September 20, 2019 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Ted has this issue off. Even when you live in Las Vegas, you need a vacation to rest and restore!

Next issue, he’ll tell you all about the changes (for the good) that are happening with possible casino sales, positive changes in parking fees, and similar. He’s been working very close with local reporters to advance the cause of all visitors.

That is why we’re a membership site. Ted is not afraid to say “The emperor has no clothes” when the casinos are not making decisions that are great for our visitors. But, casino marketing companies don’t really like buying advertising with people who may not always say the nicest things about their hotel casinos!

So, thanks for helping us with that “cup of coffee” each month in your support.

If you have been lagging on reading some back issues, this is a great time. Tons of info, news, savings, tips and similar are stored there. And, much of what we publish is NOT information that you’ll find in other places. And, certainly not with Ted’s 25+ years of expertise and explanation.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Editor
AccessVegas.com



Las Vegas Shows


Prince may have left us, but you can still experience his iconic music here in Las Vegas in the hit show “Purple Reign”! We have prince tribute artist Jason Tenner with us today to talk about a special for locals!

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Las Vegas Dining

In Las Vegas, the outline of the Hawaiian islands appears on bumper stickers in traffic and on tattooed shoulders in crowds, but it is nowhere to be found on the marquee of the California Hotel & Casino.

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Members Mania

Hi! I have a question on Lyft pickup at the McCarran airport. I have used Lyft several times in Vegas but have issues at the airport. I know where the ride share pick up is.

My question is how do you know where to wait for your ride? Is there a certain row that Lyft drivers are supposed to be in for pick up? I have missed a couple of rides because I received the message my ride was there but I could not find the driver.

Thanks!

Judy Dehne

 

Ted Responds:

OK… so Judy and I went back and forth to figure out as much of this as possible. Yes, we really are serious about the “Your Guy In Vegas” feature, where we do our level-best to help with reader questions and concerns! Here turned out to be the answers and findings:

– For those unfamiliar with the pickup area, check out this video to help familiarize yourself. It is not in the general public transportation (limos, shuttles, and taxi) area.

– With the growing popularity of ride sharing services, the pickup area can get overwhelmed during busier times. McCarran and the ride share companies ARE aware of this. However, no solution has been floated at this time.

– Judy had an issue finding her driver. Also, the driver did not pickup when she used the “call driver” button on her app. And, the driver was not right there in the general area for pick-ups (evidently due to the crowding we mentioned above, or perhaps the driver simply wasn’t that familiar with the airport pick-up procedure).

Since the apps tell you what kind of car and similar you are looking for, you may need to do your best to see if you can see it. If you can’t, and you call, and the driver does not answer, you are within your rights to cancel the ride. And then, input for a new ride.

Yes, the rideshare companies will dock you the normal (and nominal) cancellation fee. However, you can straighten that out with them later. Although a somewhat regular Uber user, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have this happen. However, any report that the response to complaints with both Uber and Lyft is good. If you get long-hauled or have a situation like this, they will give you your money back to make it right.

We still strongly suggest ride-share over a cab. And, the proof is in the pudding. We regularly get reports that there are virtually no cab lines, but plenty of people waiting on ride-shares. It is nearly always cheaper, you have an app to track things, and you have better recourse.

Hope that helps everyone!

P.S. Note from Amy – this video is for Terminal 3, many of you fly in to Terminal 1. I recently (mid-August) caught an Uber ride from Terminal 1, it is a similar set-up to what is shown in the video. We walked out the “Passenger Pick-up” doors from Baggage Claim, walked across the bridge to the parking structure, took the Elevator to 2B (I think) – it is marked for Rideshare. Once at that floor, there was a designated area to wait for your driver. When the driver reaches this floor, they select a lane and a parking space, once parked they should text you the spot where you can find them – B5 for example.

There are signs that show the row designations and you aren’t supposed to walk out to the pick-up area until your driver tells you the spot. My husband said this setup was new, it is the same floor in the parking garage, but the layout/way it functioned was different than when he had previously used Rideshare. So if you have used Rideshare here before, it may be somewhat different the next time you visit. It was quite busy with passengers waiting to be picked up on a Sunday morning, but I thought it was efficient and easy to find our driver once he arrived.


