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Summer is officially here and although Las Vegas is a prime destination, the 100-degree temperatures are no joke. Luckily for you, we know the best ways to beat the heat. Here are our top five favorite things to do in Vegas to cool off this summer.
Not to be mistaken with the glam rap sensation Flo Rida (though he did shoot a music video here at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino not too long ago!), the FlowRider wave machine rocks. Even if you’re not an expert surfer or snowboarder (trust me, I’m far from both!), this is your chance to get on that level. Or at least feel like you’re there.
You may have zero athletic ability or balance, but as long as you go in knowing you’re going to wipe out and fly off your board, you’ll be fine. It doesn’t hurt one bit. I was on the body board and it did take a few tries to get my balance right. You can either be daring and jump from the top or do what I did and kick off the wall from the bottom. Keeping your body straight is key for riding the wave. You’ll also have full control of the board by steering it like a wheel. If you’re surfing, one of the lifeguards can help you find your balance. Even if you wipe out, it’s both fun and hilarious.
My hubby and I both had a blast and liked how we could just dip at the nearby adults-only pool afterward. There are locker rooms if you plan on staying all day, as well as foosball and a bevy of beer and cocktail selections.
Admission is $25 for 30 minutes. All-day passes are available if you want to perfect your skills. Guests must be at least 48″ to ride. The FlowRider is located a few steps before the pool bar and adults-only pool. (Photo courtesy of Eric Kabik.)
Snow in Vegas is shocking on its own, but during the summer? We know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Located in Caesars Palace, the 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa is full of surprises – the Arctic Ice Room being one of them.
After a treatment or a visit from the herbal steam room, cool down in the Strip’s only Arctic Ice Room. Snow falls from its domed ceiling, providing you with the ultimate cool-down session.This will definitely relieve you from the scorching Vegas heat. The Arctic Ice Room has one long bench, along with two solo ones. I sat in the solo bench closest to the wall because I wanted the snow to fall right on me.
Once you’re done with this refreshing amenity, kick back in the relaxation lounge and enjoy a wide selection of teas and refreshments. Other spa amenities include the Roman bathing area (pictured above). Here you’ll find heated tubs and a cool plunge. And since the view here is so peaceful, I wouldn’t blame if you decide to hang out on one of the nearby chaises all day. You’ll probably see me doing the exact same thing.
Aside from the chilling-and-thrilling Arctic Ice Room and Roman baths, Qua also offers tons of relaxing treatments catered to suit your skin’s needs..
What better way to treat your taste buds during the year’s hottest season? This year, National Ice Cream Day (yes, it’s a thing) falls on Sunday, July 19. Whether you’re here to celebrate the holiday or simply to celebrate your time off, Serendipity 3 is definitely one of our favorite summertime havens on the Strip.
Try Serendipity 3’s signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. And while it has “hot” in the name, don’t get it twisted: It has the creamy, smooth taste of hot cocoa, but comes in a thick, ice-blended form – clearly the best of both worlds. You can also choose from a variety of flavors like double chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo, mint, amaretto or mochaccino. Serendipity 3 also shows some vegan love: If you’re dining in, they can accommodate to your dairy-free diet and blend fresh fruit with crushed ice.
Fifteen acres of pure paradise. Are you ready for it?
You may not be in the tropics, but Flamingo Las Vegas’ lush Beach Club Pool and GO Pool could have fooled us! This is one of the Strip’s most beautiful pools. You may be in the middle of the desert, but here you’ll find tons of palm trees, waterfalls and even a shaded grotto to escape the sun.
If you’re 21 or older and looking for a more energetic vibe, GO Pool is your best bet. GO Pool offers fruity cocktails and live DJ music. Bring all your friends and rent a daybed or cabana, complete with waterfall views and a private pool.
Bringing the kiddos? The Beach Club Pool is a more relaxed, family-friendly environment. Surrounded by the resort’s breathing landscaping, relax in one of the loungers on the pool’s ledge or have a blast going down the pool’s waterslide.
While you’re here, you can check out the nearby Wildlife Habitat. It’s not every day you see pink flamingos, exotic birds, turtles and koi fish on the Strip.
Read more about other refreshing Las Vegas Strip pools.
