The iconic Las Vegas Strip Resort/Casino gets a makeover


Most Las Vegas mega-resorts/casinos have a theme or visual appearance designed to make them stand out. Caesars Palace, Caesars Entertainment (CZR) signature property evokes the grandeur of Rome with huge columns and statues dominating its landscape.

The company’s Paris Las Vegas has its miniature (but still giant) version of the Eiffel Tower while the soon-to-be-sold Caesars Flamingo uses the pink color of its namesake bird to tie the theme even in parts of the property where the flamingo habitat is not visible.

MGM Resorts International (MGM) uses similar bold design choices in some of its properties. Luxor is literally shaped like an Egyptian pyramid, which forces some of its elevators to move sideways as they go up and down. The company’s Excalibur property is built to look like a castle with turrets, ramparts and well, everything you’d expect except a moat.

Now MGM has big plans to renovate another of its themed casino/resorts, New York-New York, which is designed to lean more heavily on the idea that the hotel/casino represents the “city that do not sleep”.

MGM brings more New York to New York-New York

MGM plans to renovate its New York-New York casino with a massive remodeling of its 1,830 guest rooms and 155 hotel suites. The $63 million project, overseen by HVS Design, “will feature dynamic new designs and upgraded in-room amenities that will appeal to travelers around the world,” according to a press release.

The goal of the renovation is to make New York-New York more New York. That doesn’t mean bringing hot dog carts and honking your horn all night. Instead, the revamp will appeal to “Las Vegas and New York City. The renovation features design details reminiscent of New York City, such as rooms with exposed faux brick walls and accent colors such as Big Apple Red and Taxicab Yellow.”

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It’s not meant to be overdone (like the giant Statue of Liberty out front). Instead, the design will subtly evoke New York City while bringing in modern conveniences like moveable work surfaces, readily available USB/USB-C power outlets, and additional shelves and cupboards.

“It’s an exciting time in New York-New York. We recently launched Cirque du Soleil’s Mad Apple show and received tremendous feedback from our guests. said Michael Neubecker, president and chief operating officer of the complex. “Undertaking a renovation of our rooms and suites is the next step in keeping the resort fresh and giving guests new reasons to visit. Whether coming for business or pleasure, guests will find our new rooms provide stylish, modern respite while enjoying the excitement of Las Vegas.

The project is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Caesars also has a major renovation underway.

While MGM plans to upgrade what it already has in New York-New York, rival Caesars plans to completely redo one of its Las Vegas Strip properties. Work has already begun to rebrand the company’s Ballys property under its gamer-friendly Horseshoe brand.

The Horseshoe name has a long tradition in Las Vegas dating back to legendary gambler Jack Binion, whose name adorns the Binions property in downtown Las Vegas. This Fremont Street casino was once called Horseshow which will soon debut on the Las Vegas Strip.

“Since 1951, Horseshoe Casinos have offered the best odds, highest limits and biggest jackpots,” Caesars said in a press release. “Launched by a gamer for gamers, Horseshoe aims to create a gaming experience tailored to the gamer. Over the years, as the brand has expanded into markets nationwide, Horseshoe has remained true to its heritage, clinging to the thrilling spirit of no-limit betting.”

The new Horseshoe is expected to be completed by spring 2023.


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