Let’s not forget about Treasure Island

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Treasure Island seems to be a forgotten casino on the Vegas Strip. The property was created by Steve Wynn and opened in 1993. Treasure Island isn’t quite old but it isn’t new. Longtime visitors to Las Vegas probably remember Treasure Island for its campy Siren’s Pirate Show that was canceled a few years ago.

Cosmopolitan 10 Year Anniversary

Friday, 12 February 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

I recently stayed a couple of nights at the Cosmopolitan. It didn’t hit me that this will be sort of a 10-year anniversary for the Vegas Strip casino-resort. Well, this visit happened slightly after the actual anniversary on December 15 but I’ll still count it.

Planning a trip to Vegas during the covid 19 pandemic

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

In the past few months, I’ve been staying in some of the fantastic Las Vegas casino-hotels. It took some time to feel comfortable staying in hotels again but I’ve modified my visits for the current environment. That means less time hanging out drinking and gambling. There will also be more time in the hotel rooms. You may remember my working holiday at Delano last year. This year, I’ve already stayed in two different Las Vegas casino resorts. In fact, I’m writing this in a hotel room with a view of the Bellagio.

Wheel Of Fortune Slots Zone At The Plaza

Friday, 29 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Some slot machines are more popular than others in Las Vegas. The latest slot machine title to get its own dedicated space on a casino floor is Wheel Of Fortune. The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is dedicating nearly 3,000 square feet of its casino floor to various incarnations of the popular slot game.

New Art Gallery At Caesars Palace Forum Shops

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is a lot of things to different people. While many enjoy the traditional Vegas vacation of eating, drinking, and gambling there are others looking for more. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are a testament to those looking for something beyond the typical trip to Las Vegas. Yeah, the Forum Shops are a mall. However, this is one of the busiest malls in the country and it’s connected to one of the most popular casinos in the world – Caesars Palace.

Lunar New Year Display At Bellagio Botanical Gardens

Thursday, 21 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Bellagio changes the display in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens five times a year. Most of the displays are similar to prior years. The current display may be similar to previous years but the overall theme changes annually with the calendar. Guests can now experience “A Season of Love” at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Lunar New Year display is open through Saturday, March 6.

In December, MGM Resorts announced a unique partnership for visitors driving to its casinos from Arizona, California, and elsewhere. The Vegas Strip casino operator has a multi-year agreement with a company called Fuelster. If you’re not familiar with Fuelster, it’s a company that provides contactless fuel delivery to automobiles.

Wynn Rewards Las Vegas

Friday, 15 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

Wynn Resorts recently announced the debut of Wynn Rewards in Las Vegas. The loyalty rewards program replaces Wynn’s Red Card loyalty program. While this is new to Las Vegas, Wynn Rewards was rolled out earlier in 2020 at Encore Boston Harbor. The program now works at casinos on both sides of the country. In a press release, the company says that Wynn Rewards “offers the finest rewards at the world’s largest Five-Star resort, presenting members with an unmatched level of personalized offers and experiences.”

Eating outdoors on a weekend Vegas trip

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

I was recently speaking with some friends considering a trip to Las Vegas in 2021. They’re generally a little cautious about spending a lot of time inside public places. With that in mind, I’m going to look at some things they, or someone like them, can enjoy in Las Vegas.

The Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to evolve. Pok Pok Chicken recently closed all of its locations in the US. It will be replaced by Bāng Bar from chef David Chang. More on that shortly. I want to look at the food hall as a whole because it offers some of the most affordable dining options at the Cosmopolitan.

2021 Vegas Residencies

Thursday, 07 January 2021 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed Las Vegas in many ways this year. One of the most noticeable differences for visitors is the lack of entertainment. Sure, visiting a casino that isn’t full of people enjoying the gaming, drinking, and dining isn’t the optimal experience but those parts of Las Vegas can still be fun – albeit a different kind of fun.

ICYMI: Circa Hotel Las Vegas Is Open

Thursday, 31 December 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Circa Resort and Casino in downtown Las Vegas is completely open. We’ve covered the progress of this new downtown Vegas casino from the initial announcement to the halfway point of construction to the casino opening in October. Now the hotel tower and Legacy Club openings. After two years entire Circa Resort and Casino is available for guests to stay, play, eat, and drink.

Plaza Las Vegas Expansion

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Everything Vegas.

Downtown Las Vegas will continue to evolve next year. This part of town was considered “Old Vegas” when I first started visiting Sin City. The old casinos in the area were in a bit of disrepair. Playing blackjack on tables with cigarette burns was charming but it wasn’t the kind of experience most people are looking for on vacation.

Super Bowl 2021 Las Vegas

Friday, 18 December 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The next big sporting event that should happen in the US is the 2021 Super Bowl. The Big Game is currently scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021. The NFL is trying to keep on schedule but nobody knows if that will remain intact.

Rio Las Vegas Re-Opening

Thursday, 17 December 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is reopening on December 22. Once the Rio opens, all of Caesars’ properties in Las Vegas and around the country will be open. The Rio will be completely open seven days a week from Dec. 23, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021. After this period, the property will have hours similar to other Caesars Las Vegas casino-hotels.

Donny Osmond will return to Las Vegas next year with his first solo residency at Harrah’s. The announcement by Caesars Entertainment comes less than a year after Donny and Marie ended their 11-year residency at Flamingo. The new show will be the first time guests can get up close and personal with one of the most famous names to grace the Vegas Strip.

Glittering Lights At Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The holiday season is upon us! While many things are different in the world, there are more than a few things that remain intact in Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink has returned for its ninth consecutive year. Another Las Vegas tradition is returning to suburban Las Vegas. The Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is returning for its 20th year.

