Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Circus Circus

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino a family wonderland
Centrally located on the Strip, this is our first choice if you're traveling with the kids. The hotel's mezzanine level offers ongoing circus acts daily from 11am to midnight, dozens of carnival games, and an arcade with more than 300 video and pinball games. And behind the hotel is a full amusement park.

Circus Circus is a family-oriented casino hotel comprised of three multi-story towers connected by a sky shuttle. The hotel is located on the north end of the Strip, 1/4 mile from the Convention Center.

Circus Circus is the fifth largest hotel in the world, and features America's largest indoor theme park, The Adventuredome housing the world's only double-loop indoor roller coaster. Do not miss the hilarious clown acts or the heart-stopping thrills of the flying trapeze, performing throughout the day.

Circus Circus offers 3,770 guest rooms. Each oversized room (460 sq. ft.) is decorated with soft blue carpeting, light-wood furniture and pastel spreads and upholstery

The casino is more than 100,000 square feet in size and boasts slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a Live Poker room. But the young and the young-at-heart choose Circus Circus for its Carnival Midway, an area reminiscent of the midways of long-ago where guests can enjoy more than 200 favorite carnival games that never go out of style. The world's largest permanent circus is also housed at this popular Las Vegas hotel and visitors can view live acts all day long.
Kids love the Adventuredome, home to the world's largest indoor double-loop, double corkscrew roller coaster and more than 5 acres of rides appropriate for the whole family, plus rock-climbing, bungee jumping, and miniature golf. Other top attractions include Chaos, a thrill ride that whirls its riders in three ranges of motion; Rim Runner boat ride, which boasts a 60-foot water plunge; and IMAX RideFilm Cineplex. The Adventuredome also has many attractions suitable for younger children including a carousel, bumper cars, midway and arcade games and clown shows.
Technorati Tags:
, , , ,

Friday, January 25, 2008

Monte Carlo Hotel BURNS

A fire broke out on the upper levels of a 3,000-room Las Vegas hotel on Friday but there were no immediate reports of injuries and the blaze was quickly contained, US media reported.
The fire erupted at the Monte Carlo hotel on the Las Vegas Strip shortly before 11 am (1900 GMT) local time, sending thick black smoke and flames billowing from the roof.
By 12 pm the fire appeared to have been brought under control, with flames and smoke largely extinguished, footage on CNN showed. The cause of the fire was not known, reports said.
Earlier, flames could be seen spreading across the facade of two wings of the hotel as firefighters on the roof attempted to tackle the blaze.
Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles around, witnesses told AFP.
CNN reported that the fire was catching across the building's synthetic stucco but had not penetrated the interior of the hotel.
Guests at the resort -- one of the biggest on the Vegas strip -- were being evacuated to neighboring hotels, reports said.
The 32-story Monte Carlo, which sits on a sprawling 44-acre site, cost an estimated 344 million dollars to build and opened in 1996.
A fire at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in November 1980 left 87 people dead, and nearly 800 injured, the worst disaster in Nevada history.
Technorati Tags:
, , , , , ,

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Palazzo

The Palazzo Celebrates Opening with Style as Newest Luxury Las Vegas Resort

Launching with a spectacular music, fireworks and light show and culminating with a concert headlined by Diana Ross, The Palazzo Las Vegas -- the new $1.9 billion luxury resort from Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) -celebrated its grand opening this past weekend with a star-studded series of special events. Celebrities, VIP guests and media from around the country joined Las Vegas Sands executives for the historic occasion as the first new resort on the Las Vegas strip in nearly three years officially opened. "This was a celebration not only of the opening of the most luxurious new resort on the Strip, but, when combined with The Venetian and the Sands Expo Center, the culmination of a vision to create the most compelling destination in all of Las Vegas," said Rob Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of The Palazzo. "The excitement, energy and positive response throughout the weekend provided a fitting opening for what is the new standard for luxury and sophistication in Las Vegas." On Thursday, January 17, Las Vegas Sands executives including: Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO; William P. Weidner, president and COO; Brad H. Stone, executive vice president; and Rob Goldstein flipped the switch on a new era in Las Vegas with a music, firework and lighting spectacular. The ensuing Grand Opening events included a 'Taste, Luxury & Humor VIP Reception' at Barneys New York, the 85,000 square-foot anchor to The Shoppes at The Palazzo. The event was attended by notable guests including Hillary Swank, Mandy Moore, James Denton, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell. A private party for VIPs and celebrities at the 40/40 Club featured a live performance from Pat Monahan of Train. On Friday, The Shoppes at The Palazzo opened to the public, offering one of the most luxurious shopping destinations anywhere in the world. Set in a stunning atrium and anchored by Barneys New York, it features a mall esplanade under a glass walkway, generous amounts of natural light, and a two-story waterfall. In addition to Barneys New York, a remarkable 20 stores and luxury brands are making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo. They include Chloe, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Anya Hindmarch, Poleci, Lambertson Truex, Phillipe Charriol, Edidi, Piaget and Michael Kors. Friday afternoon also included a memorable appearance from the all-star lineup of chefs opening new restaurants at the resort, including Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter and Wolfgang Puck. Mario Batali and his Carnevino restaurant are already wowing guests, as is Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro and Jade. Within weeks, they will be joined by Wolfgang Puck's CUT, Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse, and Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter, as well as Dos Caminos, Mainland, SUSHISAMBA, and Woo. The Palazzo is also home to the Las Vegas version of the dynamic 40/40 Club sports bar and lounge -- the brainchild of music mogul Jay-Z, as well as the all-day, all-night Grand Lux Cafe. The grand opening celebration finale on Saturday evening featured Luminaries and Legends, a concert hosted by Wayne Brady with internationally renowned performers including Diana Ross, Seal, Andy Garcia and the Cineson All-Stars, and the cast of JERSEY BOYS. The Palazzo Las Vegas is a new resort-hotel-casino of unparalleled luxury, sophistication, and contemporary chic. The Palazzo features modern European ambience and design reminiscent of Italian affluent living with a unique combination of premium amenities that include: spacious suites; restaurants by top celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Charlie Trotter; extraordinary entertainment with the Tony Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS and 40/40 Club, a Las Vegas version of New York's dynamic sports bar and lounge; The Shoppes at The Palazzo featuring luxury stores anchored by Las Vegas' first-ever Barneys New York; and, the largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub to date.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Las Vegas Sands Gets Marina Bay Funds

Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. said it received 2 billion Singapore dollars ($1.4 billion) in initial funding under a credit agreement for a hotel-casino development in Singapore.

The Marina Bay Sands project will include Singapore's first casino and house 2,500 hotel rooms, 1.2 million square feet of convention space, 1 million square feet of retail space and three entertainment venues. It broke ground in 2007 and is targeted to open late next year.
Las Vegas Sands Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson said in a statement Tuesday the company was pleased the Singapore interest rate of about 3.6 percent was "significantly below" rates it would have received in the United States or other international markets.
Earlier this month Las Vegas Sands said it secured nearly $4 billion in loans to complete construction of the Marina Bay Sands. The financing package for the project includes a cash contribution of roughly $558 million from the company.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

The Pool
Sand, surf and plenty to look at. If you love to sit around the pool in Las Vegas, there is no better place to do it than at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The beach area has real sand, the lazy river keeps you cool as you float around the crowds and the cocktail waitresses make sure you are refreshed

Mandalay Place
Shopping? Well, the Art of Shaving gets you looking good, the Nike Golf Store has almost everything you need for the links and 55 degrees gives you reason enough to pop open a young Barolo before it reaches it's maturity.

Shark Reef
As long as you don't drop anything into the touch tank you should be fine. Take the kids and stroll around the aquarium and learn a few things before you kill those brain cells at the bar. No kids with you? It's still worth a trip as you find a dark spot near the jelly fish to whisper something kind into someone's ear.

House of Blues
Right in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay you have the House of Blues and almost every night of the week you have the best in entertainment.

