Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is Still On Track For Fall Opening

We’re now in mid-April, and every casino-resort in Las Vegas remains shut down. It’s been a tough month for land-based casino operators, many of whom are looking for an update on when they’ll be allowed to open once again. According to new reports, the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is still preparing for a Fall opening date.Virgin Brand Logo

That’s great news for officials at Virgin. A significant amount of money has been invested into this property and hope was that it would be an immediate success. Now is the perfect time to give an update on this new casino-resort.

Let’s get into it!

Casino Companies in Las Vegas Are Still Closed Down

When the coronavirus first touched down in the United States, it was unclear how big of an issue this would become. Today, however, it’s clear that this new virus is taking an incredible toll on many different industries.

The land-based casino industry is being hit very hard. All land-based gambling venues across the country are officially closed down. This includes ones in Las Vegas, where many of the most expensive casino-resorts are currently located.

This shutdown is costing many of these companies a huge amount of money. According to some reports, several Las Vegas casino operators are losing millions of dollars every single day. The worst thing is that no one can really say when the city’s casinos will be given permission to open to the public.

Tourism into Las Vegas is also very low right now. So few people are flying into McCarran Airport, that officials decided to close down two of its concourses. The low number of tourists is hurting many of the city’s non-gaming businesses.

At the moment, several new casino-resorts are being constructed in Las Vegas. One new venue set to open there later this year is owned by Virgin Hotels. Here’s an update on this new property.

Las Vegas Virgin Hotel is Still Set to Open This Year

As we just mentioned, all land-based casinos in Las Vegas are completely closed down. Interestingly, the construction of new casino-resorts has continued here. This includes renovations on the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel.

Last year, Virgin Hotels announced it had purchased the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for $500 million. The company then stated it planned to renovate the property and convert it into a Virgin-branded casino-resort. Renovations have been taking place for months.

Company officials told the media that this new casino-resort is still on-track for a Fall opening. Richard Bosworth, president of Virgin Hotels, spoke about the construction progress with the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week.

When asked if construction had stalled, Bosworth gave an encouraging answer.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate that to date, and I do want to emphasize to date, we have had no disruption to our construction project or our schedule… I want to emphasize that while we certainly feel blessed that we, to date, have not had a disruption to our scheduling, it’s very difficult to feel happy or excited about that when it’s such a devastation to an industry.” 

He went on to claim that the renovations would end up costing around $200 million. Hopefully, things in Las Vegas are back to normal by the time this venue opens.

Atlantic City is Also Seeing a Major Drop in Revenue

At the moment, the two major casino destinations in the United States are Las Vegas and Atlantic City. It’s been incredible to watch Atlantic City grow so quickly. A little over a decade ago, this city was on the brink of collapse.

Things began improving over the past few years and many casino companies here began earning serious revenue every month. This has now come to a stop. The coronavirus has forced all casinos in this city to shut down.

This has been very damaging to the city. Some reports claim that the casino industry here is losing up to $500 million every single month right now. The fact that New Jersey has the second-highest infection count in the country doesn’t help things.

Land-based casino companies around the country are suffering right now. On a good note, some states are seeing their cases flatten out and officials are beginning to discuss getting things back to normal.

It appears that the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel will open later this year. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not other major casino-resorts will manage to stay on schedule to open, as well.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

The LV Virgin Hotel Announces New Casino Partner

In 2019, officials within the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas announced they were selling the venue to Virgin Hotels. It was a huge decision, as the Hard Rock had been operating in Las Vegas since 1995. This week, owners of the LV Virgin Hotel announced they’re teaming up with OH Partners to help with marketing. Virgin Brand Logo

This venue is officially scheduled to open up in 2020. Many believe it will be one of the coolest new hotel-casinos in the city. Today, we’re going to give an update on this new hotel.

Let’s get into it!

Construction Continues on LV Virgin Hotel

For years, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was one of the most popular venues located off the Las Vegas Strip. It was opened in the mid-90s as the world’s first rock and roll-themed hotel. Interestingly, this property is not affiliated with the Seminole Tribe, which currently controls the Hard Rock brand.

