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Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a project to be declared an utter failure. In the case of Downtown Grand, what started out as an less-than-Grand opening quickly spiraled into near-irrelevance. Now signs are pointing (both literally and figuratively) towards a relaunch of the ill-fated property. But is it too late to restore good fortune to the former Lady Luck?
This writer was the first VegasChatter-er to publish a review of Downtown Grand’s contemporary new rooms. Initially as a pampered invited guest, then two days later (incognito and on my own dime) for a different perspective. Feel free to look back at those write-ups here and here.
During that first stay, the Grand’s marketing team described ambitious future offerings, like “Commissary After Dark”, a nightclub-style venue that was to rise nightly inside "The Commissary" food court. And “Picnic”, downtown’s first and only daytime pool club.
Well, "After Dark" never happened and "The Commissary" went from an elaborate concept to a scaled-down food court with limited choices and hours. It now exists primarily as a place to get your "Grand Experience" (resort fee) coffee and maybe a sandwich or bar bites.
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In part one of our review of Downtown Grand, we spent four nights in a 450 square-foot corner "Premium" room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. Now it's time for a review of the property's more 'basic' offering, the 350 square-foot "Deluxe" room. And, spoiler, we definitely had a preference between the two.
After this writer took an overnight excursion to Primm, it was back to Downtown Grand for another two nights. This time, I’d booked through Hotels.com for a nightly rate of $37 plus tax and an $11 nightly "Grand Experience" fee. I had no delusions that I’d be getting a premium room once again. Even a tight Mr. Olympia tee and a bit of flirting with the familiar desk agent didn’t help get an upgrade from deluxe. Darn! I mean "yay, my review is now a two-fer!"
Once on the eighth floor, it was deja vu again, but this time for a different reason. The carpeting in this corridor looked very familiar.
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Remember the old Certs commercial? “It’s two (click) two (click) two mints in one!” Here at VegasChatter, we’re going retro and doing the Certs version of Downtown Grand room reviews. Two opinions from back-to-back stays (with a one-night break in-between to recharge our objectivity). And, just like that breath mint, the former Lady Luck is now as fresh as a mountain spring and as yummy as the tastiest candy. But, is that enough to lure people away from the beer-and-onion breath (if you will) of Fremont Street? Let’s take a peek behind those guestroom doors and find out. First, a review of the hotel-casino's Premium rooms. Tomorrow, we'll check out the Grand's Deluxe guestrooms.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the Downtown Grand, both in person and by way of our site. If you’ve been reading our updates, you’d think we haven’t yet stayed. That’s not the case. We've actually spent a lot more time there than we'd planned to, especially this particular writer thanks to an unpleasant flu/cold/fever thing that kept me in bed for much of my stay. And, when you’re feeling miserable, you’re especially aware of your surroundings, no? Thank goodness the first four nights of my visit were in a 450 square foot corner Premium Room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. (Cue the deja vu music to remind you of my review of the corner petite jacuzzi suite at Eastside Cannery just a few weeks ago.)
I’d like to think it was my dazzling smile and always irresistible Brut 33 splash that got this writer moving on up from a bottom-tier room to a dee-luxe corner room in the sky. (Hey, it’s worked before.. maybe..) But, more than likely it was the fact I’d received a special media rate for a VegasChatter meet-up and they were hoping to make a good impression. After a slight delay coupled with a pleasant and unexpected greeting by the VP of Operations, my reservation agent escorted me to a elevator banks where I was whisked to the top floor of the Casino Tower (room 1802, to be precise).
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This feels so weird to write, but -- the Downtown Grand is just days away from opening. Albeit, Sunday's debut is being termed a soft opening with a more official to-do on 11.12.13, but still. It's opening this weekend, y'all!
It's hard to believe that three months have flown by since we took you inside, and all around, the then under-construction downtown property formerly known as the Lady Luck. But, where once there was scaffolding, Downtown Grand's now fully launched website reveals a hotel-casino ready to impress. A $100 million dollar renovation and re-imaging has turned a once down on its luck property into a true grand dame, from the brick-lined walls and exposed industrial ceiling of the casino floor...
The end of the month can't get here fast enough.
The opening of Downtown Grand is almost here with the property holding firm on a date of October 27 for beginning stays. To make things a bit more memorable, the former Lady Luck has picked November 12 for its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Or, 11.12.13. Yes, we all see what they did there.
Until we can bust through those casino doors and claim a chair and a bed (yep, we've already reserved several for November), we were a bit giddy to find new peeks at what will be in store on Foursquare. From the brick-lined walls and chandelier'd ceiling of the casino floor:
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Downtown Grand recently invited VegasChatter in for an exclusive hard hat preview and nothing was held back. Clad in protective gear, we maneuvered around construction crews, were led through the casino where chandeliers already dangled, through kitchens where yet-to-be-used, top-of-the-line appliances glistened, up onto the rooftop pool deck where an infinity pool waited to be filled, and through guest rooms just beginning to take shape.
For those who still doubt whether we'll really see the Grand (formerly downtown's Lady Luck) this year, don't judge the property -- currently undergoing a $100+ million remodel -- by its exterior. Although, even that is quickly falling into place with old-timey brick work creeping up and down its walls and windows being put into place. Inside, wall treatments are being applied, carpeting is filling floors, and plastic-covered pendant lights hang from ceilings painted deep blue and left intentionally exposed to further an "industrial chic" theme.
In this special report, VegasChatter walks you through each section of the coming soon resort and fills you in on everything we know. And, it's a lot. And, we know, what does 'coming soon' mean, anyway? How about coming soon this October? And, shhh..., maybe, just maybe as soon as late September. But, we'll take October, too.
Keep reading to discover, or use one of the jumps below to go straight to section that interests you most.
Okay, all you Downtown Grand doubters. And, get ready, all you Downtown Grand groupies. Reservations will reportedly open next month.
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We've asked your top questions and previewed two of its rooms, now it's time to turn our focus to the coming restaurants of Downtown Grand. Taking over the shuttered towers of downtown Las Vegas' Lady Luck but ripping everything down to the steel and concrete and starting anew, Downtown Grand will open late this year. The state of things, as of this week, can be seen through the images on this page.
When Downtown Grand does make its debut (right now, no specific date has been released), there will be 650 rooms and suites, gaming, a rooftop pool, and 17 restaurants and bars to choose from. Yes, 17. And, we're not talking Taco Bell.
Fifth Street Gaming, owners of the new venture, spoke to us about the restaurant concepts it will bring to downtown. And, in doing so, revealed a mindfulness to what we all want from a dining experience when it boils down to it -- good food that's not fast crap we regret later, comfy seating and.. let's face it.. in this day and age, handy electrical outlets and WiFi. To which, Downtown Grand plans to check all the boxes.
Design boards for five of the restaurant concepts can be found in the photo gallery below. They'll prove insightful as we walk you through the concepts Fifth Street Gaming executives filled us in on. First up, Stewart + Ogden, described as a "diner bistro with soul" will be found in the resort's east tower. The design will be a rich palette of blues, purples, and golds with a checkerboard floor, tin ceiling, cozy booths, and more. Named after two streets that bracket the resort, the menu will be a playful 'this or that' presentation with Stewart presenting more traditional dining choices and Ogden offering up more 'wild card' eats.
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Deep reds. Avacado greens. Some
dizzying interesting carpet choices. And, loads upon loads of pillows.
VegasChatter received an advance sneak peek at two of the hotel's room types, a standard double and a 'casino block' corner suite. Downtown Grand refers to the design of its standard 400-square-foot accommodations (side note: Nobu Hotel's standard rooms are 350) as a "refreshing 70s retro feel." But, not in a time wrap way. The room felt -- in keeping with the theme -- groovy, but not dated. You see the end result above, as well as in the photo gallery below.
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Downtown Grand is coming. Yes, really. And, it's freaking exciting! A media preview that focused on the debut of two model room types ended up revealing so much more. And, yes, we're now more than a little pumped for this downtown game-changer.
Below are your top questions regarding Downtown Grand, including a look at the rooms, details on pricing and a few of the surprises that will be in store for guests. We'll continue our coverage tomorrow as well!
Where is it?
Downtown Grand is, as the name implies, in downtown Las Vegas, obviously. But, for those that don't remember the days of when it was the Lady Luck, Downtown Grand is the two towers that bracket Third Street between the Mob Museum and Downtown 3rd's signature restaurants of Mob Bar, Triple George Grill and Hogs and Heifers. It's just a few minutes walk to the north from Fremont Street.
When will it open?
Executives aren't touting a specific opening date or month, but this story will give you a better idea of the timeline which should see a debut by late summer/early fall.
What do the rooms look like?
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The excitement is building about the
return of downtown's Lady Luck opening of Downtown Grand. While we keep you abreast of the construction and show you what the future holds, others are more interested in the 600 full-time jobs it will bring to the city.
VegasChatter fan April queried us about the best way to apply so we reached out to Fifth Street Gaming, its owners, to find out. A top executive let us know that they're already searching for senior leadership positions on sites like LinkedIn and suggested that interested applicants keep an eye on their LinkedIn page, as well as follow them on Facebook at Fifth Street Gaming and Downtown3rd, or watch fifthstreetgaming.com for more employment options as they come online.
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First up -- Lady Luck continues with its transformation into Downtown Grand. New photos taken by sammasseur over the weekend (see above and in the photo gallery below) show first floor walls ripped down to steel frames. A reopening date in 2013 is still a vague one. The most recent references we've seen still refer to openings of either fall 2013 or by year's end.