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Closings / Heraea / Palms Las Vegas / The One Group / Bagatelle / Xishi / Restaurants / Dining / WTF / → All Tags
The One Group's Vegas takeover is turning into a bust.
The, erm, group behind STK at The Cosmopolitan had lofty goals for expanding their domain in Vegas. But, things haven't gone so well. Bagatelle launched (after endless delays) and failed at Tropicana in a matter of months. Now, comes word that the same has happened to the new sports restaurant at the Palms which opened back in February. A casino representative states:
Resort Fees / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Golden Gate / The D Hotel / WTF / → All Tags
First came Plaza's $10 resort fee a year ago and we feared the start of a trend in a once fee-less Downtown Vegas. Then, last month, Golden Nugget instituted a $5 Fremont Street Experience Fee. Sorry, make that a $5 Downtown Destination Fee. (They can argue that it's not a resort fee all they want, but we're calling a spade a spade.) And now, Golden Gate and The D Las Vegas are joining the party nobody wants to see they've RSVP'd for at the bottom of their hotel bill.
Both Fremont Street hotels will enact at $20 a night -- yes, $20 -- beginning August 19. Why? Here's the official statement from CEO Derek Stevens:
Effective with any new reservations for arrivals on August 19, 2013 and beyond, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate will implement a $20 resort fee per night, which we will offset by offering the most competitive room rates in town. Guests also will be provided free high-speed Wi-Fi access, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll free phone calls.
Over the years, I have been a critic of resort fees in Las Vegas. But now, the reality is that over 85% of all hotel rooms booked today in the city include a resort fee. This puts our hotels, the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, at a disadvantage when consumers book their stays online, as most consumers initially evaluate hotels by price. We’d like to be fairly considered when consumers are making their reservations and don’t want published rates to distort consumer choice. Our resort fee will enable us to offer lower room rates while adding free Wi-Fi and show discounts, and our total room cost will be a very competitive value in the marketplace.
Golden Gate’s new rates are now reflected on their rate calendar. A screen grab is shown below.
The D's rate calendar, we're told, is still being finalized so reps want you to refer to this screen shot for a true reflection of the pricing to come:
We know you have an opinion on this, so leave it in the comments. Meanwhile, our dreams of a resort fee-less Downtown Grand have pretty much disappeared.
Nightclubs / Hakkasan / MGM Grand / Bottle Service / Lines / WTF / → All Tags
We've already detailed for you what a night is like inside the massive new nightclub that is Hakkasan, now open at MGM Grand. But, to give you another idea of how big the 80,000-square-foot club/restaurant really is -- here's where the line for table reservations begins. A line for table reservations? Yes, that's a thing now in Vegas.
And, we're sorry to tell you that the line doesn't move fast. Or, at least it didn't for our Club Kid who previously reported:
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Eagle-eyed VegasChatter fan Ian M. spotted a disclaimer on Priceline over the weekend about the coming bump:
Closings / Name Changes / Bagatelle / Bagatelle Beach / Tropicana / WTF / → All Tags
Vegas entertainment reporter John Katsilometes tweeted news of its shutter last night:
Resort Fees / Off Strip / Gold Coast / Sam's Town / Suncoast / WTF / WiFi / → All Tags
Time to debut another new member of the VegasChatter team, @Ramblin Gamblin who is always, erm.. ramblin' and gamblin'. He impressed by not only uncovering a spate of forthcoming resort fee hikes, but also by providing tried and tested tips on how to (fingers crossed) beat the system.
The Orleans is not the only Boyd property set to increase its resort fee next week. Both Gold Coast and Sam's Town will be raising their nightly fees beginning August 1 while Suncoast will courteously wait until the 15th.
Gold Coast, which for years has maintained one of the lowest resort charges in town at just $3, will soon begin to bill $9.99. Included amenities do not appear to be changing so far, although we would expect to see in-room WiFi added based on the changes set to take place at The Orleans.
WTF / Resort Fees / Fremont Street Experience / Fremont Street Experience Fee / Golden Nugget / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Destination Fee / → All Tags
Sometime between when it kicked in on July 1 and now, the hotel-casino quietly redubbed the added charge as a Downtown Destination Fee. Possibly, an even worse name than before. Ok, not possibly. It's worse than before.
NBC brought their American Ninja Warrior cameras and obstacles to Las Vegas last month. And, while the newest season is now airing, the Vegas episodes won't hit the TV for a few more weeks until the finale.
A Vegas-based video 'leaked' onto the interwebs recently providing quite a peek at the action that went down. A streaker apparently interrupted the competition to the horror of shocked announcers that just happened to have all the right adjectives handy... err... ready.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Shipping Container Park / Fremont East / Openings / Construction / WTF / Downtown Project / → All Tags
You'd think a park made of pre-constructed shipping containers would be pretty swift to erect. Apparently not. And, you'd think with the downtown renaissance in full swing, you'd be beating off prospective tenants with a sharp stick. Apparently, that ain't true, either.
We've covered at length Fremont East's dog-filled, caboose-embellished, praying mantis-decorated, future Shipping Container Park. There will be music, food, shopping, offices and a dome filled with wonder. But, we've discovered in a local news report that we'll have to wait until October 26 for an opening day. That happens to be the same day downtown's Life Is Beautiful music and food festival will bring thousands of folks to their front door. Maybe it's us, but thousands of people streaming into the park on the first day you've ever sold a ticket, a soda or rigidly tested any equipment, seems like a recipe for absolute disaster.
Lost and Found / Mandalay Bay / Shoes / WTF / → All Tags
People leave lots of things behind in Las Vegas, namely their inhibitions and their dignity. But, sometimes, people leave actual material belongings behind, too. (No, your wallet at the strip club doesn't count.)
After a recent stay at Mandalay Bay, our friend was doing a good sweep of the hotel room to make sure he had all his belongings when he found these under the bed -- a pair of black, studded high heels.
If you're the owner of these shoes, they are probably still waiting for you at Mandalay Bay. Just call the hotel's Lost and Found department. If they say they didn't find any shoes, you can show them this pic.
What have you left behind in Vegas? Did you ever manage to find it again? Tell us in comments below!
Photo via Facebook
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Here's one we didn't see coming.
After sharing news of a Stratosphere resort fee hike back in March that took the surcharge from $7.50 to $12.99 a day, VegasChatter fan Kai has discovered that the north Strip tower has done it again. Again!
Guests will now need to pay $14.99 plus tax when booking a stay at the Strat. The new fee comes with changed inclusions, too. Here's what you get now:
Resort Fees / Bally's / WTF / → All Tags
We don't know when in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks this happened, but sometime between when Caesars Entertainment first hit us with news of Vegas-wide resort fees back in February and now, Bally's quietly upped its charge by three bucks.
The resort fee that was once $15 is now $18 per night. A move that really makes us want to remind Bally's that even though new nightlife, a new show, a new food court, and (maybe) new shopping are on the way in the near❘distant future, its rooms are still its rooms. So, unless those renovations really spring into gear and we mean quick, let's ease up on those increases, a'ight? A'ight.