Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 1, 2000

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This Issue: IMPERIAL PALACE AUTO COLLECTION, LAS VEGAS RADIO ONLINE

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:RACING – the big race weekend is upon us us culminating with the CarsDirect.Com 400 on Sunday. You can catch pretty much everything on TV: Friday afternoon ESPN2 covers the qualifying heats for Sunday’s race, TNN features the Penzoil World of Outlaws on Friday night, ESPN2 covers the Sam’s Town 300 on Saturday, and Sunday the big race is on ABC. Check your local listings.

The NASCAR Cafe is opening tonight at The Sahara as I write. My schedule didn’t permit attending it although we did give advance notice of the event a few days ago at http://www.accessvegas.com This is the second race-themed eatery to open here in a few months, joining downtown’s Race Rock. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-28-Mon-2000/business/13045229.html

THE ALADDIN – is already preparing for it’s August 17, 2000 opening. The $900 million dollar, 2,600 room project is booking rooms and they have opened an employment center
to fill the 3900 jobs needed. You can inquire about employment at (877)
421-9474 Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Mar-01-Wed-2000/business/13067332.html and discount Aladdin rooms available at http://hotels.nevada.nu/las-vegas.htm (Aladdin link).

IMPROVE YOUR ODDS – Gaming writer Mark Pilarski wrote a great article for novice gamblers on how to look for the more advantageous games. While it talks about the differences between Detroit and Nevada casinos, if you scroll down he has some great basic advice about how to look for the best odds in the most popular casino games. Story at http://detnews.com/2000/features/0002/28/02280033.htm

TV – Saturday evening on The Learning Channel is “Las Vegas Uncovered”. Check local cable listings for times.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – Michael Paskevich reviewed this new show at Paris Las Vegas at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-25-Fri-2000/weekly/13025814.html

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – The Dallas Morning News reviewed this show at http://www.dallasnews.com/travel/lasvegas/0620trvegascirque.htm

MGM – JIMMY BUFFET brings his Beach House on the Moon tour here on April 15 and BRITTNEY SPEARS is live in concert on August 4. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and discount MGM rooms available at http://hotels.nevada.nu/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

MANDALAY BAY – LUIS MIGUEL on April 29. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and discount Mandalay Bay rooms available at http://hotels.nevada.nu/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link).


 


FEATURE STORY:IMPERIAL PALACE AUTO COLLECTION

I knew I forgot to take my family to see something when then were in town last year. They are car lovers. Cars, cars, cars. And the Imperial Palace Auto Collection has them with over 200 rare automobiles on display at any given time. They rotate them in and out, and it is a working gallery as all automobiles are for sale.

I had the pleasure of viewing rare cars like a 1933 Lincoln Brougham (1 of only 3 built that year), the 1998 Corvette Indy 500 pace car with only 3,801 actual miles, a 1939 Lancia Astura Ministeraile convertible (priced at $375,000 and rare because no two were built exactly alike and this one was used by Mussolini during his reign of Italy), the 1982 Range Rover “Pope Mobile” (built specifically for the Papal visit to Europe — yours for only $250,000) and plenty more.

Celebrity cars included a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible assigned to the White House for the personal use of Mrs. JFK, a 1952 Chrysler Imperial Presidential Parade car used by both Eisenhower and Nixon ($400,000), a 1966 Chrysler Imperial originally purchased by Elvis, and a 1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible owned by Marilyn Monroe ($200,000 and one of only 1200 built).

The collection also features the largest collection of Medal J Duesenbergs in the world, showcased in their very own room. This Duesenberg collection is valued at over $50 million dollars and words simply can’t describe it.

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Just one part of the extensive collection!

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1952 Chrysler Imperial Presidential Parade Car used by Eisenhower and Nixon. Valued at $400,000

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1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible assigned to the White House for the personal use of Mrs. John F. Kennedy

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1939 Lancia Astura Ministeraile Convertible. No two were exactly alike. This car was used by Mussolini during his reign of Italy. Valued at $375,000

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Mercedes-Benz 300 500SEL. Imelda Marcos gift to Ferdinand features bullet proof door panels, roof, flooring and armor plated doors and windows.

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1911 Chadwick Touring car valued at $750,000

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The world famous Duesenberg room.

The collection is open from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM and admission is basically free. You can print out a free entry coupon at http://www.ipautocollection.com/art/autocoupon.jpg or usually get one as part of the packet handed out to tourist in front of the casino as you walk by.

LAS VEGAS RADIO ONLINE

KOMP – is the “Rock of Las Vegas”. It is generally regarded as one of the better hard rock stations in the U.S. playing 80’s and 90’s rock and metal.

KKLZ – is a classic rock station that hasn’t changed their format or their playlist since I moved here in 1993 (or so it seems). 70’s classic rock and that’s it. Their site is down right now.

KXPT – is another classic rock station, but with a little wider playlist and more variety.

KDWN – this is the talk station that made Art Bell famous. It can be heard in much of the western US at night and he used that for a springboard to national syndication and fame. Conservative talk would probably best describe this eclectic station.

KKVV – the local Christian AM station features a combination of Christian talk radio and religious programs.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Note: David Humphrey Dallas, TX wrote a letter concerning when the elevators, escalators, trams between casinos, etc. are shut down for maintenance as almost every one he encountered was not working during a recent visit to town. That was happenstance but it did bring up something I suggest: Avoid the monorail between Bally’s and the MGM unless you just want the ride or it’s really hot / cold out. By the time you walk to the back of Bally’s, wait for the monorail, ride, and then walk all the way from the back of the MGM to the Strip, it’s faster to just walk the Strip. Plus, Paris Las Vegas is beautiful on the outside and you don’t want to miss that as you walk down the Strip.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

David M. Noll of Panama City, FL writes:

>Ted: Your review of Star Trek: The Experience mentioned the motion
>simulator portion of the ride and cautioned that certain folks may
>want to avoid it.á My wife and I don’t like “shaker” rides, but there
>is a solution (thanks, I imagine, to the Americans With Disabilities
>Act).á When we did the Luxor simulator ride, we were directed (upon
>our request) to a separate studio with a huge screen and about a dozen
>or so seats securely bolted into the floor.á We got to see the film
>without “experiencing” it.á Since Star Trek is newer than Luxor’s
>ride, I suspect they may have something similar.
>
>By the way, since we are in Florida, we often go to Walt Disney World.
>The MGM park has a motion simulator ride with a Star Wars theme called
>Star Tours.á If they’re not too busy, we ask for a “test flight” and
>they give us a space shuttle of our own and turn off the shaker to
>watch the movie.

I contacted the Star Trek Experience and they don’t have an alternate way to view the show. You can go through the adventure and sit out the 4 minute simulator ride.

Diana of Bloomdale, OH wrote:

>We are planning a trip to Las Vegas on Labor Day weekend to be married
>at the Tropicana on 9-2-00.á Have any do’s and don’ts for us?á Have
>you heard anything good or bad about the Tropicana?á I also was
>wondering about how long we can expect to have to wait at the marriage
>license bureau if we go there on Friday night?á I would love to have a
>small wedding cake delivered to the hotel, but the cheapest I can find
>is $75 dollars for a small round cake for only 10 people.á Any
>suggestions?á My fiancÚ LOVES BUFFETS.á Which one do you consider to
>be the best food?á I would really appreciate your thoughts.

O.K. readers, I need your help here. Any comments to help this lady should be sent to [email protected]

I can address two issues: people who want a nice cake without paying through the nose tend to just rent a car and order it from a local grocery store the day they hit town and then pick it up the next day. You’ll make back the car rental with what you save on the cake and you can actually talk to the bakers. I have heard good things about the Albertson’s at Flamingo and Maryland Pkwy. (about 2.5 miles east of the strip — 702-733-2947). Best buffet? Bellagio. Hands down. We reviewed it at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-15.htm

Don Davis of Edmonton, Alberta wrote:

>Hello Ted,
>
>We have been going to Las Vegas regularly since 1972 and thought we
>knew most of all there is to know about LV.
>
>But we have never heard of a casino host.á Please inform your readers
>as to what a casino host does and where do you find one if you want
>one.

Darn it, Don — then you aren’t losing enough money! A casino host is generally assigned to medium and high rollers. The host arranges their comps, checks up on how they are doing, and cultivates a relationship with them between visits, calling them and inviting them to town for special events (i.e. “Hey, we’ve got a room with your name on it Labor Day weekend and we know you like such-and-such performer — they are playing so we’ll toss in tickets and a pre-show private buffet with an open bar”).

Our take on comps? Get all the comps your play merits, but NEVER play for comps. If you are anything above a low roller, call a casino ahead of time and ask for a casino host. Tell them your level of play (how much and how long per day you usually gamble) and ask if they can do anything for you. But whether it be one more pull on the slot handle for one more slot point, or 5 more minutes at a blackjack table where you are getting killed, never ever EVER play to get a comp. A comp is based on the percentage of your expected loss. The casino pockets the other part of that percentage. Play as you always do and take whatever you can get based on that.

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RENTAL CARS – Don’t pay top dollar! Remember, you can now enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every rental car agency in town (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or book your regular agency. Save the hassle and save some money at: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/index.html?cid=2005 Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


 


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

PRESS PHOTOS – black and white photos of Rita Rudner, Reba, Sinbad, and Steven Wright (all 4 go to the winner). Enter at (contest closed)

STAR TREK – When I visited the Experience, I did one of those machines that presses a quarter (U.S.) into a design. I chose the one with the Enterprise on it. It says “USS Enterprise / NCC-1701-00” Enter at (contest closed)

RACE WEEKEND – The Review-Journal’s special race weekend pullout featuring info on the CarsDirect.Com 400 goes to the tenth entry at(contest closed)

HOUSE OF BLUES – has an ongoing contest for free tickets at http://216.103.134.60/ticketgiveaway/calgrid.asp?vid=103

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March 01, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 23, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

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This Issue: STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:MEGABUCKS – hit yet again for 7.8 million dollars on Valentines Day. While the winner has remained anonymous, one of my sources indicated that the local man’s wife left him a couple of years ago (no kids in the relationship) because she was upset he wasn’t providing her a higher standard of living. Revenge must be sweet. He’s a computer consultant who plans to keep working. Full story at http://news.excite.com/news/pr/000215/nv-igt-megabucks-hit

THE ALADDIN – construction is moving right along. This $1.3 billion resort is slated to include more restaurants, shops, entertainment and casino options that any other destination in Las Vegas according to their web page. Full story at http://www.msnbc.com/news/368176.asp?cp1=1 and discount Aladdin rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Aladdin link).

