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Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away. Now, another installment in our Just One Dish series.
Our dish is a cocktail today as the series turns its attention to Just One Drink at the Bellagio. The Cable Car is a drink very familiar to our lips, but it was only recently pointed out that the cocktail that originated in San Francisco is a Bellagio signature. Who are we not to pay tribute to a highlighted item? So, of course, we stopped in to sample one. Or, four.
The buffet at Bellagio holds a special place in this writer's heart. It was my very first Vegas buffet tasted on a Virgin Vegas trip. Admittedly, if our group (fresh out of college with probably $200 max spending money in our pocket) had planned ahead, we likely wouldn't have landed at Bellagio. But, this was a city of buffets and fine dining hadn't entered our adult vernacular yet. So, if we were to do Vegas right, the Bellagio buffet was the best to excess in the 90s, even if its cost was more than the $9.99 we assumed was standard.
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Entry to the new high roller villa at Bellagio isn't open to the public and is only available to invited guests. If you're walking around Bellagio, you'll still see the high limits room, Club Prive, but Villa Privé is located away from the casino floor on the Villa level. Bellagio has just nine VIP villas and all are on a private level so most will never even know that this 2,600-square-foot high roller villa exists.
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Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
Hyde Bellagio's new package is so ritzy, it's named simply after how much it costs: The $250,000 Package.
You're probably wondering what you could possibly get for that amount of money that would justify the price tag. Well, for starters, you get the largest bottle of champagne in the world, a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades. It is approximately 1,015 ounces, which breaks down to 40 bottles or 127 8-ounces glasses. The bottle is apparently over 100 pounds and no doubt has "hangover inducer" written all over its label.
Not only that, but you and your
fellow lushes friends will be served at Hyde's best table overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains (shown in the photo above). The real novelty, though, comes in the opportunity to power up the fountains after they've shut down for the night and select the accompanying song. How do you do it is even cooler:
Seems only yesterday we shared a gallery of Bellagio's Chinese New Year floral display. Now, spring has sprung at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and this season's star attraction are butterflies.
Spring will remain in bloom until May 11 and, as usual, Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb will be available every day from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to answer any questions about the exhibit. Last year, we told you how helpful they can be. The popular and welcome tradition of live music also continues, played daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Victorian gazebo, creating a harmonious accompaniment to your stroll.
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Britney spent a respectable, shoes-on weekend in Vegas, seeing a few shows, dining at a few foodie hotspots and, most importantly, keeping residency rumors at fever pitch.
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
VegasChatter loves it some hotel toiletries. In fact, we've gone a whole year without needing to purchase soap, shampoo, or conditioner thanks to our 'free' hotel swag. But, there's toiletries that make you smell like an old lady and then there are amenities that make you smell like a million bucks. Or, at least like three digits.
In Bellagio's Chairman Suite, a sprawling two bedroom penthouse atop the resort's Spa Tower, guests don't just receive the normal personal grooming items we've all come to expect. No, when you're paying four figures (and upwards) a night for a stay, you can spritz yourself in all the Gucci you want. And, take it home with you, too.
By now, you've probably seen the new looks of Bellagio's standard accommodations. You may have even stayed in one. (Especially, since they first started coming online back in August of 2011.) But, have you seen the new designs of its suites? Chances are, you may not have as they just recently became complete.
VegasChatter received tours of the resort's newly renovated Bellagio Suite (read: stay here if you want a separate living room and bedroom), Executive Hospitality Suite (read: conference room included), Executive Parlor Suite (read: pool table featured), and the singular 4,705-square-foot, Strip-facing Chairman Suite atop the hotel's Spa Tower (read: if you have to ask how much...). We compiled our snapshots of each into the photo galleries you see below. After you check them out, let us know what you think!
Andy Warhol has arrived Out West and brought some surprises. You know the soup cans, silk-screened Marilyn Monroe and the 15 minutes of fame quote, but a new exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presents a compact overview that will prompt you to dig deeper into the world of Warhol.
Burdened as Pop-Art, this is popular art, in an exhibit with broad appeal for the casually curious or the art aficionado. This doesn’t feel like a flashy capitalization on the Warhol name, rather a muted compendium of work that will be new to most visitors.
We thought it was a big deal, but Cirque du Soleil's one-off, One Night For One Drop, is far bigger than we reported. On March 22, inside the Bellagio's "O" Theatre, performers from all seven Vegas Cirque shows will collaborate in a unique production created to raise money for the One Drop charity. On that night, for the first time, all Cirque shows in Las Vegas will close for the evening. No Zarkana, Zumanity... The sole Cirque show will be this production. And, we were invited for a sneak peek as they continue rehearsals.
The One Drop charity, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, is dedicated to generating money and awareness in the issues of access to water and sanitation in developing countries. This special night is not coincidentally on the same date as World Water Day. In the week preceding March 22, one night's revenue from each Cirque production will be donated to the charity. And they are planning more events to coincide with this event.