Get Ready For A Third Tower At Wynn Las Vegas

Photo Credit: Barbara Kraft
Photo Credit: Barbara Kraft
Wynn Las Vegas has plans to expand their footprint in Las Vegas. That expansion is said to include a third tower for the growing Wynn complex (Encore is the other tower). The third tower would be small but nonetheless more beds for Wynn. Norm Clark has the rumored expansion plans.

According to legendary illusionists Siegfried & Roy, who recently saw the blueprints in Wynn’s presence, the plans include a 1,000-room boutique hotel, a 40-acre lake and a convention center on the land Wynn acquired with the purchase of the Desert Inn 16 years ago for $270 million. 

Since this is still just a rumor there’s no word if the boutique hotel will have a casino. It would be pretty cool to see a VIP high limits casino at mini-Wynn if they’re going after the most exclusive high-end visitors to Las Vegas.

I’m picturing the kind of opulent casino you might have seen in movies from the 70’s and 80’s where there are only a few tables with ultra high limits. Maybe a strict dress code would be required. 

The new boutique hotel and casino would be way too fancy for millennials visiting Wynn. This would continue to transform Encore into a casino and hotel that caters to a younger, different audience than the other towers. This would make Encore Players Club (see details on EPC at Front Desk Tip) even more important to the property.

The article goes on to mention that a buyer has been found for Fontainbleau but that person(s) hasn’t been revealed yet. There have been rumors that Wynn will purchase Fontainebleau but these plans lead me to believe that won’t happen.

North Vegas Strip May Be Coming Back To Life

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Yesterday it was announced that Resorts World Las Vegas would open in 2016. The renderings show a very impressive complex when construction is complete. The construction is supposed to be done in phases so don’t expect the casino to look like the renderings on opening date.

In February I mentioned that the SLS Hotel may have begun construction on the land where Sahara once lived on the Vegas strip. SLS Hotel is scheduled to open in 2014I still haven’t seen or heard a peep about construction progress and remain skeptical but they did make this snazzy sales video.

The Fontainebleau (above) remains a shell of a hotel today with no plans of opening. Since the bones of construction are completed I have to imagine that once construction is visible at both SLS Hotel and Resorts World we’ll begin to see movement on Fontainebleau.

That movement may with Fontainebleau be in the form of a sale first but the revitalization of the north Vegas Strip looks very real. The development of the north Vegas strip may be 10 years in the making but there is reason to believe that the Vegas strip will, once again, continue beyond Wynn.

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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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BOOM: El Rancho Implosion

In light of the pending implosion of The Harmon, Vegas Inc. decided to list the Top 10 Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. I love implosions and figured this was a good excuse to visit the youtube archives.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll grab video of these 10 Las Vegas Strip Hotel implosions. We go to #6 on the list – El Rancho.

Opened: 1982

Closed: 1992

Imploded: Oct. 3, 2000

Originally the Thunderbird (1948-1976), then the Silverbird (1976-1981), El Rancho took shape after Ed Torres purchased the property in 1981 for $500,000. He sought to honor the property with the name of one of the Strip’s first resorts (the original El Rancho Vegas was located just across Las Vegas Boulevard).

The next year Torres hired Martin Stern Jr. to expand the hotel, adding a tower and a new entrance. Stern would again expand and remodel the hotel and casino in 1987, but the changes did little to help the casino’s success.

The struggling property was closed in 1992 and sold to a New Jersey company. The company was unable to get financing to reopen the casino and was ordered by the city to tear the building down in 1999.

In 2000, the property was sold to Turnberry Associates and imploded with 700 pounds of explosives on Oct. 3, 2000, in front of a crowd of 2,000.

The area is now occupied by the Turnberry Towers condominiums and the Fontainebleau resort construction site.

Destroyed In Seconds
Destroyed In Seconds

Plaza Re-Grand-Soft-Opening August 24

The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas has scheduled their grand soft re-opening for August 24, which is just under a year from when they closed.  Their grand-grand opening is a week later.

The Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas will reopen to guests Sept. 1 after an extensive overhaul of the 40-year-old property.

The Plaza’s rooms have been refurbished with new wall coverings, furnishings, floors and fixtures, all purchased at a discounted price from the halted Fontainebleau project on the Strip.

The Plaza website is taking reservations for the reopening, with rates starting at $44 for a standard room, but as high as $119 for some weekends in September.

Prior to its grand reopening, the Plaza will host a soft opening on Aug. 24 for its casino.

I understand needed to maximize public relations, but I’m so tired of two tiered openings I didn’t even want to pass this info on.  OK, I’m done venting.

The rooms will be with new furniture and the hotel will be with a new restaurant as the kinda famous Firefly won’t be re-opening for a very sensible reason.

Firefly owner John Simmons said last week the restaurant wasn’t “making any money.”

Bottom line for a business is to make money.  I’ll just have to visit the Firefly around the block from me next time I have a hankering for Sangria.

Sahara Closing?

Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. I’m not much about rumors, but the rumor of Sahara closing seems too close to being true to not be true.  Here’s a tour on how this rumor developed.  SBE Entertainment, owners of Sahara, are bringing their Hyde Lounge to Bellagio.  The official announcement was made today.

“The move to bring the Hyde Lounge brand to Bellagio underscores the dynamic partnership forged between SBE and MGM Resorts International,” Nazarian said in a statement. “Together we’ve secured one of Vegas’ most prestigious locations, and will usher in a new and definitive chapter in nightlife on The Strip.”

I started reading that this might happen right after the Fontana Bar was said to be closing.  Next I saw another detailed nugget of info on Vegas Tripping further developing the rumor.  Their bottom line is this:

Right now, only The Naz knows if Sahara goes fishing or SBE cuts bait.

Toward the end of the VT article a link pointed to a post on Vegas Message Board that was very detailed, yet anonymous.

The internal buzz on the property for the past few months has the Sahara Hotel and Çasino shutting its doors no later than the fall of this year

None of this is from the horses mouth so there’s nothing to concrete to confirm, but putting 1 and 1 and 1 together I think it’s pretty close to being a truth.  I’m pretty sure Sahara won’t just be shutting it’s doors, but a sale makes a lot more sense.

Once again, I can see our old pal Carl Icahn stepping in and buying the old property on the cheap.  It could be a low cost complement to a possible high end Fontainebleau if that ever opens as a middle to high end property.  Another option is defaulting on loan on letting the bank deal with the mess.

I recently had my first trip to Sahara and the casino seems as if it could use a major cleaning.  It was filthy and I was happy when I left.  I’m curious to see how this all unfolds.

Furniture From CityCenter Up For Auction

Just saw this on Vegas Chatter and wanted to share ASAP!

Apparently, more than one thousand furnishings from ARIA, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Veer are being sold to the highest online bidders this Monday, February 21. A peek at the auction catalogue shows everything from ice buckets, scales and vanity mirrors to lamps, art, sofas and chairs. Most of the notes for each item report minor scratches, broken parts and/or wear, but some are seemingly damage free.

Unlike the Fontainebleau auction where they were only auctioning nuts and bolts to the public this CityCenter auction has stuff we can actually use (and want)!  Check out that chair above!  I’ll be signing up for the auction to see if I can finish furnishing my new joint on the cheap!  Details below.


The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is using Fontainebleau’s misfortune to help with their upcoming remodel.

When the Plaza’s 1,037 hotel rooms reopen in September 2011, they will feature top-flight wallpaper, carpet, tile, sofas, chairs, desks, dressers, side tables and bed frames courtesy of the Fontainebleau, the stalled luxury property with an estimated $3.5 billion price tag that was designed to compete against Las Vegas’ swankiest resorts.

I’m sure this was a cheap way to get materials that would probably be out of the price range of the Plaza.  I’m sure it will be a nice touch, but as the saying goes you can take the girl out of downtown, but you can’t take the downtown out of the girl.

Fontainebleau Auction Details Emerge

I was curious to get some specifics on the Fontainebleau auction and after a few emails I was able to get the information I was seeking.  Of course I found that there’s some good and bad news for those interested.

Good News

  • Auction is open to the public.  Yesterday I was told it wasn’t.
  • Auction is going to happen in person and online next week.

Bad News

  • There aren’t a lot of interesting items available

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Need Some Furniture?

The Fontainebleau in Las Vegas isn’t getting finished anytime soon. In fact, they are selling off the furniture of their 70% completed hotel.

While the project, which is 70 percent complete, sits idle on the Las Vegas Strip, Icahn has started selling off beds, dressers, TVs and other furnishings, according to a source.

I could use all of that.  Does anyone want to go shopping for me?  Seriously.

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