The Palazzo

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The Palazzo
Palazzo Las Vegas logo.svg
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The Palazzo at night in 2009.
Address 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Opening date December 30, 2007[1]
Theme Italian
No. of rooms 3,068
Total gaming space 105,000 sq ft (9,800 m2)
Signature attractions The Shoppes At The Palazzo
Lamborghini Dealership
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Las Vegas Sands
Website palazzolasvegas.com

The Palazzo /pəˈlɑːts/ is a luxury hotel and casino resort situated between Wynn and The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is the tallest completed building in Nevada (although the Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas, whose construction is currently stalled due to financial problems, is already taller). Designed by the Dallas based HKS, Inc., the property's design is marketed as being reflective of a modern European ambiance and luxury living. The hotel and casino are part of a larger complex comprising the adjoining Venetian Hotel and Casino and the Sands Convention Center, all of which are owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

This all-suite hotel offers the largest standard accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip at 720 square feet (67 m2) per guest room.

In its first year of eligibility, The Palazzo was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2009.

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

As of February 27, 2006, the project had been under construction for over a year. Most of that time was spent digging the 4-story-deep hole to put in the underground parking structure. Then the building itself began gradually rising upwards. The steel fabrication and erection was supplied by Schuff Steel Company. By November 2006, the hotel tower had reached the 35th floor. Construction of the ground floors, including the parking garage and shopping center, were well under way.

As of March 2007, the hotel tower's elevator core was complete, and the rooms area was rising to the top. The façade and windows were being installed on the lower floors. As of August 2007, the lettering on the side of the tower was finished and is topped out.

As of December 20, 2007, the Palazzo was scheduled to open at least 1,000 rooms by December 28 in preparation for the Las Vegas New Year's celebration, America's Party. The casino and other areas of the Palazzo opened at 7 pm on Sunday, December 30, 2007, after a delay of several days due to the Clark County permitting process.

Upon its completion, The Palazzo ‒ its total floor area covering 6,948,980 square feet (645,581 m2) ‒ displaced the Pentagon as the largest building in the United States in terms of floor space by a margin of about 383,000 square feet (35,600 m2).[2]

The structural engineering was done by Walter P Moore Engineers and Consultants. Parts of the resort were opened to the general public on December 30, 2007.[1] The official grand opening took place on January 17, 2008.

Currently under construction is The St. Regis Residences at The Palazzo, a 270-unit condominium tower addition which will be the first residential offerings at The Venetian complex. The high-rise tower is being built on top of the 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) building that houses the Barneys New York apparel store. On September 4, 2008, Las Vegas Sands announced that it had come to an agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to operate the condo tower as a signature branch of The St. Regis Residences with all hallmarks of the St. Regis brand offered to residents. However, construction on that tower has been halted.

Design[edit]

Hanging umbrellas in the Palazzo

The $1.8 billion resort features a Lobby where guests from the street arrive beneath a 60-foot (18 m) glass dome with a two-story fountain. Those approaching from The Venetian make the transition through a towering octagonal structure and garden, itself topped by a glass-and-iron dome. Visitors to The Palazzo using the underground parking structure can take elevators or escalators from the underground garage and arrive in the center of the property's casino.

The Palazzo Casino, like some other casinos on the Strip, operates under the license of a related casino—in this case The Venetian's license. The resort's 642-foot (196 m) high hotel tower features 3,068 all-suite rooms and 375 concierge-level suites.

The Palazzo is LEED Silver Certified—the largest LEED certified building in the nation.[3]

The Palazzo is reported to be the eleventh largest building in the world in terms of available floor space and is also currently the second-largest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Attractions[edit]

Lamborghini Las Vegas[edit]

Lamborghini Las Vegas is the second authorized dealer in the Las Vegas area, featuring displays of exotic automobiles from automakers including Lamborghini, Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, and Koenigsegg. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) showroom was decorated with Italian-imported marble and tile flooring, rich leather wall coverings, and vibrant artwork.

Non-buying guests of the resort are granted admission to the showroom for $10, while children ages five and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission to the showroom includes a Lamborghini Las Vegas lanyard, souvenir access pass, and a discount at the world's first complete Lamborghini accessories boutique on purchases over $100. As of late the dealership has closed and is now replaced by Celebrity Cars.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo[edit]

Features upscale boutique stores from the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Cole Haan, Piaget, Diane von Furstenberg, Chloè, Bottega Veneta, Bvlgari, Michael Kors, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, Charriol, and others. It also features an 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) Barneys New York.

Lavo[edit]

Owned and managed by Jason Strauss & Noah Tepperberg, and overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, Lavo is a new hot spot frequented by celebrities. Lavo's menu features contemporary Italian dishes with American flair. Lavo contains over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of space and turns into a lounge at night.

Media[edit]

Film
  • An under construction Palazzo was the setting for an early scene of Ocean's Thirteen.
Television
  • The game show Wheel of Fortune taped four weeks of shows at the Palazzo in July 2009. Two weeks of shows aired in September 2009 and the other two aired in February 2010. Also, the show taped six weeks of shows in July 2013 starting with the Season 31 premiere airing on September 2013.
  • The construction of Palazzo was featured on the Science Channel's Build It Bigger.
  • Was the shooting location featured in episode 18 of the fifth season of MTV's The Hills as well as a setting for the dramatic season three finale.
Print
  • The hotel is the main location in the final novel in the Vegas book series Palazzo, where American currency is attempted to be transferred to Milan, Italy, for a drug deal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stutz, Howard (2008-01-01). "The Strip: Officials open Palazzo casino". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  2. ^ Illia, Tony (Nov/Dec 2007). "Palazzo Resort Packs a Powerful Punch". Construction Magazine. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Friess, Steve (2008-08-04). "Las Vegas bets on environmentalism". USA Today. 

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Coordinates: 36°07′28″N 115°10′06″W / 36.1244°N 115.1683°W / 36.1244; -115.1683