Las Vegas Hotel Update

The main pool at The Linq Hotel & Casino has a wet deck and lily pad daybeds.
The main pool at The Linq Hotel & Casino has a wet deck and lily pad daybeds.

What happens in Las Vegas may stay there, but when it comes to places to stay, hoteliers don’t like to let things stay the same for too long. Here are some of the latest developments on the city’s lodging scene.

The Linq Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas’ newest resort, has now completed its $223 million full-resort renovation. Designed with Millennial travelers in mind, in partnership between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Elkus Manfredi Architects, the resort offers 2,253 newly renovated guest rooms, including 244 suites, two unique urban loft-style penthouses and 25 first-of-its-kind poolside cabana guest rooms. Guests are also offered a chance to be social, playful and interactive through a completely renovated welcome experience built around a signature lobby bar, all new retail and spa amenities and a dynamic new pool deck. The hotel also provides direct access to the restaurants, shops and entertainment available at The Linq Promenade, including the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

The guest arrival experience at The Linq Hotel & Casino centers on technology and convenience offering both an automated valet retrieval system and an automated check-in process. Whether your clients text to check-in or pick up your keys from conveniently located kiosks, The Linq Hotel offers the latest in self check-in and touchscreen interaction to book dining and entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.


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All rooms feature a fresh, modern design with floor-to-ceiling windows, boasting views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip or the High Roller. The centerpiece of all room designs are three distinct accent wall backdrops featuring stylized renderings of vintage Las Vegas signage, providing guests with a unique experience each time they visit the hotel. The social experience of the Linq Hotel extends into the rooms with a board game menu and fun mirror decals where guests are encouraged to post their favorite selfies with #Linqstyle. The two Penthouse Suites include Bose speakers, record players with a cool selection of vinyl and in-room board games such as glow-in-the-dark chess.

The all-new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The Linq has nine treatment rooms including couples rooms, as well as separate men’s and women’s Himalayan Salt Caves, relaxation areas, saunas, whirlpools and locker rooms.

Millennials are encouraged to be social at the signature lobby bar and pool deck. The two pools at Linq have views of the High Roller, and guests can unwind on the wet deck and lily pad daybeds along the main pool. The second pool is on a stand-alone, elevated deck. The Linq Hotel offers a chance to be at the pool all day long with Deluxe Poolside Cabana rooms which are standard appointed guest rooms with the addition of private patios complete with outdoor sectional seating and LCD TV with direct access to The Linq Pool.

Speaking of pools, the Delano Las Vegas, set in a 43-story tower at the Mandalay Bay Resort complex, recently introduced the Delano Beach Club exclusively for guests. It’s designed to be evocative of Delano South Beach, with an oversized chessboard perched atop the pool’s wet deck, while chaise lounges and 16 private cabanas provide a retreat from the sun. Cabana amenities include bottle service and 46” HD LED TVs.

The staff will offer refreshing treats throughout the day, from healthy bites like seasonal frozen grapes and cucumber slices, to energizing drinks such as mango-infused sparkling water, and watermelon and orange juice shooters. For entertainment, guests may enjoy the sounds of indie artists. Local up-and-coming DJs will play Fridays and Saturdays, spinning beats influenced by Mondrian LA and Delano South Beach.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has embarked on a $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 rooms and suites.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has embarked on a $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 rooms and suites.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has embarked on a $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 rooms and suites as part of the final phase of its resort-wide transformation. Created by MGM Resorts International Design Group, the new accommodations will feature bright, natural designs with modern furnishings, emphasized by vibrant colors and bold statement pieces meant to exude a confident and inviting atmosphere.

Every remodeled room in the Resort Collection contains a fully stocked minibar, Keurig coffee machine and a spacious desk for personal or business use. The one- and two-bedroom Suite Collection units add multiple seating and dining areas to the equation. The Luxury Collection’s glamorous one- to four-bedroom suites showcase newly designed décor complemented by posh amenities such as floor-to-ceiling windows and fully equipped dining and bar areas.

A portion of the redesigned rooms and suites are available now, with the completion of the project expected in spring 2016.

MGM Resorts International has announced plans to build a 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, adjacent to The Park and 20,000-seat arena under construction now on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Park and arena are set to open in April 2016 and the Monte Carlo theater plans to have its first show at the end of 2016. In other entertainment news from MGM, the Blue Man Group will move its performances to Luxor this fall, where they originally performed in Las Vegas. The Jabbawockeez show will move performances to the MGM Grand.

Some Like It Cool

Summer temperatures in Las Vegas have been known to hit triple digits, but the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is running buses specifically geared to transport tourists and keep them cool. The RTC has also launched an informational and interactive “Ride the Strip” website ­— — as an online resource for tourists. The site helps familiarize them with routes, fares, the Las Vegas Convention Center and McCarran International Airport. Route options include the iconic Deuce and Strip & Downtown Express routes. The RTC buses run on the resort corridor and make stops near the resorts.

City Relaunches ‘Power Pass’

A recent record-breaking boost in tourism to Las Vegas earlier this summer has prompted the city to relaunch its Las Vegas Power Pass, a sightseeing card that allows visitors to get discounts and offers at several top shows, dining and retail venues, fast-track entry at five of the city’s busiest attractions and a free two-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket. A range of new attractions have also been added to the pass, including Cowabunga Bay, a 23-acre water park, Gene Wood’s Go Kart Racing, and KISS: by Monster Mini Golf, an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course themed around Gene Simmons’ iconic rock band.

Other attractions offered with the pass include the Stratosphere Tower, the Roller Coaster at New York, Grand Canyon West Legacy Tour, VooDoo Zip Line, Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam Motor Coach Tour: A guided tour of the Hoover Dam onboard a deluxe motor coach. Las Vegas Power Passes range from one to five days, with prices beginning at $84.99 per adult and $54.99 per child (aged 2-12). Children younger than two have free entry to Las Vegas attractions.

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