LEGEND AIR – starts service to Las Vegas from Washington, DC and Dallas TX next month. Legend appears to be an “all business class” airline like Midwest Express. Story at http://www.frommers.com/newsletters/02-21-00/article6.html

VENETIAN GOES HIGH TECH – and will provide in-room office systems to every one of The Venetian’s suites including all-in-one color printer/fax/scanner/copiers to all of its guests who will be able print reports, email and other business or personal information, in color, in the convenience of their room. In addition, the fax service gives each guest gets a private fax number for direct faxing in and out of the suite. Story at http://news.excite.com/news/bw/000218/nv-the-venetian-reesort Also, a story about the Venetian’s gondola ride at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-04-Fri-2000/weekly/12836378.html Venetian discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).

RAIN, RAIN — After 140 days without rain (which ended with a sprinkle a couple of weeks ago), winter storms are here with steady rain on Monday and Wednesday. We are happy to report that the clouds have left, but we needed the rain. At least it’s winter and didn’t ruin anybody’s tanning plans! Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-22-Tue-2000/news/13008611.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-24-Thu-2000/news/13028248.html

STUNTSHOW SPECTACULAR – Super Joe Reed is putting on 3 days of world record breaking stunts this weekend at The Reserve. Featured will be building-to-building jumps, blindfold motorcycle jumps, helicopter bungee jumps, walls and tunnels of fire, car stunts, female daredevils, and motocross races. Ticket available at the gate. One day: Adults $20, kids (12 and under) $10. 3 day pass: Adults $45, kids $20.

MGM GRAND – is looking to take over Mirage Resorts. This isn’t a stock or financial newsletter so we generally don’t follow things like that. But, we do have links to various stories regarding the possible takeover at http://www.accessvegas.com

LAS VEGAS – Visiting this city seems to be catching on. 33.8 million people found their way here last year. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-19-Sat-2000/business/12995902.html

RIO CARNIVAL BUFFET – As most locals know, the buffet’s prices have gone up while the quality has sunk dramatically. Put this one on your “must avoid” list. Full story at http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00021701d.html

OOOOOOPS – A couple of weeks ago, someone wrote me and asked me how many rooms The Venetian has. I said 6000+ when it’s actually a little over 3000. That 6000 figure was stuck in my mind after reading an article regarding The Venetian seeking financing to double the size of their hotel to 6000 rooms.

Winner: Carolyn O’brien of Brandon, FL was the winner of the Las Vegas Dining Guide

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

LAS VEGAS HILTON – Broadway Musical “Buddy” through March 5, humorist Steven Wright on March 10 and 11, Sinbad March 17 and 18, Reba McEntire March 23 to 26, Tim Conway / Harvey Korman April 7 and 8, Kenny Rogers April 14 and 15, Jeff Foxworthy April 28 to 30, and Trisha Yearwood May 5 and 6. Tickets available at (800) 222-5361 and discount Las Vegas Hilton rooms available at http://hotels.nevada.nu/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).


 


FEATURE STORY: STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCEstar-trek-01.jpg (9101 bytes)“To boldly go where no man has gone before” — or at least to boldly go to the Las Vegas Hilton on a rainy Wednesday afternoon was my mission. While I enjoyed the original Star Trek series reruns growing up, I have seen none of the movies nor watched any of the subsequent TV shows so I went into this pretty green.

The Star Trek casino area is a far cry from the stuffy, upper crust atmosphere of the regular casino at the Hilton. With a combination of uptempo rock music, futuristic looking slots, a bar area straight from the the 24’th century, and laser lights streaming across the sky, this puts a whole new dimension on the word “casino”. The blackjack tables were closed, but I assume those are open during the weekends and perhaps busy week nights. If you don’t want to gamble, they have a four pool tables for those more inclined to play in this unique setting.

star-trek-02.jpg (11287 bytes)First stop on your adventure through The Experience is the “History of the Future” museum area where more than 200 items used in the filming of the Star Trek television serious and movies are displayed. It is the largest permanent collection of Star Trek props and costumes in the world including 23 original costumes from the series and movies, eight starship models built to a 1:80 scale, 12 hand-painted alien head displays (so real, they are almost scary) and more than 100 hand props like the 3D chess set, communicators, phasers, and the like.

As you walk along, you follow an illustrated timeline of the universe with a special twist. From the time of Galileo and Newton to the present, it is (of course) factual. But from our time through the year 2372 (Stardate 47779.4) it follows the evolvement of the world, planets, political situations and the like as depicted from the original television series all the way through the movies and new series.

star-trek-03.jpg (11892 bytes)You may take all the time you wish viewing the museum as the as the actual adventure portion starts every 10 minutes. We’ve been asked not to give away the “good parts”, but this is a real interactive experience. Among the highlights are getting to experience being transported and ending up in the transporter room of the Enterprise, venturing onto the bridge as the crew goes about it’s duties, riding a turbolift (the “elevators” that move people around the ship), walking down the incredibly realistic corridors (all sets are constructed on a 1:1 scale from the originals), and taking a shuttlecraft mission through space and time.

The shuttlecraft is the finale, and what a finale it is! Featuring a six-axis simulator in a domed theatre, this motion simulator puts the Luxor’s (reviewed http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-06-09.htm ) to shame. These screens give you a 160 degree view — at no time do you see anything stationary outside the shuttle. A WORD TO THE WISE: This is an intense experience. I had a couple of slices of pizza before going on, and while I didn’t feel like I was going to lose it, I still wouldn’t suggest it. And anyone going on this after boozing it up would have to be nuts. Also, if you are older or get a little nauseous easily, stay away.

star-trek-04.jpg (8015 bytes)Having said that, the ride was incredible. You truly see and feel like you are being transported though time and space in a crystal clear universe you have never seen before with heart-pumping action taking place all around you! I don’t want to spoil the ending too much except to say that you get a unique perspective on the Las Vegas strip. The total post museum experience runs about 25 minutes. Hit the restroom first.

Afterwards, you exit through the obligatory shopping area containing everything from exclusive Star Trek clothing, the largest collection of Star Trek products and souvenirs, authentic collectibles, and the “your photo with a Star Trek star” image chamber.

The verdict? Trekkies should be put to death if they come to town and miss this. If you enjoy the series and movies, or enjoy first-class virtual entertainment with lots of surprises, this is also a must see. If you are on the strip without a car (the Las Vegas Hilton is a few blocks off-strip) and just looking for something to do, it’s worth a visit but you will live if you miss it.

Admission is $15.95 (includes tax) and you must be 42″ tall. There is no admission to visit the shops or Quark’s bar and restaurant (unique dinners in a futuristic setting running about $12 a plate). Just ask the ticket office to point the way. The Experience is open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Donna Ardbowman of Cincinatti, OH wrote:

>Dear Ted,
>
>I am a huge fan of your
>newsletter, never stop.á My family and I will be in Las Vegas for a
>week in April.á As always, we will be staying at New York-New York.
>Our casino host Leslie, always makes us feel special and our room and
>meals are always fully comped.á During our stay we tip everyone.á But,
>I am unsure how or if I should tip my casino host.á Can you or some of
>your newsletter readers give me some advice on this issue?á If tipping
>or a gift of gratitude is acceptable what do you suggest?á One more
>question, what night is the all you can eat seafood buffet at Ellis
>Island?á Regards, Donna Ardbowman

Thanks for the kind words. I understand that the preferred way to tip a casino host is with a gift of some kind. Food basket, wine, or something along that lines for a lady, or perhaps cigars or a tie or similar for a man. In fact, I believe that they can’t accept tips of cash. However, I claim a lack of first hand knowledge here. Any readers with a regular casino host, how do you express your gratitude for their hard work? Write us at [email protected]

Ellis Island has unfortunately cancelled it’s all you can eat crab legs buffet. It was a deal while it lasted.

To the writer of the following I apologize — I cropped your name and deleted the original before I realized it:

>Hi Ted,
>
> We are planning a trip to Las Vegas in May. Our plans are to rent a car,
>do some sight seeing and then spend a three day weekend in Las Vegas. This
>will be my fifth trip in as many years and I’ve never rented a car. The
>taxi’s and trolley’s were fun and quite an experience, but since our rate is
>terrific for a week, we’ll just keep the car a week. Question?
> What is the best route to take to downtown(Fremont Street)from Treasure
>Island and where does one park? I am probably worrying about
>this more than I need to, but I’ve seen the amount of traffic jams and would
>like some knowledgeable advice.

It’s a good question. When downtown, I like to valet park at The Plaza (one
block south of the Fremont St. Experience — follow the signs). The Golden Nugget also has an easy valet area, but kind of hard for a novice to find. Don’t valet at Binions — long walk considering it is valet. On the flip side, I usually garage park when on the Strip because
valet can take so long to get your car at times and most garages have
convenient quick walks to the main gaming area.

If it’s not the weekend, head up the Strip and make a left onto Main St.
just past the Stratosphere. Main and Fremont is the foot of downtown — you
can’t get lost. On a weekend, at Treasure Island turn onto Spring
Mountain (west — toward the freeway) and take the freeway downtown. From
I-15, you exit onto US 95 South (Phoenix) and then make the first quick
exit onto Casino Center Blvd. and you are downtown. Trust me, you can’t
miss downtown. Even if you get off an exit too late, just point your car at
the casinos!

Tim wrote:

>We recently ate dinner at the Samba Grill @ The Mirage.á This is a fun
>place with great food.á The Brazilian themed establishment is a meat
>lover’s delight.á The meal starts with some rum drinks.á Then the
>waiter brings out a salad that is fantastic.á Don’t fill up too much
>because the vegetables and meats come next.á There is turkey wrapped
>in bacon, chicken, marinated pork tenderloin, flank steak, salmon and
>on and on.á These meats are served on big skewers and you can have as
>much as you want.á What a fun place and all for 29.00.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 9, 2000

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This Issue: THE ROMANTIC LAS VEGAS CHEAPSKATE by Matt WeatherfordLAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

MICHAEL JORDEN – is among the many sports stars appearing at this year’s ESPY awards this Monday here in Las Vegas and tickets are still available! Other notables appearing are Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods, Mark McGwire, Mia Hamm and Steffi Graf, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Tyra Banks, Martin Sheen, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. That list doesn’t include the high profile celebrities who come for the celebration. Stories at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-09-Wed-2000/sports/12926104.html and http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-09-Wed-2000/sports/12926226.html Tickets at (702) 891-7777 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

PRICE GOUGING – KVBC 3 just completed an undercover investigation and found photo developing shops on the Strip that are charging up to $43.00 per roll for one-hour film developing. Story at http://www.msnbc.com/local/kvbc/7845.asp Even though you are on vacation, you are a customer. Never forget that a store needs YOUR business and ALWAYS ask how much the TOTAL cost for something will be if it isn’t clear. Many tour operators pull the same stunt by not including taxes, airport fees, and more in those glossy ads you see.

