Category Archives: Las Vegas Hotels

Sahara Las Vegas Says Closure Rumors Unfounded

Sahara Las Vegas and its legal representatives say a rumor we shared about the resort closing later this year is unfounded.

Which is why you won’t find the original article here, because while the story was clearly framed as a rumor, life it too short to talk to lawyers.

How you “retract” a rumor, we aren’t entirely sure, but consider this that. Because we really like drinking and playing video poker at Casbar Lounge.

Sahara to close

We love Sahara’s new Casbar Lounge, and we’re not just saying that to make the lawyers go away.

In case we haven’t said it often enough, we share news on our site, but we also share rumors, speculation, opinions and industry chatter.

We clearly state when rumors are rumors. Rumors don’t always turn out to be true. Often they do. If this one turns out to be true, we trust Sahara will retract its denial and send us an edible bouquet.

Here’s another photo of Sahara’s casino.

Sahara casino closing

We retract our former photo caption where we noted how empty Sahara is.

For posterity, here’s Sahara’s denial of the closure rumor. via its Twitter account.

Sahara closure denial

Trust us, this isn’t the first time we’ve disappointed someone.

It’s never our intention to knowingly share false information, and Sahara is adamant this rumor has no validity. Which would mean we just made the whole thing up, for no reason and based upon no information whatsoever. That’d be weird, but let’s go with it.

We definitely apologize if this rumor caused employees any unnecessary concern. Trust us, they hear rumors long before we do.

This isn’t our first dance with Sahara and it won’t be the last.

Update (8/3/20): We’ve been told Sahara has pulled the plug on its baccarat discount and incentive program.

Update (8/8/20): Apparently, Sahara wasn’t satisfied with removal of our original post and this update/retraction. We’ve been sued by Sahara (Las Vegas Resort Holdings). The news coverage has been extensive, find stories at Channel 3, Channel 5 and the Las Vegas Sun. The story by Channel 13 contains the full complaint. We aren’t going to get into why we believe this legal action was misguided, but here’s what we have said to media outlets: “This was a rumor clearly presented as such. Threatening legal action to try and intimidate and silence writers is so 2001. It doesn’t really fly in 2020. How is the rumor that a struggling casino is struggling even more during a pandemic surprising or controversial?” More to come.

Cromwell Targets October for Reopening

While most of Caesars Entertainment’s resorts in Las Vegas have reopened, Cromwell has remained a mystery.

Today, an internal Caesars Entertainment communication shared the working date for reopening Cromwell is Oct. 3, 2020.


Formerly, Barbary Coast. Never forget.

According to our sources, all Cromwell reservations prior to Oct. 3 will be shuffled to Caesars Palace, just across the street.

The news is interesting given rumors Cromwell is one of the Las Vegas casinos up for sale by new Caesars Entertainment as part of its merger with Eldorado Resorts.

The internal communication also included references to Planet Hollywood, Rio and Linq (currently, its casino is open but the hotel is closed). The memo suggested working dates for these casinos at August 5, 2020, but those dates appear highly unlikely to stick at this point.

On the bright side, Caesars Entertainment did manage to open Bally’s Las Vegas on July 23. Soft demand, especially midweek, made that scenario a risky move, but the classic resort opened, anyway.

Bally's casino chip

We kid because we love. Not you, Grand Bazaar Shops. We love Bally’s.

As with all casino reopening information, there are caveats galore with the Cromwell news.

The landscape continues to shift in Las Vegas due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we’ll take all the good news we can get.

Cromwell is a player-friendly destination, and Vegas isn’t quite the same without all the WTF of Drai’s nightclub and Giada’s popular restaurant, among other offerings.

Cromwell will reportedly be the site for season two of “Love Island,” whatever that might actually be. Pre-production has presumably¬†already started at Cromwell.


Thanks to our tipsters, without whom we would just be writing 69 jokes all day, and nobody wants that.

Hotel Cloe Planned for Downtown Las Vegas Arts District

This one has flown under the radar, but a new boutique hotel planned for downtown’s Arts District has been dubbed Hotel Cloe.

Details are few at this point, but Hotel Cloe’s Web site describes the hotel as “following a new worldwide trend towards lean-luxury, service-focused, 4-star resorts.”

The four-floor Hotel Cloe will have luxury 74 rooms.

Talk about a tall order, luxurywise. It’s Vegas, after all.

Hotel Cloe Las Vegas

Nope, no renderings, but renderings aren’t a reliable way to judge whether a project will actually exist. Just ask the asshats at Bleutech Park.

The site goes on to say the hotel will have “a cozy, minimal, yet modern aesthetic, programming rich in art and culture, and lush greenery throughout the hotel, bar and restaurant and poolside areas.”

The hotel will “be constructed largely of steel, glass and concrete, with a design-aesthetic that pays homage to the neighborhood.”

