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December 29, 2010 | Valli Herman, Special to The Times
Fantasy buildings are so last century in Las Vegas . Now the buzz is about fantasy experiences, the latest of which are tied to an MGM Resorts casino loyalty program called M life Players Club. The payoff isn’t just in coupons for dinner or hotel room deals but also in the kinds of special-access events at MGM properties that merit bragging rights -- a day of directing the songs at the Fountains of Bellagio , a cameo appearance in a Cirque du Soleil production at Aria Resort & Casino , or cooking lessons with celebrity chef Rick Moonen at Mandalay Bay .  To give travelers a taste of the new idea, MGM Resorts is simultaneously launching a sweepstakes that will accompany the Jan. 11 start of M life.
February 12, 2011 | By Valli Herman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It takes a lot of nerve to advertise a new $3.9-billion casino-hotel development with a line that begs to be mocked. Yet the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has held tight to its tagline, "Just the right amount of wrong. " As the latest major development to open on the Las Vegas Strip, the Cosmopolitan has endured many wrongs since the project broke ground in 2005. Foreclosure, changes in concept and ownership, extensive redesigns and, oh, that little inconvenience called the recession. But this hotel, built atop a former parking lot, is a confident competitor.
January 9, 2013 | By Jay Jones
MGM Resorts properties along the Las Vegas Strip are rolling out free  Wi-Fi service throughout the low-rise public spaces of the resorts, from casinos to pools to restaurants. Once the system is fully implemented, you will not need to get up from a slot machine or a blackjack table to check emails. The technology is being installed in stages. It's already up and running at Bellagio , MGM Grand , Mandalay Bay and the Mirage. Service will be available later this year at Excalibur , Luxor , Monte Carlo and New York-New York . The new service, catering to what's being called the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
September 4, 2012
Ithappens. We have a blast spending money in the shops, restaurants and casinos (oh yes, the casinos) only to realize that our travel budget is shot. Sure, you can pull out the plastic, but in Vegas, you don't have to. In fact, Sin City is teeming with free stuff to do and see after you've played that last chip. FOUNTAINS OF THE BELLAGIO Grab a bench to view this stellar choreographed water show - consisting of more than 1,200 dancing fountains and a spectacular sound system - at the Bellagio.
September 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid plenty of fanfare, Las Vegas's half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 10-millionth visitor Thursday. Five-thousand red, white and blue balloons floated skyward as the special guest, Martin Layton, a tourist from Britain, arrived with his fiancée, Sarah Connell, at the half-scale lookalike at Paris Las Vegas . They were greeted by colorfully dressed showgirls from " Jubilee!" along with other entertainers. David Hoenemeyer, president of the resort (which opened 14 years ago this month)
October 4, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
He was the founder and chairman of the board of Calabasas-based ValleyCrest Landscape Cos., the nation's largest landscape services company, whose projects have included the gardens at the Getty Center and the rooftop community garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But Burton S. Sperber preferred being called the "head gardener. " Sperber, a Malibu resident whose lifelong love of magic rivaled his passion for horticulture, died Friday of complications from surgery at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said company spokesman Dennis Kaiser.
August 8, 1999
Regarding your article "Faulty Towers" (Weekend Escape, July 25), about the Venetian resort in Las Vegas, I couldn't agree more. After being enticed by the slick advertisements and a phone conversation assuring us that the hotel was complete, I opted for the Venetian over the Bellagio on Father's Day weekend. Although the beautiful room was ready upon our arrival, I found the hotel extremely disappointing, from the under-landscaped pool area to the close proximity to the Strip. The museum-like grand lobby area is pretty, yet completely void of seating or dramatic indoor greenery.
April 14, 2002
It's too bad Tom Gorman went to the Bellagio Sunday brunch ("In Sin City, a Spot Worth Coveting," Weekend Escape, April 7). If he had stayed at the Palms and enjoyed Sunday brunch at the newly opened Garduno's restaurant in the hotel, he would have enjoyed the finest chile verde and sopaipillas west of New Mexico. We have driven to Albuquerque just for a "Garduno's fix," and now it is just a few hours away. JANA GUEST Ridgecrest
December 5, 2010
Rooms opening Dec. 15: 2,000 Total rooms: 2,995 Towers: two Restaurants, lounges and bars: 18 Pools: three Casino size: 100,000 square feet Overall square footage: 6.6 million Property footprint: 8.7 acres (about the size of the lake at Bellagio) Cost to build: $3.9 billion
September 2, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Foodies will get their fill when the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend returns Oct. 4-6 to Las Vegas. At a poolside party, for instance, guests will be encouraged to try 10 kinds of burgers. Nine events during the weekend , most hosted by celebrity chefs, will be staged at Aria , Bellagio and MGM Grand . They are open only to adults 21 and older. Prices vary by activity. The fourth annual foodies weekend will officially launch at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 with “First Course Kick-Off” at Aria.
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