 

Is it possible to have a package shipped to the Casino you are staying at, prior to your arrival?

Thank you, Howard Kendall

 Ted Responds:

In a nutshell, YES. It is regularly done with people coming in for conventions and similar.

The downside? In this day of horrible fees, there is usually some kind of fee to keep it, another fee if they bring it to your room, and similar.

You’d really need to call the property and and ask what their policy is and how to address it and such.

Also, the UPS store in Harrah’s closed about a year ago, but they did handle inbound packages. It appears (as of this writing) that the FedEx stores in Flamingo, Venetian, and Mirage may suit your needs.

The UPS store at The Palms handles inbound packages for a fee, and may be cheaper than the above as they are off-Strip. They are at:

Phone: (702) 944-5970

Email: [email protected]

And, there are other UPS stores within 5 minutes of The Strip (various locations).

The US Post Office still has general delivery available! Yes, seriously. And, it if free. HOWEVER…

Generally (no pun intended), very few — and sometimes only one — post office in a city will handle general delivery. AND… it is very, very, very important that the person sending to you use the correct zip code that particular location uses. Obviously, you must have valid ID.

Since regulations like this are subject to change, we encourage calling (800) 275-8777 to get the specific details you need.

Other than that, I can’t think of a way that is safe and assured but I’ll let you know if I do. Unless you have a rental car


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Las Vegas Hotels

The Sahara name is back on top of a marquee sign on the Las Vegas Strip. The SLS has officially been renamed Sahara Las Vegas.

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Other Las Vegas News


What We’re Watching!
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Pete ‘Big Elvis’ Vallee 2019

(Producers Notes) He’s big and he sounds like Elvis. He’s Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee, performing in Las Vegas for 40 years. This video captures just a bit of the excitement of a recent performance.

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Vegas Vlog: Mob Museum, Millennium Fandom Bar, Linq Promenade, Volcano at the Mirage & More

(Producers Notes) Today’s video is a VEGAS VLOG style. I filmed a few things we did over the weekend including the Mob Museum, Millennium Fandom Bar, The Linq Promenade, The Volcano at the Mirage, and Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. We didn’t have a set plan for the weekend, but come follow us as we hang out around town.

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Nacho Daddy Las Vegas – Nacho! Nacho! Nacho!

(Producers Notes) Celebrate National Nacho Day with a nachos flight at Nacho Daddy Las Vegas.

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Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino Walkthrough

Have not been out to the Boulder Strip lately? Want to decide if it is worth the visit to Cannery Eastside? Enjoy!


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How To Access What:

  • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

    Spreadsheet Version

    Either click to view or right-click to download. It is growing each week, so always check out the latest edition!

    Keep in mind that specials are always subject to change. That is why we list the phone number for each restaurant or bar. Please DO call ahead to confirm the offer continues to be valid. Players Card May Be Required For Some Specials. If you find an offer that has ended, alert us at [email protected] and we’ll give you 50% off your membership dues next year for the help if you are the first to report it!

  • Our “Your Guy In Vegas” Feature – Got a Vegas question? Instead of spending too much time looking up information you might not be certain about, fire it to us! We live here, we know Las Vegas, and we’ll give you a professional answer! (Some restrictions apply). Email [email protected] and put Paid Subscriber in the subject line. That is also where to send us trip reports, Vegas feedback (good and bad) and more.
  • Members Mania! – We share the answers to great Vegas questions with all of our Premium Members, helping everyone who pitches in with a premium membership. Plus great visitor feedback that you can learn from. This will be right here in almost every issue.
  • The True Inside ScoopAccessVegas.com CEO Ted Newkirk has been writing “Newkirk’s Notes” for upwards of two decades, giving members the true inside guide to everything that is going on in Las Vegas. Valuable information from someone in the know to save you time and money!  This will be right here in almost every issue.



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September 10, 2019 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Access Vegas Founder Ted NewkirkHello From Las Vegas! – April may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but this recent August certainly wanted to make itself known. We broke a record with 24 days in excess of 105F! (Sometimes, it isn’t a good thing that the power company app lets you view your bill in real time now). Granted, the old record of 23 days was set 50 years ago in 1969. So, this is no cause for alarm.

