This property will be redeveloped. A businessman from Chile had designs on it, but apparently the deal fell through. It would be a major boost for the corner of the Strip and Sahara Blvd. That corner has been left behind in the strip boom.Just a feww blocks from center strip makes all the difference in this town.
This property is off strip, about ten miles west on the 95, in an upscale part of Las Vegas. I think it is part of the Marriott Chain of hotels. This pretty nice casino, with a lot of amenities and lots of free parking made the news in a poor way. Two of its dealer were caught cheating. One was an oriental woman, the other we have no info on at the moment. They were dealing table games. It is one of the most foolish thing a dealer can do, because now their names will be on the list.the gaming control board keeps. There will be no more casino jobs for them in the state of Nevada. As far as I know, anywayhttp://www.theresortatsummerlin.com.
A lot of action to report here. It will add four floors of tech. entertainment. What exactly that will be we have no info on yet. There will be news shortly. So, hang in there. If it is anything like the stuff on top of the tower we will be in for a treat. http.://www.thestrat.com
This new property is set to open on Dec. 3, 2023. It is not a strip property. It sits off the 215, about ten to fifteen miles west of the strip. Take the Durango off ramp. That makes a lot of sense. It is one of the Station Casinos group of properties. It closed three of its properties and put the money to work on something new. Let’s hope it works out. Their hotels always feature nice and very reasonably priced buffets and restaurant. http://http.:://www.durangoresort.com
It will be a multi million dollar job. Just in time I would say.. It wasn’t exactly run down, but close to it. It is not a strip property, it is at 3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Looks like F1 will return next year. What we hear is around November ’24. I guess it was a success, judging by that.
315 000 paid attendance it is claimed. If that is true, I have no reason to doubt it, it could be said it was a smashing success. Benefit to the Las Vegas economy is measured at over one billion dollars. A very good return on the money that was invested. Now there is talk to keep some of the structures that were built for the race. Especially that overpass.
Verstappen was the winner. After the race he declared the race a “wonderful”(?), experience. My words. The day prior he did not like it at all.
Dining in Las Vegas does not have to break the bank. You, dear visitor, have options. There are a few of them out there. Competition for the dining dollar is fierce in Las Vegas. Here are a few. There are more and you may not agree, but I will tell you any way. A word of caution here. Most of the cheap dining options involve a slice of pizza. Just like a lot of people I like pizza. But I do not recommend it as a steady diet. Most American pizzas are just a doughy crust with a lot of cheese. Not a single vegetable anywhere. I am talking about the budget pizzas I am listing. For a decent dinner option, without breaking the bank there is always Ellis Island. About two blocks east of the strip off Flamingo. Very decent meals for around twenty bucks ( even a small steak dinner), and very good beer that is brewed in- house. Anyway, let me give you a few options at the strip and on Fremont (down town)
Tony Roma’s Entree $ 8.99, drink and tip total about twnty bucks.
Binion’s, complete breakfast $10. That is what I call a bargain.
The 4Queens has the same deal, but it starts after midnight.
Aloha Specialty Foods (Fremont) . Sweet and sour ribs. Not bad if you like that flavor. Dirt cheap at $10.75, it also has a spam musubi (rice roll) for, believe it or not $2.60.. Very cheap and better for your health than all those pizza slices.
Nacho Daddy. Has a couple of specials. I am not fond of the place, but you may like it.
Pizza Rock, also on Fremont. It has a daily pizza special at $6.50. I had the sausage and pepperoni pizza Very good for the price.
White Castle, Fremont St. $1.40 for their famous sliders.
Shake Shack, down town their burgers are $6.15, not a bad price.
In and Out Burger. This is the famous burger chain out of California, run by a lady who treats her workers real well. Burgers from $3. to $6. definitely worth it.
Earl of Sandwich. This one is inside the Miracle Mile Shops, at the lower level. Center strip, in the middle of all the action. This place is extremely popular and you can expect to wait in line. But it is well worth it for you on a budget. Their sandwiches range (the last time i checked a couple of weeks ago) from $7 to $8. Just imagine, a real nice sandwich for that price. And the selection is huge.
As a parting gift for you beer lovers try the Triple 7 Brewing Company. It is inside the Main Street Station down town. Only open on week ends so far. The Ellis Island Brewery that I mentioned earlier also has excellent beer at a good price.
I only posted those for now. I will do more as soon as I research them. They are out there, I know it.
