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08162007: Vegas Hotels Grow, Renovate

It’s a sure bet that when it comes to Las Vegas hotels, things are always getting bigger and better. We’ve received word of two big projects that will add new appeal to what are already two very popular hotels on the Strip:

• Caesars Palace
Look for a $1 billion (yes, billion) expansion at this mega-hotel on the Strip. The project adds the new 665-room Octavius Tower. The Octavius Tower will be located adjacent to a new 263,000-square-foot meeting and convention center. Three new luxurious pool villa suites will be built along the second floor of the new tower and will overlook three new swimming pools that will rim an expanded outdoor whirlpool spa retreat, a poolside café and nearby garden wedding venue. The expansion is slated for completion in early 2009. In addition to the new Octavius Tower, the resort’s existing 512-room Forum Tower will undergo a major refurbishment.

• Luxor
Just down the street, Luxor has unveiled a big renovation plan of its own. The
multi-phase plan is designed to bring new energy to the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The first phase will encompass the casino level. Projects in Phase One of Luxor’s evolution include a host of sexy-chic new restaurants, lounges and nightspots, as well as a spa-like poolside lounge, redesigned casino floor and Cirque du Soleil show featuring illusionist Criss Angel.

Later, the second phase focuses on changes to the property’s signature atrium and galleria areas including several retail changes, a re-branded coffee shop and new buffet. The third phase will concentrate on room remodeling and is planned to begin in 2009.

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