I spent some time in Las Vegas this weekend (actually, a little more time than I had planned) and I wanted to report on my trip.
First off, I have posted construction photos of Encore, City Center, Bellagio renovations, Aladdin/Planet Hollywood, The Mirage (Japonais and Revolution), The Palazzo, and the pit that will become the Cosmopolitan.
I got to meet with a few readers/listeners, fellow podcasters and friends. I had a short chat with Elaine Wynn who is a real class act.
The photos are posted at this link, plus they are also in their respective categories:
More after the jump...
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I had a nice chat with Elaine Wynn, who I happened to run into at WLV. She is a class act, 100%.
Over the course of the trip I met up with Brian from the 'This Ain't Iowa' podcast, Tim and Michelle from Five Hundy By Midnight, listener Linda W., Mike E., Dave F., and lastly mike_ch. It was great seeing everyone - I really had a great time.
Mike and I had a late breakfast at Tableau in what was an attempt to thank him for his contributions to the blog... Well, we ended up there between breakfast and lunch which translated to an extremely abbreviated set of menu choices but still, it was a great time. Mike_ch is extremely knowledgeable on all things Vegas and we're lucky to have his contributions. Also, Dave F., is a 'jolly chap' and just a blast to hang out with. Of course, seeing Tim, Michele, Mike, Brian and Linda was also quite excellent. A great time was had by all!
City Center is really coming along. The main hotel is already several stories above ground and looking interesting. Cosmo next door has basically finished excavation and man, that pit is deep!
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is also really coming along, though I am surprised that the parking garage is still standing. That will shortly become more and more of a logistical problem for the construction crew.
Palazzo down the street is quite active with the low-rise buildings quickly coming together. The tower is not yet topped off but the elevator core is getting close to full height. The structural steel is lagging a bit below but will shortly be complete.
Aladdin/Planet Hollywood is in a complete state of disarray and until further notice, I will be recommending to my RateVegas.com readers that they stay elsewhere unless they have a high tolerance for inconvenience. In the casino, there are walls up everywhere, most temporary. This makes navigation tough, even with the signs they have up. The new designs are, in my opinion, pretty cheesy. It looks like a cheap version of new Mirage+THEHotel but I don't mean that in a good way. It's a sorta modern, hip LA style look but it looks seriously cheaply done. Now, nothing could be as bad as the large, fake plastic diamonds they had before but I don't think they're fooling anyone with the new design. No one will mistake this for a high-end property. Upstairs they have a poker room (actually, it's more like a 'poker general area'). Actually, the part of the property that looks the best is the old London Club high roller area upstairs - nice wood, stone, etc... Of course, this area hasn't been re-done yet so they are likely to ruin it as well. I don't see Planet Hollywood pulling this one off. I think there is a legit chance that in a year or two the property will again enter chapter eleven and we'll get a new set of owners... Owners who will hopefully realize that placing movie memorabilia in the guest rooms is remarkably cheesy.
Japonais at The Mirage is of course now totally open and I think they did a fantastic job with the restaurant. Very cool looking, very hip. On top of that, I snuck a look at the new 'Revolution' ultra-lounge that is set to open in December. It will have a walk-up bar facing the casino that will be open, if not 24 hours, most of the day. The actual lounge is inside (and will have a cover) and be open most nights. The exterior has some nice stone work, similar to the Players Club booth next door.
Lastly, I did take some audio so that will be in the next podcast, which I assume I will be putting together this weekend.