For the many who are new to the classroom (Welcome!), October is the absolute best month to visit. Not too hot, not too cold, and rarely too windy.

What Is Considered Nude In Las Vegas? – Following up on last issue’s Members Mania question about what is “crossing the line” here in town, the Las Vegas Sun just published this article: Stripped – A guide to nudity laws in Las Vegas. It pretty much reinforced what I noted, although some of the buskers on Fremont Street certainly push the limits!

They aren’t going to come after you for accidental nudity. Flashing is technically illegal. However, unless you are creating a scene, the odds of being arrested (provided you are seen by law enforcement) is pretty slim. I know: One Mardi Gras, we threw beads from the second floor balcony of Fitzgerald’s (now The D)!

Once again, casinos will generally be even more strict than our “Metro” police department. Metro is a lot more worried about prostitution, and crowds where people can get hurt, pick pocketed, and the like. The casinos have very strict rules regarding their gaming licenses and won’t DARE risk any issue at all. Although something would have to be pretty intense and ongoing to cost a casino their license, fines in the hundreds of thousands of dollars sting even big corporations! Speaking of…

Fremont Street Crazies – We’re often asked if anybody is able to do anything about the buskers and beggars and half (OK, mostly) nude people downtown on Fremont Street. Unfortunately, as the street was a public street prior to the canopy (I’ve driven down it back then), the security has to abide by the rules that govern a public street. Not the rules which the casinos would LIKE to enforce!

Problems are rare. However, cameras are all over, up and down the Fremont Street Experience. If you have any trouble whatsoever with anybody, flag down a security officer or police officer. Or, call 911 (urgent emergency) and 311 (non-emergency). And/or hop into the closest casino and try to find a security officer. Or, go to the bar or cage and have them call one!

Tinkling The Ivories – For a couple of decades now, David Osborne has been tinkling the ivories at the lobby bar in Bellagio. He’s also performed for most of our living presidents. We highly recommend this as a “make a point to enjoy it” part of your visit. If you like to enjoy life and live in comfort, a spendy cocktail while you sit in the lounge is the way to go. If you are on the more frugal side, you can stand outside the lounge (which is open air) and enjoy the music just the same.

Osborne currently performs 8:00 PM to 1:45 AM on Thursday and Friday nights, and then he’s back for a quick return Sundays from 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM.

It goes without saying that one should take the 15 second walk to the conservatory. You know what? I’ve been in that thing 100 times. Easy. It never gets old. Add in the Dale Chihuly glass installation over the entire adjacent check-in area and you have a sensory experience. Plus, you can take great photos to take back home and show your more “cultured” friends who think that Las Vegas is only drinking and gambling!

If you are Downtown Fremont Street area, a nice drink in a reasonably refined setting with live piano music can be found at El Cortez’ Parlour Bar on Friday and Saturday nights from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. An added bonus is their 2-hour happy hour, which starts at 4:00 PM as well, and features $5 appetizers, $3 Bud/Bud Light Draft, $4 Anchor Steam/Modelo/Negra Modelo Draft, New Amsterdam Gin, Bacardi Rum, and Jim Beam Bourbon. Or, $5 Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and 1800 Tequila.

Party At O’Sheas! – We usually don’t list one-day events here, but on Sept. 28th the “new” version of O’Sheas (in the Linq shopping corridor) is going to have a blowout party with games (non-gambling games), performances, and lots of drink specials throughout the day.

Somewhere in my video archives, I have footage from the closing night at the old O’Sheas. If I can find it, I’ll show it to you! Note: I have hours and hours and hours of Vegas video from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I have imported it all from Hi8 Sony Digital (remember those) and will bring it to you as I work through it.

Is Circus Circus For Sale? – We know The Rio is for sale. Rumors are hot that another neglected property in Circus is on the block as well. MGM Resorts has seemingly never been fond of it. Despite the fact that it turns a meager (in the big picture) but reliable profit.

Given that some (including yours truly) surmise that MGM Resorts had something to do with getting The Riviera unnecessarily “blowed up” (the land it sits on is now for sale) as a way of eliminating the lower market completion, and given that the huge convention center expansion will be brining a much higher demand for rooms up that way (even rooms at Circus), this seems like a strange turn of events. Unless MGM needs to bolster its financial situation.

