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The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has a long history.Here's our condensed version: It originally opened in 1969 as the International Hotel. On that first night Barbra Streisand headlined the showroom, and Elvis Presley appeared on the second night. The King of Rock 'n' Roll, of course, would go on to become synonymous with the property -- even after it became the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971. He performed there in a total of 837 consecutive sold-out shows (before a whopping 2.5 million people), thus breaking all the city's attendance records.So why are we sharing this bit of trivia with you? Well, many people refer to those as the good ol' days. And guess what? They're back again!No, Elvis hasn't come back from the grave. But someone who treasures his legacy and wants to return the hotel to its former glory has the reins. David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, the world's largest privately owned timeshare company, bought the property in mid 2014 and transformed it into the Westgate Las Vegas.Thanks to Siegel, the King will always have a big role at the resort. A famous statue of Elvis by sculptor Carl Romanelli can be found in "the building" (near the lobby, to be more exact). And on April 23, 2015, Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience will debut. It will feature a display of hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family's treasured Graceland Archives, Graceland-produced videos and Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed.So what else is unique at the Westgate Las Vegas?You'll love having easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail. The Westgate Las Vegas is located about a block east of the Las Vegas Strip, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center and about a mile from Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. But if you hop on the monorail, you'll be able to travel easily to several major megaresorts including MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas.The Westgate Las Vegas is also revered among race and sports bettors, thanks to the illustrious SuperBook. This huge facility is THE place to watch a big game. With more than 350 seats, 28 giant screens and one massive 15-by-20-foot monitor, you won't miss a moment of the action. Or try sitting in The Ultimate Fan Cave, which is packed with armchairs. A giant New York deli-style sandwich, subs and good grilled stuff is available just a few steps away at the SuperBook Deli.Speaking of eating, the Westgate Las Vegas has a variety of dining choices…some that might even appeal to Elvis. For instance, Sid's Cafe, a 24-hour eatery in the heart of the casino, serves an item called The Elvis Sandwich, made with peanut butter, grape jelly and sliced bananas (plus it's battered and fried!).Ever been to a hibachi-style restaurant? If not, you've got to try Benihana. There's nothing like sitting by the grill, sipping a few cocktail and cheering on the chef who cooks your meal. Segara Sushi (where you can chow down on the Las Vegas Roll) is near Benihana in a lovely complex with waterfalls and a koi pond.You can get a good steak -- done over a mesquite flame and served with maitre d' butter (we're not sure what that is, but we bet it tastes wonderful) -- at TJ's Steakhouse, which is positioned behind the sophisticated Plaza Bar.Have a big appetite? The spread at The Buffet features flavors from around the world. Or if you desire a quick bite, Fortuna (a coffee and wine bar), Silk Road Noodle Bar and the food court are all good choices.Now if Elvis isn't your thing, don't be blue…entertainment at the Westgate Las Vegas includes Jason Tenner, who performs as Prince in "Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute," and the sultry topless revue "Sexxy" starring Jennifer Romas.Situated off the casino floor, the Tempo lounge serves classic cocktails...with a twist (we'll give you a one-word clue: "bev-tainers")! It's also the perfect spot to gather for pre- and post- theater drinks or to dance to a mix of '70s, '80s and '90s hits in the late-night hours.At the Westgate Las Vegas, you'll also find several shops (carrying gifts, apparel and sweets), a fitness room and tennis courts. In April 2015 the newly renovated pool will reopen on the third floor with custom cabanas and a pool bar. Or float away in bliss with one of many pampering services at The Spa.One thing to keep in mind if you stay at the Westgate Las Vegas: Since it's part of Westgate Resorts' family of timeshare properties, you'll see a large space (toward the North Tower) dedicated to presentations about the benefits of vacation ownership. You may even be approached by people asking you to attend one.Plus, you'll notice some areas of the resort are under construction. Siegel's long-term plans for the Westgate Las Vegas include upgrades to many facilities as well as the debut of several new restaurants.So don't worry, he's just taking care of business -- and molding the resort into one that's fit for a King.
 
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fromClaremont, CA
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Myself
Purchase Frequency:More than 6 times a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Too High
Gambler:Yes
Game:Other
No, I do not recommend this product.
Rooms are showing their age
PostedJune 7, 2012
Checked in and went to a standard room. The fan was so loud that it would have been impossible to sleep, and the mattress seemed extra firm. Went down to the reservation desk to ask for another room with a quiet fan and was told that the standard rooms had firm mattresses, but the upgraded rooms had pillow-top mattresses. I decided to pay the extra $20 for a comfortable bed and went to the new room which I was told was 1 1/2 times the size of the standard room. Seemed the same size to me. The mattress was a little softer than the first room, but did not feel like "pillow-top". The automatic curtain button didn't work, one side was closed and wouldn't move (so no scenic view) and the other side had to be manually closed. I was told that this room was refurbished and the overall room was nice. I would only recommend staying here if you get a really good deal and you're on a budget
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Prominently positioned just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, this multi-colored beacon of a hotel is a close neighbor to all of the action on the Strip making it easy for guests to venture around Sin City, but from the wide variety of shows, bars and restaurants located within the hotel, you could easily find yourself staying on the property.Seamlessly integrating its Brazilian inspiration into every element of the hotel, the lively aesthetic of the brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor of the Rio will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. And adding to the energetic environment is when the crowds amass for the prestigious World Series of Poker held every summer. If you're not here during poker's premiere event you can still enjoy gambling as the Rio has a sprawling casino floor with 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.Drawing in crowds year-round are the hotel's buffets -- The Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. Off the two, the Village Seafood Buffet earns the greatest amount of praise. Just imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and other swimming selections, eating it all… and then doing it again. Drooling? That can become a reality. Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, so be prepared to wait, especially during any holiday weekend.If you are not hungry enough to attempt fitting the contents of the ocean into your belly but hungry enough to think about it, then we are sure that you will find a non-buffet restaurant to suit your needs with the selection that the Rio has to offer. Among the restaurants are Martorano's by the tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is a sure bet where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess; the All-American Bar & Grille where they are known for their dry-aged Angus beef; Pho Da Nang with exceptionally authentic Vietnamese cuisine; Buzio's Seafood Restaurant known for their fresh oysters; and there is the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. For quicker bites, Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items or you can grab a meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.If you are looking to transform your dining experience into your nightlife experience, we know you'll love the succulent steak and one of the most striking views of Las Vegas at VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub, situated on the 50th and 51st floors of the resort's Masquerade Tower. And while you're up there, go ahead and check out the thrilling VooDoo Zip Line – a zip line ride, where guests soar more than 800 feet from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub in the hotel's Masquerade Tower to the Ipanema Tower. The 70-second journey boasts stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and adds an element of daring excitement to any occasion.Whether or not you opt for a ride between the towers, you can either stay and party at the rooftop club until the Strip's neon tubes flicker off with the rise of the morning sun, or you could slip off and catch one of the hotel's in house shows. Penn & Teller, the quirky magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky and ever-famed Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts including comedian Eddie Griffin and there is the seductive topless revue "X Rocks," which showcases sexy dancers and steamy choreography to the soundtrack of heart-pounding rock songs. And when you get thirsty from all that you've done or from thinking about all that you're about to do, swing by the sexy Flirt Lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre or the high-tech I-Bar, where you can order drinks from a touch-screen computer built into your tabletop.Since this is Vegas, we know that there is a good chance that you will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning (or afternoon) after a night out on the town. The best detox is to re-tox (well at least we think so). So grab a cold one and soak up the sun with an afternoon at the hotel's indulgent pool complex. With golden sand and cascading waterfalls, this complex inspired by the Brazilian paradise is a necessity. If sun and fun is not how you like to recover, opt instead for a day of pampering at the Rio Spa & Salon. Shops are found throughout the property including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and the Harley-Davidson store, shoppers can get their fix of retail therapy on the property, however, the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's for those who want to venture out onto the Strip as well.
 

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