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Looks like Caesars is kicking off the new year with brand new look... of their websites.
A tipster pointed us to the redesign of the individual property sites for Caesars' Las Vegas hotels (the main Caesars.com page still looks the same, though, as does Bill's) and we're impressed with the glossy yet functional new layouts, from the home page anchored by large, saturated photos to the easy-to-navigate menu options (Hotel, Casinos, Shows, Restaurants, Things to Do) as well as the front and center booking system. Even the font seems friendlier! And, if you're a Total Rewards member, signing in is easy to see and do in the top right corner of every page.
Best of all there is no crazy video on the home page telling us some weird kind of noir 'only in vegas' story. (Sorry, Golden Gate.)
Scrolling down on the Caesars Palace home page, we see a couple of deals and package options as well as big features on its residency stars -- Celine, Goss, and... Gordon?
We cycled through all of the new websites and the Flamingo is probably our favorite. (This gal loves 'da pink.) But, the new look even works for Bally's whose real-life look is from the MS DOS days. However, the room photo for Rio Las Vegas featuring an outdated tub and questionable bedding might need a do-over.
Lazy folks, check the photo gallery for screengrabs of the home pages!
Now, you don't need to go to The Mirage
and be publicly outed to experience the khoas of the Kardashians. Erm. We mean, Kardashian Khaos. The Mirage store that sells all things Kardashian now has its own website. We know. Krazy, right?
Don't be afraid just yet... but, another major Vegas resort is changing up its website. Thankfully, it looks like the update Aria has in store cost more than $2.70. (If you aren't on Google+, see below.)
Aria tipped its Facebook fans off yesterday to the coming change -- virtual reality tours. While not a new concept for big name resorts on the Internets, the photos (as well as the videos) are vibrant, colorful and compelling. Even, for folks that have been there a billion times like us.
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Caesars Entertainment just launched a new website called Total Vegas to focus and consolidate information on all of their Las Vegas properties. We can access a slightly different version of Total Vegas through Caesars.com. Clicking on any destination shows us that the idea of Total Vegas isn't special to Las Vegas as this has been done for destinations where Caesars has multiple properties. For example, you can access Total Atlantic City, Total Tahoe, Total Tunica and more.
As a destination site, Total Vegas does a good job of compiling all of the information we could possibly want from Caesars in Vegas. For example, the Entertainment tab has links to all kinds of offerings (broken down by type) and includes all free and paid entertainment at all Caesars properties at once. This is much easier when planning a vacation than having to look at individual property sites. For Caesars, it also keeps us on their website instead of going to a magazine site that might have all activities from every casino, Caesars owned or not. This actually makes Caesars more a travel engine (like Expedia) for a Vegas vacation.
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Canada does its take on the Las Vegas deal and review and comes up lacking.
Early this morning, a press release hit the Internet touting the arrival of LasVegas.ca, a Vegas website for Canadians. The website promised "travel deals on Las Vegas hotels, attractions, shows and tickets" and "a view of Las Vegas through a Canadian lens."
Naturally, we had to pop over for a looksy to see if just anyone could take advantage of the site. We found that they can, but they probably won't want to. Here's why:
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Today’s tourist-friendly Groupon: Sandy Hackett’s Ratpack Show
We’re big fans of the discount coupon website Groupon here at VegasChatter, but we’re always prepared to be slags when it comes to dealz, so we’re always on the lookout for other websites offering daily deals and discounts around Vegas.
The way they work is all the same – you pay up front for a voucher for a particular place or service, and, providing enough people sign up for the deal, you get a huge discount – up to 90 percent in some cases. Although the majority of them are probably only the kind of thing that locals would want – hair cuts, spa deals in the suburbs, local restaurants – often, they’re good for everyone. Take today’s Groupon: $31 for tickets to Sandy Hackett’s Ratpack Show at the Riviera. In the past, we’ve also bought Mirage Spa deals, vouchers for Andre’s at the Monte Carlo, and Vegas! The Show tickets. We’ve also seen helicopter tours of the Strip and the Grand Canyon on there. The vouchers are normally valid for a while – usually six or 12 months – so you can buy your dream meal/tour of Vegas up front, and redeem it when you come here.
There are a few out there, and although Groupon is our favorite, we’re also partial to Living Social (today’s deal: $19 for two months gym membership).
