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[November 12, 2012]
Ice skating coming to the Las Vegas Strip
Nov 12, 2012 (Las Vegas Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Ice skating comes to the desert later this month, as the Cosmopolitan and Venetian bring the winter pastime to the Las Vegas Strip.
The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip will be turned into an ice rink, offering skating from Nov. 30 through Jan. 20. The pool will be covered by a platform, which will be frozen for skating and surrounded by fire pits, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.
The Venetian, meanwhile, will offer 30-minute skating sessions beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 6 on a synthetic ice rink adjacent to the outdoor gondola rides. Ice skating there will be on recyclable polymer, which casino officials say requires no electricity or refrigeration.
The Cosmopolitan offers an all-day pass of $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. Those who don't have their own skates may rent them for $5.
The rink will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. Children must be at least 2 years old to enter, and those ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over 21.
The Cosmopolitan rink will also feature a full bar featuring warm cocktails and snacks, including s'mores. Special programming includes a date night on Mondays featuring holiday movie scenes on the Cosmopolitan's 65-foot digital screen.
Wednesdays will have DJ-driven club music, while Thursdays feature retro skating to disco and other music of the 1970s, '80s and '90s. For those who want to hang out and not skate, admission is free. Special event rental and group packages are available via email.
The Venetian, meanwhile, includes skate rental in its admission charge of $9.95 for locals and members of its Grazie rewards program. General admission is $14.95. Children ages 7-12 are free with an adult Grazie member or Nevada resident.
Reservations must be made at the outdoor ticket booth.
The rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Skaters must be at least 7 years old. There is a limit of three children per adult.
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel's red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, Cosmopolitan's signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you're greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you'll find all your favorite casino games on the resort's 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
Cosmopolitan's rooms standout as the resort's most unique feature. About 2,220 of Cosmopolitan's 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at Cosmopolitan isn't something you'll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of Cosmopolitan's 12 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You'll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee is the place to find the party at Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nigtclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and four different rooms with four different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren't your thing, you can grab a drink at one of Cosmopolitan's four other bars, like the Chandelier Bar, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 Venetian Resort Hotel Casino In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The Venetian offers entertainment for the whole family with the critically acclaimed "Blue Man Group," comedian and songster Wayne Brady and the smash hit "Phantom -- The Las Vegas Spectacular," a 90-minute version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.
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