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; 23 months ago (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
Number of rooms 188
Total gaming space 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2)
Notable restaurants Giada
Casino type Land-based
Owner Caesars Entertainment
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.[1]


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.[2] Gaughan shared partnership in the Barbary Coast with Kenny Epstein, Tito Tiberti, Frank Toti and Jerry Herbst.

In July 2005, Boyd Gaming purchased the Barbary Coast Hotel.

In September 2005, Boyd purchased the 4.3 acres (1.7 ha) of land the hotel occupied 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 as the 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 complete renovation into a luxury boutique hotel.[5] 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.[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, Caesars terminated its agreement with Gansevoort and 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.[8]

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

Caesars confirmed on January 31, 2014, that the hotel would be named The Cromwell.[10] It marked its soft opening to guests on April 21, 2014. The hotel rooms were available starting May 21, 2014.[11]



  1. ^ Sylvester, Ron (February 4, 2013). "From Barbary to Bill’s: Sun sets today on Las Vegas relic". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ Stutz, Howard (October 28, 2012). "Gaughan offers link to days of old Vegas". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  3. ^ Clarke, Norm (April 4, 2014). "Michael Gaughan followed father’s advice". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Harrah’s Set to Open Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon March 1". Business Wire (Press release). Harrah's Entertainment. March 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ Stutz, Howard (November 29, 2012). "Bill's Gamblin' Hall to close Feb. 4 for renovations". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Bill's Gamblin' Hall". Caesars License Company, LLC. Retrieved 2013-02-28. [dead link]
  7. ^ Domanick, Andrea (March 18, 2013). "Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall to reopen as Gansevoort Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. 
  8. ^ Leach, Robin (October 20, 2013). "Caesars Entertainment and Gansevoort end partnership on the Strip". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  9. ^ Morris, David. "Goodbye Gansevoort—Bill’s Is Now The Cromwell". Vegas Seven. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  10. ^ Stutz, Howard (January 31, 2014). "The Cromwell latest name for former Barbary Coast on the Las Vegas Strip". as Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  11. ^ Curtis, Anthony (May 2, 2014). "Cromwell casino opens in Las Vegas". The Arizona Republic. 

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