And last – but most certainly not least – nothing shrieks summertime more than a cooling cocktail.
I prefer drinks from Squeeze at the LINQ Promenade. I’m not a hardcore juicehead, but these fresh-pressed drinks hit the spot – especially when it’s 110-plus degrees out! Your bartender mixes real fruit juice with your favorite alcoholic beverages. It makes your cocktail experience much more refreshing.
I’ve tried the Cold Apple Pie, which consists of Fireball whisky, apple, carrot, celery, ginger root and nutmeg. My gluten-free friend ordered the Berry Fine. It’s made with Tito’s Handmade vodka (a gluten-free liquor), raspberries, orange, cranberries and strawberries. You can read Squeeze’s tasty drink menu to discover more juice-infused concoctions.
For those who miss the 7-Eleven Slurpee days, hit up Purple Zebra, also located at The LINQ Promenade. (There’s also another location inside the hotel’s casino). It’s a self-serve daiquiri bar so go crazy. But not too crazy to the point you start seeing purple zebras. We hear Peachy Keen is a customer favorite.
Stay cool, my friends.
The Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 is headed to the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from July 10 to 20, and true basketball fans will not want to miss out. Returning to Las Vegas for its 11th year, the NBA Summer League will see 24 teams—including 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season—compete in an 11-day tournament where future b-ball stars can shine.
Basketball lovers can get the most out of their NBA Summer League experience by booking special packages being offered by Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Each stay booked at either Las Vegas hotel includes two general admission tickets to the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion to check out all the games on any one day during Samsung NBA Summer League 2015.
Last year’s NBA Summer League Championship saw the Sacramento Kings trounce fierce competition in the 67-game event that set all-time attendance records. With hot teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers playing in this year’s event, the action on the hardwood is not to be missed. Book your Caesars Palace or LINQ hotel package now!
Bright lights, big country! Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn kicked off their “Together In Vegas” residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on June 17 to rave reviews, and will continue shows through July 4 and in December.
The explosive, two-hour spectacular includes favorite Reba songs such as “Fancy,” “I’m A Survivor” and “Going Out Like That.” Brooks & Dunn work the guitar and bring the house down with their energetic fan favorites, from “Brand New Man” to “Neon Moon.” And yes—their famed duet with Reba, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” is in there, too.
The trio of country icons sat down with media ahead of their June 19 show to talk set lists, their long history and what it really takes to put a Las Vegas show together.
What made you want to come back and what’s it like coming back?
RM: We toured together for four years in the ’90s and we knew that was fun and to make an event out of it. We had a blast Wednesday [opening] night, so we made the right decision to come out and do this, and are very appreciative of Caesars.
KB: One of the ways the conversation went was that it would be so much fun to play together because we have dinner together and go out and do stuff all the time. Last time we did a tour together I think it was 21 trucks and 19 buses. Gearing that up again is one thing, and then coming here, it’s amazing the production we have been able to together if you don’t have to move it every day.
You have so many hits and singles and No. 1’s between the three of you. How did you go about narrowing the set list down?
RM: I picked out my favorites that I like to sing and they picked out their favorites and we blended them together. It took us a while to get the set list down to where it was flowing and to make it exciting and still had enough heart and emotion to it.
RD: I think there were four initial shows. We put together one in Mexico and it kind of staggered because we were drinking tequila late at night! Then there were a couple of wardrobe changes. The first night was an obvious trial and error—we had a dog come out on stage and that didn’t work.
KB: The set list is tough, I know Ronnie and I are always trying to put together a good hour and a half or two of songs we can agree on on our own and I’m sure Reba does the same thing after how many years of hits she has. So then you have to cut that in half again. She does a lot of medleys anyway and Ronnie and I had never done that, but we thought “well we’ve still got about 10 songs here we all love.” So we started working on how we can mash some of those things up. You can see fans reactions to it.
You have done so many shows and tours and are consummate professionals in your craft. But what have you learned in this Vegas show process? Anything unexpected?
RD: We are control freaks and micromanagers. We waited forever to come in and see the first set. Then I came in and I remember Narvel, Reba’s manager, showing us the first presentation, and Reba do you remember what you said?
RM: Yeah, I wasn’t happy with it. When we finally got out here to Vegas and saw it up on its feet with the lights and everything together, I was thrilled. Then we got to sit back up in the seats while the band played, and they showed all the lights and put it together, minus us, and I was ecstatic.
RD: To answer your question, I think what we learned is if you put it in the right hands with the right people, it far exceeded anybody’s expectations with how cool it was.
KB: Ronnie and I are kind of honkey tonk band, and Reba is the epitome of class and elegance with what she does. It’s probably the same reason Ronnie and I have had a deep career, there’s a yin yang going on there for sure. In all sincerity, this whole process has been about the most non-pissed off, easy going and everybody having a good time. Finding the set list was really the hardest thing.
This friendship between the three of you—go back to the very first time you connected as friends. When was that and why have you never gotten on each other’s nerves?
RM: We toured in ’93-’94 and ’97-’98 but really started hanging out more much later.
KB: Reba was our boss. We opened up for everybody but she was the first person that really took us on tour. We were working for her. We admired her but there was none of that “don’t look me in the eye” stuff going on.
KB: I will say this though, a little insider info. When Ronnie and I miraculously started heating up as a band, I remember Reba and Narvel came to our dressing room and said “guys you don’t have to ask for it, we’re giving you a raise because we think you’re fixing to have a big career and we want to be friends in the future.” I thought that was really cool and really old pro good stuff. But I don’t think we really knew each other until both our careers were in a hot spot when we co-headlined for the first time. And of course Reba’s got her own jet airplane and invited Ronnie and I to fly with her.
RM: I don’t think we really started hanging out until 2011, when we went duck hunting in Louisiana and then we were on vacations together.
What’s the chemistry?
RM: We are all three fun loving people, we work hard, we play hard and we love to cut up.
RD: We are kind of from the same area too…there’s that mentality.
Is Reba the glue that put you back together?
RD: Yeah I don’t think we would have done it if it hadn’t been for this.
Why did you split [in 2010] in the first place?
RD: We figured we had done it all.
KB: Merle Haggard asked me the same thing. We had him out for the last two weeks of our final tour which was a big honor for us. We were sitting in Woodstock, New York looking out at a sold out crowd. He said, “Kix what are you doing? Look at all these people, why would you quit?” But Merle only did one album in 20 years. I’m proud of us for hanging in there. We didn’t want to be a duo, that wasn’t our idea. A record company put us together and we were shocked that our first four singles went number one and we said we’ll make another one. Next thing you know, you look around and are dug in and you’re running a marathon. I feel pretty good about what we did.
When you listen to today’s country radio, does it sound different than the ’90s sound or are the people just younger?
RM: Different. But when Loretta and Tammy were listening to my songs in the ’90s it was different than what they did in their day. Every decade is different.
The singing and the touring for so long must get monotonous, but was there a time in your careers when someone walked up to you and said something that made you realize what you’re doing really matters. Do you have stories?
RD: I got a letter early on around the time we had a song called “She Used To Be Mine.” It came from a guy in the military and he said I had just broken up with my girlfriend and I had a knife to my chest and I was going to push it in and your song came on. And he didn’t.
What did you think about opening night?
KB: We have been playing Vegas for 30 years now and I think we have seen every kind of crowd from “what did we do wrong” to an almost arena kind of crowd with the rodeo where you blow the top off of it. This crowd was real fans, obviously, and they are listening to what you’re talking about, laughing at your jokes that really aren’t funny. They’re singing, but it’s not like an amphitheater were everybody is drunk at 10 o’clock. People are digging the show and you really have a chance to engage.
RD: Friday and Saturday night shows I think will be a little rowdier.
What was it like to see yourself on the Caesars Palace sign?
KB: You never get over seeing your name in lights. We’re obviously show offs or we wouldn’t be here in the first place.
Here in Las Vegas, the thermometer has run out of digits, so there’s no denying it: Summer is upon us. The pool parties are hopping, the air conditioning is cranking, and we’re getting excited about all of the upcoming summer concerts in Las Vegas. We’ve pulled together our top picks, ranging from country and rock to R&B and soul.
Select dates June 17 – July 4, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
These titans of country music are teaming up for a shared residency inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas,” that features the two acts performing a two-hour “mingled” set of more than 30 of their individual hits and collaborations, backed by a 10-piece band.