The first F 1 race in Las Vegas was held at the Caesars Palace parking lot. I had the privilege of being able to watch it without having to pay an admission fee. It gives you an idea how large that parking lot was at the time. All that land is now filled with buildings. I had a job at the Dunes on the 20th floor buffet. I was sitting in a comfy chair, with a glass of wine, and watched it all. For me it was boring, watching cars go round and round. Not my bag.
Is completed. Let the race begin.
The grand stands are up, and the curbs have been painted, with playing card designs. I like it a lot. And that bumpy strip has been replaced with pavement that is smooth as silk. The smoothest road I have ever used.
It looks like it has been settled. The workers got what they wanted.
He was a well known, you might even say infamous rapper, I think it was gangsta rap, but I am not sure about that. Someone put a hit out on him a long time ago. But I remember it well. He was killed in broad day light in front of a major casino while driving his Beemer down the strip. Now, many years later, I make it about forty years, a suspect by the name of Duane Davis (spelling?) is in custody. Remarkable how the cops were able to do that.
The original Waldorf Astoria is in NYC. Here is a little information about the name. Mr. Astoria arrived from Germany , way back in the 1800″s, from the little town of Waldorf. http://www.hilton.com
The family became wealthy in the fur trade (Northwest Fur Comp.). its trappers fought ruthless battles over furs with the Hudsons Bay Comp. out of Canada., and by buying massive pieces of land in early NYC. Mr. Astor was regarded as being the first multi millionaire in the U.S. The hotel in Las Vegas is managed by Hilton and is unique because it only has a few rooms, around 250 only, the rest are condos. The lobby is an the 23rd floor. It is the former Mandarin -Oriental. It has 47 stories and is part of CityCenter.
I drove the boulevard yesterday, on 11/4/23. It is as smooth as a baby’s butt.Smooth as silk. It is race ready. I don’t know about the bleachears and grandstands. I was not able to look at them. By the way, I was able to drive it. I did not notice any traffic jams that were worse than before. Some people make a big fuss over nothing.
A new hotel where a small shopping area now is. 20 stories, 530 rooms. Real small for the strip. It will be hard to make money on a property that small. I never thought I would ever say anything like that, but it will have to compete with properties four or five times larger, plus it will need to pay union wages. It will be a tough haul. Probably will have to take the left overs.
The Trop. will be gone late 2024 to make room for new stuff. probably a new stadium. I think that location is too small for an event that large.
The 2024 Superbowl will be in Las Vegas (so I was told).
I just got back from the strip to check on this hotel. It is really tall, around seventy floors. The opening date is set for Dec. 13. Anyway, that is what I was told. I personally do not like buildings that tall. There really is no reason for it, not even at that stretch of the strip. It is not exactly center strip.
Buffets used to be available at just about every hotel/casino in Las Vegas. But first and foremost at the strip. It was, in fact, a major selling point. Not so much for me. I almost always eat the same amount, expensive or cheap. For me the price is not the important thing, it is the quality that counts. But what annoys me the most are those hotels that have a different price point within a buffet. For example come in and have our buffet for $10, but if you want the shrimp it will be $12.50, for lobster it will be $15, for crab legs it will be $20. These prices are only examples. Where does a buffet end and a restaurant start? I understand about all those different products have different market prices. In that case price the buffet differently. One more thing. I see rankings and ratings for different buffets. I do not do that. To me it is impossible. Las Vegas buffets, especially on the strip, are now very similar in price (with one exception), and in quality and selection it seems impossible to tell them apart. People try, but I do not believe them. Here are a few buffets that I like. No rankings or ratings, just a list. I myself used to work on the strip. I am a retired chef, and worked a major strip hotels. I know a thing or two about that business.
Wynn, breakfast $39. dinner $70.
Cosmopolitan , breakfast $38.,lunch $45, brunch $49.
Caesars Palace dinner $65. but you can pay as much as $90.
MGM I only give it a mention here. Why, you ask. Management tells you to get out after 2 hours. Strange. But the buffet is cheap. breakfast $28, dinner $37.
Bellagio, breakfast $50, dinner $65.
Luxor breakfast $27, brunch $ 30.
Excalibur. breakfast $27, brunch $40.
Did you notice the same pricing at the last two hotels? They are part of the same conglomerate. I rounded up prices to a full dollar. There are a few more buffets, but they are not center strip. Noteworthy, Palms, and Souht Point.
