One of the most cool announcements in Las Vegas hotels just happened. Palms will now allow 2 hour checkout at no extra cost. For example if you check-in at 7pm on Friday night, you’ll be able to keep your room until 8 pm on whatever night you plan on leaving. The only stipulation to get this extra time in your room is to book direct through the Palms website. Some hotels have begun charging half day rates for late checkouts so news is great.
Last year the Life is Beautiful music and arts festival took Downtown Vegas by storm. This year the trend of new music festivals in Vegas will take to the strip. The Big Blues Bender will take place at the Riviera over 4 days between September 25 and 29. BB King and George Thorogood will headline the festival. You can see the full lineup and book hotel/festival packages on the Big Blues Bender website. Individual tickets should go on sale in closer to the show.
Speaking of the Riviera they’re adding the stage show “Pawn Shop Live!” beginning April 21. “Pawn Shop Live!” is a comedic parody based on the hit reality TV series “Pawn Shop”. In addition to live actors, dancers, a puppet and members from the show sometimes drop by. If you visit Las Vegas sooner and want to see the show it’s currently taking place at Golden Nugget and will end March 29. The show will run 7 days a week at 4:30pm when it picks up at the Riv.
One of the most annoying expenses that you’ll run into in Las Vegas are ATM fees. It’s almost as if the hotels, casinos, bars and clubs don’t want you to access your money with how high the fees can be. ATM fees in Las Vegas can be anywhere up to $9.99 at certain adult establishments. Casinos and hotels have a more respectable charge between $2 and $5.
Since most of us are locked into the hotels there’s little choice to get money at no charge if we need it. Thankfully there are a few options for lower cost ATM’s.
FREE ATM’s on the Vegas Strip
Free ATM’s on the Vegas Strip aren’t for everyone but if you use Bank of America you can find free ATM’s at the M&M’s Store and inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. BoA is one of the larger banks in America so this should be a good option for many people across the country.
Chase Bank customers will find Free ATM’s inside some of the CVS pharmacies on the Vegas Strip. You’ll find CVS in between Aria and Monte Carlo.
Wells Fargo bankers can find an ATM in between The Quad and Harrah’s on the Vegas Strip. Additionally, you’ll find a host of Wells Fargo ATM’s at McCarran Airport. If you’re a Wells Fargo customer it might be wise to grab money at the airport before heading to your hotel.
Last April Gold Spike Casino in Downtown Vegas closed its doors. A month later Gold Spike reopened under new management as a bar and restaurant and without a casino or hotel. Gold Spike is owned by Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Downtown Project. They own much of what’s new in Downtown Vegas. Gold Spike was great if you were in the mood for $5 Sexy Blackjack but not much more. Gold Spike is different but now has a lot to offer both tourists and locals alike. Here are 6 great things about Gold Spike.
The Gold Spike Grill is open 24 hours a day and offers what you’d expect from a typical casino cafe. The food may be traditional but the neon green paint color and simple white Ikea-style white furniture give this restaurant a modern feel. On the surface the concept of Gold Spike was to leave the casino vibe in the past but it’s not totally gone. It lives at this grill where you can still buy breakfast for $6. In a strange way this is kind of a nostalgic part of Gold Spike
2. Craft Beer
The real winner in the transition of Gold Spike being a casino are the beer drinkers. There are plenty of things to like about Gold Spike and the large, affordable beer menu might be on the top of that list. Craft beers can be found for as little as $5 at all times of the day. You won’t find craft beer at this price in many places unless it’s happy hour.
Every spring, college students flock to the Florida beaches for spring break. The savviest students, though, know that the best destination for a mid-term vacation is in Las Vegas, where the party goes on around the clock, all through the year. During spring break season, it gets even wilder, as hotels, venues, and casinos cater to the college crowd with specials to make the week even more memorable. If you’re thinking about your spring break destination this year, forget the beach, and consider all the reasons why Vegas has considerably more bang for your buck.
You won’t even miss the beach with all of the pool options in Las Vegas. In fact, some of the pools recreate a beach experience that’s even better than the real thing. Mandalay Beach at Mandalay Bay has tons of sand, a wave pool, and private cabanas with bar service. You can even float down the Lazy River while sipping a massive tropical drink. The adults-only Wet Republic at MGM Grand is like a combination pool and nightclub, though the party begins in the daytime with state-of-the-art DJs and an enormous bar. Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan has three full stories of cabanas with private infinity pools for small groups, and a party deck that hosts world-renowned house music DJs when you feel like joining the crowd.
The whole purpose of spring break is to unwind from the grueling college schedule, and unwinding is a whole lot easier with a cool drink. Nobody does drinks like Las Vegas, where the number and variety of bars is legendary. You won’t have to look very far to find one–there are even swim-up bars at many of the pools. If classic cocktails are your thing, try the Vesper Bar at the Cosmopolitan, where you can drink like James Bond, or try Frankie’s Tiki Room for elaborate, fruit-filled concoctions. (They even have specials for anyone wearing a Hawaiian shirt.) Beer-drinkers needn’t go thirsty: there are enough pubs on The Strip to manage a pub crawl that could last all week without repeating a single watering hole.
What happens when the luck o’ the Irish collides with the Live Entertainment Capital of the World? St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas is what happens, and if you think the city knows how to have fun the rest of the year, then, as they say: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Here are 12 hand-picked events, from sophisticated dinners to the wildest of parties, to make your St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas one to remember.
