One of the things we love most about Las Vegas is that it’s constantly changing. Restaurants, shows, bars, hotel rooms are all refreshed regularly to meet current customer preferences. Recently we’ve seen a drastic shift in casinos and hotels in Las Vegas to do a major shift in customer demand. Visitors to Las Vegas are very different than the visitors just 5 years ago.
Every year around this time the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) releases a survey on the visitors to Las Vegas from the previous year. There are rarely any major surprises but this survey does a good job at summarizing who’s visiting Las Vegas. In turn the information helps explain why Las Vegas is changing the way it is.
The largest trend continues to be that the average age of Las Vegas visitors continues to decrease. 21 to 29 year olds accounted for 17% of tourists in 2014 compared to 10% in 2010. Overall, 44% of visitors to Las Vegas last year were under 40 years old. Altogether the average age of the visitor to Las Vegas was 45, down from 49 in 2010.
This is a difference you’ll see when you’re out and about on the Vegas Strip. As we get older it’s easier to see when younger people are around. This change can also be seen in the layout of the casino which includes more amenities geared towards these younger visitors.
54% of visitors in 2014 planned their trip to Las Vegas more than one month in advance up significantly from 50% in 2011 and 46% in 2012. One of the best ways to save money on vacation in Las Vegas is to plan early. You’ll save money even if you’re just booking hotel rooms while they’re cheap. If prices decrease you can always cancel and book elsewhere or re-book at the same hotel.
The number of visitors to Las Vegas that took taxis has skyrocketed over the past 5 years. In 2010 only 23% of visitors took taxis. Last year 32% of all visitors took taxis. Las Vegas taxis are infamous for long hauling customers. Being long hauled makes for higher taxi fees which doesn’t make any visitor to Las Vegas happy. Here are some tips to save money on taxi fares.
The biggest change in visitors to Las Vegas is their lack of desire to gamble. Only about 12%, say that they’re coming to Las Vegas primarily to gamble. Those that did gamble increased their budget slightly to $530.11. While that’s a slight increase (less than $1) from last year it’s a huge increase from 2010 when $466.20 was budgeted for gambling.
People are still gambling then they visit Las Vegas but it’s no longer the main reason they visit. The shows, nightclubs, restaurants, pool parties and bars are all a larger part of the Vegas experience for visitors today. It’s not the Vegas I grew up with but it’s still a place to do things that I love. If you’d like to see the full report you can find it at the LVCVA website.
Las Vegas is a special place for many of us in many different ways. While I may never forget the memory playing blackjack at 11am and hearing that Dido song on my second trip someone else may have a different favorite memory from a Las Vegas vacation. My parents were so in awe of the volcano outside of The Mirage they probably watched it ten times on their first visit to Las Vegas.
MGM Grand has undergone many changes since first opening in Las Vegas. Those changes never seem to end as new restaurants open and hotel rooms are renovated. That’s Las Vegas in a nutshell – constant change. A few years ago MGM Grand closed and removed one of its most popular free attractions when the Lion Habitat was closed to make room for Tap Sports Bar.
It’s sad to see something so beloved leave the casinos in Las Vegas. In the case of the Lion Habitat it’s gone but not really. The Lion Habitat still exists – sort of. The offspring of lions previously housed at MGM Grand have moved to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson, NV. The Lion Habitat Ranch is about 15-20 minutes from the Vegas Strip.
Unlike the original Lion Habitat the ranch isn’t open to the public 24/7 and they charge to see the animals. Admission to the non-profit Lion Habitat Ranch is $25 for adults and $60 for a family. Discounts on admission are available to locals, students and military.
The Lion Habitat Ranch is more than just a conservatory for lions. The 6.2-acre ranch is home to 46 lions and various other animals including emus, ostriches and a giraffe. The Lion Habitat Ranch welcomed a record breaking, six baby lion cubs, born to mom, Pebbles, on April 1, 2015.
You can see the lion cubs and the rest of the animals at Lion Habitat Ranch which is located at 382 Bruner Ave. in Henderson, Nevada (Near M Resort). Visit lionhabitatranch.org for more information.
