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There's Still No Word On When The Riviera Will Be Imploded

Where: 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
July 15, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

We recently received an email from reader Ckkrafty inquiring about the closed but not forgotten, Riviera. He asked:

Is there any word yet on when the buildings might be imploded? Spent many a fun night gambling there and stayed over on its final night May 4th and 5th. I would like to plan ahead to be there for the final goodbye. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!

We reached out to a couple sources, but sadly there still is no actual date set for the implosion of the famous landmark. At first we heard whispers of the big bang happening at the beginning of the summer, but that obviously didn't happen. Then we heard the implosion could happen at the end of the summer, but now we're hearing it may get pushed back to the end of the year. But we don't know for sure.

We will definitely keep you updated on the implosion date so you can go about planning your implosion parties. But if any of you have deep connections within the implosion community, let us know what you've heard in comments below!

[Photo: Greg C.]

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What is Happening Behind Paris and Bally's?

July 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM | by | ()

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

Speculating on what's being built next is practically the #1 pastime for frequent Vegas visitors, after people-watching of course. So it's not surprising that we recently received two questions via Facebook about some new construction behind the Strip. Here's the first one:

VegasChatter people: I visited the Elara on 6/11-6/15 (besides the updated rooms which was nice but still preferred the old red and black.) My room was facing north and I spotted something intriguing. I noticed during my time there on Koval and Flamingo--the land behind Paris and Bally's--there was construction crew working smoothing the ground. Wondering if there were any tips on whats going on there? New casino? New Walgreens? or CVS?

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Ask VegasChatter: Where To Get A Nice Bargain Dinner In Vegas

June 25, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

Gnocchi a la Bolognese at d.vino.

A reader asked for a reasonably priced dinner spot to celebrate her husband’s 40th birthday. Here are a few of our suggestions. Sound off in the comments with your own ideas for a nice meal that won’t hurt their wallets too much.

If you’re ok with making appetizers into dinner rather than have a full meal, happy hour at Level 107 at Stratosphere offers delicious food and half off prices. Daily from 4-7, you can enjoy buy-one-get-one martinis and half off food. The roasted tomato fondue ($8 at HH pricing) is the dip you’ll want to put on everything you ever eat going forward. Black angus sliders ($8 at HH pricing) have a nice flavor burst from horseradish butter. The lollipop chicken wings ($7.50 at HH pricing) are also a must.

There are also apps like shrimp and lobster cocktail, lamb lettuce cups and banh mi sandwiches. As you can see, this is far from your average happy hour fare. The drinks are solid too with the lemon drop being my favorite (two for $15 at HH pricing). The real bonus here is the view. Enjoy a 360-degree view of Vegas from the 107th floor of the hotel’s tower.

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When a Cab Driver Puts the Car in Park at a Light, Are You Getting Charged for It?

June 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

All of us have a love-hate relationship with taxi cabs and their drivers, especially in Las Vegas. In this town, we love the crazy Vegas stories and helpful Vegas tips the cab drivers tell us, but we hate the long-hauling that sometimes happens and the mysteriousness of the meter. Speaking of the meter, one reader, Jim L., had a specific question about taxis putting the car in park at red lights. Here's what he wants to know?

“While sitting at a long stop light the driver would place the van in park. Does that accelerate the meter's cost as if they stopped at a store while a fare gets out and goes in a convenience store? I figure it does, I just really don't trust Vegas cabbies.“

Our good friend on Twitter, @LVcabChronicles, cleared up this misconception for us, stating:

He also added:

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VegasChatter Question: Which Casino Host is Right For Me?

June 11, 2015 at 7:22 PM | by | ()

Pick a host, any host.

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter! Reader Bill P. had a good question about what kind of casino host he shoudl seek out when gambling in Las Vegas.

"When you acquire a casino host, is it better to have an executive host or a slot host? What are the main differences? Play mainly slots. Some table games."

We reached out to our Casino Host Insider to see what they had to say.

Keep reading to learn which kind of host you might need!

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Are the Lights of Rio Las Vegas Inspired By The Christ the Redeemer Statue?

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Ave [map], 89103
June 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

Expert VegasChatter readers and longtime Vegas visitors and residents--we need your help with a fasciating connection involving the The Rio Las Vegas.

We recently received this question from a reader. Note: Once you see it, you cannot unsee it.

“Several years ago we arrived in Vegas at night, traveling by car. I do not remember on which freeway but I think it was from the north. At any rate, when I saw The Rio from that fresh angle, I was struck by the fact that the light pattern they use on the exterior of the building look like an homage to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. The lights at the Rio go up and out, as do the arms in the statue. I can find no confirmation of this anywhere on the Internet. I even asked a server at Carnival World about it. She said she had been there 15 years and never heard that before. You must have sources you could ask? I am convinced that light pattern had to have an inspiration!”

