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Planet Hollywood - The Real Deal :
At first glance, Planet Hollywood looks like bomb went off at a fashion show for Quiet Riot fans. For those unschooled in the joys of hair metal, this is a good thing, right down to the soundtrack whose every 8th song is a kick ass Journey chestnut from the era before they went soft. Upon further inspection, Planet Hollywood finds its niche right between the too hip for school casino moderne set and the threadbare smokestack factories slightly past their prime. As such, prices run a slight bit higher than the Flamingo et. al., and the clubbers are - generally - on the other side of the street at Aria, Bellagio and Mirage. Planet Hollywood is instantly comfortable, hip and definitely fun.
Location of Planet Hollywood:
It's right next to Paris Las Vegas, across the road and north of New York-New York and Monte Carlo. Aria, Mandarin Oriental and The Cosmopolitan are easily accessed via a bridge over The Strip. There's a Fatburger nearby too for those who've never had the joy of eating a burger topped with cheese, chili, bacon and egg. It's good messy fun.
Cool Stuff About Planet Hollywood:
Planet Hollywood History
More than possibly any other carpet joint in Las Vegas, the Aladdin Hotel and Casino has had an incredible story of mob connections, constantly changing ownership, celebrity intrigue, bankruptcy, Elvis Presley and Wayne Fucking Newton. Even Johnny Carson tried to buy the Aladdin in the 70s. It seems that the Aladdin's story continues to baffle, plagued somewhat by location (it's at the north end of the South part of the strip) where there isn't that much foot traffic. The rebranding of Aladdin as Planet Hollywood is officially complete. All of the rooms (well, most of them) have been completely redecorated although some of the old Aladdin fixtures remain - which invites visitors to engage in the most fun of all Vegas games : Spot The Stuff From The Previous Theme. In 2010 Planet Hollywood was acquired by Harrah's Entertainment in a debt purchase takeover.
The Rooms at Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood's rooms aren't bad, especially for the price. Mid-week prices can be low ($89 or even $49 via Priceline as reader JustJoey scored) to a bit on the high side on weekends ($319) for a view of Bellagio.
All rooms come with internet access (for a fee) and have photos of your favorite movie stills hanging about. Don't expect opulence, but do expect some nice comfortable digs on par with what you'll find at Ballys, Paris or standard non-Go rooms at the Flamingo. If you find a good deal - grab it.
Restaurants at Planet Hollywood
The Planet Hollywood has no shortage of places to for a nice "grown up" dining experience. For those who want to add the sin of gluttony to your trip, there is the Spice Market Buffet (a perennial contender for best buffet in town year after year after year.)
Strip House is the P-Ho's New York Steakhouse run by executive chef John Schenk
Koi - Japanese cuisine including sushi and sashimi
Yolo's - mexican grill featuring a fountain of margaritas (yum)
P.F. Changs - chain Chinese joint (get the lettuce cups)
Planet Dailies - coffee shop
Earl of Sandwich - classic sandwich joint
Pink's Hot Dogs - legendary Hollywood purveyors of snap dogs
Spice Market Buffet - the legendarily awesome buffet lives on!
The best thing about Planet Hollywood? It's the home of the only 24 hour Starbucks in Las Vegas. There are a bunch of other places to eat - food court and chain shops, but nothing too notable.
Planet Hollywood Tips
Planet Hollywood is not in a bad location, but the odd entrance to the joint has been less than inviting. A a result, P-Ho always seems to be forgotten... with the new strip frontage, entrance, flashing Times-Square-esque flashing billboards entry into the property is infinitely easier and less of a boring trudge through tacky shops.
Planet Hollywood also boasts an Extra! coctail lounge where you can get a cold drink and a hot phone call from that naughty Pat O'Brien character.