Wynn and Encore have announced that they’ll be the first casinos on the Strip to pull back on recently initiated paid-parking policies. It was announced last week that guests who spend $50 in the casino will have their parking comped. It’s a move that mimics downtown’s model, whereby customers can render themselves exempt from parking charges when they spend money inside.
Free parking has also been added to the amenities and services included in both casinos’ $39 resort fee, meaning that hotel guests will also be exempt from fees. The new policy will go into effect July 1.
Spago at Bellagio: Completing its move across Flamingo Road, Spago Las Vegas has opened at Bellagio in the space that was formerly Olives. Whereas the original Spago was landlocked in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the Bellagio version allows guests to dine with a front-row view of the Bellagio fountains.
TI buffet closed for remake: The buffet at TI has closed for an overhaul, with part of the current space being converted to a sports bar. The buffet and bar are expected to open in early August.
Rehab on the way out: If you haven’t experienced Rehab at the Hard Rock, this summer will be your last opportunity. After 15 years, the pool club that started the “day club” phenomenon will close after this season as part of the hotel’s rebranding to the Virgin.
Jackpot at Venetian: A $1.1 million jackpot was hit last week at the Venetian. The big win came on a $1 Wheel of Fortune slot.
Question: I was planning to see Barry Manilow next month, but heard that his shows were canceled. Will he be playing in July?
Answer: Manilow (pictured)was unable to perform on what was supposed to be the opening weekend of his new residency at the Westgate due to a bronchial infection. “Barry Manilow Las Vegas — The Hits Come Home” opened instead a week later and shows should be continue as scheduled, July 19-21 and 26-28. The show runs through October.