Hotel Happenings in Vegas

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The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel.

As the year is coming to a close, a number of Las Vegas hotels are on the verge of something new—from multi-million dollar renovations to the launch of new high-end properties on the Strip.

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel
The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel gets its inspiration from Downtown Las Vegas, but its name from owner Derek Stevens and his hometown of Detroit. Formerly Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel, the property has been completely remodeled and transformed, with modern styling and elements of both classic Vegas and Detroit. The D also gets its energy from its location under the largest video screen in the world on Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience.

“The D elevates the energy of the Fremont Street Experience and immerses guests in a fun and friendly party atmosphere,” says co-owner and CEO Derek Stevens. “When guests come to the D, we want them to feel like they own the place.”

The hotel’s 624 rooms have been completely remodeled and there are now 14 new 2-room luxury suites with windows looking out on to the Las Vegas Valley.

Its new restaurant, American Coney Island, is the first out-of-state location for the Detriot-based business. The D has one of the only 2-level casinos in Sin City, and inside the hotel, guests can find LONGBAR—the longest bar in Nevada—that stretches the entire length of the first-floor casino.

Rates range from $39-$99 per night on weekdays and $100-$259 on weekends. For more information, call (702) 388-2400 or visit

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace
Nobu Hospitality is teaming up with Caesars Palace to open the first Nobu Hotel. The boutique hotel, located inside Caesars Palace, is set for a soft open by the end of the year.

Nobu Hotel will feature 181 guestrooms and 18 luxury suites and offer 24-hour access to Nobu’s in-room dining menu. Suites will range from 1- to 5-bedroom and guestrooms will offer views of the Strip or garden.

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace.

Adjacent to the hotel, Nobu Restaurant & Lounge will open in January 2013 and will be the largest of the restaurant chain, at 12,775 sq. ft., and the first on the Strip.

The website has launched and is taking reservations for stays after Feb. 4, 2013. Rates for the Nobu King room will start at $249 midweek. For more information, visit or call (800) 727-4923.

Palms Casino Resort
The Palms Casino Resort is in the midst of a $50 million renovation that began with the redesign of all 428 rooms in the Palms Tower, now available for booking.

The new look, designed by Klai Juba and Seed Design, will feature a modern design with wall-to-wall custom artwork above the bed and accents of wood tones and velvet.

Palms Casino Resort.

“We are very excited to introduce the new concept for our rooms, and are confident that the unique style and atmosphere will be a favorite for Las Vegas visitors,” says Joseph A. Magliarditi, president of Palms. “Sexy, sleek and cutting-edge, the redesigned rooms exemplify the polished experience guests can expect at Palms.”

Along with the remodeled rooms, there will be other additions taking place throughout 2013, such as a new sports bar, Heraea; a pan-Asian restaurant, XISHI; and a new center bar on the casino floor.

Rooms start at $79 per night and guests who book a 2-night stay in one of the new Palms Tower rooms will receive a $50 dining credit.

For more information, visit

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have become the first resorts on the Las Vegas Strip to join Preferred Hotel Group.

Preferred Hotel Group represents more than 650 hotels, resorts and serviced residences, and the addition of these hotels will introduce the brand to another popular tourist destination.

Encore Parlor Suite living room.

“Wynn and Encore are among the finest resorts in the world, and we’re thrilled to introduce them as the newest members of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection,” says Bob Van Ness, executive vice president, Americas, Preferred Hotel Group. “The addition of these two world-class destinations increases the depth of our offerings in the Las Vegas market, providing more diversity as travel agents search to satisfy their clients’ requests across the Preferred Hotel Group family of trusted brands.”

The Wynn and Encore are bookable under Preferred Hotel’s PH and PV GDS chain codes. For more information, visit