Get a sneak peek of downtown Las Vegas’ newest resort

Note this date: Nov. 12, 2013 (i.e., 11/12/13). It’s going to be an important one on the calendar of major developments that have played a role in the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. This will be the day when Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is officially launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The exterior of the Downtown Grand

The exterior and Third Street entrance of Downtown Grand

However, if you’d like to get an early look at the resort, you can stop by for a sneak peek beginning on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. It’s the public’s first chance to step inside the former Lady Luck, which closed in February 2006. Since then, the property has been completely gutted and made over during its transformation into Downtown Grand, a cool and contemporary hotel/casino that exudes urban flair.

Situated on Third Street between Stewart and Ogden avenues, Downtown Grand is just steps from The Mob Museum and a short stroll from both Fremont Street Experience and the vibrant bar scene in the Fremont East Entertainment District, which will be rocking and feasting out this weekend thanks to the Life Is Beautiful festival.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be among the first to check out Downtown Grand’s stylish new interior and casino floor. The property also boasts several hip bars (the Art Bar, Mob Bar and Furnace) and restaurants (Stewart + Ogden, Red Mansion Chinese Restaurant and The Spread) as well as what’s sure to be the must-visit pool scene of next spring/summer: Picnic, which has been dubbed “an urban rooftop pool retreat.”

And just in case you can’t make this early viewing period or the grand opening festivities, steal a quick look here. We’ve created a slideshow of photos so you can see all of Downtown Grand’s amazing new amenities right now – and then go to and make reservations for an upcoming visit!

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I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at 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+.