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So Long, Sam: Nazarian No Longer Running The SLS Las Vegas

December 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last August was undeniably the peak of hotelier Sam Nazarian's career. After a few years of stagnancy followed by some fast and furious renovations, the worn down Sahara Las Vegas casino and hotel was set free from its Rat Pack history days and transformed into the modern, design-forward, and frankly, thrilling SLS Las Vegas.

We attended the opening (you can read that coverage here) and even though we knew Nazarian didn't single-handedly breathe new life into a rather depressing end of the Las Vegas Strip, he was the visionary behind everything that is now in place at the resort--from Chef Jose Andres Bazaar Meat restaurant to Philippe Starck's stylish guest rooms, Umami Burger, LiFE Nightclub, Griddle Cafe and a handful of retail boutiques from Fred Segal.

Making the opening night of the SLS more meaningful for Sam was that he and his dad rang in the SLS opening bell in a ballroom where Frank Sinatra and other legends once performed.

But now, those legendary moments are over. At least for Nazarian in Las Vegas.

Stockbridge Capital, the company that owns 90 percent of the SLS Las Vegas to Nazarian's SBE's 10 percent, announced yesterday that Nazarian will no longer be involved in the management of the SLS Las Vegas.

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How to Make an Oasis of Your Hotel Room in Vegas

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  Site Where: 217 Las Vegas Blvd [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89101
December 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a while since we had a good do not disturb sign, but here’s one to get your weekend started from Oasis at Gold Spike, the newest hotel in Vegas.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of the Oasis, it’s because a) it’s in Downtown Vegas and b) it doesn’t have a casino. And that’s precisely why we chose it.

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Guy Fieri to Disturb The Peace at The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

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  Site Where: 5700 East McDonald Drive [map], Paradise Valley, NV, United States, 85253
November 20, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guy Fieri, the bleached-up Food Network chef and host of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", is killing it at his Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Linq Hotel in Las Vegas. Seriously. We walked in on a random Tuesday morning and it was nearly full (the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.)

This was surprising, "fo' sho'," since Guy's New York restaurant didn't fare so well, at least not with the critics. But foodies and culinary snobs aside, Guy has a huge following. And if you're one of his fans, then you'll want to get a ticket to his interactive dinner at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort in Scottsdale on December 19.

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Killing Time Inside a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell Las Vegas

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  Site Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
November 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we showed you different kind of jackpot in Las Vegas--the deep soaking tub inside a parlour suite at the new Cromwell Hotel. Today, allow us to show you around the rest of the suite.

The room decor at The Cromwell is eclectically detailed, mixing a lot of modern with a bit of faux-vintage items. But we were impressed with the luxury touches like the welcome beverages that are given to all guests (we chose sangria), the high-tech Toto Neorest toilet, the Eataly snacks in the pantry and the flat-iron at the vanity.

There was also morning coffee available on our floor at the elevator bank. (No almond milk or iced coffee though, #firstworldproblems.) We especially loved the bright pink Muk Hair toiletries, which left our skin and hair silky soft.

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The Tub in The Cromwell's Parlour Suite: A Different Kind of Jackpot in Vegas

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  Site Where: 3595 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
November 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

There is no shortage of killer hotel views in Las Vegas, especially at night, but give us a room where we can admire the Strip from the comfort of a warm, bubble bath and well, that's almost as good as winning the jackpot. Almost.

This is the view from room 528, a Parlour Suite at The Cromwell Hotel, the boutique hotel which opened in May (Previously, the hotel was the old Bill's Gambling Hall.) The suite has over 700-sq.ft. of space with a living/entertaining room that has a small kitchenette and a powder room as well as a bedroom with a large bathroom. The tub, however, is placed in the corner of the bedroom so that it overlooks the Strip. Smart thinking.

Just remember, the windows work both way so you might be putting on your own Jubilee! show for the guests over the way at Bally's.

Next week, we'll have more on what it's like to spend the night at The Cromwell. But if you can't wait, the Parlour Suite is going for $869 and $889 a night this weekend. It drops down to its normal rate of $609 on Monday.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

Disclosure: Juliana stayed at The Cromwell as a guest of the hotel.]

