Boutique Hotel Coming to the Las Vegas Strip

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

April 4, 2012

Actor Robert De Niro and renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa were at Caesars Palace last week, checking in on their joint project, the Nobu Hotel. Almost forgotten in recent months is the 180-room boutique hotel-within-a-hotel at Caesars, which will include 16 suites and a deluxe penthouse, along with a Nobu restaurant. It will be the first Nobu branded hotel in the world and the owners are promising a new standard of service and exclusivity. The hotel is expected to open this summer. The Nobu restaurant at the Hard Rock will continue to operate.

Area 51 Exhibit:  “Area 51: Myth or Reality” has opened at the National Atomic Testing Museum (E. Flamingo Rd.). The interactive exhibit is based on the secretive Nevada test site that was at the forefront of the development of military technology, and some believe involved with UFO studies. The exhibit presents facts that formerly could not be revealed, but have been declassified by the CIA and the Department of Defense. Admission is $14 for adults and $11 for kids age 7-17.

EA Sports Bar: The Strip-side space formerly used for a pop-up wedding chapel at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is now EA Sports Bar. EA Sports is a video game developer and the bar is equipped with many of its products.

Springtime at Bellagio: The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has debuted its spring exhibit, which features a Dutch garden theme with a 26-foot-tall windmill and 11-foot-tall carousel, plus live musical performances from 5-6 p.m. daily. The display runs through May 13 and admission is free for all ages.

Question: Do you know anything about zip lines planned for the Strip?

Answer: Permissions are being sought to build four zip lines—cable-and-pulley systems that transport harnessed riders down inclines—between Luxor and Excalibur. The proposed routes would range from 340 feet to 1,440 feet, with one starting from the top of the Luxor pyramid. The hold up appears to be securing Federal Aviation Administration approval, which is needed due to the proximity to McCarran Airport.

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