What's Next for Las Vegas Luxury Hotels in 2016

A double-bedded Story Tower room at SLS Las Vegas
A double-bedded Story Tower room at SLS Las Vegas

Las Vegas is ringing in the New Year with new luxury digs, a new brand identity for one of its newer hotels, the debut of another gourmet restaurant, plenty of pool action and a hot new fun attraction waiting in the wings.

Tribute Portfolio, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has announced its official debut in the city with the addition of SLS Las Vegas. The resort, sited on the North Strip, just south of Sahara Avenue, has three towers — Story, World and LUX — housing more than 1,600 rooms and suites, making it the largest Tribute Portfolio property to date. Accommodations range from 325-square-foot rooms to penthouse suites spanning 3,300 square feet. Amenities include world-class dining venue such as Bazaar Meat by José Andrés (a James Beard Award-winning chef) and Cleo, created by Chef Danny Elmaleh.

One of the city’s newer properties, the luxury SLS Las Vegas opened in August 2014, joining Starwood’s four existing hotels in the Las Vegas market — The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo and Element Las Vegas Summerlin.


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Aria Resort & Casino has introduced the ARIA Tower Suites. This new collection includes 258 suites ranging from the 920-square-foot Corner Suite to the 2,000-square-foot Executive Hospitality Suite. Guests will receive a curbside greeting, a welcome amenity and a special turn-down service, and can enjoy the new Tower Suites Lounge. Guests of the Tower Suites will also get access to the Aria Concierge team, who will confirm all travel details, book show tickets and make dinner reservations.

Aria also announced plans for a major expansion of its LEED Gold-certified convention center. The $154-million project, slated to begin in May 2016 with an anticipated completion in February 2018, will provide an additional 200,000 square feet of technologically advanced, flexible meeting space across four stories, as well as a glass-enclosed venue with views of The Park and the new Las Vegas Arena. With the completion of the expansion, Aria will comprise more than 500,000 square feet of meeting space, including an open ballroom with ample pre-function spaces and an expansive outdoor patio, both suitable for wedding receptions.

Aria’s heated Sky Pool is one of several Las Vegas hotel pools that stays open in the winter. The hotel’s Sky Suite guests get warm towels, hot chocolate, warm cider and hot tea delivered every 90 minutes. There is also cocktail service at the two main pools. Among others, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Mandalay Bay also keep their pools open year-round. The latter’s Moorea Beach Club lights fire pits around the pool, and guests can purchase S’mores kits.

Bellagio keeps one of its Mediterranean-inspired pools open, and there are 21 cabanas available for reservations. Also, guests staying at the Bellagio this winter will get to dine at its brand new restaurant, Harvest by Roy Ellamar, which serves American-style dishes with locally grown ingredients.

On the attractions front, SpeedVegas will start its engines in March 2016. The $30 million motorsports complex offers a 1.5-mile supercar track, multilevel welcome center, large event center, café and much more. SpeedVegas will be a destination for not only exotic car enthusiasts, but also anyone and everyone seeking an exhilarating, only-in-Vegas-style experience. There will also be an onsite meetings and event space there.

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