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Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino. Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports...

Tagged: las vegas   interior design   mgm resorts international   roger thomas   bellagio   tassels   

Editorial: Ebbs And Flows

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2016
Eleven-time Trippies winner, walking #VIMFP event and self-professed "thinking man's Cookie Monster" BigHoss is here to share words of wisdom. Take it away Hoss: Dear Las Vegas, Saying something like this is never easy, so I'll just...

Tagged: big hoss   trippies   editorial   podcast   aria   bellagio   pgp   

MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir Free

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
Paid parking is imminent. Sources told us previously that the deadline for implementing paid parking at MGM properties was May 31, 2016. Based on the quick work MGM is making to install lighting, pay...

Tagged: paid parking   mgm   mgm grand   luxor   bellagio   jim murren   profit growth plan   

PGP: MGM Charging $20 More For Bed Preferences

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Feb 2016
Late in 2015, MGM Resorts International launched a brand new suite of website templates and a new booking engine. Great! While doing some research about resort fees and parking charges yesterday, I noticed something...

Tagged: mgm grand   bellagio   aria   excalibur   mandalay bay   monte carlo   new york new york   profit growth plan   resort fees   bed fees   fees   

WOW: Bellagio Institutes Surge Pricing At Bars

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International has another new front in their Profit Growth Plan war on customers... the bar. Just like tightening slots and table games, MGM is now turning their cost control and variable pricing...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   jim murren   bellagio   surge pricing   

BSOD Dept: Bellagio Slots Go Down!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Oct 2015
We love nothing more than seeing the blue screen of death on casino equipment! VT reader @RolandTomsons sent us a tweet tip that a massive outage of slots and video poker machines has poured through Bellagio...

Tagged: bsod   glitch   bellagio   slots   casino   video poker   

Sayonara Sensi Sunday!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Sep 2015
We have confirmed via multiple sources that Sensi, the water covered bar/restaurant by chef at Bellagio is closing permanently on Sunday to make way for an entirely new concept. The entirety of the Sensi bar will...

Tagged: bellagio   dining   sensi   roy ellamar   harvest   

New Feature Posted: Bellagio Two Bedroom Penthouse Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Aug 2015
Just a note to folks tuned in to RSS, @vegastripping and Facebook that we've posted a new feature article. In the spirit of giving, MikeE took one for the team and spent a weekend in the...

Tagged: feature   review   bellagio   penthouse   luxury   high roller   mike e for president   

Aria Joins Bellagio In Banning Apple Watch From Blackjack Tables

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jul 2015
Aria Las Vegas is the second major Las Vegas resort to ban players from wearing an Apple Watch at their tables. Upon exchanging cash for chips at a blackjack one of Aria's blackjack tables, the...

Tagged: aria   apple watch   blackjack   technology   bellagio   game protection   

Vegas Eats: Lago at Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Jun 2015
Lago is the latest restaurant in the expanding dining partnership between MGM Resorts International and Chef Julian Serrano whose previous successes include Bellagio's Picasso (see VegasEats: Picasso at Bellagio) and Serrano's eponymous tapas restaurant at...

Tagged: lago   bellagio   julian serrano   

Bellagio, Bedazzled!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2015
I found some incredible gift shop craftsmanship at Bellagio. I ask: 1) what Vegas loving grandmother/dorque doesn't want this? 2) Is it possible that bedazzled cotton/poly pullover is the new embroidered satin jacket? 3) Do you have a mens...

Tagged: bellagio   bedazzled   gift shop   satin casino jackets   

New Feature Posted: Bellagio Grand Lakeview Suite, The VT Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jun 2015
Just a note to the folks tuned in to the Facebook, RSS and Twitter feeds that we've posted a new feature article - MikeE's incredible review of the panty dropping Grand Lakeview Suite at Bellagio. For...

Tagged: bellagio   feature   grand lakeview   luxury   high roller   reviews   

Bellagio Bans Apple Watch From Casino Tables

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jun 2015
Earlier this afternoon, while playing blackjack at Bellagio, VegasTripping staffer JohnH was asked by casino personnel to remove his Apple Watch, saying: Sir, we have to ask you to remove your watch while at the table. This...

