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Not all Vegas hotel porte cocheres are created equally. Sometimes, you can leave your car with valet, grab your bags and quickly get where you need to go. Sometimes valet is on the opposite side of the property and entirely inconvenient for your visit. It's not fun†lugging yourself through the casino until you get to whichever part of the property you want to be in. Here are some valet tips for visitors who prefer to drive themselves, but don't know Vegas quite as well as they'd like to yet:
This may be one of the slowest weeks of the year for Vegas, but gaming news was fast and furious. Here's a recap of the biggest headlines:
○The sale of The Cosmopolitan may become official as soon as today. The Nevada Gaming Commission blessed the deal yesterday. Blackstone Group is purchasing the center Strip property from Deutsche for $1.73 billion. (Vegas Inc.)
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Going to dinner is usually a simple process. You look at the menu, pick an appetizer, salad and entree, then eat. While thatís possible at Bazaar Meat, itís not how they recommend going about your meal. Just about every hotel on the Vegas Strip has a high-end steakhouse, nowadays. Bazaar Meat is considered the steakhouse at SLS Las Vegas, but itís so much more than that.
When I walked into Bazaar Meat, the aroma reminded me of Heritage Steakhouse at The Mirage due to the smell of burning wood in the air. There are numerous cooking devices in the open kitchen at Bazaar Meat, ranging from grills to a cotton candy machine. My party of five was seated at a huge butcher block table just off the kitchen. Judging by the giggling and amount of pictures taken, the Cotton Candy Foie Gras seemed to pique the interest of the ladies who'd ordered it at a nearby table. This playful starter seemed like it would have been fun, but my group was at Bazaar for the meat.
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There comes a time in everyoneís life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.
Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around†mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others†just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.
With the advent of more comprehensive players clubs that reward you for other activities besides just gambling, Vegas is embracing its status as more than just a gamblerís paradise. The new ďWhat Happens in Vegas Stays in VegasĒ ads are giving a nod to this notion by forgoing any references to cards, chips or dice in its newest advertisements.
Instead, they showcase other entertainment options featuring a cameo by some of Vegasí favorite sons, Imagine Dragons, whose new album drops in February. In the two thirty second spots, one from the point of view of a man and the other from a woman, the pairís unlikely interactions are documented as their paths cross at several different Vegas venues.
It wasn't long ago we wondered how low rates would go at SLS Las Vegas, newly opened and still trying to find its footing on a (for now, at least) desolate north Strip. We thought a 50 percent discount for Black Friday had to be pretty close to the bottom, but apparently, not quite.
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Two years after we first pointed out fun things to do up and down the Strip, we're back for another round. Initially, we suggested some not-so-obvious Vegas activities to explore, but this time, we're broadening our scope to include some obvious things you might have simply discounted. We hope you enjoy the series' return and find something new to check out the next time you are in town.
Some may say itís just another nightclub, but they probably havenít actually experienced it. Iíd say Iím past my prime clubbing years so it takes a lot to get me to stay out late enough to actually see a headlining DJ. I had always been curious about the hype surrounding Steve Angello since his Swedish House Mafia days so I figured I would check out his new Reflections residency at LiFE Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas.
If you're considering a trip to Vegas, this may tip your interest towards a stay at SLS. Still struggling to find its footing (see headlines at right), the north Strip resort will offer half off rooms for Black Friday. And, we don't mean just for that night.
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Going back a year and half ago before SLS Las Vegas opened, we knew that Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook would be one of our favorite parts of the property. It wouldnít be the traditional version of a burger joint, beer garden or sportsbook. The hybrid would, if nothing else, offer something different from other casinos in Vegas.
Since then, Umami seems as though itís doing relatively well. Despite major cutbacks at other SLS restaurants, Umami Burger only snipped a few hours per night. If thereís been one major†complaint about Umami, itís been the beer prices which begin at $8. Well, theyíve taken some steps to fix that.
Visitors who drive themselves to SLS Las Vegas and choose to self-park have found that a certain elevator bank has been closed more than operational. And, folks who used to patronize the property when it was Sahara know this nemesis well.
The luggage-laden and the high-heeled can rejoice, however, as the North Strip resort is upgrading the entire bank. The property has closed its garage located off Paradise Road through Christmas to install new elevators. Visitors who prefer to park it themselves are being encouraged to use the garage off Las Vegas Boulevard. Valet service will still be available on both ends of the resort.
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After cutting back hours at almost all of its food & beverage outlets including, most notably, changing its buffet from a daily to a weekend-only affair this past September, SLS Las Vegas is still trying to figure out the right formula between patronage, operations, revenue and availability.
An anonymous tipster informed us on Friday of more changes on the dining front and that "major layoffs" happened again "casino wide." An email to a SLS Las Vegas representative went unanswered until this afternoon. It confirmed the SLS Buffet is closing until sometime early next year. Here's the official response from the newly hired Scott Kreeger: