Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Polly Ester's

Polly Ester's is a retro nightclub at the Stratosphere. Entry and all you can drink for $40. Link.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

For Prime Rib Lovers

If you love Prime Rib, you must dine at Lawry's. It is located on Flamingo, just east of The Strip at the Hughes Center - part of what locals call Restaurant Row. Map.
They can accommodate parties from 25 to 250.
The decor is beautifully art deco. The original Lawry's is in Beverly Hills - and yes, this is where Lawry's Seasoned Salt was created.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Palmer Hotel

Restauranteur Charlie Palmer is building a 400 room hotel in Las Vegas to be named The Palmer. I know it is his name, but I think there is too much similarity with The Palms , which is already well established. I believe it will cause confusion in the mind of the consumer.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dining Gets Finer in Las Vegas

Yes, the celebrity restaurants are expensive, but as noted it is cheaper than flying to Paris for a fine meal. Link.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio brings a new luxury to the Las Vegas club scene. Offering unrivaled service in a high-energy atmosphere, the chic and stunning 8,000 square foot space sets The Bank apart from the traditional multi-room cavernous clubs that cater to the masses. It is operated by The Light Group.

Each table will receive a personal service team, led by a cocktail server -- adorned in an elegant gold cocktail dress. The Bank is available for private seven nights a week for groups of 200 to 1000 people. With fully customized video capabilities and state-of-the-art sound and lights, The Bank can be specifically tailored to any group's needs. Link.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Las Vegas Hotel Rankings

Vegas hotels play to win rankings game. Upscale resorts pay close attention to detail in quest for top status Link.

Mob Museum

Las Vegas plans to open a Mob Museum. And I say it is about time. The mob scene is part of the history of Las Vegas and officials here have always tried to ingore that past in hopes it would go away. Las Vegas mobsters were a colorful lot and are just as important to Las Vegas history as Al Capone is to Chicago.

Friday, December 7, 2007


Cili is a great place for an off-site event. They can handle groups from 15 to 1500. They are right on the gorgeous Bali Hai Golf Course, just south of Mandalay Bay, right on The Strip. There is a large outdoor deck area that overlooks the golf course - see photo. Cili opened as a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, but he only ran it for a short while. Here is their virtual tour. (It is pronounced see-lee and is Balinese for prosperity, good health and great fortune.)


Panevino is an excellent Italian Restaurant. It is located on Sunset, just a block east of Las Vegas Blvd, south of Mandalay Bay. They have a dining room, a gourmet deli and a banquet room. The banquet room is divisible and will seat 140 or hold 200 for a reception . They also close the dining room for private parties. They have a great view of The Strip. They are across the street from the south side of the airport, so you can see the planes take off.

Foundation Room View

This is the view from the House of Blues Foundation Room atop the Mandalay Bay Hotel. It is a GREAT place for an event.

Mandalay Bay Hotel - Las Vegas

A suite. All I could understand was Mini Bar.

Blue Man Group - Drumbone (Last Call Vegas)

Venetian Hotel Las Vegas video

Venetian Las Vegas - Venezia Suite :

Every room is a suite.

Bellagio Las Vegas, Hotel Room Video

Blue Man Group

Here is a review of the Blue Man Group which is playing at the Venetian: Link Personally, I love the BMG, but I have friends that hated it. It is pure performance art.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Fine Dining MGM Grand Las Vegas

AAA 5 Diamond Award Winner -
"Chef of the Century" Joël Robuchon -
The first Joël Robuchon fine dining restaurant in the U.S.

Bette Midler Opens at Caesars on Feb 20

Bette Midler will replace Celine Dion as the headliner at the Colosseum at Caesas Palace on February 20, 2008. Tickets go on sale on December 9. For group sales for groups of 15 or more call (702) 731-7208 or

Town Square Now Open

Town Square is located on Las Vegas Blvd, south of Mandalay Bay. It is a collection of shops and restaurants and even a movie theater complex in a village setting.

Restaurants and food inside the mall: Claim Jumper, Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café and Emporium, Yard House, The Grape, Texas de Brazil, Bar Louie, Brio Tuscan Grill, Fish House and California Pizza Kitchen. Shoppers can also stop and enjoy a quick meal or buy groceries at Whole Foods Market. Link.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Meet Meet and The White House

Meet the new Downtown special events venue named Meet. Link. From the same company that has The White House.

  • The White House is a non-residential conference center across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It has a multi-media room and two 22-seat classrooms with computers, projection and electronic white boards. They have on-site catering. There are virtual tours on their website.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Skiing in Las Vegas

Yes, indeed. 45 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip lies Mt. Charleston and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Channel 8 news reports that snow is sparse this Thanksgiving weekend, but they are cranking out the man made stuff until the real deal shows up.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

What happened to all of the neon?

Remember when it seemed like every inch of The Strip was covered in neon? Where did it all go? For a long time the Neon Graveyard at the YESCO Sign Company stored them, and it was not open to the public. You may recall seeing the Graveyard in many movies and television shows that were taped here. The Neon Museum has taken many of these signs and restored them. They have created a Boneyard for signs that are waiting to be restored. Tours are available, if you are looking for something different to do with a small group.

Dates and Rates

Often times the availability of rooms and the prices of the rooms depend on what else is going on in the valley. It may be a huge convention, like the Consumer Electronic Show which is here in early January each year, or it may be the National Rodeo Finals in early December.

You can check the convention calendar and you will find the CES Show, but not the NFR. You need to check this page for big events that are not related to conventions, but fill up the hotels.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Green Tour Company

Escape Adventures has gone green. Their vehicles have been converted to burn on used oil from restaurants. Link.

Beatles Revolution

The Mirage is the home to the Beatles Show LOVE, and they have just added a new lounge called Revolution. The lounge is accessible through the Abbey Road Bar. It is full of technological innovations in multimedia graphics. It is open 24 hours a day. Link.

Bellagio Review

This poster from the Hotel-Casino blog really likes the Bellagio. Link.
The Bellagio was built by Steve Wynn and was sold to MGM Mirage, along with all of his other hotels, including the Mirage and Treasure Island (now just called TI).
Add your comments below.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sushi Restaurants in Las Vegas

Double Down reviews Nobu at the Hard Rock, Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Ra at the Fashion Show Mall on The Strip, and Shibuya at the MGM Grand. Link. Feel free to add your comments about any sushi restaurants you have enjoyed here in Las Vegas.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Community Service

More conventions are planning community service projects in their meeting locations. If you are looking for a community service project for Las Vegas, here are some options.

The Difference Between Las Vegas and Boston

From The Convention Insider. A quick comparison. Link.

New High Tech Strip Bus has launched Arrow, a high-tech alternative to the double-decker Deuce bus that drives visitors up and down the Strip and to Fremont Street downtown. Arrow goes door-to-door to hotel-casinos and costs $2.50 per trip or $10 for an all day pass. Deuce costs $2. But Arrow has touch screen monitors that allow passengers to buy show tickets and make restaurant reservations during the ride. Link. Another alternatative would be the monorail. The websites have route maps.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Team Building Activities

This article includes informtion on Las Vegas team building options, including zero gravity, comedy improv and drama workshops. Stunt World Action Camp offers white water rafting and Hollywood stunt techniques.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Three Square

Southern Nevada’s hospitality industry has the expertise to manage the production of incredible amounts of food. Our world-class chefs know how to create complete, balanced meals on a scale to feed more than 30,000,000 visitors each year. They are ready to use these resources to solve the problem of hunger. Link.

Realtor(R) Volunteers Lend a Hand in Las Vegas

Conference attendees will roll up their sleeves and lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and the Children's Service Guild, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping children touched by the family court system. In addition, $10 of every conference participant's registration fee is applied toward these programs. Link.

Las Vegas Airport Improves Passenger Info System

McCarran Airport has installed a new system to speed up departures. Link.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Review of Aquaknox an upscale seafood restaurant in the Venetian.

Las Vegas' hottest jobs...and who has them

Some Las Vegas jobs are very cool. Link.

Free Webinar from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

The LVCVA, along with Successful Meetings and Meeting News, is offering a free webinar: Learn How CVBs Can Make Your Next Meeting A Success: Leverage the Full Extent of Services, Especially in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

2 pm EST, 11 am Pst

Duration: 45 minutes

Click here to register.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Palazzo

What was to be an addition to the Venetian turned into a separate hotel that is connected to the original. The Palazzo is shaping up to be just as spectacular. There will be restaurants by Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Charlie Trotter. Look for a soft opening on December 20. Hotel Link.

Las Vegas seeks to restrict party houses.

The Las Vegas City Council voted to stop short-term housing rentals. Link. It is important to note that most of the Las Vegas valley is NOT in the City of Las Vegas. Fremont Street (Downtown) is in the City, as is the Stratosphere Tower. But, The Strip, the airport, UNLV and anything south of Sahara (in the Strip area), is not in Las Vegas. There is Henderson to the South, North Las Vegas to the North, and everything else is unincorporated Clark County. Map. The City of Las Vegas is highlighted in yellow.

Treat Your VIPs as Celebrities

Unparalled access to the hottest clubs in Las Vegas. Nite Tours takes your VIPS clubbing - and they won't have to stand in line. Each tour takes club-goers to four of the hippest nightclubs in Las Vegas from 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., for $99 each. A limousine with a sound system seats 20 to 50 and provides complimentary champagne, beer and shooters throughout the night. A VIP host onboard entertains with comedy, and encourages interaction among the passengers. Press Release.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Joel Robuchon Awarded 3 Stars

Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is awarded 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. This is the highest rating that the prestigious guide awards. It is the only 3 star restaurant in Las Vegas. This is where Hong, who won Top Chef works as a sous chef.

Pour 24 - Beer

Pour 24 at New York, New York. For beer lovers. They will have a revolving selection of 24 bottled beers and 24 draft choices. Yes, it will pour for 24 hours. (from LasVegasLogue)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Las Vegas Country Club

The Las Vegas Country Club is a hidden treasure - literally. Snuggled in hidden driveways on Jow W. Brown Drive, right behind the Las Vegas Hilton and the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is a link to the past, as this is where the movers and shakers of old Las Vegas would gather for lunch or cocktails. It is still like home to many top executives and celebrities that make Las Vegas home. The function rooms overlook the gorgeous golf course. It is a perfect place for an off-site event.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Private Mobile Nightclub

This is the interior of the Las Vegas Party Bus. It accommodates 16 people. It is great for club or casino-hopping. With lounge style seating, DVD players and wet bars, the party might just stay on the bus.
Other companies include Celebrity Coaches,

Vending Machine Sells Cell Phones in Las Vegas Airport

Vending Machine Sells Cell Phones in Las Vegas Airport. Located in Terminal 2. At 1.5 cents per minute to the UK, it is aimed at international travelers who are used to paying up to $1.45 per minute. It vends everything from SIM cards to PDAs. Users to connect to a mobile phone network without the necessity of dealing with service provider personnel and can make a phone call immediately after they make a purchase. The phones and cards automatically search for and find the strongest network nearest each subscriber as the subscriber moves about Las Vegas or the country.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Las Vegas Golf Course Guide

Las Vegas Golf Course Guide. Links to every golf course with course maps, price range, and designation (championship, desert, traditional, par-3, executive or resort). You can even reserve online.
The course to the left is Bali Hai, which is located at the south end of The Strip, just South of Mandalay Bay. They have a great restaurant named Cili, that has golf course views and outdoor terraces. They can accommodate banqets from 15 to 1500. There is a virtual tour on the website.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Spa Experience

Las Vegas has some of the best spas in the world. What better way to reward your hard working staff? Or to put your association president in a good mood? Or just to enjoy yourself. This photo is from Nuture at Luxor.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Using Student Workers

Students studying meetings and event management at UNLV are eager to work at your Las Vegas conferences. They have internship and work experience requirements to complete. We maintain a student listserv on Yahoo and can easily send out information to 3000 students in the Hotel College.

For information on using students, contact Dr. Curtis Love at: or 702/895-3334.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Airport and Ground Transportation

McCarran Airport is immediately adjacent to the south end of the strip. The website includes links to taxicabs, and car rental companies.

The LVCVA has links to the Las Vegas Monorail.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do you need to close down a street for an event? Or apply for a liquor permit for an off-site event?

Here is a link to the City of Las Vegas Public Right of Way Event Permit Request. And here is a link to the Clark County Application/Permit Liquor Caterer Event which must be filed at least 3 days in advance of the event.

You may not be aware, but The Strip and the airport are not in the City of Las Vegas, they are in unincorporated Clark County. The dividing line in the Strip area is Sahara. Everything north of Sahara is in the City of Las Vegas.

Some rules and regulations differ between the city and the county. Particularly rules from the fire marshall. Be sure you are meeting the right set of requirements.

Vegas Today and Tomorrow

Vegas Today and Tomorrow is a site that keeps track of all of the new building going on. They have an interesting link to Dream Projects that were never built. THE map is the best Strip area map I have seen.


Where do you go for great pizza in Las Vegas? Metro Pizza. Real Italian pizza made from family recipes. They also have salads and pastas - and they deliver. There are four locations - one is just west of The Strip on Koval. Only one is a good distance away, in Henderson. One is to the east on Tropicana and the other is to the west at Flamingo and Decatur.

Las Vegas Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a day at the Canyon Ranch Spa in the Venetian, then had dinner at B&B, Iron Chef Mario Batali's restaurant, also at the Venetian.

The Canyon Ranch Spa is luxurious. They have a
spa restaurant, where we had a light lunch. I had the Caesar Salad and the Chicken Pot Stickers. Delicious, and healthy. The spa has everything you could possibly need: showers and dressing areas are stocked with plenty of hair dryers, hair spray, deoderant, soaps, shampoos, etc. Everywhere you look there are bowls brimming with fresh fruit, tables with bottled water, juices, hot tea. The massage tables are nice and wide. The massage and and facial that I had were top notch. I was told that the spa will soon be doubling in size and adding another full-service restaurant that will be open later and will be accessible from outside the spa.

You pretty much have to be a foodie to enjoy Mario Batali's creations. A table that was seated next to us left after persuing the menu. I heard one lady say, "they don't even have a basic salad." If you want basic food, B&B Ristorante is not for you.

The menu changes seasonally, but here are some sample offerings from last night:
The items in red are what we ordered. And we loved every morsel.

Marinated Fresh Anchovide with Braised Fennel $16
Warm Tripe alla Parmigiana $15
Grilled Octopus with Borlotti Marinati and Spicey Lemoncello Viniagrette $18
Warm Lamb's Tongue with Chantrelles and a 2-Minute Egg $15
Crispy Pork Trotter with Insalata Tricolore $15
Duck Egg with Guanciale and Truffle Vinaigrette $16
Calamari and Sepple Fritti $19


Goat Cheese Tortelonni with Dried Orange adn Wild Fennel Pollen $24
Bucatini with Braised Artichokes and Ricotta Salata $23
Lamb's Brain Francobolli with Lemon and Sage $21
Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail $26
Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles and Crushed Duck Liver $26
Black Pepper Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragout $25
Garganelli with Fungi Trifolati $23
Linguine with Clams, Pancetta and Hot Chiles $26


Coho Salmon with Cucumbers and Aceto Tradizionale $36
Madagascar Tiger Prawns with Raddicio and Pancetta $45
Grilled Quail with Scorzonera alla Romano and Saba $34
Duck with Sweet and Sour Cabbage $36
Rabbit with Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Pearl Onions $33
Fennel Dusted Sweetbreads with Sweet and Sour Onions, Duck Bacon and Membrillo Vinegar $29
Grilled Pork Chop with Cipolline, Peach and Vin Cotto $34
Grilled Lamb Chops Scottadita with Eggplant in Scapase and Lemon Yogurt $37
Barbecued Skirt Steak with Bloomsdale Spinach and Salsa Verde $37
Grilled Ribeye for Two with Roasted Potatoes adn aceto Manodori $120

Beef Tagliati with Rucola and Parmigiano $50
Black Spaghetti with Calabrese and Pink Shrimp $30

They also have two tasting menus for $85 per person. Accompanying wines $65 per person.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Property Maps and Floor Plans

This site shows hotel floor plans in low res, high res or as a pdf file.

Strip Map

This is a good Strip map, with clickable links for hotel information.

Banquet Rooms

If you are looking for a banquet room to host a dinner for a board, or to entertain clients, Open Table lists banquet rooms, with capacities for most Las Vegas venues.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Best Suites in Vegas

The Trip Advisor picks the Signature Suites at the MGM Grand as the best suite value in Las Vegas. (from Hotel Chatter)

Favorite Restaurants

Old Las Vegas was the Land of Cheap Buffets. They were created to keep the gambler in the casino and were considered loss leaders.

New Las Vegas not only has added Upscale Buffets, but some pretty fantastic restaurants as well.

The best buffets are at the Bellagio and Planet Hollywood, but they are anything but cheap.

You can still find cheap in Las Vegas. But everyone wants the Bellagio Buffet at the Sahara Buffet prices.

If you can afford an upscale, pricey dinner, here are some excellent options for you to consider:

Stripsteak - Mandalay Bay. San Francisco's Michael Mina is one of the finest chefs around. He has two other restaurants in Las Vegas.

Bouchon - Thomas Keller, of Napa Valley's French Laundry fame. In the Venetian.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - If you love prime rib, you will LOVE Lawry's. Located on Flamingo Road, a few blocks east of The Strip.