(Photo credit: Lion Habitat Ranch, Inc.)
The Vegas Strip says goodbye to a classic in the beginning of May just as it welcomes a humongous new project. A few weeks ago we let you know that the Vegas Strip was about to undergo another major transformation. In February it was announced that the Riviera would be sold and demolished by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
Now we know that the Riviera will be officially closing its doors to customers on May 4 at noon. The plan remains for the LVCVA demolish the Riviera this summer but there hasn’t been an announcement on how or when demolition will begin. Fans of famous Las Vegas implosions have their fingers crossed for another spectacle.
Last week Genting Group announced that they will be breaking ground on their new $4 billion hotel-casino, Resorts World Las Vegas, the day after the Riviera closes. Resorts World Las Vegas will break ground on May 5. The property will be built on the land where the Boyd Gaming began construction on another ambitious project called Echelon. Veterans of Las Vegas may remember this plot of land on the north end of the Vegas Strip as the former home to the Stardust.
Plans for Resorts World Las Vegas are as ambitious as the previous owners plans for Echelon. Resorts World Las Vegas will be built on 87 acres of land in multiple phases. The $4 billion price tag is only for the first phase of the project which will include 3,000 hotel rooms, 175,000 square foot casino, over 30 bars & restaurants, 4,000 seat theater, 50,000 square foot aquarium and shopping area.
Resorts World Las Vegas will be the first themed hotel to open in Las Vegas in a while. The last hotel to open with a true theme was The Venetian way back in 1999. Resorts World Las Vegas will have Asian theme that extends to the shopping area on the Vegas Strip. The shopping area will have Asian style pagodas similar to a Chinese village. There have been rumors that Resorts World Las Vegas will even have panda’s on display similar to how MGM Grand used to have Lion’s.
The closing of the Riviera, the oldest casino on the Vegas Strip, will bring a moment of sadness on May 4th. That sadness will quickly turn around with hopes and visions of the future on May 5th when construction begins on Resorts World Las Vegas.
Las Vegas doesn’t have the same kind of low temperatures during the winter like other parts of the country but it is still relatively cold. When you’re used to 115+ degrees in the summer the 20 degree temperatures can feel more chilly than you’d ever imagine. Las Vegas is finally beginning to warm up with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Add a little direct sunlight and the temperature feels more like 90 degrees.
You can see the change in weather just about everywhere you look outside. People are wearing shorts and flip flops, more people are dining and drinking outside and it seems as though people are generally happier as the weather gets warmer. Pools have been opening slowly but they’ll all be open before you know it. This is a great time to revisit the great outdoors in Vegas. Here are some of the best free or cheap things to do outside in Las Vegas.
Visit The Welcome To Las Vegas Sign – There’s almost always a wait to take a picture (or 10) at this iconic sign. The higher temperatures make the wait feel much shorter than it did in December.
Check Out The Bellagio Fountains – Ever since Bellagio opened in 1998 the fountain show has been one of the most recommended free attractions in Las Vegas. The show never gets old whether you’re watching, taking pics/video or just walking by.
Stroll Through The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat – This is one of the most serene parts of the Vegas Strip. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds, make a wish in the pond beneath the waterfall or just grab a seat on a bench and enjoy the lush grounds and beautiful weather.
Go Shopping Outside – The Linq, Grand Bazaar Shops and Downtown Container Park are all outdoor malls that offer very different retail outlets, restaurants and bars. If you have a car you can take a drive to Town Square, Tivoli Village or the new Downtown Summerlin for even more variety. Wow, there’s a lot of outdoor shopping in Las Vegas.
Take A Walk Down Fremont Street – The afternoon is the best time to stroll down the Fremont Street Experience. Most people are still waking up so the crowds are small and you can actually see everything that’s going on. It’s amazing how different the Fremont Street Experience is before the sun goes down. It’s like day and night!