Tagged: Bellagio   technology   Apple   Apple Watch   

It's Like Bellagio On Acid

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Apr 2015
I have seen a cache of photos documenting the room renovations coming to Mandalay Bay later this year. These renovations will replace the number room renovations from the mid/late-aughts that replaced Mandalay Bay's original room...

Tagged: mandalay bay   bellagio   mirage   delano   hotel room   renovations   design   acid   

Peekaboo: Julian Serrano's Lago at Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Apr 2015
The construction walls just came off of the forthcoming Julian Serrano restaurant Lago at Bellagio and VT's debonair MikeE was on the scene and ready to snapchat. Check it out: There is nothing subtle about this giant...

Tagged: bellagio   lago   design   julian serrano   dining   new stuff   

Tales From Vegas Starring Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jan 2015
How many times has this happened to you? Stop reading watch the video. Let this meeting of the Casino Pants Poopers Anonymous come to order. Hi, name is Chuck and it has been 8 years since I last...

Tagged: george brett   bellagio   mirage   poopinex   bills doody   

Bellagio: Testing One's Love

Posted by MikeE on 12 Jan 2015
There's a certain level of expectation I adopt when a Vegas vacation includes a major holiday. In this case, I was fully anticipating an understaffed, overcrowded Christmas Day arrival. My beloved Bellagio, who I've been...

Tagged: bellagio   customer service   

Rooftop News Dept: It's A Picture Frame!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 May 2014
Speaking of rooftop party areas, Singer Lance Bass posted these photos to his Instawhatever showing that Drai's atop The Cromwell is nearing completion. Check this shit out. The pool is full and shimmering, trees...

Tagged: drais   cromwell   the quad   bellagio   cosmopolitan   ballys   flamingo   paris   linq   

Paying For Preferences

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 May 2014
These days, I check hotel rates via aggregators, not directly from the casinos themselves. Call me lazy for not prowling 73 websites to get the "Best Rates, Guaranteed". Or stupid for not using...

Tagged: bellagio   booking   fees   

Bellagio: Falling Back In Love

Posted by MikeE on 21 Apr 2014
Wynn opened, and with an exception to a public attraction, did everything better. Bellagio's rooms suddenly felt cramped, failed on a two-sink expectation, and featured exposed toilets not tucked away in a water closet. How quickly...

Tagged: bellagio   wynn   encore   cosmopolitan   petrossian   

Bellagio Blue Is Now In The Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jan 2014
Bellagio has replaced their table felts.... holy craps! These new felts perfectly match the 2011 'bluelaggio' hotel room renovations (aka 'The Souvlaki Palace'.) Perhaps this is a sign of things to come? Thanks to JohnH...

Tagged: bellagio   craps   table games   design   

One Of The World's Most Beautiful Things

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Dec 2013
In late July, Wynn Resorts CEO and namesake Steve Wynn described the forthcoming Wynn Palace property in Macau with fanciful words... dropping his tired, curmudgeony political diatribe routine for the carnival barking impresario, evoking the...

Tagged: wynn   wynn everett   steve wynn   macau   cotai   bellagio conservatory   preston bailey   

Hyde Loves Monte Carlo's Fountains!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Nov 2013
Chock this one up to the ages. Hyde Bellagio made the ultimate Twitter blunder last night, stating "live music + @montecarlovegas fountains ='s #perfection". Live music + @montecarlovegas fountains ='s #perfection! #HydeWithus #Vegas http://t.co/i6GSY9Z59c—...

Tagged: hyde   bellagio   fail   

View From Inside the Bellagio Cupola

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Aug 2013
I've often wondered how the hell one gets oneself into the cupola at Bellagio. Yknow, this thing. And not just physically - which secret doors lead to which stairways etc. - but morally. As in...

Tagged: bellagio   linq   high roller   

The Mirage Bellagio Switcheroo

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 17 Jul 2013
Expect to see some new sights and action on both the Bellagio and Mirage casino floors thanks to an internal transfer between properties. Banking on what the Mirage's continued high rankings amongst its players, their...

