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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – June 3, 1999

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June 3, 1999

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This Issue:ááá Megabucks Hits! plus piles of current Las Vegas information

Curious about a buffet, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun but you just haven’t gone out of your way to try yet? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]



 


MEGABUCKS

 

MOB LAWYER FOR MAYOR

 

LAS VEGAS AIRLINE UP AND FLYING!

 

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COMDEX

 

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SUMMER IS HERE – With the temperatures generally climbing (Memorial Day weekend saw highs close to 100 and lows in the mid-60’s), we can’t stress enough the importance of drinking plenty of water while out there. Because of the very low humidity, you perspire greatly but don’t realize it because it evaporates off of your body immediately. Drinking booze dehydrates you further. Either way, we suggest stopping by the hotel bars on a regular basis and grabbing a bottled water. Your body will thank you, your stamina will by higher, and you’ll enjoy your vacation a lot more. For those of you that live in Las Vegas, or stay for extended periods of time, you may with to check out Water and Ice at
http://www.waterandicelv.com Unlike those unregulated machines that bake in the sun, Water and Ice is a Grade A, regulated establishment.

PRIME TIME LAS VEGAS TV SHOW – The UPN Network (also seen on most cable systems on WGN out of Chicago) has bought 13 weeks of a new TV show called “The Strip”. It will shoot in Las Vegas, and the basic premise will be 2 ex-Metro police officers working as security for the Tropicana hotel and solving crimes, etc. Seems like they had a similar series like that here once …. something with the word VEGA$ in the name …. We wish the new series well and hope it give you all a great weekly shot of your favorite vacation destination.

HARD ROCK HOTEL EXPANSION

 

NEW AIRPORT

 

SAMS TOWN

 

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Your input is welcome. Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. 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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop.

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
June 3, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 27, 1999

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May 27, 1999

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This Issue: Robbie Knievel’s Grand Canyon Death Jump
Part II of our Venetian Grand Opening Review

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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


As many of you may have seen on American TV last, week, “Kaptain” Robbie Knievel successfully set a world record in a “live for television” jump at the Grand Canyon, only to crash once he came off of the end of the landing ramp, breaking a leg and 2 ribs. While no bets were taken, the jump was on many sports book big screens around town.

The craziest thing about this whole event was the fact that just after the landing ramp sat ungraded desert terrain. While the agreement with the local Indian tribe (BLM and National Park Service wanted no part of this) specified upsetting as little of the area as possible, a couple hundred dollars more worth of plywood covering the natural desert would have saved him quite a bit of pain.

Having had to pleasure to see his Las Vegas “Building to Building Death Jump” from one Jockey Club tower to another earlier this year, and then to be present at the after-party at the Hard Rock hotel for Robbie and crew, I can tell you that he and is group are some of the nicest, most down to earth people out there. Of course, when every show could be your last, one is probably more conscious to leave people smiling! The newspaper story (with photos) is available at:

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The motorcycle and leather gear from that jump are now on permanent display that the Tropicana Hotel’s Casino Legends Hall of Fame.

All the best in recovery and continued jumps, Robbie.

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Feature Story: The Venetian (continued from last week)

The casino seems small for a property of that size, but it might just be an illusion. This isn’t a casino you are going to get lost in. You don’t feel like you are a rat trapped in a maze. It is not a locals casino, with an emphasis on dollar slots and $5 table minimums on the weekdays. (VP players — 9/6 dollar jacks or better available).

Unlike Mandalay Bay, there is not an overabundance of bars, with only an ornate circular bar toward the center and another one at the sports book. A third is located in La Scena (the lounge area), which showcases top, professional lounge acts from 6:00 PM until 2:00 AM in an upscale upscale atmosphere. Drink prices are in line with other major hotels, running from $2.75 for a domestic bottle to $5.50 and $6.50 for top shelf call drinks. (There may be an entertainment tax surcharge in the lounge — a very common thing here in Las Vegas).

The sportsbook is adequate, but certainly wasn’t built to cater to much more than the hotel guests.

Dining options include an nice food court and a “coffee shop”. The food court has a McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Baskin Robins … almost. It has generic, slightly upscale version of each with prices running about $2-3 higher than the average above chains. The atmosphere is top notch, with seating facilities more resembling a decent restaurant than a food court. Not a bad place to enjoy a $5 hamburger.

The “coffee shop” is actually a yuppie dining establishment named Grand Lux Cafe, featuring “unique casual global cuisine”. And they aren’t kidding. I’ve seen novels shorter than this menu. Crabcakes to Korean tacos, pastas, chicken, lamb, cajun shrimp, fresh fish provenca, martinis, and significant wine list and much, much more.

