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wpsteel66 posted:
"Total bummer…talk about taking the class and uniqueness away from the Bellagio…another smart move on CEO Jim and making all MGM properties generic…I hope this does not occur at the Beau Rivage...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
damania posted:
"Is there a podcast?..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Okie21 posted:
"As someone who voted against Trump and personally think he will go down as the worst POTUS in modern history, it still made me shake my head at all the mentions it got this year. The editors chose Trump as the worst on the strip and off the strip. Didn't know it was so big it fell into both categories. You can't say that it is because it really is..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Drake posted:
"@vespajet, I beg to differ. The Carson Street Cafe was shut down by the Health Department for violations. Not merely cited, but shut down. That's quite an embarrassment for a restaurant-centered corporation. It had to go. It was a nice cafe once, but it was shit at the end. My wife got food poisoning there, laid her up for days in a Rush Tower room, almost had to reschedule our..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
vespajet posted:
"@hail2skins The restaurant revamp in recent years that added a Claim Jumper and a Cadillac Mexican Kitchen in place of Carson Street Kitchen (Where this site was conceived.) was a bit of a downgrade to the property. Then again, Landry's owns a number of chains, so them putting them in the various GN properties makes some sense. ..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Malibugolfer posted:
""Besides, most of the "Trump worsts" were readers vote. Might as well let the readers speak instead of throw out votes." MinVegas, I just rechecked and 9 or 10 (I lost count) of the editors' "worst" picks, and the vast majority of their total picks, went to Trump. I've never had cause to go into the place, never will, but all the "worst" votes to Trump came across as petulant to me. ..."
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levans posted:
"Well let's see. Trump 'won' the most worst votes because his hotel really has nothing to offer guests. Limited dining options, way off Strip and no casino because he can't get a gaming license. Is it worse than Circus Circus or Hooters? They both have a casino and a few places to eat at least. Sahara wasn't a choice because its not there anymore. The Cosmo love comes for its..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
MinVegas posted:
"Also, I'm normally inclined to agree with the "leave your political opinions at home" crowd, but casinos and politics were almost inextricable in 2016. The year started with Sheldon buying our newspaper, progressed through the hot months with the football stadium, and ended with the first President whose name is in lights over the Strip. How could it not be political this year? I voted Sheldon for Vegas Person Of the..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
hail2skins posted:
"Yeah, I think the Nugget would've even been considered the class of downtown today even if the 2006-2009 Fertitta renovations hadn't occurred. @Vespajet, I'm curious as to what you mean that the "Golden Nugget of 2009 is not the same Golden Nugget of today." True, the place hasn't really changed since the Rush Tower opening pretty much was the culmination of the late 2000s renovations. And definitely don't like..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
MinVegas posted:
"Golden Nugget is one of the only places downtown with a spa. It's one of the only places with a decent pool. The hotel was aging and the layout a bit of a mess but building Rush Tower and blowing out the buffet to complete a circuit around the property addressed a lot of that. The D isn't bad by any stretch, and if you just walk their casino floors you..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Drake posted:
"Maybe they're going with vinyl. You know, cheaper and easier to clean. PGP baby. ..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
stevecovington posted:
"This ranks up there with getting rid of everything in Encore that made it great for the first 8 months it was open.. Boo...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
vespajet posted:
"@KickedBoar591 The Golden Nugget has long been the (pardon the pun) gold standard for Downtown. While properties like the Downtown Grand and The D have stepped up the game Downtown, they're still not on the same level as the Nugget. Hopefully whatever 18 Fremont becomes gives the Nugget some serious competition. I've lost my taste for the Golden Nugget in recent years as it has become..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"@Drake is right! The "2016 will go down as the year 2005 killed Las Vegas" was the line of the year! I know the year is just nine days old, but still impressive. ..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Devastazione posted:
"NOTHING,and I mean nothing was so comfortable like sitting at a table game at the Bellagio thanks to those drapes and lights. Suddendly the hustling and bustling of the casino floor went away and you felt so cozy and relaxed. ..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
Drake posted:
"Thanks for all the work and all the laughs over the years, Chuck! I think this year's Trippies' graphic says it all. I miss the commentary that accompanied winners and losers in previous years, but the one comment — "2016 will go down as the year 2005 killed Las Vegas" — really nails it. Sad, but very astute. ..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Dorian posted:
"It's one of my favorite places to play cards. The canopies are a huge reason. It feels cozy and warm inside the gigantic casino floor. Mirage used to have that same type feel until, MGM screwed it up. ..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I would like to thank everybody who took time to put together the Trippies. I know it is a huge undertaking. And I further realize that putting opinions out there can sometimes bring out the worst in people. So I would like to start off by again thanking you for taking the time for our enjoyment. It really is appreciated. But (and let's be honest, you knew this was coming)..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
jucifers posted:
"Could President Trump actually be good for Las Vegas? Adelson, Ruffin, Icahn and Wynn supported Trump for the presidency, while MGM went all in for Hillary Clinton. Trump has already picked fights with the auto companies. Nevada is an important swing state too. Could Trump win votes by filing antitrust lawsuits against MGM and Caesars? How much would Las Vegas benefit if Trump orders the..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
vespajet posted:
"Some things never change, as people will always bitch and moan about the winners each year. Yes on some levels Trump International winning so many Worst Trippies is a bit of a political backlash, but the results would have been the same regardless of the election results. Politics figure pretty heavily into Las Vegas, as one of the GOP's biggest donors happens to own two casinos, a..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
nvarl posted:
"Don't you think the whole list can be called into question when it is quite obvious that there was a very visible bias?..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
Chuckmonster posted:
"^^ "this whole list is a joke" "I didn't get past the first few as well"..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
nvarl posted:
"The whole list is a joke. How can you take any of it seriously because Trump was picked as the worst whenever it remotely was possible. I didn't get past the first few as well. I'm always amazed at how some people can make the most non political things political. ..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
pkluvsvegas posted:
"I'd love to know how Cosmo was ranked the best. That being said you guys are entitled to your opinion but the joke of everything Trump being the worst because Trump isn't funny. Your site, your rules, but personally I come to Vegas and Vegastripping to escape the partisan bitching. I'm not going to say something stupid like I won't read the site anymore, because that would be stupid, and you..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
donnymac66 posted:
"I agree the "not las vegas" award was strange for Vegas awards for best casino from a Vegas site. There are things in Vegas that are not ideal for me I still have some favourite casinos. VT was always a place to escape the endless political talk on the interwebs but the editor's choices may have signaled the end of that as well. But the awards that the editor's did..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
vespajet posted:
"While the Trump International "wins" were political in nature, having stayed there a few years ago, the place is not that great. When you sell a huge number of your units to a timeshare operation and you have to depend upon sites like Hotwire and Priceline to get people to stay there, you're not going to attract the sort of customer that goes with the property's supposed AAA..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
MinVegas posted:
"Sorry for being so scatter-brained above. We lack an edit function. ;(..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
MinVegas posted:
"So this is my knee-jerk HOT TAKE since I haven't listened to the audio: Wow, this is more negative than 2010. The award to "Not Las Vegas" almost made me wince. I realize that the Strip has had the fun bean-counted out of it, but Station has a couple of nice hotels with decent service that aren't quite Tower Suites but make up for it with better odds and more affordable..."
» Introducing the Trippies Class of 2017...
buckeyefan posted:
"They are about to open a Starbucks at Bellagio, A STARBUCKS! ..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
fudgewapner posted:
"Dammit that's too bad. It really does help with the lighting, which sets the tone for the whole experience. There certainly is too much "modern mall" out there, and these resorts need to recognize some parts of the design should remain. Is there likely Bellagio higher-ups who see the Monte Carlo renovations and other spending and want a piece of the budget whether it makes sense or not?..."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
bernard1 posted:
"Chuck, looking forward to the pics of Wynn Palace. The high rez media pics provided when it opened are beautiful but limited in what they show and trip advisor is limited as well. I still haven't seen great shots of the porte cochere, main lobby, and other common areas. Its those details and the random hallways I like to soak in the design of and and get the..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part 2...
senatorkevin posted:
"This is unfortunate. Makes the floor more and more bland / boring. Like that of the Palazzo. Feels like I'm just in a giant warehouse...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
BigHoss posted:
"Except for that jackass Aria bartender, I've admittedly been almost a PGP apologist for a few years. But, much more of this shit will really piss me off...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
MinVegas posted:
"They did a pretty good job in... 2006? I guess so. It was one of the first things I was taking pictures of when I was going to the Strip on weekdays and covering renovations. One other change I noticed at Bellagio the other week was that the concierge desk just inside the door in the corner has been removed and replaced with a shop...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
jucifers posted:
"Murren could fuck up a wet dream...."
» Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies...
stevecovington posted:
"The plans for Alon have been online for a while now if you Google them. The layout and scale was a complete departure from the philosophy of building a large square warehouse and filling it with pretty furnishings and faux architecture. Think of something the scale of Encore as a freestanding resort, but more organic of a layout and in keeping with the buildings exterior architecture and shape. I..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
skyyontherocks posted:
"This is great writing and has been since the inception of the story. Setting the future of Alon aside, this work by Chuck and the dogged pursuit of journalistic credibility has been a bright light compared to the shoot first and aim later approach to news that social media has fostered. Anybody can claim that this project is dead and have a 50/50 shot at being correct. Chuck..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
blissfulignoramus posted:
""My personal two cents - Chuck brings up a very interesting point in that Las Vegas doesn't just need a new resort. It needs a new type of resort." And one can argue that it needs something other than another Pretentious Exclusivity Flavor resort. Following Wynn/Encore, just about everything that has gone up on the Strip has been high-end, or an attempt at high end, and it hasn't been easy..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
SuperVegas posted:
"We should all just face the facts that the Las Vegas we love is gone. It's been buried underneath a pile of paid parking receipts, overpriced restaurants with licensed names and corporate suits salivating over what watered down trend they can jump on next. The next time I get the hankering for a low odds table and well brand liquor I'll just go play three card monte at the..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
Diablo posted:
"@hobgoblin7777 >not offered people the opportunity to comment or screened out comments/responses that did not align with his views. Actually you get IP banned on this site if you disagree with something thats written...."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
hail2skins posted:
"@jucifers What are these innovations though? Unless you're in the VT circle that has seen the plans, how do you know whether said "innovations" are going to be game-changers for you or, for that matter, the public at large? Here's a novel idea on what can save Vegas: the operators striking a happy medium between making up the current expense of the resorts with somewhat higher table minimums, instead of..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
jucifers posted:
"Alon 2016 reminds me of Apple's Macintosh 1984: A brilliant idea, ahead of its time. Pascal's team did everything they could to make Alon a success. They didn't fail; the market shifted on them. When Crown made the original Alon investment, casinos in Macao and Australia were booming. Since then, Crown's stock has taken a beating with Chinese government crackdowns hitting Crown especially hard. Packer has..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
hail2skins posted:
"@Hobgoblin: Yeah, but for a select few in the VT community, none of the rest of us know exactly what Alon has to offer inside. I'm intrigued by what's inside the square-shaped structures along Alon's strip frontage in the rendering shown as well as by the relatively small scale of the place, but, and I'll freely admit I'm not familiar with Crown's worldwide offerings, what's there that's not going to..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"Diablo, You should cut Chuck a break. You (and othhers who are agree with you) are definitely entitled to your opinion/view/hopes as Chuck is to his. If Chuck was kissing Pascal's ass he could have written his piece and not offered people the opportunity to comment or screened out comments/responses that did not align with his views. My personal two cents - Chuck brings up a very interesting point in..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
Diablo posted:
""The founders and developers of Alon Las Vegas will continue to explore all of its options to advance the project and optimize the value for its stakeholders." LOL. What total bullshit. They will sell this to someone in a couple of months...if they dont go completely bankrupt beforehand. Cant believe Chuck still thinks (ie; prays) this thing still has legs...have some dignity dude and stop kissing Pascal's ass so much. ..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
HedgedBettor posted:
"I think I can give a reasonable insight into this. Haven't done any work on this personally but I've read a few reports from the Australian analysts that shed some light on the situation. Crown is having legal problems related to solicitation of players in China. Its technically illegal for casino operators to induce Chinese nationals to play at their properties overseas (including Macau). The middlemen who do that are the..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
Chuckmonster posted:
"BD - I'll preface by saying that all of my theories about why Alon couldn't close the gap are pure speculation. None of this came from the horse's mouth. I need to be completely transparent here... I'm only guessing. Theory #1 - "Packer is a multi-bazillionaire with holdings here there and everywhere. Why would he need a partner, he can pay for it himself! - I'm out." Theory #2..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
bdentino posted:
"Chuck, great take on Alon. Thanks for the analysis that makes this site essential. I want to play devil's advocate, though. Doesn't Alon's failure to secure funding support the case that Vegas doesn't need/won't support another 'x' amount of hotels rooms, and the gambling pie to be sliced even further? I turned 21 in the midst of the Recession - the heady days of post-Mirage Vegas are merely stories for me -..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
detroit1051 posted:
"In this century, when most of The Strip has become generic and corporate thanks to MGM and Caesars, a unique, boutique high-end resort is definitely needed. I am certainly not in Alon's target market, but Las Vegas was built on dreams of glamor, luxury and of experiences not part of our daily workaday lives at home. That is reason enough to support the opening of Alon, and to some..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
MinVegas posted:
"Packer shouldn't have lost much on Crown LV. It was another Christopher Milam pipe dream. That guy, like Michael "10,000 room Moon hotel" before him, are part of the pack that come up with endless unfeasible ideas for this town such as the PolarCoaster and Go To Mars. Milam's other ideas included a failed arena plan on the same land as Crown and he also flirted with buying the local..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
vespajet posted:
"Packer's investment in Crown Las Vegas (Which was one of several proposed projects on the site that have never gone forward.) was before the investment in Fontainebleau. He also got hosed by Station Casinos' struggles during that time as well, paying $242 million for a 4.9% stake in 2007 that was worthless two years later. Here's an article from June 2009 that outlines Packer's bad investments in..."
» Some Thoughts About Alon...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"This is pretty sad to say the least. It should also be pointed out that Crown is further reducing its share in Melco Crown Entertainment (they're dropping their MCE share from 27.5% down to about 14%). Crown has been growing in Australia though - Crown Towers Perth recently opened and Crown Towers Sydney is under construction. Crown also is aiming for a casino license on the Gold Coast (south of Brisbane). This..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
vespajet posted:
"Packer hasn't had the best of luck with his investments in Vegas over the last decade. You also have to wonder if that land is cursed. Phil Ruffin had proposed several redevelopment plans for the site before selling the bulk of the land to El Ad for the failed Plaza resort. Even Trump International has underperformed, as they had a lot of condos that sales fell through and eventually,..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
Gringo posted:
"I was expecting a bigger VT write-up on this story...."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
jucifers posted:
"Chuckmonster, what percentage of Alon's innovations could be retrofitted onto existing casinos? And which Las Vegas hotels would benefit the most from retrofitting their casinos to emulate the Alon approach? Could MGM generate large profits by buying out Crown, using the intellectual property on existing hotels and waiting a few years to build Alon? Aria failed to dethrone Wynn as Las Vegas' premier hotel. Could Alon..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
Toro66 posted:
"Not surprised. While I was sitting in the car taking us to Encore I was next to the sign that said Elon 2018 - and I said yeah, right. Sad - sounded great! Hey Steve - Wynn Trois..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
HankTheDwarf posted:
"^ I'm referring to new projects BTW. Not talking about outpaced 5 star joints that slip into 4 star territory...."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
HankTheDwarf posted:
"Bad news, but it would be nice if someone would target the upper mid tier vs yet another luxury glass tower among a sea of them. I'm sure the economics work out better with the latter, but it makes for a boring ass city. ..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
hail2skins posted:
"Sorry Chuck......I know you were looking forward to and had high hopes for this project. All the statistical measures seems to suggest Vegas is humming right now, so why is it that these companies seem to be having difficulty funding Vegas projects? I really think RW is going to meet the same fate. ..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
RobbieNomi posted:
"Goodbye Alon... Hello Walgreens. Ugh...."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
chrisrobbins1980 posted:
"Any chance this parcel could be used for the proposed NFL stadium?..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"Don't know what happens to the Alon team. I agree with Chuck. They are a talented group. I wish them the best. Personally, I would like to see the property acquired by Resorts World for a future expansion/resort (I'm still hoping Resorts World gets built. I really liked the renderings). Also, wouldn't mind seeing Steve-O buy it and put something for the middle class..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
MinVegas posted:
"While everyone will naturally assume that Wynn Resorts builds something here, I wouldn't be surprised if Alon's management, realizing that they're sharing a land border with a Trump tower, brings in Eric & Donald Jr to partner on the second draft. Given that our new kleptocracy seems fit to turn The Trump Organization into a de-facto state-backed corporation, Pascal & Company can probably score some favorable deals regarding taxes and immigration visas from the man..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
jucifers posted:
"Alon's management team is too high caliber to be permanently sidelined. Their plans for Alon looked fantastic; the timing was just unfortunate. Will Wynn surprise everyone by extending an olive branch or will Jim Murren attract this talented team to MGM? With new casino opportunities opening up in Japan and Brazil, could Alon's ideas wind up in casinos overseas before we see them introduced in America? ..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
jimmybond posted:
"maybe wynn can use the proceeds from their sale of half the shops and buy that parcel, own that end of the strip. does it have space for an 18 hole golf course? could be a replacement for the one being turned into the Blue Lagoon..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
anawas posted:
"Does this mean Alon is completely dead, or just that someone else will build and run it? I mean, Mariah Carey has to do *something* with all that money she's trying to get from James Packer...."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
Drake posted:
"Crown is reading the tea leaves and doesn't want to be this decade's City Center. ..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
Drake posted:
"^^ Are there enough Chinese expats up and down the left coast who want Asian gaming? I think that's the "make or break" equation here. ..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
Diablo posted:
"Gee, didnt see that one coming /s VT is banning people for disagreeing with them so i'll just leave this gem from just a few months ago... "Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead" LOL! ..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
fudgewapner posted:
"Thoughts on how this might impact Resorts World? And does Wynn now scale back on the golf course/pond ambitions? Less need to dive into that project? With Wynn putting Amazon Echos in every room, perhaps they're all set (that's a joke - now we can talk to the curtains!)..."
» Crown Pulls Out Of Alon...
MinVegas posted:
"For some reason I wrote Bellagio when I meant Wynn. CP, Sands, Aria, and Wynn are always the ones packed around Christmastime, hosting concerts by Cantopop superstars, etc. fudgewapner: They'd have to offer some pretty damn great VP considering that Palace Station is right down the road, takes the Boarding Pass card, and sells food that isn't Asian. I mean no disrespect, but their niche focus in food turns away anyone looking for pancakes, a burger, roast chicken, etc...."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
MinVegas posted:
"There's nothing here dragging anyone up from the four horsemen of Venelazzo, Caesars, Bellagio, and Aria (formerly MGM Grand). It's nice that they're not screwing over the customer with $10 parking charges or $25 resort fees, but that stuff means less to people flying over the ocean to gamble who already have an account somewhere else. Maybe they'll take business from Gold Coast and Westgate gamblers who want to stay on the Strip proper, but I..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
talktobrent posted:
"I agree it lacks details. Those common areas look more like a chain hotel or staging for a condo development. It's not BAD, and certainly could be right for the price, but it's definitely nothing super special from a design perspective...."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
fudgewapner posted:
"Agree with WLV3131 - I read trip reports of gamblers from Taiwan, HK, and other places with massive credit lines that typically stay at Aria, CP or Wynn. Wynn customers at the high and even high-mid level can use the Phantom to go down the street. The restaurant choices are obviously much more expansive. The highest players also get loss discounts, airfare, etc. Can Lucky Dragon get those players, and..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
WLV3131 posted:
"Pretty sure Roger Thomas would poo poo on your face for comparing this to Wynn and Encore. I feel the design is very similar "quality" as Downtown Grand... Nice to the eye but lacks a lot of details in construction and it appears that the materials used were residential more than commercial. Their "houe car" a Chevy Mega Van with a magnet saying LUCKY DRAGON on it will..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
ihatesnow posted:
"Nice write-up!..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
Waffle posted:
"I can't remmeber the table game maxes... I went back Friday and discovered they have two types of Pai gow, one with commmission and one without. I want to say sq footage was 25k that I read somewhere (casino floor)..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
Frostbyte posted:
"I'll be sending in photos of the King Bedroom and spa Friday!..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
Dave702 posted:
"Smaller than the Cromwell, I think. Not sure of the square footage, but it feels smaller at the least since it's a circle rather than a long rectangle. It's impossible to get lost in there--you can always see clear across the casino. I talk about this in a Seven piece that should be out in a few days...."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
jimmybond posted:
"thanks for the tour. love the view of the dragon carpet from overhead in your panoramic shot..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"Thanks for the cool little photo essay. Just trying to gauge how big/small it is. Is it bigger, smaller, or about the same size as Cromwell (formerly Bills/Barbary Coast)?..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
thefish2010 posted:
"Did you happen to see what the maximum was on their baccarat and blackjack games?..."
» The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Ding dong ding dong!..."
» The Trippies 2017 Final Nominees Are......
MarkyMark posted:
"The most wonderful time of the year!..."
» The Trippies 2017 Final Nominees Are......
wpsteel66 posted:
"Chuck, THANKS for doing the Trippies again this year...I enjoy reading the results on how others, especially the editors, rate Vegas...Interesting to go back and read the results of 2005 and 2006 and how things changed and some things stayed the same...."
» The Trippies 2017 Nomination Phase Is Now Open...
BigHoss posted:
"Just in time for a nice tumbler of eggnog...."
» The Trippies 2017 Nomination Phase Is Now Open...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Now I know why there was/is not a German themed hotel/casino. Chuck - This is why I come to this site - I can always find something to laugh about (and learn something new) no matter how shitty a day I'm having. Thanks for everything!..."
» The Trippies 2017 Nomination Phase Is Now Open...
wpsteel66 posted:
"Again, another great review...really appreciate this information...you have a great way with words and produce an enjoyable read...was the price right for this room? Please keep providing these reviews...even though I may never visit some of these places, still very good reads and a learning experience......"
» The Crown Of Macau... And Eventually Vegas...
jucifers posted:
"Great review! Thanks for posting this, Chuckmonster. How is Alon's financing progressing? Is there any possibility that someone like Okada might invest, or that Resorts World might cancel their north strip project and joint venture with Crown to complete Alon instead? ..."
» The Crown Of Macau... And Eventually Vegas...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"Presumably the Alon Resort's VIP Tower will be Crown Towers Las Vegas or Crown Towers at Alon Las Vegas. Currently there are 4 Crown Towers hotels; Melbourne, Perth, Manila and Macau. Sydney is coming up soon, although the casino there will be VIP only. Presumably, Crown Towers Alon Las Vegas will be the sixth Crown Towers...."
» The Crown Of Macau... And Eventually Vegas...
cschoony posted:
"Can't say I am surprised, but I am disappointed. The arena they built is an expensive proposition and costly to maintain. So, when the other arena gets built and I have read that those funds in part are going to be raised by an increase in the room tax, will the taxes and fees be almost double the base room rate?..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I've done well with Golden Gate comps, which don't charge the resort fee. But I still throw some business to the Boyd Family of properties downtown and let them know specifically the free parking and no resort fees keep me coming back. I'm not sure it has any impact, but I like to hope that it does. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Drake posted:
"If the gambling is "authentic," this place could be a big hit based on the West Coast Asian population alone. And I could see a "stay on the strip, play at the Dragon" mindset taking hold for visitors flying in from Asia ,too. That's key because I don't see too many people flying halfway around the globe to stay at 300 W. Sahara. ..."
» LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon...
donnymac66 posted:
"I'm hoping for Sic Bo!..."
» LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon...
socalduck posted:
"It's nice to have options. Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA is in the midst of a huge expansion. No, it's not Vegas, but it's a pretty decent resort and relatively accessible from most of Southern California. I play craps, and card craps pays the same odds as regular craps, so once you get used to the whole turning-of-cards-to-decide-the-outcome aspect of the game, it's indistinguishable from..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
levans posted:
"I look forward to seeing how the place is received when it opens. ..."
» LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon...
Malibugolfer posted:
"Motoman, Your point is well taken. Since I have personally seen the changes unfold since the late 60's, I truly can relate and lament the loss of what Vegas always has been to me and others. But this has been obvious for a long time. Get used to more and more drink controls based on gambling bet sizes. $.25 vp just doesn't pay for itself. Fewer and fewer live dealers as automation saves labor costs...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Skywise posted:
"I bet their P.F. Chang's will be awesome. :) I'm curious to check the place out next time I'm there and see how inviting it is for the typical US guest. Looking forward to the reviews...."
» LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon...
etm117 posted:
"The more I hear about this the more I think they may have found an underserved market in Vegas. They kept the place relatively small based on the fact they know it is a niche. I think this allows them to really keep the focus on the authenticity of the place rather than trying to be everything to everyone. Good by them, I cannot wait to drop by on..."
» LA Times Talks Lucky Dragon...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"This really is making me question whether I should even visit Vegas next year. At least as a green chip player I can get tolerable odds (especially in the morning). And the comp rate in Vegas still outstrips Macau. Plus even with MGM paring back the free drinks service its still better than Macau for free drinks. On the other hand, with the exchange rate unfavorable (to me), fees climbing, value..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
motoman posted:
"Drake: completely agree. The "bargain" proposition is now gone. I never even cared for "fancy" resorts elsewhere; Vegas had (past tense) a total package. Malibuglofer, I know you're a good businessman, but I believe anawas was referring to the underhandedness of the Resort Fees. Room rates can and do reflect the market. (Price early Jan during CES if you like.) SuperVegas, last yr was the first in over a decade,..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Malibugolfer posted:
"" Just cause you CAN charge more doesn't mean you SHOULD" anawas, you're kidding right?..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
SuperVegas posted:
"Disgusting, talk with your feet otherwise you're just part of the problem. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Drake posted:
"Las Vegas has been a great way for my wife and I to enjoy all the amenities and buzz of a good full-service resort hotel at a very affordable price. The money "saved" has been our gambling budget. Take that away and I doubt we'll continue visiting. If we have to pay $150-$225/night midweek for a decent 4-star hotel, then it's time to rethink our vacation plans. We can pay..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
HankTheDwarf posted:
"Perfect example, among hundreds, of why consolidation and mergers almost always hurt regular citizens...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
anawas posted:
"Idiots. Just cause you CAN charge more doesn't mean you SHOULD. At the low end of MGM's room spectrum, resort fees now essentially double the advertised room rate, especially on weeknights. At the high end, it's still about a 10-20% surcharge...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Diablo posted:
"So they just matched what Wynn/Encore's resort fee is? VT might want to update their list, Wynn has been $35 for a while now...guess no one here noticed that, huh? At least Aria/Bellagio doesnt rape you with their craps odds. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
ihatesnow posted:
"Gross. Just hike it up to $50 already, Murren, if you're going to be that obvious about it...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
LeoNYC posted:
"Come on VT team. Give MGM a break. I heard the price for the cartridge ink went up. So now it cost you more to print those board passes ;-)..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
travisl posted:
"@chuckmonster The room in the Excalibur photo could have been my exact room, except there was no poster of Excalibur photoshopped into my window. When I dropped my bags on the bed, I thought I'd seen a post about repurposed furniture, but then promptly forgot about it. It's still in pretty good shape...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
levans posted:
"And what do we get with the increase? Nothing. My stay at The Linq resulted in almost 200 bucks in resort fees. Most of that was for internet usage and four free small bottles of water. . This has to stop. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
hail2skins posted:
"I'm a couple weeks out from another trip, downtown like it has been largely for much of the past decade, and it occurred to me that, while the Strip is what many folks picture when they think of Las Vegas, how much of an afterthought that LV Blvd has been when it comes to my trips with the guys. The various fees are getting ridiculous. Yes, Fremont Street has had resort..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Frostbyte posted:
"This is getting out of control. I just looked up S.2599 - Truth in Hotel Advertising Act of 2016 to see if there has been any progress made, but it looks like no movement since Feb. :(..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
RobbieNomi posted:
"Murren & Co. gotta make sure they get that PGP bonus!..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
parchedearth posted:
"This is truly disgusting and clearly shows there is no correlation between the resort fee and their cost for providing the corresponding amenities. Unfortunately, I am not sure where this will end. I stay almost 40 nights a year in Vegas (most of those in MGM properties); which means I am paying almost $1400 in resort fees. Last trip, I noticed in-room movies are now $15 and room..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@travis... this year's Excalibur is last year's Mandalay Bay: http://www.vegastripping.com/news/blog/5772/why-do-these-new-excalibur-rooms-look-so-familiar/..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
travisl posted:
"I stayed in the Royal Tower of the Dismal Castle for two nights following VIMFP. The Milf Club marketing said the room was $20 a night. I also paid an $8 per night upgrade fee, because $16 was cheaper than trying the $20 trick. The total came to $120.96: $62.72 for the room (including taxes), and $58.24 for the resort fee (including taxes). Fortunately, it's not my first Vegas rodeo,..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
nodeuces posted:
"For years the consumers get even more cummy linens, on average, with each visit. That comes at a cost...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
bd9902 posted:
"It's been five years since I've made a trip to Vegas and this is honestly what's kept me away the past couple years. I used to be able to stay at Luxor for $29/night (plus tax), but now that's what they're charging as a fee on top of the nightly rate? No thanks...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN...
jucifers posted:
"Fun interview! Norm is a great raconteur...."
» Vegas Gang #133 : Live at #VIMFP With Norm! Clarke...
vespajet posted:
"I finally got around to listening to this episode and I really haven't had a Vegas celebrity moment other than walking by Flava Flav at the New York Dolls/Poison/Motley Crue concert at Red Rock back in 2011. The weekend of VT10, I was at Casa Fuente and Joe Montana was going to swing by after an autograph session at one of the shops nearby, but the place was..."
» VegasTripping Ep. 26 - Celebrity...
NavinR posted:
"Thank you for posting... Can't wait to see it...."
» Peekaboo: The Steve Lays Big Pipe at Wynn Plaza...
wpsteel66 posted:
"Chuck, as always your writing paints a great picture of your adventure. These stories were filled with so many details along with you expressing your feelings/emotions. I enjoyed reading these daily stories...real bummer Wynn Palace was not opened...also a major disappointment about trying to fly home...could you imagine that with people leaving the US or even travel within the states? Glad I am not the only one who check..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
wpsteel66 posted:
"Good to hear this project still has life...am eager to see how this place turns out once built...good to see some more competitive on the strip...."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
edrock posted:
"https://youtu.be/uInJEkcWNIw "why take a chance? at least that's the way I see it."..."
» #VIMFP: The Main Event - Saturday Night...
vespajet posted:
"Before the email went out to the boosters, I was trying to pin down when the Main Event was by seeing what acts were going to be dark on the 15th, and none of the shows were showing up as being dark that day (They have in previous years.) I'm guessing the D was helping keep the secret as well, as up until several days after the announcement,..."
» #VIMFP: The Main Event - Saturday Night...
levans posted:
"I will bring donuts anyway..."
» #VIMFP: The Main Event - Saturday Night...
edrock posted:
"We take "this thing of ours" quite seriously! ..."
» #VIMFP: The Main Event - Saturday Night...
Drake posted:
"Heh. Maybe it's a "plus" when your business partner can do things like this. Maybe it's a worry too. Good regime/bad regime: Too hard to call! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/ghost-town-how-china-emptied-hangzhou-to-guarantee-perfect-g20..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
HillBilly posted:
"You had me at horseshit jai alai. Added to my professional vocabulary...."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
145tech posted:
"I'll be sure to bring my zinc oxide!..."
» #VIMFP: NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet)...
Drake posted:
"Sounds fabulous, chuckmonster and stevecovington, it really does. Hope it comes to pass as envisioned. Time will tell. ..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
stevecovington posted:
"...and if Paradise Park and Hotel are Steve's response to Alon, he must not have seen what we have. ..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
stevecovington posted:
"After being able to view a detailed site plan and some renderings, I am very optimistic for this project. The attention to detail in terms of architecture, the layout of the public spaces and how they relate to the building itself, is a real game changer for Las Vegas. In actuality, the scale, layout and execution of the property will harken back to the days when properties like Flamingo, Tropicana,..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Jucifers - I'm not probably right, I'm definitely right. Steve Wynn has pretty much disrespected Elaine personally and professionally. Elaine has nothing to do with Alon, other than being Andrew's aunt. The Steve/Elaine thing isn't a simple lawsuit. It is the culmination of 30 years of a fucked up relationship between a visionary megalomaniac and his long suffering creative/relationship partner. Steve will NOT be involved..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
jucifers posted:
"Chuckmonster, you're probably right. Most likely, the Wynns will never mend fences, but they should seriously consider it. Why can't Steve and Elaine settle their lawsuit now instead of wasting the golden years of their lives fighting with each other? Why can't a deal be worked out? Alon could get the capital infusion it needs from Wynn Resorts, and Steve could ensure his control of Wynn..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@jucifers - Elaine has nothing to do with Alon. Elaine and Steve will never mend fences. The top flight talent isn't sitting on the sidelines, they're actually working to build a hatchet whose name is Alon. There is no way that Steve Wynn will be involved in this project. Zero. Zip. Nada. @drake - Alon isn't really a magnitude. It is a microtude. The..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
jucifers posted:
"Is there any chance that Steve and Elaine mend fences to build Alon as a joint venture? There's a whole lot of top flight talent sitting on the sidelines right now. This could be a Wynn-Wynn deal, if they can only bury the hatchet...."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
vespajet posted:
"Maybe they're pining for the fjords........."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
Drake posted:
"To the non-nuanced eye, this project looks like a spare-no-expense Cosmo 2.0 or even a Revel 2.0 — only catering to a smaller, more exclusive crowd — so I can understand the jitters among would-be investors. I wish them luck, but this may not be the right time for a project of this magnitude. ..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
Diablo posted:
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Guaranteed dead in the water. Theyre just spewing bullshit so they wont seem desperate when they are negotiating to sell it. Hopefully Wynn buys it and nixes his little Walley's World fiasco he's planning and builds one last proper hotel. ..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
andybflo posted:
"Read "The Quiet Kingmaker", without him probably 75% of the non-corporate folks wouldn't have gotten started. The man might be the single most influential person in securing funding to transform the strip from low-rise motels to the mid/high-rise integrated resorts in the 70's and 80's. Nobody would fund large scale development until EPT. He not only provided bank funding, but bridged it into complex funding schemes to get the bigger..."
» E. Parry Thomas, Icon...
Rooster0620 posted:
"No offense, dawg, but lack of ability to get financing = dead project..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
MinVegas posted:
"Future Home of Countryland USA..."
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
rangerkeeper posted:
"Alon Las Vegas to open by January 1, 2020 Yes +300 No -400 Looks about right to me......"
» Confirmed: Alon Isn't Dead...
MrEinSantaCruz posted:
"Is it still an "Afterparty" if it happens BEFORE the Main Event ? ..."
» #VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is......
