New Las Vegas Logo
Las Vegas has its first new logo since 1979! A representative of Las Vegas says that the goal was to create a logo that is iconic, timeless, progressive, modern, fresh and exciting with a nod to the glamorous era of yesterday according to a blog post from their Tumblr page.
David Riggleman, Communications Director for the city of Las Vegas said that they wanted to create “a look that reflects the glamor, history and excitement of our city is important to our growth as a community. As we build participation in our parks & rec classes, cultural performances and encourage economic development we want citizens to know, that Las Vegas is unique and very special.”
I’m not sure how important a logo is for Las Vegas. It doesn’t seem as though many people were familiar with the old Las Vegas logo. I get the feeling that most people assume that the Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign is the logo for the city. Nope.
My first thought when I saw the logo went directly to the googie stars that reminded me of the Pittsburgh Steelers logo. Later, I was reminded that the Neon Boneyard and Stardust logo, among others, used stars as well and that helped make sense of the design. What do you think?
W Las Vegas Opens Soon
The hotel in a hotel at SLS Las Vegas will open on December 1st although its grand opening isn’t until February 2017. W Las Vegas will have a private entrance for guests. It will also have a separate pool named WET rooftop pool and separate lounge called The Living Room.
It seems as though the W will offer more seclusion to guests than some other hotel within a hotel concepts (Delano at Mandalay Bay, Nobu at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, etc.). I’m curious to see how this combination works for all parties involved. Prepaid rate (Penalty for changes/cancellations) start around $129 for midweek and $144 for weekends plus $32 per night resort fee. Preferred rates (No penalty) start at $20 more per night.
Lucky Dragon Rooms Quickly Disappear
Across the street from W Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas stands the newest casino hotel in Las Vegas that will open on December 3rd. Earlier this week hotel rooms weren’t available until February. A non-smoking King room was $149. That has since changed and there are no longer rooms available.
As of the writing of this article, all rooms at the hotel were sold out through February. Rooms might be available but there aren’t any listings online. If you’re interested in staying at Lucky Dragon you can send a message here. If you’re just curious to see it, you might want to check out W Las Vegas and knock two properties off in one trip.
Hard Rock Hotels United
Last week Hard Rock International announced that they re-acquired all of the Hard Rock hotels. Now all 23 Hard Rock hotels and casinos and 150+ Hard Rock Cafes around the world are under one roof. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been operating separately from the rest of the companies properties. Expect an announcement that there will be a new players club that connects Las Vegas with the other Hard Rock properties around the world.
Club Palms To Boarding Pass
Palms is officially a Station Casinos property even though it isn’t. Since nothing in the casino industry is as simple as it should be, Station Casinos will be taking a few weeks to officially integrate Palms into their system. The players clubs for Palms won’t switch over to Station Casinos until an unspecified date around October 24. Learn more about how your points from Club Palms points will convert to Station Boarding Pass.
Land Across From Palms Sold
An 8.6-acre plot of land across from Palms and Gold Coast was just sold for $13.5 million. The price is about a third of what it was sold for in the 1990’s. You may remember this was earmarked for a luxury hotel-condo project called Vegas 888. The new developer has more modest plans that include a non-gaming hotel, apartments, and retail space.
If this project is actually built it could be a great hotel for someone looking to be near the Vegas Strip but within walking distance of multiple casinos without actually staying at one of those casinos. Getting to the Strip won’t be much of an issue with the price and accessibility of Uber and Lyft. Let’s take this one step at a time and at least let construction begin.
MGM National Harbor Sets Opening Date
Even though the newest MGM Resorts International property opening isn’t in Las Vegas, it has ties to the city. Last week MGM Resorts announced that the grand opening for MGM National Harbor in Maryland will be on December 8. This will be the first property linking the heavily Las Vegas focused M Life Rewards to the east coast. Borgata in Atlantic City will join National Harbor next year when it plans on making the switch to M Life Rewards.
MGM National Harbor is being positioned as a luxury casino-resort. The initial room rates (without M Life Rewards discounts) begin around $399 plus $24.99 resort fee for one night mid-week. It’s more on weekends. I found similar prices in 2017. The prices may be in line with hotels in Washington DC and Baltimore but still seem a bit high. The market will dictate if prices remain this high.
Rumor Of The Week: Matt Goss Returning To Las Vegas
Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that Matt Goss is negotiating with MGM Resorts International to return to Las Vegas. MGM Resorts hasn’t confirmed that there are negotiations taking place. There’s also no mention of a potential venue or hotel for his return. Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace held 165 only people per show. That’s not a large space so it’s not easy to speculate here.
Rumor Of The Week Follow Up (and new rumor): Bruno Mars Residency Coming To Las Vegas
In Sunday News from August 14th, I mentioned a rumor that had Bruno Mars taking up residency at Caesars Palace. The math for nearly $1 million per show didn’t make sense at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace or Axis at Planet Hollywood. I joked about the residency replacing “Absinthe,” but that won’t be possible with the show staying at Caesars Palace.
Bruno Mars just released a video for the new song “24k Magic.” This video features plenty of footage all around Las Vegas. A lot of that footage takes place at various MGM Resorts properties including Bellagio, MGM Grand, and New York-New York. The day after the video was released I noticed that every MGM Resorts employee that I follow tweeted the video. This doesn’t happen by choice.
MGM Resorts does a great job of integrating their marketing on all levels. This could be just the employees being asked to promote a video because it was shot on location at three of their properties. I think this relationship goes a little deeper. I would not be surprised to hear that Bruno Mars will be the first resident performer at the 5,300 seat Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Check out the video below.
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