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Open a Hotel on The Strip

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  1. kevin853

    kevin853 High-Roller

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    Bit of fun for you guys and would love to hear what you want.

    Ok, which plot would you like on The Strip?

    What clientele would you aim for?

    Any theme for your new hotel as budget doesn't matter.

    Restaurants, Shops you would include in your dream Hotel.

    What singer/group would you have in residence?

    Table rules for BJ etc etc.

    Any free shows/attractions.

    Free parking? :nono:

    Would love to hear ideas from Vegas addicts
     
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  2. insin

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    SO this is just MY wishlist.
    Not sure my wish-list could be a success in real-life.

    North End of strip.
    I'd probably just call it LVB - North Strip.

    Not 1% but everyone else. Baby-Boomers to Gen X is what comes to mind.

    RETRO would be the main unifying theme.

    multiple - small boutique, each specializing in something.
    My main wishes are a POKER ROOM - Vintage coin droppers similar to a Pinball Hall Of Fame type setting.
    A development with several small casinos/bars/restaurants all within walking distance of each other.
    I wouldn't even mind if some of them were teensy like Slots-a-Fun, Casino Royale, O'Shea's or Mermaids/La Bayou size.

    Food - Rotating selection of food trucks.
    Easier to move mobile restaurants than remodel each time a contract is up or a place shuts down.

    Entertainment - Bring Back - run through the one hit wonders similar to bands reunited.
    Tie it in with social media and have the public decide who they want to see.

    Since the theme is RETRO. bring back the good rules/odds & minimums.

    Entertainment - premium seats = premium price
    free or discounted tickets tied into play/spending or social media giveaways.

    Parking would be either fully reimbursed or discounted through vouchers printed at kiosks based on play/spending.

    It's just a wish list.
    I'm sure it has many flaws.
    Be gentle.
     
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    I would probably choose either the old Stardust or Frontier site.

    I would do a Vintage Vegas theme with reasonable hotel rooms, decent but not pretentious restaurants, popular games at the odds you might expect in the 1970s and 1980s.

    No {f-bomb}ing velvet rope club!
    No {f-bomb}ing resort fee!
    Free parking, of course.

    As for clientele, the casual to serious casino player. No particular age group. If they want a good game, they're welcome!

    Anybody care to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign? I'll need something to do when I eventually retire.
     
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  4. jmiller31

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    I would put it at the corner of Harmon getting rid of the Harley Davidson Cafe all the way down through the Hawaiian mall. That whole area has just bugged me as a confusing mess of stuff so let's just clean up the area :)

    The new hotels are beautiful but I love the themes of the 80's and 90's (and before). So for a theme I would actually take a cue from Walt Disney. Early 20th century America, maybe like Atlantic City back then. They loved celebrating electric lights back then, everything was lit up, this is Vegas so let's light it up.

    The target audience would be more middle of the road and be honest. Forget the resort fees, build it into the price of the room.
     
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  5. Multifarious5

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    Actually LOVE the rotating food truck idea Insin. I'm in Portland, the mecca of food trucks, and they're so, so fun, and yummy. Great ideas on your entire post, loved it!!!!

    Personally, I would never want to open a hotel/restaurant/anything customer-centric. There are so many great guests/patrons, but the handful of entitled/spoiled ones would ruin it for me.

    But, if i DIDNT have that aversion, I'd love themed too. Even though I have Aria/Cosmo on my timer, I too have a softspot for themed hotels...they're so nostalgic for me! It would be nice to have a high-end themed hotel, but one that had affordable options too. An " Under the Sea" theme, or something like that. It would have the mammoth fish tanks like Mirage, rich jewel tones, ornate, jeweled touches to reflect treasures lost at sea....beautiful, soothing and mysterious. And it would have a lush pool...with a lazy river. I don't care if they're not "hip," I love them. (No boring, square, "look at me" sun bathing pool.) I still have to hit the Golden Nugget just for the shark pool!

    The themed placed always have warm spot in my heart....it's my generation's Vegas, like the Stardust is for others!

