Anyhoo, during an opening day media tour of the D, led by its owner and CEO Derek Stevens, VegasChatter got an inside look at the property's dramatic transformation. The D, by the way, stands for downtown Las Vegas, Derek Stevens and Detroit (which happens to be Stevens' hometown).
Here's a rundown of what's changed (and what hasn't):
Every single room was remodeled with deep reds, dark woods, gaming-inspired artwork and all the modern amenities. The suite design is inspired by classic menswear, featuring pinstripe couches, houndstooth carpeting and other masculine touches, such as black marble countertops in the wet bar and artwork made from men's ties. Stevens said that, in staying true to his Detroit roots, all the hotel furniture was manufactured in the United States. The hotel hallways, however, have yet to be remodeled, so expect popcorn ceilings and gaudy carpet before you enter your lavish accommodations.
The sleek red, black and white D Bar outside the hotel's front entrance features flair bartenders, flirty dancers and frozen drinks. Long Bar (it's long and it's a bar) stretches across the first floor of the casino. Stevens ensures that fellow Detroit fans can catch all their favorite games on one of the bars' massive flat screens.
The first floor exudes a more modern vibe with dancing dealers. The second floor is Vintage Vegas (as in, not really remodeled) with retro music and coin-operated machines, including Sigma Derby. Yet another nuance of Motor City, Stevens said the D will only give away American-made cars during casino promotions.
Those walking along the Fremont Street Experience will enjoy a colorful graphics light show outside the D which Stevens describes as a technology tapestry. Those going up the new escalator to the Vintage Vegas casino will come face to face with 40 flat screens forming one massive screen of swirling designs and other surprises.
Straight from Detroit, the iconic, family-owned American Coney Island serves up traditional coney dogs at its first out-of-state location. If you don't know what a coney dog is, then you need to go try one. Like right now. We're not joking. Turn off your computer and head downtown to the D immediately. You're welcome.
Immediately following the tour, The D's opening celebration featured a stellar as always performance by Jason Tenner and his band Purple Reign from his the Prince tribute show. (We should mention that it did, indeed, start raining during their performance. But, it wasn't purple.) Purple Reign performs in the (un-renovated) D showroom. Tenner previously told VegasChatter he hopes to decorate it with more Princely touches.
Stevens (as well as his brother and business partner Greg Stevens) thanked the Goodmans for their "infectious energy" in revitalizing downtown. Finally, he invited the public to come in and explore the property, but not before paying homage to his hometown team: "Let's go, Tigers!"