Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 | 9 a.m.
As rooms go on sale this morning for the new Cromwell hotel at center Strip, we have a preview of its 19 new luxury suites, the spacious one- to six-bedroom floor plans and its new casino gaming area.
Caesars Entertainment promises that first guests can check in as of Wednesday, May 21, with the rooftop Drai’s dayclub playground and nightclub opening three days later for Memorial Day Weekend. It’s expected that TV star chef Giada de Laurentiis will open her Italian restaurant Giada during the same period.
Originally, the hotel was to be opened with the Gansevoort Hotel Group from New York City, but a Massachusetts gaming commission quizzed those owners over a German investor reported in the media to have had links to a Russian criminal organization.
The allegations were never proven, but Caesars dropped its partnership as similar investigations by our Nevada Gaming authorities could have jeopardized the property’s operations. Thus, Gansevoort Las Vegas became The Cromwell.
Each suite at the upscale boutique hotel has its own style scheme, but all will reflect a Parisian flare that’s described as “modern and sleek, tailored and refined.” Bathrooms are enriched with marble flooring, while herringbone hardwood flooring decorates the living room.
The rooms that range from 723 to 2,550 square feet overlook the Bellagio Fountains and are said to be closer to the dancing sprays than Bellagio’s own guests. Caesars Entertainment plans to promote the suites as the perfect pre-party location for Drai’s nightclub guests.
The comfortable and stylish oversized sofa and lounge chairs offer a loft-like feeling, while state-of-the-art technology, a full-height refrigerator, a custom mini bar and an optional pool table and a pinball machine add to the guest experience.
The one-only Presidential Suite is top-of-the-line luxury with two bedrooms and an optional two-room add-on connector, topping out as a 2,550-square-foot palace with a pool table. Its added attractions include a steam shower and a deep soaking tub, plus, its own dining area and a 24/7 concierge service.
Eleven suites are available in a two-bay format, and four are available in a three-bay setup with a pinball machine and a small bar area. Three suites are available in a 1,411-square-foot four-bay layout.
I’m scheduled to take a hard-hat tour with Victor Drai of the sprawling 65,000-square-foot rooftop space —we posted an update Tuesday morning — and we’ll have a new report and photos here at Vegas DeLuxe on Thursday.
It’s now just 87 days before the first keys are handed over to guests, and Caesars executives are confident that the new property, transformed from the shell of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon and, before that, Barbary Coast, will be an immediate winner at the busiest cross-roads of the Strip and steps from the new Linq attractions, too.
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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