The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino just celebrated its grand opening in Las Vegas.
Lucky Dragon is situated on the Las Vegas Strip’s northern corridor, just west of Las Vegas Boulevard at 300 W. Sahara Avenue. The first ground-up construction of a hotel and casino property in Las Vegas since 2010, Lucky Dragon aims to offer a unique and authentic Asian experience in both the style of the cuisine and a multilingual staff.
From taxi stands to restaurants, signage will be in Chinese first and English second. VIP areas are elevated, signifying a heightened status for those who enter. Teas normally reserved for dignitaries on official Chinese state visits will be available at Lucky Dragon for the first time in the United States.
The hotel will have 203 guest rooms, including 22 suites. Lucky Dragon will offer the most Chinese programming of any TV package available on the Las Vegas Strip, and each room will have tea brewing equipment and a complimentary offering of Lucky Dragon’s imported house tea selections.
Standard suites (625 square feet) will have an additional spacious seating area and larger bathroom, and many will have a Las Vegas Strip view. The top floor of Lucky Dragon will house The Penthouse Suite (1,300 square feet), which will span the entire width of the hotel tower and offer panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip as well as the beautiful mountain sunset. The penthouse will have a grand foyer entryway, a guest powder room, a luxurious living room, a soaking tub and a formal dining space suitable for catered meals and events, as well as butler service.
From the variety offered by the property’s five restaurant concepts, to the extensive collection of Chinese teas, Lucky Dragon will focus on Asian cuisine. Willy Ng, of Bay Area restaurants Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux, consulted with Lucky Dragon on the resort’s culinary program. Ng’s Koi Palace is widely regarded as one of the best dim sum restaurants in the Bay Area, and product from Ng’s own dim sum facility in San Francisco will be shipped in daily to Lucky Dragon.
Dragon’s Alley, inspired by the vibrant night markets dotting the streets throughout Taipei and landmarks such as Ghost Street in Beijing, will serve street food offerings from China, Taiwan and broader Asia. The Hutong brick that lines portions of Dragon’s Alley was sourced directly from Beijing’s toppled government housing. The alleys of state-sponsored residencies that often flanked similar night markets were torn down as Beijing’s economy began to thrive.
Bao Now, serving quick and easy dishes meant to be consumed on the go, will offer simple dim sum, soups, rice, noodles, congee and Boba Tea, as well as a diverse selection of teas and coffees. Due to its proximity to the casino floor, guests will have easy access to food and drink before, after or even during play, as Lucky Dragon guests will be permitted to dine at gaming tables.
Pearl Ocean will serve dim sum in an aquatic-themed dining room. There will also be a live seafood room where guests can select live exotic seafood, flown in daily, to be prepared in both traditional and modern culinary styles.
Phoenix, Lucky Dragon’s 60-seat fine dining restaurant, will have a menu of modern Chinese culinary trends. Kurobuta pork, deer tendon, abalone and countless other rare delicacies will punctuate the service. Phoenix will also have a private balcony and curated wine list.
Cha Garden, adjacent to the hotel lobby, blends with the pool area to create an indoor-outdoor tea garden and lounge. Led by Las Vegas’ only tea sommelier, Cha Garden will have an extensive list of 50 unique teas sourced directly from generations-old tea farms throughout Asia. Cha Garden will also serve yum cha (light snacks akin to Chinese tapas) in a casual or formal service atmosphere. While tea will be the focus of the Cha Garden experience, the venue will also have a full bar, beer, wine and cocktail program for guests seeking to engage in a more traditional Las Vegas nightlife experience.
Encapsulated by windows offering casino guests a panoramic view of the chefs in action, Jewel Kitchen is billed as Las Vegas’ only show kitchen that extends directly onto the casino floor.
Two main bars will serve the hotel and casino. The first-floor Pagoda Bar, at the heart of Lucky Dragon’s casino gaming floor, will offer full bar service as well as a selection of teas and other non-alcoholic beverages. Video poker machines line each side of the bar’s octagonal perimeter. Upstairs, the Atrium Bar will serve as the center of Lucky Dragon’s mixology program. A menu of specialty cocktails will be accompanied by traditional Asian beverage options and modern libations influenced by Asian culture and recipes.
Pivoting around the casino’s first-floor Pagoda Bar, the 27,500-square-foot casino floor will contain 37 tables and 287 slot machines. The majority of table games will focus on table games popular in Asia offering primarily Baccarat and Pai Gow, though Roulette, Black Jack, Three-Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em will also be available.
Overlooking the casino floor, and suspended above Pagoda Bar, a 1.25-ton glass and crystal dragon chandelier will cast luck and good fortune upon all below. Crafted in the Crystal Valley glass blowing region of The Czech Republic, the 23-foot dragon spans nearly two-and-a-half stories.
Two high-end gaming areas – The Emerald Room high-limit gaming area on the ground floor and the second-story VIP Gaming Lounge – will serve the casino’s major players, offering gaming in an intimate environment surrounded by high-end décor, designed to bring luck and good fortune.
Lucky Dragon’s pool area, an extension of the main lobby and Cha Garden, will be a shoreline infinity-edge pool. Additionally, shady oak trees will provide an atmosphere reminiscent of a natural pond, while the tiled mural wall and fountains adorn a modern atmosphere that includes lounge seating and luxury cabanas.
The 4,500-square-foot Sothys Spa at Lucky Dragon will offer a variety of traditional Chinese and Western treatments. The spa facilities consist of four private treatment rooms, offering services for individuals and couples, as well as a manicure and pedicure area with a panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip. With offerings from reflexology and facial treatments, to anti-aging and massage, the Sothys spa at Lucky Dragon will provide the perfect escape for all guests. For those that prefer the comforts of their own room, a selection of spa services will be available in-room as well.