The Artisan Hotel

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The Artisan
Artisan Hotel Las Vegas.jpg
The Artisan in 2010
General information
Address 1501 W. Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Coordinates 36°08′37.35″N 115°10′11.43″W / 36.1437083°N 115.1698417°W / 36.1437083; -115.1698417
Owner The Siegel Group
Other information
Number of rooms 64
Number of restaurants 1
Website
http://www.artisanhotel.com/

The Artisan is a Las Vegas non-gaming hotel boutique and ultra-lounge. Its 64 rooms[1] are covered from floor to ceiling with eclectic art and reproductions of world-famous paintings.[2]

History[edit]

The hotel opened in 1979 as a Travelodge.[1]

Doug DaSilva purchased the hotel in late 2001 and renamed and overhauled it as 'The Artisan.'[1][3] Works by artists such as Cézanne, Chagall, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Van Gogh were placed all over the property.[3] By 2004, DaSilva stated that he had spent $4 million on renovations.[4]

DaSilva experimented with entertainment options including rock music and murder mystery dinner theater, before settling on a lineup of jazz music centered on weekly appearances by keyboardist Ronnie Foster.[5][6]

DaSilva planned for The Artisan to be the first of a chain of hotels, with locations to be opened in El Paso, Memphis, and Spokane.[7][8]

In 2008, Las Vegas CityLife named the Artisan lounge as the best bar in Las Vegas.[9]

Even though the property received good reviews and had a loyal clientele,[10] it faced cash flow and maintenance problems,[11] and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2008.[12][13] DaSilva claimed that the bankruptcy was intended only to allow the cancellation of a contract with a hotel reservation network, so that the property could join the Ascend Collection, a high-end hotel brand created by Choice Hotels International.[14] A year later, however, the Artisan was still in bankruptcy, and it agreed to allow its mortgageholder, an affiliate of The Siegel Group, to foreclose.[15][16] The Siegel Group closed its acquisition of the property in January 2010, and began working to correct the outstanding issues.[1][16][17][18]

Siegel performed at least $1 million in renovations, and revamped the entertainment lineup to appeal to a broader range of local residents.[19][20] In May 2010, The Artisan started holding themed invite-only pool parties.[21] The Artisan also gained note for marketing a "buyout" option, allowing a patron to rent the entire property.[22][23] In 2015, the Siegel Group briefly listed the hotel for sale for $4.6 million, before deciding instead to undertake another $1-million renovation.[24]

In media[edit]

The Artisan was featured on a 2007 episode of the A&E TV show Criss Angel Mindfreak.[25] It has also appeared on the Cinemax series Sin City Diaries.[26]

In 2010, Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick celebrated Disick's birthday at the Artisan in an episode of the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.[27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Knightly, Arnold (January 20, 2010). "Artisan Hotel gets new life". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Ultimate low roller's guide". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Fink, Jerry (May 6, 2005). "DaSilva puts no limits on refurbished Artisan". Las Vegas Sun – via NewsBank. 
  4. ^ "Fight clubs or nightclubs?". Las Vegas CityLife. December 9, 2004 – via NewsBank. 
  5. ^ "No slots. No neon". Las Vegas Sun. June 30, 2006 – via NewsBank. 
  6. ^ "Murder, she ate: New Vegas dish for Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. April 11, 2006. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  7. ^ Boggs, Alison (August 17, 2006). "Artisan Hotel possible in city". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, WA. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Timothy (October 12, 2009). "Artisan owner in bankruptcy". El Paso Inc. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  9. ^ http://www.lasvegascitylife.com/articles/2008/03/06/news/cover/iq_20053994.txt[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Friess, Steve (April 8, 2010). "The turnaround touch". Portfolio.com. The Business Journals. Archived from the original on 2012-03-09. 
  11. ^ "The not-so-artsy side of the Artisan Hotel". KTNV-TV. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. 
  12. ^ "Mount Charleston Hotel sold as another goes bankrupt". Las Vegas Sun. December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  13. ^ Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia (December 12, 2010). "A real trip in Vegas: Artisan offers the bizarre, no betting". Chicago Tribune. 
  14. ^ "Artisan files for bankruptcy to exit deal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. December 16, 2008. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  15. ^ Green, Steve (December 23, 2009). "Artisan Hotel & Spa agrees to foreclosure". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  16. ^ a b "The Siegel Group acquires the Artisan Hotel in foreclosure" (Press release). The Siegel Group. January 20, 2010. Retrieved 2018-05-20 – via BusinessWire. 
  17. ^ Finnegan, Amanda (January 20, 2010). "Group acquires Artisan Hotel, plans improvements". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  18. ^ Woodman, Xania (February 17, 2010). "Five reasons to return to the Artisan". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  19. ^ Prevatt, Mike (June 24, 2010). "Restoration". Las Vegas CityLife – via NewsBank. 
  20. ^ Mosier, Jeff (June 29, 2010). "A room with a view: Artisan Hotel aims to lure locals with focus on elegance". Spring Valley View – via NewsBank. 
  21. ^ Rilling, Deanna (May 18, 2010). "Things get intimate at new Artisan pool party". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  22. ^ Moore, Thomas (January 24, 2017). "At one Las Vegas hotel, $7,500 gets you everything". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  23. ^ "Rent out the whole hotel: Artisan Hotel offers property for holiday parties". KSNV-TV. December 14, 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  24. ^ Woodman, Xania V. (February 17, 2016). "Seven Questions for Siegel Group's Michael Crandall". Vegas Seven. Retrieved 2018-05-21. 
  25. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (October 30, 2007). "What's On Tonight". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  26. ^ Hodge, Damon (May 11, 2010). "Renovated Artisan Hotel embraces kitsch and class". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 
  27. ^ Leach, Robin (June 7, 2010). "Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick celebrate his birthday at Artisan". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  28. ^ "Kourtney and Scott: Escape to New York". E! News. September 19, 2010. Retrieved 2018-05-20. 

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