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Looking out from Paris at the Bellagio Fountains
We know planning a trip to Las Vegas isn't always easy, namely because there are so many choices! From hotels to restaurants, bars, clubs, shows, pool scenes, shopping to table games and slot machines.
Yet VegasChatter along with some help from HotelChatter want to help you with your decision-making process. Here is our complete video library of Vegas hotel rooms. This is still a work in progress but hopefully, this can be of use in planning your next Vegas trip.
And if you need some more moving eye candy from Vegas, head on over to VegasChatter's Video Player, displaying all videos from Vegas from interviews with Vegas personalities, to show previews, restaurants, views and much more! (Hint: If you like Chippendale's, you will like this video feed. A lot.)
The new playground cost MGM Mirage and Dubai World $9 billion to build but it does not disappoint. Aside from the three hotels--Aria, Vdara and the Mandarin Oriental--CityCenter is also home to the luxury shopping complex, The Crystals. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and with interiors by the Rockwell Group, The Crystals will be the new home for luxury designers in Las Vegas.
Not all the space is filled yet (more stores will open later this year) but you can currently shop at the massive Louis Vuitton store (the largest in North America), Tom Ford (his first West Coast shop), Mikimoto and Tiffany, amongst a few others.
Word is, each store will sell something that can only be found in the Las Vegas store, not elsewhere. (We didn't find out what that is at LV but that's the word on the Strip.)
You can also party here at the Beso restaurant from Eva Longoria Parker and its upstairs nightclub, Eve.
While The Crystals is not one of the most shocking malls out there, it is pretty spectacular for America.
If you were a fan of the original game show in the 60s and 70s and grew up watching the reruns in the 80s, you could get excited by this new incarnation which is far less annoying that the new incarnation of "Price is Right" with Drew Carey. And attending the show could be a fun way to kill time during the day in Vegas.
The great news is that the tickets are completely free. Tapings occur twice a day, starting at 11am. The bad (or more good news depending on how much you love costumes) is that to be selected to participate in the deal-making with Wayne, you have to be dressed in costume.
We've sung the praises of the free airport WiFi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas before but now that we're sitting pretty in the airport's B Terminal surfing the incredibly fast network, we realize just how much this service means to us.
We spent the past two nights at Encore Las Vegas where, despite the use of a Verizon Wireless Card, we found our signal extremely slow in the rooms. We were able to find a great place to work in the hotel's Lobby Bar and Cafe but the whole point of working from a hotel during a trip is to be able to hide away in your pajamas while you work.
So today, we're extremely grateful that McCarran has continued to offer free WiFi. This new B terminal also rocks. It's bright, airy, clean and has plenty of Wheel of Fortune slots. There's also a 360 Burritto shop, a Fox Sports Bar and a Starbucks. Kinda makes the inevitable Leaving Las Vegas hangover a little more bearable.
ShoWest, the longest running convention and trade show for the cinema exhibition and distribution community, aka movie theaters, is happening this week at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. The gathering gives theater managers a first look at new products, concessions, and technologies. Basically, this is where all of those cool new seats, screens, and sound systems at your local Cineplex are unveiled.
The exhibition had Star Trek-themed rides, Star Trek-themed shops, and Star Trek-themed characters. The word "immersion" was thrown around with abandon. The world was filled with light and joy.
Then last year the stars flickered out and darkness descended. The Hilton's contract with the owners expired. The exhibition was left without a home. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth heard throughout the
Kingdom of Dorkdom Universe of Geekdom.
But now, perk up geeks.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." for college basketball fans. The NCAA College Basketball Tournament has officially started today and no one loves March Madness more than hotels, especially those in Las Vegas. Our sis HotelChatter has the latest scoop on what's going on where:
· The Sahara: The Sahara's NASCAR Cafe is selling Brew Towers which hold 15 beers and Shot Trees which hold five to 10 of your favorite shots.
· Encore Las Vegas: The new resort from Steve Wynn is offering $199 rooms and tickets to former Indiana coach Bobby Knight's "Survive and Advance" show tapings.
· NOLA Marriott: Rooms here are an unbelievably low $69 now through April 13th and while the deal is set up to draw you to the New Orleans Hornets games, Bourbon Street is just a few steps away in case you need to celebrate your school's win.
· Final Four Hotels: Should you want to head to Detroit for the championship game on April 4th, HotelChatter recommends the city's new MGM Casino Hotel.
While a solitary truffle may not strike everyone as interchangeable with hitting the Triple 7s, there are enough fans of the hallowed cocoa bean who will take nearly as much delight in the payout of the Chocolate Clock at the Payard Patisserie inside Caesars Palace.
From the city that brought you…well, sin…comes not only a soon-to-debut resident production of “The Lion King”but also this mechanical novelty straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Stripper 101 / Strip Clubs / To Do / Sex Travel / → All Tags
HotelChatter editor and Jaunted contributor Juliana recently visited Las Vegas and decided to do as the Las Vegas folk do: Strip.
Last week I took a field trip to Las Vegas where I checked out some of the renovated hotel rooms on the Strip. But I also had a secret side mission. I was trying to track down stripper poles that didn't require me to actually get up in front of a gaggle of men and strip down to my granny panties as Motley Crue played in the background.
While several nightclubs have stripper poles (for females only) like Tryst at The Wynn and Christian Audiger at Treasure Island, I found a place where I could really concentrate on my pole-dancing skills: Stripper 101 at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Everyone knows there is plenty to keep Las Vegas touristers and conventioners occupied once the sun goes down, but what do you do while the sun is out? Yes, we know, you can lounge by the pool, however the desert is not exactly a tropical climate and many pools are empty, closed, or sparsely populated during the winter months.
With this in mind we set out to find something to do during the daytime that didn't involve shopping, drinking or gambling, but still involved an adrenaline rush. Thus, it should be no surprise we ended up sitting in the co-pilots seat for a strip helicopter ride.
That's a headline we've been waiting to write for about 12 years, and frankly, we're kinda surprised it took so long.
The Spice Girl in question is Mel B., who'll be starring in the painfully capitalized PEEPSHOW, Planet Hollywood's latest over-the-top, very Vegas-y production, which also includes Playboy playmate and Dancing with the Stars champ Kelly Monaco, along with 20 more sexy dancers and an all-female band.
We should clarify that PEEPSHOW isn't exactly a sleazy porn thing, but more of a "highly stylized, full-throttle modern burlesque show that combines sexy striptease and celebrity with high-level production values and a dash of passion."
So, are they gonna be naked or not? We'll find out when the show starts March 30.
$10k Drinks / Nightlife / Clubs / → All Tags
We would've guessed that the rapid pace of Las Vegas nightclub openings would rapidly fall off this year, but so far Sin City is still popping out shiny new hot spots at a mind-boggling pace.
The latest is XS, which opened New Year's Eve at the new Encore resort, and this is one party spot that's just outright ignoring the whole recession thing. XS--rumored to be the most expensive club ever built--is over-the-top, even for Vegas. The 40,000-square-foot party den includes 30 cabanas surrounding a shimmering pool, while the interior features a lavish, gold-plated design "inspired by the sexy curves of the female body." Speaking of sexy curves, shirts are not required--and definitely not encouraged.
Las Vegas Weekly sums up the space: