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May 6, 2015

New-look Plaza ready to reopen its doors downtown


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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman addresses a crowd at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Plaza prepares to reopen after renovations

KSNV coverage of preparations for the reopening of the Plaza downtown, Aug. 31, 2011.

Plaza Remodel

A look at a newly refinished Derby room suite at the Plaza Wednesday, June 22, 2011. The Plaza is undergoing a $35 million dollar remodel and plans to open in September. Launch slideshow »

Map of Plaza Hotel and Casino

Plaza Hotel and Casino

1 Main Street, Las Vegas

After nine months of renovations, the Plaza downtown is ready to reopen its doors Thursday, boasting 1,037 remodeled hotel rooms, a revamped 80,000-square-foot casino floor and new hotel lobby.

Michael Pergolini, vice president of hotel operations, said that when the Plaza closed in November, the renovation was not expected to be as extensive as it turned out.

“When we started planning, it was to do a $20 million renovation of the hotel," Pergolini said. In the end, the price tag was $35 million.

Patrons who have gambled at the 40-year-old casino on Main Street will be taken aback by drastic changes throughout the building, Pergolini said. “Everything that we’ve done is considerably different than it used to be,” he said.

The Plaza, which offered a sneak peek to the media today, features new furniture, carpeting and wall coverings, all acquired at a discounted price from the halted Fontainebleau project. The hotel’s original chandeliers also have been restored.

When the old Plaza closed, more than 400 people were laid off. But after a job fair this summer, 800 people were hired, 300 of them returning staff, Pergolini said.

Along with its new décor, the Plaza is now home to restaurants including Hash House a Go Go, Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill, Zaba’s Mexican Grill, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Cafelatte coffee bar and, opening in November, Oscar’s — former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s steakhouse.

The casino’s existing 600-seat main showroom will be joined by the Swingers Club, a dueling piano bar surrounded by a nine-hole Las Vegas-themed mini golf course.

Cantor Gaming will operate a race and sports book and add mobile gaming early next year.

There are also plans to eventually refurbish the rooftop pool and outdoor recreation area.

The Plaza is offering rooms starting at $44 on weekdays and $109 on weekends.

CORRECTION: Officials initially reported the renovations cost $45 million, but later said it was $35 million. | (September 1, 2011)

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  1. This is great news for Downtown. My wife and I will be in Las Vegas later next week, staying Downtown, and we look forward to checking out the Plaza's new casino and other amenities.
    Congratulations to the owners for improving their hotel.

  2. The Plaza was once one of our favorite places to go downtown until the service level dropped.

    Glad to see it coming back and hope that besides all the "new" they are going to go back to great service as in years past. That is what it is going to take to make this fly.

    Downtown is doing better and reopening the Plaza should be good all the way around.

  3. I disagree with you 'ctys20'. Keep in mind that the Plaza (Union Plaza) was not *born* a pig but rather, a swan. Whatever environmental, economic, managerial, social, etc. circumstances allowed the swan to degrade into a state of pigness has been rectified. And now, some form of the swan has returned... thus allowing a 'lipstick' application. As stated by 'gerrlfc', the way forward for Vegas in the next decade (or more) is to renovate (not disintegrate(implode)).

    I congratulate the Plaza on its fabulous upgrade and cannot wait for my next Vegas vacation to visit this place. Looks like quite an entertaining venue. GO VEGAS!

  4. Glad to see the upgrade. I'm surprised that the plans didn't include a new coat of paint on the outside. Driving by on the 15 it looks old and weathered.

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