As mentioned, the neighborhood in question is the downtown Arts District, also known as 18b. The 18b comes from the original Arts District being 18 blocks.

Links on the Hotel Cloe Web site go to various social media platforms named “18b Hotel,” so we trust that was the working name of the project.

A shame to lose this logo. Bonus points if you see a heavyset guy being crushed by the walls of his hotel room.

That’s about all we know about Hotel Cloe. We’re not sure if it has financing or who’s behind it, other than a blurb on the Web site saying they’re “local designers, builders, architects and entrepreneurs who live in and believe in Downtown Las Vegas.”

We’re pretty sure COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into plans for the new hotel, as the site says, “Coming spring 2020 to the Las Vegas Arts District.” Yeah, not so much.

The site also shares, “Hotel Cloe is set to start construction in the coming weeks.”

In hotel financing circles, that’s what’s referred to as “wiggle room.”

While we won’t be holding our breath on this one, we enjoy sharing things before they’re a thing.

Shocker: Tropicana Announces Reopening Date

While most Las Vegas casinos have reopened since the shutdown, a notable straggler has finally announced a reopening date.

Tropicana Las Vegas will reopen Sep. 1, 2020.

Tropicana reopening

There’s nothing sexier than a laptop tan line.

Tropicana has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The resort will open with safety protocols which have now become standard in Las Vegas casinos: The hotel and casino will be limited to 50% capacity, and social distancing and mandatory masks will be in place as well.

Several of Trop’s restaurants will be opening with the resort, including Robert Irvine’s Public House (meh), Red Lotus Asian Kitchen (also meh), Bacio (haven’t tried it yet) and Oakville Steakhouse (excellent).

Oakville Las Vegas

Our face will be revisiting this dessert at Oakville on our around Sep. 1.

Tropicana recently sold itself (Penn National Gaming) to itself (Penn’s real estate investment trust). It’s complicated, but the upshot is the “sale” ensured rent would be paid all Penn’s casinos across the country, including Tropicana, throughout the crisis.

Penn also owns M Resort, which opened June 4, along with most other Las Vegas casinos.

Penn has made no secret of the fact Tropicana remains up for sale, but reopen it shall.

We honestly never realized how much we miss the Tropicana until we heard it’s reopening, and September can’t get here soon enough.

Bally’s Las Vegas Sets Reopening Date

Bally’s Las Vegas has announced it will reopen July 23, 2020.

It’s the fifth Caesars Entertainment casino to reopen since the Las Vegas shutdown that started March 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Bally's Las Vegas

No, it doesn’t look like this anymore. That doesn’t mean we don’t remember it this way.

While casinos were permitted to open on June 4, a number remain closed due to ongoing lack of demand due to travel restrictions, including Bally’s.

Previously reopened casinos under the Caesars Entertainment umbrella were Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s and Paris. The casino at Linq also reopened, but not the hotel.

The CEO of Caesars Entertainment, Tony Rodio, said Bally’s was reopening because the company continues to see “solid customer interest in visiting Las Vegas this summer.”

Some restaurants won’t open with the rest of the resort, but guests can look forward to: Burger Brasserie, Bucca di Beppo, Bally’s Food Court and Tequila Taqueria.

Bally's Food Court

Sometimes, you just name things what they are.

BLT Steak and Nobu will not open immediately. That might be a union thing.

On the libation front, Lobby Bar, Sully’s Bar, Indigo Lounge and Shiver Bar will open when Bally’s does.

Bally's lobby lounge

The socially distanced lobby lounge at Bally’s is in.

The Bally’s pool with open with the hotel on July 23.

It’s worth noting parking will be free at Bally’s, for the first time since 2017.

Following a flurry of rumors about potential closures in Vegas, it’s refreshing to learn Bally’s is forging ahead.

Bally’s doesn’t get much of the glory on The Strip, but it remains a popular place to stay and play, and an open casino is better than a closed casino any day of the week.

Resorts World Gets It Up, Signwise

Resorts World Las Vegas has hoisted its sign into place.

Here’s a first look, assuming you haven’t seen it somewhere else, which would be a little rude, frankly.

Resorts World sign

Stop judging things by their size. It’s not woke.

The Resorts World sign went for subtle rather than ostentatious, so we sent up our drone for a close-up.

Resorts World sign

It was really just a telephoto lens, but “drone” just sounds sexier.

While the sign looks small from ground level, it’s actually at least two stories tall.

During our recent visit, we had to hit the south side of Resorts World, too, to check out the progress on the casino’s tower-sized video screen.

Resorts World video screen

We dove into the technical specs and learned the Resorts World screen is what experts call “huge-ass.”

Resorts World is expected to open in summer 2021.

Just as soon as they can find a huge-ass remote to work that huge-ass video screen.

Update (7/4/20): Perfect timing! Right after this post went live, Resorts World fired up its 100,000-square-foot screen for some July 4 fireworks. Here’s a look.