Sunday, November 30, 2014

Twin Peaks @Mekka Walgreens Spring 2013

Twin Peaks is a self-professed “Breasterant” set in what is described as the ultimate man cave/Mountain lodge.  Founded in Lewisville Texas in 2005, Twin Peaks expanded into the Vegas Market as part of the Mekka Walgreens complex in 2013.  The Vegas location offers two-story dining, a three-story rock climbing wall and 87 hi-def. flat screen TVs.  

29-degree beer, on tap.  Its so cold that when they poor it into their 40 ounce man sized mug, ice crystals form on the top.  Patrons are served by attractive waitresses who’s uniforms consist of tops exposing both ample cleavage and bare mid-drifts as well as low-riding short khaki shorts and boots.  Think Hooters 2.0 with waitresses about a decade younger or even Tilted Kilt hunting lodge

If those two things were all Twin Peaks had to offer, it would be a must visit.  However Twin Peaks actually has really good food.  Couple that with their 2nd story offering outdoor dining and the best view of City Center in Las Vegas.  The view is so remarkable, it has been referred to as one of the top five views in all of Vegas.  

Mark, Keren & Matt's Rating - 4/5 chips

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Palazzo Spring 2013

Continuing with the Italian theme, when Las Vegas Sands decided to expand their Venetian brand into a sister property next door, they choose to name it Palazzo.  Palazzo, in Italian, simply means Palace.  Earning its grand name, Palazzo is the tallest building in Las Vegas, topping out a 642 stories.  While it is true that Stratosphere is the tallest structure in Vegas, since it isn’t habitable, it isn’t technically considered a building.

Continuing with the concept that bigger is better, Palazzo didn’t stop with just being the tallest building in Vegas.  There 6.9 million square feet replaced the Pentagon as the largest building in the US per square foot.  Palazzo also has the largest standard rooms per square foot on the strip at 720, all suites.

Palazzo's gaming floor uses an open concept that allows you to see virtually every inch of the casino from wherever you are in it.  Unlike many Hi-End properties, it also managed to create an atmosphere that is both luxurious and welcoming.  While Palazzo is a separate building, it operates under the same gaming license as Venetian. The two properties are connected to each other via their indoor shopping promenades.

Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 Chips
Mark Rating - 4/5 Chips
Keren Rating - 3/5 Chips