Former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon gets new name: The Cromwell

The Cromwell

A rendering of the exterior of The Cromwell (image courtesy of Caesars Entertainment)

It’s official. The Cromwell is the new name of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, which sits on the northeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Owned by Caesars Entertainment and currently in the midst of a $185 million overhaul, the property described as a “lifestyle luxury boutique hotel” is slated to debut in spring 2014.

The reservation system for The Cromwell will open to the general public on Feb. 24, 2014, while members of the Total Rewards loyalty program can make their bookings a few days earlier on Feb. 21, 2014.

Although a former partnership with Gansevoort Hotel Group ended late last year, construction on the project is progressing at a steady pace.

Plans still call for The Cromwell to house 169 rooms and 19 suites for a total of 188 accommodations. Evoking a Parisian feel and melding classic and contemporary décor, each standard room will have a dark wood floor, an accent wall with decorative wallpaper and an ornately framed, floor-to-ceiling mirror. Pops of rich violet color will infuse the space with sophistication. The bathrooms will have only a shower (no tub). The shower walls will be covered floor-to-ceiling with mosaics that flaunt sayings like “Let them eat cake” in both English and French.

Construction on The Cromwell

A shot of construction progress at The Cromwell taken on Jan. 17, 2014 (photo by Kristine McKenzie/

The Cromwell will also feature the first restaurant by chef Giada De Laurentiis called Giada. The well-known author and Food Network television personality is excited about the 10,000-square-foot eatery that will be situated on The Cromwell’s second floor. It will have a patio that will also showcase breathtaking views of the Strip and the Fountains of Bellagio. De Laurentiis’ Italian cuisine will embrace her birthplace of Rome, while blending in some lighter Californian influences. Signature dishes will include lemon spaghetti, eggplant rollatini, marsala herb chicken meatballs and lemon ricotta cookies.

Another highlight of The Cromwell will be Drai’s Nightclub & Beach Club. The 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck by nightlife visionary Victor Drai will offer both daytime and evening party experiences.

Victor Drai intends to launch an additional sleek venue in The Cromwell. The legendary Drai’s After Hours club, which was originally situated below the ground floor of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, will return to that spot from Bally’s, where it is temporarily located now.

Caesars Entertainment has also rolled out a video with a look at The Cromwell composed primarily of artist renderings of the hotel and Drai’s, video of chef Giada De Laurentiis as well as stock footage of the Las Vegas Strip, gambling and partying.

Here is a slideshow of renderings that also offer a look at a standard king room, a bathroom and a room corridor in The Cromwell.

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