Shows and entertainment are slowly returning to Las Vegas casinos. Recently three shows at Caesars Entertainment properties announced their return for late October. Absinthe will return to Caesars Palace on Oct. 28. Piff The Magic Dragon will hit the stage at Flamingo a night later on Oct. 29. A week earlier, on Oct. 22, X Country will once again perform at Harrah’s.
Resorts World Las Vegas continues to reveal new details about the integrated resort-casino set to open in the summer of 2021. This week the casino under construction on the north end of the Vegas Strip shared details about its third, and smallest, hotel tower. The luxury hotel section of the integrated resort will be known as Crockfords Las Vegas. This tower and brand is part of Hilton’s LXR Hotels & Resorts brand.
It’s a strange time to visit Las Vegas. Frankly, the casinos in Sin City are still a shell of the great vacation destination that had more than 42 million people visit last year. Las Vegas is still great but with bars closed, clubs offering more mellow experiences, and shows dark there isn’t as much to enjoy. Not everyone visits Las Vegas just to eat, drink and gamble. That’s usually cool because there are plenty of ways to entertain oneself without doing those things all day and night.
The spread of COVID-19 around the world has changed a lot of things for just about everyone. Media is one of the less important things for most people. However, it seems to be changing how information is disseminated and consumed. The news cycle is shorter than ever as many are home more consuming that information. This allows a constant barrage of news. In turn, it also means that companies will release less information more often to make sure they receive the attention they deem as appropriate.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is one of the companies in Sin City that is constantly releasing information about the property. The new casino-hotel replacing the Hard Rock continues to share news about the property. Unfortunately, the property may not open before the year is over as planned.
You may recall Virgin Las Vegas recently announced its restaurant lineup.
Virgin Las Vegas Reveals Hotel Rooms
Today, we have a look at the hotel rooms at Virgin Las Vegas. Officially, the rooms are officially called “chambers.” Studio Collective, an award-winning design firm in Los Angeles is collaborating on the design for the property’s rooms and suites. As you’d imagine, the design feels very west coast influenced.
The hotel room designs will celebrate the Virgin Las Vegas’ modern desert ambiance. The room themes pair a playful feel with the luxury and comfort that has made Las Vegas such a popular tourist destination.
The hotel rooms at Virgin will be bright, featuring a neutral color palette with pops of whimsical touches, as well as warm and modern finishes. The design should make the chambers a great place for work or play.
“We drew inspiration from the surrounding desert landscape, which is reflected in our designs for the chambers,” remarked Adam Goldstein, design director and partner at Studio Collective. “Our vision combined with the Virgin Hotels and Curio Collection by Hilton’s signature amenities and hospitality will make the property a much sought-after destination in Las Vegas.”
Three Different Hotel Towers
Virgin Las Vegas will feature over 1,500 rooms in three distinctive towers – Opal, Canyon, and the all-suite Ruby Tower.
The Opal Tower is located near the meeting and convention spaces. The Canyon Tower offers sweeping views of the Las Vegas cityscape as well as the property’s pool paradise and is located off the casino floor. Guests in the Ruby Tower will enjoy a dedicated valet and exclusive check-in area before heading to their suite.
Inside The Virgin Las Vegas Rooms
Each room will offer distinctive touches, exclusive to Virgin Hotels. The rooms are designed to consist of two spaces separated by a door. This should make the rooms ideal for working, recharging, wellness, and an overall better contactless experience.
“We have worked with amazing partners to combine Virgin Hotels’ signature amenities and our new property design to make Virgin Hotels Las Vegas a one-of-a-kind destination,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. “There is a chamber to meet the needs of every traveler and we cannot wait for you to experience the comfort of our unique style.”
The first space, “The Dressing Room” aka bathroom includes a full vanity, makeup desk with a well-lit mirror, extra-large shower, Red Flower toiletries, and a closet for two.
“The Lounge” is the main area of the hotel room. This will come complete with Virgin’s patented ergonomically designed lounge bed. The rooms will high definition TV, pedestal table, and a cozy seating nook.
Rooms will include ample outlets for smartphones, computers or other electronic devices are found in various areas of the rooms. All rooms feature custom lighting on sensors that automatically illuminate when guests move.
Select chambers will be dog-friendly, offering special amenities. A recent tweet suggests there will be no added fee for a dog-friendly room. For reference, both MGM Resort and Caesars Entertainment charge guests who choose to bring along a dog.
Las Vegas casinos continue to reopen. Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas recently reopened as the only smoke-free casino-resort on the Vegas Strip. Planet Hollywood once rumored to reopen without smoking will open its doors once again on Oct. 8. The doors to Planet Hollywood will be open every day but guests will only be able to book hotel rooms from Thursday to Sunday.
We recently took a look at the Work From Vegas packages available at Aria and Bellagio. Since that time, I’ve been thinking about this concept. I used to take days to work from a casino-resort prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though I live in Las Vegas the change in scenery shakes up the mind and helps increase my productivity. Of course, increased productivity is negated by gambling sessions when leaving the room to grab a meal or snack. Having said that, the different environment lets the creative juices flow. It doesn’t hurt that I write about Las Vegas casinos for a living.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best and most beautiful free attractions in Las Vegas. The casino recently installed its Autumn display. This is an experience that frequent visitors to Las Vegas should recognize. This installation brings guests “Into The Woods” for an adventure highlighted by a magical forest and its cast of floral creatures. Yes – the tree with eyes that follows guests is back!
It’s been a strange year around the world with COVID-19 impacting just about everyone everywhere. One of the more abnormal events in Las Vegas – besides casinos closing – is the lack of big events. Vegas is an event-driven town and that’s what draws so many visitors. Whether the event is a convention, trade show, sporting event, or a concert there hasn’t been a single major event for people to attend in Las Vegas since March. In a perfect world, things will be different next year. One casino operator is planning as though major entertainment events will be able to take place by next summer.
The Bellagio fountain show is one of the best free attractions in Las Vegas. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that this isn’t a new opinion. The shows are just beautiful to watch. Even more amazing is that this is what people see walking by a casino. This is truly stunning and never gets old thanks to the frequency of shows and number of songs in rotation.