Still Here, Still Fabulous

It’s almost 4th of July weekend, and this national holiday – always a huge event in Sin City – is also going to also be the massive “Back to Vegas” celebration we’ve been waiting for since March 2020!

Are you excited to get #backtovegas??? You should be – just look at everything you’ve missed! We’ve got new hotels, new stadiums, new convention spaces, new concert venues, new residencies, new pools, and new attractions, not to mention the return of some of our favorite shows and iconic resorts taking advantage of the downtime to get a little facelift.

We’re #stillhere, #stillfabulous, and #stillvegas – in fact, Vegas is now better than EVER!

Here’s what you’ve missed.

New Hotels

Resorts World Las Vegas officially opened to the public on June 24 but they’re celebrating their grand opening with a Fourth of July weekend bash with headliner Miley Cyrus, who will perform at the resort’s Ayu Dayclub, and another massive rooftop fireworks display. The performance will also be broadcast on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot LED screen that covers one of the hotel towers.

Resorts World is the first new resort built from the ground up on the Strip since the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010, and at $4.3 billion, it’s also the most expensive resort in Las Vegas history! The resort offers 3,500 luxury guest rooms in partnership with three different Hilton brands, and each hotel brand has its own entrance, lobby, and distinct guest accommodations.

Here’s some other highlights:

  • The 117,000-square-foot casino features all the latest in contactless and cashless technology.
  • The 5.5-acre pool complex features the only infinity-edge pool on the Strip.
  • The resort will have 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space along with the first connector station to the Las Vegas Convention Center via the underground Vegas Loop by Elon Musk’s the Boring Company.
  • A 27,000-square-foot spa will be opening soon.
  • The 70,000-square-foot District will feature some of the top luxury and lifestyle retailers.
  • Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub by Singapore’s Zouk Group will feature headlining residencies with DJs Tiësto and Zedd.
  • The 5,000-seat theatre will open in November with exclusive residencies by Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.
  • There are over 40 food and beverage options inside, ranging from fine-dining and quick-service venues to original and first-to-market concepts.

Plus, their tagline is “Stay Fabulous,” and you know I can get behind that!

The 777-room Circa Resort & Casino is another brand-new, ground-up hotel and the first-ever adults-only (21+) casino in Las Vegas history. It is also the first new resort built on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. At 35 stories, it’s also the tallest hotel north of the Strip!

The 1.25-million-square-foot resort boasts the world’s largest sportsbook, standing three stories tall with capacity for 1,000 people, stadium seating, and private boxes for groups. The 78-million-pixel screen is also the largest screen in sportsbook history, and even if you don’t want to hang at the book itself, you can hang at the Overhang Bar above it, which gives you a birds-eye-view of the massive screen. Stadium Swim is a rooftop, a massive six-tiered pool amphitheater with six pools open 365 days a year and a 143-foot screen for watch parties and events. The resort also has a vintage-glam steakhouse, Barry’s Downtown Prime; a hip, pan-Asian eatery called 8 East; and more.

Vegas Vickie’s is an elevated cocktail lounge and lobby bar that features the iconic neon “Vegas Vickie” sign, which has been completely restored and will be the centerpiece of the bar (and a sure-to-be new selfie hotspot). The elegant rooftop Legacy Club overlooks the city, serving Instagram-worthy cocktails against a stunning backdrop looking out over the Las Vegas Valley with the full length of the Strip in view. They’re hosting a 4th of July event with an open bar featuring their specialty cocktails and the best perch in the city for watching all the fireworks!

Just off the Strip, the newly renovated Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, previously the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is designed to be a “modern desert resort oasis.” The property has been completely transformed from its previous life as the HRH, with 60,000 square feet of fully-renovated casino space, over five acres of luxe outdoor space including the resort pool and the new Élia Beach Club, and 130,000 square feet of remodeled meeting, event, and convention space. “The Joint,” the iconic live music venue inside the old Hard Rock, has been rechristened as “The Theater” and will start hosting concerts in September.

Restaurant concepts include Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake restaurant Nobu, the Morton Group’s celebrated MB Steak, Casa Calavera by Hakkasan Group, Olives by Todd English (previously located inside the Bellagio), L.A.’s highly lauded Night + Market, and Kassi Beach Club by L.A.’s hip Kassi Club. Money, Baby! is a sportsbook-meets-club space with indoor and outdoor patios merging with the pool deck, delivering a unique sports-viewing experience, even by Vegas standards.

Renovated Hotels

A renovated room at the Bellagio.

During the last year, some of the most iconic properties in Las Vegas took advantage of the slowed-down tourism for some much-needed remodeling. The “Forever Fabulous” Flamingo just completely overhauled their Flamingo and High Roller view rooms with sleek, modern touches like custom lamps by famed potter and designer Jonathan Adler. Harrah’s has been undergoing a full overhaul inside and out, and their Mountain Deluxe rooms are the most recently renovated in 2020. Paris actually finished renovating their rooms in 2019 before the shutdown, but the beautiful French countryside-inspired remodel is well worth a look.

Bellagio has been busy renovating all the rooms in the resort’s main tower, and while that project is ongoing, some of the new rooms are already available and are, as one local personality put it, “sexy AF.” The Luxor has been touching up some of their Pyramid King and Pyramid 2 Queen rooms with furniture previously in the Bellagio. TI (Treasure Island) took advantage of the 2020 shutdown to completely renovate every single room in the resort.

Over at the Wynn, a $200 million project is underway that will retouch every room in the Wynn tower in 2021 & 2022. The STRAT, Sahara, Plaza, and El Cortez all also underwent significant room renovations in 2019 that are still fresh and new.

This is part one of two. For details on new venues and entertainment options, click here