July 3, Drai’s Beach Club · Nightclub at The Cromwell
Kick off the Fourth of July Weekend in Las Vegas with a live performance by alternative R&B sensation The Weeknd, just one of the resident talents in the Drai’s LIVE series, which presents full-length concerts from such hot artists as Chromeo, Chris Brown and Capital Cities.
Select dates July 8 – 26, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
“Mariah #1 to Infinity” returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 8 for a three-week run that features all of Mariah Carey’s chart-topping songs performed live in an elegant production featuring a killer backing band. Want a glimpse at what you can expect from Mariah’s hit-heavy Las Vegas show? Check out the video for her latest single, “Infinity,” shot at Caesars Palace:
July 17, The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
“25 or 6 to 4.” “Saturday in the Park.” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” We know all the hits—and there have been a lot, including 21 Top 10 singles—so expect a singalong night when legendary band Chicago rolls into The AXIS along with equally mighty Earth, Wind & Fire for their “Heart and Soul Tour 2015.” You’ll definitely want to stay for the encore, which will see both of these musical titans share the stage at the same time.
July 17, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade
If your tastes are a little less classic rock and a little more punk, then you might want to head over to Brooklyn Bowl to check out The Offspring. The SoCal quartet is on the road in support of their latest single, “Coming For You,” which topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. They’ll be joined by twin brother avant-punk duo The Garden.
July 18 – The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Grammy-nominated hip-hop sensation J. Cole brings his 2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour to The AXIS, where he’ll be joined by Detroit rapper Big Sean, who just dropped his third album, “Dark Sky Paradise.” This night of beats and rhymes will include appearances by J. Cole collaborators YG, Jeremih, Bas, Cozz and Omen.
Select dates July 31 – Aug. 16, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
The man. The music. The hair. “Rod Stewart: The Hits.” returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for limited dates in July and August. Don’t miss out on these high-energy Las Vegas concerts packed with Stewart’s timeless songs, including “Maggie May,” “Hot Legs” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy.”
Various dates beginning Aug. 5, The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Pop superstar Britney Spears is back at The AXIS for her headlining resident show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” packed with dynamic dance choreography, dazzling sets and pulsing lights and sound. Oh, and of course, hit songs like “Toxic,” “Stronger,” and “…Baby One More Time.”
Aug. 14, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Aretha Franklin is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, an 18-time Grammy Award winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. With a career spanning six decades, expect to hear a bevy of hits when the “Queen of Soul” plays The Colosseum, including “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” and her signature song, “Respect.”
Aug. 23, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade
Indie rock powerhouse Modest Mouse comes back to Vegas hot on the heels of its new release, “Strangers to Ourselves,” the band’s first full-length since its 2007 Billboard No. 1 album, “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.”
Aug. 27, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott has performed at the White House, written a New York Times-bestselling poetry book, and starred in the Peabody Award-winning TV miniseries “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.” Now she’ll be performing her signature soulful hits on stage live at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Plus, $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation, which helps students in underserved communities prepare for and excel in college.
Various dates beginning Aug. 27, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Celine Dion’s acclaimed headlining show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace features the vocal dynamo’s giant pop hits, unexpected cover songs, and a full orchestra and band comprising 31 musicians. “Celine” tickets always sell fast, so don’t hesitate to reserve your seats to see the one of the best-selling female artists in music history.
She’s known to fans of the Las Vegas show “Absinthe” as the alluring Green Fairy, one of the many colorful performers in the raunchy, hilarious, adults-only spectacle at Caesars Palace. But on June 26, Melody Sweets will be the ringmaster for her very own production beneath the big white tent outside Caesars Palace, “Big Top Circus and Burlesque.”
The one-night-only, 18-over show will celebrate the sexy side of circus with a bevy of performances from both Sweets and some of Las Vegas’ most talented artists. The varied lineup includes performers from Cirque du Soleil, “Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas” and, of course, “Absinthe,” with all proceeds benefiting the UNLV College of Fine Arts. Tickets are available at MelodySweets.com.
The show begins at midnight, but true to the “big top” theme, the revelry begins before the doors open, with circus-inspired antics happening in the courtyard—including face painting by artists from Skin City Body Painting. Once inside, those in attendance will be treated to a circus spectacular featuring never-before-seen acts.