Tagged: mirage   bellagio   blackjack   renovations   

Introducing The New Suites At Bellagio

Posted by JohnH on 28 Feb 2013
File these beauties under the "Still Wish Steve Owned the Place" and "Yowza" folders. Following a year-long, top to bottom renovation of Bellagio's standard room product, MGM's pattern-happy, psychedelic green and blue-loving design teams have...

Tagged: bellagio   renovations   suites   penthouse   reviews   

Cardboard Check Watch: A Unique Bellagio Experience

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Feb 2013
As most of you know, I have but one simple goal in life... to come home from Las Vegas with a giant cardboard check. So far, no luck. The good news is that...

Tagged: bellagio   slots   cardboard check   

Who Knew? Light Group Owns Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2013
Ok, not really, but based on a small clip from this advertisement for the Lily bar thingy, one might think that Bellagio is a "Light Group Property". Branding standards bwahahaha! Back when I was in the trenches...

Tagged: light group   bellagio   graphic design   

THEpoll: These Bellagio Fountain Watchers Are...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Sep 2012
These Bellagio Fountain Watchers Are... These two iPad toting Bellagio fountain watchers are... Preserving their Las Vegas memories forever. Paid in full members of Las Vegas Advisor. Not with the two guys in the middle. Post...

Tagged: THEpoll   bellagio   fountain show   ipad   iAquatic teledildonics   

Shut Up And Take My M Life Card

Posted by JohnH on 12 Jul 2012
I love blackjack. I don't love it as much as Blackjacker1979 does, but I love me some blackjack. I love it so much that I've taken the time to read Beat the Dealer...

Tagged: rant   blackjack   comp clubs   pit boss   mirage   cosmo   wynn   mirage   bellagio   mlife   murren   

Photos: Bellagio Conservatory, Summer 2012

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2012
The other day, I wandered through the Bellagio Conservatory and was once again blown away by their display. Here's a small batch of photos. Even a jaded jerkwad like myself can't help but be amazed at...

Tagged: bellagio   conservatory   photos   


Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jun 2012
As I mentioned way back when, me and my lovely wife moved into our first house earlier this year. The first thing on the list, other than cleaning and repairs, was to procure a...

Tagged: bbq   bellagio   dining   pork   

How To Get Mlife To Pay The Resort Fee

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 24 Apr 2012
I know in most cases rooms at Bellagio are highly priced so saving a few bucks isn't a big deal, but if you want to get that resort fee for free at least, there's a...

Tagged: mlife   bellagio   resort fees   murren   

Step Aside, Mandarin Bar... Hyde Is Here

Posted by MikeE on 24 Jan 2012
Somewhere behind an uninviting, overwhelmingly hideous wall where Fontana's video poker once stood is a new space with a reputation that was tarnished before it even opened. It's run by the guy who closed Sahara. It...

Tagged: bellagio   hyde   bars   nightlife   booze   

Hyde Unhides

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Dec 2011
Hyde Lounge, the soon to be opening nightlife booze concept from VT reader SamNazarian tore down their construction walls last week to unveil... (drum roll please)......... The Holodeck doors are open... a fantasyland where $500 bottles...

Tagged: hyde   bellagio   

Meet The New Hermes at Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Dec 2011
Last week, Bellagio took the wraps off of their brand new, lobby-adjacent Hermes store and VT megatipster JakeZ strolled by to take some pics. This store is gigantic. I goes from the lobby all the...

Tagged: bellagio   hermes   retail therapy   

Exclusive: Hyde Bellagio Is

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Oct 2011
Dateline: Dagobah. Here's an exclusive. And by exclusive I mean excluding everyone. And by here I mean Hyde Bellagio. Huh whuh? You remember that post earlier this week wherein we all looked at...

Tagged: bellagio   sbe   hyde lounge bellagio   sam nazarian   

Get WET This Christmas

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 19 Oct 2011
Got an extra million lying around after hedging your hedge fund bets or cashing in a few $25,000 chips? Needless Markup Neiman Marcus's annual Christmas extravaganza has a steal for you. That's right folks, for a...

