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Mamma Mia! Trop's Curse Continues

Where: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM | by | Comments (15)

It's another grand opening, grand closing for Tropicana.

After debuting May 8, Trop's version of the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!, has turned into a big miss. It's been announced the show will close August 3. We once had high hopes that the production would finally turn things around for the WTF-plagued property, but that changed after we actually saw it and felt the vocals (kind of a major thing here) did not stand out.

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Hard Times For Downtown Grand

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
July 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (23)

We were so taken with the promise of Downtown Grand, we named it the best opening of 2013. Fast forward seven months and it's a contender for most WTF of 2014.

We loved the design as well as the idea of it all when it came to the Vegas return of a renovated and renamed Lady Luck which made its debut October 2013. Gamblers, however, were almost instantly turned off by tight machines and pay tables that went from poor to bad. Fans of the old Mob Bar hated the new incarnation. Diners were less than impressed with the fare presented by the handful of available choices. It was hard to even find a cup of coffee. Eventual dining revamps were too little, too late for many. Pool season brought enough confusion when it came to who could and couldn't lay out on the rooftop deck, when and for how much (if anything), that we threw in the towel when it came to trying to keep things straight.

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Innapproprtate Spelling Should Be Ilegal At Draiís

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
June 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (8)

The New York Times editors who made an embarrassing typo above the fold in the May 29 edition may be moonlighting for Draiís at The Cromwell. The venue is getting lots of praise for its swanky new beach club/nightclub, though probably not from grammar nerds.

This sign was spotted in the venueís restrooms over the weekend. Itís hard to pick a favorite mistake when there are so many to choose from. Arbitrary capitalization: check. Spelling errors: double check. Lack of end punctuation: you bet!

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Double Barrel Calls Automatic Gratuity On Small Parties 'Opening Kink'

Where: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
May 9, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (22)

While we didn't get an official response on a WTF receipt drowning in fees, Double Barrel Roadhouse is (kinda) acknowledging our report.

Yesterday, the restaurant/bar's Facebook and Twitter accounts sent out this message to followers:

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Vegas Is Getting A Little Too Fee Happy

May 5, 2014 at 11:28 PM | by | Comments (43)

We called foul when Border Grill tacked on an automatic .50 cent fee for water. And, our friends at Vital Vegas have taken Cabo Wabo to task for its concession & franchise fee that simply appears on bills as "CNF" without any pre-warning or explanation.

Now, our latest case of restaurant WTF comes to us via VegasChatter reader @paperposter who was not happy after receiving his bill for a single Bud Light at Double Barrel Roadhouse.

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A Flamingo Guest Sounds Off Over A Disappointing Stay

Where: 3555 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (26)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

For someone that signs their emails with the Sebastien-Roch Chamfort quote, "the most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed," we're going to guess that VegasChatter reader KRM isn't much of a ranter. So, it must have been some stay at Flamingo recently to provoke our newest Vegas rant:

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STK Serves Up The Mother Of All Hilarious Promotions

Where: 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
April 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

Dear Mom, you don't have to put on the red light...?

Just when you think youíve seen it all with crazy Las Vegas promotional gimmicks, STK comes up with the mother of all stunts for Motherís Day. Thatís Sunday, May 11 in case youíre unaware. Youíre welcome. Why get mom flowers when you can take her out for a MILF prix fixe dinner instead?

STK at The Cosmopolitan is serving up a MILF dinner for Motherís Day, which stands for ďMother Iíd Like to Filet mignon.Ē Phew! Not what we thought. The special menu from STK Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft features four courses for $99.

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So, They Really Are Filming Mall Cop 2 At Wynn

Where: 89109
April 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM | by | Comments (5)

When we first heard about it, we thought yeah, right while executing one of the most dramatic eye rolls ever. Sure, we could see Mall Cop 2 filming in Las Vegas... at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. But, at one of the most prestigious resorts on The Strip? LOL!

Well, the joke's on movie-goers us as filming for Mall Cop: Blart 2 is now underway at Wynn. The slapstick sequel, which will receive $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada, centers around -- naturally -- a hotel heist with actor Kevin James returning for the lead role of Paul Blart.

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Vegas As Explained By Urban Dictionary

April 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM | by | Comments (11)

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:

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MGM Resorts Explains Phone Reservation Fee

April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (10)

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:

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A Room Reservation By Phone? There's Now A $10 Fee For That

March 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (12)

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.

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New Variation Of Old Hotel Scam Targeting Vegas Visitors

March 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (15)

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.

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