Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Oct. 30, 2007

THE PALACE STATION Hotel and Casino recently completed a $14 million renovation of 530 hotel rooms and four meeting rooms. The redesigned hotel rooms feature 42-inch flat screen televisions, modern artwork, double pillow-top mattresses and new carpet tiles and draperies. The meeting rooms were remodeled to include marble entries; flat screen televisions; and new light fixtures, conference tables, carpets and wall coverings. The renovation follows on the heels of other recent investments, including a redesign of the Feast Buffet last December, the addition of the Cabo Mexican restaurant in June and new carpeting installed throughout the casino.

THE 20,000-GALLON AQUARIUM at the Mirage, located behind the hotel's front desk, has been renovated to become one of the most elaborate and technically advanced aquariums in the world. The two-month transformation employed the expertise of aquarium designers who had worked on California's Monterey Bay Aquarium and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Additions include artificial corals meant to emulate the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and hundreds of new sea creatures. The new aquarium now boasts nearly 1,000 marine animals, including sharks, stingrays, porcupine fish, eels and sea bass.

LONGTIME LAS VEGAS casino hotel the New Frontier is scheduled to be imploded at 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 13. The property was purchased by New York-based Elad Group in May for a reported $1.2 billion and was closed on July 16. The new investors previously announced plans to build a $5 billion condo/hotel development resembling New York's famous Plaza Hotel on the 34.5-acre site, pending local approval.

THE EIFFEL TOWER in Las Vegas will glow red at midnight on Nov. 15 to celebrate a week of planned Beaujolais nouveau festivities at Paris Las Vegas. According to French tradition, Beaujolais nouveau, a light, red wine, is released no sooner than the third Thursday in November, just six weeks after the annual harvest; this year, at one minute past midnight on Nov. 15, the 2007 wines will be opened. The Paris Las Vegas celebration will include can-can dancers, bottles of Beaujolais nouveau delivered by horse-drawn carriage and a ceremonial wine tasting with chef Jean Joho at the resort's Mon Ami Gabi sidewalk cafe. Guests who check into the hotel on Nov. 15 and 16 will receive samples of wine; three of the property's restaurants (the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi and Les Artistes Steakhouse) will offer special wine pairings and wine offerings throughout the week; and party promoter Rock 'n Roll Wine will host a Beaujolais nouveau tasting at Risque nightclub on Nov. 16. For more information, call (877) 603-4386 or visit

THE NATIONAL FINALS RODEO comes to Las Vegas on Dec. 6 through Dec. 15, and casinos have released their rosters of country music superstars scheduled to perform throughout the week: Sawyer Brown, Hal Ketchum and Ray Scott will play at the Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience; Trace Adkins, Big & Rich and Brooks & Dunn will perform at the Las Vegas Hilton; Rodney Carrington will perform at the MGM Grand; The Charlie Daniels Band, Terri Clark, Ronnie Milsap and Clay Walker will play at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino; and Lynyrd Skynyrd will play at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Comedians Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will perform at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. For more information, call (702) 260-8605 or visit

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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