Las Vegas is reopening slowly. There are two things that are very noticeable. Not all casinos are open – even properties in the same chain haven’t opened yet.
Even the casinos that are open aren’t completely open. Some bars and restaurants remain closed or have limited hours. Entertainment like shows and nightclubs haven’t returned yet either. It’s great to be able to walk into a casino again but it’s frustrating when your favorite restaurant isn’t open.
Thankfully, casino operators are being helpful and offering regular updates on which eateries are open and when they’re open.
Station Casinos Openings
We recently previewed Caesars Las Vegas property and venue openings. This week, I want to look at similar information for Station Casinos. Much like Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, Station Casinos is opening its properties in phases. The first casinos open are:
- Red Rock Casino
- Green Valley Ranch
- Palace Station
- Santa Fe Station
- Sunset Station
- Boulder Station
Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson, and Fiesta Rancho remain closed during this first phase.
Station Casinos Dining
While the first phase of casinos are open for business not all of the restaurants are operating on all cylinders just yet. Some restaurants are open with limited hours and menus. Additionally, all buffets at Station Casinos properties will remain closed for the first phase of reopening.
Hours for some restaurants are limited at this time. The Station Casinos blog has a running list of open restaurants with links to the current menus and hours. Check this before stopping at a Station Casinos property.
New Tech At Sahara
There’s one bright side to Las Vegas casinos closure to slow the spread of coronavirus. The properties are rolling out new technology. Returning guests are looking for fewer touchpoints and face to face interactions. The new tech features being made available should make guests feel comfortable.
Personally, I like the new tech offerings because they can streamline the time spent inside casinos. Nobody wants to waste time waiting in lines when visiting Las Vegas. We all want to experience what Las Vegas has to offer. Everything available should help visitors enjoy more of Las Vegas than ever.
Some casinos are offering more tech upgrades than others. Sahara Las Vegas has certainly improved its offerings to promote health and safety:
Table Game Reservations: Players may book a table game seat reservation in advance online through the resort’s website. This isn’t for everyone who wants to gamble. This will support small groups of players traveling together so they can play together at the same table. This is unique to Sahara in Las Vegas.
Digital Dining: This is an effort to minimize shared materials and reduce waste. Menus for Northside Café, CASBAR Lounge, Alexandria Pool and Retro Pool Lounge will all be available through a QR code. Additionally, if there is a wait for a table, restaurant guests can scan a seating QR code to place themselves on the waitlist. The venue will contact the guests via a mobile device when their seat is ready.
Pool Reservations: Sahara encourages guests to book resort experiences in advance of their stay. Daybed and cabana reservations at both Alexandria Pool and Retro Pool Lounge can be made here. This is new for Sahara but also available at Caesars and MGM Resorts properties.
Virtual Concierge: This is an effort to provide another contactless service option. Guests can receive information about Sahara’s amenities by texting a virtual concierge at 702-930-2701. Additionally, hotel and casino guests may use the virtual concierge to request the services they need to enhance their stay, including housekeeping, maintenance requests, and restaurant reservations. Various casinos offer apps for this service as well.
Unrelated to tech, Sahara Las Vegas isn’t charging a resort fee for rooms booked in June.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.