Las Vegas had a bustling reopening weekend, returning after more than two months of shutdown.
Caesar is sporting a gold mask at the entrance to his namesake casino and there’s a giant hand-washing station on the casino floor at the Bellagio.
Attractions and hotels were much busier than expected, motivating several local resort companies to speed up their plans to open more of their properties in the coming weeks.
Several casino resorts decided to waive parking fees, and some have promised not to bring the fees back for at least a year.
Several resorts have also invested in goodie bags for overnight guests.
At Bellagio, for example, each stay includes a bag with two casino-branded face masks, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, and two metal tools that look like giant keys. The tools are designed to enable guests to pull open doors and push elevator buttons without touching exposed surfaces.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas also furnished hotel guests with takeaway bags which included masks, sanitizer and other swag.
There are also several specials and discounts being offered for the time being. Station Casinos has announced a discount of up to 25 percent off regular room rates on a 2-night minimum stay with a $50 food and beverage credit. JSX, a hop-on jet service based in Dallas, promoted a new package with private jet service to Las Vegas, a king-bed suite at Wynn Las Vegas, and a dining credit for $50 to select restaurants inside the casino.
Want to know what to expect before you book? Here’s an idea of what you’ll find:
1. Gambling: In the casino equivalent of blocking middle seats on a plane, you’ll find fewer chairs at the blackjack, roulette and poker tables and fewer places to stand around the craps table. The new limits per table: three players at blackjack, four at roulette and poker and six at craps. Dealers and other employees are required to wear masks or face shields, per gaming authority reopening regulations. Masks are mostly optional but strongly encouraged for guests. MGM Resorts has gone so far as to install plexiglass partitions at its tables, and, in some cases, bar-top video poker machines.
Caesars requires that gamblers wear masks at table games. Every other slot machine is turned off and missing a chair in the name of social distancing. Casino capacity is initially limited to 50% under new state gaming regulations. There are signs posted everywhere as reminders about safety protocols, and MGM has new hand-cleaning stations at Bellagio and New York-New York.
2. Hotel check-in: You’ll have your temperature checked before you get in line under reopening requirements imposed by gaming authorities. Hotels are using a variety of methods, including contactless and infrared thermometers. New York-New York has EMTs stationed at the check-in line. However at Caesars Palace, you walk through a machine resembling a metal detector that captures your temperature from three different positions.
3. Hotel choices: Your favorite hotel might not be open. Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, which operate the most casino-hotels on the Strip, each has only a few of its hotels open as they slowly ramp up after the 2½-month shutdown. Caesars reopened Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Harrah’s. It has not announced reopening dates for its other casino hotels, which include Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s and the Linq. MGM Resorts debuted with Bellagio, New York-New York and MGM Grand, though only at 30% to 35% capacity for hotel guests and plans to reopen Excalibur on Thursday.
Still closed: Aria, the Mirage, Park MGM, Mandalay Bay, Luxor and others. Hotels are taking a similar phased approach with their restaurants, and many are still closed.
4. Buffets: The all-you-can eat extravaganzas, a Vegas staple, have not reopened, and it’s unclear what they will be like when they do.
5. Things to do: Hotel pools are open to reduced capacity, and a few attractions, including the High Roller observation wheel, Bellagio fountains and New York-New York roller coaster, have resumed. Las Vegas’ marquee attractions, including its signature shows, night clubs and raucous adult-only pool parties, have not as gathering in groups is still prohibited.
6. Some things never change: Those annoying surcharges/resort fees, which can be as high as $45 or $50 per night with tax at resorts like Caesars or Bellagio, remain. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas even plans to raise its fees from $44.22 to $51.02 in January.
One property to keep in mind, if these fees are an issue, is the Sahara, formerly the SLS. They are waiving their $37.95 resort fee for reservations booked in June for stays through May 2021.
The upside is free drinks. You will find the cocktail servers wearing masks but free drinks still prevail on most casino floors 24 hours a day.
No, Vegas is not fully opened up. There are several resorts, attractions and restaurants still in the process of reopening. However the majority of Vegas should be open by mid-July.
As more restaurants reopen, more shopping venues relax restrictions and the return of professional sports entices bettors to return to local sports books, now may be a perfect time to book a trip to Vegas and enjoy the savings.
Just be sure to stay six feet from strangers, and to wear a mask.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is Open
Bonus: self parking fees have been waived.
The wait is over! The Cosmopolitan is now open and they have a few enticing specials you’ll want to grab before it’s too late. Über chic and sleek with a sophisticated design, this ultra modern and high-end hotel is a place to see and be seen.
The Cosmopolitan has some of the best balcony views in town. And, while they cost more, the Wraparound Terrace Suites are panoramic and you can see all the way down or up the Strip (depending on which side of the hotel you’re on).
I absolutely LOVE this property. Unique, eclectic and artsy, luxury resort and casino. If you don’t enjoy taking in the unparalled views of the Vegas Skyline while sitting on your oversized private terrace, you can just jump into your Japanese Soaking tub and enjoy it from there.
A must-see: The Chandelier Bar. Draped in a plethora of sparkling crystal for three levels, the bar is adorned by a few million crystals in strands that run from the ceiling to the floor, making revelers feel as if they’re wrapped in a chandelier itself. It’s ultra sexy with much to offer including different menus on each of the three tiers. The first level (Bottom of the Chandelier) is the only level open at this time. It’s a little more casino bar-like and often has live music or a DJ.
The Chandelier Lounge
Check out their offers at https://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/identity/offers
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