    Location: Just walkable, no hike like the SLS.

    Age Group: Any and all.

    Food, a blend of fine dining and cheap eats. I'd love a global vision on food choices, from middle eastern to Italian to Ethiopian to Thai, etc. So some core restaurants with some rotating internal "trucks" would be fun. ("Truck" idea is Insin's baby, I just love it!!!! And supporting local small businesses/truck owners if feasible. Maybe on a hidden lower level. I think that's half the fun of Cosmo with Secret pizza, that its secret!)

    As a wet blanket, I probably would have resort fees for initial guests, only because it would be hard to compete on base price otherwise. But I'd like ala carte....pick what you want for those fees...later check out, early check in, fitness room, something people actually WANT. BUT no RF on comped nights.

    AND NO stupid 11:00 am check out. Period. I might give a discount for people that checkout early, but 11:00 am in the city that never sleeps still irks me.

    P.S. Very creative, fun post idea OP!
     
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  6. TAR456

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    Ok, which plot would you like on The Strip? Whatever that's available and walkable.

    What clientele would you aim for? Everyone, since everyone is a guest.

    Theme: I would have chosen the Russian theme.

    Shops and restaurants: 10/10: 2/10 low end, 5/10 mid end, 3/10 high end out of 10.

    What singer/group would you have in residence? Don't care as long it's nice.

    Casino: Have fun and fair rules for the casino.

    Any free shows/attractions? Nah, as usual, typical Cirque du Soleil show or a thrill ride around the replica of onion dome towers or tour to historical tour about Russia.

    Free parking? YES!
     
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    I always thought a Sci-Fi themed casino would be cool...

    Clint Howard can serve guests Tranya on opening night (if you understand this then you are a nerd like me and would be the clientele we're looking for... Alec Guinness waves his hand: "these are the clients you've been looking for..")
     
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  8. Ruark

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    Interesting how so many here say a "vintage" or similar approach. Same with me:

    For the facility itself, I would create essentially a reproduction of the casinos of the 70s. Coin in/out slots (the kind that jingle coins in the tray every time you win something), 9X% payouts, "change girls," plastic cups to put your winnings in, silver dollars (remember those?), friendly CWs bringing drinks to slot players.

    Low minimum ($3 to $5) 3:2 single deck BJ and Craps. Maybe have $1 games certain hours and/or days. Comfortable chairs, etc.

    Not sure about the theme. Something American, though.

    Discretionary dealer-issued comps, none of this "points" crap.

    Good, hot American food and $5 buffets.

    Shows? Hmmm, no, no rap, hip-hop, Britney Boobs stuff. Good musical performers, comedy, etc. Maybe an occasional Rat Pack act.

    A nice, big, traditional pool with a deep end. NO pool parties.

    Straight-out room charges. No resort fees. No "trick" fees, e.g., touch that bottle of water on the dresser and it triggers an electronic sensor and you're charged $5. None of that.

    A real emphasis on staff training and customer service. Everybody happy, with a focus on ensuring that the customer has a good, relaxing time.

    One caveat to modernism: no smoking. The time has come.

    Like I said, except for the "no smoking" policy, a reproduction of the 70s era places.

    Yeah, kids, Vegas really did used to be like that.

    I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that it would make so much money, you'd need a convoy of 18 wheelers to haul it to the bank.
     
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  9. PlanetMark

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    I'd go as far as to impose a new tax (added to resort fees) of a dollar a day....

    This would fund a casino with the following:

    100% VP, no ticket system
    Poker with hours-based freerolls big enough to attract every grumpy old grinder in town
    3:2 BJ, single zero roulette (both very low mins) and plenty of loose penny slots.
    Attentive cocktail waitresses, nothing excluded
    No resort fees and an a comp system which gives out rooms freely, including weekends.
    Free parking
    All the chain restaurants from around the country.
    Theme is not so relevant, smart and modern, no point wasting cash when people will mostly be looking at their screens.
    No clubs, and a strict code of conduct for noise in the rooms after 10pm.
    No music played created after say, 1963

    The location would be off-strip Denio, Harney County... the furthest place away from the strip in Nevada I could find (right on the Oregon border)

    With all the 'ain't what it used to be' crowd happily playing there... those of us left on the strip can focus on just having some fun without anybody bringing us down...

