Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: March 20, 2007

THE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO will undergo a major expansion and facelift over the next two years. Morgans Hotel Group Co., which acquired the property last month, announced plans to add approximately 950 guest rooms in a 550-room tower and a 15-story, 400-room, all-suite tower with upgraded amenities. Other planned additions include approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 35,000 square feet of casino space, an expansion of the swimming pool, new food and beverage outlets, a larger live entertainment venue, 30,000 additional square feet of retail space and a new spa and health club. The project also calls for renovating the Hard Rock's existing suites and common areas and adding a new nightclub and poker room. All renovations and expansions are expected to be completed by mid-2009. For more information, call (702) 693-5544 or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.

THE HISTORIC FOUR QUEENS HOTEL & CASINO completed a $20 million renovation project meant to reinvigorate the iconic downtown Las Vegas property. All rooms were upgraded with new furniture, carpet, bedding, lighting and 32-inch, high-definition, flat-screen, LCD televisions. The casino was refurbished and the gaming machines were upgraded. The hotel also added a walk-up deli and coffee bar and added The Chicago Brewing Company, a combination restaurant, brew pub and cigar bar. And nightlife impresario Lance Sterling is bringing his LA nightspot Canyon Club to the Four Queens: The 10,000-square-foot Vegas Canyon Club will offer dinner and live entertainment nightly from dance bands, comedians and nationally recognized performers. Renovations still to be completed include a remodeled player's club center and VIP lounge, faster elevators and improvements to entrances and the parking garage. For more information, call (702) 385-4011 or visit www.fourqueens.com.

 

ANOTHER LAS VEGAS LANDMARK, the famous Stardust Casino and Hotel Towers, was imploded March 13 to make way for Boyd Gaming's $4.4 billion Echelon Place resort. The Stardust's 32-story tower was the tallest building to be imploded on the Las Vegas Strip. When the Stardust opened on July 2, 1958, it was the largest hotel in Las Vegas, with 1,065 rooms; the rooms went for $6 a day. The hotel was the setting was the Martin Scorsese film "Casino." For more information, call (702) 792-7200 or visit www.boydgaming.com.

IN CELEBRATION of Women's History Month, now through April 5, Fred Leighton jewelers in the Bellagio is offering visitors the opportunity to view (and possibly purchase) remarkable, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Many of these collectible pieces have been worn by women such as Joan Crawford, Loretta Young and Georgia O'Keefe. All of the jewelry was crafted by American jewelers, and each piece reflects the unique style of the year in which it was created. For more information, call (702) 693-7111 or visit www.bellagio.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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