“Everyone who’s involved is doing something completely new and created specifically for the show,” says Sweets.
For example, “Absinthe”’s acrobatic Duo Fevrier is creating a new routine, with new costumes, music, choreography and tricks. Burlesque performer and Miss Exotic World 2004 Dirty Martini will be doing a circus-themed ballet number, 2014 King of Burlesque Mr. Gorgeous will shoot himself out of a cannon, and cast members from “Divas Las Vegas” will be performing a group dance number.
“I’m not sure if they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into,” Sweets says.
Sweets will perform a number of songs from her 2013 debut album, “Burlesque in the Black,” as well as covers of hits from such artists as Lady Gaga and Jack White, though with an appropriately thematic twist. “We’re going to arrange and make it all circus-style,” Sweets says.
Live music for “Big Top Circus and Burlesque” is being provided by an all-star band led by musical director Eric Plante of “O by Cirque du Soleil,” including David Perrico of Pop Evolution, Steven Lee of “Donny & Marie,” Mike Benigno of “MJ Live!” and Ginger Bruner of Killian’s Angels.
Sweets is actually working with Plante and Perrico on an entire album of cover songs, tentatively titled “Covered in Sweets.” And she already has another one-off production show planned for August, although she won’t say just what will be the theme yet, but like “Big Top Circus and Burlesque” and her other shows “Wild Wild West Burlesque” and “XXXmas – A Burlesque Spectacular,” it will benefit a local nonprofit.
“I’m really lucky to have such an amazing community of artists,” Sweets says. “I get to surround myself with these amazing people. It’s inspiring.”
Given that Las Vegas attracts more than 40 million visitors each year, the variety of people to see (and be seen) up and down the Strip is endless. It’s no wonder, then, that people watching in Las Vegas is often as entertaining as any show. Often, the ideal spots to enjoy the parade of interesting faces from around the world also happen to be some of the best restaurants and bars in Las Vegas. But which have the best views of the masses? We have a few ideas…
This whimsical Caesars Palace restaurant—much like its original New York City location— is decorated like an old-school ice cream parlor, but don’t let that fool you. Both Serendipity 3’s food menu (featuring such items as The Hangover omelet and the Las Vegas Strip steak sandwich) and cocktail selection appeal to adult tastes (though a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate appeals to all ages!). In particular, its Strip-facing outdoor bar and patio provide not only an al fresco gathering spot for drinks and grub, but also views of the bustling Roman Plaza, where the people watching is superb.
OK, we know it seems like we use every article on this blog as an excuse to write about Mon Ami Gabi’s patio, but there’s a darn good reason: It’s one of the most serene spots on the Las Vegas Strip, period. And its prime location, right outside Paris Las Vegas and across from the fountains of Bellagio, makes it the perfect spot to sit back, enjoy delicious French cuisine, a glass of wine, and a view of international tourists shuffling past on Las Vegas Boulevard.
One of the newest—and most beautiful—venues to join the Las Vegas Strip bar scene, VISTA Cocktail Lounge is a plush, refined gathering spot located just off the Caesars Palace casino floor. Although its high-tech LED screens displaying morphing, international skylines provide plenty of visual stimuli, VISTA’s elevated view of the casino and close proximity to both The Colosseum concert venue and OMNIA Nightclub make it an ideal spot for people watching—all while enjoying expertly crafted cocktails and a sexy, club-like vibe.
This appropriately named lounge is, indeed, located in the heart of the always-buzzing Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. But more than just being centrally located, Heart Bar also pumps life into the casino, with its DJ-spun music providing the pulse of Planet Hollywood. With lounge-style booths (replete with available bottle service) and a circular central bar, this hotspot is a magnet for people wanting to see and be seen, whether making a night of it or getting pumped for a concert at The AXIS.
Want to watch the beautiful people strutting their way into one of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs—or maybe stumbling their way out? Then swing by Caesars Palace to check out celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s New American bistro Searsucker, located just a few steps from the entrance to OMNIA Nightclub. Although Searsucker’s Thomas Scoos-designer interior is certainly drool-worthy, so are the views from its bar—both of the buzzing scene in the restaurant and the hot action on the adjacent casino floor.
