Make (or break) your New Year’s resolution in one of our new (or old) hotels

Maybe it’s your New Year’s resolution to be thinner. Or maybe you want to be kinder to strangers and animals. There’s not really much I can do to help you with that. Sorry.


PH Towers studio room.

Now if your dream for 2010 involves coming to Vegas and staying at a brand new hotel, well then by golly, you’re in luck. That I can help you with. Not only did the city gain a 67-acre urban metropolis when CityCenter and its multiple hotels opened earlier this month, but today marks the opening of two more hotel towers, HRH Tower and PH Towers.

Come Jan. 1 (less than a week away), you will have thousands of brand spanking new hotel rooms to choose from when planning your Vegas vacation. You will also have several new restaurants and a handful of new nightclubs, lounges and spas.

HRH Tower standard room.

Although Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel stopped offering lodging as a result of the slow economy (the casino is still operational), downtown Las Vegas did add the Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget in November.

Plus, we haven’t imploded anything lately, so if you already have a favorite place to stay and play, it’s probably still standing.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the Sin City’s newest hotel options:  

  • CityCenter, located on the Las Vegas Strip between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio, includes Aria, a 61-story, 4004-room gaming resort; the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Vdara Hotel & Spa; and Crystals, a 50,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. The Harmon boutique hotel and Veer Towers will open in 2010. One of the world’s largest green development, CityCenter earned six Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. Aria alone is home to 15 restaurants, a nightclub, a spa, a Cirque show and much more.
  • Described as a sophisticated, more mature rock ’n’ roll experience, HRH Towers adds 359 standard suites, eight spa villas (opening directly into the pool area), seven penthouse suites, 40,000 square feet of casino space, a new spa and a new nightclub to the Hard Rock Hotel property.  A brand new parking garage offers VIP entrance to the HRH Tower. The new nightclub, Vanity, will open its doors to ring in 2010 on Dec. 31. Read more about HRH Tower
  • The 52-story all-suite PH Towers will begin welcoming guests today (timeshare owners began moving in last week). The tower has 1,200 rooms and includes a pool (opening next summer) and a lobby bar. It is connected to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, offering a private retreat for guests.
  • The $150 million Rush Tower opened in November, adding almost 500 new rooms to the Golden Nugget hotel in downtown Las Vegas. The Rush Tower also introduced the Chart House Aquarium restaurant, a 50,000-gallon tropical aquarium, a private swimming pool with six cabanas, additional casino games and three new retail venues.