Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mario Batali's Restaurants at the Venetian

Here are blog reviews of two of Mario Batali's Las Vegas Restaurants: Enoteca San Marco in the St. Mark's Square area of The Venetian, and B&B, which is also at the Venetian.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Joel Robuchon

If you want to really splurge, I highly recommend Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand. It is pricey. The six course prix fixe menu is $250 pp and the sixteen course menu is $385 pp.

But it is an AMAZING experience. THIS would impress a client. It is a 5 Diamond, 3 Star Michelin Guide restaurant. Robouchon has been called the Chef of the Century in France. This is his first US restaurant.

The flavors are exquisite. The service is impeccable.

Videos (dated Nov 7, 2008)

He has a lower price alternative right next door. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon has an average check of $125 pp.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

M Resort

The M Resort will be opening in the Spring of 2009 on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd South and St. Rose Parkway. The M Resort features more than 60,000 square feet of open conference space, including a 17,400 square foot ballroom, multiple reception areas and a business center.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Tips for Meetings in Las Vegas

In 2007, Las Vegas hosted a total of 23,847 conferences and shows, attracting 6.2 million convention attendees.

This is a good article from MiMegaSite, including Five Tips for a Successful Event.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Luxury without the Casinos

Here is an article about the upscale options in Las Vegas without casinos. Link.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Personalized Playing Cards

Have real playing cards on real card stock created for your Las Vegas meeting. Link.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Robert DeNiro Opens AGO, an Italian restaurant, at the Hard Rock Hotel. Link.

25 Places to Eat for Under $25

And, they are not hole-in-the-wall restaurants either. Link.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

M Resort Has Big Plans

The M Resort is under construction on the south end of The Strip at Las Vegas Blvd and St. Rose Parkway. The 'M' is for Marnell. Anthony Marnell who was the original developer of the Rio, which he subsequently sold to Harrah's, is partnering with MGM Mirage in the new venture. The M Resort will have a major shopping center as part of the complex. Link

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tips for Renting Cars in Las Vegas

Scroll down to the area below the list of car rental companies. Link

Friday, May 9, 2008

Pole Position

I was a speaker at the SW IAEE meeting in Las Vegas today. We met at the Pole Position, a new place that just opened in December. While there are meeting rooms upstairs, you can buy out the whole facility for 500 people. Your attendees can drive go karts around a racetrack. (There is a video on the website). This would be great for team building. While it is not a restaurant, catering is available.

Link (Turn speakers off - annoying music)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Deal Over a Meal

10 restaurants to take clients to eat.
  1. Panevino
  2. Vintner Grill
  3. Capital Grill
  4. Verandah at Four Seasons
  5. Cili
  6. Las Vegas Country Club
  7. The Stirling Club at Turnberry Place
  8. Rosemary's
  9. Smith & Wollensky
  10. Triple George Grill

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wynn to build new Las Vegas exhibit space

Steve Wynn plans to build a 1.6 million-square-foot meeting and convention center. There will also be two new hotels with approx. 2600 rooms each. That will bring the total rooms at the Wynn Resort to 10,000. There will be a free underground tram to connect the hotels to the exhibit facilities. Link

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Compare Harrah's Properties

Harrah's Entertainment (soon to be renamed Caesars Entertainment), has eight properties in Las Vegas. They have an online comparison tool between properties, including Caesars Palace, Bally's, Paris, and the Rio. Link

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Convention Center in Las Vegas

Owners of The Venetian and Palazzo resorts plan to open a new convention center that would be among the country's largest in early 2010, according to an official at Las Vegas Sands Corp. Set to open in 2010. Link.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

First Native American hotel-casino in Las Vegas planned with Beverly Hills theme

Spread across 70 acres on the south Strip, the hotel-casino is expected to have 9,000 rooms over one large hotel and 5 smaller boutique hotels. Plans also include an indoor stadium, a sports and water park, an indoor ski resort, recording studio, Native American museum, and climate-controlled, Beverly Hills-like shopping. The mixed-use complex will also include a plastic surgery center staffed with 90210 surgeons. Link.

You have to scroll way down for the video.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

COMFORT IS KEY: The Feel of Luxury

Las Vegas Hotels adding extra amenities to make rooms a home away from home. Link. Gaming used to be 70 percent of business. Now it's 20 to 25 percent and a hotel's rooms are a good way to make an impression on guests.

Expansion via Air Space

Las Vegas Sands, the holding company for the Venetian and the new Palazzo are seeking to buy air rights to expand their space. Link. Airspace purchase is common in congested cities which have run out of buildable land, but the practice will be new to Las Vegas.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Las Vegas Travel Deals

This site is constantly updated with the best deals from everywhere. It saves having to check multiple web sites.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Encore at the Wynn

Encore offers 60,000 square feet of custom-designed, highly configurable meeting space, from private boardrooms to an expansive, column-free ballroom. Contains link to sales video.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Free WiFi Spots in Las Vegas

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is the largest airport in the country to offer free high-speed wireless Internet access. Link. The airport system uses 21 antennas covering 90% of the airport's public space, plus airport operations areas. In addition to passenger convenience, the system is designed to help ticketing, baggage sorting and tracking of passenger courtesy wheelchairs.
Here is a site that lists free wifi spots in Las Vegas, including restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and hotels. Includes links to maps. Link.

Here are some more sites. Link.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Las Vegas Flight Info

The new Las Vegas Sun website offers a page to track flight delays into and out of Las Vegas. Link. It also provides information on airports with the most delays to or from McCarran. For example, 35% of the flights to/from New York and Philadelphia are delayed. And, you can check the TSA Checkpoint wait times.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Restaurants at the New Palazzo Hotel

Here is a good article from InBusiness Las Vegas that describes each of the restaurants in the Palazzo. Link.

The Palazzo sits behind and is connected to the Venetian Hotel.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

N9NE Group

The N9NE Group has a number of available venues for events, including Moon, the Playboy Club, the Ghostbar, Rain, Nove (Italian), and the N9Ne Steakhouse, all at the Palms Hotel. The websites list capacities and other info. The Palm also has unique Fantasy Suites available, including one with a basketball court and one that was used for the filming of Real Life Las Vegas. The Palms has been a celebrity magnet since it opened.

Wolfgang Puck opens 'Green' Restaurant in Las Vegas

The Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck Officially Opens at Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Link. The 6,800 square-foot café showcases organic ingredients from regional artisan producers and growers, and complements the Preserve's commitment to sustainable living. Indoor and outdoor dining is available and the wrap-around balcony provides not only a bird's eye view of the Preserve's Amphitheatre, but also an expansive panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip, from the Stratosphere all the way south past Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

More on Puck's committment to the environment. Link.

About the Springs PreserveThe Springs Preserve is a 180-acre national historic site that is the original oasis of Las Vegas and a beacon for a sustainable future. This cultural and historic attraction is located three miles from the Strip and offers many indoor and outdoor experiences to create a fun and educational visit for all ages. Outdoor experiences at the Preserve include an 8-acre botanical gardens, series of walking trails leading to historical structures and a restored wetland, live desert wildlife exhibits, a child's play area and a 1,800-seat amphitheater. Indoor experiences include a technologically advanced learning center, over 300 state-of-the art interactive museum exhibits and an immersive theater experience.

The Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. For more information, please visit

Monday, February 11, 2008

Budget Properties for Meetings in Las Vegas

Would you like a $59 room rate? There are 16 locals hotels off the strip where bargains can be found. Link. There is also information on sightseeing away from the Strip.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Las Vegas Event Vendors

Insiders Guide to Event Vendors in Las Vegas. Link.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Shopping the Strip

Barney's of New York has opened a store in the new Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip. Link.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Las Vegas Resorts Fare Well

19 hotels, restaurants and spas recieved four and five start ratings from the Mobile Travel Guide. The Tower Suites at the Wynn earned Mobil's Five-Star honors for the second year in a row. The tower, with 650 units, remains the Silver State's only Five-Star hotel. It's also the only casino-hotel in the world with the Five-Star designation. Link.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Chartering Jets to Las Vegas

If you have a lot of attendees coming from one location, such as New York, you may consider booking a charter flight. Link.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Here's a Wild Idea

If you do a LOT of shows in Las Vegas, it might be worth the investment to have your organization buy a condo here. With an increase in Las Vegas foreclusres there are many high rise condo bargains.

It would be nice to have a home environment while you are here, including a full kitchen. The condo could be rented when you are not using it. Link.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Canyon Ranch Spa

Here is a review of the Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian. Link.

I have had the pleasure of two glorious facials at Canyon Ranch. They are doubling in size with the opening of the Palazzo Tower at the Venetian. Their spa restaurant serves wonderful, upscale healthful food.

They have specials for groups and meetings or spouse programs. Link.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Las Vegas McCarran Airport Understands Business Travelers

Not only does the Las Vegas airport offer free WiFi to travelers, they have free ReCharge Zones where you can top off your laptop's battery before boarding.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Palazzo is Open

Immediately adjacent to sister property, The Venetian, the Palazzo had it soft opening this week.
The Palazzo hotel is a 50-floor luxury tower with over 3000 suites. There are over 375 concierge-level suites including six villas (up to 11,000 square feet each) which will have 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5-4.5 baths, extensive living areas, media rooms, private pools, private jacuzzis, private salons, massage areas, heated spas, personal gyms and, in some cases, private putting greens. The presidential suites and the villas offer private butler services. There are 296 multi-room suites, including six presidential suites. The hotel also has an elaborate pool deck with seven pools, gardens, sculptures, cabanas and fountains, and an adjacent spa facility.
A typical Palazzo hotel suite is 655 to 735 square feet, consisting of a raised sleeping area and bathroom and a sunken living/working area. The suite's bi-level configuration creates a multi-function living space in which guests can sleep, work and entertain and includes two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, a writing desk, dual-line speaker phones, a fax machine, a pullout sofa, sitting chairs and a dining table. The Palazzo Casino Resort features premium, signature restaurants owned and operated by well-known restaurateurs. The Palazzo hotel will also include a theater that is expected to host a major production or Broadway show.

Eye Candy at Mandalay Bay

Eye Candy Sound Lounge at Mandalay Bay. High tech night life with interactive touch tables that allow guests to enjoy pre-selected visuals that react to the music and allow them to create visuals and messages, which they can send across to other tables. They are in full control over the nightlife experience from their respective booth. These circular tables are placed four semi-enclosed booth areas that feature stationary and motorized cameras to check out the action elsewhere in the lounge and bar area. Three sound stations help guests to plug in their iPods and allow the DJ to slip in their personal music tastes into the overall club mix. The dance floor and bar are comprised of touch-activated LED tiles, which react to the feet of the dancers by changing images and graphics.

Rates are $200 an hour and the average drink price is between $6 and $10. Tables are purchased by the hour and guests enjoy the freedom to drink their choice of libations throughout the evening. More photos and videos on the link.