Grab A Bite With A View – Mon Ami Gabi, Diablo’s Cantina, Serendipity 3 are just a few restaurants with al fresco dining on the Vegas Strip. Here’s a tip if you have to work while in Las Vegas but still want to enjoy the weather outside. Grab your laptop and head to the Downtown Container Park. The crowds are small and the wifi is free. Also drinks and food are close.
Get Yur Freak On at Wynn – The Lake of Dreams at Wynn is one of the strangest, but free, shows you’ll see in Las Vegas. You can observe the show from the restaurants or the downstairs patio. You may want to buy a drink at the Parasol Down bar and hang out for a while. Customers get priority for seats on the patio.
The Vegas Strip is about to undergo another major transformation. This transformation will bring the end of some of the cheapest gambling on the Strip. If you haven’t heard by now it looks as though the Riviera will be sold and demolished by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Demolition of the Riviera is unofficially scheduled for this summer.
Besides the end of another casino from the 1950’s this will mark the end of the only $1 blackjack game on the Vegas Strip. You can still find $1 blackjack at Binion’s every Thursday as part of their “Throwback Thursday Blackjack” promotion. The game pays 3:2 when you’re dealt blackjack making it a better game than the $1 blackjack at Riviera which pays 6:5 when you’re dealt blackjack. Too bad it’s not available every day.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is making this plan in order to make room for a major expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The expanded Las Vegas Convention Center will essentially extend to the Vegas Strip. It’s said that the new space will include new and upgraded facilities, a trade center and a transportation hub. Depending on the final design this expansion might make for a separation of the Vegas Strip where Main Strip hotels stop at Wynn then a new section of the Vegas Strip begins with Circus Circus, Rock in Rio grounds and SLS Las Vegas.
Part of the Riviera sale rumors over the past couple of weeks has been that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority would also be buying Peppermill coffee shop and Fireside Lounge. Thankfully that’s not the case. For the time being the Peppermill will remain open for everyone to enjoy. It seems as though the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants to purchase all the businesses in the area but the owner of the Peppermill has no plans to sell. That might change in time if the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority makes “an offer he can’t refuse”.
Together the Peppermill and Fireside Lounge are a great throwback to the days of neon on the Vegas Strip. More importantly, the Peppermill is one of the best dining bargains on the Vegas Strip. You can usually enjoy a fresh meal at the Peppermill for under $20. If you just want to drink some wine and enjoy the scene at the Peppermill you and your friends can share a bottle of wine for under $40.
The Fireside Lounge still remains a hotspot for those looking for a retro or vintage Vegas place to hang out and grab a late night drink.
If plans hold true you might want to stop by Riviera in the next few months for one last look at a casino that hosted such movies like “The Hangover” and “Vegas Vacation”. While you’re at in the area you may also want to stop by the Peppermill and Fireside Lounge. The constant facelift happening on the Vegas Strip may take our sweet Peppermill sooner than later.
March Madness is right around the corner. The first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament is one of the biggest and busiest sports weekends in Las Vegas. This isn’t your typical weekend. Rather it’s a four day weekend between March 19th and 22nd and every day is more busy than the day before. If you’re a sports fan this is one of the most fun times to visit Las Vegas. If you’re simply a fan of Las Vegas when it’s busy and going crazy then you’re in luck. There are people everywhere and the basketball action isn’t contained to the sportsbook.
College basketball games will be on just about every TV you pass in Las Vegas between the 19th and 22nd from morning until the end of the day. March Madness isn’t limited to the sportsbook. Just about every bar, restaurant and casino TV will have a basketball game on. The first game of the day on March 19 and 20 will tip off just after 9am and the final game of the day will end between 10pm and 11pm.
Watch The Games
If you want to watch the games you’ll have a few choices. Sportsbooks are still free but the other options will cost you some kind of money.
Sportsbooks: It’s free to watch the games at any casino sportsbook but seating is limited. If you aren’t at the sportsbook before 8am you probably won’t get a seat and will have to stand. That’s what you get for free in Las Vegas today.
