Hotel construction in Las Vegas is more spirited and dynamic than ever. Are you curious about some of the projects currently underway at resorts both on and off the Strip? In addition to the creation of two open-air districts, three newly converted hotels will debut in 2014. Plus, several existing resorts are expanding their offerings. They will unveil everything from a lavish villa to new bars, restaurants and shopping experiences. Here’s a list of 10 noteworthy developments (in no particular order) to watch out for in the year ahead – so you can plan your next visit!
1.) SLS Las Vegas: This $415 million transformation is taking place at the former Sahara Hotel & Casino situated on the north end of the Strip at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. It’s helmed by Sam Nazarian’s hospitality and entertainment company SBE. When SLS Las Vegas is launched, it will add 1,600 guest rooms and suites to the city along with 30,000 square feet of meeting space. There will be uber-trendy shops created by retail guru Fred Segal and a cool collection of restaurants including The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck, Umami Burger, The Griddle Café and Cleo, which will showcase chef Danny Elmaleh’s contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. SLS Las Vegas is projected to open in fall.
2.) The not-yet-named resort on the northeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard: Formerly known as Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, this property owned by Caesars Entertainment is in the midst of a $180 million overhaul. Although an earlier partnership with Gansevoort Hotel Group ended, construction is progressing at a steady pace toward an early to mid 2014 opening, and plans still call for the boutique resort with 188 apartment-style rooms to feature an Italian eatery by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis (it will the first restaurant for the Food Network television personality) and a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool experience by nightlife visionary Victor Drai. Several names have been floated for the resort, with The Cromwell being the one that has the most rumors around it.
3.) Delano Las Vegas: Craving an edgy yet sophisticated and chic hotel experience? In August 2012, MGM Resorts International announced a partnership with Morgans Hotel Group along with plans to transform THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into the Delano Las Vegas. Although construction has not yet begun (it’s likely to commence this spring), a fall opening is estimated. In addition to revamping all 1,100 rooms, the property’s bars, lounge, spa and restaurants will also be redone in order to bring the style and luxurious service of the original Delano South Beach to the Strip.
4.) The Linq and The Quad: By the end of May, you’ll see a complete metamorphosis of the corridor between The Quad and Flamingo. The Linq is to be a massive $550 million open-air, pedestrian-only district filled with restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues. Its centerpiece will be a giant observation wheel called the High Roller. Caesars Entertainment, which owns The Quad and Flamingo, is developing The Linq. A few tenants made their debuts in the closing days of 2013: the resurrected O’Sheas Casino, Chayo Mexican Kitchen, the Purple Zebra, The Haute Doggery, Koto and Starbucks. Among those businesses yet to appear are Sprinkles Cupcakes, a bakery established in Beverly Hills, and the rock-influenced pizza joint Flour & Barley by Billy Richardson. Brooklyn Bowl, a highly acclaimed entertainment establishment from New York, will feature concerts, bowling, award-winning food and a vibrant nightlife scene. Also expect to see a Tilted Kilt and the largest Yard House in the country in The Linq. On top of that, in early 2014 The Quad will cap off its makeover by finishing interior renovations to the casino floor as well as introducing the first Las Vegas restaurant by Guy Fieri, the host of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
5.) New York-New York and Monte Carlo: Not to be outdone by Caesars Entertainment, in April 2013 MGM Resorts International announced plans for its own comprehensive $100 million outdoor plaza project. It involves remodeling the front facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo to showcase hip new eateries (like Shake Shack, Sambalatte, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Double Barrel Roadhouse), shops and a truly sweet attraction – Hershey’s Chocolate World, which will be a two-story, interactive facility that celebrates Hershey’s-branded products. Instead of an observation wheel, this district will be anchored by a 20,000-seat arena developed in conjunction with AEG. Between the two hotels leading back toward the arena, visitors will discover a park-like environment featuring performance spaces, dining pavilions and secluded spots for relaxation. Construction is already well underway. Actually, New York-New York’s iconic marquee, which was installed in 1997, is being taken down today and transported to The Neon Museum. Likewise, the Monte Carlo has been bidding adieu to its formal European-style exterior. Completion of the project is anticipated for the first half of 2014.
6.) Bally’s: Amid a flurry of developments late last year, Caesars Entertainment revealed plans for the $50 million Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. Scheduled to open this fall, the 2-acre outdoor retail complex will be located at the front of the property, which is situated on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. Inspired by great markets from around the world, the Grand Bazaar Shops will have 150 outlets ranging in size from 150 to 300 square feet. Several tenants have already been signed including Swatch, Superdry, Havaianas and Campo Marzio. More than a third of the space will be dedicated to restaurants, bars and food outlets. The focal point of the Grand Bazaar Shops will be a spectacular tower called the Swarovski Crystal Starburst. Positioned over the brand’s store, it will display a dazzling midnight show of lights and music.
7.) Treasure Island: In an effort to expand its retail offerings, Treasure Island is erecting a new shopping complex at the resort’s northeast corner with a frontage that will run along Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road. Spanning three stories and about 48,000 square feet, many elements of this project have yet to be announced. In fact, the only tenant disclosed so far is CVS, a leading pharmacy and drug store chain. The opening date is also targeted for fall.
8.) Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace: Soon you can experience the ultimate high life! Currently under construction at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace is the rooftop Nobu Villa. Measuring 10,300 square feet, this lavish villa with a 4,700-square-foot terrace that overlooks the Strip is poised to provide remarkable and unforgettable Vegas getaways. A partner in Nobu Hospitality group, actor Robert De Niro came to get a progress check last October. Along with picturesque views and stunning décor, Nobu Villa is sure to boast impeccable service. It’s projected to be finished in early 2014.
9.) South Point: Partnering with Priefert Manufacturing, South Point has launched a multimillion dollar expansion of its arena. Scheduled to open this summer and be called the Priefert Pavilion, it will add two new climate-controlled arena venues spanning 100,000 square feet to the existing South Point Arena and Equestrian Center. Priefert Manufacturing is a leading developer of rodeo equipment. The creation of Priefert Pavilion is expected to expand the South Point’s capabilities in attracting and hosting larger equestrian events, such as rodeos and breeders shows, in Las Vegas. Ground for the new facility was broken last spring as part of a joint project that will also see the arrival of a new bowling tournament facility at the South Point in 2015.
10.) JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino: Attention bingo fans, mark your calendars for this spring! JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Rampart Casino have begun building a brand new bingo room. Located about 25 to 30 minutes northwest of the Strip, these laid-back properties are thrilled to see the casino’s gaming lineup enhanced with a 300-capacity venue for bingo enthusiasts that will offer top-of-the-line technology with the FortuNet’s BingoStar system and a nonsmoking section.
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