You can officially book rooms at the newest hotel in Las Vegas, The Cromwell. The Cromwell was built on the bones where Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gambling Hall once stood. The boutique hotel opens for business on May 21. Last week we mentioned that the first pool party of the season at Drai’s Beach Club will be the following week. Initial prices are between $200 and $400.
If you’re a fan of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) you’ll be happy to know that Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) won’t be your only chance to dance all night in Las Vegas. EDC announced that they will be bringing two new parties to Las Vegas. Beyond and Nocturnal Wonderland will be coming to Las Vegas. No dates or venues have been announced so there is no ticket information. We’ll keep you posted. Las Vegas Weekly has more information.
Jubilee at Bally’s was the longest running show on the Vegas Strip before taking a break for some retooling early this year. Well, it’s time to get the show back on the road. Jubilee opens again on March 17. The show was updated under the direction of Frank Gatson Jr., who’s known for being the choreographer for Beyoncé Knowles.
There are bookstores in Vegas, though you might not notice at first. Hotels know that reading is an activity often enjoyed in your room, and if you’re in your room, chances are, you’re not spending your money at the tables. Plenty of readers (and even writers) do live in the city, though, so there are bookshops around to cater to their needs. And, because this is Vegas, you can find an eclectic bookstore to suit almost every taste and personality. Whether you need a book to improve your poker game, a poolside potboiler, or an antique for your collection, one of these shops should fit the bill.
Bauman Rare Books
3327 Las Vegas Blvd S (702) 948-1617
Located in the Shoppes at the Palazzo, The 230 square-foot gallery at Bauman’s is practically a museum for books–but everything is for sale. While only serious collectors will want to shell out for the rare first editions of books like The Great Gatsby, you’ll still enjoy browsing among the thousands of centuries-old rarities and historical documents, many of them signed by notable people
Alternate Reality Comics
4110 S Maryland Pkwy (702) 736-3673
Comic book lovers will feel right at home in this shop. Owned and operated by the super-friendly Ralph and Kate, a couple of fans themselves, Alternate Reality dispels the stereotype that comic store clerks are surly and unhelpful. The collection of comics includes underground comics as well as the popular stuff, and the selection of graphic novels and ephemera is vast. The prices are pretty nice, too.
Great Wall Bookstore
4255 Spring Mountain Rd (702) 876-8875
This Chinatown shop isn’t your regular bookstore — in fact, it’s really more of an Asian-themed gift shop. If you read Chinese, though, there’s a huge selection of books, comics, and magazines in the language, and even books on learning Chinese. The store also has a selection of beautifully-bound blank books and journals.
It feels as if we’ve been talking about The Linq opening forever. Truth is that it’s only been a few months since we outlined what The Linq is. The Linq is the outdoor mall between the Flamingo and The Quad that’s currently under construction. The centerpiece of The Linq will be the High Roller which is the tallest observation wheel in the world. That’s still a little while away from opening but we’re getting closer. The Linq opened with just six outlets (O’Sheas casino, Purple Zebra, Haute Doggery, Starbucks, Chayo, and KOTO) at the end of 2013.
There was a large fence put up so you couldn’t walk or even see what was being worked on. Opening a few outlets almost seems as if it was done to tease what may be happening. That may have worked because the only thing visible was the High Roller. Taking pictures of the ferris wheel on steroids became a pastime of people exploring The Linq. This weekend that changes. The 2nd phase will of The Linq will open on Friday, February 28. That’s this Friday if you’re not near a calendar.
Every week we try to give a specific idea of ways to save money in Las Vegas. Today we’re going to simplify that idea and look at 15 things to do on the Vegas Strip for under $20. One of the great features on Travel Vegas is the coupons and discounts section where you can find ways to save before you reach Las Vegas. Planning is great but if you’re already in Las Vegas you may not want to check your computer for deals. Here are 15 activities in Las Vegas that are always under $20. You don’t need a coupon or ticket purchased in advance. Just walk up and have a good time.
1. Welcome To Las Vegas Sign - This iconic symbol of Las Vegas is always available for you to see and snap pictures with. You don’t need to look for human celebrities as this sign has appeared in more movies than any person you’ll find..
2. Bellagio Fountain Show – This is the 2nd most famous free activity in Las Vegas. The show is different every 30 minutes (15 minutes on weekend). There are 4 different water shows set to different songs so you can easily spend 2 hours geeking out on the beauty. Like the “Welcome To Las Vegas Sign” this is a great place to take a picture of you and your loved ones.
3. Bellagio Conservatory - After the fountain show at Bellagio head inside to check out the conservatory. This free activity changes floral arrangements every few months to mark specific holidays and/or seasons. The conservatory is sometimes a high traffic area so grabbing pictures may be difficult.
Let’s start the news in Vegas where we started it last week. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) websites are back in order. It took a week for Venetian.com to become operational again but all is working just fine. No customer accounts have been compromised but it seems as if the hackers may still have access to the LVS servers. It seems as if the hackers are more concerned with rattling LVS owner, Sheldon Adelson, because of statements against Iran than stealing information. This isn’t over yet.
In big Vegas news Hakkasan Group has purchased Angel Management Group (AGM). AGM operates PURE nightclub at Caesars Palace, Wet Republic at MGM Grand and many other clubs. It will be interesting if/how/when this shakes up the nightclub industry.
Drai’s Nightclub(s) won’t be affected by the Hakkasan/AGM marriage and they plan on opening their new beach club at The Cromwell on Memorial Day Weekend. Drai’s will control all of the nightlife/daylife at The Cromwell. No DJ’s or party’s have been announced yet but we imagine opening weekend will be banging. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest in Vegas.
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