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It's been awhile since we've taken a look at our favorite dying hotel amenity--The Hotel Magazine--so today we have a brand new one to browse. Know of a hotel magazine we should see before it goes out of print? Send it to us!
If you've stayed at a Dolce Hotels property recently, you might have noticed this compact little magazine in your room. As more and more hotels launch iPad Apps, it's endearing to see some companies still creating something in print for us to flip through as we wait for our room-service order to arrive.
According to the Dolce peeps, Face to Face magazine is "all about interaction – in business, in meetings, playing sport, eating and drinking and in relationships."
As we showed you last week, we got all excited when we stepped into the new Ravella hotel at Lake Las Vegas and saw a lobby/lounge area designed to appeal to the dominant geek in us. We fell for that lobby instantly. But how about the rest?
Well, despite what we said about it inheriting a poisoned chalice, there’s a lot going for Ravella. But then again, there’s a lot going against it.
In its favor: first impressions.
Winding down towards the hotel, you see the Vegas Strip from afar, then the Ponte Vecchio-style bridge straddling the lake, then roll up to a huge Italianate palazzo. There are olive trees guiding you up the lane, palm trees as you pull up, a huge fountain – it feels more like a stately version of Palm Springs than Sin City. It's pretty smashing.
Then you walk inside, hit the hi tech lobby, and think, wow, this place has really managed to combine a grand entrance with a foxy interior. You check out the iPads, you watch the TV, grab one of the stack of free newspapers and mull over the happenings in North Africa with a fistful of free sweeties from the jars by check in. You look out of the huge lounge windows over the Italianate gardens below (the lobby is on the third floor) and over to the lake. And you think, wow, this is the perfect marriage of city-savvy and rural retreat.
And then you walk out of the lobby and suddenly you’re in a
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Eagle eyed and not so eagle eyed readers of HotelChatter will have noticed that we’re tech fans when it comes to hotels. We’re fans of free WiFi, we always like electrical outlets near the bed, and extras like iPads make us more than a little excited.
Hence we were overjoyed when we arrived at the brand new Ravella hotel at Lake Las Vegas, 40 minutes from the Strip, yesterday, to find not only was there free WiFi throughout the hotel (although, to be fair, if you’re staying there, it’s classed as a perk of the resort fee), but also, that they’d actively set up a space in the lobby for people to sit and browse the net.
”Connectivity” is one of the three central tenets of the philosophy of Dolce Resorts, which owns the hotel, and one third of the lobby/lounge area is devoted to that theme. As such, there are two flatscreen TVs on the wall (they’re a decent size now, but they’re going to be replaced with something bigger, apparently) showing CNN and MSNBC with a sofa, several small tables around it, and this, the crowning glory: a table that seats eight with two iPads to share.
Ravella wants to make Vegas bella
It seems like it was only yesterday that the world was predicting the demise of Vegas, but – holla for the ciudad of sin – today marks its second hotel opening in as many months.
Today is the turn of Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, which may not be as fancy or wannabe kinky as the Cosmopolitan, but seems to be going for the families/kids/locals market (presumably because they’re not so welcome at the Cosmo - or, for that matter, anywhere on the Strip).
The omens aren’t good – it’s housed in what was the failed Ritz-Carlton out at Lake Las Vegas. We say failed, but that’s not to say the location isn’t stunning – a pretty manmade (of course) lake about half an hour from the Strip, beyond Henderson and en route to Lake Mead. The building itself is Italian-style, and even has a cute Ponte Vecchio-style bridge walking out onto the lake itself.
The odds may be against it Ravella has been going hell bent to attract people, offering locals discounts of $89, offering rewards if you pimp it via social media, and gunning for the pet-loving crowd with doggy yoga. There’s just one thing we’re not so jazzed about: kids in the spa (to add insult to injury, they get free breakfast, too).
This week, most of the Vegas action is on the Strip, what with CES and AVN in town. Then there's that fancy new hotel that just opened.
We thought that The Cosmopolitan would be the last hotel opening we got to see in these parts for a long, long time--but wait! There are still hotel doors opening--out in Henderson, where Dolce's Ravella at Lake Las Vegas debuts on February 11.
A quick refresher on this property: it used to be the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, but it closed last May. Enter Dolce Hotels, who have rebranded the property, promising "a much more contemporary experience" than the Ritz.
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When the old Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas closed back in May, we didn't know if the property would remain closed or if another brand will come in and manage it. Well, five months later, we have our answer--Dolce Hotels and Resorts has been selected by the hotel's owners to reopen the joint in the early 2011.
And judging from a press release sent out by Dolce this morning, there doesn't seem to be too much work to be done on the hotel:
The property showcases 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space and a 30,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, with multiple dining and lounge experiences. An idyllic setting for weddings, it offers Las Vegas’ largest and only over-water chapel, as well as beautiful gardens and courtyards that can be used for private affairs. Located next to the resort’s spa, a heated pool provides guests a sophisticated retreat to relax year-round. The property adjoins MonteLago Village, offering scenic walking streets of boutiques and restaurants.