Lord Neil Benjamin
Best of Las Vegas Awards Reveal the Winner
The readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal have spoken. And for 2013, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has toppled longtime winner Bellagio in the Strip hotel category of “The Best of Las Vegas” readers’ choice awards. Maybe those ubiquitous, attention-grabbing “just the right amount of wrong” TV ads helped, the paper speculates. The Review-Journal‘s pick for best hotel: Caesars Palace, for its mix of accommodations (including the new Nobu Hotel), entertainment (Shania Twain was just added to a roster that includes Celine Dion) and its new $17 million Bacchanal Buffet. The newspaper picked Bacchanal as the best buffet in Vegas. Readers, however, went with the wallet-friendly Feast Buffets at the city’s Station casino hotels. As for downtown hotels, readers chose the historic Golden Nugget, with its three-story, tube-like water slide through a shark tank. The Review-Journal picked The D, a boutique-style redo of the old Fitzgeralds), complete with dancing dealers and bottle-tossing bartenders. For museums, readers fingered The Mob Museum. The paper picked the Neon Museum. In the nightclub category, Marquee at The Cosmopolitan bested XS at Encore. XS was second among readers. The gourmet restaurant category awards did not go to a celeb-chef eatery at a Strip resort. Todd’s Unique Dining, in a strip mall in nearby Henderson, took reader honors. Table 34, off the Strip, is the newspaper’s pic

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