Las Vegas Hotels

Sneak peek at CityCenter’s exterior

CityCenter opens to the public next month, bringing a 67-acre urban metropolis and one of the world’s largest green developments to the Las Vegas Strip. The property includes Aria, a 61-story, 4004-room gaming resort; the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Veer Towers; and Crystals, a 50,000-square-foot retail…

3 Lions Tattoo to open at the Sahara

Tattoo salons are making a permanent mark in Las Vegas with locations both on and off the Strip. The tattoo craze continues as the Sahara hotel welcomes 3 Lions Tattoo on October 1.  The shop, which already has a successful location in the Riviera hotel, will open just in time for Las…

Hotel32 puts VIP service in your hands

You’ve already added the iPod Touch or iPhone app for dog whistling and swine flu alerts, and you’re looking for something new. How about an app to assist you with your Las Vegas hotel stay? At Hotel32, guests are presented with an iPod Touch with a specialty application that does just that.…

Vegas quietly pulls 1,000 magicians out of its hat

On any given day,  you can find a magician or two in just about any Las Vegas hotel. There’s Criss Angel at Luxor. Dirk Arthur at the Tropicana. Lance Burton at Monte Carlo. David Copperfield at the MGM Grand. And that’s just one intersection of the nearly four miles comprising the Las Vegas Strip. But over…

What a rush: Golden Nugget to open new tower

The Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas will open its $150 million Rush Tower in November 2009, adding almost 500 new rooms (as seen in the photo above) to the site. The Rush Tower will also introduce the Chart House Aquarium restaurant, offering a signature menu and a 50,000-gallon tropical aquarium. The…

A look inside the Paradise Tower at Hard Rock

A framed portrait of David Bowie awaits hanging in the 3,500-square-foot penthouse suite and plastic tarps cover the carpet in the hallway as construction workers and painters put the finishing touches on the 18-story Paradise Tower at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Paradise Tower is part of the Hard…

Do-it-yourself frozen yogurt at the Palms

The frozen yogurt craze is melting hearts at the Palms Las Vegas thanks to last week’s opening of Blizzberry. With a variety of healthy self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and toppings, The Los Angeles export allows you to be as dietetic or decadent as you choose. There are nearly a dozen flavors of all-natural yogurt and tons of toppings…

Flashback Friday: Braving the economic crisis of 1955

On May 23, 1955, the $3.5 million Dunes Hotel & Casino opened to fanfare and Hollywood star Vera-Ellen performing.  By 1956, the hotel, suffering financial issues, partially closed – the victim of a variety of challenges including a worldwide economic slump. It would re-open several months later, to begin the…

A soap opera wedding in Vegas, minus the drama

When you stop and think about it, Las Vegas and daytime soaps actually have a lot in common — just in frequency of weddings alone. Over the past year, viewers of the CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” have witnessed the marriages of Victor and Sabrina, Jeffrey and Gloria, Cane and…

Loyal employees celebrate 40 years with Las Vegas Hilton

The Las Vegas Hilton celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 2 by saluting 20 employees who have worked at the Hilton since the year the property opened as the International in 1969. Designed to be the world’s largest casino hotel at that time, Barbra Streisand opened the property, but it was Elvis…

Fire and Ink: Stunt hits snag, but magic still in the air

The Fourth of July sparked a different sort of fireworks show when magician Steve Wyrick attempted a “Death Drop” at the south entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The stunt, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, celebrated the opening of Club Tattoo in the Miracle Mile Shops. Bennington is a co-owner of the…

Longest operating casino in Vegas honored

The hotel and casino with the oldest active gaming license in Southern Nevada was honored this month with a commemorative plaque from the historical preservation group E Clampus Vitus. Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, 2800 S. Boulder Highway, is located in Henderson on the drive between Las Vegas and Boulder…

Vegas is Tops in More Ways than One

  If you’re a frequent visitor to Vegas, you probably have noticed the ever-increasing number of pool clubs in our mega resorts. These pools offer all the amenities you can get inside the resorts themselves – drinks, food, DJs, comfortable seating, gambling, and some times a little more (or less as…

Buy a little piece of Elvis in Vegas

Through the end of June when you come to Las Vegas you can remember the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll the way America intended: by perusing a collection of his personal firearms and prescriptions drugs. Darren Julien and Martin Nolan of Julien’s Auctions are presenting 45 pieces of Elvis Presley-related memorabilia from the collection of Elvis’ personal…

Hotel 32 to rise from the ashes of Monte Carlo fire

In January 2008, the top floor of the Monte Carlo Hotel went up in flames as a result of a welding incident. Although there were no injuries, the fire caused severe damage to the hotel’s 32nd floor. The flames and successful fire-fighting efforts were a spectacle to behold for tourists and locals…

Free drinks. Free show. What a deal!

If there is one piece of advice from my mom that has stuck with me over the years it would have to be: “Don’t forget to use a coupon!” Pretty much every birthday card or care package from my mom has included coupons, carefully clipped with motherly love and savings. At VEGAS.com, we…

Dorothy’s ruby red slippers travel to Vegas

I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. There isn’t a yellow brick road, a field of poppies or a horse of many colors. But the display of ruby red slippers at Planet Hollywood Hotel through June 4 may yet transport you to the Land of Oz. The Wizard of…

Barbie gets her dream suite at the Palms

Barbie turned 50 this year (Girl, you don’t look a day over 21!) and to celebrate she’s taking a trip to Las Vegas. The iconic blonde is stopping by the Palms Las Vegas to enjoy her own specialty suite. Designed by Jonathan Adler, who also designed Barbie’s iconic mansion in…

Miami meets downtown Las Vegas

At the end of  Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino,” the character Ginger McKenna, played by Sharon Stone, dies in a hotel hallway. That hallway belonged to the Ogden House, a motel-style tower located across the street from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas. Well, much like Ginger (and Stone’s acting career since…

Postcards & photos of Vegas then & now

Before everyone’s favorite stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard was known as the Las Vegas Strip, it was the sparser South Los Angeles Highway. The street’s first resort, El Rancho, opened in 1941, followed by the Last Fronteir in 1942 and the Flamingo in 1946. Of course, The Strip has undergone some major transformations and several…

Coming soon to Vegas theaters: Flashback Features

Regal Cinemas and Station Casinos are teaming up this summer to present Flashback Features, a series of memorable movie classics on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays May 25 through July 15. The 16 films from the ’40s through the ’80s will be screened at three local theaters for the ’90s-ish price of $5. The Flashback Features movie schedule…

Test your Vegas IQ: Door handles

The first thing you see when you walk into a casino isn’t the slot machines or the blackjack tables. It’s the door handles. Many casinos have chosen to create custom door handles that leave a memorable impression on guests and help express the theme of the casino. Here at the VEGAS.com…

Test your Vegas IQ: Carpet

Las Vegas casinos are famous for their brightly colored, flashy (and, some might even argue, tasteless) carpeting. Some people reason that the loud casino carpet patterns help mask the dirt that comes from thousands of people walking across it. Some have speculated that the choice of carpet is all a…