Our suggestion for photo developing when on vacation? We bring a bunch of envelopes for those mail-order photo developers with us. http://www.clarkcolor.com is one of many that do this service (not a sponsor, but we use them with no problem regularly). Every couple of rolls, just pop the film in the mail and the finished prints will be delivered a couple days after you get home with no worry about price gouging or losing your photos on the way home.

We also are giving away a Las Vegas Dining guide in our contest section.

THE TILLERMAN – Speaking of fine dining in a great atmosphere, The Tillerman is a short cab ride from the Strip and one of the better kept secrets, until now! Bring a thick wallet for this one, but be prepared for an exquisite setting with food to match. Story at http://www.lvcitylife.com/dining/stories/00020301d.html

COMPS – While one should never play for comps, if you are going to play, you might as well scoop up as many of them as possible! Linda E. Bushyager wrote a great article on on getting and using comps at http://members.aol.com/gamblinge/comps.htm

BRUNCH – is always a nice treat in Las Vegas. Nothing starts off a Sunday morning like a relaxing fine meal. Michael Paskevich reviewed a number of them at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-09-Wed-2000/lifestyles/12913264.html

STUCK AT MCCARRAN? – If your flight home gets delayed, you can go work out your frustrations now instead of dropping your winnings back in the airport slots. 24 Hour Fitness has opened an airport location and will even provide you workout clothes for a reasonable fee. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-07-Mon-2000/news/12899293.html

U.S. 93 CLOSURES – if you drive in from Phoenix, New Mexico, Texas or points southeast, note that U.S. 93 is going to be closed for 4 hours at a time intermittently over the next month. You might want to print out the info at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-09-Wed-2000/news/12922755.html and keep it handy. Closures will only be in the middle of the night.

Winner: Holly Carter of GA is the T-shirt winner.

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DAVID COPPERFIELD – bring his magic to Caesars Palace Feb. 3 – March 2. This time around, they say he’s making the audience disappear! Tickets at (702) 731-7333 and Caesars discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Caesars link).

DAVID BRENNER – comes to C2K at The Venetian Feb. 18 – 20. The performance on the 19’th will be broadcast totally live on HBO! Tickets at (702) 948-3007 and Venetian discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).

BUDDY – the hit musical comes to the Las Vegas Hilton Feb. 22 – March 5. This powerful show traces the life and music of Buddy Holly. Tickets at (702) 732-5755 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Las Vegas Hilton link).

TINA TURNER – with special guest LIONEL RICHIE take to the stage at the MGM Grand on Sat. April 29. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

SPLASH – Michael Paskevich has reviewed the updated version of this Riviera show at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-04-Fri-2000/weekly/12873797.html and book the show online at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FEATURE STORY: THE ROMANTIC LAS VEGAS CHEAPSKATE by Matt WeatherfordI am writing this from the guy’s perspective, but all my romantic
tips apply in reverse, too, meaning you girls can dazzle your boys by
following my brilliant advice.

Guys, one thing I am with the ladies is slick. Before I ensnared my
wife in my viscous love-grip, I could practically charm the pants off
of any woman without spending a dime. Now that I am happily married,
it’s time to open the vaults and reveal the secrets that drove the
ladies wild and kept Andrew Jackson and his buddies in my back pocket.

In Las Vegas, you don’t need to be a millionaire to show your partner
you’re got a heart a big as a Buick. Do it on the cheap, all the
while making it so romantic that your special someone never even
catches on.

THE ROMANTIC LIMO RIDE
A popular fantasy is to cruise slowly down Las Vegas Boulevard at
night in a stretch limousine. The twinkling, spinning lights reflect
off the car as it effortlessly glides in the traffic stream, and we
are tucked away behind the dark windows in our romantic mobile
hideaway. Another part of my fantasy is when the driver says, “You
guys were such great customers that I’m gonna let you have this ride
for free.”

In reality, the driver always wants his $35 an hour for the private
limo ride. And that doesn’t include the tip, which quickly tacks on
another 50 cents! To fulfill the fantasy for less, how about a slow
ride down the Strip aboard public transit? The Citizen Area Transit
Route 301 up the Strip is $2 per person, or $4 if you go the extra
mile and pay for your sweetie too. Just like a limo, the buses have
big windows, professional drivers, and move very slowly. Climb aboard
with your squeeze, fight your way through the mob of other romantic
couples to a pair of hard bench seats and get ready for good lovin’
action. Sure, you’re sharing your limo with 50 other people, it stops
at every intersection to load and unload, and the guy next to you is
drooling, but these are the sorts of minor points that will only be
noticed by a woman not in love.

Be sure to have a six-pack of Schlitz on ice back in the room to seal
the deal, because she’s gonna be itchin’ for kissin’ when the ride is
over. One word of caution: keep your pants on while riding the bus.
We have learned they are very strict about this.

If you want to whack your girl over the head with the fat end of the
charm stick, get her a real limo ride right from the airport. For
less than $5 each, you can ride Las Vegas Limo like you would a
shuttle. The catch is that you won’t be alone. The driver packs
people in and drops people off at their hotels. Guys, I suggest
getting a hotel on the North end of the Strip, so you get a few
minutes of private time after he’s dropped off all the people staying
at nice hotels. Once the last of the other folks gets off, lean over
and smack her on the lips!

THE ROMANTIC EATS
Very few people come up to me and ask, “Matt, I want to take my gal
someplace classy for dinner. Where do you recommend?” But when
someone does, I have an answer.

First off, breakfast is not very romantic, so don’t think you can cut
corners by splitting the $2.49 steak and eggs at Arizona Charlie’s,
or a 99-cent half-pound hot dog at Slots-a-Fun. On the other hand, if
you’ve found yourself a gal who finds these exciting, run to the
nearest pawn shop and buy the cheapest engagement ring they have:
she’s a keeper!

For the lady of more discriminating taste, I recommend the following
sybaritic delights:

The Peppermill Coffee Shop – don’t let its humble appearance fool
you. This small free-standing coffee shop next door to the Riviera is
the sort of place that brought down Gomorrah. Dark velvets, fake,
silver plants, dim lighting and plush booths make this the perfect
place to act out your role-playing fantasies of being a 70s player,
with your lady being a tough-talking hoochie. Want to be a little
decadent? Have the waffles with fruit for dinner. If you order
carefully, you two lovebirds can get out for less than $20. But,
don’t leave before going to the swank-uluxe lounge where a bubbling
cauldron belches fire and the booths provide more privacy than a
modern condominium complex. The drinks are priced right and strong
enough to intoxicate even the most hardened lover.

Center Stage – The food ain’t so hot, but the view is oo-la-la!
Well-hidden on the second floor of the Plaza Hotel downtown, the
Center Stage has a domed dining room that looks straight down Fremont
Street. If you’re smart, you’ll have a few strong $1 dollar cocktails
downstairs to deaden your tastebuds. A complete meal can be had for
about $10 a person, and you get that much value just out of the
number of waiters and servers who hover around. After dinner, why not
head downstairs and enjoy the awfully good acts in the Omaha Lounge.
It’ll give you a chance to let your dinner settle and then see how
vigilantly they enforce their “No Dancing” policy.

Roberta’s – If your honeybun respects food, then why not take the
romantically dangerous after-dark stroll to Roberta’s at the El
Cortez where the savvy man can let his girl stuff her greasy piehole
until she can’t stuff anymore. Plus, Roberta’s respects food. Why
else would they call the 18-ounce steak “Mr. Porterhouse?” Other
specials include “Mr. Crab” and “Se±or Prime Rib.” All can be had
well below their fair market value. A word of warning, gents, the
task of arriving at Roberta’s is not for the squeamish or anyone
easily deterred by bums or stench.

With the right presentation, just about any meal can be romantic, but
not the buffet. Never the buffet. “Why not?” you might be wondering.
You say, “Last time I ate at Circus Circus with my buddies, it seemed
like the perfect oasis for a late night rendezvous.”

Guys, you’re right, the Circus Circus buffet has exactly the sort of
ambience to set the mood for amore. But it’s not the room that will
mess things up; it’s us. Just when everything is going so well, and
her eyes are glazed over with awe, we always end up talking while our
mouth is full of veal, or sucking Jell-o up our nose with a straw, or
gulping down some of those desserts that make you gassy. Let’s face
it: at the buffet, it’s better to pig out and get your money’s worth
than seduce your girls.

THE ROMANTIC VIEW
It’s easy to take a friend to the top of the Stratosphere or Paris’
Eiffel Tower, but those costs $6-$8 per person, and that’s money that
could be better spent on a delightful bottle of ripple with dinner.
Besides, the Eiffel Tower observation deck is covered with chain link
and it brings back too many bad memories of my time in the Louisiana
Correctional Facilities.

I say, keep the cash and take your lady to the top of the Rio’s
Masquerade Village. Although it’s only half the height of the Strat’s
observation deck, it’s free. You and your lady will step out onto the
outdoor deck and scan the entire valley, with a great view of the
casinos you will take her to later for some nickel video poker. If
your special someone asks why you’re not at the Stratosphere, don’t
admit that you’re a cheapskate, just say that it’s too crowded and
too “bourgeois.” That word drives the ladies mad. Or say they had an
outbreak of malaria over there and you care too much to let her get
deathly ill. Now, if that doesn’t make her swoon, she’s got a heart
made of corn-cobs.

The Rio’s elevator is in the Masquerade Village area of the casino.
At night there is a dress code, meaning dress pants and collars, and
pants and shirts like that cost money. Plus, there might be a minimum
number of expensive drinks you have to buy. I suggest you take your
girl during the day and wear really dark sunglasses to simulate the
evening.

Of course, what I have just revealed aren’t all of my secrets. I have
to keep some of the mystery, after all. They should be enough to get
even the lowliest among us cheapskates to see that romance and
pinching pennies aren’t always mutually exclusive. Good luck and good
loving.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Sam Profio wrote:

>Ted, still enjoying your newsletter very much!á I noted in your Feb
>4th issue that one of AAA’s four diamond rooms included the Las Vegas
>Hilton.á No way!á Not unless they have nicer rooms than the one we
>had.á We were just there the second week of Jan.á Not only was it old
>and ordinary, the carpet was wrinkled in bunches and worn.á We tripped
>over it more than once and that was before any partying.á The only
>redeeming item was the electronic James Bond drapes!á The rooms were
>clean though.
>
>I believe we were in the North Tower.á It was the one to the left of
>center where each tower splits.á Hopefully they have newer and better
>furnished rooms in one of their other two towers.
>
>While I’m at it I may as well review the property.á The staff are
>friendly and do a nice job.á The casino is on the small side and their
>location off the strip is less than appealing.á They could use more
>table games especially craps.á The casino hardly ever seemed to have
>many people in it.á It was the second week of Jan.á but the strip
>casinos had action.
>
>The Star Trek experience is the best thing they have going and I am
>not even a big fan.á It is the best thing they have going because in
>addition to the actual experience/ride they include a fun themed
>restaurant/bar and casino section to go with it.
>
>We tried this property because we were able to get a good room rate
>($29/night) but I would not stay there again even at that price.
>Location, location…..

