I stayed at the Palazzo on my last trip to Las Vegas. This post is only for the room there will be plenty more reviews and info from my trip.
All of the rooms are suites and I had the basic “Palazzo Luxury” suite. After reading the description of the suite I was stoked for the room. Here are highlights of the specs:
- 720 square feet
- Sleeping area with king sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, 42″ HDTV
- Sunken Living area with L-Shaped sectional sofa (pull out couch), 32″ HDTV, dining area (w/table), work desk w/fax, Strip view, dope ottoman/coffee table
- Huge bathroom with 20″ TV, separate shower/bath, water closet, vanity, dual sinks, granite counter tops, marble floor
The size of the suite and the amenities are really what set the room apart from other rooms I’ve had in Las Vegas. Yes there are nicer suites, but for a basic room this is the biggest I’ve seen and one of the nicest.
I’m using thumbnails for the room tour because there are a bunch of pictures and I want to keep this as a giant entry, not a “read more” post. My digital camera died, so pictures are low-res. Let’s take the tour!
Upon entry you immediately see how big the room/suite is and that the room is very long.
The bathroom has a grand double door entry that swing out to the main room (left above).
Upon entry to the bathroom you see the detailed marble floor double sinks and granite counter tops. The bathroom was spotless and streakless – something I don’t always see.
One nice thing was that each day after cleaning the room my toiletries on the sinks were placed onto a new, clean wash cloth. A nice bit of housekeeping. (Not shown: a mirror above the sink and TV is in the upper right corner.)
The left side of the bathroom had the shower, tub and mirror. Big soaking tub which I didn’t use and a decent sized all glass shower. Nothing wrong with watching TV while showering, right? I noticed one odd design element; the bath faucet was where you would rest your head to watch TV. That seems awkward.
The right side of the bathroom had a vanity (not shown), water closet and TV. The water closet was dark and the door shut automatically. I didn’t like that the door closed me in. When I’m alone in a giant bathroom I like to enjoy the space – not feel like I’m trapped in a closet. The toilet was high and had a strong flush. Another slight negative here is the phone in the water closet. This may have been a “luxury” item in the 80’s, but their now unsanitary and kind of nasty.
You can see the 20″ TV in the far corner. TV’s in a bathroom rule. I definitely had all 3 TV’s on at the same time. Is that a waste?
The bathroom was nicely designed, clean and spacious. After passing the bathroom you hit the sleeping area which is highlighted by by a 42″ HDTV, the largest of the TV’s in the suite.
The Palazzo Luxury Suite had a king sized bed so there was plenty of room in the sleeping area. The Bella suite features two queen sized beds in the same area to give you an idea of how much room I had.
I didn’t spend much time in the bed, but I slept great for a few hours every night. The closet had a nice surprise inside – a couple of robes. I used one as a snuggie while nursing a hangover one morning (Not to ever be shown).
At the end of the bed there was a bench to sit while getting dressed. The velvet covering made things nice n comfy and was used a couple of times daily. [Read more…] about The Palazzo Suite Was Sweet
A little more digging shows that Peepshow is just going into a “dark” phase for the winter, which is normal. America’s Got Talent will also be going dark for the winter.
Sorry for any alarms that may have been set off earlier this week. Not getting all of the info will do that. Back to normal.
Props to @PHVegas – “Peepshow will be back in March”
I usually keep notes on my trips while I’m on the trip, but this time was different. This trip was a little more regimented than most of my trips and I was with more people then I usually travel with. I had to dig down into my memory to recall what I did and I think I got everything.
Here are my notes (in chronological order) and what I’ll write up (in no order). Enjoy
I’ve just been given a heads up from Best of Vegas that Peepshow will be closing for the next two months. I don’t have news on if the show is cancelled forever or if anything will be replacing the show at Planet Hollywood.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas opens their the HRH all suite tower this week. It’s the second tower the Hard Rock has opened this year. Along with the new rooms comes a new spa and new club.
Hard Rock executives have said they will target a more high-end, luxury-seeking guest with the new suites. The HRH Tower will offer a separate entrance and guest check-in area. Rates for the suites will begin at $119 but are as high as $649 on New Year’s Eve.
Also opening this week at the resort are the 25,000-square-foot Reliquary Spa and the Vanity nightclub.
The increased room capacity along with the stagnant increased casino size for douche bags will likely keep me away for any time in the foreseeable future.
The Sahara in Las Vegas closed two of its three towers this week leaving only the Tangiers tower open. That’s the original tower at the casino. The towers will be closed through the holiday season and if demand picks up the towers will, obviously, re-open.
Michael Zaletel, owner of travel site i4vegas.com, said hotels often shut down rooms during slow seasons to help reduce expenses and salaries.
Sahara also shut down its buffet last week, as it does every year at this time.
Room capacity is increasing on the Las Vegas strip this month with the opening of CityCenter. The easiest, short term, way to save money is to lower capacity at the hotel. I wouldn’t be surprised if other casinos follow suit.
Stiffs and Georges mentions that room rates will continue their downward trend until March where they will begin to creep up again. Everywhere, except Harrah’s that is.
Last year we saw Bally’s closed its sportsbook after football season and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens again this year. It’s part of dealing with the poor economy.
Every casino and hotel that has opened on the strip in the past few years has been high end. When the economy turns around this is going to leave a need to serve the low to middle income customer. There will be plenty of rooms available that will be available fill that need, but the hotels that are looking forward to that time will be the winners.
Sahara has the kind of history that a portion of the Las Vegas tourists will seek. It will be a matter if they clean up and prepare and update enough to capture the interest of those customers.
I’m not sure that, SBE Entertainment, the company that owns the Sahara wants that but they may sell and move on with their investment. SBE buys properties and makes them cool. I’m not sure that the Sahara can be transformed that way – especially in this economy. In fact, I don’t even see the Sahara listed under their hotel properties.
I’m excited to look at the shiny new “city” of buildings but I’m also managing expectations because many flaws have been pointed out to me.
I want to share the pictures and articles that I’ve read over the past week. There is plenty of eye candy and reading below.
- Vegas Today and Tomorrow has a ton of pictures of the entire complex.
- Las Vegas Sun has a mainstream look at the opening from last week.
- Vegas Rex has lots of pictures and thoughts from the openings of Mandarin Oriental and Crystals shopping mall.
- Hunter from Rate Vegas has a first hand view of Aria and has plenty of pictures.
- Las Vegas Sun covers the Mandarin Oriental Opening.
- The Strip Podcast has a lot of great coverage on CityCenter’s opening. Yesterday’s post includes a look at Jim Murren (MGM Mirage CEO) and some video.
- Vegas Today and Tomorrow added some pictures inside the Mandarin Oriental. Looks real nice.