There’s a new casino resort on the horizon in Las Vegas, quite
literally. Perched on the extreme western edge of the Las Vegas
Valley is the new Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa, which is
scheduled to open on April 18.
Located at the corner of I-215 and West Charleston Boulevard, the
resort is the latest entry into the ongoing competition for the
hearts, minds and entertainment dollars of Las Vegas locals and
The resort is named for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation
Area located just a stone’s throw down the road. It is the latest
addition to the Station Casinos’ line of casinos and resorts, long
known in the local Las Vegas market for a quality product at
Like its sister property, Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Red
Rock Resort will focus on the up-scale local customers in the
adjacent Summerlin planned community and seasoned Las Vegas
visitors looking for something different.
“We’re talking to people that are experienced Las Vegas
travelers,” said Lori Nelson, director of corporate communication
for Station Casinos. “We call them the ‘been-there, done-thats’ in
Las Vegas who are looking for a great value in a luxury
The construction costs came to $925 million for the 850-room
resort giving it the record (at least for the moment) for per-room
costs, surpassing even Wynn Las Vegas, which opened last year.Let the Sunshine In
The resort’s theme, if you care to call it that, is
understated luxury with an emphasis on the stunning vistas the
resort’s location affords. The public areas are festooned with onyx
of various hues, polished sandstone, rich dark woods and lots of
crystal 3.1 million pieces to be exact.
“Lorenzo [Fertitta, Station Casinos, Inc. president] and Frank
[Fertitta III, chief executive officer] harken back to the old days
in Vegas. They loved the crystal chandeliers that were in all the
old hotels. They brought crystal back in a huge way, but they’ve
modernized it,” Nelson said.
The Fertitta brothers are native Las Vegans, sons of the founder
of Station Casino, Inc.
The casino also features large windows bringing in lots of natural
light, a rarity in casino design. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each
guestroom offer views of the Las Vegas Strip on one side and Red
Rock Canyon on the other.
The rooms are large, 525 square feet, and decorated in woods,
marble, crystal and rich fabrics. Amenities include 42-inch
high-definition plasma televisions, iPod docking stations, robes
and slippers, automated private bars and 15-inch LCD televisions in
The hotel provides 94,000 square feet of meeting and convention
space. Many of the meeting rooms have large windows with views of
the pool and the neighboring mountains. The facility is ideal for
smaller groups, Nelson said.
Station Casinos are known for top-quality dining at reasonable
prices. The new resort is no exception with nine restaurants,
including the Feast Gourmet Buffet, the Salt Lick BBQ out of Texas,
T-Bones Steakhouse and Terra Rosa Italian Bistro. The resort also
features a Rande Gerber nightclub called Cherry that promises to be
as popular as his Whiskey nightclub was at Green Valley Ranch.
The “backyard” pool and beach area is a full-scale resort facility
with fountains, cabanas, cocktail service and a poolside casino.
Red Rock will also sport a high-end 35,000-square-foot spa that
will offer an adventure program with opportunities for hiking, rock
climbing and even whitewater rafting. There are also several golf
courses in the immediate area.
Oh yeah, there’s a casino too featuring 3,200 slot machines, 60
table games, a sports book and a poker room.
Red Rock Resort is about 10 miles west of the Strip and a quick 15
minutes from McCarran Airport. The hotel plans to open with 400
rooms available. The balance will be open by December. The resort
is offering an introductory room rate of $150 per night through the
summer then rates will start at $170 for a standard room, Nelson
|JUST THE FACTS|
Location: I-215 and West Charleston Boulevard
(aka SR-159), 10 miles from the Strip, 15 minutes from McCarran
Owner: Station Casinos, Inc., owner of 15 properties in Southern
Project Cost: $925 million
Rooms: Initially 415 rooms with 435 more to open by the end of
the year. Standard room: 525 square feet
Rates: $150-per-night special through the summer; rates starting
at $170 thereafter
Standard Room Amenities: Voice-over IP Internet phones, 42-inch
high-definition plasma televisions, iPod docking stations, guest
robes and slippers, automated private bars and 15-inch LCD TVs in
Casino: 3,000 slot/video poker machines, 62 table games, race
and sports book, poker room, bingo parlor
Restaurants: Food Court, Grand Cafe, Feast Gourmet Buffet, Salt
Lick BBQ, Cabo Cantina, Terra Rossa Italian Restaurant, T-Bones
Steakhouse, Tides Oyster Bar, Turf Grill and Sandbar Poolside
Other Features: Spa, outdoor adventure program, Cherry
nightclub, resort pool, movie theaters and 94,000-square-foot
Commission: 10 percent
Contact: 866-767-7773; www.redrocklasvegas.com