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This story was written and published in the October 2017 print edition, prior to the events that occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families that were affected by this mass shooting.

The Cosmopolitan is Getting All Dolled Up
Who doesn’t love kicking back in newly remodeled and sumptuous rooms? Over at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, guestrooms will be receiving a refresh across both the Boulevard and The Chelsea Towers. Set to be complete in 2018, 2,895 of the resort’s 3,027 rooms will be remodeled with modern artwork, clean textiles, statement wall coverings, textured carpeting, and user-friendly technology. Playful features located in discrete locations include whimsical wallpaper within the closet or shadowed figures that separate the shower from the bedroom. The hotel emphasizes that the “design of the rooms is intended to lead guests on a journey of discovery.”

This past summer, the New York staple Blue Ribbon, offering everything from beef marrow and ox tail marmalade to cheese fondue, opened at The Cosmopolitan, adding a cool new vibe to the hotel’s eateries. 

Shine Like Champagne
When the Flamingo Las Vegas debuts its fully renovated guestrooms, they will be glitzy, or, as the company says, they’ll “sparkle like glitter and shine like champagne.” The $90 million complete renovation of 1,270 rooms at Flamingo Las Vegas, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, began in late August, with the first guest arrivals expected next month, and final completion of all rooms expected in the second quarter of 2018. Once they’ve received their makeover, the rooms will feature contemporary and retro-chic designs with vibrant hues of gold and bright pops of flamingo pink.

By the end of 2017, more than 50 percent of Las Vegas rooms at Caesars properties will have been upgraded since 2014, with Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas receiving upgrades in 2016.

Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Spago will open its doors at Bellagio Resort & Casino.
Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Spago will open its doors at Bellagio Resort & Casino.

Spago is Back!
In spring of 2018, Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Spago will open its doors at Bellagio Resort & Casino. Globally influenced seasonal fare and signature Wolfgang Puck touches, such as gourmet pizzas topped with salmon and caviar, will be the focus of the restaurant’s market-driven menus. Foodies will love the multi-course California Tasting Menu, and wine aficionados will appreciate the extensive international wine list. There’ll also be an artisanal cocktail program, as well as a special bar menu of Wolfgang Puck’s favorites. Spago will feature floor-to-ceiling floating glass windows to provide views of Bellagio’s lake and the open-air patio will have prime views of the Fountains of Bellagio.

A New Vision
Next year the 21-year-old Monte Carlo Resort will be no longer, as it will transform into the Park MGM, with 2,700 rooms, and The NoMad Las Vegas, which will occupy the top four floors of the property. The hotel will reflect a residential feel and feature a top-of-the-line art collection, will incorporate European design, and, the company says, it will “retain a powerful connection to The Park just next door.”

In addition to fully redesigned and renovated guestrooms, each hotel will feature food and beverage experiences unique to the Las Vegas market, including NoMad restaurant by chef Daniel Humm and the Eataly Italian marketplace, with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers. Park MGM will offer guests direct access to the T-Mobile Arena and The Park, as well as Park Theater, a 5,200-seat entertainment venue. Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas are the final pieces of MGM Resorts’ complete neighborhood redesign of the central Las Vegas Strip neighborhood.

It’s Paradise
Expected to open in late 2018/early 2019 and cost about $400-$500 million, Wynn Paradise Park will be constructed on approximately 130 acres of land that houses the Wynn Golf Club. There’s a proposed 20-acre lagoon that will be lined by a pristine white-sand beach and boardwalk and feature an array of daytime activities including water skiing, paddle boarding and parasailing. At night, the space will transform with an elaborate fireworks display that is launched from the 120 ft. center island and surrounding areas. Additionally, the Wynn Plaza—expected to open third quarter of 2018—is an expansive retail complex featuring 75,518 sq. ft. of luxury retail space. The complex will augment the existing luxury retail collection currently showcased at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore as well as bring the shopping experience to the high traffic area bordering Las Vegas Blvd.

It’s Going to be Hell
Chef Gordon Ramsay will be bringing hell to Las Vegas—in the form of the HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant, his fifth Las Vegas restaurant, which is expected to open this winter. The vibe for the restaurant and bar will take its cue directly from the TV show and will shine the spotlight on many of HELL’S KITCHEN cast/chef recipes and dishes featured on the show, including many of Chef Ramsay’s signature dishes. Located at Caesars Palace, it will seat nearly 300 guests, feature indoor and Strip-adjacent patio dining and will offer a daily themed brunch, dinner and spirited bar menu. Design features are a nod to both the red and blue teams featured on the show, and a dynamic and bustling kitchen will be the centerpiece of the eatery. It is slated to be an immersive destination restaurant where guests will feel transported to the studio set, as if they are participating in the TV show.