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For the Love of Cocktails: Vegas' First Real Cocktail Fest

February 6, 2015 at 5:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

Back and bigger than ever, February's annual For the Love of Cocktails festival of all things mixology has morphed into a full-fledged multi-day extravaganza.

What started as a charity cocktail tasting has undergone a blossoming of epic proportions. Three whole days of spirits, cigars, cocktails and, most importantly, education (February 12-14). Vegas has become something of a beacon in the cocktail world. Many elements have been driving forces in Vegas becoming a true "cocktail city," from local legends like Herbs & Rye taking titles in Tales of the Cocktail (the New Orleans spirits industry pilgrimage) to several bars making the tops of national lists. Now, we can add yet another fanciful feather in our boozy cap: a big ol' honkin' cocktail fest.

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Unexpected Surprises Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

This year threw more than a few curveballs at us so this category was among the hardest to decide and, honestly, could have gone more than a few different ways. Would it be the sale of LVH or The Cosmo? Both? Eh, they'd been rumored for a while so were they really a surprise? Would it be the split between Caesars Entertainment and Gansevoort? Or was that more of an unexpected blessing? How about when Harmon suddenly began coming down? The abrupt closure of Mamma Mia! at Trop? Mall Cop 2 filming at Wynn? Or, when we spied that Giada's name had been misspelled on the Cromwell's website? (That would have won the 'really?!?' category, for sure.) After much discussion, here's our picks:

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Best New Bar Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

The Las Vegas Strip got a handful of new watering holes in 2014 and several really distinguished themselves with creative craft cocktails or a fun ambiance, sometimes both. In a world where “handcrafted” and “artisanal” are getting trite and often misused, it’s nice to find a few spots doing it right.

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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Giving Thanks That Delano Stopped That Overnight Valet Fee

Where: 89109
November 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (6)

Yes, Virginia, there is an about face in Vegas.

When Delano Las Vegas (a rebranded and renovated THEhotel at Mandalay Bay) debuted in September, guests who turned over their car to valet were faced with a $20 fee when they went to reclaim their wheels the next day. Execs tried to use the ol' "well, they're doing it" game plan while pointing to Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental to justify the charge; however, if guest reaction was anything like the responses of VegasChatter readers, some of whom vowed to never stay there because of it, it's no surprise it's been quietly abandoned, as reported by VC member @davey123.

Now, what should we turn our collective powers towards next? Twenty-five dollar personal use fees for the minibar? We're looking at you, Aria.

(PHOTO: VegasChatter)

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Why We Enjoy Lurking Around The Lobby Of The Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
November 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

The giant boulders at the entrance to Delano can be excitingly interesting to some, or not. Either way, they’re a harbinger of what’s to come when you enter Delano’s quirky-to-say-the-least lobby. Though this writer shares the seemingly common aversion to Delano’s pillows, I am a big fan of the lobby experience so far, for several reasons.

First off, it truly does feel like I feel a “boutique” hotel should, with that necessary secret clubhouse sort of feel. The word “boutique” is becoming so trite these days, not least of all in the Vegas hotel, dining and bar scenes. It’s refreshing to know there’s a lobby out there that is making a real effort to maintain its prestige as a unique locale.

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How Low Will They Go? Room Rates Plunge At SLS While Delano Plays Hardball

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (28)

It’s been just shy of two months since the newest resorts on The Strip, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas, officially opened their doors. In that time, both properties have dealt with their share of setbacks.

At Delano, underwhelming furnishings, housekeeping delays, and a pillow problem (that, somehow, still hasn’t been resolved) are all contributing to a 3-star Yelp score that surely falls short of what the luxury resort was aiming for. At the other end of the Strip, SLS faces challenges of its own. Operation cutbacks and, now, staff layoffs suggest visitorship isn’t meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Let’s take a look.

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Try To miX In One More Taste Of This Vegas Classic

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.

While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.

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You'll Want Delano's Bathrobes On Your Body... And Under Your Face

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
September 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

When given the chance to crash in a friend’s room at Delano Las Vegas over the weekend, this writer was really excited... until I remembered the pillow situation. The revamped hotel rooms have a lot of welcomed features like plush towels, super soft robes, separate powder room, comfortable desk chair in the living area, and upscale oversized toiletries. What some rooms still lack are comfortable pillows, at least for actual sleeping.

The firm and lengthy pillows found on each bed make excellent props if reading or watching TV, but when it comes time to relax and settle into the very comfortable mattress and smooth sheets, it’s clear that one of these things is not like the other.

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If You Ever Wanted To Drink A Jelly Donut, Head To Delano Las Vegas

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM | by | Comments (6)

It's an attention grabber, for sure. Among the specialty coffees listed at newly opened 3940 Coffee + Tea inside the equally new Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel at Mandalay Bay) is the simply stated yet pause-giving offering of Jelly Donut Coffee.

Jelly donut coffee ($7), you ask (with emphasis on the umm, what)? Yes, it's not just java flavored as a jelly donut. It really does consist of the makings of a jelly donut. An employee told us the brew is made up of raspberry jam, donut milk (what you get when you soak a glazed donut in whole milk for four hours) and espresso. Let that percolate for a minute.

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What's Next For Delano Las Vegas

Where: 89109
September 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (10)

The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.

Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.

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Pulling Up A Chair At Della's Kitchen In Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
September 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (6)

With the changeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to Delano so has THEcafe morphed to Della's Kitchen. This is a breakfast/early lunch spot just off the lobby, and the only Delano-specific place to have a good meal early in the day (after 5 p.m. you can go up to miX, for now.)

If you're staying at Delano, you're within walking distance of one of the best brunch services in the city at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat Mexican fusion tapas are certainly a great thing to behold, but they're relegated to Saturday and Sunday. Where would one get a good bite in the morning the other five days of the week? The new answer is Della's Kitchen.

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