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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   

The Lucky Dragon Photo Safari

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Dec 2016
VT reader Waffle was at Lucky Dragon's soft-opening and was super nice enough to take us on a little photo safari of the brand new property. Very cool! Take it away Waffle! -Chuck Ever...

Tagged: lucky dragon   interiors   baccarat   

Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
Yesterday, construction walls surrounding the future Wynn Poker Room came down so workers could patch the marble tiles connecting the thoroughfare to the new barriers and host stand. Thankfully for us poker/design/Wynn nerds, long...

Tagged: wynn   encore   construction   poker   interior design   roger thomas   wynn design and development   

The New Resort Room Bathrooms At The D

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Nov 2015
A few months ago, Jinx73 started a discussion on The Board about The D upgrading bathrooms in their standard rooms. As anyone who has stayed at The D during its transition away from the Fitzgeralds...

Tagged: the d   renovations   bathrooms   shatphone   interior design   fremont street   

The Hotel Test Lab

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Oct 2015
The Wall Street Journal visited the hotel room test lab at the headquarters of Marriott Hotels to learn how they design their hotels. The primary tool Marriott uses to design their hotel rooms is data. ...

Tagged: hotel rooms   hotel design   wynn design and development   marriott   hotel lab   big data   

The Rio's Facebook Problem

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Aug 2015
By now, you've probably seen that folks often put a disclaimer on their social media profiles that say "My tweets are my own and not a reflection of my employer" or something like that. We've never...

Tagged: rio   facebook   social media   

The SLS Gift Shop, An Appreciation?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jul 2015
So where were we? SLS, right. As mentioned, this was my first visit to SLS since it opened. I won't bore you with the back story, here's the Story Tower review and some other...

Tagged: sls   philipe starck   gift shops   jose andres   interior design   art   dada   conceptual art   

EXCLUSIVE: The Rock in Rio Damage Control Memo

Posted by Misnomer on 23 Apr 2015
Judging by our inbox, which is stuffed with offers to purchase Rock in Rio tickets at prices that seemingly fall by the day, the upcoming music festival is struggling to reach its attendance goal. We...

Tagged: misomer   rock in rio   murren   

Peep These Great Drone Videos of Clarion and Gramercy Implosions

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Mar 2015
Here's some very cool videos of the recent implosions of the Clarion (aka Greek Isles, Debbie Reynolds Hotel Casino) and the shell of the unfinished and abandoned Gramercy Tower project shot in 4K definition by...

Tagged: video   drones   implosion   clarion   greek isles   debbie reynolds   

Peep The Casino Commercial Directed By Scorcese

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Jan 2015
Speaking of Macau, famed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorcese joined forces with two of his most famous leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DiNiro to shoot "The Audition" a promotional commercial for the forthcoming Macao Studio...

Tagged: scorcese   casino   macau   studio city   diniro   dicaprio   donuts   

Trippies 2015 Webcast Is Saturday January 17th 2015 at 7:11pm

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Jan 2015
The staff of VegasTripping is incredibly proud to announce - after a year of research by Vegas trippers everywhere, weeks of nominations and final voting - the The Trippies 2015: Best and Worst of Las...

Tagged: trippies   llamas   rockinrio   quantum teledildonics   resortfees   instaho   nfl   nba   msnbc   myspace   spacetruckin   richie blackmore   bighosss   

Peekaboo: The Rooms at Resorts World Las Vegas - Updated

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Nov 2014
Resorts World Las Vegas is slowly creeping towards formally rebooting as they gather up funding via the U.S. Government EB-5 program which exchanges immigration visas for investment cash. There are rumblings that a big announcement...

Tagged: resorts world   interiors   architecture   design   rooms   suites   paul steelman   eb5   

Top 1 Places To Buy A Dr. Evil Suit In Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Jul 2014
How many times have you been walking down The Strip and thought to yourself, "Hrm, that fake mountain obscuring the hotel tower podium would make a perfect underground lair!" Nearly daily, for me....

Tagged: wynn   brioni   dr. evil   order the veal   

Check Out The Center Bar at SLS!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Jul 2014
Remember when we saw the photo of the numbered LED panels being installed over the cockeyed casino bar at SLS a few weeks ago? Well... here's video of what it looks like in action. Very...

Tagged: sls   interiors   bars   

Even More SLS Interior Photos!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jun 2014
The hits keep coming, thanks to SLS Las Vegas / SBE Entertainment Design and Construction Manager Joseph Sharaf's delicious Instagram account. Do you remember when we mentioned the disco floor at the entrance? Here is...

