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By now, we've all likely seen renderings of the front of the coming Gansevoort Las Vegas. A multi-million-dollar, top-to-bottom renovation will transform Bill's into the hip, new boutique before year's end.
Plans will add several floors to the top of the hotel to accommodate a roof-top pool and dayclub. And, while we've known that plans would also bump out the east side of the property, we didn't know just what that would look like until now.
Last night, we stumbled upon a rendering that reveals what Gansevoort will look like from the rear. As we've previously reported, the remodel would extend the property some 5,400 square feet in order to accommodate a new porte cochere and more parking. Behold, the new arrival experience to come:
After closing three months ago, visible construction is now occurring at a rapid pace. Over the last two weeks, the shuttered hotel-casino has been stripped of not just its name, but has also lost its trademark stained glass-esque awning from the corner of Flamingo and The Strip as well as most of its northern side.
In surely, you must be joking news, a Lake Las Vegas hotel is about to take on its third name.
Yes, you, too, may one day have a chance to brand this waterfront property as your own as Ravella (formerly known as Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas) will soon, according to Vegas Inc., become dot, dot, dot and dramatic pause --
Buffets / Name Changes / Big Belly Buffet / Monte Carlo / WTF / → All Tags
Last June, Monte Carlo did its part in encouraging healthy eating when it renamed its buffet, Big Belly, ensuring hungry patrons would line up elsewhere out of pure self-conciousness, if nothing else.
Today, it's finally joined the WTF club by renaming its buffet again. But, this time, diners won't have to look askance at their waistline before heading on in thanks to the now generic name of, wait for it, The Buffet.
So grab those stretchy pants, everyone. Monte Carlo won't judge us, anymore!
In the wake of the long-running popularity of M Resort and the successful launch of the D in downtown, Vegas city officials have issued a mandate for all resorts that will require they change their names to either a single letter or a random combination that will be limited to up to three letters per brand.
Said a city spokesperson, "This really came to a head after the recent renaming of Bill's and Imperial Palace. Not only did everyone go WTF upon hearing the new names chosen for the resorts, many of the city's leaders began to realize that misnaming a hotel-casino could prove detrimental to an economy that has yet to fully recover."
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Its iconic marquee was gone in less than a day, but the dismantling of Sahara's just as recognizable dome is still underway. VegasChatter friend Danial Mente took this snapshot earlier today of a dome that now looks more like a plucked flower, with just the center, stemlike support structure remaining.
SBE plans to spend $415 million dollars to renovate the run-down property into a shiny and new SLS by fall of 2014. When it debuts, it will feature 1,600 Philippe Starck-designed guest rooms; all Fred Segal, all the time retail shopping; four nightlife venues including a new version of SBE's original Shelter nightclub and a Sayers Club; and dining options that will include Hollywood hotspot The Griddle Cafe, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck and a Umami Burger, a chain of Cali burger joints.
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If you plan to try out Gansevoort Las Vegas with a few friends when it makes its debut, just make sure they're really good friends, or be on your best behavior.
A new rendering of the coming Gansevoort's accommodations reveals that the full-length mirror in the bedroom... is also a window. In the bathroom. Yes, a portion of the shower is bordered by a one-way mirror.
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USA Today reports that Gansevoort Las Vegas will replace the now shuttered Bill's which closed on February 5 for renovations. Caesars is spending $185 million to remodel the entire hotel-casino before turning it over to the New York-based company for a reported January 2014 debut.
Remember when we thought the abandoned Echelon site would be an eyesore until the end of time, or something like that? Today, Vegas received another great indicator that the north Strip is slowly, and finally, gearing up towards a comeback with the announcement that Echelon will (eventually) become Resorts World Las Vegas.
Boyd Gaming has sold the site to Genting, a Malaysian gambling company that owns the Resorts World brand, for $350 million. It plans to turned the failed project into Resorts World Las Vegas, a $2 billion dollar venture. Construction is expected to start up next year with a reported opening timeline of 2016. The new resort would feature 3,500 hotel rooms, 175,000 square feet of gaming "across several.. floors," convention space, dining and retail outlets, too.
Detailed renderings of what the finished resort would look like, can be found below.
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Early this morning, newspaper headlines began to fill with news that Boyd Gaming had sold the hulking shell of Echelon and its surround acreage to Genting, a Malaysian gambling company, for $350 million bucks. Just when we were beginning to wonder what was going on with plans to "hide" it away from view.
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Everything old is new again at The Mirage. Yesterday, resort reps sent out an announcement for two "new bar venues" but, in reality, they're just new names.
The entry bar that used to be part of the now shuttered BB King's has been reopened and dubbed True Pour. The photo above was snapped last week when it was still closed. The Mirage says guests will be able to enjoy "eight draught beers and a selection of cocktails and wine" there from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily.