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While we weren't too pleased with what we found in the bathtub inside the first room we were given at The Palms, we do know that dudes staying at casino hotel will be happy with the special toiletries for men in the bathroom.
Each bathroom comes with a packet of Gillette styling toiletries and two mini-bottles of Axe. Remember when we said the room faintly smelled of Axe yesterday? That is why. We're not in love with Axe but we guess it's better than other dude smells we've...er..smelt before.
P.S. For the women, the bathrooms stock fresh-smelling Aveda products.
A dark hair on the tub. That is what greeted us when we checked into The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas last night.
We had taken advantage of the recent Travelzoo deal which offered two nights at $69 a night along with a $25 per day dining credit. But upon check-in, the desk told us we were booked for a smoking room king. Obviously, we weren't down with that so we asked if there were any upgrades available.
We were told that there was a room with two twin beds available in the newer Fantasy Tower. The Fantasy Tower is not quite new anymore (about four years old) but we agreed to the twin bed situation in hopes of a slightly newer and non-smoking room.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
A recent guest sent us these photos, which not only show the crap view that some rooms get of the Employee Parking lot but also just how much wear and tear the hotel rooms have suffered--and the hotel just opened on July 31st!
The disappointed guest writes:
I checked into a room at the new Paradise Tower at the Hard Rock yesterday, and found it to be a prefect specimen for your "anti-view" segment. Though I’ve never taken photos of a hotel room before, this one I couldn’t resist.
The room number was 30521. It was supposed to be a "mountain/ city view," but I’d categorize it as an "employee parking lot view," or, "some random guy’s Dodge Ram view." They have draconian policies (like a $100 an hour charge for late check-outs beyond 11AM), and they really don’t keep the place up (the old tower is in shambles).
Frankly, the only reason to even consider staying there is to go to Rehab (their Sunday pool party). Otherwise, the place is ridiculously expensive and has horrible service and food options.
Don't lie. If we told you that there was a Barbie Suite in Las Vegas you would be kind of interested. Because you know it would be over-the-top. And pink. And sorta crazy in a cute bachelorette party-ish way. Or perhaps someone would have enough sense to use it as the set for the nobody-can-believe-this-is-a-real-show reality mess The Cougar.
Nonetheless, our little sibs at VegasChatter tipped us off to this bad boy (er, bad girl?) this morning: The Palms has unveiled their Barbie Suite (as you can see, it's, uh, sorta pink), done up completely by designer Jonathan Adler:
Featuring custom details that celebrate Barbie's pink panache, such as skirted, corseted, lace-up "dress" chairs, a sunburst mirror made from 65 Barbie® dolls and custom wall coverings in Barbie’s signature patterns, this suite lets guests live it up in true Barbie style!
In addition the custom Barbie décor, guests can also enjoy relaxing in an extra-large Jacuzzi tub, get cozy in front of a two-way fire place and take in amazing views of the Las Vegas strip.
The place can hold up to 50 people perfect for a Bachelorette shindig or enough room for, oh, we don't know: a cast and crew for a trashy reality show of some sort.
Also, we know the Palms is not the most kid-friendly spot in Las Vegas (hello, Playboy and the playa-boys that come with all that stuff), but this is also a fairly kid-friendly suite.
But wallet-friendly it is not: it'll run you about $3,000 a night. Check it out. You know you want to.
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In a tastefully-crafted post entitled "Golden Boy Phelps Has A Ho In Every City," Perez Hilton lets us in on a little secret that makes us believe that we have perhaps chosen the wrong career entirely: recent reports suggest Michael Phelps frequent Vegas party boy and owner of many Olympic gold medals and a pretty rockin' bod has got a little something-something going on with a Palms staffer.
Golden Boy has been jetting into the desert gambling mecca to enjoy the company of a brunette 'hostess' that works at the Palms! How very George Clooney of him!
We don't really know whether this is legit, because if people are implying that he's getting it on with an official casino host, then maybe they're seen together a lot because he is, uh, in the casino a lot when he's in Vegas and the host-lady is giving him free stuff left and right just for being Michael Phelps (or for being a serious gambler).
