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During our last night at Silver Sevens, we found the new Premium rooms to be well-appointed and an overall great value. The Premium rooms are the most recently renovated at the hotel, so we were surprised to learn that they go for the same rate as the older Tower rooms. Even more surprising was the discovery that Tower rooms often sell out well before Premium accommodations. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, this writer booked a two-night stay.
My Silver Sevens Tower room was just $30 per night on the weekdays I selected. Even with the $3 resort fee, a room for under $35 is hard to beat. Checking in was a breeze, just as during my last visit. After receiving my keys, I once again had to request and then wait as my free coffee vouchers were retrieved from a back room. This is despite the fact that they are clearly advertised as being included in the resort fee, and also despite the fact that the free coffee is pretty lousy. As I sipped my cup of lukewarm swill (Iím determined to get full value whenever Iím gouged with a resort fee), I headed through the maze of blinding slot machines towards the Tower elevators. While further away from registration than most of the Premium rooms, they are still a very short walk.
The first thing I noticed as I entered my fourth floor room was the carpet. It was worn and dirty. The Premium room which I occupied during my last stay had attractive carpeting which appeared to be very new. Here, I found a threadbare and stained floor that made the decision to leave my shoes on easy. Strike one for the Tower.
Beacher's Madhouse fits into the theme of Vegas as adult Disneyland.
On a recent Saturday night, we dove in after being greeted by Jeff Beacher himself, exuding Willy Wonka's warm, insane charm. Walking inside, we discovered a busy, 8,500-square-foot venue filled with party people.
The location of Beacher's within MGM Grand is outstanding: itís near a busy casino walkway which guests must pass through to go to new-ish mega club, Hakkasan. This ensures there will always be curious customers to tempt inside. (Although, we dread parking at MGM Grand. A 10 dollar bribe, however, gained our way into valet this night.)
Entering Beacher's, you don't immediately notice the stage. Four rows of VIP tables extend down the narrow venue. What you do immediately see is performers dressed up as everything from Cookie Monster, Barney, Pink Gorilla and Tigger to a midget Mister T and a Pee Wee Herman look-alike.
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M Resort is one of the nicest hotels in all of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, it's located away from the action of both The Strip and Downtown and is sometimes forgotten, even by people that live in Las Vegas (ahem, this guy). That's sad, but it leaves M Resort as a special place for people that enjoy a more relaxed Vegas experience.
Recently, this writer's intention of trying a new restaurant on the Vegas Strip was detoured when the idea of trying Anthonyís Prime Steak and Seafood at M Resort came up. This was the excuse I needed to drive a few miles away from The Strip to spend some time at M and I'm glad we did.
Anthonyís is located at the east end of the casino with many of its other dining options. Itís convenient to the lobby and parking lot. When I sat down Tuesday night, the restaurant was entirely empty but tables began filling by the time my dinner had ended. This was a night for steak so there was no funny business before receiving an 18 oz. dry aged, bone-in filet mignon.
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It seemed fitting that right before Americaís favorite show, The Walking Dead, returned to living rooms across the country, we would get an invite to check out Zombie Burlesque in the V Theater inside Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood.
Zombie fever has swept into Vegas in the last couple years. We have a Zombie Run, a Zombie Apocalypse store, a non-profit Zombie Squad branch, and you can even shoot zombie targets at The Gun Store. It was only a matter of time before someone put together a zombie show. This writer was not surprised that the man behind this show is David Saxe. Saxe is one of the city's most prolific producers, having brought many well-known shows to the stage including Nathan Burton, Marc Savard, The V Variety show, Recycled Percussion, and Popovich Comedy Pet Theater.
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If you're on Twitter, youíll notice that some folks have better taste in certain things than others. Some may know whatís happening at the casino bar while others may eat at restaurants that most people have never heard of. There were enough tweets from people eating at Viva Las Arepas that this VegasChatter writer had to see what the commotion was all about. First, I had to learn what an "arepa" was. Viva Las Arepas' website describes an arepa as follows:
An Arepa is a flat, round and soft patty made out of cornmeal, which is grilled, making it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and then it can be stuffed with beef, chicken, ham, cheese, beans, shrimp, and many more.
Okay, thatís not strange or scary, at all. Letís do this.
Viva Las Arepas is a quick-serve restaurant located in Downtown Vegas. You may remember the nearby I [heart] Arepas stand that spawned Viva Las Arepas just north of the Stratosphere on Las Vegas Boulevard. Most people know this area for being nothing more than wedding chapels, homeless people, and the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. This isnít the best part of town, but the arepas made this trip worth the visit.
Al's Beef has brought Windy City flavor to Vegas and we're not the only ones totally hyped about it. Folks have been crowding inside since its grand opening on January 20. And, that includes VegasChatter reader Henry M.
