Resorts World Las Vegas (Resorts World) is officially set to open on June 24, 2021. The $4.3 billion integrated resort will be the first ground-up resort development on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade. The Cosmopolitan was the last completely brand new casino to open on the Vegas Strip on Dec. 15, 2010.
Resorts World ears in the making
The groundbreaking for Resorts World took place on May 5, 2015. After delays, the pace of construction picked up considerably in 2019. The project was able to plow continue during the coronavirus pandemic as construction is considered an essential business in Nevada.
This is no small casino-hotel project. Resorts World is the kind of megaresorts that Las Vegas became famous for building in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“After years of planning and constructing this monumental property with some of the most innovative partners in the industry, Resorts World Las Vegas will redefine the hospitality standard in Las Vegas with unmatched dining and entertainment, more variety of hotel accommodations than anywhere else on the Strip, and the city’s most progressive technology,” said President of Resorts World Las Vegas Scott Sibella.
He continued, “We are filled with gratitude and excitement as we approach our opening this June and hope to play a role in Las Vegas’s rebound after what has been an incredibly challenging year for the destination and greater hospitality industry.”
Resorts World is not a small casino-hotel project by any stretch of the imagination. There were over 3,000 construction workers on-site daily at the 88-acre construction site.
Resorts World is a throwback to the megaresorts that was ushered in by The Mirage and others decades ago. The idea of this property actually came to light about 15 years ago.
Stardust to Echelon Place to Resorts World
The soon-to-open casino resort stands on the north end of the Vegas Strip once occupied by the Stardust. The concept for Resorts World was underway before Stardust was imploded in 2007.
Construction on the project once known as Echelon Place was to include multiple hotels with a total of 5,000 rooms. Boyd Gaming owned the land but had to halt construction during the last great recession in 2008. Some of the ironwork already built for Echelon Place is being used by Resorts World today.
While the property has new owners and a new concept, Resorts World will have some of the features Boyd was planning for Echelon Place.
Inside Resorts World
Plans for Resorts World have evolved a lot since first being introduced in 2015. While the project has been scaled back, it’s still massive. Construction on Resorts World cost more than $4 billion.
The hotel features multiple Hilton brands and 3,500 hotel rooms. Yes, Hilton Honors rewards members can use points for hotel rooms.
There will be more than 40 dining options and eight bars and lounges inside Resorts World. The 5,000 capacity theater will be home to multiple resident artists such as Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. Meanwhile, Zouk Nightclub and AYU Dayclub will be home to resident DJ’s Tiesto and Zedd.
The 5.5-acre pool complex will be the largest rooftop pool in Las Vegas. It will feature seven unique pool experiences including the only infinity-edge pool on the Vegas Strip.
The first thing visitors will likely notice is outside of the casino. There’s a 100,000-square-foot LED screen that covers the West Tower. The screen is already operational and can be seen from miles away.
Resorts World Casino
The 117,000 square foot casino floor at Resorts World isn’t the largest on the Vegas Strip but it’s not small. For comparison, it’s a little smaller than Caesars Palace. Resorts World considers this a next-generation casino floor with technology not available at most Las Vegas casinos.
Unlike recent casino openings at Circa and Virgin, Resorts World will have a poker room. In addition to slot machines, table games, and high-limit areas there will be a sportsbook. However, this won’t be the traditional sportsbook found at many Las Vegas casinos.
Dawg House Saloon & Sportsbook is based on a Nashville sports bar and restaurant. In addition to showing the games, Dawg House will feature live music and dancing, a variety of draft beers, creative cocktails, and classic American pub fare with a Southern twist.
While the saloon concept sounds totally different, this sounds similar to what the BetMGM sportsbook offers at Park MGM.