JW Marriott Las Vegas
|JW Marriott Las Vegas|
|Address||221 North Rampart Boulevard|
|Opening||July 15, 1999|
|Floor area||560 square feet (52 m²)|
|Number of rooms||600|
|Number of suites||541|
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa is a luxury hotel in Summerlin, Nevada, near Las Vegas. The 50-acre (20 ha) resort was designed using a Tuscan/Tropical theme. Golf was a component of the project from the start as it acquired tee times at the adjacent Tournament Players Club course with direct access from the resort.
In August 1997, the property was approved to hold a gaming license, with ground breaking expected to begin by October 15, 1997. The Resort at Summerlin quietly opened its doors on July 15, 1999. It was described as Las Vegas' first off-Strip luxury resort, according to its developers. Steelman Partners was the architect and interior designers. The property had 54 acres (22 ha) and included a 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) spa, 11 acres (4.5 ha) of private gardens and pools, and the Regent Grand Palms and Regent Grand Spa hotels. The two hotels combined offer 541 guest rooms and suites. Guests were given access to preferred tee times on seven courses at five area golf facilities. The Resort at Summerlin was managed by Las Vegas-based Seven Circle Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Casinos of America, the majority owner of the resort. In December 1999, the property was renamed as the Regent Las Vegas, as part of a partnership with Regent International Hotels.
Swiss Casinos had built successful luxury casinos as St. Gallen Switzerland and in South Africa. They spent over $270 million to create an exclusive resort with the goal of earning a 5 diamond rating from AAA. In June 2000, Swiss Casinos planned to purchase an adjacent 22-acre parcel and redevelop it as timeshares. Swiss Casinos had until August 15, 2000, to purchase the property, and planned to begin development within 18 months. On September 15, 2000, the companies that owned the Regent defaulted on various payments. In November 2000, executives were nogotiating a potential deal with creditors. By that time, 239 employees had lost their jobs at the resort, out of 1,700. The Regent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy later that month, and was ultimately purchased in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction for $80 million by Vancouver-based Hotspur Resorts.
Hotspur brought in Marriott to operate the hotel. The casino was leased to Nevada-licensed Millennium Management on a 10-year lease, and renamed the Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin. The lease ended April 1, 2012 and management of the casino shifted back to Hotspur.
The hotel rooms have a minimum of 560 square feet (52 m²) of space. The 40,000 square foot (4,000 m²) spa offers many services and includes a 65,000 square foot (6,000 m²) convention center.
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