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Hard Rock To Close For Remodel

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is about to go through an eight month remodel as its converted to the Virgin Hotel & Casino Las Vegas with the remodel due to start in September of next year. Employees have also been notified that the entire resort will close about February to May of 2020 to finish the renovations although that time frame could vary depending on construction. As you might expect with a new name and remodel all 1,500 of the rooms will be remodeled as well as an expansion of the casino and events spaces. The popular music venue …

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Year End Room Savings

Tomorrow is a good time to check out all the Black Friday room deals from Caesars or MGM and all the other Las Vegas resorts but as always check the fine print including the resort fees so you know what your final price is. Many visitors figure year end in Las Vegas might be expensive because of the huge room rates for New Years as well as high room rates for Christmas and in fact outside those times the room rates can be very good. December in Las Vegas can be a very inexpensive if you can be flexible with …

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Palms Renovation Nears $700 Million

The ongoing remodel of the Palms by Station Casinos was originally budgeted at $485 million but that price tag has soared to $690 million. The reason for the price increase is the rising cost of materials as well as a tight labor market but the construction is on track to end by the third quarter of next year. Even with the extra cost for Palms remodel i think its likely money well spent for Station Casinos for a property that’s not too far from the Strip and, especially if the rumors of a new hotel or arena at the nearby …

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Rio, Las Vegas

New Club Opens At Rio

A club named DB172 has opened at the Rio in the former space of Cafe Martorano in a 7,000 square foot with a music, dining and drinking venue. The unusual club names meaning is the loudest sound ever recorded which was the eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883 that had a sound level of 172 decibels thus the name 172DB. DB172 is going to showcase lesser known local bands with ticket prices starting at a bargain $10 plus the usual fees and taxes.

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Tropicana Adds Parking Fee

The Tropicana held out for a long time but it has announced that it has began charging non resort guests for parking when events are taking place in the area mainly at the MGM Grand Garden Arena across the street and the T Mobile Arena. The Tropicana is surrounded by MGM properties that charge for parking so i’m sure a lot of people would park at the Tropicana to avoid parking fees during events. The new parking charge during events will be $15 but it does include a $10 off coupon for food and drink at Robert Irvine’s Public House …

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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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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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The Final Straw

Early this year we reported how MGM Resorts was phasing out plastic drinking straws at all its properties, now comes the news that Caesars Entertainment is now doing the same. At Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas you can still ask for plastic straws or stirrers but they wont be provided automatically and some properties are already providing paper alternatives. The elimination of plastic drink straws in Las Vegas  is part of ongoing national trend to eliminate the straws to be more environmentally friendly with companies such as Starbucks and Mc Donald’s also looking to replace plastic one time use …

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Palace Station Sports Book Opens

The Palace Station has been undergoing a major remodel in recent times with the former railroad theme being removed and the whole property in general receiving an upgrade.  As the $192 million remodel draws to a close on of the final elements is now finished and open which is the 8,000 square foot sports book. The sports book features new televisions around the sports book as well as a new center bar with a six table poker room added nearby. If you haven’t been to the Palace Station before its a short drive from the Strip and worth checking out …

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MGM Adds Another Fee

It looks like our friends at MGM Resorts International have figured a way to add another fee to the seemly endless add on fees such as resort fees and parking charges with a new fee at the spa and salons. The new fee is a 20 percent service charge which now applies in all its Las Vegas spas and salons. I don’t think a 20 percent service fee in the spa’s will stop people going to Las Vegas but all the combination of fees might make some consider going to less expensive destinations in the future which could hurt Las …

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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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Wynn Breaks Rank On Parking

In a climate in Las Vegas where it seems the two major Strip operators MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are constantly raising parking charges comes news that the Wynn Las Vegas is making a customer positive change to its parking; Starting July 1st customers who spend $50 in the casino will have their parking fee comped which is similar to Downtown properties where if you spend money at the property you get your parking comped.  It would be nice if this was the start of a bigger trend to lessen parking and other fees but unless there is a big …

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Citywide Strike Threat Over?

It looks like the threat of a citywide strike from members of the culinary and bartenders unions may have lessened as MGM Resorts have followed Caesars Entertainment in reaching a tentative deal with the unions. This deal if it holds will stop a strike which was authorized by its members and could have happened as soon as June 1st but was delayed because of the ongoing talks. If the deal is finalized with the two largest operators on the Strip it would mean that 18 of 34 Las Vegas resorts would avoid a possible strike and deals would still have …

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