Circus Circus, Las Vegas

Circus Circus 50th Birthday Today

Circus Circus today celebrates its 50th birthday the North Strip big topped themed resort was opened on this day in 1968 by Jay Sarno who conceived Caesars Palace and became president of the new Circus Circus. The original cost of Circus Circus in 1968 was $15 million which doesn’t sound like much in today’s dollars but that was a lot of money in 1968. Circus Circus is the third oldest property on the Strip after both the Tropicana and Caesars Palace and maybe even fourth if you count the SLS which dates back to December 1952 and was most of …

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SLS $100 Million Renovation

The north strip SLS has begun a $100 million renovation which will see all 1,615 rooms upgraded as replacement of slot machines and a redesign of the current pool area over the next years. Currently the SLS is pretty much on its own on that section of the north strip but with The Drew and Resorts World Las Vegas planned openings over the next could of years its seems the SLS is getting the property ready for the new competition; The new resorts will increase traffic to the north strip and the SLS is looking to get some of that …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Fremont Major Expansion

The Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is often a hotel i stay in when i visit Las Vegas and now comes the announcement from Boyd Gaming of a possible expansion to the property. Boyd Gaming has submitted permits to build a 32 story hotel tower with 509 rooms at the back of the property on Ogden Avenue. The plans submitted also include a remodel of the existing 447 rooms which are in a 15 story tower that was build in 1956 which at the time was the tallest in Las Vegas. The casino size will also increase by 22,000 square …

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Park MGM Las Vegas

NoMad Reservations Open

The luxury boutique hotel on the top floors of the Park MGM called NoMad is now taking room reservations for its planned soft opening of October 12th. The NoMad name is a reference to its New York location which is North of Madison Square. In my case my i don’t know if i would book a hotel during a soft opening which is a time they work on getting their staff up to speed and working out the problems: Some people however like to the the first guests in a hotel just like being on the maiden voyage of a …

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Eastside Cannery

Eastside Cannery Remodel?

It looks like changes are happening at the Eastside Cannery the Boulder Strip property that Boyd Gaming purchased in 2016 . Boyd Gaming recently closed the Carve Steakhouse and The Deli leaving the 24 hour Snaps Cafe as the only restaurant open at the Eastside Cannery at the moment. Boyd Gaming has said they are not closing the property although with the recent closing of the bingo room at the property and the downsizing of the sports book change is happening at the Eastside Cannery. At this point its not know if these moves are just cost saving choices or …

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Park MGM Las Vegas

Park MGM Still A Work In Progress

  As you can see from the casino entrance  picture above the Monte Carlo may have recently been renamed the Park MGM but construction at the property is far from over. If you plan on staying at the property soon you might want to take that in to account, that being said the noisy construction seems to be mainly around the front of the property Strip side. The main casino entrance from the Strip is closed but the casino itself is open as is the buffet and, it will be interesting to see after construction is done how the revamped …

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Military Discount At Palms

If you are a member of the armed forces you get 15 percent off room rates at the off Strip Palms and also Palms Place; The discount at the Palms applies to their Superior and Premier guest rooms as well as their Ivory Suites and at the Palms Place it applies to their Palms Place suites and one bedroom suites. For more information as well as the terms and conditions check out the Palms website.

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Monte Carlo Name To Disappear Today

The one thing always constant in Las Vegas resorts is that they are always changing, one such change is today as the twenty two year old Monte Carlo resort will be no more as its officially rebranded as the Park MGM.  The owners of the Monte Carlo,  MGM Resorts have made the change to rebrand the resort which is undergoing a $550  million dollar remodel in order to appeal to higher end customers. The remodel is far from over and due to open by the end of the year is the 292 room boutique hotel inside the Park MGM called …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

Downtown Hold Outs Add Resort Fees

The Boyd casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have long been a hold out with no resort fee but starting April 16th that will change as the California, Fremont and, Main Street Station will add a $14.99 daily resort fee. That means the Four Queens is the only major Downtown resort not charging a resort fee; The Four Queens like the Boyd casinos has used the no resort fee as a marketing way to get traffic but with the Boyd casinos adding the resort fee most likely the Four Queens will add one too.

