Las Vegas is adding more hotels, resorts and condos in 2009

 
LA Times | Travel
 

Despite the dreary travel news out of Las Vegas, nearly 13,000 hotel rooms are under construction in a city many consider Southern California's backyard playground. The splashiest may be at the $2.9-billion Fontainebleau mega-resort, on track to open late this year, said Tricia Gilbert, vice ...

By Valli Herman // 01.26.09
 

Despite the dreary travel news out of Las Vegas, nearly 13,000 hotel rooms are under construction in a city many consider Southern California's backyard playground.

The splashiest may be at the $2.9-billion Fontainebleau mega-resort, on track to open late this year, said Tricia Gilbert, vice president of marketing. A budget that size buys some big-ticket amenities: 3,815 rooms and suites; 27 restaurants and bars, including chef Alfred Portale's Gotham Bar & Grill and chef Scott Conant's Scarpetta; a 7-acre pool deck with four pools; a 350,000-square-foot shopping area called the Runway; and a spa with 55 treatment rooms.

Elsewhere in the gambling capital, construction continues on hotels at the gargantuan CityCenter, the nearly $8.6-billion development that may open in late 2009, said Alicia Malone, spokeswoman with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Hotels in the project include the 4,000-room, 61-story Aria Resort & Casino; a 400-room Mandarin Oriental, the first in Las Vegas; and Vdara, an all-suite condo/hotel project with more than 1,500 units. Structural issues have delayed the opening of CityCenter's Harmon Hotel.

The enormity of CityCenter tends to dwarf other Vegas developments, including the $130-million expansion of the Silverton Casino Lodge, which is adding pools, a high-limit gaming salon and 800 slot machines. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino expects to add 950 guest rooms and expand the pool, meeting space and casino.

Not to be outdone, about 10 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip, the $1-billion M Resort is heading toward a March 1 opening of its 390 guest rooms and a 100,000-square-foot pool that gives the feel of a canyon.

The nearly $5-billion Echelon mega-resort, on the north end of the Strip on the site of the former Stardust, halted construction in August because of financing difficulties. And a $1-billion Caesar's Palace expansion that was to have added a 665-room Octavius Tower, three new swimming pools, a convention center and more has been postponed. In this economy, even empire building sometimes has to wait.