Reed Travel Features
LAS VEGAS -- With the opening of the Strip's first
indoor-outdoor lounge and a high-limit gaming area, Harrah's Las
Vegas is transforming itself from a riverboat-themed property into
a Mardi Gras and Carnival-themed resort casino.
Part of the $200 million expansion program was the introduction
of the La Playa lounge, which offers visitors an indoor-outdoor
fantasy beach experience with a nine-screen video wall and a stage
showcasing live musical performances.
The atmosphere is accented by multicolored palm trees, rocks
intertwined with lighting and a ceiling hung with stars, moons and
schools of fish.
The full-service bar features a three-dimensional mural indoors
as well as an outdoor seating area.
The venue's stage will headline a variety of bands playing
Latin, jazz, pop, Brazilian and other musical styles.
La Playa is open 24 hours a day and features live entertainment
from 2 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Also carrying the Carnival theme is Harrah's new high-limit
gaming area, which a variety of table games and slots.
The atmosphere in the high-limit area is punctuated by two
murals depicting a scene of Monte Carlo and a colorful Carnival
The high-limit area has four blackjack tables, one baccarat
table, one mini-baccarat table and one pai gow poker table.
Slot options consist of $5 to $100 machines, and video poker
machines also are featured.
Harrah's also opened a 10,000-square-foot expansion to its
existing casino area.
Harrah's expansion program will continue to be unveiled in
phases throughout the year.
Other elements of the expansion will include 23,000 square feet
of additional casino space, a new hotel tower with 986 standard
rooms and 74 suites, and six new specialty restaurants.
The expanded property will feature 2,699 rooms and 108 suites,
and have a total of 103,325 square feet of casino space.