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VegasChatter Reviews / The Strip / The LINQ Hotel / Openings / Name Changes / The Quad / Imperial Palace / → All Tags
It took a transitional brand (The Quad already seems like a distant memory) to get from the heavily themed Imperial Palace to the modern and hip LINQ, but we think Caesars Entertainment has gotten it right this time. Though some construction walls are still up and the pool won't be ready until next spring, The LINQ is aims to make its presence known in the budget-friendly hotel market for all the good reasons this time. With the amenities of a luxury property like a snazzy lobby bar, but without the hefty price tag, we are impressed with the remodel and looking forward to the spring openings of the revamped pool and spa.
We got to experience VIP check in which is a separate, posh-looking room apart from the main registration area. Arriving around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, the main check-in desk was well-staffed and lines were short and seemed to be moving quickly. As room blocks are color-coded, an initial rundown of how to get to our room seemed a little confusing, but a reminder that elevators were marked for which color block they serviced made it clear.
VegasChatter Reviews / Extreme Vegas / Pahrump / Jetpack America / Adventure Vegas / Off Strip / → All Tags
When I first chose Mr. Pappagiorgio as my VegasChatter alter ego, I didn't expect it to be the Superman to my Clark Kent. But, after suiting up to test my superhero prowess via the newest Jetpack America Experience, I can say that -- while I'm no Iron Man -- Aquaman should start quaking in his wake.
For those that missed the intro last month, Jetpack America has added Pahrump to its Newport Beach and San Diego locations that offer the power of flight by strapping on hydro-powered jetpacks.
So let's get it out of the way upfront. Newport Beach, San Diego and... Pahrump? Yep. Turns out the owner of Jetpack America also owns Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where an eight-acre freshwater lake was built to accommodate wanna-be waterheroes. So, basically, the same guy that built an extreme racing facility in his backyard added another toy to his playground. And, unlike most of the racing experiences which require a country club-like membership, Jetpack America Flight Experiences are open to the public.
VegasChatter Reviews / Bocho Sushi / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Le Thai / → All Tags
It is surprising that it's taken this long, but it has finally happened. Many downtown visitors and residents (this writer included in the latter) have been living in a veritable sushi desert, without a spider roll worth having (outside of a hotel) for 20 minutes in any direction. Now, after much waiting, Bocho Sushi is open in Fremont East.
Planet Hollywood / Total Rewards / VegasChatter Reviews / Vegas Observations / All My Children / Susan Lucci / Self Parking / Valet Parking / → All Tags
I want to introduce myself. I'm George Addams, a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. I'm middle aged, I'm from the middle of America, and I'm a middle roller (green chip blackjack and dollar video poker). I like gambling, and all the kitschy things Vegas offers. I'm delighted to have been invited to write for VegasChatter. I plan to share stories of my Vegas adventures, hotel and restaurant reviews, and perhaps some tips on gambling and comps, too.
I'm currently at the diamond level in the Total Rewards players club offer by the casinos of Caesars Entertainment. As a member, I received an email for three comped nights at Planet Hollywood in a Hollywood Hip room, which is their least expensive room. I had never stayed there before, but I knew that as a diamond, if I stayed mid-week and not at high season, they'd likely have some extra empty rooms and I had a good chance to score a complimentary upgrade.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / VegasChatter Reviews / DB Brasserie / Venetian / Palazzo / → All Tags
For anyone familiar with DB's lunch menu, you will notice many identical or similar dishes. While a nice piece of Rainbow Trout Grenobloise ($21) may be tempting for those unable to make the daily lunch service, it doesn't exactly scream "brunch," or at least not the American interpretation of it. However, items like the Flat Iron Steak & Eggs ($30, au poivre like the lunch item) or the Fines Herbs Omelette ($15) qualify as well as exemplify the spirit of DB Brasserie: civility, but not to the point of inaccessibility.
