't work. Sunlight barely streamed in the windows through a small gap between my balcony and the parking garage. Too bad that some of the light bulbs actually worked, otherwise I wouldn't have seen the years of caked-on filth that adorned the walls, ceilings, light fixtures, and carpeting.
But, I chalked it up to their transitional growing pains and let things slide, vowing to revisit further down the road. And, last week, I did just that. Being already booked at the El Cortez Cabana Suites for four nights, I checked the CET website for a one-night deal to do another "Strip night." And, this time, they offered me a "deluxe" room at The Quad for only $11.99 plus tax (no resort fee as this was prior to the because-you-demanded-it announcement.) Well, a DEE-LUXE room would have to be better maintained than that dungeon from January, right? That depends on your perspective, it would seem.
Having stayed here before, I knew my way around the labyrinth from parking lot to reservation desk. It was three hours before check-in time, but since there was no line, it wouldn't hurt to ask. Ben the desk agent said the early hour wasn't a problem as I was a Total Rewards member, and even suggested that I use the TR counter on future visits to avoid long lines. I requested a room overlooking Carnaval Court, which they apparently don't like to assign due to frequent noise complaints. But, I wanted an actual view this time, and Ben was most accomodating to my request. In fact, all of the staff I encountered during my stay were chipper, pleasant, and efficient.
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.
Earlier this week, we heard from a recent Vegas visitor who grabbed our attention with the headline, "Flamingo Construction HORRIBLE!!!!" And, you know when there's four exclamation points, sh*t just got real:
Gambling / Poker / Survival Strategies / Tips / Vegas Rants / → All Tags
Poker used to be like golf. It was a gentleman’s game, set around tradition and honor. A game to share with friends over a stiff drink and a cigar. It was an excuse to forget the dullness of the 9 to 5, to get away for a few hours to turn cards and laugh over dirty jokes.
As televised poker gained popularity, the game started to change. We watched Mike Matusow talk about his “cojones,” we saw Shaun Sheikhan act like a jerk. With cries of “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE,” (Salty) Joe Hachem’s fans inappropriately (this Chatter'er feels, anyway) brought the energy of a soccer (football) game to the televised final table at the 2005 WSOP. From kitchen table to card room, people started to emulate the behavior of these “famous” poker players. If everyone could just cut it out, we could get back to the awesome game that we all love. In response to all the bad behavior, here are the five most obnoxious things people do at the poker table that grate on us most. Don’t be this guy or gal.
Vegas Rants / Vegas Observations / Ferris Wheels / Observation Wheels / SkyVue Las Vegas Super Wheel / → All Tags
In all our excitement of telling you about the third observation slash Ferris wheel proposed for the Las Vegas Strip, we didn't give you a full update on our favorite revolving underdog, SkyVue Las Vegas Super Wheel. And now, they've gone and done the update for us. Sort of. And, wait to you hear what we found.
SkyVue recently redesigned their website. Not much of an improvement, but while they wait for all those extra and pesky parts to build an actual observation wheel, it looks like they have some time on their hands. The new website is more pitched towards to possible investors and "sponsors" than the general public. At the bottom of the page it clearly says, "the brands represented within this website are for presentation purposes only. There is no direct association between these companies and SkyVue." We're proud to think we have a hand in that.
Vegas Rants / Aria / Valet / → All Tags
There's a billion things to love about Vegas. But, every so often something gets under your skin, too. That's why we created our on-going series, Vegas Rants, so that you could get it off your chest and go back to enjoying all those things you heart in Vegas with
good calmer karma.
This rant comes from a VegasChatter reader who reached out to us after coming across a 2010 VegasChatter article that just so happened to be a rant of our own about the Aria valet. Here's his story:
Vegas Rants / Vegas Observations / Venetian / Rattlecan / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Before you judge us, we know. Dining just about anywhere on The Strip can be expensive. Usually, we don't bat an eye when presented with a bill for our meal. But, after snacking recently at the newly opened Rattlecan inside Venetian, we literally gasped when we saw how much our glass of soda cost -- $5 bucks. And, then immediately reached for our cup to drain it dry.
Now, maybe this pricing isn't that new to you in your travels up and down The Strip. And, maybe, we haven't paid close enough attention in the past. But, it was quite the sticker shock to this Chatter'er. Especially, when our side of sweet potato fries only cost a buck more. And, when we noticed that a lot of Rattlecan's pickle'd appetizers were less than our Pepsi (many running around $4) and that it's basic burger was only $4 dollars more. (And, side rant, we actually prefer Coke.)
A VegasChatter fan recently wrote us with a rant, and a plea, for hotel execs:
Las Vegas has a higher tolerance than most vacation destinations. Tourists come daily to let off some steam and do stupid shit that will be an inside joke among friends for years to come. But, over the weekend, two men failed to keep dumbassery within the limits of the law and to remember that Las Vegas is still on planet Earth and within the U.S. borders.
When it comes to the now four-month-old Gordon Ramsay Steak, the raves continue with Yelpers calling it "simply the best," "worth every penny" and "OUT-FREAKING-STANDING." That's if you can get a reservation, though.
A VegasChatter fan dropped us a line yesterday to let us know that getting someone on the line at the popular Paris steakhouse was proving neigh impossible for him:
Vegas Rants / Pools / Pool Scenes / The Mirage / → All Tags
Pools and Vegas go hand in hand, but what happens when an idyllic pool scene becomes less than desirable?