About a decade ago The Palms was the place in Las Vegas to see the famous people and the place to be seen. The first installment of Real World Las Vegas helped make Palms a huge success shortly after the casino opened in 2001. Since then there have been ownership changes and property renovations. While the layout of Palms remains similar you may not recognize some of the names inside. The Towers have new names as do some of the bars, clubs and restaurants.
Even though it’s not the same hotspot it once was Palms is still a fun casino hotel to visit and stay. Gamblers will be happy to know that Palms still has some of the best returns for video poker games anywhere in Las Vegas. New restaurants like Back Room Burger and renovated classics like N9NE Steakhouse give Palms a breath of fresh air.
Being off the Vegas Strip gives Palms freedom to be a little different. Recently they’ve experimented with 24 hour check in/checkout and a drink butler while you wait in line at check in. They’ve also continued to refine their casino players club to offer their best customers more benefits.
The changes aren’t restricted to the casino floor. Palms also renovated many of their hotel rooms recently. While newly renovated hotel rooms on the Vegas Strip typically come with higher room rates you’ll often find Palms rates to be below the average.
Free entertainment in Las Vegas is a dying breed. It used to be that every casino had a lounge where you could watch free musicians perform. That’s not the case any longer. If you want free lounge acts you’ll have to search around. Luckily, one thing that remains constant at Palms is that The Lounge continues to offer free entertainment on a regular basis.
- 7/10 – Speed at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/16 – Jordan Kate Mitchell at Social at Palms Casino Resort
- 7/17 – Monroy at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/23 – Paul Charles Band at Social inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/24 – LoveSick Radio at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/30 – Barry Black at Social inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/31 – Sin City Sinners at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
Palms has put a lot of work into the casino, its restaurants, clubs and lounges to remain relevant in the ever changing Las Vegas market. Palms customers today aren’t the same people that used to visit in its heyday. While some customers may have moved on to other properties in Las Vegas you may want to dip your toes back into an “old” favorite.
The recent changes at Palms make it a formidable option for someone looking for a good value on a clean and renovated hotel room. Not all of the acts at The Lounge are free but the freebies are a great excuse to head out to a casino you may not have visited in a while.
It has been rumored for a while now but The Quad will be changing it’s name to The LINQ Hotel & Casino. It seems like just yesterday when we were discussing the completion of the facelift of this hotel from Imperial Palace to The Quad. Those renovations have officially been expanded and will be completed by October 30. Expanding The Linq name into the casino really makes this one massive property. It will be much easier to explain to people where you are now.
The renovations of The Linq Hotel will feature 2,256 brand new rooms and suites, a completely renovated welcome experience built around a signature lobby bar, all new retail and spa amenities and a new pool deck to deliver an entirely new experience. When combined with the mall and world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller, and The Linq, dining and entertainment promenade, The LINQ Hotel & Casino plans to become the new center of the Vegas Strip.
The Linq Hotel & Casino will feature design details and elements with an eye towards social interaction and catering to the “connected” consumer. Connected consumers are those that are always digitally connected with mobile phones and wifi devices. The Linq promenade area currently offers complimentary wifi and that will make its way into the casino-hotel. High speed Wi-Fi will be available throughout the resort in all common areas, hotel rooms and on the gaming floor with guests able to stay connected seamlessly between The Linq Hotel & Casino and the Linq promenade.
The Linq hotel will boast 2,256 rooms including 204 suites along with 29 cabana suites with private access to the all-new pool area. The standard room features a fresh, modern design with floor to ceiling windows, boasting views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip or the High Roller. The centerpiece of the room design will be three distinct accent wall murals featuring stylized interpretations of vintage Las Vegas glamour.
The Linq hotel is boasting a digitally curated resort experience. This means that the guest arrival experience will be centered around an automated check-in process, and a concierge touchscreen option for immediate bookings of favorite dining and entertainment offerings. At the heart of The Linq Hotel & Casino, the all new lobby bar experience will feature a unique beverage program with wines on tap, and table games.
If you’ve been to The Quad in the past year you’ve seen many of the changes that are being described. The Linq Hotel will continue to be a mid-range property on the Vegas Strip. It will be upper mid-range but it will still be priced in the middle of the market. When the room renovations are complete you’ll find base rates (before Travel Vegas or Total Rewards discounts) for the The Linq Hotel around $80-$100. You can currently stay at The Quad for under $50 on most weeknights.