Wedged between Harrah’s Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Carnaval Court isn’t just a fun, outdoor venue for letting your hair down while flair bartenders mix cocktails with aerial daring and some of Las Vegas’ finest cover bands rock the stage—it’s also an ideal location for watching the throngs of Strip-walkers who pass by every hour of the day. This Carnaval is truly a carnival.
There are a lot of great spots on the Las Vegas Strip for people watching—um, duh, we just rattled off a list of them—but there’s only one that’ll take you to Flavortown while checking out the action. Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Las Vegas offers more than just the celeb chef’s hearty American comfort food. It also features a 200-seat patio sprawling out onto the Las Vegas Strip, so not only can you watch what’s happening on Sin City’s main drag, but passersby can watch you while working up a hunger.
Singer Matt Goss brings down the house every week with his eponymous resident show inside The Gossy Room at Caesars Palace. After five years, the show is so popular that Goss is finally making the move to Las Vegas full-time and adding a Tuesday and Sunday show to his roster.
Along with his new manager Bernie Yuman—famed from his days with Siegfried & Roy—Goss begins performing four nights weekly as of June 23. The stylish singer is currently jazzing up the showstopping production even more, beginning with the addition of a personal new single with a charitable component.
The powerful song, titled “Strong,” was inspired by the loss of his mother, Carol, who succumbed to breast cancer in May 2014. In tribute his mother, Goss recently joined forces with Susan G. Komen Foundation, the largest non-profit breast cancer organization in the world. Goss has become a famous ambassador and “Strong” is used by the foundation as anthem for those affected by the disease. Those who give a donation to the organization also receive a download of the song.
Additionally, survivors, victims and their friends and families are encouraged to join the conversation on social media, using the #STRONG and @mattgoss, @caesarspalace and @SusanGKomen.
Imagine being invited to the most exclusive soiree where you don’t know anybody but your date. And imagine once you step into the room, you’re immediately embraced by its beautiful, lively atmosphere and crowd. You’re officially ready to party.
That’s exactly you’ll feel by staying at Vegas’ boutique hotel, The Cromwell. Friday, June 12 marks the one-year anniversary of this stylish Las Vegas hotel. With only 188 rooms, one restaurant and one bustling rooftop nightclub, your vacation just transformed to the party of the year. If this doesn’t convince you just yet, here are 10 reasons why The Cromwell experience remains awesome. You’ll see exactly why we loved this hotel since its opening last June.
Talk about catching your attention – The Cromwell’s check-in lounge has that old-school, glam appeal that’s like a cross between a library and ultra-lounge. After you check in, a hotel attendant will escort you to the guest elevator and show you to your room. Meanwhile, you can ask any and every question to make the most out of your trip. Also, if you check in Friday or Saturday, you’ll receive a hangover solution.
Who doesn’t like tea? Or after a long night of partying, who doesn’t love coffee? Enjoy complimentary seasonal tea and coffee by the guest elevators on the main floor. This is also a great way to meet up friends or socialize with new ones. That said, The Cromwell puts a brand new spin to the traditional tea party. Pinky up!
What better way to start your boutique hotel vacation than with a complimentary champagne toast? As a welcome from The Cromwell, hotel guests are invited to a special reception at Bound from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Toast to a legendary stay in Las Vegas with Moet and Chandon champagne. Bonus: Bound hosts live music from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Friday is a female vocalist (Nieve Malandra) and Saturday is a string duet (Strings Duo).
The decor at The Cromwell is both classy and whimsical: It’s almost like an extension of your favorite vintage boutique store, except you get to stay overnight. Quirky artwork. Wood flooring. Dark furnishings. Pops of color. The Cromwell just puts you in a certain kind of mood. Check it out for yourself and book the room of your dreams.
We are digging the artwork hanging over the dining area in the Cromwell’s Boulevard Suite (seen below).
While each room presents a sultry feel, every guest will be treated like VIP thanks to the hotel’s intimate setting. Each standard guest room features a separate vanity with all the essentials. And unlike most hotels that just carry a hair dryer, each room here has a straightening iron. This makes primping and getting ready even more unique and exciting. Additionally,these boutique hotel rooms have either checkers or backgammon tables – this gives you a chance to have some fun and kill time.
