Suncoast offers change of pace

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SUMMERLIN, Nev. -- To officials at Coast Resorts, which owns the Suncoast Hotel and Casino here, the adage "less is more" certainly rings true, especially in this affluent suburb of Las Vegas.

The Mediterranean-themed property, which opened in September, is value-oriented, unlike the posh Regent down the street -- the only other hotel in these parts.

That is one of the reasons Coast Resorts officials decided to locate their fourth property outside of Las Vegas proper, according to David Ross, the Suncoast's vice president and general manager.

"We brought value up here [to] an area [that didn't necessarily have any]," Ross said. "Our core business is the local market. We have the property in one of the fastest-growing areas in Las Vegas. It afforded us a tremendous opportunity on this side of town."

The Suncoast Hotel and Casino.The demand for more hotel rooms that followed the opening of such megaresorts as the Venetian and Paris-Las Vegas was another reason company officials decided to build in Summerlin, he said.

"It seems that anytime a new resort opens, it spikes demand," Ross said. "Bellagio, Paris -- all these new properties created buzz in the travel industry because people feel that they need to see them. We were turning down a lot of reservations at our other Coast Resorts properties."

Now, just five months after its opening, the 440-room property is using its off-Strip location to its advantage.

"I think Las Vegas is a lot like Hawaii or other destination cities," Ross said. "Once you've come to Las Vegas and seen the volcano on the Strip and the Mirage and the Eiffel Tower, then you come to Las Vegas to relax.

"Once you've come to Las Vegas three or four times," he continued, "you are more inclined to do a vacation, rather than feel a need to see the sights."

That's where the Suncoast comes in.

Set among four golf courses -- Badlands, TPC at the Canyons and Angel Park, which offers two courses -- and near the Spring mountain range and Red Rock National Recreational Area, the resort offers a wealth of activities.

In addition to golf, visitors can hike and climb at Red Rock.

One of the guest rooms at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.At the property, there are many activities, such as a 16-screen movie theater complex; a 500-seat showroom; a 64-lane bowling center and pro shop; a 600-seat bingo parlor, and an 80,000-square-foot casino.

For guests who want to visit the Strip, the resort offers complimentary shuttle service, which also runs between the property and McCarran Airport.

Another distinguishing feature of the Suncoast is its rooms, or minisuites, as Ross described them.

Standard rooms are 550 square feet, he said, adding that he "would classify them as minisuites, and they all have floor-to-ceiling windows with wonderful views."

The resort's 40 suites range from 1,100 square feet to 2,650 square feet and offer sweeping views of the city.

"The end suites have Jacuzzis with wraparound views of Las Vegas," Ross said. "They also have a wet bar and a bedroom that's angled so you're looking over the Strip."

Other property features include five restaurants, an oyster bar, a fast-food outlet, a coffeehouse, an ice cream parlor and a child-care center.

Set to open this month are the Jacuzzi and sun deck area as well as a beauty salon on the property's second floor.

In April, the swimming pool complex, complete with a bar, also is slated to debut.

Weekday rates start from $59 per room, double, and weekend rates start from $89 per room, double.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the resort at (877) 677-7111.

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