Reserved seating at Bars and Restaurants: Some bars and restaurants offer reserved tables where you’ll have to put down a deposit in order to sit and watch the games. The deposit will often be placed against your bill. Check your favorite spot for specifics.
Stopping by Bars and Restaurants: Bar stool seating is usually free but first come, first served. Stools are for paying customers so you’ll have to eat and/or drink. Some bars will have cocktail tables with a view of the games but, again, you’ll have to eat and/or drink in order to keep your spot. Space will be available throughout the day but you may have to wait for a table as everywhere will be crowded.
Viewing Parties: If you want to make sure that you have a seat for all of the games then a viewing party is probably the best option. You’ll have to pay per day to ensure that you have a chair so this could get costly. Some viewing parties cost over $200 per day. These kind of parties will usually bring unlimited food and drink. You can find more basic viewing parties for less money so don’t get too flustered by that price tag.
Tables: If you’re just a passive basketball fan you can watch the games for free while you’re gambling at the tables in some casinos. While the off and on viewing is free the gambling certainly is not. Be careful with this option as distractions are typically bad for gamblers.
After The Games
This is one of the busiest weekends of the year. After most of the games are over people will head out to enjoy Las Vegas. Restaurants will be booked and shows will sell out so you might want to make reservations and purchase tickets in advance of your visit.
I don’t mean to be an alarmist but there’s nothing worse than being shut out from making a trip to Las Vegas perfect. Deal with a little bit of madness before reaching the Madness in Las Vegas. This will help you have a great trip. There are a lot of great weekends in Vegas and this is unlike most you’ll experience.
Caesars Entertainment is currently in the middle of one of their two semi-annual sales for Las Vegas hotel rooms that they’ll have this year. The discounts used to be anywhere from 10%-40% and were deals that you wouldn’t normally see any time during the year. This time they’re just offering discounted rooms without putting a percentage on the discount. Some of the room discounts are visibly deep while others are similar than you’ll get if you’re a Total Rewards member.
The key to unlocking value in hotel room sales is to know how different hotel rooms rank. You may find that a less expensive hotel room was recently renovated offering a better value than a hotel room that hasn’t been updated in 5 years or so. When I look at the different Caesars Entertainment hotel room prices they usually stack up in the following order for base rooms with no upgrades. (from highest to lowest)
- Caesars Palace
- The Cromwell
- Planet Hollywood
- The Linq
The newest and cleanest hotel room products don’t match the price rankings. Here’s how I rank the base rooms at each hotel with commentary on why I’ve switched the order.
- Nobu – Relatively new rooms with high end finishings. Real luxury in the middle of Caesars Palace.
- The Cromwell - Hotel rooms are only a year old and still fresh.
- The Linq - Most recently renovated hotel rooms in Caesars portfolio.
- Caesars Palace - Base rooms are very old. This is still their flagship property but upgraded rooms are a must.
- Planet Hollywood – Rooms are nice but not kept up very well and not updated since the property was renovated from Aladdin.
- Harrah’s – Rooms were renovated a couple years ago and casino is being refreshed regularly.
- Paris – Base rooms look like they’re from 1992.
- Flamingo – Fab room renovations a few years ago didn’t include bathrooms. Go Room upgrades are a must.
- Rio – All suites are great if you get an upgraded room. Not all rooms are upgraded and property does not receive enough TLC.
- Bally’s – Basic rooms aren’t bad but they’re nothing better than a Comfort Inn.
I think The Linq Hotel offers the best value of all Caesars Las Vegas hotels. Hotel room prices are among the least expensive of the group. The rooms and casino were renovated last year so you have a clean and modern experience. The entire property has wifi unlike the other Caesars hotels. This is great if you’re in Las Vegas for work. The Linq shopping promenade is just outside and you have quick access to a good amount of fairly valued restaurants. The Linq Hotel’s location can’t be beat as you’re dead center in the Vegas Strip.