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VegasChatter Questions: Can You Waive the Resort Fee at The Venetian?

Where: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 8, 2015 at 6:16 PM | by | ()

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

VegasChatter reader K Wood, who has an upcoming trip into town, recently has this question for us:

“We are going to be staying at the Venetian for six days. Can we waive the resort fee (they quoted U.S. $348.00 for 2 rooms)?

We don't want a newspaper and will not use the Grand Canyon fitness room. We will not have a car to park. We only want to use the pool. Is there a way to waive the fee?”

Those damn resort fees sure are a pain, just ask Benjamin Brin who recently filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo because of those pesky fees. Unfortunately though, it looks like you may still have to pay $29 plus tax a night.

We featured an article back in 2013 about Venetian/Palazzo giving guests the opportunity to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out, but that has since changed. As of last year, declining fees was no longer an option, according to a front desk agent.

There are still some hotels in town without resort fees. For a full list, check out our 2015 Las Vegas Resort Fees guide.

[Photos: Venetian]

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Finding The Control Room for The Bellagio Fountains (And Other Fun Facts)

Where: 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

VegasChatter reader, BenjaminBrown recently asked us a great question: "Where is the control room for the fountain at The Bellagio?” So, we texted our friend who works the front desk did some intense research to find the answer. Here's what our friend inside source told us:

“The fountain control room is in a tower under a small dome surrounded by catwalks. It’s above all the electronics that run the show, and it can only be accessed by an extremely tall metal ladder.”

That’s all our Bellagio Fountains Deep Throat would tell us about the control room, which is smart because they probably don’t want a lot of drunk people drunkenly searching the property for the control room, just so they could take drunk selfies with it. We did, however, get some other fun facts about the Bellagio Fountains out of our BFDT:

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VegasChatter Questions: Where To Have Lunch Mid-Strip

May 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM | by | ()

After digging our suggestion of Hash House A Go Go at The Linq, a loyal reader asked us what we would recommend for lunch in the mid-Strip area as he plans to walk the Strip, stopping to gamble and eat here and there. If you want to “ride the bus to flavortown,” we suggest a stop at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar at The Linq. Though this reader specifically asked for lunch suggestions, we’re kind of in love with breakfast there, specifically the Carne Asada Chilaquiles ($16). For lunch, try The Motley Que Sandwich ($19) and the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries ($16).

Harrah’s has a newish something-for-everyone spot in Fulton Street Food Hall. The cafeteria/buffet hybrid offers cuisine types from Italian to Asian with everything in between. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the hash browns and cinnamon rolls. You can also build your own pizzas and salads if you’re into the customizable scene.

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Where Would You Have That One Meal In Vegas?

April 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM | by | ()

I love today!! Fab Vegas brunch with my favorite girls! 😘 #WynnCountryClub @ginaatkinson @coliesgram

A photo posted by Shantel Gauna (@shantelhairwhisperer) on

Lately, I've been noticing a ton of Vegas restaurant pics on social media that look as though they could have been taken anywhere in the world. Take this beautiful picture from Wynn Country Club, for example.

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Sometimes, Everything Old Can Be New Again

April 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM | by | ()

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It's time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes to us from reader Bill who needs a bit of inspiration for an upcoming trip:

hello to you VegasChatter dudes and dudettes, first off i have to tell you I think you guys have a great site. but here’s the deal, the wife and I are coming down in May and staying at the Golden Nugget. Great hotel, we’ve stayed here before, and will add this will be roughly our twentieth odd trip to Las Vegas. Stayed at many different hotels, Mirage, Paris, Planet Hollywood, etc. so we're not the new kids on the block but were wondering if you can turn us on to something really different to check out when we arrive. hey guys, we're versatile. Already did a bacon martini at the Double Down Saloon and sipped merlot at the Paris, know what i mean?

Well, Vegas is a weird place. Where else can you gamble at 7-11 or pose for pictures with a fake Gene Simmons on the walk to a bikini contest judged by a minor celebrity? But, there are only so many slot machines to wager on, three-foot-tall drinks to pound, and escort cards to collect. While the Strip never truly loses its luster, the frequent Vegas visitor can sometimes use a little help to find ways, both on and off Las Vegas Boulevard, to see how wonderfully unique this place can get.

Many Vegas vacationers likely have no idea how close they are to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Red Rock Canyon boasts miles of gorgeous rock formations. It is a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. When smoky casino halls and endless booze get the best of you, a drive around the canyon’s 13-mile loop will do your soul some good.

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VegasChatter Questions: How Does That Loss Rebate Promotion Work?

March 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | ()

Last week, we told you about a pretty sweet low roller rebate at Casino Royale that's been running since the end of last year. VegasChatter reader @valleyman0505 wasn’t familiar with how loss rebates worked and asked the following questions:

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