Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Dec. 26, 2006

HARRAH'S has agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Texas Pacific Group and Apollo Management L.P. in an all-cash deal for $27.8 billion, including the assumption of $10.7 billion of debt. The purchase, which includes the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brands, is expected to be completed in about a year.

LOEWS HOTELS opened its first property in Nevada with the debut of the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort. Formerly the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort, the property offers several new features, including 42-inch flat-screen TVs in all guest rooms. The Japengo restaurant has been renamed the Marrsa, and the ballroom space has been renovated. The hotel, which is headed by new manager Dale McDaniel, has opening rates through Dec. 31 that start at $199 for a resort view room and $279 for an alcove suite. From Jan. 1 through April 30, rates range from $199 for a resort view room to $299 for an alcove suite. To book or for more information, call (702) 567-6000.

THE SIGNATURE at MGM Grand took the wraps off its second hotel tower Dec. 20. Tower 1 opened this past June and Tower 3 is expected to open in May. Each tower includes 576 suites. Rates begin at $200 per night for a junior suite, $300 per night for a one-bedroom suite and $510 per night for a two-bedroom suite. To mark the opening of Tower 2, the hotel will offer guests the opportunity to have their handwriting analyzed by an expert. The "Give Us Your Signature" promotion, valid through Jan. 31, features Ms. Write, a.k.a. Antonia M. Klekoda-Baker, a Las Vegas-based handwriting analyst trained in historical writing verification and the study of antique markings. For more information, call (877) 727-0007 or visit

THE BEATLES REVOLUTION LOUNGE opened Dec. 22 at The Mirage. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil's "Love" production at the resort, the lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., seven nights a week. In addition to the lounge, the Abbey Road Bar is located in the front of the Revolution's main entrance and is open around the clock. For more details, call (702) 692-8383.

Las Vegas Editor:Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 719-3366

[email protected]

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