Stay at the Cromwell, and you’re only steps away from famed chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, Giada. Even better if you have special dietary requests. While many places are catering to vegan and gluten-free needs, it’s still a challenge to get a meat-free, dairy-free or wheat-free plate (without getting an awkward reaction from your server or chef).
Giada welcomes every diner with specialty items available upon request. One of the popular appetizers that appeals to most is the marinated olives with herbs and citrus. Mmm. Other tantalizing vegan-friendly items include: pomodoro sauce (without dairy); farrotto (without pecorino cheese); grilled broccoli; cipollini (onions, agrodolce style) and wheat pasta upon request. Select sorbettis are also vegan.
The menu also has a slew of gluten-free dishes as well. Enjoy your tantalizing meal while admiring views of the Strip from the restaurant’s large retractable windows. Read about our personal dining experience and get excited about the delectable bites!
Wine and dine at Giada: Hosted by wine makers in conjunction with restaurant staff, this once-a-month event is both educational and interactive. For $200 per person, guests try the best wine and dinner pairings from Giada’s signature tasting menu. For more information, please call (855) 442-3271.
Why wait for fireworks on 4th of July and New Year’s Day when you can have them, hmm, whenever you want? At Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub rooftop, light your own personal fireworks and control the entire situation with a detonator. For 30 seconds, you can get the “Bang Bang Mang” for $9,000. But for a whopping $100,000, you can get “The Mission To Mars” which shoots off for a full three minutes. Boom!
So fireworks may not be your thing. And that’s fine. But who can resist a dip at the beautiful Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub? Have the ultimate private pool party and secure one of the north mezzanine cabanas, offering amazing views and exclusive access to the upper pool deck. For some school night fun, check out Drai’s Tuesday night Yacht Club party, which runs all night from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
And speaking of parties, Drai’s hosts tons of sizzling acts this summer. See Chromeo July 31, Aug. 28 and Oct 9. Other headliners include The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Capital Cities, Iggy Azalea, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Akon, Too $hort, 50 Cent and much more.
If you’re a big EDM fan, here is a list of DJs taking over the turntables this summer. And since Drai’s also showcases tons of hip-hop and R&B acts, be on the lookout for your favorite artists.
Interlude is the place to just chill. From its plush seating and open tables, the atmosphere is way relaxing. While Interlude is tucked away from the neighboring casino and in its own world (no gaming here), you can still people-watch all the late-night partiers heading to Drai’s After Hours. The scintillating menu features something for everyone. For a refreshing cocktail, try the Velvet Rosa. It consists of Flor de Caña Silver Extra Dry rum, Briotlet Crème de Péche de Vigne, fresh white peach purée, cranberry juice, topped with Moet and Chandron champagne. No matter where you sit, you’ll instantly feel like a VIP.
Curious about Curios? This store is fantastic. It’s not your average gift shop where you pick up postcards, T-shirts, key chains and other typical trinkets. This quirky shop kicks it up a notch with a mix of eclectic and vintage-inspired finds. Authentic top hats. “Alice in Wonderland” merchandise. You name it. We’re fans of its candles, fun bowties and shiny accessories.
Eat for a cause: From June 15 – 26, Three Square Food Bank presents its annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week. This popular citywide event allows you to dine at award-winning, celebrity chef-owned restaurants while a portion of your proceeds help families in need.
For the past eight years, Las Vegas Restaurant Week supplied almost 3 million meals. So you’re not only satisfying your own appetite, you’re also helping the community fight against hunger.
Each participating restaurant features a special menu – this works out perfect if you’re an indecisive diner. And boy, these menus sound mighty tasty! Each meal comes complete with an appetizer, main course and dessert for a fixed price.
The desserts sound all too tempting. For instance, you can hit up Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace and delve into an Oreo Kiss & Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Shot. And if you haven’t stepped into Searsucker yet, you can end your meal with a bevy of sweet options. The warm toffee pumpkin pudding cake with pumpkin tuile paired with butter pecan gelato and a gingerbread crumble sounds oh-so-dreamy. And since the cost of your meal is going toward charity, you have no reason to feel guilty about it. Plus, you’ll be making all your Instagram followers jealous with your gorgeous food posts. Beats PB&J any day.
