89109 Travel Guide
The new Nobu Hotel has barely been open a full month and already some changes are being made. And we wish it were for the better.
Caeasars Palace, who along with its sister properties in Vegas, so valiantly fought the resort fee craze a few years ago, has finally given in and will now be charging $10-$25 a night at their hotels. Those fees will include a variety of services and amenities, among them, WiFi and fitness center access. We're guessing Nobu, a luxury hotel located within Caesars, will be charging near the $25 mark but we're still awaiting confirmation of the exact price.
The Poker Professor has given us a detailed history of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, (did you know there used to be a race track where the Forum shops are now?) along with an inside look at the hotel's poker room.
After having gone without a poker room for 16 years, Caesar's now has Texas Hold 'Em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha tables, and will also be hosting the World Series of Poker Circuit Event this spring.
For the ladies who think poker games are a bore, you may want to think again. A really savvy, and very single female guest advises you to think again:
Let me fill you in girlfriends, all the single guys are at Caesars. I attribute this to their phenomenal sports pit and the Pussycat Dolls nightclub and other great clubs. There is way more of a sexy vibe going on at this place, check it out....And guys, I'll see you there!
Unfortunately, we don't think the Caesar's Poker room will be as fun as the strip poker tournament being held at Florida's Paradise Lakes resort this weekend.
Condo-Hotels, or CoTels as we will be calling them from here on out, are all the rage these days. From Miami to Vegas developers are touting the values of a CoTel. No more hotel bills, but the same high service standards, plus you have equity to boot. Some CoTels will even rent your room when you are out of town and give you a nice kickback.
Ben Affleck isn't one to miss a trend. As far as we can tell he hit every trend from JLo to Caesar cuts, so it should come as no surprise that Ben picked up a deed at Aqua Blue.
Prices start at $375 for a 466 square foot unit and go all the way past $1MM for the bigger, top floor luxury units.
Amenities After The Jump
Back in January, sometimes-blogger Wes Salmon headed to the CES conference out in Sin City. He booked a room at the Tropicana, but was extremely disappointed. What did he find wrong with the joint? Here's a partial list:
- The whole hotel smelled like a YMCA locker room
- The TV only had 22 channels on the TV, and only about one third of them came in clear enough to watch
- The housekeeping staff were completely incompetent
- The ceiling in my bathroom was leaking from the ventilation system
- They charged me $1 a day for local phone service even though I never even picked up the phone (*ed note many Vegas hotels do this, not just the Tropicana)
Check out Wes' other thoughts on the Tropicana, and be sure to read the comments, there are some good hints in the thread.