Hilton Brand Plans Return to Strip with New Las Vegas Hotels

Former Las Vegas Hilton HotelHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is ready to bring their iconic Hilton brand back to the Las Vegas Strip.

According to a statement provided by both companies, Hilton will operate three hotels in conjunction with Genting Group’s Resorts World Las Vegas, the $4.3 billion resort set to open next summer. The new deal marks Hilton’s largest multi-brand deal throughout their company’s history.

“Together, Resorts World and Hilton are bringing back the essence of The Las Vegas Hilton, once the largest hotel in the world and synonymous with gaming, conventions and entertainment in Las Vegas, with this multi-brand development,” the release said.

The partnership will include three separate Premium Hilton properties: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, which will be the larger property featuring 1,700 rooms, LXR and Conrad – into Resorts World Las Vegas. Conrad, the smallest of the three properties featuring 1,500 rooms, is being designed specifically to cater to high-rollers and Hilton’s growing rank of loyalty program members.

“Our 100 million members are very eager to be there and we’ve heard about that for many years until we’ve had this chance to return,” said Greg Hartmann, a senior vice president of development at Hilton.

Resorts World Las Vegas, the 3,500-room resort that plans to include a 5,000-seat theater, 350,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, and a 220,000-square-foot pool complex, will be apart of Hilton Honor’s guest-loyalty program as well.

The Old Hilton Las Vegas

Built in 1969 by casino magnate Kirk Kerkorian, the original Las Vegas Hilton originally opened at the International Hotel. In 1970, it was sold to Hilton and renamed the Las Vegas Hilton one year later. At the time, it was once the world’s largest hotel.

Fast forward to 1998, Caesars Entertainment took ownership of the Hilton and sold it to Colony Capital in 2004. When Colony defaulted on loan payment, Goldman Sachs stepped in and took an ownership stake in 2011. In 2012, Hilton terminated its licensing agreement on the property, and the hotel was renamed LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

In its heyday, the hidden jewel among the off-Strip hotels was ranked among the world’s most famous and popular destinations. It was even considered Elvis’ “home” headquarters in Sin City. When it was in operation, the property boasted up to 3,000 rooms and suites.

More fun facts about the original Hilton’s early history:

  • The 64-acre lot was home to the Las Vegas Park Speedway, which ran as a horse and auto racing facility, in the 1950s.
  • The opening-night act in 1969 was Barbra Streisand.
  • In 1969, Elvis played 58, consecutive should-out shows to over 130,000 fans.
  • Presley had a residence at the property until December 1976.

About the Hilton Brand

Currently, the Hilton Brand operates 17 different hospitality brands, ranging from luxury, upscale full service, all suites full service, midscale economy, economy, and timeshare.

The Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand description from their official website:

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world’s travelers. With more than 575 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for exceptional travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. The most recognized name in the industry, Hilton remains synonymous with the word “hotel.” From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions and gets away from it all. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests’ evolving needs.

Milestone Deal Gets Signed to Bring Dream Hotels Brand to Las Vegas

Las Vegas Welcome Sign, Las Vegas Strip in the BackgroundLocal developers, Contour and Shopoff Realty Investments, signed with hotel and brand management company Dream Hotel Group today to announce plans to debut their iconic, flagship Dream Hotels brand in Las Vegas.

They plan to have the free-standing, luxury lifestyle hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip and open for business in 2023.

The hotel will be centrally located on Las Vegas Blvd., and be clearly visible from the world-famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. It will sit across from Mandalay Bay Resort, adjacent to McCarran International Airport’s private aviation terminal.

Being only two short blocks from the brand new Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, and a short distance from T-Mobile Arena, Dream Hotel Las Vegas will be in a  prime position to capitalize on Las Vegas’ major south-end developments.

Hotel Features

The hotel will feature 450 chic guest rooms and suites, several exciting dining and entertainment options (including nightlife venues), three feature restaurants, two bar and lounge concepts on the casino floor, rooftop pool deck, bar and lounge, grab-and-go street level café, 12,000 square feet of private meeting and event space, full-service space, fitness center, and on-site parking.

The contemporary, innovative design that will streamline throughout the property is being headed by DLR Group, a global architectural firm that’s been assigned as designer and executive architect on the project. DLR Group is working closely with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a national general contractor, to build the luxury 21-story hotel tower.

