Everything You Need to Know About Las Vegas for 2018: Hotels

Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace

Like most years, 2017 was a big year for Las Vegas.

Earlier this year, Caesars Palace Las Vegas completely renovated its Palace Tower in a $100 million transformation. The resort’s largest tower now houses 1,181 guestrooms, including 10 new luxury villas on the 19th floor. The villas range from 2,750 square feet to 4,085 square feet. These rooms include: imported stone and hand-distressed hardwood flooring; curated artwork; custom lighting fixtures, wool rugs and carpets; 24 karat gold bathroom fixtures; 85-inch televisions with surround sound in living areas; fully furnished pantries with stainless steel appliances; Whirlpool tubs and more.

Caesars Palace also renovated its Julius and Augustus Towers. Floor plans range from 5,000 to 11,200 square feet and pricing can top $25,000 per night. The top villa is the three-bedroom Titus Villa. Amenities include massage chairs in the media room, butler service, a billiard room with its own bar, an iPod stereo and a grand piano. The private outdoor garden has a pool, fire pit and direct access to Garden of the Gods.


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Mandalay Bay has also completed a resort-wide remodel of over 3,000 guestrooms and suites, now listed in three distinct offerings: The Resort, Suite and Luxury Collection. The Luxury Collection includes one- to four-bedroom suites. These have floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant dining and bar areas and a separate media area with a 65-inch HDTV and surround sound.

The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino will no longer be known as such by the end of 2018. MGM Resorts is currently renovating the property, converting it into two separate higher-end hotels: The Park MGM and the NoMad Las Vegas, located on the upper floors of the property. In addition, the façade, dining venues, public spaces and more are being renovated at a price tag of $450 million.   

Park MGM Vegas

The Park MGM will aim to bring in a younger and more-traveled clientele, according to MGM Resorts. While the resort will have a casino, it will not be in sight when guests walk into the lobby. Instead, art and F&B will be the focal point of the hotel, which will have approximately 2,700 guestrooms. What to look forward to: A full-scale Eataly marketplace with cafes, to-go counters, food trucks, sit-down restaurants and more. There will also be Chicago’s Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar, known as one of the top restaurants in the city.

The NoMad will have just under 290 rooms. The self-contained hotel, expected to be completed by October, will have its own reception, pool, lounge, casino and upscale NoMad restaurant and bar operated by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will also be completing renovations in 2018, with 2,895 of its 3,027 guestrooms being touched up. Rooms will include modern artwork, clean textiles, “statement” wall coverings and user-friendly tech. Guests will have access to a “virtual concierge,” available on in-room iPads, which can book restaurant and spa reservations, purchase show tickets, order room service and schedule wake up calls. Guests can also automate the lighting and temperature adjustments.

The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino completed a major refurbishment in 2017, as well. The 111-year-old property doubled its casino floor, added a new grand entrance and extended its OneBar at Fremont Street (making it the longest bar in Vegas), among others. Other hotels that received updates include MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Flamingo and Lucky Dragon, a brand-new boutique hotel with an Asian influence. Additionally, Resorts World Casino has named its construction manager, and is on pace to be completed by 2020. It will have 3,500 rooms across three hotels located on 87 acres.

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