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Beautiful property, with an incredible interior design
The promise of free, easy in-room WiFi
Service is weak, at the moment
Property will be crowded for some time
Pool area is small
Check in was strange. We arrived between the hours of 2-6 PM (around 5PM) and the check in line was substantial but not (Caesar's overwhelming.) We were greeted by two smiling beautiful people (a girl and a guy) who's job seemed to be chatting up the people waiting in line and making sure the inmates stayed calm -- it worked.
However, when it was our turn the smiling front desk clerk tried to joke with us saying, "Looks like your reservation is not in our system." To quote our favorite Real World line ever, "It wasn't not funny." The last thing you want to say to a traveler that has just flown across the country is "oops, you forgot to make a reservation."
Late in the summer, VegasChatter learned that the Wynn Las Vegas was giving its resort deluxe rooms a fresh new look, which they would be rolling out through 2011. Yet while we always love a good hotel renovation, we didn't see much difference in these new rooms versus the old ones.
In fact, most of the furniture was the exactly the same except that the rooms now sported tufted leather couches, plusher desk and table chairs, lighter walls, new carpeting and different drapes. But as it turns out, those little touches really matter a great deal.
We spent the night last night in a renovated room on the 23rd floor and the new "neutral and creamy" decor gives the room a much lighter and fresher feel, which is actually a bit unusual in Vegas, where so many hotel rooms use darker decor and furnishings (The better to hide the stains you see.)
There is a time and place for what we have to say about the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, but that time is not now, it is later this week. For now, strap on your Avatar ready 3D glasses and get ready to take a visual tour through room 10809 in the "New Tower" aka The HRH Tower at HRHC.
We are only half joking about the 3D glasses. The visuals in the room -- a contrast between stark white and captivating photography -- are really very cool. The "tower" view however, is not.
First, a tower usually you can see over low lying structures like a parking garage, but not this tower. Heck, give us the horrible HVAC view instead of staring at level four of the hotel's attached parking structure.
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Back in the spring of 2005, Steve Wynn reclaimed his title as King of the Strip with the opening of Wynn Las Vegas. Bloggers chattered, reviewers raved, and Andy Garcia even tried to put some parody of the Wynn opening in one of those Clooney Ocean's movies, didn't he? In any event, back then it was all about the Wynn pool.
Fast forward almost four years and Wynn is back, with his long planned second tower hotel called Encore Las Vegas. Times have changed since the frothy economic days of 2005, so where does that leave Wynn and his new tower? Well, we paid the King a visit and stayed in a Panoramic Suite room to get a good long look for ourselves.
The Monte Carlo: An official hotel pic is on the left. HotelChatter's own pic is on the right. Yeah, that's why you should trust our photos.
No offense, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, but we wish you had burned to the ground. We hate you so much there is smoke coming out of our ears... and mouth, and nose, and every time we cough it feels like the black lung. And we've been home for two days.
As evidenced by our video yesterday, the rooms are outdated and... musty. One reviewer on TA said:
"I stayed at the Monte Carlo many years ago and it was a very nice place, back then. I don't think the place has been updated since then."
Well, we spent a night in the Monte Carlo and we can truthfully report for you that: No, the Monte Carlo has not updated anything.
Ever since THEHotel opened in late 2003 the golden sister tower of Mandalay Bay has been THE only game in town if you wanted a boutique hotel experience in Vegas.
The thing about THEHotel is despite having a monopoly on boutique Vegas, guests always seemed to come away from THE feeling a little...exhausted. Not because of the all night Vegas benders, but instead exhausted from the über pretentious overuse of THE nomenclature.
For years Vegas visitors such as the original Gridskipper (Way back in the Krucoff/Denton days --
Gridskipper link no longer active) were asking, "when will THEHotel hit the wall?" Well, in our opinion, THEHotel hit the wall back in April '05, when Wynn Las Vegas opened.
