Onsite: Hollywood Comes to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS-Celebrities like Bruce Willis, Carmen Electra and Roger Clemens were on hand Tuesday to announce details of the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, or PH, as it's often referred to, set to make its debut on Las Vegas' Strip this September. "We will be throwing the biggest party Las Vegas has ever seen on September 28 and 29 for the grand opening," Robert Earl, co-chairman of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and neighbor of Bruce Willis, told a room full of press and hotel VIPs. After a $1 billion renovation, the former Aladdin site is positioning itself as strong competition for the clientele of such stylish and hip neighboring properties as Wynn and The Palms. There are floor-to-ceiling Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the hotel lobby and 5,000 Panasonic high-definition plasma TVs that adorn public areas and guest rooms. Celeb-frequented hotspots like the restaurant Koi and Privé nightclub also are headed to the 2,600-guest room property. The rooms themselves will be museums of celebrity culture, much like the Planet Hollywood eateries that inspired the hotel. Too, three suites will be decorated in the name of legendary sports figures Roger Clemens, Pete Sampras and Sugar Ray Leonard. Meanwhile, the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara offers specialty massages, facials and body treatments and the 170 Miracle Mile Shops are comprised of retailers like Urban Outfitters and H&M, the first of the Swedish chain to hit Las Vegas. The hotel will remain open throughout the full renovation, which has yet to be completed. Earl however assured the crowd everything would come together by September's end. "This day has been a long time coming," he said. Visit [www.planethollywoodresort.com].

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