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February 9, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 2, 2000

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This Issue: Rio Seafood Buffet

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

FOUR DIAMOND ROOMS – Las Vegas now has more AAA Four Diamond rooms than any other U.S. city with the addition of Treasure Island to that status. The others are The Mirage, Bellagio, Golden Nugget, Desert Inn, Caesars and the Las Vegas Hilton (all of which we book at http://www.accessvegas.com ). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-02-Wed-2000/business/12876061.html In addition, Caesars is looking at adding a new tower to capitalize on their views of Paris and Bellagio as well as their prime location. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-02-Wed-2000/business/12873066.html

BINION’S STEAK – update: the infamous late night steak is now only served 11 PM to 5 AM Sunday through Thursday night, and they price has been raised to $4.99 As much as I love downtown, unless you are staying downtown skip it and head over to Ellis Island just behind Bally’s at Flamingo and Koval (about a 10 minute walk from Ballys). This local’s casino is newly remodeled, clean, friendly and offers a similar steak special 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for $4.95 (if not on menu, ask for it). Plus, you can sample the microbrews they brew right at the casino. We still do highly recommend the $5.95 prime rib served noon until midnight in the coffee shop of The Plaza hotel downtown. Great meal for the money!

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY – was a huge success despite the fact that the game ended up right on the number which resulted on many bets being refunded. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-01-Tue-2000/business/12867821.html

SPEAKING OF GAMBLING – on sports, a number of members of the U.S. Congress have introduced legislation to ban betting on college athletics. Of course, we know that NO betting on amateur athletics EVER happens anywhere outside of Nevada. NEVER. It wasn’t that long ago that Washington quit telling us to drive 65 miles an hour on desert freeway and now this. Obviously, we are less than pleased and while we have no intentions of turning this into a political newsletter, we will follow this and give you the opportunity to write your representatives if you enjoy betting sports here in Las Vegas. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-31-Mon-2000/business/12853938.html

MEGABUCKS – More information on the women who won the $34,959,458, her options on how to take the payout, and her plans for the money at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-28-Fri-2000/news/12846373.html

RUN OF THE HOUSE – How would you like to be a fly on the wall at casino management and board meetings with unrestricted access to interview just about anyone you wanted to? Pete Earley was granted just that by the Mandalay Bay Group. He also interviews people ranging from cabbies to hookers in his quest to give us the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the “new” Las Vegas. Review is at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-01-Tue-2000/lifestyles/12807048.html and you can purchase it from Amazon for 30% off at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553095021/invegascom

LAUGHLIN – from time to time, we get asked about this little jewel on the shores of the Colorado River 90 minutes south of Las Vegas. A recent Jeff Wolf article primarily focused on the SCORE off-road racing series but also talks about Laughlin itself later in the article at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-28-Fri-2000/sports/12847125.html

WILD WILD WEST – Las Vegas is often thought of the “cowboy west” but few people make it past the neon. Which is too bad, because the desert is a beautiful, fun, calming place. Sandy Valley sits 45 short minutes from Las Vegas along the CA / NV border. It is still pretty much the middle of nowhere and the Sandy Valley Ranch offers trail rides ranging from half-day to overnight. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Feb-03-Thu-2000/lifestyles/12826242.html Note: 2 years ago, I was over there and found out that they don’t have a service station in Sandy Valley. So fuel up before you go!

Winner: Renee Borden of Providence, RI won the Rio beads. The winner of last week’s t-shirt never responded. So, you all have another chance at it this week!

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

Michael Paskevich reviewed every showroom in Las Vegas recently. Not the shows, but the actual rooms themselves. Interesting facts to know at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-28-Fri-2000/weekly/12830007.html

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BUSINESS TRAVELERS: Keep the boss happy and pocket some cash! Pick from the from the 120+ destinations offered at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm for booking business travel. Get the guarenteed low rates, and YOU get to pocket the $25 rebate at http://www.accessvegas.com/100-rebate.htm (you must book during this month). Do you book rental cars? Try http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005 and access the best rates from the major companies.

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FEATURE STORY: RIO SEAFOOD BUFFET

$27 for a buffet. No kidding. And that used to be for lunch or dinner until they dropped serving lunch last week. Is it worth it? That depends how much do you like seafood and how much can you eat.

The Rio Seafood Buffet (not to be confused with the regular Carnival World Buffet) is a seafood lovers delight. If it comes out of the ocean, they have some! Varieties of clam dishes, scallops, shrimp, oriental seafood delights, oysters, halibut, and swordfish in lanostino sauce to name a few.

Add in all the you-peel shrimp and crab legs you could eat. Then go get your choice of white fish, mussels, calanari or scallops with your choice of vegetable grilled to order . Got the kids along? Various breaded and fried fish as well as french fries were available. Someone doesn’t like fish? They were carving prime rib, serving BBQ steak and there was a fair amount of pasta, Mexican, and other more traditional buffet fare, all of which was top-notch quality.

The desert? I always judge the quality by the cheesecake, and I couldn’t finish the whole slice. Very good! The service was attentive, and for those so inclined a fairly substantial wine list was available as well as other adult beverages.

So what’s the verdict? When compared to what the same quantity, variety, and quality would cost in a traditional restaurant, you can’t go wrong for the money. Especially when you toss in desert, you couldn’t get this anywhere else for under $30 a head. However, for an upscale dining experience, it was a little too buffet-ish for my tastes. The surroundings were pleasant, but nothing special and no nicer than half of the other buffets in town. The music was a little too uptempo loud. There was a line at the desert bar because they served each person individually.

Unless you just don’t want to leave the Rio or you adore seafood, take the 5 minute ride over to Bellagio which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner runs $4 cheaper than the Rio Seafood Buffet and the atmosphere is more upscale, quiet and relaxed. While not having the huge selection of fish, Bellagio features a nice seafood variety, including PEELED shrimp. Plus, their desert bar is comparable but self-serve so you don’t feel like a child at Halloween or have to wait in line. You can view our Bellagio buffet review at http://las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-15.htm

The Rio Seafood buffet is open 4 – 10 PM on weekdays and until 11 PM on weekends. Admission is $27 per person every single day.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

D.áLee of Casper, WY writes:

>My husband & I spent 4 nights recently.á We stayed in a very nice room
>at the Golden Nugget.á We usually go at least once a year and have
>stayed at that hotel that went under, Excalibur, Rio, and Palace
>Station.á The hotel and restaurant staff were exceptional and nice (!)
>compared to our previous stays.á Some folks don’t like the downtown
>atmosphere, but we found the savory more than made-up for the
>unsavory.á Upon returning home a letter from the Golden Nugget
>establishment came and invited us back.á What a class act.á The
>Nugget’s buffet is back in action (it was temporarily closed, during
>the stay), but we did manage to fit in the dinner buffet.á Our server
>was a young gentleman from Peru who took the time to connect with us &
>we welcomed him to come see the Tetons of our home state.á However, I
>included his tip on our room’s ticket which was credited with a $25
>food & bev allowance.á Well, I didn’t realize until we got home that
>the serving staff may not get the tip in this manner.á 1000 apologies
>to our server who so sincerely gave us delightful hospitality.á Anyone
>who has the chance make-up for our shortcoming, will you?

The Golden Nugget is the class of downtown. Perhaps not the best gaming rules, but 11 other casinos are within a 5 minute walk if that is important to you.

Jean H. of Waukesha WI writes:

>I thought Wayne Newton made an interesting statement when I saw him on
>TV over New Year’s Eve.á They were interviewing him about his upcoming
>long-term gig at the Stardust and he said: I believe that when people
>come to Vegas they want to know who is in town while they visit.
>Since entertainment, like every other industry, has it’s cycles–I
>believe we’re going to see a come back of more single entertainers and
>a moving away from the large production type shows.
>
>When I heard him say this, I really felt Mr. Newton had hit the nail
>on the head.á I know that when we visit, the first thing we do is go
>to the web and see “who’s going to be in town”, whether its a
>comedian, band/music act, special sports event or whatever!á Mostly,
>though, we’re interested to see what “headliners” are going to be
>there.á We often do book these events, if it’s someone we really want
>to see.
>
>When we look back on all our various entertainment venues we’ve see
>over the years, the only one I’ve really not cared for was a major
>production show–now not playing anymore.
>
>I do hope that the entertainment gurus of Las Vegas listen to Mr.
>Newton–and give the public what they want—more headliners!á What do
>you think?á Know of any statistics to prove me right or wrong?

Wayne is building up his own show, which we hope to check out soon. We certainly try to list in advance who will be here and how you can get tickets, but for now production shows appear to be going very strong. We have an updated list of coming events (including headliners) at http://www.accessvegas.com/events.htm courtesy of Las Vegas tourism legend Billhere. While you are at that page, make sure to sign up for his free newsletter. It is informative, and generally covers different ground than we do here.

Chuck and Charleen wrote:

>Our son recently was married at the Little Chapel of the Flowers.á The
>minister did a nice job of adding some personal comments to the
>program even though the process was rushed.á The photographer did a
>less than acceptable job on the outside pictures.á They were too far
>away from the bride/groom and/or others and many of the pictures were
>not in proper focus.á For the money invested the pictures proved to be
>less than professional.á A bad rap for such a business.
>
>In making plans for this wedding and related reception we contacted a
>lot of the hotels that you recommended.á We found them very pricey in
>terms of lodging and very expensive in terms of a reception.á We did
>make contact with the Super 8 Motel on Koval Avenue and encountered an
>extremely helpful sales manager by the name of Diane Webber Work who
>went out of her way to arrange for block room rates, arranging for a
>private reception in a large banquet room to accommodate 40+ wedding
>participants and with her own money secured a wedding cake.á We were
>extremely impressed with the staff of Super 8 and with the staff of
>the adjacent Ellis Island who catered our wedding reception.á The
>staff of both places were extremely accommodating and friendly.á We
>highly recommend them for the quality of service provided and for the
>costs of their banquet food items and lodging.
>
>We did enjoy our visit to a variety of the other hotels and casinos
>where we took in several shows and eating establishments.á I must add
>that the worst buffet we encountered was at the Riviera where the food
>tasted like it was a week old.
>
>Your city has a lot to offer and we hope each of the establishments
>and the taxicab services recognize that they have a lot to offer and
>that all should make every effort to market the city with a positive
>attitude similar to what we encountered at the Super 8 and the Ellis
>Island Casino.