RateVegas posted:
"That's why we needed boosters. These EDM dudes aren't cheap...."
» #VIMFP: NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet)...
djdanielson posted:
"No. You will have to settle for a regular DJ. Sorry!..."
» #VIMFP: NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet)...
vespajet posted:
"Celebrity DJ? You guys hired Chumlee, didn't you? ;) ..."
» #VIMFP: NERDcore Beach Club (and swapmeet)...
Chuckmonster posted:
"I talked to Ālon folks last week and they're still there working...."
» ālon: Coming Soonish...
rangerkeeper posted:
"The rumor that they've fired their architecture/design firm, leading to large layoffs, seems fairly easy to verify......."
» ālon: Coming Soonish...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@stuffingravy i'm curious what the source of your information is. I talk to the alon folks every month or so and if anything they seem really excited about unleashing the project. not sure if I can buy any of what you're selling without a little more background information...."
» ālon: Coming Soonish...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@jcookdc To be fair, Alon hasn't held a groundbreaking. Resorts World did 16 months ago... and this is what they've done in that time...."
» Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up...
stuffinggravy posted:
"The Alon project is not delayed, it's DEAD. Ask around. They released their vendors. Their architect going bankrupt. Dozens of people laid off. What becomes of all the senior people who have signed on? Sad to see. ..."
» ālon: Coming Soonish...
jcookdc posted:
"And yet still more progress than Alon....."
» Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up...
buckeyefan posted:
"Without Parry Steve Wynn wouldn't be in Vegas. ..."
» E. Parry Thomas, Icon...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"RIP Parry. I believe he also aided Bill Bennett in getting the loan for Circus Circus. That guy had a lot of impact on Vegas...."
» E. Parry Thomas, Icon...
vespajet posted:
"This comes of the heels of the passing of Joel Bergman, who was Steve Wynn's in-house architect from 1978-1994, most notably designing Mirage and Treasure Island for Wynn before starting up his own firm (Bergman, Walls & Associates) which designed Paris, Signature and Trump International among other projects. ..."
» E. Parry Thomas, Icon...
STSWinston posted:
"Maybe they're taking a cue from MGM and only building a parking garage...."
» Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up...
talktobrent posted:
"At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if they back out and someone else decides to build Echelon afterall..."
» Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up...
Dramman posted:
"This work? http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CAESARS-GOLF-MACAU-PULLOVER-JACKET-men-red-MED-windbreaker-las-vegas-slots-/111729349509?hash=item1a03969385:g:jSQAAOSw7aBVGwpV..."
» #VIMFP: World Series of Satin Casino Jackets...
LakeMeadLakeErie posted:
"For what it's worth, on Clark County's tv channel a couple weeks back a county official claimed Resorts World has virtually completed all necessary underground infrastructure to begin above ground work in Fall. Personally, I remember in recent times underground work being done at Palazzo when it was being built and it was a beehive of activity, granted their parking is underground, but RW was certainly not a beehive..."
» Rip Van Resorts World Wakes Up...
skyyontherocks posted:
"VIMFP 2016 t-shirt procured. Can't wait to see everyone. I can't thank Chuck and Hunter enough for putting this together. ..."
» #VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is......
vespajet posted:
"I'm trying to imagine just how hungover everyone will be at the Main Event........."
» #VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is......
TippingMitch posted:
"wow, thats really something Congrats..."
» #VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is......
TheLostOnes posted:
"The only MGM property that is expempt from any parking charges would be The Signature at MGM Grand. They still offer complimentary valet there as there are owners living there that would have been livid. Other than that majority if not all employees of MGM properties are not happy about this or PGP in general. Eliminating Mirage's Room Service Department to save money on white table cloths is ridiculous......"
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
Djnightside posted:
"You have outdone yourselves this year. I love this band! Can't wait to rock out with you. Cheers -Roux..."
» #VIMFP: The Afterparty Headliner is......
saharalv posted:
"Ah, Vegas. Twenty years ago, my friends and I went downtown (Gold Spike?) and stood enraptured as we all, simultaneously, learned the basics of Blackjack. Sahara was my home away from home during the nineties. I sat on the lawn by the pool and watched my friend get chastised by a British woman when she saw that he was drawing an unflattering likeness of her sister lounging after a dip. "Are..."
» VegasTripping Ep. 23 - Ledge...
SuperVegas posted:
"Lisa Marchese's schtick is classic one-hit wonder material. ..."
» See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I was just thinking this on my last trip to Las Vegas, is that there always seems to be one thing I don't get to do each time I come to town. Like I finally made it to Triple 7, which I hadn't been to in a while. Yet, I never got the chance to roll the dice with the boys over at the Cal. I have a trip coming..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
Drake posted:
"It's a nice quirky pitch to the monied "middle-aged and up" set. Anything that creates an image separate from Adelson and his personality has got to be a plus...."
» See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial...
NeverJustJ posted:
"JCPenney, maybe...more like one of those new online sellers of hip, colorful up-to-the-minute trendy furniture in my eye...."
» See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial...
levans posted:
"As long as Adelson owns the place I will never stay there. I will eat there but that's it. Maybe he figured trippy commercials helped Cosmo so why not join the club. ..."
» See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial...
Devastazione posted:
"Dumbest commercial ever......"
» See The Venetian's New Retro Commercial...
theANT posted:
"The Aria Sports Bar staff is comprised completely of laughable dunce clowns. ESPECIALLY the bar tender who closely resembles The Amazing Jonathan. If he is still employed - do society a favor and stiff him on the tip, decreases his chance of reproduction. We owe the Planet better than that. Every other trip I take, I say it will be the last. I even quit visiting this..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
skyyontherocks posted:
"Thank you for another thought provoking show. Years ago, U-Haul had an ad campaign and the slogan used was “Adventures in Moving”. I remember thinking that when you are going through the hassle of a move, the last thing you would want is an adventure, right? But then, the adventure doesn’t have to be the move itself, but the opportunity that resides on the other side of..."
» VegasTripping Ep. 23 - Ledge...
Spyder posted:
"I may not make it to Vegas at all this year. Shitty economy, too much work, and the reasons the most talented gravy drinker around has mentioned. I will always return tho. It's the people you get to see, why last year around this time, I got to spend some time with Hoss, his amazing wife, and the super dapper Mike E. It was great, and I will always return..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
thefish2010 posted:
"Are people really paying $29/nt on top of the actual room rate to stay at Excalibur? That just seems...disgustingly high. It doesn't matter that much to those of us that get comped rooms at places like Aria or Bellagio, but I feel for the people that are trying to come to Vegas on a budget and get slapped around by all of these fees. The problem is..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
jinx73 posted:
"Very nice article. There is no doubt even with all the 'new things' that Las Vegas can get stale for those of us, who have been going for a while. Even those fascinated by new casino openings, have their limit on how many new 'great' openings they can stand. It's just human nature. And while I know that many of us who travel often, try and..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
MinVegas posted:
"I never know how to respond to this sort of "never coming back to town" attitudes, because they usually are about value for money, and obviously being a $3 bus ride away from the Strip with a familiar bed just a dozen miles I really can't contribute anything to determine whether the cost is worth it for you. The Strip is definitely slowing down and incrementing by degrees, and the photos..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
donnymac66 posted:
"count me among the people who now dislike the Aria sports bar. 2 weeks ago staying at Bellagio we decide to venture over to Aria with the idea of playing at the sports bar as we have had a great time there in the past. We get distracted by the live music at Bar Moderno err Lift Bar. We play video poker at the bar and have excellent professional service..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
Drake posted:
"I've only encountered genuine turd bartenders twice at Vegas VP bars — at MGM and the Golden Nugget — and yes, that can be a real buzz-kill. I gotta say I've never had a problem at Gustav's Bar at Paris, which has become my "home" VP bar for my last three trips, crappy pay tables and all. Service has always been good to excellent for me there. Of course, we'll..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
thecosmicjester posted:
"Nullzero00: Used to? That's about how much I get weekday rooms for at El Cortez and The Cal...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
dadice posted:
"I too, cast a stink eye at that Aria Sports Book Bar. I used to play it every day at when Aria. It was great - crowded, good playing machines and drinks. As I told the current turd last visit, "This was a great bar back when the place opened". I had put in a %20 and was curious what the PGP rap would be. Then..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
vespajet posted:
"In recent years, I've found myself gambling less and using some of that money on nice meals and really good cocktails. It used to be that cocktail service at all casinos was pretty consistent across the board, so even if you were having a bad run of luck, the "free drinks" weren't so damn expensive. A few years ago, I blew through $300 playing VP at the..."