In the 80’s and 90’s Las Vegas was known for its themed hotels. You know hotels like Luxor, Excalibur, Treasure Island and The Venetian. In the past 20 years or so designers have decided to “de-theme” some older hotels while creating new luxury hotels, like Aria and Cosmopolitan, without an overt theme. There’s a time and a place for both types of atmosphere when visiting Las Vegas.
The themed hotels offer the ability to make games that you can’t play at unthemed hotels. Many of the themed hotel games are free or cheap to play and make for a fun activity while in Las Vegas. Many of the themes offer you an excuse to go “Around The World”. When you go around the world on the Vegas Strip you can just stop in a casino for a picture, grab a souvenir, have a drink or bite to eat or even hit the tables. The options of the game are endless really but let’s look at the least expensive idea and go over great places around the world (in Vegas) to grab a picture.
Luxor – The interior at Luxor has been renovated a few times since opening. If you want to grab the most iconic picture you should head outside to the Vegas Strip and stand in front of the huge pyramid.
New York – New York – You can head inside and grab a picture with some of the famous signage from New York City. Two of the best picture locations are outside where you’ll find both the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
July 4th is one of the busiest vacation times of the year for families. Watching fireworks often caps a day of family fun. This hasn’t been lost on Las Vegas hotels where both locals and tourists can find great fireworks shows in all parts of town. Here’s a breakdown of where and when you can watch the July 4th fireworks in Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay - Fireworks are go off from Mandalay Beach. You have two options to watch. If you want to be close to the fireworks you can buy concert tickets for $20. Doors will open at 8pm for the concert and fireworks will go off later in the evening. If you don’t want to spend the money you should be able to watch the fireworks anywhere outside on the south end of the Vegas Strip.
Everyone loves spending time outside in Las Vegas during the summer. There’s just something invigorating about the hot weather. Unfortunately that hot weather can get in the way of some outdoor activities. One of my first visits to Las Vegas was for a bachelor party. We didn’t plan much besides a big dinner for the bachelor and to spend an afternoon riding dune buggies in the desert. The day we had dune buggies planned for happened to be one of those days where it was 100 degrees before we woke up. We were skeptical about spending peak afternoon hours in dune buggies in the blazing sun and luckily (or unluckily) we didn’t have to. The friend that coordinated the dune buggy plans received a call that our outing was cancelled. We were both happy and sad about this so we just spent the day in and out of air conditioned casinos.
There are many fun outdoor activities in Las Vegas but you might want to make plans for an early arrival. Sometimes the sun makes these activities unbearable and, even worse, unhealthy. By planning your outings in the early morning hours you’ll miss the bulk of the extreme summer heat. Here are some tips on how to enjoy some of the different outdoor activities.
Dune buggies and off road ATV riding – Your best bet with these activities is to plan for the earliest time slot. Both are fun but can be physically exhausting and unsafe on the hottest summer days. It’s not very easy to stay hydrated while you’re driving through the desert sands.
SLS Las Vegas just announced that they will be opening a week earlier then schedule. Opening date for SLS Las Vegas is now August 23rd. The hotel is being built using the bones of the Sahara which closed in 2011. The hotel towers remain in tact but will be renovated. The same can’t be said for the casino, showroom and restaurants. That building was gutted and will have a new floor plan. Let’s look at what to expect from SLS Las Vegas when it opens later this summer.
SLS Las Vegas has three different hotel towers each with a different type of room. The Story Tower has the smallest rooms. These rooms start at just 325 square feet. That’s about as small as you’ll find on the Vegas strip. The design work in these rooms should make the rooms feel slightly larger. The World Tower will feature mid-sized rooms. These rooms will be as large as 400 square feet which is around the size of your average hotel room in Las Vegas. These rooms were designed by world famous French designer Philippe Starck. If you’re familiar with SLS hotels then you might feel most comfortable in the Lux Tower. This tower offers your more traditional SLS-style rooms. These are the largest rooms starting at 425 square feet.
If you’re looking to step up your vacation SLS Las Vegas will offer multiple types of suites from 600 square feet. Unlike many hotels in Las Vegas they will offer suites with two queen beds in one bedroom instead of just one king.
