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UPDATE: For more detes on what will change at THEhotel when it turns into a Delano, head over to VegasChatter.
Several years ago, there was a much-hyped Delano Hotel from the Morgans Hotel Group planned for Las Vegas, right on the Strip in the middle of all the action, in a fancy new complex called Echelon on the site of the old Stardust casino. But thanks to the economic woes, that Delano never materialized and the lot on Las Vegas Boulevard where the Delano was to be built has been vacant ever since.
But today comes HUGE NEWS about the Delano's return to Las Vegas--THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will cease to exist next year and in its place will be The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Here are the official announcement details:
As Delano’s second outpost in the United States, Delano Las Vegas will transport the iconic brand from the shores of South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip. Once completed, guests will experience the Delano lifestyle, and its unique blend of effortless luxury and impeccable service at the world-renowned Mandalay Bay.
In addition, Morgans Hotel Group plans to introduce several new food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay to be managed by The Light Group. Venues will include a casual American bistro by Chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Red Square. The Light Group will once again reinvent Las Vegas nightlife with a revolutionary nightclub. All venues are scheduled to open in 2013.
No one likes to talk about Bed Bugs especially not us after we once received several photos of supposed bed bug bites from hotel guests. (We like hotel photos in our inboxes but definitely not this kind.) Yet there's an entire event happening in Vegas in September that will be all about bed bugs.
The third annual North American Bed Bug Summit is taking place from September 6-7 at the Red Rock Casino and Spa off the Strip in Summerlin. At the conference, the "BedBug University" will be in session giving hotel owners and maintenance teams an "educational blueprint" on effectively dealing with and preventing bed bugs. Twenty-three entomologists and bed bug experts will be giving talks while more than 75 vendors will be hawking the latest bed bug-related services and products.
Now, we have to wonder about how well this conference will be attended. If a hotel shows up, does that mean they have bed bugs? An attendee quandary indeed. On the flip side, if you plan on heading to Vegas September 6-7 and want to be sure your stay will be bed bug-free then definitely book a room at the Red Rock. Rates start at $200 a night.
Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a tech job. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.
We arrived in downtown Vegas yesterday at around 3PM from Utah, where we stayed the night before. Sally was incredibly skeptical about staying in Vegas (she was a Vegas Virgin) but I convinced her that downtown Vegas was much cooler than the Strip. And I knew immediately that we should stay at the Golden Nugget.
We, along with VegasChatter, have anxiously been anticipating the opening of the first-ever Nobu Hotel inside Caesars Palace, expected to happen this fall. But detes on the guestrooms have been scant, until now.
Yesterday in NYC at the original Nobu Restaurant, Caesars Palace released not only some room descriptions, renderings and video but the date when you can start making your bookings--October 1. As we expected, the hotel is actually not opening this fall, but rather in "Late 2012" so we're guessing early December-ish. Still, no word on the room rates but we're guessing in the $300s somewhere.
One thing is for sure, this won't be your average Las Vegas hotel.
Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· Jetsetter: Head to Canada and spend a weekend at the Sparkling Hill Resort with views over Okanagan Lake and the Monashee range, a 40,000-sq.ft. KurSpa featuring North America's only cold sauna and interiors filled with about 3.5 million Swarovski Crystals. There are only three days left to nab a rate of $180 a night, down from $315 on the flash sale site. We are like 95 percent certain this hotel was featured on an episode of "Millionaire Matchmaker", if that helps you make a decision. (No, the match was not successful.)
The other day we skulked around Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, checking out the casino scene, the pool scene, a new room in the Augustus Tower, the restaurant options and even the Pussycat Dolls blackjack tables (yes, they exist near the sportsbook) before we stumbled on the entrance to the Nobu Hotel.
Of course, the hotel isn't open yet but construction is happening inside Caesars' old Centurion Tower. Even Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa were on the property the other month to check on the hotel's progress and sign the Nobu construction wall.