The Strip / Eric Jordan Young / Planet Hollywood / Openings / Shows / Entertainment / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
Off Strip / Silver Sevens / Steakhouses / Secret Vegas / Classic Vegas / Budget Vegas / Vegas Observations / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
We’re always on the lookout for secret places to eat and drink in Vegas. Secret places are just more fun. Or, maybe it’s that places that don’t advertise have to deliver in order to survive. That certainly seems to be the case with Cosmopolitan’s secret pizza. Whatever it is, we’re always excited to come across something that’s been hiding in plain sight.
A steakhouse doesn’t seem like the kind of place you want to keep a secret, but that’s exactly the case at The Back Room restaurant inside Silver Sevens. With no reviews available for guidance, this writer set out to find out what’s happening at the new Silver Sevens steakhouse.
When MyVEGAS reps announced rewards for Station Casinos, it became a great excuse to check into Palace Station. Aside from having a delicious dinner at the Charcoal Room, this Chatter'er has only visited the off-Strip property a couple of times, even though I drive by it almost weekly.
Palace Station compares fairly with other near Strip properties like Gold Coast and The Orleans. The mid-range hotel offers fine accommodations, but nothing better than you’d expect for the price point. Midweek rates are about $29 to $49 (plus resort fee) and weekends are closer to $100 per night.
In case you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big event in Vegas. We’ve already given you the scoop on Fright Dome, the Gates of Hell, The Asylum, and Hotel Fear. But, you may be unfamiliar with the frights found just a stone’s throw from Silver Sevens.
You might know Fortune Hotel & Suites as just another off-Strip bargain property. This VegasChatter writer can assure you, however, that it's also the creepiest destination in the Las Vegas Valley, guaranteed to give you nightmares long after you’ve checked out.
Dining / Openings / Town Square / Barbecue / BBQ / Restaurants / Eating / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
Just two short weeks ago, Pot Liquor CAS (short for Contemporary American Smokehouse) opened in Town Square. While any non-chain BBQ opening in Vegas is a good thing, there are several points that make this particular brand of smoked meats a bit more than what meets the eye.
A fairly hip space, Pot Liquor CAS has an impressively pedigreed chef at the helm. Chef/Owner Doug Bell was once the exec chef at StripSteak and now serves as corporate executive chef for The One Group. Just before that, he was at New York City's Plaza Hotel, heading up The Todd English Food Hall. With a maestro like that, there are sure to be some interesting eating ahead.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Dining / Palms / The Palms / Lao Sze Chuan / → All Tags
The eagerly anticipated Chinese spot at Palms is now open. The trope is almost mandatory now: gambling establishments with over 100 slot machines must have bathrooms, emergency exits, and a Chinese restaurant. But, at least this new dining destination isn't like the dens of grease/MSG many claim and features a proper chef doing proper Chinese specialties.
Szechuan food is characterized by two ingredients: chili oil and Szechuan peppercorns. Both play a heavy part in the food at Lao Sze Chuan, especially in the Spicy Szechuan Rabbit appetizer ($7.95). This is a dish for those looking to satiate that peppercorn addiction, applying almost medical-grade numbing to every surface in your mouth. If you wanted to scare away a novice, this would be the dish to do it with. The dish, served cold, is quite tasty, just watch out for the many sharp bones and don't start popping it in your mouth like this writer did.
Usually, when a strip club rents out a space in its building to a third party, the tenant is often... how do we put this nicely? Unsavory. Even if that space is a dining establishment, one would expect it to be a fried food or pizza spot. But, what if -- and stay with us here -- what if it is a good restaurant? With good food? Maybe even a zealous dedication to non-GMO sourcing? Perhaps a Mexican place?
New-ish El Dorado Cantina shares a building with the strip club, Sapphire. Luckily for most (and sadly for a few, we suppose), the spaces are entirely separate. Other than the fact you can see a marquee that says "Sapphire" from the parking lot, you wouldn't know that just feet away through soundproofed walls, there is a strip club. At certain times of the day (the restaurant is operational 24/7), you can even see families and couples coming in for a nice dinner. While not on the top of our family friendly dining list, we suppose it's certainly an option!