However, despite the Wynn, three years later THEHotel was still able to keep a death grip on Vegas goers looking for something boutique. That is, until Palms Place opened in June and redefined the Vegas boutique hotel experience.
Stay tuned for our full review tomorrow. We promise it will be more exciting than the VMAs.
It sounds like business has been slow since opening, as some might have predicted for an off-strip hotel with no casino. But the reviewer is confident that there are enough special features at the Trump to win the guests over in the long term.
Let's get this out of the way up front, this review pertains to the Roman Tower at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel.
The original Roman Tower opened in 1966 and while there has definitely been an interior update or two since the, the guest rooms in this tower feel very, um, ancient Rome -- emphasis on the ancient. Sure there are large open baths, just like in ancient Rome right? However, if you are expecting interiors from post 1982, or hair dryers from post 1982 for that matter, you best be staying at a more recently constructed Caesars tower.
Riddle us this Caesar: Was the Roman Tower at the Caesars Las Vegas Hotel built by Gaius Julius Caesar himself in 48 BC? At the original opening did someone present him the head of Steve Pompey Wynn on a silver platter?
Seriously, the rooms at the Roman Tower are in major need of renovation. More on that with our full hotel review tomorrow. For now, just enjoy the sites and sounds of room 686 in Caesars Roman Tower -- oh and be sure to check out that view.
The Palazzo Hotel and Casino, which is taking reservations for December, isn't avoiding the celebrity chef obsession that's infected Sin City. In fact, the resort may have the highest concentration of uber-trendy eats we've seen in awhile.
On tap for the hotel are a Mario Batali-Joe Bastianich Italian Steakhouse called Carnevino, an outpost of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club and an Emeril Lagasse spot named Table 10. Also lined up is a SushiSamba, a Dos Caminos and a branch of Wolfgang Puck's steakhouse CUT. (We loved the original in LA.)
Whether these eateries actually open at the same time as the hotel is another question entirely. Especially considering that the whole building is still under construction.
Spending time with Wynn Las Vegas last week was like seeing an old girlfriend years later. Since we left her in the hands of the hotel mavens, shortly after her opening in 2005, we haven't spent much time thinking about Wynn -- we have moved on to what is shiny and new in 2007. After all, we had obsessed about her ad nauseam for the better part of a year leading up to her April 2005 opening. However, the sands of time have treated Wynn well.
Wynn looks great. The lobby flowers are constantly fresh, the pool area still looks as immaculate as it did on opening day, and the nightlife scene at Wynn has actually improved quite a bit since opening. No longer is Wynn full of gawking tourists and gambling degenerates looking to hit big on the loose opening slots. Wait, strike that, this is still Vegas, and there are plenty of awkward gawkers and slot addicts (by the way, what is with the constant lines for Wynn's buffet?), however, it feels different, Wynn has matured--grown up, in a good way.
We even liked our room much better than the room we had back in April 2005. Maybe it was the fact that we could easily look down and sneer at Trump's new gold tower from our vantage point, or maybe it was the service, which was timely, classy, and improved. All this made it much easier to put up with the salmon colored walls and the in-room Florida feel. However, we think we cracked the code to getting an acceptable entry level room at Wynn -- request a room as close to the Tower Suites as you can. Don't ask, just do -- trust us.
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It's been a while since we checked in with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and its ongoing renovations. The Morgans Hotel Group property is trying to play up its Rehab pool parties and attract the wannabe jet set from Hollywood with a new Amy Sacco spa.
Ian Schrager's magic touch has decamped from Morgans to Marriott, but owners say the $750 million in renovations will keep the Hard Rock as flash as its ever been. (Work is scheduled to wrap in mid-2009.) Two additional towers of rooms will bring the total to 1,100 and new restaurants and shopping are planned to lure non-gamers to the property. And the topless pool area will attract more men to the hotel, no doubt.
In many ways, the work mirrors the plans for the Hard Rock San Diego, with sexy rooms and a focus on lifestyle--whatever that means.