Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Jan. 18, 2005

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE HOTEL GUEST: The $100 million Renaissance Las Vegas, Nevadas largest nongaming hotel, celebrated its grand opening Jan. 13. The 14-story property began accommodating guests Dec. 3, two months ahead of schedule. Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 14-story property has 548 guest rooms and 30 suites ranging in size from 859 square feet to 1,681 square feet. The resort, a participant in the Marriott Rewards program, also offers more than 32,000 square feet of meeting and function space and features such amenities as the Envy Steakhouse and Lounge and an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. For more information or reservations, call (866) 352-3434 or visit www.renaissancelasvegas.com.

MGM GRAND: Just in time to kick off 2005 and celebrate the citys centennial year, the MGM Grand earlier this month debuted its Skylofts accommodations. Located on the top two floors of the property, the 51 two-story lofts are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans and range in price from $800 per night to $10,000 per night. All feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the Las Vegas skyline and surrounding mountains as well as custom amenities and butler service. Skyloft guests also will receive such personal service as complimentary, custom airport transfers via a Maybach 62 luxury automobile, preregistration and in-loft check-in. For more details or to book, call (877) 646-5638 or log onto www.skyloftsmgmgrand.com.

BELLAGIO: The Bellagios $375 million Spa Tower opened late last month, adding 928 rooms to the resort. The new tower also features a 65,000-square-foot spa and salon with 56 treatment rooms, a 1,000-square-foot fitness studio and a meditation room; 60,000 square feet of meetings and convention space, including Tuscany Kitchen, an exhibition kitchen; Sensi, an eatery with an open kitchen and an on-site bakery; Jean Philippe Patisserie, a European-style pastry shop; and several retail shops, including Giardini Garden Store, Regali, Newsstand and Essentials.

US AIRWAYS VACATIONS: Clients interested in spending a night or two in the Bellagios new digs can book Vacation Favorites offered by US Airways Vacations. Through March 1, a three-night stay in the new tower starts at $589 per person, double, including air from Indianapolis. To book, call (800) 455-0123; for groups, phone (800) 304-0114.

BEACHES AND BURGERS: Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, a privately held chain based in Carlsbad, Calif., opened its first Las Vegas location last month in Canyon Pointe at Summerlin Centre on West Charleston Boulevard. Diners cant miss the eaterys tropical theme, which features a thatched roof, beach scenes, pictures of the ocean surf, plants, colorful papier-mache birds and tables that resemble surfboards. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. For more information, call (702) 360-3845.
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