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What's Happening With Hotels?
Several hotels are taking advantage of the desire to refresh and renew existing spaces. Some are investing in expansion while others are putting the money into modernizing and revamping existing structures to bring more value to their customers. By providing new and refurbished spaces for guests, the hotels keep the history of their name recognition while providing the latest in amenity upgrades.

Golden Gate Hotel and Casino: This 105-year-old property recently announced a $12 million renovation project, the largest since the hotel’s 1906 opening. The casino expansion, expected to be complete by March 2012, will move the hotel lobby to a new five-story structure adjoining the existing building. The new 30,000-square-foot structure will feature 14 hotel suites, two 1,600-square-foot penthouse suites and conference rooms with an expected to opening in May 2012.

Lady Luck: At the north end of downtown, Lady Luck is undergoing a major retrofit and renovation as part of a more than $100 million redevelopment of that area. Changes include the addition of meeting space and a rooftop pool, the renovation of 634 guestrooms and the casino and the replacement of 50 hotel rooms with a spa, fitness room and public spaces. Lady Luck also is making modifications to minimize the pedestrian bridge connecting its hotel towers.

Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo: Opened in October 2011, the expansion of Margaritaville at the Flamingo connects the restaurant with the Flamingo Hotel, putting 15,000 square feet of previously unused space to good use with the Margaritaville Casino. The Flamingo spent $10 million adding 22 table games, 220 slot machines and the focal-point 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. The theme for the space includes island-beach flooring, specially designed table felt and chairs and Jimmy Buffet–inspired lime-slice light fixtures. It is predicted that this addition will spur additional refreshing of the Flamingo’s public areas.

MGM Grand: The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino announced a $160 million remodel of its main tower, projected for completion by fall 2012. The remodel includes 3,570 guestrooms and 642 suites in the main tower as part of a 360-degree property renovation that will include updates to everything from the rooms to the hotel’s entertainment, dining and nightlife experiences in an effort offer a premier hospitality experience. The room remodel includes new vibrant fabrics and paint to complement contemporary, comfortable furnishings as well as environmentaly responsibility. With comfort and sustainability in mind, the rooms will feature energy-saving solar shades and thermostats, water-saving faucets and showers and 100-percent biodegradable yet luxurious bath amenities. Already redesigned is the hotel’s High Limit Slot Room, featuring handcarved elements and painted artwork throughout the red, black, cream and chocolate brown color scheme.

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace: Set to open in summer 2012, the much anticipated Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Lounge is closer to completion. A hotel-within-a-hotel concept, the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace replaces the existing Centurion Tower in a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. The luxurious, boutique-style hotel will be designed around energized public spaces and is touted as the ultimate playground for stylemakers and trendsetters. The hotel will host 180 rooms infused with Nobu’s signature Japanese elegance as well as an 11,200-square-foot restaurant and lounge at the tower’s base. Private check-in and room service from classically trained Tokyo chef Nobu Matsuhisa are some of the amenities guests will enjoy.

Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace
: Octavius Tower, the new 668-room hotel tower at Caesars Palace, opened for guests on January 2, 2012. The resort’s sixth tower, the Octavius is a luxurious resort with a private entrance, separate hotel lobby and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis and gardens. The opening of the tower marks a major milestone in the $860 million renaissance of Caesars Palace, which also has included the opening of the restaurant Central by award-winning chef Michel Richard.

Plaza Hotel
: The Plaza recently completed renovations and reopened as a modern and sophisticated hotel and casino. The $35 million renovation included a refurbished lobby, 1,037 remodeled guestrooms and suites, and a new 800,000-square-foot casino floor and race and sports book. Also opened with the remodel were assorted fine dining options, including Zaba’s Mexican Grill, Hash House a Go Go and Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill. New to the Plaza’s famed glass dome is the Oscar Goodman steakhouse and lounge, which opened in November 2011.

Some future plans waiting in the wings but not forgotten include the boutique Charlie Palmer Hotel planned for the 61-acre Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas. Economic factors have continued to stall the proposed 426-room, nongaming hotel adjacent to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts under construction in the park. The same goes for the proposed casino-hotel by Forest City in the same area, which is a 47-story, 1,000-room hotel and gaming tower with a 120,000-square-foot casino plus retail, restaurants and meeting spaces, swimming pools and a spa facility. Another development in the works is Project Linq, which brings a Ferris wheel to the Strip. This project will impact various hotel properties, including the Flamingo, O’Shea’s and the Imperial Palace.

Continue to look for new developments to the everchanging Vegas hotel scene. Good old gems are being polished up to compete with the shiny new additions by offering new services and amenities to rival the new and innovative startups.

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