Revamped Planet Hollywood to Debut in Vegas This Fall

LAS VEGAS—The new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (, or PH as it's often called, will 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 last week.
 "This is not just a resort and casino, it is an amalgamation of three entities," he said, alluding to the Planet Hollywood, Miracle Mile and Westgate Resorts franchises.

Indeed, 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. Not only will there be floor-to-ceiling Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the lobby and 5,000 Panasonic high-definition plasma TVs in public areas and guest rooms, but celeb-frequented hotspots like the restaurant Koi and Privé nightclub also are headed to the 2,600-room property.

Vision for the Rooms

Guest rooms will be museums of celebrity culture, much like the Planet Hollywood eateries that inspired the hotel. Rooms and suites will be themed after movies and showcase original Hollywood memorabilia, like the black blazer John Travolta wore in the cult hit, Pulp Fiction. Too, three suites will have decor inspired by legendary sports figures Roger Clemens, Pete Sampras and Sugar Ray Leonard.

The Starwood-managed property also will feature the 50-story PlanetHollywoodTowers by Westgate, which will house 1,200 vacation villas and 28 penthouse suites. The 3.2 million square feet of living space will debut in 2009.

Entertainment options include a show from magician Hans Klok—which for its first three months will feature Baywatch beauty Carmen Electra—and a condensed version of the Broadway hit Stomp.

Two critical components of living like a celebrity include spa treatments and shopping. The Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara will offer specialty massages, facials and body treatments; retailers like Urban Outfitters and H&M, the first of the Swedish chain to hit Las Vegas, will be part of the 170 Miracle Mile shops.

The hotel will remain open throughout the full renovation, with one floor closing at a time.


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