When booking the lowest rates at Caesars hotels you’re given the lowest quality room available. You may be able to receive a free upgrade or purchase an upgrade at a higher price point. If you want to stay at Caesars Palace, Paris or Flamingo I suggest getting an upgraded room. These recently opened or renovated rooms offer a much better experience than an entry level room.
Sales like this Caesars Semi-Annual sale offer a good excuse to upgrade rooms since you’re paying less than they may normally charge. This also offers a good way to save a few bucks on a base room. Knowing which hotel rooms have been more recently renovated is a great way to get more value for your money regardless if there’s a sale or not.
One last note, sale prices do not reduce the resort fees. You’re still responsible for the full resort fee each night which is $25+ depending on the hotel.
The weekend of May 2nd may seem like an innocuous early spring weekend but it isn’t. The first weekend in May is one of the best weekends to visit Las Vegas. Annually this seems as though it’s the first weekend where you can really feel the weather changing for the summer. It’s finally turning into pool season even if the official kickoff of pool season is still a few weeks away.
The first weekend in May is when Las Vegas often celebrates Cinco De Mayo, even if it isn’t the 5th of May yet. Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage so you’ll find many parties, celebrities, DJ’s, etc. with come kind of connection to Mexico.
Horse Racing fans know that the Kentucky Derby is the first weekend in May. Many of the casinos on and off the Vegas Strip have special parties for the Kentucky Derby. My favorite party is at South Point where they open a 2nd floor ballroom and set up plenty of screens to watch the race and tables for hundreds of people. There are betting stations, bars and cocktail service specifically for the ballroom so you never have to leave. Unlike many of the sportsbooks on the Vegas Strip you may get some drink tickets for your wagers. This is a fun and inexpensive way to spend a few hours during the afternoon watching the big race.
It’s easy to get spoiled by Las Vegas. Not only are there plenty of good hotel and restaurants options there are plenty of great hotels and restaurants. Every year Forbes Travel Guide releases it’s best hotels and restaurants in each state. These ratings are gathered by their intrepid staff secretly monitoring and experiencing hotels, restaurants and spas across the country.
Hotels and restaurants have a great desire to receive a prestigious high Forbes rating while many consumers use these ratings to choose which establishments they’ll visit on a future vacation. It should come as no surprise that Las Vegas has a lot of hotels and restaurants that have garnered top ratings from Forbes. This list of hotels and restaurants is a great place to start when planning a Vegas vacation.
Five Star Hotels
Aria Sky Suites
Encore Tower Suites
Skylofts at MGM Grand
Wynn Tower Suites
Four Star Hotels
The new year in Las Vegas often brings new shows, restaurants, bars and other new ideas for businesses to increase revenue. Unfortunately for visitors to Las Vegas resort fees are a very easy (and sneaky) way for hotels to increase revenue. The extra fees are essentially hidden room rate increases.
For the uninitiated, a resort fee is a mandatory nightly hotel room surcharge imposed by hotels. The idea is that this expense will cover the cost of certain amenities for the hotel. Resort fees include amenities like wifi, gym access, free local phone calls, newspaper and more. In theory, you’re receiving useful amenities for your resort fees. In reality you might not be receiving anything you’d want.
Increasing hotel room rates happens. Most people don’t flinch at higher room rate versus a room rate that may have been less expensive. The problem with resort fees is that they’re a hidden added charge. When searching for hotel room rates in Las Vegas few people will see the total price of a hotel room. Most will see a room cost per night and have to do the math to include the resort fee and that’s before taxes. Since many hotels have different resort fees this can be confusing. Today’s Las Vegas room fees look something like this.
You may have seen construction in front of Bally’s if you’ve been to Las Vegas in the past year. Well, that construction is finally complete and the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of the hotel and casino are about to open.
If you remember, the space in between the Vegas Strip and hotel at Bally’s used to be comprised of lush with greenery and fountains. Well, the greenery and fountains are gone and the Grand Bazaar Shops will bring 120 shops, restaurants and attractions. The yearlong construction brings the much-anticipated retail attraction that will deliver big brand names, intimate boutiques and international flavors, all packed into a two-acre outdoor shopping promenade.