Tagged: sls   interiors   casino   design   sbe   

Truth In Advertising Dept.: The Voodoo Zipline

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Jun 2014
The VooDoo Zipline at Rio opened recently, sending riders flying over the excitement of The Strip. The Zipline isn't a real zipline, but instead a two way reverse chair lift that connects the Rio's...

Tagged: rio   voodoo zipline   truth in advertising   ziplines   

Is This A Wynn Palace VIP Lobby?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 May 2014
Design firm Bukhari Design Studio, collaborators with Wynn Resorts on multiple projects in the U.S. and Macau, have posted a curious rendering in their portfolio gallery that contains a clue that this may very well...

Tagged: wynn palace   bukhari design studio   macau   cotai   interiors   roger thomas   

Peep: MGM CEO Jim Murren's Home

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 May 2014
MGM Resorts International CEO and CityCenter visionary Jim Murren recently had his home profiled late last year in popular design magazine Dwell. The article, entitled A Picturesque Desert Prefab, discusses Murren's vision for...

Tagged: murren   interiors   

Architectural Digest Profiles Steve Wynn's New NYC Apartment

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Feb 2014
The March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest features a stunning eight page pictorial of Steve Wynn's new apartment in New York City. The apartment, designed by Wynn Resorts VP of Design Roger Thomas, is festooned with...

Tagged: wynn   roger thomas   interior design   architectural digest   

Read This Rare, Authentic Celebrity Casino Endorsement

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Nov 2013
Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines is no stranger to letting her mouth beat a path to drama's front door. Today she's regaling her Twitter followers with tales of bed bugs, odors and general...

Tagged: rio   paris   deferred maintenance   loveman   

Dan Lee Is The Man With The Plams

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Oct 2013
Late last week, The Palms abruptly changed management, sending post-Maloof property president Joe Magliarditi to the cleaners and appointing deposed Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee in his spot. Magliarditi was the man responsible...

Tagged: palms   dan lee   rio   gold coast   steve wynn   pinnacle entertainment   mirage   loveman   

Exclusive: Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak Interior Details

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Mar 2013
Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak at The Mirage is 2013's most anticipated restaurant opening in Las Vegas and we've got some exclusive details on what to expect from the interior of the restaurant. The word heritage implies...

Tagged: mirage   tom colicchio   heritage steak   interiors   dining   top chef   

Happy Belated Birthday Michael Jordan, We Got You This Post

Posted by middleclassbuzz on 20 Feb 2013
Back in the spring of 2005, I had the pleasure of working a brief stint in the Total Rewards department at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino®. I say pleasure because it truly was; great...

Tagged: truthyness   michael jordan   rio   caesars   harrahs   total rewards   

Palms Bitchslaps Rio On Google

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Feb 2013
I've probably done more Googling about Vegas stuff than the average person. I have never, ever ever seen anything like this: As in.... Rio? Are you fucking serious? Why the hell would you want to...

Tagged: palms   rio   advertising   

Peekaboo: Andrea's Encore Interiors

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Dec 2012
Andrea's, the new vibe dining restaurant taking the place of Switch is just a week from opening and we've managed to get a hold of some photos of the interiors. These interiors were designed...

Tagged: encore   andreas   todd angry lenahan   steve wynn   dining   interiors   quantum teledildonics   

Cosmopolitan: Calling All Couch Potatoes

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Apr 2012
Ladies and couch potatoes, the Cosmopolitan recently opened their luxurious EA Sports Bar, wherein you losers can waste your Las Vegas vacation playing fucking video games. One hour of "gaming" will set you back $10, although...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   popup   super mario brothers   

Congratulations WSOP Winner, Here's Your Suite

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Nov 2011
Ever wondered what happens when you win the World Series of Poker Main Event? Of course you have. With your hands raised to the air in victory, flop on top of a...

Tagged: wsop   rio   

Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver Drummer Matt Sorum To Perform With Sin City Sinners

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Sep 2011
Attention headbangers, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum will be performing with Sin City Sinners at The Crown Theatre inside the Rio on Monday September 19th. The show will feature a set of music spanning Sorum's career,...

Tagged: rio   sin city sinners   

The Best Photos Of A Hotel That Will Never Open

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Jul 2011
VT uberfriend MiddleClassBuzz (Paolopalooza's namesake), just tweet tipped me about Google's new Hotel Finder Experiment. My first thoughts were... look out Kayak, here comes Google. My second thought - after doing a cursory search...

Tagged: fontainebleau   interiors   plaza   

In Memoriam Penn & Teller

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Jun 2011
Pick a card, any card. Now remember it. Imagine my shock when stumbling across this marker while at the graveyard to pay my respects to dearly departed metal icon Ronnie James Dio. This cenotaph - a...

