Vegas Vickie, an iconic neon piece of art, has a new home in the brand new Circa Resort & Casino in … [+]
Getty Images for Circa Resort & Casino
Despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and COVID 19, Las Vegas has continued to open to travel, including the new Allegiant Stadium, home to both the Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) and UNLV (NCAA) football teams.
Most of the existing casino resorts have reopened, but this week was especially busy – yesterday the first all new downtown hotel in four decades, the Circa, partially opened, and today is a redesigned Cromwell, the first “boutique” -Resort reopened on the strip. Following the opening of the first completely smoke-free casino resort in Las Vegas last month (read more here on Forbes), these will be the city’s first and second adult-only hotels (21 years and older) as the tourism industry continues to segment here for niche customers.
To be very clear, while this is big news for fans of Las Vegas and a major update of the city’s tourism offerings for the future, I am not currently advocating a trip to Las Vegas (or any other location). Vacation travel in the current landscape is becoming riskier and more complex, and personally I would not travel to Las Vegas for leisure in the existing area.
The new, adults-only Circa Resort & Casino has a sports fan theme that encompasses the greatest sports in the world … [+]
Getty Images for Circa Resort &
The brand new Circa Resort & Casino comes from developer and CEO Derek Stevens, who was a driving force in the ongoing renaissance of Downtown Las Vegas, where he already owns the casino hotels The D and Golden Gate. The 777-room Circa is more ambitious, built from the ground up rather than remodeled. The property welcomes adults only and pays homage to the golden era of Vegas through vintage design. The casino opened to many fans yesterday, but the guest rooms in the 44-story tower, the tallest in downtown, won’t open until December 28, 2020 (they’re taking reservations).
Among other things, Circa is home to supposedly the largest sports betting in the world, a three-story stadium-style venue with a 78 million pixel screen that can be viewed by up to 1,000 guests and play up to 19 games at the same time. Fans can reserve reclining seats or cubicles for large groups, all of which come with power outlets, WiFi, and tables, and guests can have food from a wide variety of Circas restaurants delivered straight to their seat. The sports theme extends to the roof of the hotel, on which the “Stadium Swim” is located, a huge “target pool experience” with six pools, two swim-up bars and a 14 million megapixel drive-in theater 143 x 40 foot outdoor screen style so sports fans never miss a second of the action. There are 30 cabanas and a super cabana for up to 50 people. It is open 365 days a year and in colder weather the pools are heated to 104 degrees. The pools have been built with a high tech purification system that features advanced UV hygiene, the city’s fastest water circulation patterns, and sophisticated real-time chemical monitoring controls that destroy pathogens, bacteria, viruses, organic and inorganic contaminants.
The theme of the sports watch extends to the massive pool complex on the roof of Circa, “Stadium Swim”.
Circa Resort & Casino
Circa also claims to have Nevada’s longest indoor bar (over 30 meters). The food and beverage concepts include several innovations in Vegas from renowned chefs and restaurateurs from around the country, which in Stevens’ case means his home state Michigan. Here he brings Saginaw’s delicacies from legendary Michigan restaurateur Paul Saginaw from Zingermans Deli in Ann Arbor. I’m a huge fan and have been to Zingerman several times. If it’s not the best sandwich place in the country, it’s the top three. Saginaw’s menu includes renowned sandwiches as well as onion rings, salads, breakfast options and Jewish-style delicacies such as matzo ball soup, latkes and chopped liver. Most unique, Stevens made Saginaw’s the new home of the now defunct prawn cocktail Golden Gate, a popular Las Vegas icon that sells at its original price of 99 cents – from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Victory Burger & Wings Co. is the creation of the family owners of Detroit’s 103-year-old American Coney Island, another icon who has an outpost at The D. It features massive burgers made from a proprietary mix of Angus beef and short ribs, plus brisket, wings, fries, onion rings, and nostalgic milkshakes. The original concepts include the city’s presumed high-end steakhouse, a Pan-Asian effort, and an open-air grill with an “backyard”.
“Over the past five years the Circa team and our partners have been committed to introducing a resort and casino experience that brings something completely new to Vegas and, in some cases, the country,” said Stevens (per release). “I’ll be the first to admit that 2020 wasn’t easy, but this talented group persevered and implemented this vision 8 weeks early. I’m incredibly proud to bring 1,500 people to work and that our doors are finally open for anyone to visit Circa. “
The Cromwell is a stand-alone, adults-only boutique casino resort in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
Caesars Entertainment Inc.
In the heart of the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), directly across from the iconic Caesars Palace and Bellagio, The Cromwell, a boutique hotel owned by Caesars Entertainment, Inc., reopens today (October 29) as another adult-only option . the first on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel and gaming floor are only open to people aged 21 and over, while guests of all ages are welcome at Crowmell’s flagship restaurant and culinary anchor GIADA, an Italian restaurant run by TV food personality and chef Giada De Laurentiis.
The Cromwell has a second restaurant, three bars, a full casino and sports betting, as well as the famous Drai’s After Hours nightclub. The intimate resort is tiny by Las Vegas standards, with just 169 rooms plus 19 suites, and has received the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award for several years in a row. Styled there, it’s pleasantly user friendly, much easier to hop on and off and feel at home than most mega resorts.
GIADA, the flagship restaurant of the food personality Giada De Laurentiis, is a very big draw in the … [+]
Caesars Entertainment Inc.
“The first standalone boutique hotel on the Strip, the Cromwell offers an exclusive, upscale lifestyle experience with an emphasis on hospitality, convenience and personal service,” said Ken Janssen, senior vice president and general manager of The Cromwell. “In line with the boutique hotel experience, we are pleased to announce that we will reopen as the first adult-only hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard on October 29th, with a continued focus on our improved health and safety protocols . “