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In case you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big event in Vegas. We’ve already given you the scoop on Fright Dome, the Gates of Hell, The Asylum, and Hotel Fear. But, you may be unfamiliar with the frights found just a stone’s throw from Silver Sevens.
You might know Fortune Hotel & Suites as just another off-Strip bargain property. This VegasChatter writer can assure you, however, that it's also the creepiest destination in the Las Vegas Valley, guaranteed to give you nightmares long after you’ve checked out.
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While Las Vegas has become a food mecca for tourists, almost all of the focus is on The Strip. For those adventurous types that leave the strip but don’t want to get too far away, a fantastic option has just opened less than a mile away.
Tacos and Beer is the new restaurant from the owners of Firefly, a popular tapas restaurant. Located on Paradise Road in the former Firefly location, this writer’s two favorite things are dished up, and dished up well. Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way, though. Firefly’s original Paradise location as well as their Henderson restaurant have suffered from health department shutdowns; most notably, sickening some 300 patrons in one fell swoop last year. This, of course, made me wary of the new endeavor, however, I tried it anyway and was blown away.
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It hasn’t even been a year since Silver Sevens arrived along with a resort fee, but the Off Strip budget destination feels it’s time for an increase. It’s not all bad news coming from the casino, however, as they have also introduced new entertainment options, as well as some bargain meal deals at the café.
We’ve written about the $3 Silver Sevens resort fee before. While one of the lowest in Las Vegas, it also came with some of the worst inclusions we’ve seen. No Internet access, a too-complicated-to-redeem “free” cup of coffee, a poorly conceived business-gym combo, and boarding pass printing are among the disappointing amenities. Now, the resort fee has jumped to $9.99. That's still on the low end of the resort fee range, but the overall value has dropped because nothing new was introduced.
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Editor's Note: Once upon a time, we were totally addicted to the fare of Addiction, the restaurant at the off Strip Rumor hotel. But, several years and the loss of a Vegas Vic later, would we still feel the same? Our 3brothers dropped by to find out.
Before dining at Addiction, we called two hours in advance to ask if we needed reservations for a Saturday night. We were told yes and gave our name to secure a spot. Upon arrival, the restaurant was completely empty and the hostess nowhere in sight. After waiting around ten minutes and thinking the restaurant was closed, we were finally greeted and sat.
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Recently, we talked about the benefits of renting a condo over a hotel room while in Vegas as part of a group. The story came about after this writer happened to make the Wyndham Grand Desert on Harmon my home for a weekend as part of a bachelor party.
After settling into a two-bedroom unit -- with a full kitchen, living room, large dining room table, and two full baths -- with a group of friends, here's what I liked and didn't like about the Wyndham Grand Desert:
I've already gushed about how I enjoyed the extra space to lounge and hang out as a crew during downtime. The Wyndham is a mile off the Strip, but the trip was a breeze thanks to a hotel shuttle that ran to Harrah's multiple times per hour. And, because Las Vegas Boulevard is only a mile, we could have walk, if we had wanted. The neutral location also put us in walking distance to the Hard Rock in the other direction, which took about 15 minutes. Don't take this to mean there was no view: We had a great one of New York-New York, The Signature and MGM Grand.
During our last night at Silver Sevens, we found the new Premium rooms to be well-appointed and an overall great value. The Premium rooms are the most recently renovated at the hotel, so we were surprised to learn that they go for the same rate as the older Tower rooms. Even more surprising was the discovery that Tower rooms often sell out well before Premium accommodations. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, this writer booked a two-night stay.
My Silver Sevens Tower room was just $30 per night on the weekdays I selected. Even with the $3 resort fee, a room for under $35 is hard to beat. Checking in was a breeze, just as during my last visit. After receiving my keys, I once again had to request and then wait as my free coffee vouchers were retrieved from a back room. This is despite the fact that they are clearly advertised as being included in the resort fee, and also despite the fact that the free coffee is pretty lousy. As I sipped my cup of lukewarm swill (I’m determined to get full value whenever I’m gouged with a resort fee), I headed through the maze of blinding slot machines towards the Tower elevators. While further away from registration than most of the Premium rooms, they are still a very short walk.
The first thing I noticed as I entered my fourth floor room was the carpet. It was worn and dirty. The Premium room which I occupied during my last stay had attractive carpeting which appeared to be very new. Here, I found a threadbare and stained floor that made the decision to leave my shoes on easy. Strike one for the Tower.
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Blabbermouth pins May 21 through June 7 as the exact dates of a second GnR residency. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m. The information is confirmed on the Hard Rock's website via this embedded tweet which, strangely, can't be seen on Twitter.
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Wikipedia tells us National Potato Month falls in September, while National Sweet Potato Month appears to be in November. American Beer Month is held in July, and “Lager Day” is in December. None of these are even close to February which has us perplexed over Silver Sevens decision to choose this month to host its Spuds and Buds special event buffet.
What is Spuds and Buds, you ask? It’s pretty simple, really. It’s the standard Silver Sevens buffet with a bunch of potato options tossed in. They’ve got baked potatoes, tots, fries, sour cream potatoes, roasted potatoes, potato soup, sweet potato pie, and well, that’s about it. The Spuds and Buds menu is a bit spud heavy, however, the only “Bud” that’s included is a single Bud Light draft. Perhaps Spuds and Bud is a better name?
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This writer loves Mariachi music.
I just can't help it. After reading a book by Elijah Wald called Narcocorrido some years back and, subsequently, diving into the history and culture of Mexican music, I somehow hooked myself.
For a guy who came up on a steady diet of midwestern punk rock and heavy metal, this is a bit unorthodox. Maybe, it was the years working in restaurant kitchens that sparked the interest. Recently, after being offered a chance to review Hard Rock's new(ish) Monday night act, Metalachi, and looking them up on Google, I couldn't say “yes” fast enough.
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Silver Sevens fell off of our list of cheap dining destinations after their café really let us down. The steak and lobster special, priced at $7.77, should never be repeated. The price hike on the BBQ ribs put Ellis Island way ahead in the race for baby-back value. We still haven’t made it to the buffet, but from what we hear, we’re not missing anything. Silver Sevens was slipping further and further from our thoughts, until we saw the sign:
“Baby Back Ribs $9.99.”
Maybe our complaining worked. Or, perhaps it was a pre-planned effort to boost October BBQ sales. Whatever the case, we are glad to see order restored to the universe. At $9.99 for a full rack of baby back ribs, this is once again an exceptional value. Just as before, it’s not listed on the menu. You’ll need to ask for the deal and it also requires a (free) A-Play card.