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Pool Scenes / Pools / The LINQ / Drinking / → All Tags
The LINQ's new pool is so fresh and so clean, y'all. And, you can get slizzard (not that slizzard, but since it's 21 and over, a little slizzard) by indulging in its poolside cocktail menu. Here's how you can stay hydrated, while drinking plenty of water, of course, poolside at the LINQ:
Openings / Pools / Pool Scenes / Party Pools / The Linq / The Strip / → All Tags
The hotel-casino's new pool deck opened to guests last weekend and, after a tour Thursday, we have no qualms about saying it's the most refreshing find of the 2015 pool season. (Sorry, Delano Beach Club.) The drab, concert slab of the past (and that awful faux rock display) has been ripped out and replaced with a super cute, beach-y vibe, from a textured deck reminiscent of white-sand beaches to the wooden planks in the cabanas.
Spas / The Strip / The LINQ Hotel / Openings / Renovations / → All Tags
The LINQ Hotel expects to start rubbing us the right way (may not have come out the right way) starting May 4. That's when a rejuvenated spa experience will make its debut.
Openings / Graeter's / Caesars Palace / Forum Food Court / Eating / Ice Cream / → All Tags
Graeter's, a much-raved about craft ice cream brand by way of Cincinnati, wants to put the cherry on top of your Vegas Strip visit with its first outpost west of the Mississippi now scooping inside Caesars Palace.
New to this writer who has been on a strong McConnell's kick of late (another small batch ice cream producer but this one by way of Santa Barbara), VegasChatter readers were quick to confirm Graeter's was as irresistible as its serving containers proclaim when we shared news of its Las Vegas arrival last week. @misskatherinne stated it was the "best ice cream out there" while @Dan2330 proclaimed the chain as "top notch." So, I knew it wouldn't be long before I was counter side, and it wasn't.
Always an enchanting experience, Bellagio's Conservatory has gone zen for spring. The resort's annual spring exhibit usually has a decidedly Dutch or Americana feel, but 2015 brings a departure from that with a display inspired by a Japanese garden.
Already a massive, labor-intensive undertaking (it takes 100 people more than 140 hours to change out each show), Bellagio's horticulture and design staff flew to Tokyo and Kyoto for inspiration. A 26-foot temple replicates Japan's Golden Pavilion Temple while turtles, cranes, parasols, bonsai trees and cherry blossoms can be found throughout the exhibit. There's so much to see we apparently missed the 75 Koi exploring their temporary new home. #NextTime
Eating / Caesars Palace / Drinking / Dining / Openings / Restaurants / The Strip / Searsucker / → All Tags
The dining spot by Brian Malarkey opens to the public Friday evening, although some lucky luckertons are previewing it tonight. We spied the (almost) Top Chef checking out his newest destination earlier today. The eatery takes over the former Munchbar space adjacent to Omnia and features an eclectic, homey decor, with mismatched chairs, area rugs and rustic woods.
Off Strip / Westgate Las Vegas / Suzanne Sizzles / Suzanne Somers / Entertainment / Shows / Openings / Eating / Spas / Restaurants / Dining / Suzanne Somers Spa / Suzanne Somers Organic Spa Cafe / → All Tags
Las Vegas has seen celebrity residencies, restaurants, hotels and even salons. But, aside from Nobu hotel and restaurant, big names rarely venture outside of their small ponds, sticking to the discipline they know best. In May, that will change when Suzanne Somers, best known for her ditzy role as Chrissy on Three's Company, launches a residency at Westgate. And, opens a spa there. And, debuts a cafe, too.
A new pool experience launched this past weekend (we're touring it tomorrow) and, just before that, new shops, food & beverage spots and a Club Tattoo parlor all opened to the public. Still to come is a new cafe, spa and the Strip debut of a popular local barbershop.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / The Strip / Las Vegas Sands / → All Tags
If you've ever thought about suing over resort fees, a Southern California man may be your new hero.
The Associated Press is reporting Benjamin Brin has filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo for failing to cite resort fees until after his June 2014 reservation was booked. While it isn't in extra large print nor included as part of the "starting from" costs, the websites for both hotels do list the fees. At least, they do now. The suit reportedly states that, until a warning letter and a site redesign late last year, the fee was not mentioned at all until after a reservation was submitted. (Venetian|Palazzo fans, feel free to weigh in on that one below.)
Deals / Rio Las Vegas / Off Strip / DUCK COMMANDER MUSICAL / Duck Dynasty / Entertainment / Shows / Openings / → All Tags
Vegas Returns / Celine Dion / Shows / Entertainment / The Colosseum / Caesars Palace / The Strip / → All Tags
After taking time off for family and health, Celine Dion will return to the Colosseum stage this August, ending what will then be a year-long hiatus. She made the announcement to fans last night via social media.
The Strip / Paris Las Vegas / Bars / Le Central / Renovations / → All Tags
Last week Paris opened their renovated and expanded lobby bar, Le Central. I happened upon the newly revealed change by accident when meeting a friend after the first day of March Madness. The poor staff were slightly overwhelmed by the amount of people in the bar Thursday night. Bartenders had to remake new drinks on the menu and had a difficult time accommodating orders from the waitresses and folks sitting at the bar. That said, everyone was very nice and I ended up with a couple of fine drinks. Then again, I'm pretty simple -- beer, vodka, coffee. Done.
The first thing you notice about the new Le Central is the large circular bar next to Le Toilets and the check-in area. The bar has TVs all around with bar-top video poker. VP players shouldn’t be surprised by the typically bad Caesars pay tables. What you might be surprised about is the minimum denomination is 50 cents.
The inside of the bar is a couple of steps up from the casino floor so you have tall bar stools on the outside and chairs on the inside. Those bar stools shown above are nice, but can only be found at the bar.