Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-Letter: Nov. 27, 2007

MICHELINhas released the first-ever edition of the "Michelin Guide to Las Vegas." Wynn Las Vegas received a ranking of Five Red Pavilions, the highest rating available for a hotel. Wynn was the only resort in Las Vegas to receive that designation, and one of only eight hotels in North America to earn it. Wynn Las Vegas is the only casino resort in the world to hold the Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond and   Michelin Five Red Pavilion designations. 

IN MICHELIN'Srestaurant category, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand received three stars, making the restaurant the only one in Las Vegas -- and one of only five in North America and 57 in the world -- to get that rating. Las Vegas restaurants earning two stars were Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace and Picasso at the Bellagio.

THE SILVERTON CASINO LODGEplans to complete a $130 million expansion by early 2009. The casino and public spaces will increase by 35,000 square feet to include 800 new slot machines, a high-limit gaming salon, a race and sports book, a poker lounge, a new retail shop, three new restaurants and a large center bar. A $15 million pool venue promises five pools; 30 cabanas; five fire pits; three bars; a landscaped beach area with hot tubs, cold plunges and hammocks; and a stage capable of accommodating entertainment acts for crowds of more than 2,000. A 1,500-space parking garage will have valet and VIP parking. Also, the hotels Twin Creeks restaurant will reopen on Dec. 4 after undergoing a $3.7 million makeover.

THE STRIP will be closed to cars and buses on New Year's Eve, but the Las Vegas Monorail will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. The Las Vegas Monorail Co. will offer an all-day pass for $9, a $6 savings. The monorail covers its entire route -- from the MGM Grand to the Sahara -- in less than 15 minutes. To purchase tickets, go to www.lvmonorail.com.
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