LAS VEGAS -- The 41-year-old Stardust Resort & Casino here will
be glittering anew, thanks to a $25 million facelift financed by
owner Boyd Gaming Corp.
The refurbishment project comes on the heels of a decision by
Boyd Gaming -- which purchased the 800-room hotel casino in the
mid-1980s and added a 1,500-room hotel tower in 1991 -- to shelve,
at least for the time being, plans to add another 1,500 rooms to
the property, according to Jim Seagrave, Stardust's vice president
of advertising and marketing.
"A long-term goal of [Boyd Gaming] was to establish a second
tower to match the existing 1,500-room tower," Seagrave said. "With
all the spectacular resorts coming on line [here lately], it didn't
seem wise to go with a new tower. Instead, the company decided to
go ahead with the remodeling project."
The work, which is being accomplished in stages and is slated to
be completely finished by the end of the year, is just an extension
of the usual upgrades that are constantly being done at the
Stardust, Seagrave said. "We're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year," he said. "All resorts [like us] take a heavy pounding. We're
almost in a constant state of refurbishment. It just was time to do
something a little deeper, a little more extensive. Our customers
deserve it, and the competition demands it."
The refurbishment project includes remodeling portions of the
property's exterior, such as the porte cochere and entrance, and
installing new exterior neon lighting and signs -- something that
the property has been known for since it was built on the site of
the Royal Nevada resort in 1958.
Mikohn Gaming Corp., which signed a $1.2 million contract to put
up the new lights and signs, will renovate the Stardust's
15-story-high signature sign and install two-and-a-half miles of
neon tubing along the exterior of the complex.
Inside, all of the hotel's guest rooms will be refinished and
outfitted with new carpeting, paint and soft goods.
Work on the Stardust's 98 villa rooms and suites -- originally
part of the old Royal Nevada -- has been completed, while
renovations to the property's 1,500-room west tower are scheduled
to be finished by November. In June, work will begin on the hotel's
east tower, which contains 132 rooms and suites, and is slated to
be completed in August.
Also in June, the property will set up a temporary buffet
facility in its conference center while the Warehouse Buffet is
being renovated and reconfigured. The new buffet facilities will be
unveiled in August. Other interior facets of the remodeling project
include new carpeting and a fresh air system in the casino area and
new wallcoverings in the conference center.
Outside, the Stardust now boasts a new 2.5-acre swimming pool
complex, which was created by demolishing a section of villa rooms
and using landscaping and walkways to join the property's two
existing swimming pools. Two Jacuzzi tubs with rockscapes and
waterfalls also were installed in the new area. Stardust Resort
& Casino, Phone: (800) 824-6033 or (702) 732-6111.