There’s a new freebie on the Vegas scene and it’s pretty awesome. Every Thursday night from June through July you’ll be able to sit outside under the stars in the new Downtown Container Park and watch a classic movie from the past 25 years or so for free. Here’s the movie lineup.
June 19: Sandlot
June 26: National Lampoon Vacation
July 3: Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 10: Top Gun
July 17: School of Rock
July 24: Nacho Libre
July 31: Napoleon Dynamite
There are a lot free things to do in Las Vegas. A lot of the free things to do in Las Vegas are inside but there are still many things to do outside. Since it’s the beginning of summer we might as well head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!
There are free things to do day and night on the Vegas Strip, in the mountains and in Downtown Vegas. The best part of these free activities is that they are completely free and fun for the whole family. Here are 12 of our favorite free things to do all across the Las Vegas valley.
Be Cliche – The “Welcome To Las Vegas” sign is iconic. It’s outside near Mandalay Bay and is a place that every tourist should stop by. Nothing says VEGAS! more than this sign.
Bellagio Fountains – The Bellagio Fountains are the most popular free attraction in Las Vegas. Enjoy a free show of the dancing waters every 15 – 30 minutes during the day and at night. There’s a different feeling to the shows when the sun goes down.
First Friday – Enjoy the art, music and culture of the Las Vegas arts community outdoors on the first Friday of every month. First Friday is a free event for singles and families to enjoy. Get weird.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – Head inside the casino and to the rear. Once you reach the section of the casino that’s farthest from the Vegas Strip you’ll see some of the most crisp landscaping that you can touch on the Vegas Strip. A short stroll and you’ll enter the free Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo. This is one of the most serene areas on the Vegas Strip.
Summer is here and we’re keeping the fun outside. We’ve recommended some places to eat outside on the Vegas Strip and people watch. We’ve also recommended a handful of places to enjoy ice cream and desserts outside on the Vegas Strip. It’s great to enjoy the heat while beating it with some sweet ice cream.
This week we want to head downtown for 13 great bars and restaurants where you can grab a drink outside. One of the best parts about some of these bars is that they’re located outside but in the shade of the Fremont Street Experience. Sitting in direct sunlight can make it feel upwards of 20 degrees hotter. That makes a world of difference when it’s 115 degrees in the shade.
Bar 46 (Golden Nugget) – Bar 46 is located right on Fremont Street and is a cut out lounge from the Golden Nugget casino. You may even get a slight breeze from the casino air conditioning if you choose the right seat. Note: there may be a 2 drink minimum on busy nights here.
Bier Garten (Plaza) – Bier Garten tries to replicate a traditional beer garden with American craft beer. The beer selection isn’t huge but it’s better than you’ll find in many bars. Sitting outside and drinking beer on fresh grass under the pergola is a nice way to enjoy a day.
Bin 702 (Downtown Container Park) – There are a few bar seats at this wine bar inside of a mock shipping container. Don’t worry about seating, there is ample seating in Downtown Container Park and a lawn nearby. A plate of cheese and meat and a couple glasses of wine are a great way to spend an evening outside in Vegas.
One of the niftiest off the radar free things to do in Las Vegas happens one day a month – and that day in June is the 6th. First Friday happens from 5pm until 11pm on the first Friday of every month (duh). Many cities have First Friday celebrations of their arts and culture areas. Las Vegas’ First Friday celebrates music, art and crafts in Downtown Vegas and it’s a Free event. You can spend all night enjoying music and art for no cost besides any food, drink or art you may purchase.
Unlike many things in Las Vegas, First Friday is family oriented event. It’s variety of artists, vendors and activities are fun for all ages. They have a Kid Zone within the event that has different themes each month. You should not be afraid to bring your kids to First Friday. There’s really no reason for them not to appreciate art while they’re young.
First Friday doesn’t take place underneath the Fremont Street Experience canopy that many people think of when they hear Downtown Vegas. First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District of Downtown Las Vegas. The hub of First Friday is on Casino Center Blvd in between Colorado St and California St. with an extension on 3rd St and Colorado. As Downtown Vegas has grown so has First Friday. It now includes Fremont East district where you’ll find live art activations and music in Get Back Alley behind Beauty Bar and The Griffin.
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