It’s always tough to suggest hotels for people. We have readers that stay downtown and won’t pay more than $30 a night for a room, and others who won’t come to town if they can’t get the Mirage. Our suggestions also generally take into account that fact that most people prefer to stay on the Strip, although we are certainly fans of Ellis Island.

For those considering getting married in Las Vegas, please understand that these weddings are “in and out” type of deals. It’s almost like an assembly line. If you want something more, contact Jon Jacobs over at http://www.lvweddings.com — tell him we sent you and he will give you a discount. He’s arranged weddings in helicopters, up on Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and weddings to accommodate various size groups. Plus, he knows every chapel in town and isn’t tied to any one of them. Making the most of your day is his #1 concern, and he can put together a great package for almost any budget.

As for buffets, the Riviera has to be one of the worst for the money. Go to the Sahara buffet if money is an issue, otherwise the new Stardust buffet is actually pretty good if you are up that direction.

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THIS WEEKS POLL – “How many times a year do you visit Las Vegas?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: AccessVegas.Com Poll
What is your favorite nightclub in Las Vegas??

Utopia 0%
Studio 54 (MGM) 11%
C2K (Venetian) 11%
The Drink 0%
RA ( Luxor) 33%
Trax (Palace Station) 0%
The Beach 22%
Club Rio 22%

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February 2, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 26, 2000

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This Issue: Rio Masquerade Village Show

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Note: Last week’s newsletter about Adventuredome is now archived online WITH PHOTOS at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-01-19.htm The Bellagio Buffet review is archived online with Bellagio photos at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-15.htmáLAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

MEGAGUCKS – got hit Wednesday night at the Deserted Inn (yes, that is what we call it locally because it’s usually pretty empty). 37 year old Cynthia Jay, a (now former) cocktail waitress at the Monte Carlo, was catching a show that night at the Desert Inn. She had invested $27. The $34,955,489 (paid over 25 years) is the largest slot jackpot ever hit in history. Newspaper story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2000/jan/27/509769202.html and you can catch a video of the KVBC story at http://www.msnbc.com/local/kvbc/6235.asp#Netshowvideo

SUPER BOWL – Las Vegas throws quite a few parties during the year, but this is one of the biggest. Some come to drink and let loose, some come to root on the home team because Super Bowl tickets are unobtainable, and other want to recoup everything they lost betting football during the entire year! The excitement is building and you can read about it at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-24-Mon-2000/sports/12813959.html and you can find a full list of Super Bowl parties at http://www.lasvegas.com/features/superbowl.html

NO MORE MILLION – Binion’s Horseshoe has undergone many changes since Binion sister Becky Behnen took over, but none compared to the sale of the infamous display of 100 $10,000 bills (a cool million) that her father Benny put together. An estimated 5 million plus people have had their photo taken with it over the years. If you have one, save it — it was your last. There was nothing like enjoying the $3 late night steak special (now no longer available on weekends) and then trooping back up the stairs and spending a few quiet minutes just looking at all that cash. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-21-Fri-2000/news/12797214.html

HARD ROCK – Many questioned the off-strip location when it opened, but the Hard Rock has quietly expanded and become one of the top casinos in town. They may cater to the trendy high rollers from out of town, but we personally enjoy the 9/6 Jacks or Better video poker (slot points allowed for play) and the $5.95 surf and turf special in the coffee shop (not on the menu — ask for it). Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-24-Mon-2000/business/12802058.html and you can book discount Hard Rock rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).

SHOPPING GALORE – Recent reports note that visitors spent more in Las Vegas ($22.5 billion) in 1999 than in New York City and San Francisco combined, and that doesn’t include gaming. Not only are their more gaming opportunities on the Las Vegas Strip than anywhere in the world, but now more shopping opportunities. More than 50,000 people a day walk through The Forum Shops at Caesars alone. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-24-Mon-2000/business/12803672.html

WB STAGE 16 – We mentioned the opening of this new eatery at The Venetian a couple of weeks ago. The Review-Journal has reviewed it at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-21-Fri-2000/weekly/12733830.html

LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY – is holding it’s annual open house on Feb. 19. from 9 AM to 4 PM. Race fans will be treated to free tours of the entire facility, discounts from the Richard Petty Driving Experience, discounted concessions and merchandise, special ticket deals and go-kart rides courtesy of Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. There also will be several big-screen televisions set up during the morning hours for fans to watch the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race from Daytona International Speedway. The go-kart rides will begin immediately following the conclusion of the race from Daytona Beach, FL.

Winner: Keith B. Stolz of Houston TX is this weeks winner of the millennium t-shirt.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

FREMONT ST. EXPERIENCE – free all-weekend Super Bowl party features free concerts including NEON CHAMELEONS and THE CLASSIC ROCK ALL STARS on Jan. 28, THE OHIO PLAYERS and ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION on Jan. 29, and will be showing the action on two gigantic screens starting at noon on Sunday.

REVIEWS – Recent reviews in the paper:

TOM JONES – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-21-Fri-2000/weekly/12777281.html
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-21-Fri-2000/weekly/12758743.html


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FEATURE STORY: Rio Masquerade Village ShowAlthough it’s been playing for the better part of two years, I’ve always seemed to miss the Masquerade Sky show when I visit the Rio. A visit to The Rio for me usually involves a trip straight up to the Voodoo Lounge with friends or to meet a client and just enjoy the spectacular sights from 51 floors up, which is generally regarded as one of the best free view of the city.

So, I braved the 58 degree cloudy, windy day Tuesday and set out to truly experience a little of The Rio. I arrived at 4 PM just in time to see the beach-themed show featuring music from the 50’s and 60’s. After that, it was on to their infamous seafood buffet (review next week) and then up to the Voodoo Lounge to watch the sunset. Then back down at before 6 PM to catch another Masquerade show.

This is a production and a half for free! The multi-level stage at one end of the Masquerade casino area features live musicians as well as a number of dancers, but the entertainment extends the length of the casino with large two-level floats that ride high above the gaming area on rails. The sound is great, the dancers superb, and the floats are ablaze in light and color. In true Mardi Gras fashion, dancers on the various floats tossed out beads to the crowds both below and lined along the second floor.

We enjoyed the first show from the ground in front of the stage, but the best place to really enjoy the floats and dancers on them is from the second floor esplanade which surrounds the casino (it has restaurants and shopping off of it). People start lining up a half hour prior to each show upstairs, but we lucked out and found the perfect viewing area: from downstairs, look across and over from the stage until you find the big Watch Zone sign. Unlike the balcony area just to it’s right (as seen from downstairs), you aren’t fighting for a view or fighting for beads with a throng of other people, but you still have a fantastic view of the stage. Get under the Watch Zone sign upstairs and you are set!

The show runs every two hours from 2 PM to Midnight (dark Wednesdays) and lasts for about 15 minutes. You can purchase a ticket to ride in one of the floats for $9.95 and become part of the show. They dress you in a costume fitting that show’s theme (there are 4 shows altogether). Might be fun, but it looks like you are pretty much belted in and I’m not sure how much you can see.

The Voodoo Lounge is a must see. It occupies one full side of the top of the hotel with about a 270 degree view of the city, including the entire Strip, airport, downtown, and more. It opens at 5 PM and I strongly suggest going early enough to be up there during sunset (which is generally early enough that you won’t fight a line). The view actually faces away from the sunset, but watching the Strip light up as dusk approaches is stunning. The trip to the top is free except for a weekend cover charge later in the evening. Noted local musician Jimmy Hopper and his band play their unique (and very impressive) versions of popular songs Wed. – Sun. nights starting at 9:00 PM. A “dress to impress” code is enforced. No suit and tie required, but wear something besides tennis shoes and have a shirt with a collar at minimum. The more busy it is, the more they appreciate nice dress.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Last week, Jim from Alaska wrote about his unpleasant New Year’s Eve experience and asked for suggestions how to make it up to his wife. You can find that letter archived at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/00-01-19.htm , and our thanks to the readers who wrote in with their suggestions:

Anonymous wrote:

>I’m a life-time local and very sorry to hear about the bad time you
>had.
>
>For dining I’d suggest “Keefers on top of the Carriage House”, the
>food is top-notch and the prices aren’t.á Their specialty is
>orange-roughy and if you ask you can get a window seat with a great
>view of the strip from the Excalibur to the Bellagio.á Try reserving
>at sunset.á Drinks in the lounge are a little on the high side.á The
>phone # is (702) 739-8000 and they’re on the strip and Harmon.
>
>For a reasonable room try the San Remo, very clean and nice.á My
>best-friends brother-in-law stayed there a while back and he was very
>pleased.á He’s also very frugal.á (CHEAP!) The phone # is (702) 739-9000.
>They are at Tropicana and the strip within walking distance from
>Keefer’s.á Good luck!!!

Note: We tend to prefer signed letters, but will consider unsigned letters with helpful information.

Sam Profio wrote

>Dear Ted: To the guy from Alaska looking for a better experience for
>him and his wife: For a romantic dinner try Olives at Bellagio and get
>a table on the balcony.á What a great view of the fountains during
>dinner and the music!á Bellagio does not take normal reservations for
>the balcony.á You must get in line at 5:00 PM to make a reservation
>for that evening.á I suggest you arrive a bit before 5:00 but it was
>not difficult to get a reservation.á It’s well worth it albeit a bit
>expensive.á The food, service and view is excellent!!!
>
>Regarding a good pool experience & not knowing the couple’s age or
>budget I would go with the Flamingo.á Great pool for all ages, great
>location on the strip and a very comfortable property.á Mandalay Bay
>has a great Caribbean themed pool, world class restaurants, the hot
>Rum Jungle night club and one of the best looking hotels on the strip.
>The Tropicana also has a great pool and a little younger crowd as does
>the Hard Rock’s Beach Club.
>
>Also, you can’t beat the top of the Stratosphere right before sundown
>for a romantic view of the sun going down over the desert and
>mountains and then watching the strip “come alive” when its lights
>become visible.
>
>One last thing that always works for me; take her shopping!á I know, I
>know, but most women love it.á The canal shops at the Venetian are a
>shopper’s dream and while you are there, take her on a gondola ride
>for more romance.á Other good shopping; the Forum Shops in Ceasars,
>Mandalay Bay, etc.á Most of the new properties have shopping.

Tedd Adamek wrote:

>áá Sorry to hear about your troubles on your stay on
>New Year’s. Don’t blame it on Vegas for the problems
>on one hotel. It was unfortunate that you picked the
>only hotel to go bankrupt but you do need to shop
>around a little more then you do. Anyone that would pay
>that price to stay at that hotel (very low grade
>place) didn’t do much looking around. Try some of the
>offers in this newsletter and call around next time.
>I’m sure you could do better.

