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It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
In Vegas, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see a lot of things coming. For every grand opening, there's a very predictable grand closing just off in the wings. Some things are announced and you just know there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks they are going to become reality. But, the biggest Vegas surprise of 2013 was a true shocker, happening out of the blue and over a weekend, no less.
Take it or leave it, but the rumor mill fired up over the weekend and spat out a new name for Bill's --
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We don't know enough about the goings on to call it work as usual, but there was some work -- or at least, construction workers -- on-site this week at (placeholder here).
Natural curiousity led two VegasChatter members to point their lenses at what was once
Barbary Coast Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon Gansevoort Las Vegas earlier this week. A deal between the hotel brand and Caesars Entertainment to turn the property into a chic boutique falling through just days ago.
The photos in the gallery below were captured on Wednesday (10/23) by VC uber photographer Greg C. while the full-size images on this page were snapped one day later by contributing editor @sammasseur.
Now that news has settled in about Gansevoort Las Vegas getting dropped by Caesars Entertainment, we're wondering what brand (if any) may go in its stead. While we suspect Caesars will end up keeping the revamped Bill's all to themselves now -- maybe by billing it as "The Real Caesars Palace" or The GO Hotel, a luxury spin-off of the Flamingo (they can keep the G initial, at least) -- it doesn't hurt to speculate about another boutique name that could brand the joint.
Our first thought goes to W Hotels which wanted to open in Las Vegas in 2009 but, ultimately, crapped out.. However, we don't think W has their eye on Vegas, anymore. The brand has gotten a little bit snobbish towards America, choosing only to open in exotic international locations.
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The past few days have been chaos for Caesars Entertainment. First, Caesars was asked to withdraw their Massachusetts casino project. Then, they dropped Gansevoort as a partner because of possible ties to the Russian mob. Then, there was a shooting at Bally’s this morning. And, now there are reports about money laundering allegations at Caesars Palace.
This all happened between Saturday and 7 a.m. today. WHEW!
Shocking pretty much sums it up.
Saturday evening, the Internet imploded when Bloomberg reported that Caesars Entertainment was ending its partnership with Gansevoort. The why is messy. Caesars Entertainment apparently dropped out of a project to bring a casino to East Boston after running into questions about a Gansevoort investor's alleged Russian mob ties. We said it was messy. You can read the full report here. Bottom line: the deal between the two brands to renovate and rebrand Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon on The Strip is kaput.
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While Gansevoort gives us a revealing glimpse of the rooftop pool parties to come, its star chef, Giada De Laurentiis is giving us a new eyeful of her own. (As opposed to the eyefuls we've become accustomed to. And, since Caesars Entertainment is involved here, we'll continue to demand.)
The Food Network personality will open her first restaurant inside Gansevoort when it makes its Strip debut in 'early 2014.' This evening, Giada revealed a detailed exterior rendering for her apparently self-named restaurant (a name has not been officially announced) on Facebook. It's shown above. Below is the text that accompanied it:
Gansevoort Hotel Group co-founder and president Micheal Achenbaum and nightlife dude Victor Drai invited us to take a peek at the coming hotel's latest renderings last night. Well, we were with a select group of media, but we know we had to be first on the email chain.
As a reminder, Gansevoort will be debut in the former Bill's Gambling Hall location in March(ish) 2014. Opening remarks didn't reveal any new details other than it's across the street from Caesars Palace, instead execs chose to focus on how a smaller, 188-room boutique hotel will allow the Gansevoort team to provide a luxury experience for its guests. With that being the case, let's look to the newly released renderings to see what we can surmise:
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Every single day that passes Bill's Gambling Hall looks a little less like Bill's and a little more like Gansevoort. But, there's still a long way to go on the project as we witnessed on our recent walk around the construction site.
As is seen in the artist renderings of the final product, there will be a two large lower levels, followed by a slight change to the outer facade of the upper levels. From what we could see, they are seemingly done with the demolition of the ground and second level, but there's still plenty to do with the Flamingo Road-facing side of the property.
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Most folks remark about how much Vegas has changed based on weeks, months or even years of elapsed time. Lately, it's happening within days. Right now, we'll focus on the transformation underway between The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and Bill's (soon to be Gansevoort Las Vegas).
As shown above, the demolition continues at Bill's. This photo was taken Thursday afternoon by Greg C. It shows the removal of almost the entire circular parking ramp. (Click here for what the "before" looked like.) But, while the teardown is still in progress, new paint is now going up on the property's south side. This picture was captured by YourstarlaGwen on Twitter:
Over at The Quad, changes to its Strip-facing facade seem to be coming to an end. At least enough so that scaffolding is down and a covered pedestrian walkway has been dismantled.
Meanwhile, the High Roller observation wheel rising above it in the background is also nearing a milestone. It's just a few pieces away from a complete outer rim. The next step will be the addition of supporting cables. The pods will be put into place last. The wheel won't debut until the second quarter of 2014. Gansevoort will debut in "early" 2014 as well.
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Another open secret is press release official.
The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis will helm Gansevoort's marquee restaurant when it debuts in early 2014. (When is that, exactly? Gansevoort reps have told us to look for it in March.) The eatery will be located on
Bill's Gansevoort's second floor, which is being extended to allow for outdoor dining and views of the Strip and Bellagio's fountains (see rendering below).
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Are you liking what you see when it comes to Gansevoort Las Vegas, the boutique hotel on the Strip that will rise from the remnants of the old Bill's Gambling Hall? Well, you might have to stand down for a little bit.
The Gansevoort had hoped for a New Year's Eve opening but, just the other week, reps went back to an "early 2014" goal. Now, we've learned the hotel is actually set for a March 2014 debut. That's about (hold on, let us break out our fingers) seven months away, but we don't mind waiting, especially if Gansevoort makes good on those sexy guestrooms, particularly the shower with the one-way mirror.
We'll learn more about what the Gansevoort has in store for Vegas later this month, but for now, the hotel will have 188 guestrooms, 19 suites, a lobby bar, an ultra lounge, retail outlets, a 40,000-square-foot casino, a destination restaurant overlooking the Strip, the legendary Drai's Nightclub and a rooftop pool/dayclub (also run by Drai's).