Plus, they DO own a huge swath of empty land across from SLS. Hey, they can build again and see if they can rack up their third disaster in a row? (Aria almost went under partway through construction — notwithstanding The Harmon tower had to come down due to construction issues, and the massive amounts of money poured into Park MGM along with the construction that dragged on was an issue even the company itself admitted).

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Founder
AccessVegas.com

 



Las Vegas Shows

Marie And Donny Osmond To Be Honored By The Las Vegas Walk Of Stars

 

Amazing! Marie Osmond and her brother Donny Osmond heard a fantastic bit of news recently, as the pair were notified that they will be honored with their own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Las Vegas Dining

5 Places To Dine In Las Vegas When The Boss Is Paying

 

Oh, go ahead. You know you want to. If an expense account is part of your travel package, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a luxurious dining experience than during MAGIC Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Indoor Go-Kart Racing Opens At Neonopolis In Downtown Las Vegas

 

Gene Woods, the man behind the outdoor go-kart experience near Sunset Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, is bringing that same experience indoors, and it’s located in the heart of the party: downtown.

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Members Mania

Having stayed at The Mirage, Luxor, Venetian, Bellagio and Alladin (RIP) on previous visits we would fully recommend the Platinum Hotel to anyone who wishes to have a change from the usual hotels to a smoke free environment and away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos We had a clean and well equipped suite on the 16th floor with a balcony facing the strip, although there is waste land/parking lot between the hotel and the rear of Bally’s.

Although we didn’t make full use of the kitchen area it was nice to get up in the morning and have coffee without having to get ready and leave the room. The fridge was useful for the chilled wine and beers.

The hotel has a small pool area, with bar and snack service, which never got crowded and sunbeds were always available.

We only had breakfast once at the hotel which was in a clean intimate restaurant adjacent to the pool. We never got to trying out the restaurant for lunch or dinner.

We did try the bar during “Happy hour” as did quite a few other guests. From our room the the strip it took about 15 to 20 minutes, which compares favourably with the larger hotels where you have to pass through the often smoky, noisy crowded casinos, and then walk from the hotel to the strip. On the first evening at the Platinum we were invited to the Management welcome meeting where we spent 2-3 hours drinking their wine & beers, eating the provided nibbles talking to fellow guests.

As we had a car we intended to have a few days out of the city bustle, so the first available day was out at The Clark County Heritage Museum where for a $1.00 entrance fee we spent a few hours wandering through the exhibits including The Candlelight Wedding Chapel where we got married 20 years ago. The second day out was to the Grand Canyon West. Traffic was slow at the Hoover Dam checkpoints but still only 2.5 hours drive.

A relaxing wander around the area included a walk on the Skywalk which is scenic rather than scary. Unable to walk on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower (900ft), the CNN Tower (1500ft) & Blackpool Tower (500ft) I found the Skywalk no problem maybe due to the different perspective of height.

The 3rd day out was to Death Valley. We drove up the 95 to the north of the park and then wandered through the area back to Vegas taking in the sights. The week we spent in Vegas was up there with some of the best holidays we have had.

We think the only complaint we have is that the footway between the Park MGM and The Bellagio Hotel has become a nothing area with uninteresting walkway and the Aria Hotel, which may me top class, but looked pretty boring.

Having visited Vegas 6 or 7 times during the past 20 years it maybe sometime before we return as we have other places in the world to try, but shall look forward to another great time when we do return.

Pam and Dave from Chester in UK

 

Ted Responds:

Just some helpful notes:

The Platinum Hotel and Spa sits directly behind Bally’s on Koval. Basically next to Ellis Island and The Tuscany. Both of which are recommended as a place to get low table limits, and solid, reasonably priced food.

The Platinum’s Stir Lounge has a happy hour featuring 50% off small plates, 50% off well drinks, 50% off import and domestic beer, and 50% off house wine. They also have a complimentary wine reception, which one should inquire about upon checking in.

The property is non-gaming and non-smoking. However, both activities can be indulged in at the two places previously mentioned on either side (plus, obviously The Las Vegas Strip a short walk away).