Book a table at these participating restaurants, where you’ll find most of the specific Restaurant Week menus. We won’t ruin the surprise, so we’ll let you take a peek of all the mouth-watering main courses. Bon appetít!
If there’s one defining meal in Las Vegas, it’s breakfast. Sure, dinner usually gets the attention, especially at all those award-winning restaurants up and down the Strip. But breakfast is the common meal that binds us: It equally fuels business travelers before a long day of meetings and partygoers after a long night in the clubs on the Vegas Strip. So which are the best restaurants in Las Vegas for breakfast? We rounded up our favorites, ranging from celebrity chef hot spots to bottomless buffets of culinary indulgence.
Emmy Award-winning Food Network star chef Giada De Laurentiis’ eponymous restaurant at The Cromwell Las Vegas might be known for its refreshing spins on classic Italian fare, but what you may not realize is that Giada serves up a delicious breakfast menu daily from 9 to 11 a.m. daily. True to classic Giada style, the restaurant takes familiar dishes and reimagines them using fresh, quality ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations. And, of course, every meal comes with one of the best views of the Strip, thanks to the massive windows that form the exterior wall of this second-floor restaurant. Breakfast highlights include:
A lot of buffets focus on quantity over quality. However, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace—named the “Best Buffet in Las Vegas” by USA Today—proves you don’t have to choose one over the other. As grand in scope as it is in design, this chic, modern Las Vegas buffet offers bottomless breakfast selections, including not only the usual suspects—made-to-order omelets, silver dollar pancakes, steak and eggs—but also a bevy of globally inspired specialties, including:
Of course, just because it’s breakfast time doesn’t mean you can’t also nosh on a variety of anytime dishes, ranging from fresh sushi to a Cajun-style crawfish boil—or selections from the Bacchanal Bloody Mary menu. And if you’re following a vegan, gluten-free or other specialty diet, the talented chefs will be happy to whip you up a special plate or show you where to find items that will meet your dietary restrictions. The Bacchanal Buffet breakfast hours are 7:30 to 11 a.m. weekdays, with a Champagne Brunch on weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re on a low-carb diet, you might want to skip over this one, or even better, sneak in a “cheat day,” because Payard Patisserie & Bistro at Caesars Palace is all about the pastries. This honest-to-de Gaulle French bakery—which first found favor among Manhattan foodies—features the creations of Chef Francois Payard, a third-generation pastry chef whose sweet creations earned him “Pastry Chef of the Year.” So, yeah, pastries are the highlight at this French café—croissants, danishes, muffins, you name it. But the carb-y goodness doesn’t end there. Check out these other fantastique breakfast delights:
There are few settings in Las Vegas as delightful as Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. The French bistro offers an authentic, European café setting, replete with a Strip-side open-air patio—perfect for relaxing upon while enjoying handmade, griddled English muffins, made-from-scratch waffles and fluffy egg omelets. Some of our favorites at this Las Vegas restaurant include:
Mon Ami Gabi is open for breakfast daily from 7 to 11 a.m.
It might not surprise you that Guy Fieri’s restaurant at the LINQ Hotel & Casino serves up a breakfast of epic proportions, both in terms of size and flavors. So if your hunger for breakfast is driven by the need to soak up a little of that overindulgence from the night before, Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar has everything you need, including a full menu of Bloody Mary options to assist with your hangover recovery. Some choice selections include:
The LINQ location of local favorite Off The Strip serves up fresh spins on classic American dishes 24 hours a day, and it’s definitely no slouch in the breakfast area, offering two distinctive brunch menus for both weekday diners and weekend warriors. The regular brunch menu, offered from 5 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, includes a number of a la carte items, including:
The Just Real Food Brunch, served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers guests a heck of a deal: For $25, you can choose one item each from a menu of starters, entrees and desserts, with bottomless breakfast cocktails available for just $20 more. Starters include a smoked salmon platter, seasonal melon & berries or rolled NY strip with asparagus. Entrée options range from a berry-topped Belgian waffle to the restaurant’s signature M.O.A.B. Burger, made with grilled sirloin, hickory smoked bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo. And dessert choices include donut hole dippers, a chocolate sundae and Al’s cheesecake, served with raspberry and chocolate sauces.