The Cromwell Las Vegas

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The Cromwell Las Vegas
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address 3595 Las Vegas Blvd South
Opening date February 21, 2014
March 2, 1979 (as Barbary Coast)
March 1, 2007 (as Bill's)
Closing date February 4, 2013 (as Bill's)
Theme Luxury boutique
No. of rooms 188
Total gaming space 17,200 sq ft (1,600 m2)
Casino type Land-based
Owner Caesars Entertainment
Previous names Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino
Years renovated 2001, 2007, 2014
Website http://www.thecromwell.com/

The Cromwell Las Vegas is a boutique hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned by Caesars Entertainment. It was built as the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino and was later known as Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon.[1]

History[edit]

The casino was built by Michael Gaughan and opened in March 1979 at a cost of $11.5 million. Over time, this property, along with others owned by Gaughan would become Coast Casinos Inc.[2] Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst.

In July 2005, the Barbary Coast was bought by Boyd Gaming.

In September 2005, Boyd purchased the 4.3 acres (1.7 ha) of land under the hotel for $16 million. The hotel had previously been leasing the land.

In 2007, Boyd gave the Barbary Coast to Harrah's Entertainment in exchange for the 24-acre (9.7 ha) site of the demolished Westward Ho, to be used for the Echelon Place project.[3] The Barbary Coast closed at 2:00 a.m. on February 27 and reopened on March 1, newly rebranded as Bill's Gamblin Hall and Saloon, in honor of company founder Bill Harrah.[4]

After nearly six years of continuous operations, Bill's closed on February 4, 2013 for renovation into a boutique hotel.[5] Plans call for remodeling of the guest rooms and casino floor, a new restaurant, and construction of a 65,000 square foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub.[6]

Caesars announced in March 2013 that the hotel would be renovated at a cost of $185 million and converted to an outpost of the New York-based Gansevoort Hotels chain of boutique luxury hotels, with 188 rooms, a 40,000 square foot casino, and a 65,000 square foot indoor/outdoor beach club/nightclub overseen by Victor Drai.[7] In October 2013, however, the agreement with Gansevoort was terminated, and Caesars said that it would continue the redevelopment of Bill's without the Gansevoort name.[8] The move came after Massachusetts gambling regulators recommended denying Caesars a license for a proposed casino at the Suffolk Downs racetrack, due to alleged connections between Gansevoort investor Arik Kislin and the Russian mafia.[8]

Plans announced in late 2013 indicated that Giada De Laurentiis would open her first restaurant in the renovated hotel and that Caesars would run the hotel.[9]

Caesars confirmed on January 31, 2014 that the hotel will be named The Cromwell.[10] It will open to reservations from Caesars Total Rewards members on February 21, 2014 and to the public on February 24, 2014.[11]

Amenities[edit]

Bill's featured 198 rooms (including 12 suites) and a 17,200-square-foot (1,600 m2) casino containing over 440 slots and table games. There was also a poker room and a race and sports book.

Though the property is owned and operated by Caesars and promotes other Caesars shows and facilities, Bill's did not operate under Caesars' Total Rewards program.

Bill's included two restaurants, The Steakhouse at Bill’s and the Victorian Room, and an ultra-lounge, Drai’s.

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Coordinates: 36°6′54″N 115°10′20″W / 36.11500°N 115.17222°W / 36.11500; -115.17222