The Union — not a lot to say. No picketing, and informal conversation with employees ranging from security to dealers found them quick to volunteer how happy they are with the wages, benefits (that don’t cost them a dime), and the fact that they don’t pay union dues. So, far this has absolutely NOT turned into a “Frontier” type situation.

I’d be remiss without mentioning the cocktail waitresses. (WARNING: Don’t shoot the messenger — I’m just reporting it like it is). Unlike other casinos who were burdened with promoting to their new properties based on seniority, Mr. Adelson took advantage of the fact he was hiring fresh for every position. This includes the cocktail waitresses. On an average swing shift, there is not a waitress who couldn’t walk right out and get a print modeling job. Rumor has it that he “raided” the most attractive ladies from every casino in town. The unique uniforms flatter the ladies in every way, and The Venetian seems to make no apologies for using the waitresses as an integral part of the whole visual feel of the property. They one-upped the Rio.

As mentioned in part one of this article (available at
http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/access-vegas-insider-vibe-may-20-1999/ ), there is indication that Steve Wynn may feel concerned about being upstaged. Mirage Resorts was slated to begin construction on their next mega-resort on the site of the Holiday Inn Boardwalk around 2002. Just this last week, they announced plans to start moving on the project in a much shorter time frame. The official reason is that Las Vegas is absorbing all of the new hotel rooms better than expected, but that’s a stretch considering that the Aladdin and Paris both have yet to come online and The Venetian is just now running at full occupancy.

Bottom line in my opinion? Mr. Wynn’s company has the land and the cash flow and he will not rest until he has the most elegant property in town again. If you want to bet on him, Mirage Resorts stock is publicly traded.

We have a full pictorial section on the Venetian at Las Vegas Venetian Hotel Casino Photos

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Your input is welcome. Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. 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 pull out our own wallet and give you the honest scoop.

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
May 27, 1999

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 20, 1999

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May 20, 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. Feel free to forward this to friends, but only in it’s entirety.


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!


Quick Concert Notes:

Junefest VII will be held on June 5th at the Silver Bowl Park. This year’s lineup will include Joe Walsh, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Blue Oyster Cult, Romantics and The Knack.

The Artist, in only the second public performance of the year, brings his Jam of the Year-Encore Performance to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in an exclusive engagement Saturday, May 29. R&B legend Larry Graham will make a special guest appearance.

Barbra Streisand will appear New Year’s Eve at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand will bring in the new millennium with the recording industry’s all-time topselling female artist.

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The pictures that accompany the following story are online at:
Las Vegas Venetian Hotel Photos

Feature Story: The Venetian

MOVE OVER STEVE WYNN – If you are reading this, you know that there is no magic in the world like Las Vegas, and the city has a new crown jewel. Sheldon Adleson did it right, and did it better. Overheard numerous times on a recent visit were tourists walking the exquisite foyer area: “One hotel just tops the last one — they just keep outdoing each other”. Mr. Wynn built Bellagio to be “the most romantic hotel in the world”. But frankly, it reminds people of their grandmother’s house where you are scared to touch anything. Hardly romantic.

The Venetian is romantic. From the entrance bridge crossing the main canal to the way the entire front area turns the strip into the feeling of a European village, the resort gives off the low but powerful rumble of romance. Throughout the casino, you see couples enjoying time together like it’s their first date.

Parking – I’m not a big fan of valet parking. On a busy night at any major strip casino, you can walk to your car and back 3 times before they get your car to you. For my Venetian visits, I took advantage of one of the best kept parking secrets on the mid-Strip. Sitting right next door to the Venetian, the Casino Royale parking garage sits just off the Strip behind the little casino. I pulled in, had no problem grabbing a first floor parking space, and looked up at a quite occupied Venetian garage. (For those of you that enjoy a drink, Casino Royale will give you a well drink and an import for $3.00 — total).

I also suggest parking there and walking in so that you can experience the beautiful entrance area of the hotel. From the bridge over the canal to the exquisite lamp posts to the columns with their unbelievably intricate carvings (see the pictures posted online), this is art in a world of plastic trees and neon everything.

Make sure you look directly up when you walk in the door — you’ll see the first of the many ceiling murals that punctuate the property. In fact, with most casinos, you probably bother to never see the ceiling. (This is by design — they want you looking at the machines and tables — nowhere else). The dripping gold of the Venetian ceiling draws you eyes up and ads to the airy feel of the place.

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Next week, we’ll talk about the casino, dining option, cocktail waitresses, and update you on the very latest regarding any shops or areas now open to the public.



 


Your input is welcome. Don’t agree with something we said? Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Guest article submissions are also welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. 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!

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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
May 20, 1999

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