Monday, March 26, 2012 | 2 a.m.
With Las Vegas being home to nearly 149,000 hotel rooms, even the biggest resorts in the city are looking for a competitive edge to land heads on their beds. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in renovations to keep rooms updated with current looks and comforts. Here's a photo tour of some of the newest room designs in Southern Nevada:
With bright colors and swirling patterns, designers hope to bring the vibrance of the entertainment complex of the MGM Grand up to the rooms. The mirrors help give the feeling of a bigger room. The windows have solar-powered shades: a very Vegas touch. A minibar that has the feel of a 1960s design also hides an iPod dock and holds the flatscreen television.
Business casual: MGM
While there's plenty of fun in Vegas, designers realize the work never ends for some people, even on the Strip. Ergonomic office chairs are designed to make sitting at the desk for long periods of time a little more comfortable.
Octavius Tower: Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace opened its sixth tower as a boutique hotel with a private check-in and direct pool access. Lush accommodations are part of that experience, and Michael Medeiros of KNA Design delivered a room that's both cozy and techno-saavy. One way designers try to make modern hotel rooms more comfortable is to mimic some of the comforts of home, such as the sitting area by the window. Big comfortable beds have become a staple at resorts, with many having their own mattress brands. But it's not just about sitting and sleeping. A mobile hub allows guests to connect their handheld devices and stream music and movies through the 42-inch television. Sensors detect when a guest has plugged in a device and determines the correct input. Medeiros isn't finished yet. This fall, get ready for the reveal of three more luxury villas, with more than 8,000 square feet, marble floors and private elevators.
It's the Flamingo. You're going to get pink. The resort calls them FAB rooms, and the huge mattresses and chaise lounges aim to provide that residential feel. The walls display vintage photos of past Flamingo scenes, recalling the history of Vegas' first resort hotel, opened by mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946. Some 500 finished rooms, designed by Westar Architects of Las Vegas, opened in January. With a schedule that would make the most extreme designers sweat, 100 rooms every 11 days, the Flamingo has completed almost 1,600 and is on track to have 2,100 finished in May.
Look at the wall coverings and the carpet. Then look at the night scene out the window. Designers at MGM Resorts, which owns the Bellagio, say they like to pick out colors that fit into the hues of the desert, which is often more than just sand. Even the artwork that recalls pebbles has an organic feel to it in an attempt to bring a little feel of the lush gardens of the Conservatory into the rooms.
El Cortez Tower
What the downtown El Cortez couldn't match in mega budgets, it made up for in creativity. In a scene that could have played out on any design TV show, the hotel had local designers compete for renovation bragging rights. The result gives the 1940s historic hotel varied styles, so repeat visitors don't have to expect the same surroundings. This lush shimmering gold room with the silver headboard says classic Vegas in the hotel's tower rooms.
El Cortez Cabana
One look at the outside of the Cabana Suites says "beach" with its exterior of aqua blue and sand colors that make the building itself stand out. Inside, hipsters can revel in the bright colors, such as these mint green walls, and artsy accents, while getting away from the main casino and hotel across the street.