With construction progressing toward an early 2014 opening, new renderings of Gansevoort Las Vegas were presented to the media at a party held in Drai’s After Hours at Bally’s last night. These images depict the latest version of the resort’s exterior as well as some interior design elements in its rooms and corridors.
Necessitating a complete overhaul of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, Gansevoort Las Vegas will have 188 apartment-style guest rooms, an Italian restaurant by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool experience by nightlife visionary Victor Drai.
In collaboration with Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the developers of Gansevoort Las Vegas are father-and-son team William and Michael Achenbaum of the New York-based Gansevoort Hotel Group. The company is best known for its flagship Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC property, which opened in 2004. A lavish urban resort, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC provides luxury accommodations, hip dining and nightlife options, and gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Gansevoort Hotel Group’s portfolio also includes the chic Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC and Gansevoort Turks + Caicos in the Caribbean.
“We’re excited to work with Caesars, Giada and Victor, of course,” said Michael Achenbaum, president of Gansevoort Hotel Group, during the event.
He commented that “the spectacular location in Las Vegas” – situated next to the Flamingo and across from both Caesars Palace and Bally’s at the center of the Strip and in the heart of all the action – was a perfect opportunity to create a standalone resort offering “a true boutique luxury experience.” Achenbaum believes the type of personalized service and “extra level of detail” that Gansevoort Las Vegas will offer is something the megaresorts with room counts upwards of 4,000 are unable to do.
Costing an estimated $185 million, the project is being shaped by Leo A Daly, an internationally acclaimed architecture and engineering firm. Among the things you can expect to see inside Gansevoort Las Vegas is a fully remodeled, 64,000-square-foot ground floor. This will include a 40,000-square-foot casino that expands into a new entertainment space as well as a new reception area, lobby bar, ultra lounge and retail outlets. The legendary Drai’s After Hours club, which was originally located below the ground floor, will also return to that spot from its temporary location at Bally’s.
“What has been most unique about this project is the opportunity to work on an old-time Vegas landmark with such a high-profile, influential group of gaming and hospitality partners,” said Arnie Martinez, project manager for Leo A Daly Las Vegas, in a recently released statement. “In addition, each element of the project is being built at the same time and is a project unto itself. Every facet of the project must be integrated seamlessly.”
Leo A Daly is also at the helm of making Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub a reality. Renderings of this venue’s stunning rooftop deck were available for the media to view as well. They displayed two large, curvilinear pools surrounded by palm trees, bars, daybeds and extravagant cabanas – many of which boast private hot tubs. There was a prominently placed, elegantly draped stage for DJs. After the sun sets, the beach club will transition into a nightclub, complete with music and dancing.
“The roof deck is really the ‘wow’ factor,” said Francis X. Dumont, vice president and design director for Leo A Daly Las Vegas, in the same statement. “Here we have designed a stunning new destination resort, replacing an outdated dive bar and casino with a facility that provides outstanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. The property is meant to evoke a feeling of romance and excitement – and we believe the designs for the new casino, rooftop club, guest rooms, lobby and restaurant are a real knockout.”
Speaking of the rooms, those have been conceptualized by the interior design firm Tandem Las Vegas, and they are truly outstanding. Evoking a Parisian feel and melding classic and contemporary décor, each one will have a dark wood floor, an accent brick wall and an ornately framed, floor-to-ceiling mirror. Pops of rich color (like teal and violet) will infuse the space with sophistication. In the bathrooms, guests will be captivated by the showers, which are covered with glittering silver tiles along with mosaics that flaunt sayings like “Let them eat cake” in both English and French.
“There’s always going to be a little surprise – something unexpected that’s hidden behind or included [in the rooms],” explained Achenbaum. “A tremendous amount of thought went into them.”
In late August, Giada De Laurentiis, the well-known author and television personality on the Food Network, revealed that she would join Gansevoort Las Vegas by launching her first restaurant there. The 10,000-square-foot eatery will be situated on the second floor and have a patio that will also showcase breathtaking views of the Strip and Fountains of Bellagio. Her Italian cuisine will embrace her birthplace of Rome, while intermingling some lighter, Californian influences.
“Ever since I was a little girl hanging out at my grandfather’s restaurant, I’ve dreamed of having a restaurant of my own,” said De Laurentiis in that announcement. “I’ve held back on past opportunities because I really wanted to be ready for the responsibility and challenges that come with a restaurant. Now, I couldn’t be more excited about working with Gansevoort Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment to turn this dream into a delicious reality. The location, the al fresco dining and the views were just too good to pass up!”
Indeed, when looking ahead to next year’s opening and beyond, the new renderings and developments at Gansevoort Las Vegas couldn’t be more perfect for the Entertainment Capital of the World.