The Cromwell Las Vegas
|The Cromwell Las Vegas|
|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)|
|Number of rooms||188|
|Total gaming space||17,200 sq ft (1,600 m2)|
|Previous names||Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
Barbary Coast Hotel and Casino
|Renovated in||2001, 2007, 2014|
The Cromwell Las Vegas is a luxury 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.
The property was the site of Empey's Desert Villa from 1952. 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. 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. 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.
After nearly six years of continuous operations, Bill's closed on February 4, 2013 for complete renovation into a luxury boutique hotel. Plans call for complete renovation of the entire property, the guest rooms and casino floor, a new restaurant, and construction of a 65,000 square foot rooftop pool and dayclub/nightclub.
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. 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. 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.
Caesars confirmed on January 31, 2014 that the hotel will be named The Cromwell. It opened to reservations from Caesars Total Rewards members on February 21, 2014 and to the public on February 24, 2014. It marked its soft opening to guests on April 21, 2014. The hotel rooms will be available starting May 21, 2014.
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