LAS VEGAS: I’m LOVING SLS Las Vegas for $74/night

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LAS VEGAS | Best hotel under $100? SLS Las Vegas might very well be my new favorite hotel on the Strip. It’s modern, hip, and most of all—FUN! Youthful. Whimsical. Delightful. These words kept popping up in my mind from the videos of birds and abstract art behind the registration desk to the monkey-theme throughout the hotel.  Monkey art is everywhere! In the lobby bar, on the ironing board covers, even  your in-room coasters—they’re a classic mascot.

We booked our room via Priceline just a few days before we arrived and they had deals starting at $74/night. (We took the 2 Double Non Smoking Superior World rooms for $79.51/night). Priceline rates the SLS  a 7.6 out of 10 with 169 guest reviews and the hotel only opened in August. The deal comes with $40 food credit and free Wi-Fi. For those of you that have been coming to Las Vegas for decades, SLS is what the Sahara turned into. Keep your eye on the carpets for great vintage Vegas scenes.


DEAL | I already thought the Priceline rates were a great deal, but once I became an SLS Las Vegas fan I found a 30% off deal on the SLS Facebook page (Promo code PLC04).  I checked Nov. 30- Dec. 2 rates on this promo were only $62.30/night for a World Superior King. Of course there’s still the $25/night resort fee which is common with Vegas hotels. And of course, don’t forget to check I found rates as low as $60/night Thanksgiving week.

TESTED | You know you have to take a last-minute Vegas trip in you! I chose to test the rates for three nights Nov. 24-27. had rooms with a king bed starting at $59.63 which came to $275.36 for the whole stay *including* taxes and the resort fee. I call that a deal for such a cool new hotel!

Cora at Griddle Cafe SLS Las Vegas

Cora shocked at how big the pancakes are at The Griddle Cafe, SLS Las Vegas


TIPS | If you or your kids love pancakes—don’t miss the GARGANTUAN pancakes at The Griddle Cafe. They’re epic. One order was more than enough to feed our whole family of three with plenty left over. We also had fun taking pics by the giant duck at the pool and having an afternoon gelato at PERQ, the hotel coffee bar.

Jen Leo and Cora at PERQ, SLS Las Vegas

Jen Leo and Cora at PERQ, SLS Las Vegas

Want to get in on ever more deals? Sign up for the SLS loyalty program called The Code. I saw 40% off deals for members (membership is free).

If you make it out to Las Vegas, have a great time at the SLS Las Vegas!

LAS VEGAS: Bye Bye Bill’s – Caeser’s to Open New Strip Hotel-Casino

Image by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

While new construction has been at a standstill since the City Center complex opened, we are still seeing old establishments being rehabbed into brand new hotels and casinos. The Imperial Palace became the Quad, the Sahara is being renovated into an upscale SLS hotel, and Caeser’s transformed its Centurion Tower into Nobu Hotel. Now Caeser’s is at it again, transforming Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, located at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

No doubt it is the location that attracted the casino giant to the space. It is center-Strip with a good amount of foot traffic and corner marquee. According to Vegas Eater, the property will be a collaboration between Caeser’s and upscale Gansevoort Hotel Group and be called The Cromwell. It will house approximately 200 rooms & suites, a 40,000-square foot casino, Giada De Laurentiis’s first restaurant, and a mega night/dayclub on the roof operated by Las Vegas nighlife guru Victor Drai. Look for a February/March opening.

The Cromwell
3595 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

SAN DIEGO: The Declan Suites Bringing Avant Garde to Downtown


There’s a new hotel in town with some big plans for a multi-million dollar renovation. The Declan Suites has taken over the downtown Sheraton Suites, located adjacent to the San Diego Symphony Hall. While it is currently open for business, the big changes will begin in the Spring, when the new owners embark on a complete overhaul of guest rooms, conference/meeting space, restaurant and lounge.

The intent is to bring an avant garde vibe to the hotel, intertwining technology, music and the arts. The transformation will yield 264 two-room suites that will offer either a city or bay view, a signature restaurant, live feed video wall, and communal technology area. Local art will be featured throughout the property. In addition to the fully-equipped fitness center, bikes will be available for guests to use, for not only a healthy alternative (for guests and the environment) but a great way to see the city and nearby Balboa Park.

The rooms, among the largest in the city, will each have a separate sitting room. Guests will enjoy complimentary wi-fi, a full-service business center, and a skilled concierge team ready to make your San Diego visit the best it can be, from restaurant reservations to sporting events, as well as tickets to the area’s many cultural activities and family-oriented theme parks.

Declan Suites San Diego
: 701 A Street, San Diego
Cost: $109.00 and up

SAN DIEGO: Legoland Hotel Halloween Party


While Legoland is offering their Brick-or-Treat Party Nights during October, the Legoland Hotel has its own special offering for families on Halloween night. Instead of neighborhood trick-or-treating, you can bring your costumed brood down for an exclusive Halloween Party that includes costumed character appearances, five locations for trick-or-treating, LEGO building and costume contests, a magic show, and more.

The special package includes all activities (2 – 9 p.m.), themed room, and Bricks Buffet breakfast for the whole family. There are three themed rooms to choose from: Pirate, Adventurer or Kingdom. Each room has a queen-sized bed for mom and dad and a separate sleep area for the kids with bunk beds and trundle. Little ones can keep busy with in-room LEGO bricks, a treasure hunt, and their own television.

Legoland Hotel Halloween Party
: October 31st
Cost: From $229 Book online or call 877-534-6526