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.

You may have heard that Caesars Entertainment sold Planet Hollywood, The Quad and The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s and Barbary Coast) earlier this week. Have no fear, those hotels will still be a part of Total Rewards. Caesars sold it to themselves as part of financial restructuring. The Las Vegas Sun has more details if you’re curious about the minutia of the deal.

In other Caesars Entertainment news it was revealed that The Cromwell won’t have a sports book or poker room when it opens in May. Max Brenner at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops will be closing on March 30.

One of the best dining deals in Las Vegas happens this year between March 7 and March 14. Restaurant Week not only offers large discounts at many restaurants in Las Vegas but it’s all for a good cause with proceeds going to Three Square which helps feed the needy in southern Nevada. See all of the deals here.

If you’re a gambler you may have heard about the man that lost $500,000 at the Downtown Grand casino over Super Bowl weekend then decided to sue the casino for the money. The man suing claims to have been drunk which is not allowed by the Nevada Gaming Commission. KNTV Las Vegas’ NBC affiliate has more information.

If you’re always looking to be a see the newest things in Las Vegas when you visit you’ll be able to make reservations at SLS Las Vegas beginning April 8. SLS Las Vegas is slated to open September 1 on the site that used to be home to the Sahara. SLS Las Vegas’ website will have more information as the date nears.

Last but not least you may have seen an article about national hotel loyalty clubs partnering with Las Vegas hotel/casino players clubs. This isn’t really new information as we’ve been sharing it as the partnerships are announced but these loyalty club partnerships are a great way to save money on hotels all around the world. ABC News has more details.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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