Bookmark or add http://www.hoteldiscounts.com/cgi-bin/pickcity?SID=IVC&LKF=IVC to your favorites. You can always go there, punch in your dates, compare the prices of every hotel against each other in seconds and book right online with instant confirmation.

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THIS WEEKS POLL – “What is your favorite nightclub in Las Vegas?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: AccessVegas.Com Poll
What is your most favorite thing to do in Las Vegas besides gambling?

There are other things to do besides gambling? 21%
Fine dining and upscale shopping 19%
Sun and fun: the pool, golf, hiking, etc. 17%
I enjoy taking in a show or two 33%
Sightseeing tours to Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, etc. 10%

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January 26, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 19, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

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* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

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This Issue: Circus Circus Adventuredome

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


 


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:ONE PULL – is going to make somebody very wealthy. Megabucks jackpot (if not hit) will top 33 MILLION DOLLARS this evening (Thursday). That’s $33,000,000 — in a split second. I don’t play slots, but I’ll be giving this a few spins. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-15-Sat-2000/news/12757562.htmláHOOVER DAM – “A Pictorial History of Hoover Dam” contains a collection of black and white photographs depicting the construction process of building Hoover Dam. These original photographs from the 1930’s have all been captioned and portray what an incredible marvel the Hoover Dam is. A review is available at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-28-Tue-1999/lifestyles/12372183.html and you can buy it from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0966554019/invegascom

VALLEY OF FIRE – Nevada’s oldest and largest state park contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the region and has been the site of many movie, TV, and commercial shoots. You can hike, horseback ride, and some of the surrounding areas offer great off-roading opportunities just 40 miles from town. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-12-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12485056.html

DOUBLING DOWN – on a blackjack? There is a time and a place where it’s the proper move, but the answer to when will surprise you. Read the humorous story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12735199.html

WINNERS – Sylvia Gosline of Roseburg, OR won last weeks Las Vegas Millennium 2000 t-shirt. Winners of the Paris Las confetti were Lee Anne Cravey, Mike Brown, and Jackie Bovee-Petruska.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

HARRAH’S – is now the permanent home to showroom headliner Clint Holmes. Review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12712196.html

MGM GRAND – SHIRLEY BASSEY (James Bond film hits Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker, more) Feb. 3-9, and THE JUDDS Feb. 6-7. Tickets at (702) 891-7777 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

STARDUST – WAYNE NEWTON opens his long-term run on Jan. 24. Tickets at (702) 732-6325 and Stardust discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Stardust link).


 


 


FEATURE STORY: Circus Circus AdventuredomeThe average Las Vegan only gets out to the Strip when guests are in town, and then grudgingly because their friends don’t understand that a resident can’t drink and play $10 a hand blackjack until 5 AM, or drop $100 on a show without any thought.So, next time you hit town and call up your local friends, suggest heading over to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It’s the perfect theme park for Las Vegas. The big pink dome is huge, giving it an outdoors feel, but is climate controlled making it perfect on days when we hit those extreme high or low temperatures. Plus, your vacation time is valuable and you can see and do everything in 2-3 hours and be on your way without emptying your wallet.

The centerpiece of the park is the Canyon Blaster rollercoaster. It’s the only indoor double-loop, double corkscrew rollercoaster in the United States. More built for finesse than speed, this doesn’t have that “first big drop” like the one at New York, New York or the 200+ foot drop of the Desperado at Primm. But, it’s a lot of fun twisting and looping and it shakes you up pretty well.

If you feel the need for that plunging burst of speed, the other major ride is the Rim Runner water flume ride. After a fun float around the park, this ends with a splashing drop of over 4 stories! And yes, you are going to get wet. Go on this first so you can spend the next half hour drying out.

If you enjoy a ride that is designed to just really get you sick, The Inventor takes you 50′ in the air while flipping you around 360 degrees. We were content to watch, but people looked like they were having fun.

If action / adventure is more your style, you won’t be left out. A laser tag arena lets you combine forces for a battle in a darkened cavernous area. They have a batting cage or you can enjoy Xtreme Zone, and area with rock climbing and trampoline bungee. If you are an IMAX fan, the “Fun House Express” is a strange and wild clown-themed experience. If you need to get knocked around a little, they have bumper cars as well.

Long time readers know we don’t suggest bringing the younger kids to Las Vegas. There isn’t much for them to do and see, and parents spend their whole vacation thinking how much fun they could have had just as a couple. But if you bring them, the Adventuredome is a must whether they are 5, 10, or 15. The free clown shows at noon, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:00 PM (with hourly shows from 6-9:00 PM on Fri. and Sat. evenings) even put a smile on my face.

The park has the prerequisite carousel as well as a kiddie rollercoaster, “balloon ride” Ferris wheel, junior airplane ride, and swinging pirate ship ride. It’s not unlike the local county fair, except that the Adventuredome is clean, neat, (one would assume) well-maintained, and the people operating the rides don’t look like they spent all night doing drugs instead of doing their laundry. Scattered around the park are arcade games, games of skill (knock the bottles down for a prize, etc.), build your own arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding, and food.

Single ride tickets are available ($2-5 depending on the ride), but unless you are short on time and just want to hit the coaster, buy an all day pass. It’s only $16.95 for those over 48″ and $12.95 for those 35-48″. You must be 48″ tall to ride the “thrill” rides and 42″ tall for IMAX, laser tag, and the swinging pirate ship. We came about noon on a weekday and experienced no lines.

Adventuredome is located in the rear of Circus Circus, just off their rear parking garage and the new shopping and food area (which is probably the nicest part of a casino that could use a little sprucing up). Hours vary by season, so make a quick call ahead of time to (702) 794-3939 for recorded information.


 


 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Jim Dobbelaire of Anchorage, Alaska wrote:>Its to bad people are talking bad about the new year holiday rates and
>how things did not work out for them, I feel for all of them. We put a lot
>of planning in our tips only to have our hopes knocked down.
>
>We planned our wedding over a year before the 2000 new year only to
>charged $400.00 a night with a minimum 4 night stay at a hotel / casino
>that closed down and only reopened a week before we got there. No
>gambling, no room service, no lounge, no pool which was important to us
>being from Alaska. We were severely over charged with what we call bait
>and switch.
>
>We do love Las Vegas. We come there a couple of times a year but now we
>are starting to have second thoughts. If our next trip turns out like
>our last it might be our last. Who wants to plan for months and spend
>hard earned money some place to play and only be told its not our
>problem or go somewhere else, well we might.
>
>We will be down for a week in April to enjoy the warmth and go out and
>play.
>
>Any ideas of a nice place to take my wife to make up for the bad
>experience we had a couple of weeks ago.
>
>Thanks for your time.

You didn’t name the name of the hotel, but we assume it was the Maxim because they closed for a few weeks due to bankruptcy. You can’t blame Las Vegas on that one: businesses fail every single day. Not that I don’t sympathize — you dealt with some very unfortunate circumstances.

You didn’t mention your age or price range so let’s toss this one out to the readers who bring their significant others to Las Vegas: write us at [email protected] and let us know your most romantic hotels, dining, and other sights or attractions you enjoy with love on your mind.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


 


THIS WEEKS POLL – “What is your most favorite thing to do in Las Vegas besides gambling?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: Do you avoid Las Vegas in the summer because of the heat?Yes – how do you survive living there? 20%
I don’t like to, but go if it’s cheap 13%
I’m usually in gambling, so who cares? 33%
Get me the lounge chair closest to the pool! 35%

FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
January 19, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 12, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

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* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com á We want to hear from you!

THIS WEEKS POLL – “Do you avoid Las Vegas in the summer because of the heat?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?

Forget it — Never: 25%
Maybe one of these years – not sure: 13%
I’m going to do it at least once: 44%
I’m booking 2001 as soon as I can! 19%

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This Issue: Las Vegas Fine Dining

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


Note: We reviewed the Secret Garden of Seigfried and Roy a few weeks ago. The review is archived online with photos of the dolphins and tigers we took that day at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-01.htmáLAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:DUMB AND DUMBER – Top casino executives brushed off the 85% occupancy rate during New Years Eve, noting that this was the first time Las Vegas had experienced worldwide competition for New Years Eve visitors. They sighted additional operation expenses such as the unusually high price of big-name entertainers and (I’m not making this up) linen costs. Mmmmmmmmmm. Funny, you think a hotel would have enough linen on hand all the time, as well as the ability to launder it. It doesn’t seem to be a problem during Comdex (when occupancy rates are higher than 85%).

None of the casinos reported a better-than-expected gaming win that weekend. They forgot that their main business philosophy for 50 years has been value-priced rooms and food so you have some money to gamble with! Unlike other businesses who hire top quality people for the job, casinos are so flush that it’s still very much “who you know”. Hopefully this was a wake-up call.

If you want to hear the casino executives try to cover their behinds on this one, read the story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-10-Mon-2000/business/12697381.html (Note: the above is not sour grapes. I have never sought employment from a gaming company in any way, shape or form and have no interest in doing so).

LAKESHORE DRIVE – A new 2.5 mile section of this road has opened closer to the lake offering fantastic views and pullouts so that you can stop and enjoy them. This is a great little scenic detour on your way to Hoover Dam, as the road to the Dam contain little in the way of lake views. Get a city map before you head out (available at gift shops – they generally contain an expanded view of the metro area which includes the Lake). You will want to take US 95 (I-515) south to Henderson, exiting east on Lake Mead Dr.á Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-11-Tue-2000/news/12704948.html and discount rental cars at http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005 Combine this with a trip to Hoover Dam for a fun half-day scenic adventure!

OSCAR GOODMAN – was the answer to last weeks trivia contest. The former “Mouthpiece for the Mob” is our mayor. The Review-Journal did a fascinating in-depth piece on him last Sunday at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-09-Sun-2000/news/12655346.html (Particularly interesting is the accompanying photo of he and Mills Lane looking like they had been hitting the bar).

STEVE WYNN – did it again. The Mirage Resorts CEO is largely credited for the boom in fine dining in Las Vegas, and two of his companies restaurants have earned The 2000 Mobil Travel Guide 5 star ratings. Renoir at The Mirage and Picasso at Bellagio were two of only 19 restaurants to earn the honor. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-11-Tue-2000/news/12727327.html

NASCAR – Las Vegas 400 returns to town this year on March 5! Improvements have been made to the sight lines and Las Vegas Blvd. has been widened to help with the traffic congestion. In addition, this year shuttle busses are going to be taking a special route between the Strip and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to move you their much more quickly. Rooms and tickets go quick so check room rates at http://www.accessvegas.com and call the Speedway at (800) 644-4444 to get your tickets now. It’s quite the party weekend in Las Vegas!

