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If it's remotely related to Las Vegas, particularly anything having the word "Vegas" in it, we're up for chatting about it. We once read about Las Vegas, New Mexico just to obsess on our obsession. Fun Vegas fact: Due Date starring The Hangover's Zach Galifinakis was filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico where there is also a Plaza Hotel.
So, one day someone tossed the term "Vegashamed" at us and.. yadda, yadda, yadda.. we ended up on Urban Dictionary spending a few
hours minutes browsing through all the Vegas-related entries. Let's see if readers are familiar with some of the cleaner ones:
Fees / MGM Resorts / WTF / → All Tags
When booking a room over the phone with an MGM Resorts hotel, a $10 fee is now attached. A VegasChatter reader bought the charge to our attention last week. Now, we have a statement to share from MGM Resorts on why the fee was enacted:
Fees / MGM Resorts / WTF / → All Tags
There are probably not that many people that reserve hotel rooms by phone, anymore. And, when it comes securing reservations in Las Vegas, there will be even less.
VegasChatter reader Ken R. informed us that a new fee has popped up on the websites for MGM Resorts' properties. It's a $10 fee for phone reservations. Instead, website visitors are urged to "avoid" it by booking online. We found the fee cited on the websites of Bellagio, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, and The Mirage.
Scams / WTF / Vegas Warnings / → All Tags
By now, we're all aware of the long haul scam when taking a cab from McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. Plenty of tourists will still get taken for a ride, but at least word is spreading and it's easy to spot the warning signs. The latest Las Vegas scam, though, is one that's left us wondering just how they did it.
A friend's stay at Planet Hollywood this weekend resulted in not only the usual succession of hangovers, lamenting over gambling losses and Britney jokes, but the cancellation of a credit card on the way out of town.
Prior to departing this Sunday, the phone in our friend's room rang. A woman on the line asked specifically by name for one of the guests in the room. When he wasn't available, they asked, again by name, for the other person staying in the room. The latter was the person who made the reservation, checked in first with their credit card and happened to be the one answering the call.
Renovations / Luxor / WTF / → All Tags
That moment when Luxor takes to social media to announce it's remodeling and you get all excited and then you see it's renovating its room corridors. Its corridors. But, we guess it's a start, right?
Openings / The Linq / Polaroid / Polaroid Fotobar / WTF / Polaroid Museum / Attractions / Indiegogo / → All Tags
Searching the Internet for new details on The Linq, we were startled to discover the Polaroid Museum -- an already announced 'coming soon' tenant for the outdoor mall located between Flamingo and The Quad -- has an active Indiegogo campaign right now.
The museum will be located above a Polaroid Fotobar at The Linq; together they will cover 8,500 square feet. A rendering of the facade, which will feature a giant replica of a Polaroid camera complete with, erm, Polaroid picture, can be seen below.
tend to blabber on about Las Vegas here at our little slice of the Internet, one of our sister websites -- HotelChatter -- does a bang-up job of tracking hotel-related topics from all over the globe. Since there are plenty of rooms in Las Vegas our worlds often collide. So, like any good big brother-sister combo we keep an eye out for each other.
In doing so, we made a mental note when lil' H-Cee cracked open a website called Hotel Nightmares. Disclaimer: Before clicking, be warned there are images on this site that can't be unseen. And, for a guy already worried the last guest was going all Breaking Bad in that in-room coffee pot, Hotel Nightmares isn't going to let me rest any easier.
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:
Resort Fees / WTF / The Quad / → All Tags
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: