Sunday, December 30, 2012

Andrea's, Poppy Den Among New NYE Vegas Clubs Opening

According to Robin Leach in the Las Vegas Sun, Andrea's at The Wynn ,Poppy Den at Summerlin’s Tivoli Village, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood, the reportedly decadent SHe at MGM’s CityCenter, and Hakkasans at MGM Grand, are all set to open New Year's Eve. For more info, check out Robin Leach's work here: Las Vegas Sun.

Which Hotels Gets Highest Rating In Las Vegas?

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. 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 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 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.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Is "Round The Way Girl"

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 Olivia Culpo: Miss Universe 2012 Is Round The Way Girl On #SwayInTheMorning

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Excalibur Las Vegas Murder-Suicide Dominates Hotels' Social Media

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.

More at

Excalibur Las Vegas Murder-Suicide:’s Jessica Kenny Killed By Eddie Brandt

Monday, December 17, 2012

CES International 2013 Has Record Amount of Exhibit Space

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 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

Las Vegas Casino Death Watch On The State Of Vegas

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.

Stay tuned.

CES FYI: Las Vegas Hilton Is Called LVH; Hilton's Out

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."

What happened?

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.

SLS Las Vegas To Have LA Retail

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:

American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola,, Samsung Execs At CES Keynote

The International CES 2013 Keynote called "Brands Matter" will feature a large lineup of executives representing American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola,, 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 for the details: American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola,, Samsung Execs At CES Keynote

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Las Vegas Next? Kansas City Adopts AutoReturn

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.

Stay tuned.

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