The Grand Bazaar Shops will open to the public on February 26 but you can probably catch a sneak peek at the shopping promenade shortly before the official opening date.
“Grand Bazaar Shops will captivate people looking for something more than what today’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets typically provide,” said Larry Siegel, chairman of Juno Property Group. “This new concept that we are introducing at the 50-yard line of the Las Vegas Strip is truly special and we feel the experiences within it will create a must-see attraction for visitors and locals alike. We are reimagining retail at the crossroads of the busiest intersection in Las Vegas.”
It’s a new year and it’s time to start planning the next trip to Vegas! The best way to save money on a trip to Las Vegas is to plan ahead. No matter when you’re thinking of visiting Las Vegas you can save money in advance of your trip.
Booking flights early is probably the most difficult part of planning a trip well in advance. If you book too early you may find prices decreasing if tickets aren’t purchased. Similarly, if you wait too long you can end up paying much more for your airline tickets. Here are a couple of simple tips:
- Book at least 14 days before you plan to be in Las Vegas. Prices jump inside 14 days of travel.
- Early Wednesday morning is often the least expensive time and day to get airline tickets. This is when all of the unsold discount tickets are released for you to purchase. Different airlines are based in different time zones. Here’s a good reference on when these tickets are released.
- Once your airline tickets are booked it’s going to cost money to change them so make sure your plans are firm before booking. Booking cheap tickets is a waste if you have add a change fee to the price.
Las Vegas is undergoing a major metamorphosis right now. The theming of casinos that was so popular in the 80’s and 90’s has given way to more simple, straight forward casino design. The detail that went into the castles at Excalibur have given way to a beautiful but simple chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. The casinos we love are changing with the times. This shouldn’t be too surprising as Las Vegas casinos have always evolved over time.
Imperial Palace was an Asian themed hotel-casino right in the middle of the Vegas Strip. When the property changed names to The Quad that Asian theme slowly started to go away. Late last year the final pieces of Imperial Palace were removed as the pagodas that sat atop the building were taken down. Today the property is known as The Linq Hotel and has entirely lost the Asian theme.
The Linq Hotel now has a heartbeat of its own and doesn’t depend on a the theme from the past for an identity. For better or worse the only theme at The Linq Hotel is sleek and new. There are still a few hotels on the Vegas Strip that are holding onto their themes – for now. If you’re a theme lover you might want to hit these casinos on your next visit to Las Vegas.
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Creating better wellness is becoming increasingly more popular as a resolution. Not only is it important to have a more healthy life physically but it’s more important to have a sound mind.
MGM Grand has Stay Well rooms where you relax, refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind. Vitamin C showers, aromatherapy, special lighting and healthy menus help sooth the body inside and out. The rooms are a little more expensive than traditional hotel rooms at MGM Grand but they come with a host of exclusive features that you won’t find in any other hotel rooms in Las Vegas.
In 2015 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be offering new fitness and wellness classes for hotel guests and locals. The FITiST Collective has partnered with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to change the way guests experience fitness and wellness when they travel. This isn’t another run on the treadmill at a hotel gym, this is series of the hottest trends in fitness brings together the best of the best at one of the world’s leading luxury resorts.
It’s an exciting time in Las Vegas. Then again, it’s always an exciting time in Las Vegas. We could use the time to reflect on the year that was but it’s more fun to look forward to what’s ahead in Las Vegas. Things are always changing in Las Vegas and 2015 won’t be any different. There will be new leadership at some of the newer hotels, new hotel room designs, new restaurants and new places to shop in 2015.
Next year won’t be the groundbreaking of a new Las Vegas. That’s already underway. 2015 will be the continuation of the reinvention of Las Vegas you’ve seen over the past couple of years. Unlike 2014 there won’t be any new hotels-casinos opening but that doesn’t mean the existing hotels won’t offer anything new.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was sold earlier this year and there will be changes to the entire property in 2015. Those changes begin at the top as former CEO John Unwin was replaced with William McBeath. The major change you can expect to see at the Cosmo is on the casino floor where the new owners are looking to “reinvigorate” the action. The hotel is planning on adding almost 50 hotel rooms and something special on the top floor of the east tower. Perhaps they’ll be adding a restaurant or new nightclub. We can’t wait to find out.
