The stylish lobby of Planet Hollywood
According to representatives of Planet Hollywood Resort &
Casino, plans for the property’s official grand opening next month
are on schedule. In particular, by the time of the opening weekend,
Nov. 16-17, guests should definitely have plenty of choices when it
comes to where to dine and relax. “All our new venues, including
Yolos, Koi, Planet Dailies, Strip House, Earl of Sandwich, Heart
Bar, eXtra Lounge, The Living Room and Privé, as well as favorites
P.F. Chang’s and the Spice Market Buffet, will be open by our grand
opening,” said Andrea Roqueni, public relations manager.
Formerly the Aladdin, the hotel is undergoing a complete
makeover and may soon be the newest hip hotel on the Strip. So much
so that the grand opening promises to be a can’t-miss event.
“In April, we promised Las Vegas we would throw the biggest
party this town has ever seen,” said co-chairman, Robert Earl. Now
all signs point to the realization of that promise.
What to Expect
On a recent on-site visit, the hotel’s metamorphosis from
old-school Vegas to modern party palace was well under way. I knew
something had changed when “Rock Lobster” by the 1980’s new-wave
band the B-52s was playing as I got out of the cab.
Many of the restaurants and bars are open already (while some
are still behind construction barricades) and the lobby and casino
are completely redone.
The lobby and porte cochere are probably the hotel’s most
impressive areas. With lots of colorful accents and a sleek, modern
tone, the lobby conjures the feeling of a trendy boutique hotel,
which is nothing at all like the old Aladdin.
The hotel’s casino, on the other hand, is decorated in rich reds
and burgundies, and adorned with full-glam disco balls and
chandeliers, seemingly playing on the idea of decadent Hollywood.
There is more to the scene than nostalgia, however, as scantily
clad dancers are positioned on risers in the main bar and even at
some of the blackjack tables, making this no hotel for the
Most of the guestrooms and the pool area as well as the front of
the hotel facing the Strip and the old Dessert Passage mall, now
called Miracle Mile Shops are still being redone. Guests can get a
feel for what’s to come, however, on the elevators and on the sixth
floor (which is the route to the hotel’s two outdoor swimming
pools). In the elevators, there are flat-screen monitors mounted on
the ceiling that play videos and other hotel promos, while the
sixth-floor hallway features in-your-face red, purple and silver
wallpaper and carpeting that give it a disco-era feel. One can only
wonder what the finished product will be like.
“They anticipate all rooms will be completed by Jan. 1,” said
Roqueni, “however, they are whipping through so it could be
Be prepared, because Planet Hollywood has made all the right
moves to guarantee that there will be plenty of buzz once it opens.
At least until the next “hip” property comes along.
|FOR DINNER AND DRINKS|
For the opening next month, Planet Hollywood says all its
restaurants and bars will be open. Here’s a sampling of what to
expect according to its Web site.
Earl of Sandwich
“The extensive menu ... pays tribute to the art of
“Japanese inspired cuisine with California accents.”
“Experience this unique combination of Chinese cuisine, attentive
service, wine and tempting desserts. Also available through room
“This ever-changing coffee shop and cafe, which offers over 200
menu items ... 24 hours a day.”
Spice Market Buffet
“[This] buffet has been voted 2007 #1 Buffet in Las Vegas.”
“Singled out by GQ, City Search and Maxim as one of the best
“Wild colors, textured walls and wooden beams, combine with Yolo’s
“Correspondents and crew from television’s ‘Extra’ will mix,
mingle and interview celebrities from their new Vegas
“Perfect for meeting people or watching them.”
The Living Room
“The place for a casual cocktail, late-evening nightcap or the
beginning of a great romantic night.”
“Perfecting the quintessential Miami vibe, Privé will play host to
Vegas’ and Hollywood’s biggest VIPs.”