Resorts World Las Vegas To Be First Themed Resort In Vegas Since The Venetian

When the news broke that Resorts World Las Vegas would be build across the street from Wynn and on the lot that was once destined to be home of Echelon, I was simply stunned that a new casino would be built in Las Vegas more than anything else. I didn’t look to see what the casino would offer.

After looking at the Resorts World renderings and the excellent breakdown of those renderings on Vegas Tripping I realized that Resorts World Las Vegas was going to be an Asian themed casino. Even girlygirl commented about the Asian theme. It’s pretty obvious when you actually look at the renderings (Note to self, look).

Since that initial moment there have been rumors of a Panda “Habitat” being part of the casino. That would fit nicely into an Asian themed casino. Seriously, who doesn’t like Panda’s?

The video below has an interview with Paul Steelman who designed Resorts World Las Vegas (skip ahead to 20:27 left in the video). I learned a few more things about Resorts World from the video.

– There will be a covered pool open all year around. The first of its kind on the strip.
– This is the first themed casino to be built on the Vegas strip since Bellagio which opened in 1998. UPDATE: The Venetian is themed and opened in 1999. Thanks for being incorrect Mr. Steelman and Mr. Ralston.
– Genting (Owner of Resorts World) owns the largest aquarium in the world.

Dr. Dave Shwarz is interviewed after Mr. Steelman in case you crave more discussion about business in Las Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas Coming In 2016

This morning it was announced that Boyd Gaming would sell the site where they planned on building Echelon to Genting Group. The empty lot with a partially built building across the street from Wynn will be home to Resorts World Las Vegas in 2016.

Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to open in 2016 with multiple restaurants and dining options, along with 250,000 square feet of retail, more than 500,000 square feet of convention space, a theater and outdoor pool amenities.

It looks like Resorts World will use all the land similarly to what previously planned for Echelon. When construction begins it will bring a lot of excitement to the north end of the Vegas strip which is barren with stalled projects. Fontaine Bleau is decaying every day and SBE says that the SLS Hotel has begun construction even if we can’t see anything.

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Echelon On Hold For A While

Echelon has been a mess since day one it seems and now it’s been put on hold indefinitely.  Echelon was to stand where Stardust used to be on the Las Vegas Strip.  Construction has been halted for a year but now all equipment will be taken from the site leaving a shell of a casino sitting on the strip for at least 6 months and possibly 3 years.

Complete story and video on Las Vegas Now.