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Virgin Snaps Up Hard Rock

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is well known in his native England but less known in the United States although he has had several of his Virgin Group Companies operating in the United States such as Virgin Megastores (Closed), Virgin Cola (Closed), Virgin America (Airline bought by Alaska Airlines who are getting rid of the name), Virgin Mobile (Over the top cell carrier now just Sprint brand), Virgin Music (sold) as well as Virgin Airlines which still operates and flies to Las Vegas. Sir Richard Branson for years has made it know that he would like to bring his Virgin …

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Fontainebleau Gets New Name

The Fontainebleau if your not familiar is a huge resort hotel on the North end of the Strip near Circus Circus that was never finished with the shell of the hotel nearly finished and has sat as a big blue window covered eyesore since. Work is now under way to complete the resort with a planned 2020 opening around about the same time as the nearby Asian themed Resort World Las Vegas huge hotel and casino. Because the Fontainebleau never opened under that name and sat for years vacant with that name we were expecting the new owners would rebrand …

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Ellis Island Room Makeover Done

The off Strip Ellis Island has completed the make over of its 289 rooms as well as their 12 suites on the property. The renovation of the rooms includes new flooring and furniture as well as mini refrigerators and safes. The upgrades include usb chargers which is a must with all the phones and devices we carry when we travel, the rooms with a complimentary grower filled with Ellis Island beer which is a nice freebie.

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Rumor Mill: A Virgin In LV

Richard Bransons Virgin Group may soon have a hotel in Las Vegas with reports that its looking to enter the market as soon as possible. The company already has opened a property in Chicago with one coming in fall of 2019 in Washington DC and is looking in several markets, but Las Vegas would make sense as Virgin Atlantic already brings a lot of people to the city. Virgin already has an online casino in New Jersey using the Tropicana’s gambling license; So Virgin entering the Las Vegas market and being interested in buying a property with a casino isn’t’ …

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Hotel Sold Out Now What?

Yes amazing as the title suggests with an approximately 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas on New Years Eve many of the towns big resorts can be sold out. Because of the huge crowds coming to Las Vegas for New Years you will very high rooms rates and things such as two day minimums; So what do you do if your main picks where to stay are sold out, well you do have a few options one choice is to check all the travel websites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline because sometimes one will have allocations of rooms left over …

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Getting A Suite Tour

Amazingly in Las Vegas you can get a tour of a hotel suite just by asking, the availability of the tours depends on which suites are not booked as well as staff availability to show you. The larger properties such as the Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn, Encore are the most likely to accomadate you they are also some of the properties with the best suites; If you are interested just call the property and ask the hotel desk for the availability of touring a suite.

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Ellis Island Tower

Xmas In LV: Eggnog At Ellis Island

For the fifteenth straight year the near Strip Ellis Island has its Christmas eggnog on sale that’s mixed and available for purchase from the bar. Yes the eggnog does contain alcohol and its become a holiday tradition at the property if you want to try some out its $6 per glass or available by $30 a bottle. If you visit the bar you might also want to check out the hotels coffee shop which many people like for their large portions as well as good prices because its never good to drink on an empty stomach.

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Good Time For Cheap Rooms

The end of the year in Las Vegas you might think is an expensive time because of all the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the huge crowds that come in to town for New Year’s Eve; The answer is yes for those dates the room rates can be expensive and in the case of New Years Eve very expensive but other days at year end can be inexpensive. Dates in November away from Thanksgiving can be reasonable and dates in early December as well as the few days after Christmas can be good bargains just shop around and if …

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Fremont Hotel & Casino

48 Hour Room Check

Boyd’s the owner of many locals properties such as the Gold Coast and Orleans as well as Downtown properties such as the California and Fremont haave announced a new 48 hour policy for rooms with do not disturb signs on the door. The new policy is called a safety and welfare check and is in response to the Route 91 tragedy where the shooter had several days to set up, in the past room service would want to enter the room after 72 hours with a do not disturb sign on the door. I myself am a night owl and …

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New Villa’s At Caesar’s

The approximately hundred million dollar make over of the 1,181 Palace Tower rooms at Caesar’s Palace is over and as part of the makeover ten new villa’s have been added to the property. So if your budget allows and if you are looking for a more private as well as spacious option on your next trip you might want to check them out. The villas vary in size from 2,750 square feet to 4,085 square feet with at the moment them being listed for a little over three thousand a night. Each one of the new villas is said to …

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Downtown Grand Getting Bigger

The approval has been given for the eight-story hotel tower addition to the Downtown Grand where the current valet area on the East side is located. This addition the third tower at the property will add another 495 rooms to the current room total bringing the overall resort to 1,124 rooms. The Downtown Grand is a nice property with a nice pool deck area, the problem for the property since it opened has been its location, a block off the Fremont Street Experience. The Downtown Grand has been doing things such as concerts and pool events to get people to …

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The Sahara To Return?

With the recent sale of the SLS Las Vegas rumors started soon after that a name change for the property was on the horizon, maybe even back to its original name the Sahara; This rumor now seems a good possibility especially after the properties players club was renamed from the CODE to Club 52 which is the year the Sahara opened. A rebranding from the SLS name to the former Sahara would be a plus but the new owners still have a lot of work to market a good property in a not great location to locals and visitors.

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Palms Sold To Station

Recently the locals market has heated up as Boyd’s Gaming bought the locals Aliante Casino in North Las Vegas for $380 million as well as two Cannery casinos for $230 million. Now comes news that the recently put on the market Palms Casino has been bought up by the other big locals operator Station Casinos. The Palms has been bought for $312.5 million with the deal expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of this year. The Palms is located near the Strip across from Boyd’s owned property Gold Coast which has recently remodeled its rooms and as well …

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Riviera Close Draws Near

The weekend is not too far away and as it draws near so does the last weekend to visit the Riviera the sixty year old Strip resort that is due to close on Monday. The official time for the visitors and guests to be out of the property is by noon although a slow gradual shutdown of the property is likely to begin many hours before. If you have never been to a resort closing for good it’s an interesting experience albeit a sad one especially for the employees. I have been at the closing of many properties over the …

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Encore Updating Rooms Over Summer

The Encore Resort by Las Vegas casino legend Steve Wynn is already one of the top places to stay in Las Vegas for a high end experience, now the Encore have announced that they are refreshing their rooms this Summer. The upgrade according to a rep at the hotel is not a full renovation but will include an upgrade to the furnishings, carpeting and technology including larger flat screen televisions. A refresh to the rooms at Encore isn’t really a surprise as a top end property needs to keep its rooms looking fresh and upgrading during the hot slower Summer …

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Luxor Hotel After Opening In 1993

The above video courtesy of the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas shows how the property looked not long after the opening in 1993. Back when the property opened it had a full Egyptian theme which over recent years they have tried to tone down which is tough when your property is a pyramid. Its cool to see the attractions that were their at the time of opening soon of which we don’t even remember.

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Riviera’s Time May Be Up

A 60 year old resort fixture on the Strip may be living on borrowed time as rumors about the closing and redevelopment of the Riviera swirl with a possible closing time of May or June. For about the last month their has been talk that the property could be remodeled or redeveloped as a modern Riviera but now comes news that the LVCVA may knock down the property for a expanded convention center. The Las Vegas Convention and Vistor’s Authority has been buying up land around the Convention Center but mainly to the South of the Convention Center for expansion. …

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Caesar’s Raises Resort Fees

The company that made a big deal about no resort fees for a time, before introducing them to its properties Caesars Entertainment now has introduced a standard $25 before tax resort fee to all its Las Vegas properties. The new charge means that Caesar’s properties such as the Flamingo or Harrahs have a resort fee on par with such properties as the Bellagio and Venetian which seems crazy. In the past if you were a Total Rewards Platinum member you could avoid the resort fee but now you have to be a Diamond or Seven Stars to avoid the charge. …

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Delano Las Vegas Now Open

The Las Vegas media recently have focused on the rebirth of the former Sahara on the North Strip in to the SLS but another property has recently opened too the former THE hotel at Mandalay Bay is now the Delano. The former THE Hotel was a boutique hotel in the top floors of one of the towers at Mandalay Bay and the new re-branded Delano continues that but this time with a remodeled South Beach Miami feel to it. As you can see in the above video the suites do have that South Beach feel to the rooms with lots …