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All Hotel Bars Should Take a Lesson From The LINQ Hotel in Vegas

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  Site Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek of the drastic overhaul of the old Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, which will officially reopen as The LINQ Hotel & Casino tomorrow (it was formerly known as The Quad, a transition brand of sorts.)

The new rooms at The LINQ are like nothing we've seen before in Vegas, but we've definitely seen that sleek yet functional furniture making the rounds with all the millennial brands. The LINQ is clearly targeting the younger generation of Vegas visitors but it has a lot of touches that really hit the mark...for everyone.

Like USB ports and outlets in the lamps so you don't have to hunt for a spare outlet to charge your phone. Like WiFi hotspots in every room to ensure the best internet connections. Like toiletry dispensers that are easy to use (no struggling to open a teeny tiny toiletry bottle) and are filled with good for you and the earth products from Zero Percent (a division of Gilchrist & Soames.) And the option to send up some old-timey board games to you room for some pre-gaming fun.

But downstairs at the hotel's lobby bar, 3535, is where we think the future of hotel bars should be headed.

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Inside The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Opening on October 30

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  Site Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s yet another new hotel in Las Vegas.

The past year in Las Vegas has seen the opening of The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gambling Hall), The SLS Las Vegas and The Delano. Now, here comes The LINQ H Hotel & Casino. Except, it’s not entirely new.

Most recently, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was known as The Quad, the millennial-friendly casino adjacent to The Linq entertainment district, which is anchored by the High Roller observation wheel. (It’s also home to The Brooklyn Bowl and the Yard House.)

But before it was The Quad, this casino was long known as the Imperial Palace, which first opened in 1979 and was consistently built up throughout the 80s. The 90s saw some interesting revelations about the IP’s owner at the time (he apparently had a Nazi memorabilia room on site.)

By 2005, the casino was acquired by Caesars Entertainment (the company went by the name Harrah’s back then) but was in desperate need of repairs. Then the recession hit. But once the economy improved and once construction began on The Linq district, the Imperial Palace was discarded and The Quad was born in late December 2012, sporting a shiny, eye-catching, LED-popping exterior. But much of the old Imperial Palace remained, including the rooms and the distinctive pagoda rooftops.

As parts of The LINQ promenade were finished, The Quad gradually changed too, renovating the reception area, adding new bars and restaurants and making the hotel accessible to The LINQ and vice versa. But still no change on the rooms.

Then in July, Caesars Entertainment announced that The Quad would turn into The LINQ Hotel, accompanied by complete renovations of the rooms, the exteriors, the pool area and the spa, along with new F&B concepts.

And now, the official opening day of The LINQ is nearly here.

The room renovation has been kept tightly under wraps but HotelChatter was able to get a sneak peek at the rooms which will officially open to the public on Thursday, October 30.

KEEP READING BELOW FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE LINQ

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The SLS Las Vegas Breaks The Uniform Monotony With These Sleek Looks

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
October 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

In Las Vegas, it used to be that the cocktail waitresses were the only employees in a casino, save for the headliners, who got to wear shiny, sparkly uniforms. But in case you haven't noticed, Las Vegas, isn't quite the same city it used to be and at the forefront of the town's modernization is the SLS Las Vegas with its vast array of nightlife options, encircling a rather small casino floor. Well, small for Vegas anyways.

Indeed, the slot machines and poker tables can be seen as nuisances obstructing your path to Katsuya's decadent sushi rolls, Umami's juicy burgers, Jose Andres' bizarre Bazaar meat presentations and the pulsing beats coming from the LiFE nightclub.

Upstairs, the rooms are compact but chic with playful Philippe Starck touches like a silver tree stump, a tilted desktop and giant mirrors. And if you've forgotten to pack something, you won't have to settle for a strange name label since LA's own Fred Segal stores have seven different shops downstairs.

With all these trendy "New Vegas" concepts inside the SLS, it's no wonder the employee uniforms are just as stylish. And we're not only talking about the cocktail waitresses.

