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What’s New in Las Vegas

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Sandy Bornstein
Written by Sandy Bornstein

As Las Vegas continues to break tourism records, vendors are finding innovative ways to wow visitors. Additional hotel rooms are popping up and modifications are being completed at others. Foodies are gravitating to refurbished popular venues or are lining up to be first at a newly opened restaurant or bar. Entertainment options continue to expand and surprise.

As Sin City constantly evolves, we’ve searched out the best so that you can enjoy your next trip to Las Vegas.

Accommodations

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With all the glitz and glam of Vegas you can be rest assured that hotels are upping the ante. Remember to make reservations by the end of this year to guarantee you get a one-of-a-kind stay.

The W will be opening its first Las Vegas hotel in December 2016. This hotel will add 289 rooms and suites to Las Vegas’s roster. It will be a full-service facility with a gym, a spa, a rooftop pool, and 7 on-site restaurants. Check their website for special offers.

With a unique and authentic Asian-inspired look and feel, The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino also has a start date in December. Look for Chinese signage, Cantonese and Mandarin speaking personnel, and authentic Chinese food.

#DoubleTap if this is your kind of panoramic #Vegas #view.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is partnering with three world-class interior designers to create 21 exclusive Boulevard Penthouses in the Boulevard Tower of the resort. These luxurious units will range in size from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet. The first batch is slated for completion at the close of 2016.

Harrah’s Las Vegas, a mega resort with a prime Strip location, recently renovated 600 standard guest rooms and 72 suites in the Tower.

Spa Treatment

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This fall, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas introduced its revamped Forbes Five Star Spa to rave reviews. Natural desert tones create a relaxing ambiance throughout the redecorated and upgraded treatment rooms, and is sure to help you experience a moment of Zen amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

Food

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We’ve lined up a melting pot of flavors from around the world, so whatever your palate craves, you’re sure to find something that satisfies in these new and improved establishments.

For something savory …

Vegas’s Japanese cuisine has been enhanced by Morimoto Las Vegas restaurant (located in the MGM). Masaharu Morimoto, the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, is best known for his culinary style that mixes Western and Japanese flavors and ingredients.

At the Mandalay Bay, award-winning chef Shawn McClain dazzles patrons at his upscale restaurant Libertine Social. Many of his ingredients are locally sourced. The menu encourages people to share small dishes and try new flavors.

Casual diners can head to Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips near the Strip entrance to the LINQ Promenade. This low-key restaurant brings a London flavor to Las Vegas.

I like big bites and I cannot lie. – Elote Style Scallops –

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One of New York City’s notable eateries was transplanted to Las Vegas with the opening of Beauty & Essex. Chef Chris Santos’s communal shared plates can be tasted at its new home at The Cosmopolitan.

Later this year, Jaburritos will open a new location at the LINQ Promenade, bringing their unique creations of sushi burritos filled with Japanese and Mexican ingredients to Vegas.

Beefeaters can head to Cornerstone, a classic American steakhouse. It opened in the former Cortez Room at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. A notable feature is a liquor library for more than 60 types of worldwide whiskeys.

Charlie Palmer Steak Las Vegas in the Four Seasons Hotel has been totally transformed. The interior has been revitalized along with significant changes in the menu and wine offerings.

For something sweet …

The dry desert heat may make you crave a European gelato, so if you’re busy shopping at the west end of the LINQ Promenade make sure to stop by Amorina.

Special celebrations should be topped off with a unique dessert. One option is to order an extraordinary cake from Celebrations Cakes at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Bars

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Nashville’s Loser Bar sensation will add an MGM location by the end of the year. Stay tuned for live music, draft beers, and even unannounced performances from popular musicians.

Entertainment

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From magic to music, you’ll find everything and much more with these new additions.

Band of Magicians will take up residency at the Tropicana Las Vegas the end of October. The performance includes four magicians— James Galea of Australia, Stuart Macleod from the UK, and Americans Brett Loudermilk and Joel Ward.

Chocolate lovers can take advantage of a double thrill coming their way. The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, lets you enjoy a special in-cabin chocolate (featuring some delicious creations by Ethel M Chocolates) and wine tasting experience AND take in some of the best views of Las Vegas during the 30-minute ride.

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks will be the first artist to perform at the Park Theater inside the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino when it opens on December 17, 2016. She’ll be sharing the stage with special guests, The Pretenders.

Tickets are already available for the Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life exclusive Las Vegas residency show. The opening date is March 1, 2017 at the AXIS located at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

In the Next Few Years…

Football fans will be thrilled to hear that the state of Nevada approved the development of a domed 65,000-seat NFL stadium.

 

Now that you know what’s new in Las Vegas, will you be booking a new hotel, visiting a casino, indulging at a spa, dining at a restaurant, or enjoying an attraction? Let us know what you’ll be looking forward to in the comments.

 

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Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein

Sandy Bornstein lived as an expat in India. Her award-winning memoir, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, highlights what she learned as the only American teacher at an international Bangalore school. After living abroad, Sandy continues to explore the world and write about her travels. You can follow Sandy's adventures at www.sandrabornstein.com.

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