In any event, do we wish we worked at the Palms? Yes. Are we jealous? Yes. Does this item remind us of a certain Ludacris song involving area codes? Yes, for sure.
Well, wait. She's kind of a Rio staffer. Technically, she's part of a fleet of strippers that the Rio now stocks poolside.
See, the property has established a partnership with the nearby Sapphire gentleman's club -- the first hotel/stripclub partnership of its kind. Essentially, Sapphire strippers are offered incentives by the club and perks by the hotel to take off their tops and sit by the adults-only pool to lure dudes to the Rio (and probably to the strip club later on).
Sigh. Where to even begin...
Is the above photo making you a bit dizzy? That's the intent, 'cause that's the effect you will feel looking off your Palms Place balcony down towards the immaculate pool area from high in the Vegas sky.
Thanks to a recession that turned condo hotels into more hotel than condo, Palms Place is THE boutique alternative to THEHotel in Las Vegas.
The property opened its doors May 31, 2008 and is still sporting that new hotel smell. Furthermore, Palms Place is gorgeous to look at, comfortable to stay in, and makes you feel like you have separated yourself a bit from the Vegas riff raff. Not to worry, the riff raff is only a Sky Tube walk away.
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.
George Maloof, owner/hotelier of The Palms brand in Las Vegas, did a Q&A interview with Women's Wear Daily (the fashion bible for anyone in fashion and design biz) about the panic in Las Vegas over tourism drops and the lighter wallets of Americans.
Things we learn about George Maloof:
· He's a junior!
· He played football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
· He wants the Palms to be the ultimate party hotel where people come to get away and "maybe [take] their minds off the economy."
· He still doesn't have an outfit for the hotel's Midsummer Night's Dream Party in two weeks.
· Sorta considers him a leader of Las Vegas.
Keep reading, there's more!
The newest tower in the Palms family, Palms Place, kicked off a weekly summer pool party on Tuesday night which is actually a bit different from the usual sexy pool parties thrown in Vegas.
At Palms Place, the pool just outside the Simon restaurant is filled with thousands and thousands of rubber duckies. The Daily Fiasco has the scoop:
Simon at Palms Place kicked off its new duck party last night, wherein 25,000-some-odd rubber ducks floated on the water. Ernie would have been left breathless in sensory overload. Some specially marked ducks could be hunted for prizes, with the added benefit of not having that damn dog laugh at you if you came up empty handed. DJ Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge took care of the music.
This past Tuesday saw George Clooney's ex, Sarah Larson, cuddling up to actor Jason Statha. Next week, Lindsay Lohan's BFF (or more) Samantha Ronson will be DJing. Happy Hour at Simon (from Chef Kerry Simon) takes place from 6 to 8pm and the party gets started at 8pm going to midnight.
[Photo: Las Vegas Weekly]
The future of dating is looking bleak. First there was the explosion of online dating (which cannot be stopped) -- and now flirting via computer while you're in the same bar is a reality. We can thank Bill Gates.
Six of these $10,000 (!) machines are in the bar, essentially turning tabletops into touchscreen controlled computers with Harrah's custom software:
A "Flirt" feature in the Surface computers lets people exchange original messages or choose from suggested come-on lines. Patrons can create drink recipes and then have the cocktails delivered to themselves or others. People can use the computers to play games, watch online videos, or take a virtual stroll along the renowned Las Vegas strip without leaving their seat at the "iBar," according to Harrah's.
Slow down here. We're just getting used to the idea of booty call text messages -- we're not sure what we'd do if a stranger sent us a pickup line via computer from 15 feet away.
Custom cocktails, however, we will accept.
We gave you a sneak peek of the Palms Place Hotel and Spa back in February and now that it's been up and running for a couple of months, we thought we'd check back in to see how guests have been finding it.
Over on the TripAdvisor guest reviews page, only four people have made a comment so far, but three of them are very detailed so we've got something to go on.
Overall, things are sounding very positive. While earlier guests reported a few teething problems related to construction, most seem confident that these will be worked out and everybody would be happy to go back again.