    Who would join me paying that dollar?!

    M

    (all tongue in cheek btw, many people do have genuine concerns!)
     
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  10. MikeOPensacola

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    I'd build it on the former Frontier site.

    What would be cool is if they could do something akin to NYNY but with scaled down versions of the old Sands, Dunes, Desert Inn, Landmark, Stardust, Riviera and Sahara for the outside architecture. And of course have all of their marquees strategically placed.

    Lounge acts would be a big emphasis. Make it a two drink minimum to help pay for them.

    Have all the dealers, servers and floor staff dress up in 60s, 70s and 80s togs.

    Make it the best gaming on the strip and market the hell out of it towards the locals and returning players as the single best place to gamble on the strip. Period. Having a value oriented, not over the top, buffet and some retro bars and restaurants would help. Maybe get the owners of the Peppermill to open up a lounge and eatery somewhere in the property.

    Call it "Vintage Vegas" or "Lost Vegas" or something kitschy like that.

    Resort fees and parking fees would be necessary to help defer the costs of construction. I'm okay with that, but make them the least expensive on the strip and make it part of the business model to keep them that way.

    Really commit to the retro theme and I think a joint like this would be fun.

    :peace::beer:
     
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    My hotel my dream don't mock :)

    Ok, which plot would you like on The Strip?
    Tear down Casino Royale, Harrah's, Linq, and everything Behind it to Koval and replace with:
    My hotel, The Abbey

    What clientele would you aim for?
    Everyone but must be 100% smoke free

    Any theme for your new hotel as budget doesn't matter.
    Entire complex is themed on 'Downton Abbey' early 1900's with a grand facade facing the strip
    Staff would be dressed in simple period attire
    Largest slot floor in Vegas set in 3 differently themed rooms
    All table games plus Video Poker separate from slots in 3 differently themed rooms
    Large outdoor grounds with trees, ponds, gardens, meandering pathways, seating areas, small stage

    Restaurants, Shops you would include in your dream Hotel.
    All restaurants and shop exteriors would depict a British village or grand manor setting
    Themed British/irish/Greek/Italian/Asian/Mexican/American/etc - cafe's/pubs/elegant dining/deli/etc
    Moderate to high end traditional and boutique shops - no dollar stores
    Full service drugstore - there can never be enough drugstores on the strip


    What singer/group would you have in residence?
    Several entertainment venues to accommodate:
    Visiting symphonies from around the world
    Opera performances/Broadway type shows
    Daily and Weekly rotating entertainers of all types in smaller more intimate venues
    Top headliners with 6 -12 month stints in a large venue

    Nutcracker Ballet performances Nov and December each year

    Table rules for BJ etc etc.
    Need guidance here, lol:
    Better rules and tables than any other place in Vegas
    Looser and more slots than any other place in Vegas

    Better VP rules than other place in Vegas

    Any free shows/attractions -
    Free to Hotel guests -
    3 large indoor/outdoor themed pools/waterfalls for year round use - no pool parties
    movie theatre featuring Downton Abbey series, and other British comedy, mystery, tv/movie shows


    Free parking? :nono:
    Large tree lined circular drive for dropoff/pickup with 1900 era cars on display
    Fee based Valet service
    Self parking is free to all active (within past 24 months) players club card holders and hotel guests
    Others pay $10 per 24 hour period
     
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    I would do a Star Wars theme. Make the hotel shaped like the Death Star. Have a bar similar to the one in A New Hope. There's so much you can do, common Disney run with my idea. Another idea would be a massive complex that would cater to everyone and every budget.
     
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    I'd bring back the DI.
     
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    Yep. If I could bring back one strip resort the Desert Inn would be it. Bringing back the golf course would be great too.

    :peace: :beer:
     
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    Yep. No course, no DI, TYVM. It was the entire package that did it.
     