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SLS Grand Opening Party

The SLS Las Vegas on Friday night had its star studded opening party followed by the grand opening of the property ahead of its official opening of Labor Day weekend. The former legendary Sahara has been reborn as the more modern hipper SLS with a very Cosmopolitan like vibe which isn’t really a surprise as since that property opened it has had a effect on the look and style of new properties as well as the advertising for them. The North Strip has suddenly become a hotbed of new projects and it will be interesting to see if the SLS finds …

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RV Park To Close At Circus Circus

After thirty five years as a fixture of Circus Circus the KOA Circusland RV Park is due to close on September 29th with no world yet what will replace it in the area next to the Circus Circus manor. Plans mentioned in the past for that general area include a pool complex as well as a water park which drew lots of interest with a scale model, press conference as well as plans to the city but no real announcements since. MGM which has sat on a big plot of land near the new SLS seems to be ready to …

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Early Impression Of Former LVH

So with the recent purchase of the LVH (the former Las Vegas Hilton) by Westgate Resorts a timeshare company I decided to take a quick monorail ride to the resort to see what changes had been made so far. Because the purchase was so recent I didn’t expect huge changes but as you can see from the pictures a lot of the former LVH sign age had been replaced with new Westgate signs. Inside the property the lobby, huge open casino floor and large sports book were pretty much the same as before as was most of the public areas …

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LVH Becomes The Westgate

The new owners of the LVH, which was formally the Las Vegas Hilton, have wasted no time in changing the signage of their new property to the new name of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The new owners Westgate Resorts have announced that they will convert some of the rooms to timeshare villas but still have hotel rooms available for nearby convention goers and Las Vegas tourists. The new owners also announced they would like to change the bar space from the former Star Trek Experience bar in to a nightclub. This hotel has a lot of history being …

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Quad To Become The Linq Hotel

When the Imperial Palace was re-branded as the Quad no one was particularly overjoyed with the new name it wasn’t bad but it was just kind of bland and with the Quad name sounded like a school or college space. Well now the Quad is being re-branded as the Linq Hotel & Casino which makes a lot of sense as its attached to the Linq Entertainment District and as you can see in the video above the 2,256 rooms will all be completely remodeled ahead of the planned opening date of Halloween this year. As part of the $223 million …

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Preview Of Delano

http://youtu.be/aBkz9f58PwY The above video is a preview video of the Delano Las Vegas the long coming replacement for the The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. The Delano with its South Beach Miami kind of vibe looks interesting and should be worth checking out September 1st of this year when its due to open.

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Cromwell To Open Today?

There are rumors that the former Bills Gamblin Hall & Saloon may reopen today at 4pm as The Cromwell with a soft opening. The rumors would seem to make sense as a lot of the property seems to be done although we don’t expect Giada’s restaurant or Drai’s rooftop pool and club to open, as work still needs to be done on them. The planned grand opening of The Cromwell is a month away on May 21st and at that time we should get a complete view of what’s looking to be a promising property.

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Red Rock To Get $35 Million Remodel

Here at Las Vegas Inside Out we are fans of the beautiful off Strip property Red Rock Resort owned by Station Casinos. Its location at the edge of the Valley means most tourists won’t visit the property but if you are driving in to Las Vegas and have time its worth checking out. A upgrade of the property has been announced with a $35 million of 26 of its high end suites as well as a renovation of The Spa At Red Rock. The most visible part of the changes to most will be the new Restaurant Row being created …

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Silver Sevens Visit

The Silver Sevens is the new name for what many years was Terribles which was owned by the Herbst family yes the same company that owns those car washes, gas stations and tune up shops around town. Since Affinity Gaming took over the property and changed the name to Silver Sevens we were curious how the new owners have changed the property other than the name as well as signage out front. The former Terribles was known for inexpensive food deals and promotional giveaways well the inexpensive food deals are still there but not so much the giveaways oh well. …

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Silverton Is Adding What?

Recently the Silverton an off Strip resort sent a message to its customers that it planned to add a hotel tower to the property. Now more details are coming out and it looks like the Silverton wants to add two towers to the property and make them timeshares. A few years ago when the economy was booming it seemed every new project had at least some kind of timeshare element then the downturn happened and timeshares went unsold across town. The current plan is to add the towers on a parking lot south of the existing parking garage, each of …

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