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Planet Hollywood Review with Room and Pool Pictures
January 9, 2011 9:22 pm

We arrived in town the day before the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and wanted to stay as close as possible to it. I also never stayed at Planet Hollywood so we killed two birds with one stone and booked a night in a "Hollywood Hip" room with a Strip view. We used a Harrah's room offer since I am now back in their good graces courtesy of about $40 in play at the Flamingo. A couple of funny things about booking the room. Using this offer, a Strip view was $2 a night more than a regular room. Two dollars, really? Why even bother? Also, something I blogged about in the past... you gotta love Planet Hollywood's balls to charge $20 a night more for a "Fountain View" room, making bank off of Bellagio's attraction. Hilarious!

We got to PH around 2 PM and after eventually finding the right valet arrived to a virtually empty front desk and were in our room in less than 10 minutes. We were on the 32nd floor overlooking Cosmo, City Center and everything south. We even managed to steal a free peak at the Fountains! Well worth the extra two bucks. The room certainly isn't the largest but managed to not feel cramped. In addition to the king bed were 2 night stands. large armoire with the flat screen TV and mini-bar, a big chair with another table and a small work desk. Each room has movie memoribilia and our room had props from "City Slickers 2" on the walls and mounted inside one of the tables. Definitely cooler than average room art. The whole place was clean and in mostly good condition though the armoire had seen better days. The bed wasn't terrible but a bit on the lumpy side. The bathroom was a good size with seperate shower and big soaking tub but only a single sink vanity. It was stocked with a decent amount of bathrooom goodies but not the whole enchilada like the swankier joints.

We ate a couple of meals during our 24 hours at PH. Shortly after checking in, we made a stop at Pink's Hot Dogs. The place is a Los Angeles legend and makes possibly the best chili dog ever. It's actually outside in the front of PH with limited indoor seating but a big patio right on the Strip in the shadow of City Center and Cosmo. Even on a chilly afternoon, it was a nice place for a quick bite to eat. Later we hit "Planet Dailies," which is the casino's 24 hour coffee shop, for a late night meal. I had a pretty good burger and Lisa eventually enjoyed her breakfast but the kitchen screwed up her order more than once! Waitress service was good and apologetic but it definitely wasn't worth the inflated prices, most items were in the $12-15 range. There are definitely better options coffee shop in nearby places.

Despite my largely negative feelings towards the place going all the way back to the Aladdin days, we really enjoyed our stay at Planet Hollywood. There were quite a few things to really like about the place. The room, while not the most luxurious in town, was much more than acceptable. There is a good variety of dining options from fast to fine. The Miracle Mile mall attached to it is actually affordable unlike most of the shopping in the neighborhood and the location is great with a lot within a short walk. The one big downside would be the casino. It's loaded with Harrah's standard inventory of crappy games but it is a pretty nice place to play thats open and airy. The pool also isn't the most impressive as it's largely a concrete slab but works if you just want sun and water. All in all, if you are not looking for serious gambling or a 5-star room, Planet Hollywood makes a decent mid-level choice, great for first timers or people looking to party.

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Name: JC
Time: January 11, 2011 11:44 pm
Wow, that pool is boring enough to make NY-NY's look like Mandalay Bay! Also, kinda creepy that they place the hairdryer on the ledge next to the tub, even though it isn't plugged in. Just doesn't seem like the ideal place to leave an electrical device.
Name: Rob
Time: January 12, 2011 11:27 am
JC, I hear ya on the PH pool. Definitely one of the weak spots of the resort. Its funny you mentioned the hair dryer on the edge of the tub. I had the same exact thought the second I saw it!!!
Name: Dave
Time: January 13, 2011 12:29 pm
I stayed at PH back in the Aladdin days, circa 2004. I remember the walls being paper-thin. Is that still the case?

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