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Life Will Be A 'Picnic' At Downtown Grand

February 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (5)

When it comes to the under-construction Downtown Grand, we went from 'does Downtown Vegas really need another hotel-casino' to 'how fast can this thing open?' After a media sneak preview which allowed us to get all up in the Kool-Aid of Fifth Street Gaming, we have discovered that we can't get enough of it.

Since then, we have shown you glimpses into the Downtown Grand's rooms, its restaurants and room service, and have answered some of your top questions about the property as a whole. Now, we look at another way Downtown Grand will change the downtown game -- its pool.

Not only a pool, it will be a sprawling 35,000-square-foot rooftop experience dubbed, Picnic. The design board which serves as the inspiration for what is to come can be seen above. Downtown Grand refers to it as an "urban rooftop pool retreat." And, it sounds like it will instantly become the top pool in the neighborhood. (Sorry, Golden Nugget.)

Executives say the pool will be an oasis, with not just the obvious pool and accompanying seating, but also a full restaurant, a bar, outdoor gaming, screens for movie viewing, and -- wait for it -- grass. Yes, real grass. And, the coup de grace? It will be open to non-guests. (Although, we're not sure yet if there will be a fee attached to that; but, at least you won't be shown immediately back downstairs if you don't have a room key.)

The scope of the pool experience required Downtown Grand to sink four large pillars through the space destined to be their casino. But, instead of being an eyesore, officials are creatively using the posts to give the casino's center bar the appearance of a furnace in a nod to the neon factory which once sat on the site.

Old rendering alert! Provided just for perspective!

(PHOTOS: Fifth Street Gaming

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Roof pool!

Lets see....
Roof pool...CHECK
112 Degrees...DOUBLE CHECK
35 Wankers Fresh From A Detroit Winter..... TRIPLE CHECK.
Extra Hospital Beds?  PLENTY!

@Turnip579

The pool won't be on top of the hotel tower! It will be on top of the casino so probably on the third floor or so. I threw in an old rendering to provide some perspective.

Interesting

An interesting concept.

I have a feeling like the real grass will be patches or in the far corners.

Im very much a pool guy, so Im very excited for this!

Fun Times

a new downtown hotel and casino,,,,well thats nice,,,,,away from the canopy,,,more breathing room....l would assume this is gonna be an upscale hotel..compare to what they have at the fremont street...more amenities,,,,

Fun Times

a new downtown hotel and casino,,,,well thats nice,,,,,away from the canopy,,,more breathing room....l would assume this is gonna be an upscale hotel..compare to what they have at the fremont street...more amenities,,,,

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