Fine Dining Outdoors At Wynn Las Vegas

Thursday, 03 December 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We normally share places to dine outside in Las Vegas during the spring and summer. However, this isn’t a normal year. With coronavirus spiking around the country there are plenty of people who would rather eat al fresco even as we head into the winter. There are plenty of places to eat outside in Las Vegas. However, few of those restaurants are fine dining experiences.

Las Vegas NYE Fireworks 2020

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We all know that things are different in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, since large gatherings in Nevada are being discouraged, one of the most festive annual celebrations has been canceled. In a move that will surprise nobody, there won’t be a fireworks show on the Vegas Strip for New Year’s Eve this year.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill released the following statement:

“Las Vegas has always been a bucket list New Year’s Eve destination and we are going to make sure that remains the case — celebrating putting 2020 in the rear-view mirror in an ‘Only Vegas’ way.”
“But as we have said throughout the year, the safety and security of our guests and employees is our top priority, and with that in mind, we will not have a fireworks show on Dec. 31. Stay tuned, as we have some special things planned to welcome 2021 with the hope and promise it brings.”

This is a big deal for Las Vegas and visitors to Sin City. There are typically 300,000 people or more visiting Las Vegas to see the fireworks and enjoy the parties and concerts on New Year’s Eve. Businesses on the Vegas Strip will miss the visitors for the long weekend. Likewise, visitors won’t see the fireworks they’ve come to love so much over the years.
However, there’s an option for those who want to visit Las Vegas for the holiday. Downtown Las Vegas might become the destination of choice for those who still want to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Downtown Las Vegas Fireworks

The show will go on in downtown Las Vegas. Once again, the Plaza will celebrate New Year’s Eve with downtown Las Vegas’ only live New Year’s Eve fireworks show on Thursday, Dec. 31.

The fireworks will take off from multiple locations on the Plaza’s roofs and towers. Much like other fireworks shows in Las Vegas, this display will be visible for miles beyond downtown Las Vegas.
The Plaza plans to offer different viewing options on the property. Of course, the property will be observing all necessary health and safety protocols as directed by the government officials. Additionally, the Plaza is also working with the city of Las Vegas to close a portion of Main Street to vehicular traffic for a limited time. This will allow for additional space for anyone who wants to watch the fireworks while remaining socially distant from others. This worked well for the July 4th fireworks show.

“Hosting an amazing fireworks show that lights up the downtown sky on New Year’s Eve is a tradition for the Plaza,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “We can’t wait to ring in the new year in classic Vegas style. Whether you are a downtown resident at home, having dinner at Oscar’s steakhouse, or staying with us in the hotel to enjoy the holiday safely, our fireworks show will be one for our city to remember.”

Station Casinos usually has New Year’s Eve fireworks at some of its properties. The company hasn’t announced if they will join the party once again.

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink Returns

Thursday, 19 November 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas!

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will return for its ninth year in a row. The rink opens to the public on Wednesday, November 18. Once again, the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan will transform into a rooftop winter wonderland. If you’re not familiar with the outdoor attraction it features a 4,200-square-foot skating rink made of real ice overlooking the Vegas Strip.

The Cosmopolitan also offers seasonal culinary cocktails, food, and firepits to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. This year, the Cosmopolitan will also show classic holiday films projected on the resort’s 65-foot marquee.

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink Hours

The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink will be open during the following hours:

  • November 18 – December 17, 2020: 3 – 11PM (Mon – Fri) and Noon – 11PM (Sat & Sun)
  • November 26 & 27, 2020: Noon – Midnight
  • December 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021: Noon – 11PM
  • December 24 & 25, 2020: Noon – Midnight
  • Closed New Year’s Eve


Cosmopolitan Ice Rink Entry Fees

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan will be open to the public daily beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, January 3. The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink is free for anyone to visit. To be clear, there is no cost to enter the Boulevard Pool and enjoy the Ice Rink area.

Skating is another story. There are fees, even if you bring your own skates. Here are the prices for anyone who wants to skate:

  • $30: Daily for non-hotel guests
  • $20: Locals, military with valid ID and hotel guests (limit 4 per room) | Mon – Thurs
  • $15: Skate-aid (60-minute rental)

The Ice Rink is open to guests ages two and up. Minors must have a liability waiver signed and be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. You can see the waiver here.

Much like everything in Las Vegas nowadays, advanced ticket purchases and reservations are strongly encouraged. The Cosmopolitan also recommends large groups and anyone interested in a fire pit to email icerink@cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or call 702.698.6797.

Movie Time at The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink

“Date Skate” at the Cosmopolitan Ice Rink will feature classic holiday movies on select nights from Monday, November 3 through Tuesday, December 29.

November 23: The Nightmare Before Christmas
November 24: The Holiday
November 30: Christmas with The Kranks
December 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 7: A Christmas Story
December 8: The Santa Clause
December 14: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 15: Elf
December 21: Frozen
December 22: The Polar Express
December 28: The Muppet Christmas Carol
December 29: Jack Frost

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink Health and Safety

As you’d imagine, enjoying the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan will be a little different this year. All visitors to the Ice Rink are required to wear a mask at all times unless eating or drinking while seated. This is the same policy as the casino so it shouldn’t be too different for anyone visiting Las Vegas right now.

Additionally, social distancing and reduced capacity will be enforced. The maximum skating rink occupancy is 60 guests at a time. This will be a change and it could impact the experience – especially on weekends when Las Vegas is still pretty busy. The ice rink may get crowded and the capacity limit could cause delays.

You can see the Cosmopolitans health and safety plan here.