Las Vegas News of the Week May 5th, 2019

We have been thinking about a way to bring you Las Vegas News each week. We think that a quick bullet point article each week with quick links to some of the happenings in Vegas is the best way to go about it. Some weeks in Las Vegas may be slower than others but hopefully we will be able to keep you up on the news happenings in Sin City this way.

  • The Wynn now has free self parking for everyone. The Wynn Las Vegas is the first resort to cancel paid self parking for it’s guests. Valet Parking is still available to guests and non-guests who spend $50 and get validated. Let’s hope that the other resorts on The Las Vegas Strip follow suite. The paid parking issue has been a hot topic since it’s introduction. ( Source: Wynn Las Vegas nixes fees for self-parking)
  • Cirque du Soleil announces new show ‘R.U.N’ at The Luxor. The show opens October 24, 2019 and is a tribute to stunts and live action. The new show will likely be in the space previously occupied by Chris Angel.

  • Marijuana Lounges have been approved in Las Vegas by City Council. There is a large misconception that cannabis is legal everywhere in Nevada but the fact is that it can only be used on residential premises. The approval of lounges is big news for Las Vegas but don’t expect to see one on The Strip anytime soon. (Source: Fox5Vegas)
  • Renovations of the Fremont Street Experience Canopy have begun. They will be updating the lighting system, adding new digital content as well as adding interactive features such as being able to add personal messages. The lights will be 3x brighter if you can imagine that. Don’t worry the light show will carry on nightly during the renovation period. (Source: LasVegasNow)

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Las Vegas Photo of the Week May 5th, 2019

This weeks Las Vegas Photo of the Week takes us to Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel on Fremont Street. Binion’s has been around since the 1950’s and is still going strong today. Binion’s is one of our go to places when visiting the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. You can get your picture taken with Binion’s Billions which is a real stack of a billion dollars (enclosed in glass). We also recommend Top of Binion’s Steakhouse which sits on the 24th floor and over spectacular views of Las Vegas. It is a true Old School Las Vegas dining experience. We recommend the Chicken Fried Lobster.

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Surprising Facts about Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos

If you are planning on your first Las Vegas trip there are a couple of facts and or tips about hotels you should be aware of. There are extra costs or surprise fees that you might not be aware of.  Many visitors to Las Vegas are often shocked at resort fees, lack of in room fridges and coffee makers in their hotel rooms. These are all just normal facts about Las Vegas. Lets have a look at some of the surprising facts about Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos.

Surprising Facts about Vegas Hotels and Casinos

      • Mini-Fridges – Mini-fridges in most Vegas hotel rooms are not for personal use. They are stocked with expensive snack and drink options and have no room for your personal items. The fridges will often work off of pressure sensors that charge back to your room when an item is taken out. The hotels will often charge you if they catch you with your personal items in the mini-fridge. You can order a personal fridge in most hotels but that of course comes at an extra expense. It’s best to check with your hotel first to see if they offer a fridge. Treasure Island for example, has personal fridges in their rooms as well as higher end suites in most other hotels. We basically purchased as collapsible cooler from Amazon which is easy to pack and large enough to keep our stuff cold.

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      • Resort Fees – Resort fees are always a shock to first time Las Vegas visitors. Most hotels will charge you an extra daily fee per room on top of your posted rate. The fee is for WiFi, gym use and other things you will never use in Vegas such as boarding passes and newspapers. The fee is paid directly to the hotel. If you are booking via a third part site such as Expedia and Travelocity you will still have to pay this fee to the hotel at the end of your stay. It varies but can range from $20 – $40. Resort fees are rarely waived unless you are a higher tiered member or high roller. You can see the fees in our Current Las Vegas Resort Fee Guide.
      • Coffee Makers – Much to the dismay of many Vegas hotel rooms do not include a coffee maker. The casinos do not want you in the room drinking coffee. They want you on the floor playing or spending money in their shops. Every hotel has a coffee shop or Starbucks but it is not cheap. Prices are generally pretty high. Many people who insist of having coffee bring a smaller coffee maker with them or even pick one up when in Vegas. We detailed a few coffee places in our Where to get coffee in Vegas post.

Coffee in Las Vegas

      • ATM Fees – ATM Fees at machines in Casinos and along The Las Vegas Strip can really vary from place to place. It’s best to check first as some along the strip can be as high as $10. The Walgreens and CVS stores are reported as being respectable at a few dollars. The best is Casino Royal located beside Harrahs at only being $1.
      • Snacks and Drinks – Buy your snacks and drinks anywhere besides a Casino store. The prices are often very over inflated. The best spots are again The Walgreens and CVS stores which are located all over the strip. You will be very surprised what a Casino store will charge you for a simple bottle of water. We always buy a small case from Walgreens or CVS.
      • Not so Cheap Breakfast – The days of finding a cheap breakfast at most of the casino restaurants is long gone. Every casino and hotel will have a breakfast spot on site. The problem is that the cost of that breakfast is way over priced. We tried a couple of places in hotels and were shocked with a $60 bill for a regular breakfast for two. We would have been better off with the Breakfast Buffet price and food wise. You can still find a McDonald’s or Denny’s on the strip for a cheaper breakfast.  The area around Casino Royale has a few cheaper fast food breakfast type spots or we recommend Hash House at The Linq or Peppermill Lounge. If you want to dine cheap you will really have to do your homework.

Las Vegas Photo of the Week April 20th, 2019

Pool season in Las Vegas is right around the corner. This weeks Las Vegas photo of the week is a shot of the pool at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. The photo is from our May 2017 stay at Treasure Island. We had an amazing view of the The Strip and view of the pool area. We ended up renting chairs right in the bottom left corner which was a perfect viewing spot for the day. The chairs at Treasure Island were only $10 which is a bargain compared to most other pools. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing pool experience in Las Vegas this pool might not be for you. It had a pretty decent party vibe. We have quite a few pool pictures which we will include in a future post.

 

 

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Bellagio Fountains Game of Thrones Theme

The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas are featuring a Game of Thrones theme until April 13th, 2019. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas in time to see it we have the video for you to watch. We wish the Fountains at The Bellagio would do this more often. This theme is pretty amazing and you can hear the crowd loving it. Even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan you should appreciate the beauty of this Bellagio Fountains show.

Bellagio Fountains Game of Thrones Theme

Las Vegas Photo of the Week March 23rd, 2019

This weeks Las Vegas Photo of the Week is a view from our room at The Bellagio last December. The fountain views and water views are much sought after in Las Vegas people often forget how pretty the mountain views are. Our Bellagio view looked out over the pool area but also had a great view of the mountains, The Rio and The Palms. This photo was taken just after sunset. What is your favorite view in Las Vegas? Mountains, The Strip or The Bellagio Fountains?

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New Eiffel Tower Light Show at The Paris

There is a new light show taking place at The Eiffel Tower at The Paris in Las Vegas. The Paris has added a new light show that lasts 5 minutes and runs every half an hour between sunset and midnight. The Paris in Las Vegas has added the show to honor their 20th Anniversary. The project which has been in the works for the past few months includes over 1,000 new lights. Sources state that there will be upcoming renovations to the rooms at The Paris as well. Read more about the Eiffel Tower Experience at The Paris in Las Vegas and see pictures from out visit to the observation deck.

New Eiffel Tower Light Show at The Paris

Las Vegas Photo of the Week March 3rd, 2019

This week’s Las Vegas photo of the week is one the more popular bars on the Vegas Strip. The Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan. There are actually three parts to the bar as they are located on different floors within The Cosmo.  The bars are located on the ground level, 1.5 and level 2 and each has different hours of operation as well as a unique cocktail.  For example. “The Flower Drink” is a favorite drink enjoyed by many at the level 1.5 bar.

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Las Vegas Photo of the Week Feb 23rd, 2019

This weeks Las Vegas Photo of the Week is a shot of the Aria Casino and The Aria Tram that travels between the Bellagio and The Park. This photo was taken way back in 2015 during one of our great and memorable stays at The Aria. We have stayed three times at The Aria in a regular room, strip view and in a Corner Suite. If you want a pampered and spoiled stay in Las Vegas then The Aria is exactly what you are looking for. There are upscale dining experiences, a relaxed gaming floor and one of the best buffets in town. Since is one of the newest resorts on the strip in Las Vegas is has a state of the art ventilation systems for those that love a smoke free experience.

If you want more information on the various free trams in Las Vegas please read our The Free Tram System in Las Vegas post. We break down each of the free tram routes and give you the times they operate as well as a map to help you out.

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Las Vegas Photo of the Week Feb 16, 2019

This weeks Las Vegas Photo of the Week features a Las Vegas Strip icon. The Eiffel Tower at The Paris. We took this photo on a nice sunny morning on our trip this past December. The Eiffel Tower at The Paris in Las Vegas is only one half the size of the real tower in Pars. We have been up to the observation deck a number of times. It’s a great way to get a view of The Strip and more importantly The Bellagio Fountains. Look for a Groupon or Travel Zoo deal for tower admission.

If you want to see more photos and get more information please see our Eiffel Tower Experience Las Vegas post. We review our experience in visiting the observation deck as well as provide some great information and tips about visiting The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas.

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