Resort plans to change name

SUMMERLIN, Nev. -- The new year is bringing a new name to the Resort at Summerlin, according to Kurt Bjorkman, the property's director of catering and conference services.

In an effort to consolidate the $276 million property, which encompasses the Regent Grand Spa and the Regent Grand Palm Hotel, the name is being changed to Regent Las Vegas, Bjorkman said.

"Summerlin is a great area, but the name has no significance to those outside the area," he said. "We're looking at consolidating the whole resort -- one hotel with two towers, the Spa Tower and the Palm Tower."

The name change is expected to take effect by the end of this month. What will be known as the Spa Tower opened last July with 286 rooms. The 40,000-square-foot Aquae Sulis spa -- the centerpiece of this portion of the property -- opened in December.

What will be known as the Palm Tower opened this month with 255 rooms. The towers offer two distinct atmospheres, Bjorkman said.

The Spa Tower features a laid-back ambience reminiscent of southwestern golf resorts, and the Palm Tower is "more for the business traveler who enjoys a little more of a city hotel feel," he said.

The property is majority owned by Swiss Casinos of America, whose U.S. management company is Seven Circle Resorts, based in Las Vegas. The resort operates the property under license from Regent International Hotels of Minneapolis.

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