Tagged: penn and teller   creepy   rio   

Echelon Renderings Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 May 2011
VT super tipster Mac89103 ferreted out a slew of Echelon renderings that we've never seen before... some fascinating views of lighting effects and decor of the shopping promenade and exterior plaza. In a...

Tagged: echelon   interiors   renderings   

Peep This Super Sexy Veer Penthouse Pictorial

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Apr 2011
Ever wondered what a Veer Penthouse would look like if you had a shipping container full of $100 bills to blow hiring a designer to do it up? Wonder no more... Thanks to Contemporist, a...

Tagged: city center   veer   interior design   

ESPN Folds Poker Programming

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Apr 2011
Last Friday, the U.S. Attorney Generals in New York unleashed sweeping indictments of the top three internet poker websites - PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker/Ultimate Bet - charging top executives with circumventing U.S. online gambling statutes...

Tagged: poker   aria   world series of poker   rio   

VegasEats: The Whopper Bar at Rio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Apr 2011
Twenty years ago, I worked for a butcher. My main responsibilities were cleaning up the butcher room and all the machinery at the end of the day. As a result of this and...

Tagged: rio   vegaseats   dining   rio   burgers   

Caesars Palace To Rebrand Centurian Tower As Nobu

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Mar 2011
Caesars Palace announced today that they are planning to convert the Centurion Tower into a boutique hotel using the Nobu restaurant brand as developed by world famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa. All 180 rooms, 16 suites and...

Tagged: caesars palace   nobu   centurion tower   jay sarno   

Cosmopolitan Comme Ca Interior Peekaboo

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Oct 2010
The tweeter for Comme Ca at Cosmopolitan has posted one, two, three interior photos of the restaurant. I wonder where that the red ceiling actually is, since it obviously isn't inside the dining room. Bar?...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   interior   peekaboo   comme ca   

Cosmo Interior Peekaboo: The 3D LCD Video Cube!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Oct 2010
Watch it while you can folks... the company that designed this truly awesome LCD 3D video cube posted this (non embeddable) video to the YouTube. Since we can pretty much guarantee that this won't be around...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   interiors   video cube   

Architectural Digest Unveils Steve Wynn's Latest Digs

Posted by MikeE on 14 Oct 2010
Terrence Watanabe took residency at Wynn Las Vegas for a year. Yes, an entire year. He actually went on vacation from his vacation. His 'house guests' were Wynn's guests. He called Fairway Villa 101 home...

Tagged: steve wynn   roger thomas   todd-avery lenahan   interior design   villas   

More Cosmo Peekaboos: Milos and Blue Ribbon Sushi

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Oct 2010
Our ever trusty internet ferret Mac25or6to4 has done it again! This time he's dug out some tasty interior design morsels from the Cosmopolitan's frothy stable of fine dining options - Estiatorio Milos (Greek) and Blue...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   peekaboo   interiors   dining   

Inside the Cosmo Kitchen

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Aug 2010
Speaking of Cosmopolitan, the company that did all the condo kitchen installations has put up a ton of photos of them on their Facebook joint. Big thanks to the ever industrious internet ferret Mac89109 for the...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   interiors   

Rumor: Boyd Buying Rio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Aug 2010
We're hearing some chatter on the airwaves that Harrah's has sold the Rio to Boyd Gaming. Boyd announced earlier this week that they were suspending their attempt to buyout the assets of Station Casinos. More on this...

Tagged: boyd   harrah's entertainment   rio   

Cosmopolitan Lobby Interiors Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jun 2010
Update: the blog owner of the photos has removed them from their website. Another week, another group of Cosmopolitan interior photos float up to the surface, thanks wholly due to webferret mac89103's deft usage...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   interiors   

Rio Uses VT To Fight Dirty

Posted by MikeE on 18 Jun 2010
Ugh. When will this stop? Shortly after we broke the news that Wynn would be implementing a resort fee, Caesars Palace was quick to throw a bitchslap at their bronzed neighbors up the street. Now Rio...

Tagged: rio las vegas   caesars palace   wynn las vegas   resort fees   

Imperial Palace Guests Rejoice...

Posted by MikeE on 12 Jun 2010
...while Caesars Palace guests get the shaft. It started with a cross property buffet promotion. Pay for one buffet and gorge yourself at any Harrah's joint in Vegas. Kind of nice if you've discovered a meal...

Tagged: pools   imperial palace   caesars palace   flamingo   harrah's   rio   planet hollywood   paris   ballys   

Harrah's Selling Rio, Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Apr 2010
If you believe rumors, the Rio had been bought and sold more often than any other Las Vegas casino, with Mirage gaining ground. Today, Business Week has offered to tend to the perpetually burning Rio Sale...

Tagged: rio   harrah's   mergers and acquisitions   rumors   

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