Tagged: bellagio   christmas   wet design   

SBE Shows Off Hyde Lounge To Everyone But Us cc: Sam Nazarian

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Oct 2011
Last week, SBE Entertainment and MGM Resorts International sent invitations to preview the Hyde Lounge at Bellagio to a handful of folks, but not us. The invitations consisted of three computer renderings posted below. For...

Tagged: bellagio   hyde lounge   sbe entertainment   sam nazarian   

Photos: Bellagio Resort Deluxe Queen

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Oct 2011
VT reader Paul spent a coupla nights in Bellagio's "butterscotch" rooms, officially called the Resort Deluxe Queen and shared some photos with us. Thanks Paul! Crowded. Why not swap the desk and the chairs and decrease...

Tagged: bellagio   hotel rooms   

Dear Vdara: Get Real

Posted by MikeE on 29 Sep 2011
Ahhh, so now you're offering comped limos, huh? It's something we still get excited over: the dude at the bottom of the escalators with a sign holding your name as you descend to ground level at...

Tagged: vdara   mirage   aria   bellagio   limousines   

New Feature Posted: Bellagio Resort Deluxe Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Sep 2011
Just a note to those tuned into the Twitter and RSS feeds that we've posted a new feature to VT, Blackjacker1979's review of the Resort Deluxe rooms at Bellagio. This is the first of two full...

Tagged: hotel reviews   bellagio   renovations   

Peekaboo: Hyde Lounge at Bellagio Floor Plan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Aug 2011
An anonymous tipster pointed us to a hand drawn floorplan of the forthcoming Hyde Lounge at Bellagio. For the sake of neatness and my inability to remember anything unless I write it down, I've...

Tagged: bellagio   hyde lounge   sbe entertainment   

SBE Plans Umami Burger For Vegas... But Where?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Aug 2011
A few months ago, in the wake of the Sahara closure, SBE Entertainment's head toolsmith Sam Nazarian announced an investment into local Los Angeles burger joint Umami Burger. In the last three years or...

Tagged: umami burger   bellagio   sbe   sam nazarian   

Bellagio Charging More For Less?

Posted by MikeE on 9 Aug 2011
Are you one of the select few who absolutely loves the new rooms at Bellagio? Are you just dying to get into one of them despite the fact that there are very few available at...

Tagged: bellagio   renovations   

Bellagio Debuts Resort Deluxe Queen

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Aug 2011
Bellagio has debuted another of its hotel room designs - the Resort Deluxe Queen - on its website. This, very autumnal design uses the same hard goods we've seen in the other room design iterations but...

Tagged: bellagio   renovations   

Bluelaggio : The New Blue Rooms At Bellagio

Posted by JohnH on 21 Jul 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the VT premiere* of the brand new "blue" rooms at Bellagio. Through some strange act of fate and timing VT's John H and our friend Steve Friess...

Tagged: bellagio   blue rooms   

Hyde Lounge In Hiding

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jul 2011
Hyde Lounge, the new nightclub concept from Sahara assassin Sam Nazarian's company sbe entertainment has now fully boarded over the Fontana Lounge at Bellagio. After 13 years of doing double duty as lounge and...

Tagged: hyde lounge   nightlife   bellagio   

First Look: The Newly Renovated Rooms at Bellagio!

Posted by MikeE on 18 Jun 2011
Recently, one of the jewelry industry's top conventions, JCK Las Vegas, made its way to Mandalay Bay. You may be wondering, "Why is this of any interest to me?" Simple. Because convention sales and group...

Tagged: bellagio   room renovations   

VegasEats: Picasso at Bellagio

Posted by JohnH on 14 Jun 2011
Entering Picasso, much like entering Bellagio itself, is to be transported to another world entirely. You don't feel as if you've been transported to a tacky recreation of any of Picasso's studios in Europe,...

Tagged: dining   vegaseats   picasso   bellagio   julian serrano   

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