RENO, Nev. -- The morning after my arrival, Antonio Lopez,
Atlantis' director of hotel operations, gave me the grand tour of
the additions, which were still being completed: the additional
20,000 square feet of convention space with its private entrance;
the Xanadu bar, where a fountain will feature a dancing water light
show, and a new entrance that can accommodate group bus arrivals.
"The layout of our resort is very friendly," said Lopez. "It
will keep congestion to a minimum at the front desk."
Next, Lopez showed off the soon-to-be opened Jacuzzi suites and
their aquatic decor. A collage of bright tropical fish swam across
the comforter, over the curtains and onto the chairs' upholstery.
Blanketing the floor was a custom-made carpet that appeared to
ripple across the room, resembling sand under water.
Lopez pointed out that all hotel rooms in the new tower boast
nine-foot ceilings, a foot higher than standard. Atlantis had to
sacrifice three floors to accommodate the extra height.
We ascended to the concierge rooms on the 21st to the 27th
floor. Here, guests will enjoy private check-in, a glass elevator
exclusively for their use and a lounge featuring continental
breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres and an honor
As we stepped into a concierge suite, Lopez explained that these
rooms not only feature additional amenities; at 700 square feet,
they're also more spacious than regular suites.
I admired the panoramic views through the floor-to-ceiling
windows and the elegant tropical decor with muted colors, bamboo
furniture, and marble and granite bathrooms.
Safes and minibars are located in all the new hotel rooms. A
full-service business center with faxing, copying and
administrative services and a health spa with indoor and outdoor
pools, a waterfall, sauna, spa and styling salon were scheduled to
open this month.