Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Nov. 13, 2007

THE PLANET HOLLYWOOD Resort & Casino will celebrate its long-awaited grand opening this weekend with a host of special performances and events. A private, Friday-night event includes performances from comedian Jon Stewart, Bruce Willis and the Bruce Willis Blues Band, celebrity DJ DMC and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Saturday night kicks off with a celebrity-laden, red-carpet event, followed by performances from Barbra Streisand, Earth Wind & Fire and Sugar Ray. Changes to the former Aladdin Hotel & Casino include new restaurants, nightclubs, a renovated gaming floor and guest rooms with movie memorabilia. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 27, travel agents are invited to experience the resort Sundays through Thursdays, at a rate of $55 per night, based on availability. Call (866) 919-PHRC and ask for code STAHIP.

AAA has released the new list of Five Diamond Awards for Las Vegas, and the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino has earned the coveted designation for the first time, making the resort the largest property in the U.S. to receive the Five Diamond designation. Other Las Vegas properties to receive the Five Diamond Award include Bellagio, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Wynn Las Vegas and the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Las Vegas restaurants awarded the designation include Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand and Alex at Wynn Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS DEVELOPER Anthony Marnell III announced plans last week to build the M Resort, Spa and Casino on 80 acres of land on Las Vegas Boulevard, roughly 10 miles from the Strip. Slated for completion in spring of 2009, the 11-story resort will feature 390 rooms and suites, 90,000 square feet of gaming space, multiple restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot spa, a pool area with waterfalls and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Marnell said every room, suite, restaurant and lobby at the resort will have a view of the Las Vegas skyline.

THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS, a resort adjacent to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and in the final stages of construction, will have its soft opening on Dec. 20, followed by grand opening celebrations from Jan. 17 to 19. The all-suite property, built at a cost of $1.8 billion, promises 3,000 rooms; more than a dozen restaurants from celebrity chefs, including Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter; world-class shopping, including an 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York; a theater built for the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys"; and  a sports bar and lounge developed by music mogul Jay-Z.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

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