Rio Las Vegas to become Hyatt Regency

Rio Las Vegas to become Hyatt(s) This came as a surprise to me.  Apparently Rio Las Vegas, the off-strip Caesars property, is going to be transformed into a number of Hyatt hotels. Dreamscape purchased Rio from Caesars Entertainment in 2019 for $516 million (significantly less than the previous sale in 1999 of $888 million).  As … Read more

Caesars Diamond Celebration Dinner during COVID

Caesars Diamond Celebration Dinner during COVID One of the perks of being a Caesars Diamond elite, even if you get it through a status match, is the $100 annual Diamond Celebration dinner.  Right now there are more limited options of restaurants (all buffets are closed, for example) — those that are open may have limited … Read more

Excalibur Las Vegas Room Review

Excalibur Las Vegas Room Review Excalibur is now the lowest tier property in the Las Vegas portfolio of MGM.  When Excalibur opened in 1990, it was the largest hotel in the world (around 4,000 rooms).  Rooms can often be found under $100. As a disclaimer to this review, I didn’t actually stay at the Excalibur.  … Read more

Las Vegas Reopened Too Soon

Las Vegas Reopened Too Soon This weekend I visited Las Vegas.  The state of Nevada allowed casinos to reopen on June 4th and many did.  The decision was likely made based on economics and not health considerations. I don’t know the figures regarding visitors to the Strip.  I would guess Vegas is around 25% of … Read more