» Editorial: Ebbs And Flows...
jinx73 posted:
"Enjoyed every word of your trip, very sorry to hear Gunther was having issues, and additionally sorry to read about the trouble in Shanghai, having only been stranded once in country and the challenges it presented, I can only imagine the frustration and anger you were experiencing...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Dramman posted:
"Two comments. One on the post, the other on the comments. 1. Chuck, Hunter, John, awesome and made me "homesick" for weeks. I also expect a full, effusive, and public apology for teasing me about the pork. 2. "Au contraire mom ami" on drinking/nighlife in Macau. The scene however switches around a bit. Also you may have to get used to Canto-pop (no easy feat, even if you are used to J-pop..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Drake posted:
"StudiodeKadent, I hear ya, it's not the bad old days in China. Then again, Chavez said all the right things, too, before everything turned to total shit in Venezuela. As for China, the need for foreign investment hasn't stopped it from being the world capital for copyright and trademark piracy and other such shenanigans. How much of that goes on with the tacit blessing of the political leadership, who knows...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"Drake, The Chinese Communist Party is (these days) communist in name only. They're more accurately described as corporatist, or economic fascist. They're generally following the "Asian Tiger" model of export-orientation, cronyism, and regulation for the "public good" (which, not coincidentally, bears a strong relationship to the good of the government). Its certainly not free market, but it isn't Stalinism either, and it has a much better record in terms of prosperity..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
nullzero00 posted:
"I remember when the lower-level properties used to run promotions and would cost that to stay for the night. #bringbackthemob..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
RateVegas posted:
"I did one round-trip ferry ride to/from HK so I have very limited experience but I did not feel like a sardine. We got the higher end seats which meant we sat in the front of the boat and had a separate lounge. They cost very little, at least in terms of US prices. Honestly, riding on the boat was nicer than taking a United flight in the US...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Malibugolfer posted:
"Thanks Chuck, you did answer my question. Although the ferry is an adventure in human sardine management almost unique to the experience of those of the western world, going to HK does make way more sense...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Drake posted:
"^^…and being heavily regulated by the Chicoms doesn't give me warm and fuzzy feelings inside, either. Coms can and will fuck up anything (see: Venezuela today, not to mention everything they "regulated" in the 20th century). The American operators there should keep in mind the Frog and the Scorpion tale. And yes, it will be very interesting to see how things shake out in the years ahead. That said, thanks Chuck..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"Chuck, Las Vegas is not a two-company town. The strip is mostly dominated by two big players (MGM and Ceasars) but not only are there other operators on the strip already (Wynn, Sands, Ruffin, Cosmo, SLS), other operators will be coming in soon (Genting, Penn National, Alon). Then you have to factor in the competition from Downtown and Off-Strip operators. No competent economist would describe Macau as more competitive than Las..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Thank you all for the great comments and compliments, I really really appreciate all the feedback and discussion. Malibu... I'm not sure I understand what you are asking. I chose the Shanghai stop because I wanted to fly in to Macau International Airport and avoid the time/expense of a ferry transfer. (LOL). There are no non-stop flights to Macau from North America... the airport runway is too small..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Malibugolfer posted:
"So Chuck, while your memory is still fresh, perhaps you would give a $$$$ total of what you would have paid additional to avoid the return flight fiasco? Including the costs you incurred and the mental anguish. You really did seem to handle it well. ..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
fudgewapner posted:
"Thank you for sharing this trip -great writing and photos make a memorable experience. The Shanghai Airport disaster does not sound fun. My parents lived outside London while I was in college (in the U.S.) and one summer before going to Heathrow I lost my passport and had to wait two weeks at a friend's house in Indiana to get a replacement. My parents were planning an Ireland trip -..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
StudiodeKadent posted:
""Whereas the Las Vegas Strip is controlled by two large corporations, racing to the bottom to institute anti-customer policies, defer maintenance (and pride), engage in fees and value gouging, Macau's gaming monopoly was broken by giving five other companies gaming concession licenses, and fostering their competition with oversight by active and empowered regulators. These six companies are racing to the top by providing guests with exceptional service, outrageous retail options,..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
toastcmu posted:
"I followed each of these as you posted them - the architecture and sights were the first things that interested me. As your trip went on, I waited patiently for each MacauTripping episode. Having traveled to Japan, this certainly would be another destination I would be willing to look into. As a pet owner, I definitely could feel the heart strings in Gunther's predicament...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Devastazione posted:
"I enjoyed every single word of this,great job guys. I'm speechless about the huge amount of food and booze you guys were able to consume,I mean,probably it would have killed me on the very second day. But I see you're big guys so everything goes...lol..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Drake posted:
"^^Business must be good if they can keep putting their thumb on the scale right in front of our eyes and get away with it...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
VegasRateRedditor posted:
"I'd like to point out that 90% of the comments are about the valets. Not even about the subject of the article. It's like resort fee raises are now just 'part of the norm'. Maybe Im just too hammered to think otherwise...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
chesteronriver posted:
"A big THANKS for this compilation of your travels. As I get older I find the reading I do is more toward the less lengthy types of writing. But this........Last night I was so captivated reading it I could not stop. Finally, with the chapter showing 10, the clock showing 11:30 and my battery showing 2%, I reluctantly shut it down and fell asleep. The great..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Dave702 posted:
"I've enjoyed this so much. It's refreshing to see honest, personal writing. We got to see a fascinating place through the eyes of a real human being, not a content generator. Thank you for being honest with your readers and taking risks. ..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
levans posted:
"I guess I will stay at non MGM owned properties. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
talktobrent posted:
"While I've never been to Macau, Thriftwood makes an interesting point. There are certainly negatives to the club and bar scene in Vegas, but as a casual gambler, the energy such nightlife brings to a property is a big plus in my opinion. I'm at the age where I'm too old to get too excited about a nightclub, but I'm also not ready to lay next to a bunch of..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Thriftweed - if booze is your measure of fun, then you're correct. people are there to gamble and tempt fate with intense studiousness - not wandering around drunk. i wrote about this at length in Chapter 10. thanks for signing up and commenting. ..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
Thriftweed posted:
"Having been to Vegas dozens of times and Macau once, the feeling I got from Macau was it'a a lot like Vegas minus the fun. The hotels are nicer and the service is exceptional and it even kind of looks the same but there's not much fun to be had, there's no drinking in the casinos and most hotels have only one or two bars that are almost always empty..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
hail2skins posted:
"You should be proud, Chuck. I really appreciate you and the other guys taking the time while you were there and upon your return to bring us along with you. Nice that you maintained a positive overall attitude about your experience, despite the hassles that you and Hunter had to go through in order to return. Scary that its already been close to 40 days since you departed for Macau...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
RateVegas posted:
"I've been thinking quite a bit about when to go back. Checking prices, etc... I'm really excited about a return trip...."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
parchedearth posted:
"Exceptionally well done and what a great journey told through serialized multi-media storytelling. I followed along from pre-planning through your Shanghai surprise. Always looking forward to the next installment of photos, podcasts, tweets, and chapter reports. ..."
» What I Did On My Summer Vacation...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"Well... fudge. Are MGM trying to make me take my business away? Seriously this is atrocious. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
talktobrent posted:
"I can imagine the new parking fees have decimated valet jobs. Under the previous regime, valet parking was a great value considering all it cost was a discretionary tip. Self parking was almost a niche service for those that didn't want someone to drive their car and/or have to tip. Now, valet at MGM properties is essentially a paid luxury like it is at any other big city hotel. ..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
anawas posted:
"What if a Mirage-esque resort operator offered $200/night weekday rooms and $400/night weekend rooms ... but included all parking, WiFi, pool, gym, resort, breakfast, and other fees as well as taxes? Would you stay in that hotel? And do those prices seem right? (Those base room rates obviously would increase when Vegas gets busy but all fees/taxes would remain included)..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
Dorian posted:
"Had they unionized earlier, this wouldn't has happened. Everyone always wants to unionize after they get screwed over......"
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
VegasRateRedditor posted:
"A trip two weeks ago to The Mirage, the north valet was dead. There were 5 valets just standing around. What use to be a busy valet was a ghost town. Can you imagine that for year, decades even, that your income as a valet was mainly from tips. Then one day, it just stops. Nothing. No customers. What do you do? I feel for the valets...."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
TippingMitch posted:
"thats ruff for the Valet's , will MGM try to outsource housekeeping and the rest of the jobs also? I hope not..."
» MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again...
skyyontherocks posted:
"I also was fortunate to catch up with VegasFanboy during one of his acts in the Chicago area. He is a funny guy with a big heart who loves Las Vegas. Can't wait for VIMFP...."
» #VIMFP: Bingo! Plus Vegas Fanboy to Present!...
BigHoss posted:
"Mike_E, DaveCat and I had the pleasure of meeting VegasFanboy earlier this week at Mandarin Bar. I think we'll all enjoy hearing him at #vimfp..."
» #VIMFP: Bingo! Plus Vegas Fanboy to Present!...
VegasFanboy posted:
"Thanks for having me! Can't wait to meet everyone!..."
» #VIMFP: Bingo! Plus Vegas Fanboy to Present!...
hail2skins posted:
"Yep, stayed at the Encore Tower Suites a couple weeks ago and saw this was in progress. Also, a waitress at the Country Club restaurant indicated the golf course was supposed to stay open until the end of the year. Didn't have a great view of Resorts World from my room, aside from the southern part. Saw a truck driving within the complex spraying water a couple times, but..."
