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PLAZA closes Swingers Club, renames THE DRINK

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by sammasseur, Jul 8, 2012.

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  1. sammasseur

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    Noticed during my stay last week that Swinger's Club in the Plaza had removed all the mini golf and dueling pianos. There was a small band playing on stage, but it seemed like a practice session. One bartender on duty and one patron. Facebook Page for Swingers Club announced that they are no more and welcomed "The Drink", but with no details.

    They aren't having a very good summer, with the closure of Simpatico and announcement of resort fees bringing out the sharpened claws.
     
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    I wonder if the former Swingers will still be an Anthony Cools joint?
     
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    According to Antoinette, one of the "broads" at Oscar's, he is and this relaunch is his doing.
     
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    Gimmick after gimmick, and they still cant figure it out. How's that topless barbershop going? Apparently offering good, honest gaming, reasonable prices, and treating customers with respect hasn't dawned on them yet.

    They must really think that their customer base are a bunch of idiots?
     
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    I quite frankly thought that the Exposed Salon would be the first thing to go. It still has some people lurking around up there. They'll end up changing it to a traditional outlet soon enough. If anybody's going to get there hair done at the Plaza, it's the older ladies hanging out in the bingo room across the hall.
     
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    Dude, you were quoted in Vegas Chatter's article about Swingers becoming The Drink! (OK, you probably already knew this. But neat nonetheless!).

    "Reader sammasseur confirms the golf and dueling pianos have already been removed."
    - qtd from Vegas Chatter article Everything New Is Changing Again At The Plaza published July 9, 2012.
     
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    Yeah, that's cool. I just wish it was about better news. Getting a little disillusioned by what's going on over there, but you've gotta give them credit for trying. I have to agree, though, what another commenter said about them thinking the place is better than it actually is and chasing away their loyal guests and players from the past.
     
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    I have five days booked there in October. These are not good vibes coming out of that property. Maybe the loyal players and guests are already gone. Comments about the casino always being empty make me wonder if I should cancel out and pick another location. I'm not hearing anything positive since the initial hype. Add on a resort fee, and people saying they now have less favorable gaming rules, and I'm seeing nothing positive. I was hoping for some additional pictures of the casino or their different suites there. Can't find any other than the original professional photo's. Those only show the standard rooms and one casino picture. What's your personal take on the property after your stay, sam? Would you feel good about recommending it over the other downtown properties? (Exclude the Golden Nugget and Mainstreet from your consideration.)
     
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    Just watched "Vegas After Hours" on Travel channel this afternoon that featured the Swingers Club. Free publicity for nothing.
     
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    I've had enjoyable stays there and have no hesitation about recommending it for the rooms and a few of the restaurants. I choose it over the other DT's especially because of the fitness room and ease of parking. Their shows have stumbled and I don't gamble there any longer, nor do the bars grab me, but the size of the rooms and comfort of the beds are a big plus. That being said, my last stay had a love seat with knife slashes in it, the safe wasn't working, stains on the carpet, scratched furniture, and the towel bar kept falling off the sink. Lots of dirt and wear in the common areas too. Not unusual in other places, but they've only been reopened for 10 months......you've just gotta take the great with the iffy and decide.....
     
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    I wonder when the security guards will disappear. My prediction is that they will be the next thing to go. They are kind of pointless, as anyone who wants to go to a room only has to go to the 3rd floor.... The mexican restaurant and the pizza place both were empty on the Friday and Saturday I was there. Never saw anyone in either place.

    The furniture in my room last month was getting pretty beat up too. Some of the drawers in the dresser would not open, safe wouldn't work, and the filter in the bathroom fan was clogged and making a loud noise.

    I agree with Sam. Take the good, and try to ignore the bad. I liked it even when it was the old Plaza, although a couple of times I had a room that really needed closed down. I dont mind peeling wallpaper, but when there are actual holes in the wall I start thinking of staying elsewhere. Hopefully it will be a couple years at least before it returns to that level.
     
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    There were no security guards present at either tower at any time during my most recent stay. They were there both day and night in the beginning, but I seemed to notice them only in the evenings more recently. Might be wrong on that last point, tho.
     
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    The Plaza had the best-looking broads on all of Fremont when I was there back in February.
    This still the case?
     
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    Working there I mean.
     
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    Would anyone have bet on a bar that featured miniature golf? I agree with the earlier post, just media ploy.
     
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    Swingers was always dead whenever we visit. hopefully this new place will have some action.
     
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    I wonder if they were trying to follow the Golden Nugget path: Put a little Strip into the place, blend it a little with the downtown model. The Nugget reminded me more of the Strip than downtown when I stayed there in February. If it had higher ceilings, I probably wouldn't have seen a difference. The Plaza, from what I'm reading, just changed its skin and not its management character.

    That being said, I'm sure it was more popular before the canopy went up. That white shell just ruins the view of Fremont Street for its patrons in the rooms and Oscars.
     
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    I haven't stayed there so I cannot comment on the view from the rooms, BUT the view from the restaurant was amazing! (I ate there when it was still Center Stage a few years back) We ate just at dusk and watching all the neon hotel signs come on and then the light show - wow!
     
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    I cannot imagine the canopy having hurt their business. I dont think there would BE a business if it wasnt for the canopy. In fact I dont think there would be much of a Fremont St without the canopy.
     
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    The view from the Center Stage was totally awesome! They even had a coupon you could use in LVA. The Plaza used to be a wonderful place to get a bargain downtown. The rooms did need a little updating. But the place did not need to become "stripified"

    I enjoyed a few stays there recently but one time was given a room that faced fremont and the heavy metal band playing until 1am was NOT fun when I had 5am wakeup call to catch my bus to the airport.

    Other than that the room remodel was awesome...the place did need some work and they did so but now they feel they're better than everyone else. It amazes me the "resorts' that charge a fee when they are NOT resorts.
     
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