If you have a car and are already planning Hoover Dam and/or Grand Canyon west, we absolutely suggest the Clark County Museum (1830 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89002, 702-455-7955). You have a decent chance of running into Mark Hall-Patton of Pawn Stars!

 

How can I get pass those nasty resort fees at a casino hotel or even in Laughlin?

“swwizard” via the Membership Question Form

 Ted Responds:

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to get around resort fees.

However, don’t go down without a fight! What you can do, if you didn’t use the services involved in the fees, is to contest them upon check-out. Tell them you didn’t use the pool or their free paper or their wi-fi or the gym.

ALSO, if their pools are closed in the winter (or if they have one open, but the weather was cool/cold during your stay), protest that you couldn’t use the pool and don’t want to pay a fee for something you literally could not use.

We’re also on the forefront of fighting resort fees, and regularly tell inquiring reporters that not only do you hate them, but that they are starting to make people who love Vegas visit a little bit less often.

If you are new, comb through the back-issues and/or stay tuned as we’ve covered everything from the best free parking spots to where the drinks are much cheaper than other places in the same general location. Can we fix every fee? No. Can we save you more than the fees are dinging you as you start to soak up all of our tips to save both money and time? (And, after all, time is money in Las Vegas. You are paying a LOT of money to travel and stay here. Time spent on something that wasted it, it money ill-spent).

We’re here to help!


We have answers to your Vegas questions!

But, you have to ask the questions.

Email us at [email protected], and let us know, what YOU want to know!



Las Vegas Nightlife

“Thirtying” In Vegas: Best Spots For The 30+ Club

 

Doing a Vegas girls trip in your 20’s is an extreme sport. It’s like being on the Full Throttle Ride at Magic Mountain. Everything’s a blur, someone will probably throw up, cry, and may even lose their shoes.

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Las Vegas Gambling


Other Las Vegas News

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Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Rio Seafood Buffet Las Vegas – Happy Hour!

(Producers Notes) It’s a happy hour of all-you-can-eat seafood every weekend at the Rio Las Vegas Carnival World Buffet.

 

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The Newly Renovated Palace Station Hotel & Casino

(Producers Notes) It just had a major renovation finished up in September 2018. Walk with us and explore the updated Palace Station Hotel & Casino located in Las Vegas.

It started out The Casino in 1976. In 1977, they added a bingo hall and renamed The Casino to Bingo Palace. In 1984, the Bingo Palace was expanded and remodeled with a railroad theme, and renamed to the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.

 

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Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour- Cinematic Vlog

(Producers Notes) We went on a Maverick Helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon. It was a 45 minute helicopter flight over the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Colorado River, Mojave Desert all the way to the Grand Canyon.

Check out our Tours!

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Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Las Vegas 4K Walk Through


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Thank you so much for being a AccessVegas.com Premium Insiders Advantage member. We really appreciate the support and we’re here for you!

How To Access What:

    • Vegas Super Secret Specials Spreadsheet is available here:

      Spreadsheet Version

      Either click to view or right-click to download. It is growing each week, so always check out the latest edition!

      Keep in mind that specials are always subject to change. That is why we list the phone number for each restaurant or bar. Please DO call ahead to confirm the offer continues to be valid. Players Card May Be Required For Some Specials. If you find an offer that has ended, alert us at [email protected] and we’ll give you 50% off your membership dues next year for the help if you are the first to report it!

 

  • Our “Your Guy In Vegas” Feature – Got a Vegas question? Instead of spending too much time looking up information you might not be certain about, fire it to us! We live here, we know Las Vegas, and we’ll give you a professional answer! (Some restrictions apply). Email [email protected] and put Paid Subscriber in the subject line. That is also where to send us trip reports, Vegas feedback (good and bad) and more.
  • Members Mania! – We share the answers to great Vegas questions with all of our Premium Members, helping everyone who pitches in with a premium membership. Plus great visitor feedback that you can learn from. This will be right here in almost every issue.
  • The True Inside ScoopAccessVegas.com CEO Ted Newkirk has been writing “Newkirk’s Notes” for upwards of two decades, giving members the true inside guide to everything that is going on in Las Vegas. Valuable information from someone in the know to save you time and money!  This will be right here in almost every issue.

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