Resorts World Las Vegas by the Numbers

In about six weeks, the first “built from the ground up” resort in over a decade, will open on the Las Vegas Strip.  The Resorts World Las Vegas plans to open its doors on June 24!


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It’s Finally Happening

For a while, we were all betting this day would never happen.  After over a decade of starts and stops. Ownership changes, lawsuits, and design changes, Resorts World Las Vegas will finally welcome its first guests on June 24, 2021.

It’s hard to believe that nothing has been built from scratch in over a decade on the Strip.  But here it is. The newest, biggest, and badest new resort also sits on some very famous (or infamous) plot of land.  This is where the legendary Stardust Casino and Resort stood for almost five decades.  It opened in 1958 and closed in 2006.  Then it was imploded 2007.  To add even more to the storied location, the Stardust was the main basis for the 1995 Vegas Mob movie “Casino”

The property was owned by local casino company Boyd Gaming who demolished the resort for what was supposed to be the Echelon Place project. The initial foundation of the new mega-resort was built before the project was halted in 2008 due to the economy crashing. It sat as an empty ghost on the busy boulevard until 2013 when the Genting Group purchased the site and announced they would build Resorts World Las Vegas on the site.

The New Begining

Groundbreaking for the new resort was set for 2014 with the first phase opening in 2016. Yea, Nope. The economy had other ideas and now THIS project was now stalled.  Instead, groundbreaking was in 2015 and construction began in 2017.  Not a good start for the often stalled project.

With design changes, lawsuits, and other issues, construction was slow until 2019 when everything seemed to come to life and construction got serious!

So what are the numbers?  

  • 59 stories tall
  • 3,506 rooms and suites in two towers
  • Resorts World, Like other Vegas resorts, Resorts World will follow Asian superstitions and doesn’t have any floors or rooms with the number “4” in them
  • Resorts World would be the most expensive resort property ever developed in Las Vegas
  • The current cost of construction $4.3 Billion

Resorts World Las Vegas is all Hilton

Three separate Hilton Brands in one location

  • 1,774 rooms for the full-service Las Vegas Hilton
  • Hiltons luxury brand the Conrad las Vegas will be the largest Conrad in the world at 1,496 rooms
  • Hilton’s LXR brand ( think of it as their newest and ultra-luxurious brand – LXR – ) luxury brand, the Crockford Las Vegas will take up 236 rooms

 

The Big Billboard

What has caught everyone’s attention is the screen on the west tower.  The 100,000-square-foot  LED screen (one of the largest LED building displays in the world).  That is about 27 stories in size!  It took almost 7 months to build

More Numbers to Chew On! 

  • Resorts World will include more than 40 restaurants and bars
  • Resorts World Las Vegas will offer a 5.5-acre pool complex, making it the largest pool deck in Las Vegas
  • Seven unique pool experiences including a 1,800-square-foot infinity pool with spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • One-third of the 87-acre property will remain open for future construction
  • 75% of the property’s income will be from non-gaming sources (nightclubs, convention space. shopping. etc.. )
  • Resorts World Las Vegas will include a 5,000 seat theater with one of the largest stages on the Las Vegas strip 196 wide operated by AEG
  • Celine Deion will open the theatre in November

You will not find a more high-tech/next-generation enabled resort in las Vegas.  This was built for the future, especially for the post covid world.

I keep saying this and I believe it to my core,

This place is going to revolutionize Las Vegas as we know it.

And it all comes to life on June 24, 2021!!

This Place will be amazing!

 

Walking the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday

This may seem like an unusual thing to write about. A simple walk down the Strip. Especially when every other Vegas blogger seems to want to try to find something good to say about the Virgin Las Vegas resort opening…  I will talk about that later…


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For now, here is a video of clips I shot while walking back to my Jeep after doing a Las Vegas Strip Walking Tour. However, it was different because it was more of what we used to call a normal weekend.

