89109 Travel Guide

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Classic Magic At The Riviera With Illusions

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Recently, we told you of our affection for the Riviera. We’ve appreciated its old-school charm and vintage-Vegas vibe enough to stay there three more times since January. Even if you prefer to stay elsewhere you should still drop in to experience one of their best offerings, Jan Rouven’s Illusions.

These days, it’s tough for aging Vegas properties to remain appealing. Shiny facelifts will only take you so far (cough...Tropicana... cough) and you can throw just so much at the wall, hoping for something to stick. Downtown’s Plaza has been the worst at that approach, with their mini-golf nightspot Swinger's Club and lingerie-themed Exposed Salon both gone and forgotten. And, that three-month-old Bier Garten has barely caused a ripple.

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How Guests Of The Cromwell Will Get Physical

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM | by | Comments (2)

Behind an unassuming door just steps from The Cromwell's casino floor lies its gym. It's so understated we didn't even know it was there. And, anyway, a gym off the casino floor? Really?

VegasChatter member @paperposter made the discovery today and tells us that if the door hadn't been open when he walked by, he would have been none the wiser, too. But, where there's a will open door, there's a way so @paperposter popped in for a quick look and the snapshots you see in this post.

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Serendipity 3 To Debut Expanded Dining Options Soon

Where: 3507 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

Starting April 29, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace will be able to sate more of us at once.

Best known for its indulgent hot chocolate, the Strip-side restaurant began an expansion project back in December with the goal of extending its patio while increasing its indoor dining room. Now, construction is almost complete. The new patio will feature a full bar with counter seating while the indoor dining room will be able to accommodate more guests, too. Floor-to-ceiling windows have also been installed.

In celebration of its five-year anniversary on The Strip, Serendipity 3 has also added new dishes to the menu and reinvented others. It's open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

(PHOTO: VegasChatter)

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We Experienced Riviera's Men And We Liked It

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (2)

The new male revue at Riviera is certainly an experience. Men the Experience doesn’t vary much from other Las Vegas male revues but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in earnestness.

The five dancers that make up the cast all look like they really want to be there. Granted we went on media night when they were likely to be on their best behavior, but the perma-smiles and enthusiastic crowd interaction (read: they will find you even if you are hiding behind your friends) makes it appear like they really are having as much fun as the audience. With their synchronized dance moves, they look like a finely oiled machine. They are fine and, most certainly, oiled.

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Blackjack At The Cromwell Might Surprise You, But The Rest Of The Casino Won't

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

The Cromwell opened its casino floor Monday afternoon and, boy, did it take us a minute to find a hidden gem! There are two $10 tables that return 3:2 when you are dealt blackjack.

Color this writer surprised that the 3:2 blackjack game we saw over the weekend is available to low limits players. The game is dealt from a shoe and the dealer stands on 17 just like the original picture shows. These are only two of the 66 table games in the casino, but they're definitely worth looking for. Since these tables aren’t in plain view, you may end up at a quiet table. We didn’t see anyone playing this morning and had to ask ourselves before we found it. You'll find them in front of the Drai's construction wall, just to the left of the High Limit nook.

The rest of the gambling is what you’d expect from a Caesars Entertainment property. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Blackjack: $10 minimum, 6:5 blackjack, dealer hits on soft 17; $10 minimum, 3:2 blackjack, dealer stands on 17
Roulette: $10 minimum, double zero
Craps: $5 minimum, 3x-4x-5x odds
Video Poker: 7-5 Jacks or Better (9-6 would be full pay if you’re not familiar with the lingo)

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So, They Really Are Filming Mall Cop 2 At Wynn

Where: 89109
April 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM | by | Comments (5)

When we first heard about it, we thought yeah, right while executing one of the most dramatic eye rolls ever. Sure, we could see Mall Cop 2 filming in Las Vegas... at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. But, at one of the most prestigious resorts on The Strip? LOL!

Well, the joke's on movie-goers us as filming for Mall Cop: Blart 2 is now underway at Wynn. The slapstick sequel, which will receive $4.3 million in tax credits for filming in Nevada, centers around -- naturally -- a hotel heist with actor Kevin James returning for the lead role of Paul Blart.

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At The Cromwell, You'll Want A South-Facing Room

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM | by | Comments (17)

The Cromwell marked its soft opening this afternoon, welcoming its first guests at 4 p.m. PT. Right now that means you can visit the casino or, if you were one of the first to secure reservations, stay the night and that's about it. The openings of its celebrity restaurant, rooftop pool and nightspots are to follow with an official debut date of May 21.

If you are considering a stay, make sure to try your best to secure a south-facing accommodation. The reason is right in front of you. Or, rather what won't be in front of you... a view.

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A View From The Top: Time Lapse From The High Roller

Where: 3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

VegasChatter reader Sully appreciated our coverage of the new High Roller observation wheel at The Linq and shared a video to add to our ongoing reports. If you’re wondering just how slowly this wheel goes around, check out his time-lapse video above.

Remember, this isn’t an amusement park ride; it is an observation wheel. A quickie trip around wouldn’t allow riders a very good chance to take in the sights of the Las Vegas Strip. Each of the 28 cabins holds up to 40 people and the trip around takes about a half an hour, allowing for plenty of observation time and photo ops.

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Grand Bazaar Beginning To Take Shape As Cromwell Readies For Soft Opening

Where: 89109
April 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM | by | Comments (7)

With a debut set for late this year, we should begin to see increased progress at the site of Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops.

A check of the construction site earlier today found that the steel framework for the outdoor mall is starting to take shape. Caesars Entertainment completely erased Bally's Strip-facing frontage, including its fountains and non-moving sidewalk, so that 150 shops and eateries could be installed. If you've not seen the renderings yet for what's to come, you can view them here.

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Is The Purple Reign Coming To An End At Planet Hollywood?

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM | by | Comments (3)

Everyone's fave Prince tribute show has been hard to pin down of late, jumping to stages both on and off the Strip. After landing at Planet Hollywood last September, VegasChatter reader Tommy in Toledo informs us that Purple Reign's time at the resort may be coming to an end.

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Brunching It At Buddy V's

Where: 3327 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
April 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (8)

All the buzz has been about the Boss Bakery across the hall, but the original Vegas home of Buddy V's has recently added a new attraction of its own. Within the past month, the Italian restaurant inside Venetian|Palazzo launched Sunday Brunch, filling a void in the neighborhood created after First Food and Bar closed up shop one year ago.

Buddy's Family Brunch is buffet-style served over five unique stations throughout the restaurant: an antipasto, carvery, chef's corner, kid's corner and a sweet table. Our favorite brunch dish is available in the form of a bottomless add-on ($14.95) and includes a choice of sangria, Bloody Marys, Bloody Caesars', mimosas, beers, frozen cocktails and wines by the glass. Grazie to Buddy V for the best bottomless liquid brunch deal we've seen in Vegas.

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The World's First Polaroid Museum Is Now Open On The Vegas Strip

Where: 89109
April 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (3)

In this day and age, very few folks have a traditional camera, anymore. The overexposure of camera-equipped smart phones has changed how this generation captures memories. Even when folks do have a "real" camera, chances are it's seldom used for more than special occasions. And, printing photos? That's becoming a rarity too outside of compiling photo books online, at least for this writer. Lately, I can't even be bothered to update my digital frame.

So, it was a bit weird to hear that one of the tenants of The Linq would be Polaroid. Recently, Polaroid has begun opening a spate of Fotobars (all in Florida until now) where customers can print, you guessed it, photos and purchase products ranging from frames to shadowboxes for their, wait for it, photos, too. Naturally, there are accessories for sale for your camera phone, too.

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