» Wynn Commences Construction On Wynn Plaza Project...
Ziggyncali posted:
"Just like when they started with resort fees it's only a matter of time until every Property starts charging to park. The good old days before resort fees an parking fees I'll always have memories of the good times lol...."
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travisl posted:
"Re: cheap Michelin-starred restaurants. 24 hours after listening, I don't remember whether you were talking about Hong Kong or Macau, but Google tells me Tim Ho Wan in Hogn Kong is the cheapest. https://www.vice.com/read/a-visit-to-the-cheapest-michelin-starred-restaurant-in-the-world-998 If Macau, I concur with Melinda's suggestion of Din Tai Fung. Two of its Hong Kong branches were awarded stars. I've eaten their dim sum in both of their Seattle locations, and it's stellar. However,..."
» 88 Days To Macau: Episode 7.2 - Translation...
RockChickX51 posted:
"Yeah seriously. Best thing about this is the Eataly. The one in Chicago rocks. Everything else is terrible. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
motoman posted:
"Well, there goes the value joint with its generous comp offers and (slightly) friendlier gaming. And… Murren doesn’t like theming because of ego? He’s really that proud of a city he claims not to like? With the Borgata purchase, MGM’s stock price spiked. Given that those juicy executive bonuses are keyed to the stock’s performance, what’re the odds this windfall means PGP will be scaled back / not continually increase? Yeah…. didn’t..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
VegasRateRedditor posted:
"@jcookdc - I think the Linq/Quad reno was around around $300M. However, Im not sure if this $450M price tag is including The Park area...."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
jcookdc posted:
"I have seen several comments elsewhere suggesting that the renovations laid out will be more in the variety of 'slapping a new coat of paint' on the joint, along with the new restaurants and improved rooms. But that the project will not be the wholesale remodeling/reinventing of places like SLS or Cromwell. However, the $450MM price tag seems not to be nothing. Indeed, that would seem to..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
VegasRateRedditor posted:
"Does Monte Carlo need love? Yes. Their rooms are now worse than what I'd find at a Motel 8. The casino is dark, dull, and uninviting. I support a renovation, but to me, this sounds like it's going to be a half assed job. The press release was rushed, there's no plan for this property yet. To me, they're pushing this out now in hopes to gain some investors as..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
BillDonovan posted:
"Should have named it the Perk MGM, and upon Checkin you would receive some random Perk. That would be fun, getting something more with your hotel room. Feeling like you are being treated special! "Check in at the Perk, and who knows what magic awaits !" Wouldn't that be great. Naturally, it won't be that... Instead it will be the PGP MGM, and there will be a..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
jinx73 posted:
"They might be able to rename it and renovate the inside, but until it doesn't look like a prison on the outside, does it matter?..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
StudiodeKadent posted:
"I'm getting a slight "Central Park, New York" vibe from this, honestly. Its right next to the NYNY, and its upscale 'park-ness' with a European inspired look really does harken to some of the architecture surrounding Central Park in NYC. I hope they renovate the Monte Carlo. That said, I'm kind of sad they're trying to move the property more upscale. Not every property is or needs to be high-end!..."
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vespajet posted:
"As long as they leave Hit Bar alone, they can call the place whatever the Hell they want to call it. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
JohnH posted:
"Don't be surprised to see Diablo's Cantina torn out to make way for Eataly. That would give them a great corner location for a smaller, two story version of the joint. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
levans posted:
"Batali has said that the Vegas Eataly will be smaller than the other ones. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I hate to give MGM credit for anything, but I kind of like the name. It does harken back to an old-school vibe. Think of all of the old hotels we miss: Sands, Dunes, Sahara, Riviera, Flamingo. Oh wait, the Flamingo still exists? But the point is every place had a basic name. I mean, if I was ever going to build my own casino on the strip, I would..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
VegasDean posted:
"Hmm, should be named "Pay to Park MGM". Shame I won't see the inside...unless Caesers follow suit with the parking fees. I recently canceled an MGM reservation, and stayed at a newly remodeled Harah's room. Here are some thoughts: Caesars takes for ever to check in, MGM is way more efficient. Mid strip is way better for walking than South strip Casino Real has a..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
ChickenboneJones posted:
"I am a fan of the Monte Carlo. I think it has a really good location especially if you are an MLife devotee. Even though I often referred to it as the Blah-lagio I thought that it had a lot to offer in the mid price market. Im curious to see what the remodel brings. My hope is that the remodel consists of rooms that have new furnishings and..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Diablo posted:
"It could be worse, they could be building a 5000000 acre lake and charging admission to it to keep all the poor people out. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
mnvegasguy posted:
"You guys really disappoint me. This angle is obvious. If the hotel fails, they will turn it into a huge parking ramp for the new arena. Hence Park MGM!..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
MinVegas posted:
"Also given the size people are talking about, I think Eataly will probably take over the combined Buffet/Cafe space. The MC Buffet has always been lackluster (closer to Luxor and CC than Aria or Paris) and the Cafe is apparently already closed? They could close The Pub, but I think that would be rather dumb. That variety of bakeries, Starbucks, chain fast food, and a sports bar is a great compliment..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
MinVegas posted:
"Jim Murren's obsession with parks isn't unwarranted. As any search for parklets will tell you, millennials love trying to shoehorn some master-planned nature into spaces designed by their automotive-obsessed predecessors. The word "park" is almost toxic among Vegas-heads right now because of the paid parking news, but to the crowd that goes once or twice a year, the people who don't realize that MGM Grand has no corporate link to..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
levans posted:
"Wouldn't just calling it the Parq make more sense. When people talk about it they aren't going to add MGM to the end of it. As for the Eataly the one here in Chicago is huge. I don't think Batali is going to go for a lower class place. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Dorian posted:
"I hear you @Chuckmonster, but the Eataly in NY has 13 different places to sit down and try different foods from all over the world including six full service restaurants. Let's just hope MGM doesn't bastardize this version. After you eat feel free to pick up your can of San Marzano tomatoes to haul back to the Linq. 😊..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Frostbyte posted:
"Oh good... MGM is spending more money they don't have on something they don't need...."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
NeverJustJ posted:
"What? No strange capitalization or use of punctuation or gimick spelling? ParqMGM PARKmgm park>MGM Park:MGM P@RK~MGM pArk mGm ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
cschoony posted:
"and just for you the paying customer .... tighter slots chain wide!..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
HankTheDwarf posted:
"Isn't Monte Carlo notorious for having paper thin walls? I wonder if sound proofing is part of the budget. Or maybe they think faux-luxury patrons don't shart...."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
stevecovington posted:
"Those designs look rather meh. Basically taking a very average space and making it just as average. I am assuming the tower won't be touched other than the new name. I thought that given the size of the property, it would have been cool to retheme it with a mid century modern look. It would tie in nicely with Aria. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
hail2skins posted:
"I was underwhelmed the first time I visited MC shortly after it opened 20 years ago, but grew to appreciate it due to its relative understated vibe compared with the heavy theming you saw at its neighbors like Excalibur, Luxor, and (opened shortly thereafter) NYNY. What MGM seems to be proposing will likely still keep the "understated class" vibe.....but yeah, the "Park MGM" name is absurd. Does the $450 million..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
fudgewapner posted:
"They should have just named it something inspiring like The Hotel, oh wait. While it's interesting to see a refresh, it seems the money could be better spent elsewhere. With $450 million can they likely reconfigure the size of the average room? They're on the small size, and I imagine moving walls around is a massive expense. I'll miss the current MC for its utilitarian vibe. It's center strip, offers..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@dorian i'm glad there is an eataly as well. I've always need to pick up some organic rigatoni and top shelf ragu on the way back to my hotel room. Generally, I'm surprised that this news got dumped on a Friday morning. You'd think the MGM PR machine would wait to drop it when the paid parking gets going next week. A pre-emptive strike on the..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
socalduck posted:
"I ignored the Monte Carlo, and I fully expect I will ignore the Park MGM. Nice Game of Thrones reference, by the way. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
dgary870 posted:
"I was never a huge fan of the Monte Carlo anyway but The Park MGM has to be the lamest name given to a hotel on the Strip. Jim Murren continues his unrelenting assault on everything that resembles the classic Vegas vibe...."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Skywise posted:
"From the Sun article - "We are not going to name it something from somewhere else. These days are over," Murren said on April 7, after a ribbon-cutting marking the opening of T-Mobile Arena. "This is Las Vegas; we are at the top of the list of entertainment cities. We are not second to anybody. We're not going to have a property themed after a city from a..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Dorian posted:
"The best news is Mario Batali's Eataly. The Eataly Markets in New York and Chicago are spectacular. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
Drake posted:
"A "luxury hotel?" Does this mean Park MGM will do a Cromwell and jump above Mirage and MGM Grand on the hotel ladder, or is this just PR spin for a routine renovation? ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
RobbieNomi posted:
"Almost as exciting as when Murren had Manhattan Express renamed The Roller Coaster. The lack of flair this man has given to this company is more astonishing than any of his bland concepts. ..."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
anawas posted:
"I can't wait to pay to park at The Park MGM so I can park my butt at a The Park bench. Ugh...."
» Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM...
hobgoblin7777 posted:
"Guys, I'm loving your planning podcasts. I'm actually planning a trip to Europe which will include a trip to Monte Carlo to check out the casino there and will be doing exactly the same thing you are doing - with respect to brainstorming what to pack, what electronic do-dads to take etc. I liked how you pondered what you would do to pass the time on the plane. I have..."
» 88 Days To Macau: Episode 7 - Security...
JamesAt15 posted:
"I am enjoying the trip planning podcasts! It brings back fond memories of my visits to Hong Kong and parts of China when I was... younger. Are you sure your airlines are going to charge for booze? Might be worth checking on. It may be different these days, but not so long ago international flights included some (cheap, domestic) booze. I assumed it was in the airlines' best interest to have..."
» 88 Days To Macau: Episode 7 - Security...
antcomp posted:
"That's actually not a real Mlife Noir card. First off, notice how it lists Circus Circus Las Vegas but not Goldstrike, Beau Rivage or MGM Detroit. There is a MGM Resorts Chairmans club however. while some of these cards are given out to top level noir players ( there are a few perks of it beyond and you are mostly in the world concierge services). The vast..."
» MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir...
pkluvsvegas posted:
"Yeah the Bungalow Suites are $5,000 a night. The only suite at Cosmo worth that is the East Tower Pents, however they don't rent those out, they give them to people with a $500k + credit line...."
» Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites...
RateVegas posted:
"Michael Weaver's favorite podcast. Can't wait to see his spa. ..."
» Macau Mania: Vegas Gang #131 and 88 Days To Macau...
levans posted:
"Wow, those rooms look great. ..."
» Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites...
maxutilsperusd posted:
"These actually are the suites that back up to the Bamboo Pool, not Marquee. The suites that back up to Marquee Dayclub are called the Bungalows and can't be reserved online, only over the phone and are drastically more expensive...."
» Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites...
TwisterII posted:
"These are the suites that back up into Marquee, right?..."
» Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Itslikeimsaying - this is official MGM policy, direct from emails we obtained. ..."
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
itslikeimsayin posted:
"Just curious if you have a source on the May 19th date. Someone posted an MGM Resorts Parking FAQ on the Five Hundy FB page that said May 12th was the cutoff. I booked on May 19 due to the info on your site, and if you have it in writing somewhere, I'd like to be able to use that to my advantage when they charge me for parking. Thanks...."
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
etm117 posted:
"I will take a hard look at this for my fall trip. ..."
» Cosmopolitan Unveils Updated Lanai Suites...
Chuckmonster posted:
"I don't have any plans to publish a new article about WPP. Steve, et al, aren't interested in hearing suggestions from the peanut gallery. ..."
» Vegas Gang #130: Beat The Clock...
jucifers posted:
"Another great show! The new format is a plus. Hey Chuckmonster! When are you publishing a new article about Wynn Paradise Park? If the idea is only half-baked, maybe the Vegastripping community could influence the design. ..."
» Vegas Gang #130: Beat The Clock...
Heresiarch posted:
"Although the policy peeves me off, I can easily maintain Pearl. That's $1000 of spend per year -- three hotel nights, dinner for two, a couple buffets, and two tickets to a show and that's taken care of. Alternately, around $800 of gambling will do it. But this is really just 6:5 blackjack, right? Screw over the noobs in order to make a buck. Vegas trying to keep alive not through..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
Tawnie posted:
"I will be avoiding this by continuing to avoid any MGM property. They nickle and dime customers to death...."
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
Drake posted:
"City Center/Bellagio regulars may be immune to Caesars' charms, and justifiably so, but regulars at other MGM properties can easily find equivalents among the Caesars properties. I suspect Total Rewards will show them more love than M Life ever has, too. So yeah, this MGM arrogance may backfire. Let's hope Caesars doesn't blow it. ..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
weatherman2111 posted:
"Re: Lost tickets Given that they will have a ton of cameras in the garage's and sensors over the cars to track space allotment, I don't think losing a ticket is going to help much. Plus, well, they know how long you were staying in the hotel if you got a room there......"
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
Chuckmonster posted:
"Thanks Motoman. The future redesigned VT comment section will support links...."
» Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)...
motoman posted:
"Argh, what happened? 1,2,3 above were supposed to be html links to some of your awesomely granular observations in the renovated Wynn Salon Suites: http://vegastripping.com/features/feature.php?feature_id=215&page=4 http://vegastripping.com/features/feature.php?feature_id=215&page=5 http://vegastripping.com/features/feature.php?feature_id=215&page=8..."
» Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)...
motoman posted:
"Chuck, Awesome catch on the chrome panels and ceiling coffers. Not only Roger Thomas’ / Wynn D&D’s attention to detail, but your eye for those details is truly amazing. 1, 2, 3 I hope the navy blue brick pattern on the floor is just carpet padding and not the final pattern, though there are clearly knee-kicker carpet stretchers all over the floor. Of course The Steve is done with (Elaine's) butterflies but..."
» Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"@vespajet And now the world has moved on. Literally as The Real World is currently airing it's latest season from the Gold Spike! ..."
» Red Rock Resorts Buys Palms for $312.5M...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"Why not stay at those properties instead? I fear the Trop is going to have its hand forced if a lot of folks will do this. I'm going to book a stay there and tell them in the simplest terms the free parking brought me in. Maybe it will help. I'm not delusional, but I have to do my part. Like refusing to use K-cups and having a reusable coffee..."
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
damania posted:
"tis time to bring the stalk down to $15..."
» Look Who Plans To Profit From The MGM Profit Growth...
anawas posted:
""If you are staying for over three days, losing your ticket is the advantage play." Parking at Tropicana, Wynn and/or a Caesars property is going to be my advantage play. Still though, this is the kind of advice that keeps me coming back to VegasTripping...."
» More MGM Parking Rules!...
vespajet posted:
"The Palms is still trying to get by on it's former popularity, but that generation has since moved on to other resorts in Las Vegas. A lot of the swagger the Palms had back in the day was because of the Maloof brothers and how they were presenting the place to the world. ..."
» Red Rock Resorts Buys Palms for $312.5M...
Flatpick posted:
"While I hope MGM's new parking policy follows the same trajectory as New Coke it's more likely to be absorbed as were resort fees. MGM's reasoning is akin to saying Las Vegas is now the same as all the other major money-sucking tourist traps and no longer a special place. So sad...."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
motoman posted:
"@fudgewapner, Yeah, I was highly amused by that email. Because, y'know, it's all about the guests.... ..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
Hyperfocal posted:
"It will be interesting to see what response I get from clicking "unsubscribe" from the paid parking email...."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I've watched with great interest as the Raiders have inched closer to moving to Las Vegas. I'm so thrilled for it. The one person who is opposed is Jim Murren because it looks like some of the money ear-marked for convention center expansion on the Riviera project will go to fund a new home for the Raiders and UNLV football. I hope to hell this happens. If for nothing else,..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
KickedBoar591 posted:
"I kind of like the Palms. But I agree with @Ricogreen, the place is rather dead. Even for a busy weekend like March Madness, they didn't have a lot going on. My choice is to always lower drink prices, but nobody ever listens to me. ..."
» Red Rock Resorts Buys Palms for $312.5M...
Vegasjeff posted:
"What's with the free parking at the circus..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
fudgewapner posted:
""MGM Resorts International is taking steps to implement a $90 million parking strategy to expand parking availability, implement technology upgrades and reduce the hassle and frustration resulting from outdated and inefficient facilities" - from a Mlife email received today, by me and a billion other people. Last time I stayed at Monte Carlo, I drove up one level of a ramp, found a spot, then walked 100 yards into the..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
pkluvsvegas posted:
"Murren will get his $7 Million dollar bonus and soon will get his walking papers. Short term this will be good for MGM, long term, very bad. Chuck is right, there are better properties in Vegas, and ones that are worth paying more for. Especially with Alon and Resorts World opening in a few years, hopefully. The power of The Strip will shift more northward and..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
Vice43 posted:
"I'm done with MGM. IF CET follows suit I will go Off Strip or DT...."
» MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir...
Vice43 posted:
"MGM can kiss my rear end. I am so done with them!..."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
Chuckmonster posted:
"@indyjeff important to note that MGM isn't the only game in town. With Caesars still reeling from their bankruptcy, MGM has grown a massive chip in their shoulders. The MGM resorts are nice, but there are nicer properties and there are better values at every end of the spectrum. Eventually, the scales will re-balance, they always do...."
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...
IndyJeff posted:
"Let's face it, we continue to go to these places......"
» MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices...