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Earlier this week, you may have read about our stay in the first ever Nobu Hotel and the amenity madness included within. (Although, we're hearing that some haven't been that fortunate.) Another major feature the boutique hotel has rolled out is its mobile Nobu app.
When the Octavius Tower debuted at Caesars Palace last year it, too, released an app for tower guests. The Octavius App is a web application accessible from any Internet-enabled device that connects guests to details on Caesars' shows, dining, tournaments, Qua Spa and descriptions of its new signature Nobu treatments, housekeeping and concierge services, checkout and more.
Yesterday, we documented our night in a room at Nobu's first ever hotel. As mentioned there, part of the advertised escapism was achieved through amenity madness and elevated service inside the boutique hotel (within a hotel). Today, we return to provide more details on said amenities and service.
Natura Bissé of Barcelona is the provider of a line of products exclusive to Nobu Hotel and guest rooms are loaded with them. Everywhere we turned there was something new to rub, wash, mist or smell. Enough toiletries, in fact, to kickstart a year of living free if hotel
theft bathroom souvenirs are your thang. For stays longer than a night or two, an extra suitcase might be needed just for take-home toiletries.
If actor Gary Busey were to describe a stay at the newly opened Nobu Hotel within Caesars Palace, our guess is he would state Nobu stands for Nourishing Our Bodies Undoubtedly. Unfortunately, VegasChatter can't pull off a Busey-ism so we best describe our recent stay the only way we know how -- with images and text that hopefully don't make you go hmmm.
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Just because you're staying at one Vegas resort doesn't mean you're limited to that pool. Certain Vegas hotels will let you buy your way in to soak up the sun, and we're not talking about those adults-only pool parties, either. Here are a few of the Strip pools that will let you pay to play:
Garden of the Gods
$20 admission fee for non-hotel guests Friday through Sunday (must be 21+)
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Complimentary entry for up to four guests with a Caesars Palace or Nobu room key
$10 cover charge for non-hotel guests (down $10 from last year)
Free if a guest at another Caesars Entertainment property
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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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Back in May, we learned that Carmine's -- a family style Italian chain restaurant first birthed in NYC -- would be moving into the old Planet Hollywood restaurant inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Since then, news has been pretty quiet, but rest assured all you pasta lovers that the rigatoni and meatballs will be piping hot by this summer.
A rep for the Forum Shops let us know that the 25,000-square-foot, two-level restaurant with 700 seats is scheduled to open in June. Here's a taste of the menu... better bring your stretchy pants:
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Caesars Entertainment began charging resort fees on March 1. They haven't released detailed information on the resort fees so we've had to do a little exploring on exactly who will pay resort fees and what we will get.
Nobody will argue that resort fees stink, but the Caesars resort fees aren't as bad as many initially thought. Why? Because not everyone will pay a resort fee. Caesars is "rewarding" their bigger players by waiving the charge. Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status won't have to pay a resort fee.
The resort fees at Caesars include only three items: local calls, fitness center and "Internet service for one device." According to a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson, this is what customers demanded. Many of us look at resort fees as the cost for WiFi since we don't bother with the local calls or fitness center. Well, the resort fees at the Caesars properties don't exactly include that.
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A sampling of the newly opened Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace and the room service menu of its sister Nobu Hotel has left us craving more. And, while we've explored the world's first Nobu Hotel in-depth (see the links on the right-hand side of your screen), we haven't toured you around the restaurant yet.
At 12,775 square feet, it now becomes the biggest Nobu resto in the world. A layered design by David Rockwell captures your attention almost as much as the food on your plate, from the textured grey stone on the floor and airy, floating pendants of light to the use of colorful prints and woven basket-like pods.
Check the photo gallery for our seven of our favorite vignettes from the snapshots we captured during a media preview.
Let's face it. Nobu Hotel is all about being able to eat to die for sushi in bed. But, as you're lounging on your Italian linens and the squishy down pillows you selected from your dream menu, how will you keep yourself entertained?
The most obvious way takes up 55 inches of wall space, a flat-screen, high-definition TV.
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Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is known for sushi. And, that will continue to be the star attraction at his newly opened, eponymous restaurant inside Caesars Palace. It will also be the highlight of the room service menu at the also newly opened Nobu Hotel which just so happens to be steps away from each other.
A media preview of both presented us with a taste of the menu and the rooms. And, one definitely left more of a favorable impression on us. To our surprise... ok, who are we kidding?.. To no surprise, it was the food that keeps crossing our mind. And, the drinks. And, that also became the best reason to reserve a room at Nobu Hotel. Because our favorite bites were only available on the room service menu.
When we tried Nobu's Green Tea Waffles ($22), garnished with strawberries, bananas, Yuzu whipped cream, pecans and Shiso syrup, we moaned in delight. It was the Yuzu whipped cream that took the offering to a new place for us. Making us regret only taking one bite. Luckily, another serving quickly came our way. We also sampled the Nobu Granola Parfait ($14), comprised of homemade yogurt, sesame granola, fresh fruit and soy salt, but which tasted just as one would expect. A few nibbles of a Black Sesame Croissant ($6) also yielded the same response.
The first Nobu Hotel is here. And, it's a man's world, baby.
Named after a male chef (Nobu Matsuhisa) who partnered with an award-winning male actor (Robert De Niro) and a male Hollywood producer (Mier Teper), Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace was created by a male designer (David Rockwell, pictured above).
We point that only because our first impressions of the first ever hotel of its kind was distinctly masculine. Yes, it features the same neutral contemporary palette that has defined today's modern hotel, but still it lacked the pops of color, the moments of plushness, the unexpected touches that make other decors softer and less stark. More feminine, if you will. Even the robes are thin and a bit rough to the touch. No suggly comfort here.
Sure, there's the dramatic, in-your-face elements of the sweeping calligraphy along its walls and the bold, patterned carpeting that's meant to evoke "sand and gestural paintings." But, what's missing is what you'll ironically find in the official photos for Nobu Hotel, just not in the actual accommodation itself. Granted, we were only in Nobu's standard rooms for just a few minutes as part of a media preview. However, above all else, this is what struck us most. We show photo-by-photo examples below. While these accommodations may not be our first choice, aesthetically; access to a delectable, 24-hour Nobu room service menu will set this hotel-within-a-hotel apart from all else. And, trust us, the food alone should get you here.
We got a tour of a standard room, both a king and two doubles, at Nobu Friday afternoon. Hotel reps say the rooms were just turned over to them three days prior. And, that suites still weren't ready to be viewed. We'll have a full review of the rooms we did see, and our sampling of Nobu Restaurant which soft opened Friday night, on Monday (February 4). Until then, here's what a Nobu view looks like, from a standard room on the 78th floor. Not too thrilling, right? Come back after the weekend to find out if the room makes up for that.