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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 Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition features a display of hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family's treasured Graceland Archives and Graceland-produced videos along with Elvis-themed live shows that appear 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. Teru 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 Suzanne Somers, who stars in "Suzanne Sizzles," 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. The newly renovated pool on the third floor features custom cabanas and a pool bar. Or float away in bliss with one of many pampering services at The Spa. (In the near future, The Spa will be renamed the Suzanne Somers Spa and feature all of her Suzanne Organics Cosmetics products and the Suzanne Somers Organic Spa Cafe, which will serve food based on recipes from her cookbooks.) 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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Age:35 to 44
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Friends
Purchase Frequency:More than 6 times a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Too High
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
No, I do not recommend this product.
Not the Hilton anymore.
PostedJuly 3, 2012
I've stayed at this hotel back when it was the Hilton. Some things are the same but some have definitely changed.
First, the rooms, pool & such are still good. The front desk staff at check in was very good.
The clientele have seriously dropped. Many sketchy people and it doesn't seem to be very safe in certain hallways and the parking garage. Didn't see one security person now that I think about it.
The worst part is the casino, namely their sports book. This once was the best sports book in Vegas but now it's no better than some nickel and dime outfit. So sad.
I found out this property is in-between owners so I'm not sure what will come of it later.
In any event, the price, hotel and ammenities were a good bargain but it's not worth it without the good overall service and the distance from the strip. They can and should do better. It's sad because the place still has potential.
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The epitome of quality, romance and elegance on the Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio offers luxurious rooms, gourmet restaurants and upscale shopping along with a healthy dose of cultural enlightenment.From the moment one passes the tree-lined pathway and eight-acre lake in front of the hotel, it's clear that the Bellagio pays impeccable attention to detail. The Fountains of Bellagio are world famous, amazing onlookers as they soar into the sky. A vibrant flower petal chandelier by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, called Fiori di Como, hangs above the lobby like a garden growing from the 18-foot ceiling. The front desk is bordered by a thriving display of foliage, which often coincides with the seasonal display of fresh flowers and trees at the glass-topped Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. A horticulture staff of 140 maintains the beloved attraction, which boasts an entirely different presentation for each of the four seasons and Chinese New Year. Plus, you'll find Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb on hand daily from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. to answer questions about the gardens.Art is a common theme at the Bellagio with museum-caliber exhibitions chosen from prestigious collections captivating patrons at The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The lobby for Cirque du Soleil's water acrobatics masterpiece "O" showcases bronze sculptures of dancers and acrobats by master sculptor Richard MacDonald, ushering guests into the world of grace and motion before they even enter the theater.Guests will find ultimate relaxation at the Zen-inspired, two-story and can also take fitness classes in The Bamboo Studio exercise room. A quiet hallway overlooking the villa-style pool area marks the perfect spot to enjoy a cold treat from Café Gelato, read a newspaper or sip coffee. The shops at are high-end and exclusive. Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Giorgio Armani and the timeless jewelry stores Breguet and Tiffany & Co. are counted among these, and several luxury retailers -- like Bellissimo for eyewear and Platino for men's wear -- can be found along the pool promenade.Nightlife is always a classy experience at the The Bank. In the grand foyer, bottles of Cristal are stacked from floor to ceiling. The dance floor is lined by etched-glass railings, and striking crystal chandeliers sway overhead. A spectacular indoor/outdoor nightlife venue, called Hyde Bellagio, overlooks the Fountains of Bellagio. It features an award-winning mixology program, tuxedo-clad servers, gourmet small plates and live DJs who play electrifying dance music. Visitors also enjoy Lily. The bar, boasting imported Spanish stone tabletops and community-style ottomans,  provides a more exclusive, intimate evening experience.For a first-rate dining experience, treat yourself to the succulent French fare of Le Cirque or take in the natural beauty of Sensi, where waterfalls and carved stone walls complement distinctive Asian and Italian delicacies. Savor chef Julian Serrano's magnificent Mediterranean food in Picasso, which features some of the great master's paintings. Enjoy a view of the fountains at Todd English's Olives or pick up a sweet treat at the tempting Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, home to the world's tallest and largest chocolate fountain.Decorated with custom-draped canopies and coffered ceilings, the casino offers table games, video poker and slots as well as the high-limit lounge Club Privé and an exclusive baccarat room for VIP guests. An ultra sleek race and sports book houses 13 huge video screens and countless leather chairs. It's also situated next to the stylish Starting Gate bar. The 40-table poker room features "The Game," a commissioned painting by artist LeRoy Neiman, portraying preeminent poker players engaged in a high stakes game. Privileged players may also get the chance to step inside the signature one-table "Bobby's Room," named for Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 World Series of Poker champion and the president and CEO of CityCenter.Accommodations in the Resort Tower of the Bellagio have been completely remodeled. Guests can now enjoy rooms from an elegant collection featuring three distinct color palettes. Each one contains contemporary furnishings, fine wall art, a custom pillow-top mattress, a 40-inch flat-screen HD television and an internet hub/charging station. The bathrooms are spacious and showcase Italian marble floors and surfaces.Couples wishing to marry will find an ambience of beauty and romance at the Bellagio's wedding chapel and can even tie the knot upon the Terrazza di Sogno (Terrace of Dreams), an Italian balcony overlooking the fountains.The Bellagio caters to guests from around the world while balancing an elegant and contemporary atmosphere. A feast for the eyes, soul and stomach, the property offers its guests a taste of all the finer things in life.
 

Circus "O" tickets

Hi,
Wife and I are going to Vegas in Oct, and would like to see Circus "O". I was going to purchase tickets today, but the site said that if didn't pick up tickets 2 hrs after purchase, it would be forfeited. How early can I puchase tickets? This will be our 1st time in Vegas.
Thanks,
kenneth
Hi Kenneth,
I wouldn't buy tickets yet. I think that's a big mistake.
Maybe if you're booking a complete package with refund ability but that's a long time off and you can get tickets with no problem closer to the time you go.
I would wait until a few weeks prior.
Also, you can either book with Vegas.com (I assume you want to b/c you're asking on the website). Nonetheless, if you do want to buy tickets way in advance you can print them at home. It's actually easier that way and that way you know you have them.
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