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    I really, really think Vegas will start to embrace the food truck idea more as time goes on.
    An area like Fremont East would do exceptionally well with it.
    Food trucks would be an easy way to get a GLOBAL food selection.

    I love your idea of making a hidden food truck ( ala Cosmo Secret Pizza)
    No ads, no signs, word of mouth only.
    Maybe in the self parking near the entrance to the casino/resort.
     
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    From what we've seen the food truck should work just fine if swathed in Taco Bell or McD's livery. :thumbsup:
     
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    After bar time.....pretty much ANYTHING would be a success!
    Even those nasty old shriveled, greasy hot dogs on metal rollers.
     
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    I was going to write a whole essay, but I'll just leave it at this, with no particular order:
    • Beautiful scenery inside and outside of the casino, with waterfalls everywhere
    • Restaurants with high quality authentic food from all different cuisines (not just the typical Continental, Italian, French, Chinese/Japanese), with beautiful views. The food would be reasonably priced (not typical Las Vegas prices) and the portions would be huge.
    • 24-7 food court with good food
    • Extravagant buffet with good food
    • No resort fees
    • No charge for parking
    • Designated non-smoking tables and good ventilation in the hotel
    • Great gambling rules (3:2 blackjack for starters)
    • Easy to follow signs inside the casino and in the parking structure
    • Excellent service
    • Everything spotlessly clean
    • Convenient parking structure
    • Check-in/check out/concierge conveniently located very near the pickup and drop off areas, the parking structure, and the hotel rooms
    • Large and cheap arcade and activity center (like Mutiny Bay and Circus Circus Arcade meets Nickel Nickel and Round One)
    • Small amusement park with rides and other activities (like laser tag and escape rooms)
    • Large and beautiful pool (in the vein of Mirage+Mandalay Bay+Golden Nugget)
    • Its own convention center
    • Large and luxurious spa and fitness center
    • Convenient connection to the Las Vegas monorail
    • Designated pickup spots for Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis
    • Small shops with actually good deals
    Looks like I ended up writing a bunch anyways. This hotel would hemorrhage money so quickly, but a guy can dream.
     
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    Loved reading your suggestions on this and some great ideas.

    Think mine would be a London themed Casino thinking about it now. I'd have mine on the south strip next to the Tropicana.

    The outside would have a huge Big Ben where the face is visible on landing at the airport which tourists would use to set their watches on arrival. Possibly put a Tower Bridge over a River Thames linking the 2 Towers. The Thames would run through the hotel too with bars and restaurants overlooking. Front of the hotel visible from The Strip would be themed on The Houses of Parliament.

    Inside the Casino there would be 2 or 3 different London themes. Possibly a Sherlock Holmes themed walkway with a 'secret' restaurant very dimly lit, cobbled streets with old gas lamps with a Jack the Ripper/House of Horrors museum.

    Another part would be the old gangland of London from the 60s with The Kray Twins very glitzy and a pool/snooker hall. I would be trying to get The Mosconi Cup held here. I would also be trying to get a darts event here televised live to the U.K like the old Las Vegas Classic. There would also be a small football (soccer to the yanks) museum where visitors can see the history of a truly global sport. There would be an authentic British Pub here called the Blind Beggar which The Krays frequented.

    There would be 2 high end restaurants served on the finest Royal Doulton tableware. Other medium to low end would be scattered around. Fish and Chips, Pie and Mash shops. Breakfast would be served with Back Bacon and not the Streaky Bacon you find in Vegas.

    I would possibly try to get some of the old 60s bands playing with The Rolling Stones in residence for the opening 3 months. The hotel would have to be built quickly otherwise The Stones can go in the House of Horrors.

    Could also finish off the Skyvue ferris wheel as similar to the London Eye

    Free shuttle to the Airport in authentic red double decker London buses

    No resort fees as it would all be included in the list price. No hidden fees! The price you see is the price you pay. Parking would be free to residents and people who have played/eaten at the Hotel.

    I'm sure some genius could also make artificial clouds so it could piss it down for 18 hours a day in the surrounding grounds :D
     
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