Other than NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, not much else special was Happening in Las Vegas that would cause a crowd. But we had people again! Lots of people and it was both nice and yet a bit crazy! We are just now adjusting to what it used to be like. Once again. we have to walk around people.

After almost a year of having it to ourselves and almost always empty, barely anyone walking the Strip, we are now getting back to our old selves and having to relearn how to negotiate crowds!

The Weather! 

It’s also nice to see the bright sunshine and the warm air on the skin! This year’s weather has been something out of the Twilight Zone episode. Warm one day, freezing and windy the next,. Rain and fog the day after that! This was probably the very first real weekend for any kind of a pool party.

 

The Walk

The Bellagio

I don’t care how often you see it, watching the Bellagio Fountains never seems to get boring! This was the first time I had not been stopped by Bellagio Secrituy walking into the casino with my camera.  Normally it’s my smartphone on a gimble and that’s probably the issue.  The gimble looks too professional. This was shot with my DJI Action Camera.  Man, I love that camera.  Small camera, great shots all the time!

Caesars Palace

First note, on this walk, I noticed about half of the escalators was working.  That’s a little above the weekly average so far this year.  As we are starting to get the crowds back, the county must be deciding to fix more of them.

The small fountain with the horses on the corner was recently remodeled.  They actually rebuilt the entire pond.  It was looking a little sad for a long time there. Now it has new marble and tiles.  Looking good for that corner. Now it’s a popular Selfie Stop.

The main fountains are always a popular photo stop on the tour.  So far this year, they all have been working and looking pretty good for their age!

 

The Mirage

I always like the Mirage. The history of that place is fascinating. It is the one that made Las Vegas what it is today.  Plus it just seems so peaceful to be there, alongside the fence watching the waterfalls and maybe catching a few of the ducks that live there all the time.

The Mirage Volcano erupts Sunday through Thursday at 8 and 9 pm.  A third eruption is added for Friday and Saturday.  Get there early to get a good spot to get your pictures from.

Also from this spot, you get to see the old vegas mixed with the new vegas.  You have the Venetian, the world’s largest resort.  You have the last small, family-owned, and truly affordable, family-friendly Casino Royale in front.

Look north and you see the Wynn, the Encore, and on the far north right side, you see resorts World. The newest and most advanced resort will open later this summer. That should be an exciting Grand Opening.  Not like the lame one they just had for Virgin Las Vegas!

And then into the Venetian and off to the parking garage after dodging a few families with their wagon/strollers… eek!

Although we are still getting used to them, it’s always nice to see the crowds!!

A small Sample of what its like to be a high roller in Las Vegas (2008)

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This really isn’t really a Vegas Vlogger. More of an entertaining Travel Channel video from 2008 featuring Maverick Helicopters.  So it is dated, yet it answers a popular dream of most Vegas Tourists: “What’s it like to do Vegas without the worry of money?”  Or “How does the other half do Las Vegas?”

When you are at this level of traveling, you usually have a service, a “host”.  This could be the one from the resort where you gamble at or one of the many private “VIP services” in Las Vegas. Whichever way you go, the host is well connected in this town and they can make a lot of hidden doors magically open up for you.

Imagine your own travel agent on steroids. You make one call, give them a little background on what all you want to do, and they are off to make it all happen for you at the best places in town.  But just know it doesn’t come cheap! Not that people at this level really care. They are here to enjoy themselves.
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When I was a chauffeur and was assigned to one of these clients, nothing was held back and they never signed for anything. It was just there for them, waiting to arrive and to enjoy it all without question or comment.

They are high rollers.  People who hang out in the High Roller lounges at the resorts. The private cabanas.  They play the tables at the high end and always go in style!

As seen in this video.  Rented Lamborghini $$. Private helicopter? $10 grand.  A round of golf at a private course? $500/$1000 or more.  Sexy cady? $$$ depending on the features you request! Yes, you can pretty much design him or her for yourself!

Vegas is the land of dreams and the place where imaginations go wild (if you have the resources)!

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