It’s been more than three years since Derek and Greg Stevens purchased the Las Vegas Club casino in downtown Las Vegas. In that time, the owners of The D and Golden Gate casino have made some more deals.
The Stratosphere is currently in the middle of a three-year renovation. Much of the $140 million improvement includes updating 1,100 hotel rooms, new bars and restaurants, and upgrading the casino floor. However, there’s at least one major addition happening outside of the Stratosphere hotel and tower.
The new rooms at Flamingo are a massive upgrade from the entry-level FAB rooms. They might even be a bit nicer than the GO rooms. The latter has been one of my favorite affordable room options from Caesars Entertainment.
Eataly’s sixth U.S. location opened at Park MGM just as 2018 came to an end. The 40,000-square-foot culinary destination is located directly on the Las Vegas Strip and will serve as Park MGM’s main entrance. Eataly is a vibrant space full of unique food counters, bars, cafés and dining experiences offering traditional, authentic Italian food.
It feels like just yesterday that The Cosmopolitan opened in Las Vegas. Nope, the luxury casino-resort opened in December of 2010. There’s a long history for this relatively young casino on the Vegas Strip. At first, The Cosmopolitan marketed themselves as a unique property.
One of the best trends to emerge in Las Vegas restaurants in 2018 was special dining opportunities. Tasting and pairing menus for one night only isn’t exactly a new concept. However, it seemed as though more restaurants offered special menus than ever before. The pairings often feature adult beverages that complement the best dishes in a restaurant.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) released their Executive Summary for November during the week. As you can see visitor volume was up 5.6%, convention attendance was up 15.6% and overall occupancy in hotels was up 3.6%. Hotel operators in Las Vegas saw that RevPAR (Revenue per available room) was up 13.5% from 2017 to $112.98.
More than ever before Las Vegas is an event town. Long-term nightly artist residencies are a thing of the past. Today, the majority of residencies in Las Vegas are limited engagements or short blasts of shows throughout the year. Artists like Celine Dion are being replaced with artists that will play strategically throughout the year.
The end of the year gives us a chance to look back at what was new and popular in Las Vegas. Today we’ll look at some of the most visited locations in Las Vegas according to rideshare company Lyft. For the fourth year, Lyft is celebrating the Lyftie Awards.