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The just-opened Nobu Hotel Las Vegas may have been conceived by a man, (Chef Nobu Matsuhisa), designed by a man (David Rockwell), located in a hotel named after a man (Caesar) and ultimately made possible by even more men (Robert De Niro included) but, who's really running the Nobu world? That's right--a "girl"!
Meet HWIC (Head Woman In Charge) Gigi Vega, vice president and general manager of the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. Gigi's already been with Caesars Palace for four years, taking care of high-end customers who shack up in the luxury 120 suites and villas. Prior to landing in Las Vegas she worked for Mandarin Oriental for 10 years in Hong Kong and Macau and before she was with InterContinental Hotels.
With this luxury hotel background and her familiarity with Caesars, it's no wonder that Hollywood producer and Nobu dream-maker, Mier Teper, tapped her to be the GM of the first-ever Nobu Hotel.
Indeed, aside from Nobu patrons and fans and the visitors who want to see and be seen, the hotel will be targeting general luxury folk, those who are accustomed to a five-star level of service. And in Gigi, who's energetic and friendly by nature, guests will find someone who will make sure their green tea and rice cracker welcome amenity arrived, that the Nobu room service was up to par and that they will have reservation for Nobu downstairs in place before their arrival. Another bonus? There's only 181 rooms in the hotel, guaranteeing guests will be able to get Gigi's full attention. We'll call it as we see it--it's a woman's touch we can appreciate!
Now if only Gigi had an "s" on the end of her last name....
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Yesterday we gave you 10 good reasons to sleep over at the first-ever Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Today, we'd like to expand on one of those reasons--room service. After all, if you're gonna build a hotel around your successful restaurant brand, the room service options should be nothing short of phenomenal.
Fortunately, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa created the room service menu himself, instead of passing the duty off to other chefs. He's even expanded beyond sushi and sashimi into breakfast. So now that you're on the edge of drooling over your computer, let's get eating.
For breakfast, you can start with a Tamago yaki ($23), a Japanese style omelette with your choice of ingredients from tomato and cheese to unagi and king crab. Or you could go with Eggs Matsuhisa ($24), done with roasted asparagus, bonito egg sauce, ikura rolls and spicy tuna. If you want to keep it more traditional, order up the blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes or the green tea waffles (both $22) served with bananas, strawberries, yuzu whipped cream, miso butter and maple syrup. Traditional Japanese and American breakfasts are also available as well as general bakery/pastry items.
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The very first Nobu Hotel is set to open in Las Vegas inside Caesars Palace on February 4th (at $269 a night) and if you're wondering why you would sleep over at a sushi restaurant, here's 10 Reasons that will convince you to book one of these 181 rooms faster than you can say yellowtail sashimi.
VIP LOBBY AND CHECK-IN
Nobu hotel guests will have a completely different check-in experience from other guests coming to Vegas. In fact, check-in begins before you even get to the hotel with a pre-arrival questionnaire sent by the hotel. Here you can make your amenity requests, set up a dinner reservation at Nobu and let them know your exact time of arrival. Dedicated Nobu Guest Services staff will be positioned at the front of Caesars to escort guests to the Nobu "lobby" which is just past the Nobu restaurant. The lobby is not much more than an elevator bank with a desk but the walls and ceiling feature visually stunning wooden blocks of fir, hemlock and oak in different arrangements. The artwork actually continues on inside the elevators as well. Go ahead, touch it.
Keep Reading for More Reasons to Book a Room at The Nobu Hotel Las Vegas!
On Friday we showed off the amenity we wish all showers in Las Vegas had--a vitamin C-infused shower head found in the new Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Today, we'll look at other wellness technology in the room that made this one of our most relaxing Las Vegas stays yet.
For starters, the room's wellness layout was designed by Delos, a "wellness real estate" company with Dr. Deepak Chopra at the helm that combines science, design and technology to maximize health and wellbeing in the spaces where we spend so much time--homes and workspaces. And in our case, hotel rooms.
Walking inside, the first thing we noticed was a large white air purifier attached to the wall. This contraption is the most advanced HEPA-standard air purification system out there, reducing allergens, toxins, pathogens and presumably any of that crappy casino air we'd tracked in.
The next thing we saw was a white conical object on the nightstand. What the heck, now?
Well, read on to find out what it was!
Yes, we really wish every shower in Vegas featured this crazy contraption. So what is it?
Well, it's a Vitamin C infused shower head that is found in one of the brand new Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand. These rooms are tricked out with the new furniture, bedding and technology that all MGM Grand rooms feature as part of the property-wide renovations but the Stay Well rooms also have a bunch of goodies the regular rooms do not. Like air purifiers, wellness lighting in the bathrooms (they give a shot of melatonin), funky nightstand sleep machines and these vitamin shower heads.
We'll have an in-depth tour of the Stay Well rooms next week but we will say now that we came to Vegas feeling as if we were on the cusp of a cold and right now, we're feeling pretty fantastic.
Best of all, this room, with taxes and resort fee included only cost us $114 for the night.
[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]
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The original Delano Hotel in Miami.
Another day, another hotel to cross off the Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings
Today, it's the Delano Las Vegas which was set to open in Mandalay Bay's THEhotel by December 2013. But now VegasInc.com reports the opening will most likely happen in the first quarter of 2014. The hotel's own website is actually saying "January 14" but we know better than to trust that. However, once the renovations are complete, the Delano will stick around for at least ten years. In case you need a refresher, here's what Delano has in store for Vegas:
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After missing a hopeful December opening date, the first-ever hotel from master sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa is still set to open sometime in February. But exactly when in February? We headed over to the Nobu Hotels website to find out.
The site actually redirects you to the Caesars website where it's currently showing rooms open on February 4 for $269 a night. That's for a Nobu Deluxe King, the starting room category, and the pricing is pretty similar to what VegasChatter reported back in September. The hotel is completely sold-out for its opening weekend but after that rooms dip down to $249 a night. Most weekends through March are about $299 a night.
Planning on splitting the room with friends? A deluxe room with two queen beds goes for $289 while luxury king rooms are $299 a night weekdays.
Keep reading for the sweet suite options at the Nobu Hotel!
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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.)