Las Vegas Hotels

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…

Lance Burton’s birds are lucky ducks

In his show at the Monte Carlo hotel in Las Vegas, master magician Lance Burton performs several illusions with doves, parakeets, pigeons, ducks, geese and a chicken. Burton (who recently broke his foot and will return to the stage after June 1) may have hatched this show idea based on personal…

LeFevre devours competition, proves to be real ‘wiener’

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship contestants converged on the Brooklyn Bridge at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino last week for a nail- (and hot dog)- biting competition. In the end it was the smallest, skinniest competitor, Rich LeFevre of Henderson, Nev., who ate his way to the First Place trophy (and…

Grand tasting

Bradley and Burke, Schenk and Simon, Robuchon and Rao’s—and the list goes on. As far as the eye can see around the Caesars Palace pool, there were booths overflowing with food, hungry mouths ready to be fed and lots of smiles. Guests of the Uncork’d Grand Tasting on Friday night were treated to…

It’s easy being green in Vegas

Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy being green in Vegas. Sure we have flowing water shows, brimming buffets and constantly flashing lights. But behind the scenes, many hotels here actually have major eco-friendly initiatives in place. There are also several steps you can take as a tourist to help reduce your…