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WTF / Hennessey's / Downtown / Snapshot / → All Tags
Curious minds have been inquiring about the amount of ass appearing around Las Vegas lately. And, no that doesn't even take into account bare-chested magician sightings. Or, that permanent stank between Fashion Show Mall and TI.
The 'ass that (almost) everyone's mind is on has been staring downtown visitors in the face for quite some time. After an extensive construction update earlier this month from VegasChatter's HBIC 702Becca, VC fan Dan wasn't curious about Slotzilla, pizza shops, gift shops or shipping containers. No, he bumrushed our Facebook page for confirmation on whether the world's largest pint at Hennessey's was still lit up in 'ass.
Resort Fees / WTF / Hooters / Off Strip / → All Tags
Resort fees are frustrating enough. But, when they're almost half the starting rate of a hotel room? That's downright flabbergasting.
Hooters wins our latest WTF label for recently raising its resort fee to $12.95 a night. Yes, $12.95 for Hooters where rooms start at $29. A mind-boggling notion that one VegasChatter fan recently encountered after deciding to extend their Vegas vacation by one more night:
Vegas on TV / Mandalay Bay / VH1 / Model Employee / WTF / → All Tags
If you had the same thoughts we did upon hearing Mandalay Bay was getting its own reality show in which models did the work of employees, then your
sarcasm imagination is about to become reality when "Model Employee" debuts on VH1 in just a few weeks.
A new teaser video shows models screeching, gagging and freaking out while stressing over split nails and worrying about catching diseases. In other words, get ready for every cliche and stereotype you can imagine:
Buffets / Name Changes / Big Belly Buffet / Monte Carlo / WTF / → All Tags
Last June, Monte Carlo did its part in encouraging healthy eating when it renamed its buffet, Big Belly, ensuring hungry patrons would line up elsewhere out of pure self-conciousness, if nothing else.
Today, it's finally joined the WTF club by renaming its buffet again. But, this time, diners won't have to look askance at their waistline before heading on in thanks to the now generic name of, wait for it, The Buffet.
So grab those stretchy pants, everyone. Monte Carlo won't judge us, anymore!
Bally's / Suites / Old Vegas / WTF / → All Tags
We know we give Bally's a lot of grief for being so outdated, but when we saw these pictures of a comped suite at the hotel, we just had to show them to you.
Our friend, Dan, a frequent Vegas visitor was assigned to this room -- a South Tower Grand Suite -- as a comp. So, he's not exactly racing down to the front desk to request a newer room. (Or, hotel.) Yet, we are still in disbelief. At what point in time (70s? 80s?) was it acceptable to build a railing around a bathtub? Thank goodness Vegas suites look way better than this now.
Vegas Observations / Ferris Wheels / Observation Wheels / WTF / SkyView / London Thrill / → All Tags
What fresh hell is this? Plans have been revealed to build a $50 million "observation wheel" and a London-themed thrill park across the street from CityCenter. Apparently, the creators also build time machines and live in 2006.
Wait, a London, England-themed park? We'll get to that, but you'll need to stick with us for a few paragraphs as we try and unravel the participants and history of this out-of-nowhere concept. The Las Vegas Sun first reported this part of the story after witnessing the Clark County Zoning Commission give a green light for this unlikely investment to move forward. And, now that we've watched video from that same meeting, we can add details and background that are simply puzzling.
Earlier this month, we warned of Metroflag Cable LLC's ambition to add outdoor pop-up stores to their hideous 18-acre plot of land that sits between the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse and the Harley Davidson Cafe. Hideous too harsh? Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani declared this area of the Strip, including the Hawaiian Marketplace, "tacky," during the meeting focused on these new shops. However, these pop-up establishments are just a "temporary" measure before they begin the real work on a theme park they think will revolutionize this whole neighborhood. They offered no blueprints or concrete information at this meeting. But, their first priority is apparently temporary shopping. Maybe the sale of wolf pack t-shirts will fund it?