Construction is set to begin in early 2021.

Other Dream Hotel Properties

The news of the Las Vegas signing came on the heels of four other recent signings, three north American additions, and one global addition. Those include Dream San Antonio, Dream Memphis, The Bight by Dream Hotel Group in Turks and Caicos, and Emma & Elissa by Dream Hotel Group in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

About Dream Hotels

Dream Hotels is a luxury lifestyle brand that seeks to incorporate upscale amenities, exceptional service, and built-in nightlife as a part of their guest’s stay. They describe their hotel experience as appealing to guests and their alter ego. From their website:

“We’ve built our entire brand around you and your perfect getaway. Inside each Dream Hotel, you’ll appreciate upscale amenities, obsessive-meets-compulsive service, built-in nightlife that seems to come naturally, and rare, raw energy drawn from some of the most stimulating cities in the world.

We don’t just offer beds to lay your head on for a night or two – we provide an introduction to a brand-new lifestyle. We’ll show you the finest art, architecture, and design, a space for balanced health and well-being, the latest fashion collaborations and musical artists, and state-of-the-art technology right in the comfort of your own room. It’s time to try something different and push the boundaries of your expectations for a hotel stay.”

Currently, Dream Hotels has 16 hotels in operation today, and more than 20 other locations in various development stages worldwide.

10Best Names the Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Trying to decide which of these gambling venues is the best can be difficult. Everyone has a different opinion! This week, 10Best officially revealed the names of its top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Strip View

Some of these casinos were expected to appear. Others, no one saw coming. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at this list. Let’s get into it!

Top 10 Casinos in Las Vegas, According to 10Best

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s extremely difficult trying to narrow down just 10 of the best casinos in Las Vegas. There are simply too many to choose from. Experts from USA Today’s 10Best chose 20 of their favorite casinos. From there, the top 10 were chosen by popular vote.

Here are the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas named by 10Best!

The D Las Vegas

Not many would have predicted that the D Las Vegas Hotel & Casino would be named the top gambling venue in the city. It’s located in the Downtown area, miles away from the Las Vegas Strip. The D has a loyal following, yet it’s rare for this casino to win any major awards. Interestingly, 10Best has named it the best in the city.

The STRAT Las Vegas

Now this one is REALLY surprising. This hotel-casino, formally known as the Las Vegas Stratosphere, was generally considered one of the worst venues in the city. It was recently rebranded to the STRAT and has undergone some major renovations. Apparently, this was enough for 10Best to name it as one of the best! It’s great news for this casino moving forward.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another Downtown Las Vegas casino makes its way onto this list. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is another popular venue in the city, yet isn’t traditionally thought of as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas. 10Best seems to disagree.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

This one shouldn’t surprise anyone. Not long ago, Wynn Las Vegas was named the very best hotel-casino in the US by Business Insider. It’s certainly a good one, featuring an impressive casino floor, wonderful amenities and a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Venetian & The Palazzo

The Venetian Hotel & Casino is one of the most beloved venues in Las Vegas. It has one of the most impressive designs of any hotel in the city. The Palazzo, in particular, is stunning. It has managed to stay popular throughout the years and was just named as one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Everyone loves the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino. It’s the most expensive venue in the city and features one of the most impressive casino floors. Some feel it should have been higher on this list.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Another extremely popular Las Vegas Strip property is being named. Caesars Palace features more than 124,000 square feet of gambling space. It’s a world-class gaming venue and deserves its spot on this list.

Red Rock Casino Resorts & Spa

The Fertitta-owned Red Rock Casino comes in at number 8. It’s located away from the Strip and Downtown area yet it’s become hugely popular, particularly with locals.

Bellagio Las Vegas

For years, the Bellagio Hotel & Casino was considered the best hotel-casino in the city. That’s no longer the case, yet many still consider it in the top-five. The Bellagio has still been named one of the top 10 casinos in Las Vegas this week.

M Resort Spa Casino

M Resort Spa & Casino comes in at number 10. This is another venue that’s highly popular with locals. It isn’t in the best location and doesn’t draw in as many visitors as some of the other hotels on this list, yet there’s no denying it features an amazing casino floor.

If you’re planning to visit Sin City, make sure to check out our Las Vegas hotel guide page! Enjoy your stay!