I stopped by about a week ago because I needed money. One part of Primm is actually in California. The town was formerly called Stateline. Anyway, I picked up a handful of lottery tickets. The line of customers snaked clear around the building. I should own that concession instead of just being a customer. Anyway, after I bought my tickets I drove around Primm for a few minutes. A pretty depressing sight. The huge shopping mall that sits withinn walking distance of the lottery outlet is vacant. I used its parking lot in fact. A huge, new casino/hotel with a huge parking lot did not have any customers. I walked in. The gaming area is full of slots, but only two or three customers. The bar was open, but only one customer. All the fast food places were vacant. There were only two cars in the parking lot. It all looked brand new. I drove over to one of the operating casinos. They were actually pretty busy, considering it was still early. I had a very good breakfast. I forgot the name of the restaurant, but it is the one that sells food by slam this and slam that, senior slam and so on. It is a Denny’s . I just remembered. It also had a super slam. http://www.primmvalleyresorts.com
A new Flamingo Road overpass across the strip is now open to traffic. It was built to ease traffic flow during the upcoming F1 race down the strip. We do not know if this will be a permanent feature, or just for the race. Goes to show you the insane amounts of money are available in this town just for entertainment. Just a few weeks ago the Sphere opened. A huge casino of about 3 000 rooms will be torn down to make room for something larger, fancier, better. With more slot machines of course. A 50 story hote opened a few months before that. Not only that, the Boring Company (Elon Musk) is building miles of tunnels to speed up traffic. I used one of them. Very good experience, for just five bucks. Fast and clean .http://www.lasvegas.com
I know you Swifties have been clamoring for this.So, here is her schedule for ’24, and where to get tickets. Her Las Vegas shows do not begin until the latter part of 2024. Oct. and Nov. The Oct. 18, 19, and 20 dates are at the Hard Rock, The Oct. 25, 26, 27. dates are at Caesars Palace. The Nov. 1, 2, and 3 dates are at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The cheapest tickets are around $ 900. I wish you the best of luck getting a ticket. Tickets are available through the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority.( or Vegas.com)We understand she had a falling out with some large ticket vending company. We are not quite sure what happened.We heard it was a collapse of a website. Could be a rumor At her previous show at the Allegiant Stadium here in Vegas, the aftermarket prices did not drop at all, they, in fact went up until the last minute. At the Allegiant show she perform 44 songs. That’s a lot in my opinion. Her show lasted for around three hours. That’s a tremendous effort for any vocalist. It probably is part of her popularity, customers get their money’s worth. Our link will take you there. http://www.vegas.com
A major Fremont St. hotel is undergoing a $100 million renovation. It also will add more slot machines. What else?, those improvements need to be paid for without hurting the bottom line.
Las Vegas keeps growing and growing. There just is no way of stopping it. Latest gaming revenues show an increase of about 6% at the strip and 4% down town. These are not small numbers, although they look it on paper. Keep in mind that gaming revenues are in the billion dollar range, so 6% on billions of dollars is huge.
The Las Vegas Culinary Union is out on strike for better wages and benefits. This is no small matter. At last count this uion had about 45,000 members. From what we understand it is a warning strike so far, not a full fledged work stoppage. But keep it in mind when planning a visit. This could easily turn into a real problem.
The average room rates at the strip are now about $200. per night, down town $100. per night. Keep in mind some rates are much higher. We also did not add those crazy extra charges hotels like to add. As if that is necessary. We are talking resort fees for example, or pool fees, or cabana fees or any other extra charges hotels like to dream up. Parking fees are another. Next thing you know they will add elevator fees, or extra charges for linens. It never ends it seems. It is our opinion that casinos exist to make money on gaming, and not on room rent. They seem to get away with it so far. I sure hope it does not end badly because of it. I had a $15 glass of beer at the strip a while ago. That is, without the tip. Good beer, mind you.
News is out that a new hotel/casino will be built at the Forum Shops. We do not have any detals as of now, but we will keep you posted.
Despite injuries the Aces managed to bring home a rare repeat, but just barely. A 70 to 69 score cannot be called overwhelming or dominating. But still, a win is a win, especially when it happens away, in New York City.Wilson was named the WNBA Final MVP. She had scored 24 points and 16 rebounds, Jackie Young had 16 points. A very good effort overall. Not sine the 2001-2002 L.A. Sparks has a team scored back to back championships. Let’s give credit where credit is due, the ladies put up a tremendous fight, despite numerous injuries. Congrats all around. That goes for the opposition too.