Since first opening, ownership of this venue changed hands several times. In 1997, Peter Morton purchased the entirety of the venue from Harvey’s Hotel & Casino. In 2000, the property underwent a massive $8 million renovation.

In 2006, Morton announced that he was selling the Hard Rock Hotel to Morgans Hotel Group. The longtime owner commented on this sale, stating “I just sort of felt there came a point in my life where I wanted to do more with my life and re-evaluate things. I want to do some different things.” This was finalized in 2007.

Since that time, the property has struggled to generate revenue. Things were particularly down during the recession of 2008-2009. Ownership of the venue was changed once more in 2011. Seven years later, news broke that the new hotel-casino operators were selling the venue to Virgin Hotels.

This is Virgin’s first move into the Las Vegas market. It’s also the first time this company is running a casino. This week, Virgin announced it was teaming up with a well-respected marketing company to help with brand strategy.

Virgin Hotels Partners Up With OH Partners

Opening a major new venue in Las Vegas isn’t easy. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was beloved by many, and both locals and tourists expect big things from the Virgin Hotel.

News is coming out that the LV Virgin Hotel is hiring OH Partners to help with marketing efforts.

The marketing will focus on the entertainment aspect of this new property. It will also work to offer guests more transparent information on resort fees. Scott Harkey, founder and managing partner at OH Partners, spoke about this strategy to the media this week.

“Nowadays, Las Vegas is as much about entertainment as it is about gambling, especially with millennial consumers. Entertainment is the fabric of the brand, that is what is cool about them being in Vegas,” he said. “A couple of interesting things we found are that consumers are frustrated with resort fees,” Harkey added. “You are getting booking fees, guest fees, early check-in fees. Then you go to the minibar and prices are outrageous.”

Things are looking good here. People around the country are excited to see what the new Virgin Hotel & Casino has to offer.

More Details of the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas Emerge

It’s clear that Virgin Hotels is working to make this new property extremely popular. Back in September, the company announced that it had partnered with several brands to help with the design of this venue. More details have continued to be released about what this new hotel has to offer.

The LV Virgin Hotel and Casino will feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, and more than five acres of poolside space. It will also have a unique desert theme. Officials believe it will be “unlike anything else in Las Vegas.”

This venue certainly has big shoes to fill. For now, the new owners are doing all the right things. Teaming up with OH Partners will certainly help with promotion.

Construction on the new hotel-casino is currently underway. Reports indicate that it will open to the public towards the end of the year. Hopefully, it becomes a successful property for Virgin.

More details about this new venue are likely to be released over the next few months. Stay tuned for updates!

Say Goodbye to Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, Hello to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel & Cafe in Las VegasThe new year is ushering in another major change, as the iconic Hard Rock Hotel will be closing its doors Monday, Feb 3, to make way for Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Hard Rock Hotel originally opened its doors on March 9, 1995. The $100 million property included a 28,000 square foot casino and an 11-story hotel with 339 rooms.

The café portion of the hotel was demolished a couple of months ago, and the hotel will officially be making its major renovations to the hotel portion next Monday. The new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is scheduled to open its doors this fall.

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Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will include 60,000 square feet of fully-renovated casinos, over five acres of luxe upgraded outdoor space and pools, new world-class restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as 130,000 square feet of remodeled meeting, event and convention spaces.

The renovation includes a huge design shift from the current rock vibe with what’s being described as a “desert cool design.”

Wayne Klesmer, a Las Vegas local, says this of the city bidding farewells to historic properties and making way for new ones:

“They come and they go. I think we get something better. Like when they tore down Desert Inn, unfortunately I never saw Desert Inn, but now they got the Wynn and they got the Encore.”

Tribal Casino Management: A Las Vegas First

In a first for the Las Vegas gaming corridor, a Native American gaming enterprise will manage a casino when the Hard Rock Hotel transitions into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas this fall.

“It’s historic, the first time a tribal gaming operator will be managing a casino in Las Vegas,” said David G. Schwartz, gaming historian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “This speaks to the growing economic power of the tribes, as well as their increasing expertise in gaming management.”