The holidays are all about giving. The gift of giving doesn’t have to end if you’re spending the holidays in Las Vegas. Since there are a so many ways to save money in Las Vegas you can take a some of that savings and use the money on a gift for someone else.
Our gift to you for the holidays is two fold.
- Below are some tips on free activities in Vegas to do over the holidays to save money. Some of the best things in life are free. That might be a song.
- There are some money saving discounts in Las Vegas that you may not have thought about or be familiar with.
It’s that time of year again when everyone including Las Vegas is advertising the lowest prices of the year. Like anything else not every “deal” is a DEAL but we have found many hotels and shows actually do offer their best rates this week. Below you will find the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday discounts available. We will also continue to update this page as new offers are found and old ones expire.
Experiencing the holidays in Las Vegas are unlike being anywhere else in the world. There’s nothing traditional about the holidays in Las Vegas and there’s always something a little off beat happening. The temperature might have something to do with it but beyond that Las Vegas is never really like any other city in America. There’s just always something different in the desert air. Here are some of the most popular ways to celebrate winter and the holiday season on and off the Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas is in the desert and it rarely snows here. On the rare occasion it does snow the temperatures usually warm up enough above freezing to that the snow disappears quickly. Even though the temperatures are relatively warm Las Vegas offers some cold weather charm. From November 21 through January 4 The Cosmopolitan will offer ice skating – on real ice. Real ice is a big deal as The Venetian used to ice skating on synthetic ice. The synthetic ice rink won’t be opening this year. This year the Cosmo appears as though it will be the only hotel on the Vegas Strip to offer ice skating. There is a charge to skate at the Cosmo. You can find prices, hours and more information on the Cosmo website.
Tuesday, November 11 is Veterans Day. Over the past few years Las Vegas has come to embrace the day for than most people could imagine. Many casinos and restaurants will be offering discounts and freebies to current and former military men and women. It’s a great gesture by these businesses to thank the people who protect and serve(d) this country.
If you are a military person or military family in Las Vegas during Veterans Day you’re in luck. There are a lot of opportunities to save money in a variety of locations. If you’re not a military person these discounts give you a good excuse to pay it forward and take care of a military family’s drinks, meal or show ticket to thank them for their service. Here are a list of just some places located inside casinos in Las Vegas where you’ll find Veterans Day discounts.
I’ve written about The Linq Hotel and its predecessor, The Quad, often this year (here and here) but that’s with good reason. Its inexpensive prices and center of the Vegas Strip location is great for anyone visiting Las Vegas. The property was previously called Imperial Palace and changed to The Quad a couple of years ago. Renovations of The Quad were done in a half mannered way. Much of the casino floor was renovated but the hotel rooms were still old and unappealing. Those $29 a day room rates could only keep people staying at The Quad for so long. Well, that changes as the property has reopened as The Linq Hotel this month.
The Linq Hotel has removed just about everything that you might remember from Imperial Palace. Some of the casino floor renovations from The Quad remain but just about everything on site has been renovated or rebranded as The Linq Hotel. The name coincides with the shopping promenade outside. This make The Linq a more simple destination. The Quad name wasn’t around long enough for many people to know that it existed. When you told people you were at The Quad, it was often followed by “The hotel at The Linq, ya know the place with the big ferris wheel.” Now the destination is a little more streamlined.
While The Linq Hotel, like all Las Vegas hotels, is meant to appeal to many but there is a growing core target of younger visitors to Las Vegas. The Linq Hotel is being positioned as a socially minded resort for the Las Vegas customer, who is seeking authentic and social entertainment experiences that cannot be found elsewhere. In less corporate speak the hotel is hitting all of the notes that millennial travelers seek in a hotel.
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