Another is Crowd Savings (today’s deal: $40 for a $80 session at Stripper 101). We haven’t bought from them before, but looking at their past deals they seem to be more local focused than the other two.
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We don’t remember the old one exactly, but we do recall it being a bit dark and skanky (much like the Rio’s casino floor, har har) so the new bright coloring is definitely a good step. What’s an even better step is the integration of its Facebook and Twitter accounts on there. But best - and bravest - of all is a link to its TripAdvisor reviews. Power to the people!
Also interesting is the inclusion of the Pulse of Vegas blog content. Basically, anything that’s tagged in the blog to the Rio will find its way onto the Rio homepage.
It’s technically a trial, but our Harrah’s spies say that traffic and bookings are up big time since it launched this week, so we’re thinking it’ll be permanent. We’re also thinking that if it really is that successful, Harrah’s will roll out the format to the rest of their sites, which would be cool. May we suggest a Pulse of Vegas post on how utterly ghastly the low-end rooms at Caesars are? Having that on the homepage might shame them into doing something about the Centurion Tower. Yes, Gary Loveman, we have long memories.
We went to Pride the weekend before last, and in amongst the vegan Jamaican stalls and the MGM Mirage and Harrah’s stands trying to out-camp each other (Harrah’s was giving away Cher tickets, MGM Mirage was giving away toy bears, which made us LOL a lot), we got word of a new website: GayVegasTravel.com.
It launched on the day of Pride itself, so it’s brand new and there’s not a huge amount of content just yet, but it looks like, with time, it could be good. They aim to have listings of events, clubnights, locals’ recommendations and places to hold commitment ceremonies.
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Update 4.12.10: This joint will open in December!
"Well Worth The Wait." That's what greets you on the new website for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. A little presumptuous, doncha think? Especially since The Cosmopolitan is not open yet and there is no real opening date on the horizon.
VegasTripping made the discovery this morning of the website and we have to agree with their observation of a slightly gothic look. But as VT said, this could just be a ruse. Without any renderings or photos of the rooms and casino, we don't really know what The Cosmo is all about.
However, everything else listed on the website sounds rather standard for modern Vegas casino resorts. Two towers? Check. A couple of thousand hotel rooms? Check (2,995 to be exact.) A pool complex with an adults-only scene? High-end restaurants? Spa? Check, check and check. The only thing we're a little bit worried about is the "infectious" nightclub scene. Not sure we'd want to throw a word like "infectious" around when talking about Vegas nightclubs. Just sayin'!
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Perfect - Groupon obviously heard it’s our birthday next month
It’s been four months since we first stumbled on Groupon – a website which offers daily deals on things like food, drink and the odd pole dancing class at huge discounts. Back then, it hadn’t yet launched in Vegas, and, not being the kind of people to drop full price on a pole sesh, we’ve been waiting ever since.
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We could have got $100 off and a free upgrade at Caesars – but that was the best offer we found in an hour
When we first laid our eyes on PromotionalCodes.com a few months back, we were pretty excited, with all the discounts showing up on the site. We didn’t have occasion to use it, but decided to keep it in mind for the future.
Since then, we’ve been put off sites like this by this article about a similar, UK-based site, which didn’t work out.
So when PromotionalCodes flagged up their Vegas deals – of which there are currently 11 – we decided to put them to the test.
CityCenter is coming! CityCenter is coming!
Christmas will come early for Vegas with the opening of CityCenter on December 1 when Vdara Resort and Casino opens. The invites for the opening of The Crystals and the two-day opening extravaganza for everything else have been mailed out, opened and Twittered about. Right now, the Vegas glitterati are just simply wondering what to wear to the ball.
But do not think for a second that CityCenter is going to sit back and wait for guests to roll in. Hence the new CityCenter website--www.citycenter.com--and it's full motion 3D video which gives those curious and clueless an in-depth look at what to expect.
We gave the site a whirl just a few minutes ago. It starts off with an aerial zoom along the Strip before turning into CityCenter. There it pauses and you have the option of selecting which building you would like to know more about. Selecting a building brings up a trading card sort of image with the pertinent stats of the hotel and a direct link to their individual websites.
The site is easy to navigate as well as fun. More importantly, it works and works well. But we're still way more excited to see CityCenter in person. After all, this is supposed to be "The Capital of the New World."
Totally random thought: What is Steve Wynn up to right now?