SLS tapped Las Vegas designer, Barbara Bell of Bell Uniform Design, to custom-make the everyday look of SLS employees. Bell has been the preferred designer for new establishments in Vegas, including Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand, the Holstein's restaurant at The Cosmpolitan and the Aria Resort & Casino. Now, here's a look at some of the uniforms Bell and her team created for SLS:

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The Gift Shop at The Delano Las Vegas is No 'Automat' But It's Far From Basic

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  Site Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
September 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Morgans Hotels are rather infamous for their gift shop offerings such as the kinky vending machine at the Mondrian South Beach called "Automat" which once sold (or maybe still does) 24-karat gold handcuffs from Kiki de Montparnasse. The automat also sold rentals for premium luxury cars like a Rolls Royce or a Benz.

When the machine made its debut at the Hudson Hotel in New York, it sold an $8,000 photo shoot with photographer Ben Watkins and a rental of a red Ferrari 599 GTB.

However, the gift shop offerings at the Essence shop at the new Delano Las Vegas aren't quite that risqué, although they are still rather expensive. You can get a small discount on the items if you're a member of the M Life rewards program but for the most part, be prepared to spend.

Here's what we found while admiring the wares at Essence the other week.

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Inside a Penthouse Suite (or Two) at The Delano Las Vegas

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  Site Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
September 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Delano Las Vegas, while strongly inspired by the original Delano in South Beach, is very much its own hotel.

We like to think of it as, "Delano Does the Desert", since much of the hotel's design and subsequent vibe, was inspired by the surrounding area. Like the towering boulders, sourced whole from the Nevada desert that now, split in half, grace the entrance to the hotel. And the long narrow carpet in the lobby that's meant to be a picture of the winding Colorado River. And just before you approach the reception desk, you're greeted by a a few hundred rocks hanging from the ceiling (an installation piece from Korean artist Jaehyo Lee.)

Up in the all-suite guest rooms, however, there's less Nevada and more New York with white leather furniture, gold accents and black and white photography. That cosmopolitan style carries up to hotel's 28 penthouse suites, which are found on floors 60-62. Each suite averages about 1,642 square feet but there are a couple of different layouts. Allow us to tell you about two of them.

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Delano Las Vegas Put on a Magic! Show for Its Grand Opening

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  Site Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
September 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

South Beach meets the desert...Delano style.

The Delano Las Vegas may have technically opened to guests over Labor Day Weekend but the desert outpost of the Delano South Beach made it official last night with a grand opening party that was hosted by model/actress Jaime King and included South Beach-inspired cocktails and appetizers, a Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show from designer Charlotte Ronson, and a small acoustic set from the Toronto-based reggae band, Magic!

You've probably never heard of this band before but you haven't gone anywhere without hearing their hit song, "Rude." (Come on, sing it--"Why ya gotta be so ruuuude? Don't you know I'm human too?")

The opening party was actually a trial event of sorts for the Delano as the hotel hopes to put on more exclusive shindigs and events like this in the future. While the hotel's bars and restaurants--Franklin, Della's, Mix and 3940 Coffee +Tea--are open to the public, folks who book the all-suite rooms at the hotel will have priority access to these events. Rates for the rooms start at $599 on the weekends and around $150 during the week.

Stay tuned next week for more from inside The Delano! In the meantime, peep a room below and head on over to VegasChatter for more info!

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Don't Forget: The Delano Las Vegas is Opening This Weekend

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  Site Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
August 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

All eyes were on the grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas last weekend, but now the spotlight is heading down The Strip to The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, which will officially open on Tuesday, September 2.

Back in May, we admired the "different yet still designer" look of the Vegas version of the Delano Hotel in South Beach, one of the original boutique hotels created by master hotelier in the '90s with designer Philippe Starck, who recently put his mark all over the SLS.

But this is by no means a literal translation of the South Beach hotel. If anything, the Delano Las Vegas actually feels more luxurious and warmer than the original. Sure, there is all-white furniture in the bedroom but out in the sitting room, there's furniture that you can actually sit on and feel comfortable doing so.

Little but important luxury touches in the rooms include a robe and slippers, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, flat-screen TVs, a well-stocked bar, plug panels at the desks and this most excellent phone on the nightstand.

Downstairs, there will be more of Delano to experience. See how!

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