LAS VEGAS--Move over, Desert Inn and Caesars Palace. This city's
high-end meetings niche is about to get a little bigger, thanks to
the Oct. 15 opening of Steve Wynn's 3,000-room, $1.6 billion
With its 120,000 square feet of meeting space--which includes
two ballrooms, 10 meetings rooms and two boardrooms--the Bellagio
will be able to accommodate a range of groups, from a board meeting
with as few as 20 people up to a theater-style gathering of 5,500
people, said Chris Flatt, vice president of hotel sales and
The property will
focus on bringing in high-end corporate incentive business, she
said, with association meetings being a secondary target
As for competitors, Flatt said Bellagio does not have any direct
ones in Las Vegas.
"We're looking at the Desert Inn to some degree and Caesars
Palace to some degree [as competitors]," she said, noting that the
property also is competing against places like the Phoenician in
Scottsdale, Ariz., and other higher-end hotels in cities such as
Palm Springs and Orlando.
In Las Vegas, she added, the Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay, which
is scheduled to open in March, "will be more of a competition for
us." That's because the Four Seasons is noted for its service, a
feature that Flatt said "is probably our No. 1 advantage."
"We're going to be offering robes in all the guest rooms and
twice-daily maid service," she said. "There will be 9,500 people to
service our guests. Everything from the minute [guests] walk in the
door until the minute they leave will be the best they've
Like the rest of the property, Flatt said, the ballrooms--which
include the 45,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom and the
22,000-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom--will feature decor with a
European flair, such as beige and burgundy color schemes,
tapestries hanging on the wall panels, hand-blown Italian sconces
and chandeliers and details such as marble work, brass edging,
woodwork and moldings.
The ballrooms will be fully functional, with state-of-the-art
equipment and an audiovisual control booth that extends over both
rooms. Each ballroom also will contain a full production stage.
The 10 meeting rooms are named for artists such as Monet,
Gaugin, Cezanne and Degas. Flatt singled out the 9,500-square-foot
Monet room as a particularly attractive meeting spot because it
overlooks the property's swimming pool and features a balcony-style
patio 18 feet above the water.
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