Monday, December 31, 2007

New York/New York Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

When you see the hotel you cannot imagine how they transformed the New York Skyline into a hotel right on Las Vegas Blvd and then you realize they drove it up the Brooklyn Bridge and right past the Statue of Liberty. The detail that was put into the design of this resort is fabulously Las Vegas. They did get one thing wrong though; the rooms are much larger than a New York City apartment. Apparently, out west people cannot understand city living. If you want to have a drink in Times Square, ride a roller coaster or have a large deli sandwich they have it at New York/New York

What you might like at the New York/New York Hotel and Casino:

The Village eateries have a ton of great food and allow you to stroll through the sidewalks of New York. If you want to have a loud evening of dancing and hollering walk over to Coyote Ugly where the girls dance on the tables and the place gets packed. If you’re in the mood for some adult entertainment see Zumanity the Cirque du Soleil show which is unlike anything you have ever witnessed. Also, if you're into singing in public at the top of your lungs, hit the Dueling Pianos at the Bar at Times Square.

What you might not like at the New York/New York Hotel and Casino:
Sometimes the amount of children running around can be a nuisance and the crowds walking through the mezzanine level can be menacing. The rooms are not flashy and tend to be average at best.

My suggestion:
Hop on the roller coaster that circles the resort, the Manhattan Express, it will make you scream. Catch a game at the ESPN Zone and then have a drink at Nine Fine Irishmen.
If you want a good meal for an average price head to Il Fornaio where the Italian dishes seem to be getting better and the bread is enough to make you want to add an hour to you visit. The simple marinara sauce is perfect for a light meal and the pizza selections are very tasty.
If you need real Las Vegas entertainment, your best bet is Zumanity. But be prepared for the adult entertainment that is truly Las Vegas.

Technorati Tags:

Friday, December 28, 2007

New Mega project on the strip

Bigger is, of course, better, and taller better still, and so Donald Trump has decided he can't possibly be outdone in such matters, and therefore his Trump International, two towers of hotel rooms and condos, will be 60-something stories when they open in late 2007 and 2008. The town giggles delightedly over all this display of architectural macho.
Less obvious to the naked eye, Mandalay Resorts agreed to a $4.8-billion takeover by MGM Mirage in 2005. The MGM MIRAGE-Mandalay Group now owns more than half the hotel rooms on the Strip. That's great news for shareholders but lousy news for visitors, who will find even fewer bargains on Strip rooms as competition dries up -- especially now that Harrah's and Caesars have also joined forces, leaving pretty much all the hotels on the Strip in about two sets of corporate hands. The new giant started off with a bang, with the destruction of the old Boardwalk Hotel, to be replaced by 2010 with the most ambitious project yet in a town full of 'em: Project CityCenter. Get this: It will contain, if it all comes to fruition, not just a 4,000-room megaresort and casino and all that goes with it (shops, restaurants, clubs), but also two 400-room boutique hotels (one being a part of the ultraluxe Mandarin Oriental chain), plus a couple thousand condo units and even more shopping, clubs, and restaurants separate from those belonging to the hotel complex.
Rivaling that project for its sheer size and scope will be Echelon Place, the $4-billion-plus development that is replacing the Stardust on the north end of the Strip. When it opens in 2010, it will have more than 5,300 rooms in four distinct properties -- Echelon Resort (a mega-casino style place) and three boutique hotels with high-cache names: Mondrian, Delano, and Shangri-La (a high-end Asian hotelier) -- plus the typical casino, meeting, shopping, restaurant, entertainment, and other facilities one would expect in a place that costs this much money.

Other big projects on the decks include the nearly $2-billion Cosmopolitan, which will include a Hyatt-branded and -run hotel and a big casino next to Bellagio when it is complete in late 2008; the W Hotel and Residences going up just east of the Strip on Harmon Avenue; and Las Ramblas, a $3-billion hotel, casino, and residential project with no less than George Clooney as one of the primary backers.

Technorati Tags:
, , , , , , , ,