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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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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

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

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: 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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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

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: 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


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!


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%

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 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at (contest closed)

RIO MARDI GRAS BEADS – enter at (contest closed)

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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

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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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