Mike Ch is back with another Strip Walk. This one covers Encore, Treasure Island, City Center, The Mirage, Palazzo and more.
Photos are here:
Thanks Mike! Enjoy!
Some walls in the shopping row were taken down. A former store space (sorry, can't remember what it was) is a new watch store, while the old kids toy store was an empty storefront at the time of this visit.
There was some water at the north end of the pond, but the volcano effects were still being installed.
I wandered through here to try and imagine myself as a guest and compare it to Venetian next door. The atrium connecting the Venetian to Palazzo has some pumpkins, vines going up the wall, and other fall touches. It's certainly no Bellagio conservatory, but it's the kind of thing that LVS is usually associated as not bothering to do. Beyond the giant waterfall, the water features on the sides were turned off. There's a lot of change in those fountains. I guess the challenge of tossing coins off a moving escalator is popular. This room otherwise seems otherwise a bit sterile and if I ran the place I'd probably use the room to put some sort of large, attention getting display in an idea similar to the Conservatory but not as elaborate. Thing is, Venetian and Palazzo need to better distribute traffic between each other, and this room seems like a good place to put a visual attraction so that Palazzo customers who come see it can say "well, Venetian is right there, let's go through it this time," and vice versa.
As you've no doubt heard by now, they're doing some kind of work on the clown. The LED bigscreen is out of it, but that was a pretty low quality screen by modern standards so there's no telling what's going on yet.
A tunnel extends from the theatre area past some storefronts to a pair of doors at the end with some leaves and butterflies over the doors, but good luck getting any shots of this as it seems to be patrolled by a worker during any sane hour. Perhaps like the CityCenter model, this is something you'll have to get pictures of late at night. I don't know why they're so protective since it's just a construction zone, unless the proximity of the count room has something to do with it, or maybe any cameras in the area aren't working. There's a lot of shots of the front in the photos. A white dome with butterflies was added on top of the porch structure inbetween the two visits that make up this update.
The building has expanded out to the old "columns" along the road, and along the side facing the Riv there's a lot of construction. The eastern corner facing HIlton has some facade up on the lower building. It's a white wall with some blue striping.
There's a massive wall up over the entrance to the Star Trek area. It may just be me, but the rest of the casino seems to be slowly slipping into the old SpaceQuest zone now. A lot of lighting features are off, and I swear there's a new carpet but I might be wrong.
A few shots of the new tower were added. I was a here for a concert and for some reason the club desk area was shut down and temporarily moved into an otherwise unused hallway off the casino. On a note of simple observation, this place feels dead on a 5PM Saturday night. I was having dinner (not a good time, by the way) and waiting in line for a concert from 4 to 6, and for both hours the place seemed like it must have been devastated by the competition that has sprung up recently like the Palms. I stepped out of the concert at around 10PM and suddenly it was a madhouse with people everywhere, crowded hallways, guys running their own bathroom butler services in the men's room, and hired dancers gyrating on poles to the muzak. Whoa. Still, the small casino in the round thing doesn't do it for me. It reminds me of Summerlin's Rampart Casino, which targets a very different audience. In fact you could probably say Rampart is the Hard Rock time-warped 40 years into the future. :-P