Henry and a couple of friends found themselves in a line some 20 people deep on opening day. He was kind enough to send us his thoughts after putting the sandwiches to a taste test. He also snapped the photos you see in this post while trying not to let everyone's food get cold. (Good man!)
The Artisan is located just far enough from The Strip that most Vegas visitors never see it. Thatís for the best because, with just 64 rooms, the boutique hotel isnít trying to bring in the masses. The Artisan has just one restaurant and lacks a casino. Thereís no bowling, no spa, and nowhere to shop. It does have an after-hours scene that is popular with locals, and its European-style pool is known to draw a crowd of naked experts. But, if youíre not out to party, is Artisan still a worthwhile option? This writer decided to find out.
Iíd driven by Artisan and its faint purple neon glow countless times while traveling west on Sahara. Its exterior isnít very striking by Vegas standards, or really by any standards. Were it not for the deal I stumbled across on their website, I might have never set foot inside. Artisan offers a substantial discount and free bottle of champagne if you book directly through their site. In my case, it was just $55 for a Friday night stay. Even after factoring in the $9.95 resort fee and cab ride (just a few blocks off The Strip) to get there, itís a very competitive weekend rate.
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Many voices, one journey. The newest contributor to the VegasChatter family, 3brothers, has more than the normal amount to say. And, that's the way we like it! Hailing from Chicago, Las Vegas has been home for many a year now. A lot of it has been explored, but always up for a new adventure, 3brothers' first post dishes the real deal on downtown's newest deli. We're excited to add the new viewpoint to the site!
The carpet is plaid and the decor is a mix between a 1950s bowling alley concessions stand and a modern diner. There was a steady flow of downtown characters watching an NBA game in the smoky sports book, but no one was eating in the deli. An outgoing chef, who also worked as the cashier and waiter, suggested the Beefeater, a hot roast beef sandwich smothered in dijonnaise and provolone. It was ordered as well as a Reuben, Kosher Hot Dog, Chicken Noodle Soup, and a Farmers Market Salad for the rest of the group.
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A tale in three cantos. Sounds like a child's fable, doesn't it? Well, this is no fairy tale, just a product of wild imaginations. Chances are you'll be hard-pressed to describe what you've seen (or the venue where it unfolds). Or, in some cases, just not want to. Called Vegas Nocturne, the three part show at Rose.Rabbit.Lie., is the entertainment portion of Cosmopolitan's self-proclaimed "grand social experiment."
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It drove us freakin' bananas.
What the heck was a Rose.Rabbit.Lie.? Why did it have to be a big riddle? And, why couldn't we find out more through a bit of
devious good ol' fashioned sleuthing? Even our invitation to a pre-opening preview at the Cosmo produced more questions than answers. Ok, we received no real answers.
It was flabbergasting. In the Las Vegas of today, there are no such things as secrets. There are no unknowns, anymore. Just look at the posts that fill this site. The Internet and anonymous tipsters reveal all long before there's an official 'coming soon' press release, let alone opening. So, when VegasChatter was invited to experience Rose.Rabbit.Lie. for ourselves, we had not a clue as to what to expect. Hell, we didn't even know how to dress and felt compelled to ask for advice.
Unlike the megaresorts on The Strip, hotels operated by Boyd can easily go unnoticed by Vegas visitors. Sure, you may have ventured into The Cal or Fremont while exploring Downtown Vegas, but you probably havenít even heard of many of their stand-alone locations. Are you familiar with The Orleans or Gold Coast? Youíre way ahead of most. How about Samís Town? The Eldorado? Theyíre a little tougher. And, unless youíve ever trekked northwest to Summerlin, you probably havenít heard the name Suncoast. Even many Las Vegas residents arenít acquainted with the localís casino. In order to pull in visitors who may not have transportation, Suncoast offers a free airport shuttle. That service, and a low $49.99 rate, caught this writerís interest and prompted a recent stay.
Suncoast managed to have me smiling even before I made it to the lobby. Upon entering, I spotted an increasingly rare treat, a cart full of sweets. After seeing candy carts disappear last year, I took it as a sign of good fortune.
VegasChatter Reviews / Off Strip / Off Strip Adventures / Active Vegas / Dig This / Fun Vegas / Adventure Vegas / → All Tags
Vegas might be the international city of construction. Considering there is always either a new hotel under construction, a reshaping of an existing hotel, a hotel planning to add more or just finishing up work on a new toy. So, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that, if you're looking for a spot to act like a kid in a sandbox with real big boy toys, it would be in Vegas.
Recently, this writer had an opportunity to act like a kid and dig, smash, throw, and crush everything in sight in a wonderful adult sandbox. And, boy, did it deliver! Dig This is a one-of-a-kind experience that is yet to find an equal. It delivers a mix of adrenaline, creativity, and pure fun. How you ask? By letting you drive full-size Tonka toys in a dirt-filled theme park for heavy machinery! Dig This offers guests the chance to pilot an excavator or bulldozer while performing almost any task you can think of.