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It may not look like it from The Strip just yet, but The Linq Hotel is already starting to make a splash in Las Vegas. An on-going metamorphosis of the soon-to-be renamed Quad (which was Imperial Palace before that) is refocusing on the hotel-casino's exterior.
After receiving a tip from VegasChatter friend @paperposter, VC photographer Greg Clarke visited the center Strip property to capture photos of the changes now underway. Greg reports all the balcony walls have been removed from the rear of the hotel and that work is now taking place on the center portion of the building that faces the pool. Here's a rendering of the finished project:
Music / Events / MGM Grand / MGM Grand Garden Arena / Phish / Vegas Rumors / → All Tags
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It’s been ten years since the iconic, exaltation-inducing Vermont quartet known as Phish last delivered a brain-melting performance in the city of Las Vegas. But as gamblers in this town are keenly aware, all streaks — hot or cold — are inevitably destined to be broken.
In the midst of a 3.0 summer tour confined mainly to the east coast and on the heels of their first studio album release since 2009’s Joy, VegasChatter has learned from a high-ranking source at MGM Grand that Phish are finally ready to return to Sin City for the first time since rocking the Thomas & Mack Center in 2004 with a run of shows at MGM Grand Garden Arena for this fall’s yet-to-be-announced tour.
The Mirage better prepare itself for swooning guests who will be succumbing to cuteness overload at the sight of the newest additions to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Three white lion cubs, all boys, have arrived at the Strip attraction straight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The three brothers, not to be confused with VegasChatter’s 3Brothers, are named Madiba (the tribal name of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela), Timba-Masai and Freedom.
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Hecho en Vegas at MGM Grand should be on your happy hour radar, if it isn’t already. It used to have a more straightforward weekday special but even if it’s gotten more complicated lately, it’s worth your consideration.
On Sundays and Wednesdays, the Mexican restaurant offers half-off appetizers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The “primeros” menu includes tres quesos fundido, short rib taquitos, mesquite-grilled chicken quesadillas, Hecho wings, shrimp chicharron, a variety of street tacos and “the chimichanga experience.”
The land of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail transformed into the land of the $20 cocktail in just a few decades. While killer deals can still be found in a a handful of choice locations on the Strip and downtown, they are few and far between. That’s why when this sign caught our eye, we rejoiced on behalf of price-gouged tourists everywhere. Don’t get us wrong, if enough people are willing to pay the price, it’s hard for us to judge venues for fleecing guests with giant markups on bottle and drink prices. Business is business. It does make it rough to find an affordable drink on the Las Vegas Strip, though.
Events / Drinking / Dining / Venetian / The Glenlivet / Paiza Club / Palazzo / → All Tags
One of the few real-life equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, the super-exclusive Paiza Club at Venetian is almost never open to the public, either. The hangout of billionaire gamblers, created to cater to every whim of the obscenely wealthy, it is secretly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Vegas (if not the finest).
The club has the ability to function without a menu and instead will whip up pretty much anything the heart desires. Want super-traditional cuisine? Specialized regional food? A Chinese, high-class version of a hamburger? Cake in the shape of a Ford Model-T? They can do it. And now, this ritzy joint is hosting a dinner featuring selections of The Glenlivet paired with food by Corporate Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil.
We don’t ask for much when it comes to Las Vegas besides an amazingly memorable experience. This writer used to have an iPod playlist made specifically for final descent into McCarran Airport. My first thought upon landing was that it was time to get busy.
When thinking about different ways technology could improve a hotel stay in Las Vegas, the first thing on my wish list was mobile check-in. After grabbing a Red Eye from Starbucks at the airport and a cocktail at the hotel, there’s nothing worse than spending 45 minutes in line to check-in. It looks as if Caesars Entertainment has heard our plea for speediness. A friend received the following email before checking into Flamingo last week:
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Once again, the holidays have snuck up on us and while it isn't yet time for Labor Day, National Scotch Day is right around the corner. If it isn't already set in your fave calendar app, July 27 is the annual date you want to mark.
Construction / Openings / The Strip / Restaurants / Dining / Chili's / Hawaiian Marketplace / Aria / → All Tags
We first told you the news back in November. The chain restaurant, currently taking over more than 8,600 square feet at the strip mall, will boast an outdoor balcony when complete. Our @sammasseur captured new images of the construction over the weekend.
These days, it's pretty easy to forget that wild animals still prowl The Strip. Gone are the days when headliners like Siegfried & Roy and Rick Thomas ruled the night with furry companions at their side. Even MGM Grand's Lion Habitat has become a lost Vegas footnote.
That's not to say animals are nowhere to be found on Las Vegas Boulevard, they're just off the beaten path making it challenging to remember their existence. Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef is tucked away in convention land. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is lost in the obscurity of afternoon matinees/Miracle Mile/the V Theater. And, at The Mirage, a burger joint can now be found where wild animals once roamed. Still operating out beyond the resort's pool, Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, is looking to the adorbs factor for renewed interest.
A couple of weeks ago, the a long-rumored change in hotel names came true for The Quad which will become The Linq Hotel as of October 30. Hidden deep in the press release was the fact the renamed hotel-casino would have free, property-wide WiFi. That includes all common areas, hotel rooms and on the gaming floor. Everywhere. The Linq The Linq Hotel will be the first Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas to offer free property-wide WiFi. Back in February, we reported that Caesars would be rolling out free WiFi for all its properties throughout the year.
mall promenade already has free WiFi so this will allow guests to stay connected seamlessly between the two.
The Linq Hotel will be the first Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas to offer free property-wide WiFi. Back in February, we reported that Caesars would be rolling out free WiFi for all its properties throughout the year.
The north Strip is officially awakening from its slumber. SLS Las Vegas debuts in just over a month (August 23) and may soon be bracketed by construction to the north, west and south. A Walgreens is already underway to the north (on the other side of Sahara Avenue) and will open next year. (Admittedly, not that exciting, but hey, we'll take it.) A City of Rock will soon rise on the west side of The Strip with a debut of 2015, too. Now, it looks like that long abandoned plot of land to the south of SLS -- you know, the one that once held the hottest place to cool off in town? -- may see some action of its own.
Once the site of Wet 'N' Wild, the 27 acres between SLS and the husk of Fontainebleau is owned by Sahara Las Vegas Corp., a subsidiary of Archon Group. Earlier this week, executives approached a local government board seeking use permits for everything under the sun. And, we're not exaggerating. Check it out for yourself: