10 Confusing Things About Las Vegas, Unconfused

Las Vegas can be confusing at times. As a public service, we’ll now endeavor to unconfuse some of the more confusing things in Las Vegas.

1. Frankie Moreno vs. Frank Marino

Las Vegas performers Frankie Moreno and Frank Marino have very similar names, so visitors often get them mixed up, despite some obvious differences. Frankie Moreno performs at Stratosphere. Frank Marino is a female impersonator at The Linq Hotel & Casino (formerly The Quad).

Frankie Moreno Frank Marino
Frank Marino is the one with more lip liner.

2. Palm Restaurant vs. Palms Hotel

While you might think so, the quite excellent Palm Restaurant (in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace) has nothing whatsoever to do with the off-Strip Palms Casino Resort. There will be a quiz.

Palm Restaurant
The Palm Restaurant. Try the chicken parm.

Just to keep you on your toes, within the Palms hotel is a boutique hotel, Palms Place.

Palms Hotel
The Sky Villas, on top of the Palms’ Fantasy Tower, are some of the most expensive in the world.

3. Caesars Palace vs. Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Palace is a Las Vegas resort owned by a company called Caesars Entertainment. Take care, because people will often use “Caesars” to refer to the hotel or the company. Caesars, the resort, has much better food.

Caesars Palace
Remember, Caesars Palace doesn’t have an apostrophe.

Caesars Entertainment has been in the news a lot lately. Probably not in a way it would like to be in the news. Read more.

Yes, this tattoo actually happened.

4. Carnaval Court vs. Carnival World Buffet

Two of Caesars’ offerings (see how confusing that can be?) are Carnaval Court, an open-air bar and club outside Harrah’s Las Vegas, and one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, Carnival World Buffet.

Carnaval Court
Many a Las Vegas memory has been created and completely forgotten at Carnaval Court.

Carnival World Buffet was the undisputed king of Las Vegas buffets until others took the limelight, like Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan and Bacchanal at Caesars Palace.

Carnival World Buffet
The Rio’s buffet serves up 1,200 pounds of crab legs each day.

5. The Park at New York-New York vs. Park on Fremont

This is another example of two things that sound similar but which are quite different. The Park is the name of a new pedestrian promenade at New York-New York and Monte Carlo. The Park will serve as a connection between Las Vegas Boulevard and the new MGM-AEG arena. Downtown, however, there’s a restaurant and bar called Park on Fremont.

Construction at the MGM-AEG arena site is well under way.

We’re thinking that for clarity’s sake, they should have called it Drink on Fremont.

Park on Fremont
Park on Fremont is a gastropub, whatever those might be.

6. Club Casino Royale vs. Casino Royale

Just about everyone’s heard of Casino Royale. The confusion comes in because at Monte Carlo, there’s a gift shop called Club Casino Royale. The shop specializes in Monte Carlo souvenirs and Las Vegas-themed merchandise.

Club Casino Royale
Nowhere even remotely near Casino Royale.

The Casino Royale casino is opening a new White Castle restaurant soon. Yeah, everybody’s freaking out.

Casino Royale
Casino Royale is a throwback to a time where value and cigarette smoke ruled The Strip.

7. Planet Hollywood Hotel vs. Planet Hollywood Restaurant

This one’s tricky! There’s the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, currently the home of Britney Spears and Gordon Ramsay. But there’s another Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Specifically, the Planet Hollywood restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars. (This would explain the seemingly out-of-place Planet Hollywood sign outside Caesars Palace.)

Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood was formerly the Aladdin. Elvis and Priscilla Presley got hitched there.

There’s no Planet Hollywood restaurant at Planet Hollywood. Hey, nobody said this would be easy.

Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood restaurant at the Forum Shops. We were not aware Planet Hollywood International also owns Buca di Beppo restaurants. We should get out more.

8. Bally’s vs. Bally Technologies

Again, close, but unrelated. Bally’s Las Vegas is a hotel resort at the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Its claim to fame is it’s the location of the last classic showgirl show in Las Vegas, “Jubilee!” Bally Technologies is a slot machine manufacturing company with no showgirls whatsoever, unfortunately.

Bally's Las Vegas
Bally’s was formerly the MGM Grand. Brain full yet?

Bally Technologies was recently purchased by a competitor, Scientific Games, for $3.3 billion. Yes, dollars.

The company that purchased Ballys Technologies, Scientific Games, is controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman, who this blog would very much like the blog to adopt it.

9. Linq Promenade vs. Linq Hotel

The Linq shopping center is between Flamingo Las Vegas and Linq Hotel & Casino. The Linq Hotel & Casino is a new name for an old hotel. As we mentioned, the Linq Hotel was previously called The Quad (for about two years, long story), and before that it was the Imperial Palace. The Linq shopping promenade is home to the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, the High Roller. (A bit of possible confusion there, too, as there was once a High Roller roller coaster atop the Stratosphere. It closed in 2005.)

The Linq Hotel got its start as the Flamingo Capri motel, back in the day.

The Linq promenade has numerous restaurants, as well as Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley and entertainment venue. But mostly a giant Ferris wheel. We may have written about it before.

Look for O’Sheas. It’s namesake casino closed in 2012. The new O’Sheas is one of the most popular parts of The Linq and also The Linq.

10. Hard Rock Hotel vs. Hard Rock Cafe(s)

Wrapping up our list of baffling things in Las Vegas is the Hard Rock. Which one, you ask? Great question. First, there’s the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Pretty straightforward. However, outside the Hard Rock casino is the Hard Rock Cafe. On The Strip, near M&M’s World, is another Hard Rock Cafe. So, if you’re meeting up with friends, take your pick, but make sure you’re headed to the same place.

Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel is known for its rock memorabilia. The Hard Rock name is believed to have been inspired by The Doors.

The Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel can be spotted by this big-ass guitar. There’s another protruding from the hotel.

Hard Rock Cafe guitar
This Gibson guitar is 45 feet tall. The designer of the guitar was Les Paul, a guitarist and luthier. A luthier is someone who makes lutes or other string instruments. Because it’s not useless information if it wins you a bar bet someday.

Here’s the Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.

Hard Rock Cafe
It appears this Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip is doing something inappropriate to Denny’s.

Hopefully, we’ve been able to sort out some things in Las Vegas that require sorting and unpuzzle some things that cause puzzlement for Las Vegas visitors. If you have more examples of baffling things about Las Vegas, we’d love to hear them.