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It's been nearly a year since the Sahara Las Vegas closed its doors to make way for the forthcoming SLS Hotel but after the high drama of closing day, not much has happened on the hotel grounds since.
No construction, no renovations, no nothing (except for city approval of the renovation plans back in November.) As you can see from this picture, which we snapped yesterday, the property is completely dead.
Yet today with the announcement that SLS parent company, SBE has secured a $300 million round of financing from Stockbridge Capital, LLC, we bet bulldozers and scaffolding will appear mighty quick. Here's a little summary of what to expect from the anticipated SLS Las Vegas:
The Tank at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas is just one of many reasons to consider booking a room away from the Strip. Can you slide down a waterslide through a shark tank on the Strip? No, you cannot. You can only do it at the GN.
We popped into the Golden Nugget's pool scene today and had a blast watching folks shoot out the slide. We even got a pic of someone sliding through. Yup, thar's a person in that slide thur on the left! Which reminded us of this photo that was given to us by the hotel to illustrate how the slide works. Hmmm...yeah...ok.
While we absolutely recommend hitting up the Golden Nugget for an overnight stay (particularly a room in the new-ish Rush Tower), just don't expect to be able to ogle frightened beauties as they slide through the tank. The sharks, however, are very real.
P.S. You can watch some scuba divers cleaning the other massive fish tank at Golden Nugget here.
Yesterday, we were trying to book a fun hotel room last minute in Las Vegas. The HotelTonight app yielded some great deals--$64 for Planet Hollywood and $45 for the revamped Tropicana but we've been to those places before and we wanted something a little higher-end.
So we decided to turn to another mobile app with a last-minute function--Booking.com's Tonight app. There we found The Cosmopolitan for $180 a night. Not as much of a deal as we hoped but we were nearly swayed by the gorgeous rooms of the Cosmo for under $200 a night.
But just to be sure we were getting a real deal, we double-checked the Cosmo's own website for room rates. And we were bummed to see that they were also offering a room for $180.
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Lots of action in the online hotel booking world this week: earlier, we heard about BackBid, which asks hotels to bid on your individual reservation. And yesterday, a new site launched with the slightly off-kilter name Tingo (makes us think of a cross between those crunchy corn sticks and Bingo) that promises to continually cancel and re-book your reservation to get you the best possible rate.
Knowing how much hotel rates fluctuate week to week—and, indeed, day to day—this makes a lot of sense. But we can't imagine hotels are too happy about it. The new site basically negates the concept of a reservation and turns it into something much more fluid, so that what you really end up with is the intention of booking a room at a specific hotel, but never really settling until you've shaved off as many extra dollars as possible from the original rate.
So, is this something people are actually doing?
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Yup, today is National Pancake Day—always kinda sneaks up on ya, doesn't it?
In an effort to raise awareness for Children's Miracle hospitals, IHOP is offering a free short stack to every customer that walks into the restaurant today. Which is awesome. But, at the same time, it's IHOP, and we like to think our palates are slightly more refined.
Instead, consider a pancake breakfast at a hotel today. Not a guest? Not a problem. These hotel restaurants are all open and accessible to non-guests—trust us, the food is so good, they're worth the trip. And yes, we've managed to come up with more suggestions than just the pancake machines at Holiday Inn Express hotels. If we wanted to make our own, we'd just have stayed at home!
So we get that hotel managers have tough jobs sometimes. Guests get angry, they want free stuff, they make a mess, they don't want to pay for damages, yada yada yada. And most of the time, their tales from the crypt just make us laugh.
But rather than laughing, we were kinda grossed out after reading an interview Gadling conducted with an anonymous Las Vegas hotel supervisor, who has by now gotten pretty nonchalant about all the weird stuff that goes on over there. But of all the messes people leave behind in Vegas hotels (and which they just get charged for afterward), can you guess the most common offense? You might feel grossed out (like we did), and you might vow to never visit a Vegas hotel again (yeah, right), but just think of the poor housekeepers that have to clean up!