89158 Travel Guide

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Zarkana Returns From Hiatus A (Somewhat) Changed Production

Where: 3730 South Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89158
March 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

No, it will not be performed outdoors now...

After a one-month hiatus dedicated to upgrading the popular variety act, Cirque du Soleil's production of Zarkana re-opened its doors to the public in February. New characters, music and an additional acrobatic act were among the key changes made to the ocular spectacle that debuted at Aria in late 2012.

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Vdara's Spa Receives An Upgrade

Where: 2600 W Harmon Ave [map], 89158
February 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

How long has it been since you visited Vdara, that oh-so-mellow (non-smoking and casino-free) resort and spa tucked away behind Aria? We don’t hear very much about Vdara (aside from those endless "death ray" jokes), probably because all of the guests are in aromatherapy trances. You see, Vdara's spa was recently acquired by ESPA. This rebranding has brought the ESPA spa line and operating philosophy to the existing facility, focusing on the high-end products and services the company has become famous for (in other parts of the world, that is).

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Bobby's Burger Palace Opens To A Line

Where: 3750 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM | by | Comments (5)

It may just be one of a sea of burger joints now on the Strip, but Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) still attracted a line of hungry passersby for its Vegas debut.

While the restaurant has the star power of a celebrity chef behind it (Bobby Flay), it will be its location that will draw in the crowds. You don't have to wind your way through a hotel or casino to reach it. You need simply step off the sidewalk lining Las Vegas Boulevard. It's just that easy.

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We Know Which Movie Theater Chain Is Headed To Crystals

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (6)

Earlier this month, we told you that Crystals is getting a movie theater.

The news was greeted with approval by the VegasChatter community with @Dee Dee42 stating that "an upscale (clean) theatre on the Strip would be a nice alternative" to gambling and @sco5123 saying it was a grand idea that would "bring some middle-of-the-road people in(to) the spot and generate traffic as well as word-of-mouth."

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Aria Crafts Its Own Beer

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 23, 2014 at 12:29 AM | by | Comments (3)

When it comes to craft beer on The Strip, our cups may soon overfloweth. And, that's definitely not a bad thing.

When Public House at Venetian opened back in 2011 it claimed bragging rights for having not just the city's, but the state of Nevada's first certified beer cicerone (read: know-it-all). Fast forward to this past November when Mandalay Bay hired the state's only female cicerone to help helm its food and beverage program, with a special focus on expanding the resort's beer menus.

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Bobby's Burger Palace Sets Opening Date

Where: 3750 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas' newest burger joint will fire up the grills by month's end.

Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) announced a date for its Vegas debut on Facebook while offering fans a chance to meet the man chef himself, Bobby Flay, during the grand opening:

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So, Crystals Is Getting A Movie Theater...

Where: 3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
January 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM | by | Comments (9)

Crystals, the most exclusive mall on the Strip, will soon have something in common with one of the most middle-of-the-road shopping centers in the country, the Mall of America. Both will have movie theaters.

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At Bobby's Burger Palace, No Burgers Nor Palace Yet

Where: 89158
December 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Oh, what a difference three month's make. Or, in this case, don't make.

In September, Bobby's Burger Palace promised a debut by year's end for its first west coast location. Set to open at Crystals, the burger joint (yes, another burger joint) will be located between Starbucks and Pinkberry in front of Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip... eventually. A walk by the venue today found an open window door of opportunity for inquisitive eyes. Inside, unfinished floors, drywall and exposed steelwork could still be seen.

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Bobby's Burger Palace Opening In Vegas Before Year's End

Where: 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], 89158
September 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (5)

After the first mention of Bobby Flay's intention to bring his eponymous Burger Palace brand to Vegas, news has been sparse. There's been no official release, nor even a construction wall to snap at its forthcoming home of Crystals. But, despite the low profile, the Strip's newest burger joint is aiming to arrive before baby New Year:

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Inside Aria's New Chapel

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89158
May 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Aria opened in 2009, it did so without something that had become a standard amenity within Vegas resorts -- a wedding chapel. Whatever the thinking, the CityCenter hotel-casino must have tired of seeing couples in love spend wedded bliss and dough elsewhere because it built, and recently opened, a chapel of its own.

The Wedding Chapel at Aria was culled from convention space, but despite coming several years after the resort, looks as if it's been there all along. Located on the first floor of the convention center, an oversized frosted glass window, two dark-colored wooden doors and a simple plaque provide a discreet facade for the 2,750-square-foot venue hidden away from sight.

Stepping inside reveals a small, yet elegant reception area as well as a meeting room for planning sessions, both adorned in neutral hues. The understated decor subtly impresses through a chic mix of textures and patterns rather than too bright colors and trite floral designs. (Although, we did fall in love with the vivid, amethyst-colored light fixtures floating overhead that reminded us of jewels.)

Just beyond these rooms are the chapel's biggest selling points, contemporary his and her spaces for the bride and groom. For him, a room dominated by a pool table. For her, a plush boudoir filled with plenty of seating and, likely more importantly, plenty of mirrors. Another big plus? There is only one wedding hall (the muted design continues here with touches of cream, beige and mauve) meaning you won't bump into other couples nor need to compete for attention. Your union will be the sole focus while you are there. Photos of all the spaces can be found in the gallery below.

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You Can Now Hang Poolside At Mandarin Oriental And Not Be A Guest

Where: 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89158
March 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Vegas pool season is here, baby! With highs finally climbing into the 80s, the time is now to get nearly naked, poolside. And, for the first time, you don't have to ask friends if they have an old MO key card book a stay at Mandarin Oriental to lounge poolside at Mandarin Oriental.

The CityCenter resort is now opening its 8th floor pool (shown above) to everyone... willing to book a cabana. Before you pfft, rates start at the fairly reasonable (for Vegas pools, anyway) rate of $350 and includes a bottle of Moet Ice champagne (a $60-ish dollar value according to Google).

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Our Favorite Thing About Aria's Buffet Can't Be Eaten

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89158
March 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Decisions, decisions.

Most diners are fortunate enough to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Others, though, need to intensely study menus and quiz wait staff before anything can be enjoyed.

For this Chatter'er, having a mom and two sisters with Celiac disease -- and one of those sisters dealt the double whammy of also being lactose intolerant -- has made me especially aware of just how hard it can be to eat gluten and dairy free in Las Vegas. Dining experiences that are often made even more trying when a server gives you a blank stare when you inquire about gluten-free options (as happened to us at downtown's Eat). Or, made surprisingly refreshing when the waitress not only knows what you're talking about, but can rattle off appropriate items without looking at the menu (as what happened to us at the now shuttered Rattlecan).

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