The Vegas Strip is still the destination for most people visiting Las Vegas. However, there are more people looking at casino-hotels elsewhere to save a few bucks. The great news about is that the off-strip properties hear you and are upgrading their casinos and their hotels.
Recently a few off-strip Las Vegas casinos announced hotel room renovations and upgrades. Let’s take a look at some of the hotel room renovations you can expect to find all around Las Vegas today and tomorrow.
The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM is the major construction that we’ll continue to see on the Vegas Strip throughout the year. On their most recent earnings call MGM Resorts International CEO, Jim Murren, said the entire renovation wouldn’t be completed until the fourth quarter of 2018. That means the property will be under construction until October, November or December.
Last summer I spent a week at Planet Hollywood on the Vegas Strip. This trip was the first time I noticed Lightning Link slot machines. There was a small bank of four machines near Earl of Sandwich. Almost every seat was occupied whenever I walked by the game. I finally found an open game and didn’t understand why the game was so popular. The unbranded themes aren’t spectacular like other slot machines.
You may be familiar with Fontainebleau as the massive unfinished blue glass casino near SLS Las Vegas. Construction on Fontainebleau started in February of 2007 and stopped in 2009 when the project ran out of money and went into bankruptcy. The building was purchased last year by developers and construction will resume this year.
Every year the U.S. News & World Report puts together a list of the best hotels in the United States and around the world. They evaluated more than 24,000 luxury hotels across the USA, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. This year, Las Vegas has 46 hotels on the list including 11 Gold badge winners.
We recently tipped you off on a few different food events in Las Vegas this spring and summer. Well, now we have some details on one of those events. The 12th annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit will take place from May 10-13.
The Neon Museum and Neon Boneyard offer special tours throughout the year. The latest tour, Brilliant,” is more than just a tour – it’s an experience. The museum describes Brilliant! as “Intelligent. Immersive. Illuminating.”
More people are visiting Las Vegas for conventions. A lot more people are visiting for a convention. In fact, while overall visitation to Las Vegas decreased in 2017, there were 5.2% more people in Las Vegas for a convention. Expect to see more business travelers in Las Vegas in 2018 and beyond.
Prices on the Vegas Strip have forced some Las Vegas visitors to look elsewhere for their budget. Well, you don’t need to be far from the Vegas Strip to find affordable entertainment, meals, and accommodations. There are plenty of casino-hotels near the Vegas Strip that offer low prices. Unfortunately, low prices don’t always mean value. Some things are cheap for a reason. One of the best values off the Vegas Strip today is about half a block behind Bally’s.
To Eat Or Not To Eat?! That is the question. Not really, Las Vegas has become a destination for people who love to eat!
Las Vegas has evolved to become one of the dining capitals of America. There’s food for people on a budget and food for people looking for the most fabulous meal of their lives. Of course, there’s every kind of dining in between those extremes too.
Getting around Las Vegas is fairly simple. It isn’t too difficult to navigate the Vegas Strip or downtown Las Vegas. It’s easy to figure out the non-touristy areas of Las Vegas once you learn the highway system and local streets.
Las Vegas casino operators continue to experiment with new technology in hotel rooms. Caesars Entertainment recently announced that they will begin using Ivy, a 24-hour virtual concierge service, at Caesars Palace and The Linq. Planet Hollywood will being to offer Ivy in February and it will be available in other Caesars Entertainment resorts this summer. The Cromwell and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace have been using Ivy since 2016.
Earning and using a complimentary or deeply discounted hotel room is always great. However, there’s no better feeling than using those freebies and discounts on hotel rooms when vacationing in Las Vegas. Back in the day, I used a national hotel chain reward to stay at Planet Hollywood when it was a Starwood property. That was before the casino-resort joined Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards loyalty program.
Las Vegas dining is all about trends. When it comes to dining, whatever kind of restaurant is popular around the country always ends up in Las Vegas. This is why so many restaurants change every year. There’s always room for traditional food and restaurants but you’ll always find the latest and greatest dining concepts in Las Vegas.
The Westin has been one of the most popular casino-hotels in Las Vegas for people who travel for work regularly. The hotel has undergone a major renovation over the past year and no longer has a casino. Gasp! Maybe.
The Cosmopolitan is one of the best casino-resorts in Las Vegas. It falls into the luxury resort category alongside The Venetian and Wynn Las Vegas. The experience at The Cosmopolitan is top notch all around. Dining is a prime example of this. In fact, this casino has one of the best restaurant collections in Las Vegas.
Station Casinos probably comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas locals casinos. However, they’re one of the more forward thinking and cutting edge casino operators in Las Vegas. With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, I thought I’d look at how they’re ahead of some of the competition.
Cirque du Soleil is the most popular brand name in Las Vegas shows. There are seven unique Cirque shows from on the Vegas Strip spanning from Mandalay Bay to Treasure Island. The popularity of these shows leads to many vacations planned around seeing a performance. We have the new Cirque du Soleil show schedules to help you best plan your 2018 Vegas vacation.
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