Station Casinos Brings Touch of Mediterranean to the Desert

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LAS VEGAS -- Station Casinos will bring a touch of the Spanish Mediterranean to Las Vegas with the opening this summer of Sunset Station Hotel & Casino.

The $160 million project will be the firm's fourth Las Vegas property. Station operates the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino and Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel.

All of Station's properties are located off the Strip and throughout the Las Vegas Valley, enabling the firm to target local and repeat visitors.

Sunset Station is under construction on 100 acres in Henderson, a 15-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

According to Station, the property will be the largest gaming and entertainment complex in the Henderson/Green Valley area as well as the "jewel" of Station's Las Vegas portfolio.

The property will feature a 20-story hotel with 500 guest rooms and an 80,000-square-foot casino with 2,300 slot and video poker machines, 40 table games, a 208-seat race and sports book, a 36-seat Keno lounge and a 10-table poker parlor.

Sunset Station will be a departure for the firm in terms of architecture. The company's Palace Station and Boulder Station properties feature Victorian-era railroad themes, while Texas Station offers guests a slice of the Lone Star State.

Sunset Station was designed to resemble a Spanish Mediterranean railway station with unique architectural features reminiscent of Barcelona, Seville and Madrid, Spain.

Elements will include light and airy spaces, glazed roof tiles, fountains, ceramic tiled columns and brilliant colors.

The Spanish Mediterranean theme will carry over into all aspects of Sunset Station, including its guest rooms, which will feature furnishings and wall coverings that reflect the theme.

A highlight of the Spanish Mediterranean theme will be the property's pit area, which will be surrounded by the Gaudi Bar.

Based upon the architectural style of early 20th century architect Antonio Gaudi, the bar and pit will be the center of the 80,000-square-foot casino.

Sunset Station will have a full complement of restaurants and entertainment options as well as other facilities to round out the offerings.

Dining venues will include an 800-seat Feast Around The World Buffet as well as several full-service restaurants, including a 24-hour cafe, Mexican, Italian and seafood restaurants, a Gordon Biersch restaurant, several quick-service outlets and an oyster bar.

In addition to the 140-seat Gaudi Bar, the property's lineup will include the 91-seat Tequila Sunset Bar and the Bullfighter's Bar.

The 600-seat Bar Celona will showcase live entertainment.

Other facilities at Sunset Station will include retail space, a swimming pool, a nongaming video arcade and a Kids Quest childcare center.

The property also has a 13-screen movie theater complex operated by ACT III Theatres, which already opened.

Sunset Station will be at the intersection of Interstate 515 and Sunset Road in Henderson. Parking for 5,000 vehicles is planned.

In addition to its Las Vegas casino hotels, Station operates two properties in Missouri.

Station Casino St. Charles, a themed riverboat and dockside gaming and entertainment complex, is located in St. Charles, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

Station Casino Kansas City, which opened Jan. 16, is the nation's fourth-largest casino and Missouri's largest gaming and entertainment complex, according to the firm.

That property has 140,000 square feet of gaming space as well as a 200-room hotel; 12 restaurants; 11 bars and lounges; a Kids Quest supervised child-care facility, and numerous live entertainment venues, including the 1,400-seat Grand Pavilion -- a Las Vegas-style showroom with headline entertainment and sporting events.

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