Farewell, Bill’s!

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Today Caesars Entertainment announced it will be closing Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon for remodeling on Feb. 4, 2013. The corporation has secured funding for $185 million that will be used to transform the existing Old West-themed resort into a “boutique lifestyle hotel and casino.”

“The renovated property will provide visitors with a sophisticated, upscale experience, including a unique rooftop pool and club, which will have a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip,” said Gary Loveman, the chairman, CEO and president of Caesars Entertainment.

Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon

An exterior view at sunset of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon

Spanning 65,000 square feet, this hip new water world – the pool combined with a dayclub/nightclub venue – will be developed by Drai Management Group. The company currently operates Drai’s After Hours, Bill’s hugely popular ultra lounge that caters to late-night partiers by opening at 1 a.m.

Plans are also in the works for a complete remodeling of the resort’s guest rooms, casino floor and common areas. Plus, a new restaurant will be added on the second floor.

Built by Michael Gaughan and originally opened in 1979 as the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino, it became Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon in 2007 after being acquired by Caesars Entertainment. The renovated resort is expected to be relaunched with a new moniker that better reflects its modern, trendy vibe.

“This project exemplifies our strategy to develop new experiences that will help attract a broader spectrum of visitors to Las Vegas and our properties,” said Loveman.

Scheduled to open in early 2014, the rebranded resort will employ more than 1,000 people.

 

Renee LiButti

I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.

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