MIGHT AS WELL JUMP – The press gets criticized for down playing tragedy that happens here, but it does. A 24-year-old Utah man did the freefall from the top of the Stratosphere last week, and we don’t mean the ride. Later, it was discovered that he was a grocery store manager who left with $15,000 of store cash. One can only speculate what kind of trouble he must have been in to steal that kind of money and come here for a quick hit. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-07-Fri-2000/news/12705389.html

WINNERS – Mike Brown of Omaha, NB won last weeks Las Vegas Millennium 2000 t-shirt. Marianne Modie of Cleveland, OH won the Jan. 1, 2000 copy of the Las Vegas Reveiw-Journal. Winners of the Paris Las confetti were Debi Jackson and John Trujillo. (3 other have been notified).

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

JERRY LEWIS – the 20 year Las Vegas resident makes his first Las Vegas show appearance in years Jan. 13-16 at the Orleans. You can read a preview at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12731522.html Tickets are $54.95 – $64.95, available at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Orleans link).

ANDREW “DICE” CLAY – makes his very first appearance at The Venetian on Super Bowl Weekend Jan. 28 – 29. Tickets at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143 and Venetian discount suites (all rooms are full suites) at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).


 


 


FEATURE STORY: Las Vegas Fine DiningWe receive numerous requests for fine dining reviews, and now you can get it right from the source! Long time local and internationally known Chef Les Kincaid is opening on the strip with a new and specialized radio show here in Las Vegas;”Les Kincaid’s Lifestyles Las Vegas”

Exciting celebrity guests will join Kincaid for lunch each show. It will alternate between AUREOLE in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and CHARLIE PALMER STEAK in the Four Seasons Resort. These premier restaurants will open their doors to have Kincaid and his guests enjoy lunch during the interviews each week.

Also, as part of each program, local journalist Barbara Nosek will host a “Magic Moments” feature, showcasing celebrity guests from all sectors of this “Magic capital of the world.”

This Saturday’s broadcast will be live from AUREOLE restaurant’s premier seat with guests Daniel Boulud, renowned celebrity chef and cookbook author from New York and wine celebrity Master sommelier Steven Geddes.

Each week Kincaid promises provocative questions and information from behind the scenes for those that love food and wines as he does. Celebrity entertainers will also be featured on this exciting show while in Las Vegas and performing around town.

This live broadcast comes to you every Saturday in Las Vegas on KDWN 720 AM and worldwide on the internet with KDWN’s online broadcast available at http://www.broadcast.com/radio/Talk/KDWN/ — times every Saturday are:

Pacific – 12:30 PM
Mountain – 1:30 PM
Central – 2:30 PM
Eastern – 3:30 PM
Worldwide – Consult an atlas for your time difference from Pacific Time (U.S)

(If you have trouble getting the internet feed, go to http://www.real.com/player/index.html?src=000107realhome to get the free Real Audio player).

The shows also will have a companion area on Kincaids web site. A special feature page with recipes and offer a look at the guests (including photos) at http://www.leskincaid.com

Les is one of the good guys with a knowledge of fine dining second to none. This is a must for the avid or upscale visitor.


 

 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:>I received this request from a visitor to my web site:
>I need your help.á I was married in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.á The
>wedding took place on the Crosswalk between NY, NY & MGM Grand hotel.
>(Right outside the doors of NY, NY) The video was destroyed
>accidentally but there was another guy who video’d it.á I have no idea
>who he is but know there is a
>video of my wedding out there somewhere.á We were married at exactly
>midnight and this video means the world to us.á If you can put this
>story on any bulletin boards you know of and forward it to everyone
>you know and ask them to do the same maybe we can find the video of
>the most special moment in our lives.á Please help us.
>
>Thank you
>Kimco & Sioux
>
>Please reply with any info to
>[email protected]
>Under subject put Re: wedding Video

Note: Reply to the above at your own risk. I couldn’t confirm the accuracy of it. Anyone in that area see this wedding?

Mike Brown of Omaha wrote:

>We took our daughter to Vegas for her 21st.ábirthday Dec.5th. to
>Dec.9th.áand was surprised at all of the people complaining about the
>hotel rates for New Years.á This was the time we had planed to go ,
>but the rates were so high that we made it sooner.á I think the hotels
>lost a lot of respect from people who go there more than once a year.
>I know that it kept me away !á If you get the people there they will
>spend the money, but if you over charge they stay at home.

Sam Profio writes:

>Dear Ted:
>
>Absolutely love your newsletter. Don’t ever stop.
>
>In the above (Jan. 5, 2000) newsletter Mark B.á mentioned a lack of service in the
>sportsbooks.á While I have been “through” many of them, I have spent
>time in only a handful.á However, I can report that I have had three
>separate excellent experiences at Harrah’s.á Not only do they have
>good service from friendly servers, but unlike all of the other books
>I have been to, you can order food (casual) from a menu in the book!
>They have a dining area in the book!á Harrah’s prices are reasonable
>and you can grab a bite while you watch a game.á I don’t know of
>another place that does this but I’m sure there is.
>
>While I’m on this subject, one of my favorite places to watch a game
>in a casino is Monte Carlo’s brew pub!á Plenty of monitors, a few
>large screens and one very large screen.á This is also a great place
>to eat lunch especially if you prefer a good ale with your meal.
>There’s nothing like good brewery brew!á However, like all brew pubs I
>have been to across the country, be prepared to pay for that quality!
>Monte Carlo’s is no more expensive than our local breweries in the
>Cleveland area.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


I goofed. Last week, I noted that we were giving away a 10-10-00 Review Journal. In reality, it’s a 01-01-00 copy. First of the 2000’s. I’m working on the typos. I’m a “one man band” and spell check does not catch everything!FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

LAS VEGAS MILLENNIUM 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at [email protected]

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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January 12, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 5, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.comá We want to hear from you!

THIS WEEKS POLL – “Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

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This Issue: Las Vegas Millennium Celebration

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]



Note: This issue deals mostly with the millennium celebration. Next week, we will get back to the regular review-of-the-week format. This one is long — save it for coffee break!LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists: Y2K – came in without a bang here in Las Vegas (see more in the feature story). You can read the local media’s take on it all including pictures: ááá ááá Y2CALM – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669671.html ááá PARTY TOWN – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669405.html ááá 10 Events That Shaped Las Vegas – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669405.html ááá REVIEW: Bette Midler – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12671893.html ááá REVIEW: Barbra Streisand – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12671901.html ááá REVIEW: Rod Stewart – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12670063.html ááá Weddings in mind amid a bit of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12669751.html ááá THE DAY AFTER – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12672699.html

 

 

The Las Vegas Frontier Hotel To Be Named San Francisco, San Francisco

 

Nevada Continues To Be The Fastest Growing State In The Nation

 

Warner Brothers Opens Las Vegas Restaurant

 

 

HIKING – and outdoor enthusiasts flock to our desert area during these nice winter and early spring days to enjoy the beauty of the desert minus the summertime heat. Full story on various hiking areas and related information phone numbers at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-19-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12536022.html

 

Jim Villanucci Moves To Albuquerque From Las Vegas

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Quick Concert and Show Notes: See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143 MGM – CARROT TOP Jan. 3-11, TOM JONES Jan. 12-26, RCA GYMNASTICS on Jan. 14, WHEEL OF FORTUNE LIVE ON STAGE starting Jan. 17, WCW THUNDER Jan. 25, CARROT TOP Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, CHER Jan. 29, SHIRLEY BASSY Feb. 3-9, ESPN ESPY AWARDS Feb. 14, and CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG on Feb. 19. Tickets at (702) 891-7777 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link). MANDALAY BAY – UNWRITTEN LAW on Jan. 15, ETTA JAMES on Jan. 16, JONNY LANG on Jan. 26, GODSPEED featuring LEIF GARRETT on Jan. 27, VAN MORRISON on Jan. 29 (Super Bowl Weekend), ANTHRAX on Feb. 4, POWERMAN 5000 on Feb. 5, PRETENDERS on Feb. 12, BRIAN MCKNIGHT ON Feb. 22, GEORGE THOROGOOD on Feb. 24, and GEORGE JONES on Feb. 26. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link). FIESTA – SURVIVOR plays the new Roxy’s Theatre Jan. 15. Tickets are $15 and $20. Tickets at (702) 631-7000 and Fiesta discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Fiesta link). SPLASH – Mike Weatherford of the Review-Journal just reviewed this show at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-07-Fri-2000/weekly/12678081.html * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Las Vegas New Years Eve Millennium Celebration

 

 

Don’t forget this weeks poll – “Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!



Note: Every week we receive input that is unsigned. If you would like your letter to be considered for publication, please include your name.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Visiting Las Vegas The Week Before Christmas

 

>
>Paul Fordenbacher

Thanks for your comments and for booking with us — I’m glad all went well and we appreciate sharing well-written trip reports with our readers. Even at a review a week, it would take years for us to cover every Las Vegas activity.

Las Vegas New Years Eve Hotel Rooms Cost Too Expensive

 

Las Vegas Sports Betting 101 Primer – How To Bet Sports In Las Vegas

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

10-10-00 LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL – We have one copy to give away (minus classifieds and ad inserts). This one won’t come easy as it’s sure to be a collectors item down the road. We’ll give it to the 10’th entry at [email protected] who puts the name of the mayor of Las Vegas in the subject line.

CONFETTI – Not any confetti, this 2 inch square silver confetti was dropped from the top of the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel tower at midnight to ring in 2000 on the Las Vegas strip. We have 5 pieces to give away and will take entries # 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 to [email protected] A quirky little piece of history with a Las Vegas vibe.

LAS VEGAS MILLENNIUM 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at [email protected]

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 29, 1999

AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

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December 29, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com We want to hear from you!

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This Issue: Live Las Vegas Millenium Webcams

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

POLL – Help us test our new poll. If you live in Southern California, will you ride that new Talgo train service between L.A. and Las Vegas? Vote at http://www.accessvegas.com

ALL ABOARD TO LAS VEGAS – Amtrak is launching service from L.A. to Las Vegas this fall. The upscale Talgo trains will feature nice dining, amenities, and even gaming lessons on the 5 1/2 hour trip. One trip daily will arrive early afternoon and depart late afternoon. Story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-15-Wed-1999/news/12556314.html and another story at http://www.scopemag.com/departments/12_23_99/news_riding_the_rails.html Don’t forget to vote in our poll at http://www.accessvegas.com if you live in Southern California.

