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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More
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.

Read More
hard rock sign

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 …

Read More
Palms Sign

Palms Sign To Be Replaced

As the $485 million dollar makeover continues at the Palms it looks like the distinctive marquee sign is going to be replaced with an all electronic version. Once the new sign is up this blogger will have to schedule a trip to take pictures of the new sign to share with you, oh an excuse to visit Las Vegas and, have fun how horrible, but honestly the make over at the Palms has made the resort a lot more interesting with new restaurant and club options.

Read More

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 …

Read More

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’ …

Read More

Xmas In LV: Winter Village

The Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch is open through January 7th and is located at the properties outdoor amphitheater and includes an outdoor ice rink. If you want to use the ice rink its open Thursday to Sundays with the rink opening at 4 pm during the week and 11 am on the weekends. The cost is $20 but that also includes your skate rentals and, tickets can be purchased in person at the ice rink.  

Read More

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 …

Read More
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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

Halloween Costumes And Casino’s

Many visitors to Las Vegas around Halloween like to dress up with costumes, I have visited Las Vegas at this time of the year before and, people watching as people wear the various creative costumes is fun; If you do plan to visit Las Vegas in a costume as the sign in the picture above says I would advise against wearing a mask on the casino floor or in businesses around the resort or around town, if you wear a mask as part of your costume on the Strip take if off before heading inside. In normal times hotel security …

Read More
Vegas Sign

Moulin Rouge Is Gone

The last parts of the long closed Moulin Rouge have been demolished after a recent fire which is one of the many fires at the site over the years. Numerous attempts have been made over the years to rebuild and reopen, the resort which was famous for being the first desegregated hotel casino; because of that it’s where black entertainers would often stay at while performing at the other resorts around town. It’s a shame that with all the attempts to rebuild the Moulin Rouge that it never happened although it’s still possible that sometime in the future the name could …

Read More
ballys sign

Mini Golf Coming To Bally’s

Bally’s have announced they are adding mini golf with bowling and an arcade to their resort but no date has been announced yet for the planned opening. The planned 10,000 square area will be built by Monster Mini Golf who built the similar Kiss Mini Golf at the Rio although this place won’t have a Kiss theme. Hopefully more details about the attraction will be forthcoming soon.

Read More
wynn las vegas

Wynn Parking Fees Announced

Wynn Resorts has announced its new parking fees for Wynn Las Vegas and Encore with the fees due to start August 7th. The new parking will start at $7 for two hours of self-parking and then $12 for between 2 and 4 hours and a $15 maximum for 24 hours. If you park for a shorter length the first hour is free and valet parking already charges $15 for the first four hours and $20 for up to 24 hours.

Read More

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.

Read More

May Military Discount At SLS

Many Las Vegas resorts offer discounts throughout the year for active as well as retired military personnel. The month of May is Military Appreciation Month with many resorts adding discounts for military personnel but one of the best deals is at the SLS; The SLS deal is 50 percent off all its restaurants except for Bazaar Meats and the discount is also good at the Center and Monkey Bars. If you are interested in staying at the property the discount also includes 20 percent off rooms. To receive the discounts military identification is required, as the deals run through the end …

Read More

Cosmopolitan Adds Parking Charge

As previously announced the Cosmopolitan is the latest Strip resort to add parking charges with daily parking charges of $7 to $10 a day for daily self-parking with valet charges of $13 to $18 which varies depending on the length of stay. When you arrive at the parking the first hour is free for everyone and if you are a member of the upper levels of the Cosmopolitans players club at present time you will not be charged for addition time. As soon as its Strip neighbors started charging for parking it was just a matter of time before the …

Read More

M Resort Adds Resort Fee

It looks like one of the last holdouts of the major hotels in Las Vegas that didn’t charge an extra resort fee has added one; The resort in question is the M Resort which has instituted a $19.99 daily resort fee to its daily room rate. The new charge doesn’t include anything you didn’t get before except now the gym is free where previously there was a charge for the hotel guests that wanted to use it.

Read More

Riviera Implosion Announced

When former Las Vegas Strip resorts are imploded they always draw big crowds even though most are in the middle of the night. People have been wondering when the implosion of the Riviera would be announced well on June 14th at 2am the implosion of the long time Strip property will begin with the implosion of the Monaco Tower. An implosion date for the Monte Carlo tower has not been announced yet but will be forthcoming.

Read More

SkyVue Still Just A Dream?

I have been publishing online about Las Vegas since 2005 but myself and most of the contributors have been visiting Las Vegas for many years before that. The one constant with Las Vegas is change as one property comes down and are often replaced by someone else’s dream which may ultimately be replaced at some point in the future. Ever year people hold a press conference at which they show off new diagrams as well as fancy concept videos of planed Las Vegas resorts which most likely will never happen. Over the years there was numerous plans for London Bridge or San Francisco themed resorts as …

Read More

Resorts World Preview Video

The ground breaking for the new mega resort on the North end of the Strip the Asian themed Resorts World happened on May 5th with an expected opening date of 2018. The resort is due to open in phases and the above video shows how the final project could look although often small changes can be made before the final opening. The Genting Group the owners of this new resort do have resort hotels in Asia and other places so even though they weren’t know well in Las Vegas before there is a good chance this project could be completed. …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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.

Read More

Riviera Set To Close May 4th

In last Fridays board meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the members present voted unanimously to purchase the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Strip and close it to redevelop the land. The purchase price for the Riviera is $182.5 million with the property due to close May 4th with the redevelopment of this and other nearby land purchased expected to take between five to eight years to complete. The above picture from the LVCVA shows what the replacement building on the Riviera site will most likely look like as part of the $2.3 billion expansion of …

Read More

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. …

Read More

Stratosphere New Commercial

In the above new commercial for the Stratosphere people that look the customer base for the property talk about taking Las Vegas back from the high end food, drinks and expense of Las Vegas as a lot of the town has gone more upscale.  The commercial is clever in showcasing the Stratosphere as a less expensive place to visit on the Strip using the tag line ‘What happened to Las Vegas? The only fault i have with the commercial is the property charges a $18 a night resort fee which isn’t exactly consumer friendly but is now all too common in …

Read More

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. …

Read More

SLS Buffet To Close For Winter

Soon after the recent rebirth of the Sahara as the SLS came the announcement that their buffet would only be open weekends and no longer on week days; Now the SLS has announced the buffet will go in to hibernation and be closed with a plan to reopen sometime next year after the slower Winter months. In recent years with the slow economy many resorts have cut hours for things such as their coffee shops especially during the slow months but closing a buffet completely at a new resort may be more of a sign of them not getting the …

Read More

MGM Sells Gold Strike

MGM Resorts International has announced they have sold Gold Strike their Jean, Nevada property to Jett Gaming a slot route operator. If you are not familiar with Gold Strike its the resort off to the right of the Interstate from California between State Line and Las Vegas. The property was part of the purchase when MGM bought the resorts at State Line which they sold but Gold Strike wasn’t sold as part of that deal. As MGM Resorts has opened more upscale properties the Gold Strike kind of operated on its own with its own players club that wasn’t part …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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.

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More