Senor Frog's / Treasure Island / WTF / Restaurants / Drinking / Dining / → All Tags
Senor Frog's brought its brand of bright colors, sights, sounds, textures, fun, humor and crazy antics to Treasure Island last year. While we have yet to fully experience it firsthand, a recent drive-by has us re-thinking our fool me once, fool me twice mentality. On a recent Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was bursting with activity, music, diners and, yes, crazy antics. Color us pleasantly surprised.
Although a stop inside wasn't in the plans, we managed to get plenty of entertainment from Senor Frog's that day. Around the corner from the entrance near the sports book is a flat screen dubbed Senor Frog's TV displaying pictures of the antics inside. Many are like the one shown above: a couple or group of good lookin' ladies -- some dressed alike, some not -- framed alongside a cargo-shorted frog. Other pics are photoshop funned up with the addition of a sombrero, mustache, or maracas. Crazy, we know.
Off Strip / Silverton / Resort Fees / WiFi / WTF / → All Tags
When we stayed at the Silverton a couple weeks ago, we noticed a lot of strange things for the first time. Our special room rate was booked before Caesars Entertainment and South Point announced their resort fees so, at the time, finding that there was a $4.95 resort fee attached to our reservation was a bit surprising for a mid-tier, off-Strip hotel. Like most resort fees there is no mention on the hotel website until you click to reserve a room and, even then, there's no detail on what you get for the $4.95.
When we checked in, the desk agent informed us that WiFi was not included in the resort fee and that we could purchase it for an additional $11.95. WiFi is free throughout Silverton... except for the rooms. We were also advised that we could come to the lobby and use the WiFi on one of their couches or chairs. So, we grabbed a cup of Starbucks and took them up on that offer. No big deal.
WTF / Resort Fees / South Point / → All Tags
Remember when Oprah surprised her audience with cars and was all like, and you get a car, and you get a car and you get a car! Well, subtract the thrilling excitement and replace "car" with "resort fee" and you get the state of things in Vegas.
Since last July, the Plaza added one ($10), the Cosmo added one ($25) and all of Caesars Entertainment's Vegas properties added one ($10-$25). And, you guessed it, one more resort is saying, 'wait for me!'
Are you sitting down? Resort fees are about to hit the fan again. You may recall our disappointment was so severe last year over news the Cosmopolitan was adding a resort fee that we named it the Biggest Dissappointment of 2012. VegasChatter's annual Resort Fee Guide always draws plenty of opinions on their usefulness or lack there of. Many readers confirmed they would stick to Caesars Entertainment which was so proud of its no resort fee policy, it once created a marketing campaign with angry showgirls to remind everyone they were above resort fees.
No more. Vegas.com is reporting that effective March 1 Caesars Entertainment properties will also tack on the much dreaded
Ticketmaster resort fee. Sigh. Sigh. One more: F*&$ing SIGH. Caesars Entertainment resort fees will reportedly start at $10 for The Quad and go up to $25 at Caesars Palace. The report indicates this covers admission for two to spa facilities, in-room internet access for one device, and all local phone calls.
Remember the good old days when you could stuff your store-bought bottles of Coke and water in the minibar refrigerator, thus avoiding those hefty minibar fees? Remember when you could also crack open a minibar bottle of
vodka Sprite, down it, then fill it back up with water, with the minibar man none the wiser? Or, maybe that was just us.
Anyways, at the MGM Grand, they don't want any of your crap cluttering up their brand new minibars. This is the sign that they now place on top of the drinks (which are all sensor-operated, too).
Price Hikes / Buffet of Buffets / Caesars Entertainment / Eating / Buffets / WTF / Total Rewards / → All Tags
It was a good run while it lasted. Just when we were about to update our 'it's been xx days since the last Buffet of Buffets price hike' tally, we find ourselves back at zero. That's right. Pricing for Caesars Entertainment's buffet-o-rama have increased. Again.
News of the hike is hitting Vegas message boards and a visit to the Buffet of Buffets page confirms it. What was once a $44.99 fee for the feastacular of feasts is now $47.99. And, that's if you flash your Total Rewards card. Surprisingly, the price for non-members, $49.99, stays the same. Meaning loyalty will only save you two bucks.