TOP 10 – The Sunday Review Journal published a Las Vegas Top 10 in different categories categories:

Top 10 Nevada News Stories – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/news/12567498.html
Top 10 Shows – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12528564.html
Top 10 Concerts – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12559386.html
Bottom 10 (general) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/news/12628312.html

TOP LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS – You can still get a $5.49 dinner buffet (Holiday Inn Boardwalk, and it looks like the buffet from the film Vegas Vacation), but if upscale dining is more your pleasure, the annual Zagat report lists and rates the best. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-13-Mon-1999/business/12520124.html

LAS VEGAS HISTORY – David Noll turned us on to the Las Vegas Strip History site at http://www.lvstriphistory.com — it’s an unbelievably comprehensive text and photographic history of the city.

CASINO CHEATS – The latest advance is a facial-recognition program that helps casinos identify a player even if they don’t know his name or background. If you have even thought of coming here not to play fair, check out the story at http://www.nando.net/24hour/adn/technology/story/0,1976,500144299-500172550-500629788-0,00.html

WINNERS! – Robert C. Stoffers of Tonganoxie, KS won the NFR Guide.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143




FEATURE STORY: Live Las Vegas Millenium Web cams

It’s about 24 hours away from the New Years Eve here in Las Vegas. People have flooded into town and that anticipation is unbelievable! As usual, we’ll be with 300,000 of our “closest friends” on the Las Vegas Strip enjoying the festivities. Since Las Vegas sits in Pacific Time (U.S.) most of you from around the world (we have readers in 25 countries) will have already finished your celebration by the time our clock strikes midnight. If you want to peek in our our party live via the internet, here’s the list of resources:

Our own Las Vegas webcam page at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-webcams.htm has links to all of the webcams on the Strip. Check the celebration out!

KLAS TV (channel 8 in Las Vegas) is going to feed the internet with live streaming video of their New Year’s Eve coverage at http://content.klastv.com/newyears/y2kindex.html

CNN, FOX and NBC will be providing coverage from Las Vegas, including Connie Chung (ABC) from a floating platform on Bellagio’s lake. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-27-Mon-1999/lifestyles/12621573.html

The Little Chapel of the Flowers is now broadcasting weddings live on the internet for friends, family, and anyone else interested to view at http://www.littlechapel.com




LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

J. Williams from Tennessee wrote:

 

Randy Pendleton wrote:

 

Walter Soto Encinas, jr. of Brazil wrote:

>I would suggest you include the e-mail of the hotels in the hotel’s
>pages.á I need desperately the e-mail of Monte Carlo Hotel and I
>couldn’t find it even in Monte Carlo home page…
>
>
>May you get the hotel e-mail to me?á It is very important!á If you
>could do it, it would be great!

We don’t have a list of them. Hotels are usually poor at answering email in the first place, and if their is no email address on their site, they you can guess they REALLY don’t want to bother with it.

Believe it or not, most casinos have had sites online for less than 2 years. This town is way behind the curve on the internet. We are possibly one of the most unwired cities in America, and the hotels were very slow to embrace anything online until word got out that Caesars was doing a solid number of reservations off of their website.

On the other hand, we offer secure online reservations with hotel discounters, and you do get top notch customer service. Most of them were taking hotel reservations online long before the hotels themselves knew what “internet” was and understand the need for prompt answers to inquiries.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

FREE LAS VEGAS TRIP GIVEAWAY – Go to http://www.frommers.com/register/ and sign up to win!

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:
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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
December 29, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 15, 1999

AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

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Archived Edition:
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December 15, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com We want to hear from you!

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This Issue: Bellagio Buffet

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]




Note: If you enjoy this part of the newsletter, subscribe to the EverythingLasVegas free email newsletter. Twice a week, this list will includes links to newspaper stories, informative websites, travel specials, weekly Las Vegas entertainment updates, restaurant reviews, and more. Subscribe at http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/EverythingLasVegas

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

WHEEL … OF … FORTUNE – If you have spent any time in a casino, you hear those slot machines spit out that chant every few minutes until you are sick of it (unless you are playing and winning). Well, the real thing is coming. Kind of. Beginning Dec. 23, the world’s most popular TV game show also will be played as a live, nightly attraction at the MGM. Tickets are $17.50 and audience members will be participating. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-10-Fri-1999/weekly/12481186.html

THE LAS VEGAS BOWL – matches Fresno St. and Utah this Saturday Dec. 18. You can view the game on ESPN2 at 6:00 PM Eastern time and get a little of Las Vegas in your living room. Or, if you want to get away for the weekend and see some good football, tickets start at $10 and are available online at (702) 895-3900 Las Vegas Bowl stories are available at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/sports/packages/lvbowl/

RODEO – the National Finals Rodeo rolled through town for it’s 12 day run and people in country attire could be seen having a good time both on the Strip and downtown. I’m not “country”, but these people seem to be some of the nicest and friendliest people you will meet. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn. is going to ad a nationally televised winter season beginning in January with the finals to be held at the MGM. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-06-Mon-1999/news/12497185.html and we are giving away the NFR guide from the Review Journal in our contests section.

ANTIQUE ORGAN – The once-adored Kimball organ sits center stage under the bright lights of Roxy’s Pipe Organ Pizzeria at the Fiesta hotel-casino. A crew of 25 artists, cabinet makers and electricians resurrected the 20,000 pieces and this is a must-see. Full story at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/archives/1999/dec/05/509553586.html?%22pipe+cleaners%22 and Fiesta discount rooms available at http://www.travelnow.com/s/hotel.html?ID=120406&cid=2005 The Fiesta is 10 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the Strip in the northwest part of town.

PLAYERS EDGE – a column written by noted gaming experts Bob Dancer and Jeffrey Compton detail the tremendous deal, giveaways, and bonus points that casinos are using to get people in the door during this slowest time of the year. Read all about it at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-10-Fri-1999/weekly/12508475.html

LIVING IT UP AND DOUBLING DOWN IN LAS VEGAS – is the new book by author and attorney Anthony Martinez. He took the $50,000 advance for a book, and came to Las Vegas live out the life of a high roller for 30 days, then chronicle what happens, both good and bad. Full review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Nov-28-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12341196.html and you can purchase the book from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375501819/invegascom Amazon can still deliver by Christmas using standard shipping.

SHOPPING – is bringing people to Las Vegas for an excuse to combine Christmas preparation with pleasure. The huge shopping galleries at the Venetian, Caesars and the Fashion Show Mall are taking center stage. Plus, rooms are dirt cheap between now and Christmas and lines are almost nonexistent. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-09-Thu-1999/lifestyles/12484934.html

NEW YEARS EVE LAS VEGAS ROOMS – are still available and some of the prices have dropped! Call Hotel Reservations Network at (800) 666-5268 for a free price quote! NOTE: You MUST stay on the line until you get a person. HRN is NOT booking these specific dates online. We will be leaving this notice up as long as rooms continue to be available, but they are going fast.

WINNERS! – Marie Gordon of Skokie, IL won the Siegfried & Roy Calendar. Debra Barnes of Santa Ana, CA is the winner of Sahara Speedworld Motion Theater passes. Steve Current, John Pennisi, Laurie Grinbergs, Sarah Adams and Lisa Ceslikoski each won a Siegfried & Roy postcard.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

CHER – returns to the MGM on Jan. 29 with tickets priced from $40 to $150. Tickets are available at (702) 474-4000. MGM discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

THE JUDDS – bring their reunion tour to the MGM on Feb. 6. Tickets run from $30 to $65 and are available at at (702) 474-4000. MGM discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

CREED – plays the Thomas and Mack on March 2. All tickets are general admission $26. The Hard Rock hotel is a 4 minute walk from the Thomas and Mack. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Hard Rock link).




Note: We are really enjoying the Christmas music channel available online at http://www.mediamazing.com We have no relation to the company but they have a great selection of 27 music formats, and unlike the radio, you can skip any song you don’t like or mix and match 2 or more formats at a time!

FEATURE STORY: Bellagio Buffet

 




Note: A reader brought to our attention that the MGM Grand Theme park, noted in last weeks newsletter as a “Top 10 Free” thing to do, is closed for the winter and will re-open in spring of 2000. Another noted that the park has varied between offering free admission and charging. The park has never been a real success, and they have been “stealing” parts of it for other ventures. We will review it when it re-opens.

Another reader names Susan noted the Bellagio Fountain show times:

>The Fountains of Bellagio Show Times:
>ááááááááááááááá Monday – Friday:
>3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., every 30 minutes
>7:00 p.m. until Midnight, every 15 minutes
>áááá Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays:
>Noon until 7:00 p.m., every 30 minutes
>7:00 p.m. until Midnight, every 15 minutes.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Kit Lindsay of Warrensburg, MO wrote,

>ááá Just thought I’d drop you a note, I just booked reservations for
>Mystere’ via your link that was posted at the latter half of the
>newsletter.á It is GREAT!á I have always had to have the casino guest
>services book those for me, and since I am not a super high roller there
>were times that I couldn’t get a seat. This is great. I hope that things
>like this become more common in the future.á Thanks again for the
>opportunity and the great newsletter. I know it is a lot of work, and
>you do a fine job.

Thanks for the kind words! So far, we have had a 100% positive response regarding ShowVegas at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143 For a very reasonable service fee, they do all the leg work to get the show you want on the date you want. As with any of our sponsors, all feedback is appreciated.

Name withheld writes:

 

Regarding last weeks question about scooter or wheelchair rental:

>ááá A friend of mine said he thought he had seen a place on the s, strip. Not
>sure, just know of one of those medical rental places called Medical Mart on
>2797 S. Maryland Prkwy. 702-369-9107 I think they can deliver. I don’t much
>about prices for scooters or If you can use insurance. They have not got any
>bad comments from my friends Mom. She used that service for a relative. Hope
>that helps you some.

We called them. They do rent wheelchairs, but nothing electric. They do not deliver, so your own car or a rental car (or taxi ride — they are about 3 miles from the center Strip area) is necessary to pick up and drop off. Rentals are $15 a day or $35 a week for a standard 18″ wheelchair and a credit card deposit of $150 is mandatory. You also might call ahead to your hotel and see if they can accommodate a request for a wheelchair.

Ann Wright writes:

 

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.

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FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

EAGLES and JACKSON BROWNE – Enter to win a pair of tickets to their Dec. 29’th show here in Las Vegas at (contest closed) You must be a resident of NV, CA, AZ, or UT and be at least 18.

NFR Guide – If you wonder what it’s like during National Finals Rodeo time, this is for you. We have one guide that was printed in advance of this year’s events. Enter at (contest closed)

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:

http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com

Don’t hesitate to forward this newsletter to friends and associates,
but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
form — we would just like to know who you are, that’s all. Thanks!

You may subscribe to this newsletter by going to:
http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com or sending a blank email to
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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
December 15, 1999

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