The Mohegan Tribe owns MGE, which opened its first casino, the Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut in 1996. MGE also has locations in Washington state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Louisiana. MGE is owner and operator of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

“The timing was right (to enter the Las Vegas market),” Maria Kontomerkos, MGE’s CEO, said. “MGE’s portfolio of major strategic partners such as Live Nation and Paramount Pictures combined with our international reach ideally position us to drive business to the Las Vegas market.”

“Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry in the Las Vegas market,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.”

Final Farewell

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will have its final rock with a couple of events starting Thursday. They’ll commemorate the casino’s 25-year history in town, with a final toast on Saturday.

Every day, guests will have the chance to win memorabilia pieces, such as signed guitars and gold records. There’s still a Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip in front of Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena. That location is expected to stay open.

Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is Being Demolished Next Week

Not long ago, the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was officially sold to Virgin Hotels. It was a surprise for many who’d enjoyed staying in and gambling at this venue. Reports are now surfacing that the Hard Rock Cafe on the corner of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue is set to be demolished on Monday.

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Soon, Virgin Hotels will officially begin working to renovate the former Hard Rock Hotel. Now is the perfect time to look at why this sale took place, and what to expect from the new venue moving forward.

Virgin Hotel Purchases the LV Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas officially opened its doors to the public in 1995. Interestingly, this gambling establishment was not associated with the Seminole Tribe, who currently own Hard Rock International. Instead, this venue was operated by Brookfield Asset Management.

For years, this hotel struggled to generate revenue. Its location just off the Strip was slightly undesirable, yet it was the increased presence of new, trendy venues that really took away from the Hard Rock’s bottom line. Ultimately, the owners decided it was time to sell.

Before long, Virgin Hotels agreed to purchase the property. Virgin brand has just recently entered into the hotel-casino business. This Las Vegas property is the first on the company’s portfolio.

Initially, Virgin Hotels announced that the venue would close for four months while renovations took place. In August, company officials changed their tune, confirming that the hotel would be closed for eight months. This closure is expected to begin in February of 2020.

It seems that Hard Rock’s presence in Las Vegas is disappearing. The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is set to be demolished in just a few days.

Officials Confirm the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is Being Demolished

It’s been three years since the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas closed its doors to the public. Next week, this iconic restaurant is being removed from the city forever. The Hard Rock Hotel will officially demolish this property on Monday morning.

Interestingly, this restaurant has an even longer history in Las Vegas than the hotel. It first opened in 1990 and became a popular eatery for tourists visiting from around the country. Unfortunately, it was forced to shut down at the same time as the Hard Rock hotel.

The massive 82-foot-tall neon guitar decoration featured at this restaurant was moved to the Neon Museum earlier this year.

This doesn’t mean that all of the Hard Rock’s restaurants are closing for good. MB Steak, Pizza Forte, and Nobu are all scheduled to return here when the Virgin Hotel opens its doors. Additional restaurants opening here will be announced over the next several months.

Fans of the Hard Rock Cafe may be sad to see it finally close down. Hopefully, we get something great to replace it.

What to Expect From the Las Vegas Virgin Hotel

There’s a reason to be excited about Virgin entering into the Hotel business. This company is known for its opulence and is likely to pour major resources into opening the best possible hotel-casino in Las Vegas. A few details are beginning to emerge about this new establishment.

Not long ago, Virgin teamed up with several companies experienced in the hotel industry to help with this transformation. According to officials in Virgin Hotels, the design process is “nearing completion,” and construction is just around the corner.

We now know that this hotel will feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, and over five acres of space for the pool and surrounding amenities. The entire hotel will have a desert theme reflecting the city’s unique surroundings. The design director of the hotel claims it will be “unlike other offers one can find in Las Vegas.”

The location of this venue will still make it tough to compete with some of the others in the city. If it’s impressive enough, however, this venue could do what the Hard Rock Hotel never did.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas is leaving us all on Monday. Let’s hope something even better takes its place.