Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 | 12:17 p.m.
Nightlife czar Victor Drai today revealed details of his new 24/7 dayclub and nightclub to open Memorial Day Weekend at the new Cromwell hotel located at the Strip’s busiest intersection.
The new daytime beach club and nightclub where the partying never stops will be the only rooftop playground in Las Vegas and, overlooking the Bellagio Fountains, Victor’s party people will be closer to them than the hotel’s guests.
Rooms at the Cromwell go on sale Monday. Victor, who I have known for 25-plus years, promises that his new venue will be unique and will transform the daylife and nightlife scene with a round-the-clock party. His sprawling 65,000-square-foot experience sits atop the 11-story, standalone-boutique Cromwell.
“I have been in the Las Vegas nightlife business for 15 years, and I’m not only building the best nightclub in Las Vegas, I’m going to usher in a new era for nightlife and daylife in Las Vegas,” said Victor, who pioneered the after-hours club concept. “The mega-clubs have become nothing more than large-music venues for million-dollar DJs.
“We are creating a 360-degree experience. Wherever you turn, you will be awed by the design, the technology, the music, the service and, most importantly, the experience. We have designed the club to be visual, sensual, sexy and social.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind concept with the best vantage point in the city. We’ll be the only club in town with unobstructed sun and fun from sunrise to sunset.”
Drai’s will span two levels. The lower level will feature two large, elevated main pools, each offering central wet decks and perimeter seating. Ten VIP bungalows and luxury cabanas, each containing their own pools, will offer guests privacy while being amid all the action. The mezzanine level will contain 15 VIP cabanas and a third private pool with five VIP bungalows overlooking the Strip.
Each VIP bungalow will feature its own shower and restroom, and more than 40 daybeds will offer prime seating alongside the pool deck from opening until sunset. One main focal point will be the outdoor DJ booth located beneath an archway surrounded by billowing curtains.
Club impresario Victor, who launched the Tryst and XS successes for Steve Wynn, has told Caesars Entertainment executives who operate the Cromwell that his nightclub aesthetic will be dark and sexy: “LED lighting will be a main element. It’s going to look like the most beautiful club ever made. This is the first one I have designed and created from square one, and I think it will be my best one ever.”
Karie Hall, Cromwell GM and VP of hotel operations, commented: “The Cromwell will bring a new energy to the heart of the Strip. Our guests will not only enjoy the experience of being in the Strip’s newest hotel, they will also be able to get the most out of the nightlife experience with access to the club just about any time of day or night.
“The intimate size of the hotel, paired with the luxurious amenities and marquee location, allows us to immerse the guest in an exciting 360-degree experience that has never before been done in Las Vegas.”
When the massive renovation and construction is completed, Victor plans to reopen his long-running basement after-hours club on the site of the former Barbary Coast that became Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon. He also will continue to operate his new Indigo Lounge at Bally’s.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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