Sunday, December 30, 2012
What Las Vegas hotel rates the best among those on The Strip and in Downtown? To determine that question, this blogger took a look at a number of rating polls and reviews.
RateLasVegas.com asked that very question, and came up with a comprehensive results list with The Stardust Resort and Casino at the top of it. Of all of the hotels listed, and it's a large one, The Stardust has the largest number of "yes" answers to offset the negative responses. T
The Stardust's overall score is 8.40, followed by the following places on The Strip: The Palazzo, The Four Seasons, The Mirage Hotel, The MGM Grand Hotel, Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris :as Vegas Resort & Casino, Bally's Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, New York-New York Hotel and Casino, which round out the top of a long list.
These hotels round out the bottom:
The Circus Circus Hotel*Casino*Theme Park Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Quality Inn Hotel and Key Largo Casino
That's one take, but let's look at what Fodors.com says, especially since they report:
The world of Vegas-area casino hotels changes constantly. In the early 2000s, just about every resort was investing heavily in family-friendly accommodations and activities. Today, however, most places have refocused squarely on decadence and debauchery. No property exemplifies this transition better than TI. Once known as Treasure Island, it dropped its pirate theme to embrace a more sensual motif—one with scantily clad dancers gyrating upon the very same pirate ships once used for family-friendly shows.
So, if "decadence and debauchery" is what you seek, put TI at the top of your list. Otherwise, read on.
The Bellagio Tops Fodors.
Basically, Fodors sees Bellagio as an "old standard" that's not into the "decadence and debauchery" it associates TI with, and includes The Venetian, The Four Seasons, The Platinum Hotel, and The Green Valley Resort.
Another website that has a rate, albeit what appears to be an old one, is Westland.net. For what it's worth, the website has The Wynn at the top, followed by The Four Seasons, and The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay Resort, and The Venetian Resort, which it says is a "tribute to Italian opulence."
But, OK, you're probably saying "What does Yelp say?" The popular user review website system has The Four Seasons at the top with four of five stars followed by The Mandarin Oriental, The Venetian, Encore, and Wynn.
Overall, Vegas is what you make of it. But if you're coming in for the CES 2013, with all of the parties and events and happenings, the last thing you want is a bad hotel stay. With that, The Bellagio and The Four Seasons are the ones that appear in the most top-ten lists.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Olivia Culpo, who was named the new Miss Universe at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas last Wednesday, not only becomes the first Miss USA to be crowned Miss Universe, but the first to fill the requirements of LL Cool J's "round the way girl."
Such a woman can't be defined by skin color, and knows rap, dresses fashionably, and in general has a multi-cultural street sense that enables her to move effortlessly in 21st Century America.
This 20-year-old Boston University student is part of the demographic that's transforming our country in everything from politics to music and fashion. More about this "Round the way girl" at Zennie62.com: Olivia Culpo: Miss Universe 2012 Is Round The Way Girl On #SwayInTheMorning
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Excalibur Las Vegas Hotel Casino murder-suicide has rocked the venue in more than one way. While staff and guests were impacted when the murder of Jessica Kenny by the gun of Eddie Brandt happened on Friday evening, the hotel itself has been described in a wave of social media that is still continuing.
Twitter, Facebook, and blog are just getting word of the incident mostly because the Newtown Shooting dominated media on the same day and through the weekend. Now that attention has moved from that and to other shootings, the Vegas event is getting a fresh look.
The question is, what will the Excalibur do about the wave of social media and do they know what to do?
Meanwhile, The Daily Mail in London has picked the news up, just today.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that the 2013 International CES® will feature a record amount of exhibit space, with the show floor totaling more than 1.87 million net square feet, according to Zennie62.com. The previous record was 1.862 million net square feet at the 2012 CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 CES, the world’s largest innovation event, is scheduled Tuesday, January 8-Friday, January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“With the largest show floor in history, more innovative technologies and services will launch at the 2013 CES than anywhere else in the world,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “From cloud-based services, advancements in digital health, connected vehicle technologies, the latest apps, flexible devices and beyond, the innovations unveiled at the 2013 CES will create new jobs and further economic growth around the world.”
The 2013 CES will feature 3,000 exhibitors spanning the largest show floor in the event’s 45-year history. A record number of eight automakers will exhibit at the 2013 CES, including Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus and Subaru, across more than 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space.International CES 2013 Has Record Amount of Exhibit Space
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This blogger loves the blog Las Vegas Casino Death Watch, because it gives a simple, by the word, report on the latest news with specific casino and hotels in Las Vegas that may be closing for some reason.
The blog's intent is not to celebrate, but to sadly report, and the authors say they prefer the "Old Vegas" to what's new. But even with that, there's very little editorial comment on casinos, just the facts.
That's makes the blog a reliable source to determine "the state of Las Vegas." Here's what they wrote:
Current State of the Business
It's no secret that things are tough now in Las Vegas. Many construction projects were started when things looked rosy that aren't so appealing now. Casino companies, namely Harrah's and Stations, went private at the absolute peak of the market and are now having big problems servicing their debt. New casinos or expansions occurred that are now having problems making their monthly nut.
Despite this, we do not expect a lot of closings in the next few months or years. Casinos close when someone wants to build something new and exciting in their places. That's not the case now. Even in a down market, the run rate of these casinos is usually positive.
The problem is that the companies that financed these casinos can't make enough off of them to service their loans. This means that there will be a lot of refinancing debt, a bunch of Chapter 11s, but few places will close. If places do close outright, it will probably be the lower end places.
International CES attendees are used to calling the giant hotel at the end of the Las Vegas Monorail and two football field's away from the enormous, unfinished, Fountainbleu, "The Las Vegas Hilton."
Even cab drivers refer to it that way.
But that's wrong.
Earlier this year, Hilton took its name off the 2,900 room resort hotel and it's now called "LVH," which kinds brings one to the next step of referring to it as the Hilton brand, but the name's just "LVH."
Suffering from the economic downturn after the 2008 crash, the owners of the hotel under the Hilton brand defaulted on a $252 million loan from Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs filed for foreclosure on the property, but hit a snag when Colony Capital, the owners of the hotel, claimed that Goldman was acting in a untoward way; Goldman owns 40 percent of the Hilton brand, and also has an ownership interest in competing Vegas hotels, like The Stratosphere. It was sold to the only bidder, a partnership of Goldman Sachs and Gramercy Capital.
At that point the Hilton name was removed.
So, it's LVH - not the Hilton.
The planned new SLS Las Vegas Hotel, a new lifestyle-branded casino resort and the replacement for the legendary Sahara, will have a large retail component more reflective of Los Angeles than Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal - on the other hand, it's hard to tell the difference at times.
SBE Entertainment, which owns SLS-branded hotels in Beverly Hills, and Miami's South Beach, has said it will give the Fred Segal chain what is described as an "exclusive hold" over the SLS retail business. Segal will control over 10,000 square feet of space, and open its first presence outside of Southern California.
As to when the hotel will be complete and open for business, details are somewhat murky, but it's said to be sometime in the Summer of 2014.
SLS Las Vegas is financed by investors secured by ADF: American Dream Fund.
Here's the video showing what the SLS Las Vegas will look like:
The International CES 2013 Keynote called "Brands Matter" will feature a large lineup of executives representing American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Salesforce.com, Samsung, and other companies. CES 2013 will be held between January 8-11th in Las Vegas. It's one of the World's largest conventions, drawing over 120,000 people. Visit Zennie62.com for the details: American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Salesforce.com, Samsung Execs At CES Keynote
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
AutoReturn is a new kind of towing return service that was just picked up by the City of Kansas City.
“We believe our solution fundamentally transforms the way cities and residents think about municipal services,” said AutoReturn CEO John Wicker. “We have been working closely with city officials and the police department in Kansas City to provide superior service and make the sometimes unfortunate experience of towing a lot easier for everyone.”
“AutoReturn’s software, people and processes have already addressed some of Kansas City’s most difficult public issues related to towing,” said Gary Majors, manager of Kansas City’s regulated industries division. “By shortening the time it takes for equipment to reach a tow scene, the city reduces officer wait times, decreases traffic congestion, and limits the chance of secondary accidents, saving money and increasing safety.” The average response time from dispatch to arrival since going live in October, 2012 has been reduced measurably to approximately 11 minutes.
But will Las Vegas being AutoReturn to The Strip?
Right now, the Las Vegas towing industry is a free-for-all. According to the Las Vegas Sun, many who suffer the fate of having their car towed don't know where their car is, and leave it to the police to find it. That process is also marked by price gouging.
AutoReturn could help streamline Las Vegas' problem.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Consumer Electronics Association has a new, interactive Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator today on GreenerGadgets.org, its consumer site for living green, buying green and recycling responsibly.
The new calculator estimates the amount of energy used by all of the consumer electronics devices in a single household and provides tips on how consumers can save even more energy.
The Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator estimates household energy use based on the specific products consumers own and the amount of time those products are used. The calculator helps consumers determine their energy costs per month and per year, and provides comparisons to the energy use of the average U.S. household.New Consumer Electronics Association Electronics Energy Calculator Released
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Earlier today, It was suggested to me that I sign up with what appeared to be a kind of online app that allowed bloggers to be matched with potential sponsors. Given that Zennie62.com has over 11,000 blog posts (actually over 12,000) and has been around since 2005 (when it started life as a blogger blog), covered the NFL Draft, The Oscars, and two Democratic National Conventions, not to mention the Consumer Electronics Show for three straight years (2013 is the latest) and Wonder Con and Comic Con, it’s a cinch that a reputable firm would want to team with us. The rest at Zennie62.com...Does IZEA Really Partner With Real Bloggers? Remembering Las Vegas
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The people you meet in airports. In the middle of a hectic, stressful travel day where this blogger waited four hours to board a delayed flight that switched gates three times, Santa Claus showed up.
No, Santa Claus didn’t have his sleigh or eight reindeer, but he did have a calling card: his calling card. It read Santa Claus. Read about the rest at Zennie62.com, but note that he really should be headed to Las Vegas: Santa Claus Is Headed To Hawaii
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thank you to our volunteers, organizers, and supporters: you were our grassroots backbone. I couldn't have done this without you. #nv04— Steven Horsford (@StevenHorsford) November 7, 2012
According to Zennie62.com, AZA claims that Carly Rae Jepsen and her business partner, producer, and talent agent Scott Braun, who’s also known as Justin Bieber’s business partner, have substantially copied AZA’s song “Hunky Santa” and performing, recording and distributing that derivative work, under the title ‘ Call Me Maybe”, and in doing so, infringed “with reckless disregard of AZA’s intellectual property rights.” More at Zennie62.com...Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber’s Partner, Sued By AZA For “Call Me Maybe”
Monday, November 5, 2012
According to Zennie62.com, if you have an Apple iPhone 5, read this: The Joy Factory, a leading producer of Apple iPhone cases, has a new one for you. It's a great product that we may see at CES 2013 Las Vegas.
The Joy Factory has an extended offering of its Airmax™ family of protective cases for the Apple® iPhone®5. The original military-inspired Airmax line has now been expanded to include the Airmax Clear. For maximum protection and a secure grip, the protective case features the patent-pending Diamond Air Cushion™, a raised textured design with multiple shock-absorbent layers. More at Zennie62: Apple iPhone 5 Case AirXax Clear By The Joy Factory
Friday, November 2, 2012
Discussion for possible action regarding the Participation Agreement between the City of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., for providing furnishings, fixtures, equipment and offsite related parking expenses grant, not to exceed $600,000, which will support the hiring of 150 full-time employees for property located at 302 East Carson Avenue (APN 139-34-210-066) - Redevelopment Area Ward 3 (Coffin) - [NOTE: This is a related item to Council Item 65 (R-72-2012)]Stay tuned.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
CES 2013 Las Vegas is three month away, and as we move closer, more news comes. Take Felicia Day's new appointment:
Felicia Day, the LA-based actress who has made the transition to online video success with The Guild, has been named the 2013 CES International “Entertainment Matters” Ambassador according to the Consumer Electronics Show organization’s Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, Consumer Electronics Association. The 2013 International CES is the world’s largest and most important consumer technology event that will take place January 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More news about Ms. Day at Zennie62.com: Felicia Day Is 2013 International CES Entertainment Matters Ambassador
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Is Chelcee Grimes The Next Alanis Morissette? Yes. Just listen to the voice of this 21 year old from the UK - specifically Liverpool, where the Beatles are from. She's got a voice that will knock your socks or stockings off! To here her, click on this link to Zennie62.com. Chelcee Grimes Is The Next Alanis Morissette
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Great news from Zennie62.com and a clear sign the economy is roaring back. The 2013 CES International, annually held in Las Vegas in January, has announced that it has sold out the Venetian Hotel for its International Gateway. See Zennie62 for more info: International Gateway Sells Out at The Venetian for 2013 International CES
Friday, October 5, 2012
When it's finished and opened, Wet N Wild will be the largest water park of its kind in Nevada.
The 41-acre park will have 25 rides and be located on S. Fort Apache Road, just off I-215 between Sunset Road and Warm Springs Road, and will feature a host of attractions for families and thrill seekers alike.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sex, Orgasm, Fetish Promoted By British Government...To Kids?!!! -- It's hard to argue that "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away", but is it something we should tell our kids? Well that's what the National Health Service in the UK was doing in 2009 according to the Times Online. What vexes me is why tell kids this and not adults? Moreover, why can't the U.S surgeon general say that to adults in America? Heck, how many teens have seen the video "Woman Orgasms 300 Times a Day"?
Thursday, January 19, 2012
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