The Cromwell Las Vegas

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The Cromwell Las Vegas
The Cromwell Las Vegas at Night.jpg
The Cromwell Las Vegas (foreground) in 2014
Location Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Address 3595 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening dateMarch 2, 1979; 42 years ago (1979-03-02) (as Barbary Coast)
April 21, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-04-21) (as The Cromwell)
No. of rooms188
Total gaming space40,010 sq ft (3,717 m2)
Signature attractionsDrai's Beach Club & Nightclub
Drai's After Hours
Notable restaurantsGiada
OwnerCaesars Entertainment
Previous namesBarbary Coast (1979–2007)
Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon (2007–2013)
Renovated in2001, 2007, 2014
Coordinates36°6′54″N 115°10′19″W / 36.11500°N 115.17194°W / 36.11500; -115.17194Coordinates: 36°6′54″N 115°10′19″W / 36.11500°N 115.17194°W / 36.11500; -115.17194

The Cromwell Las Vegas (formerly Barbary Coast and Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon[1]) is a luxury boutique casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment.


Barbary Coast (1979–2007)[edit]

Barbary Coast in 2000

The property was the site of Empey's Desert Villa from 1952. In 1979, it became Barbary Coast. The casino was built by Michael Gaughan and opened on March 2, 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 (later Caesars Entertainment) in exchange for the 11-acre (4.5 ha) site of the demolished Westward Ho, to be used for the Echelon Place project.[3]

Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon (2007–2013)[edit]

Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon in 2007

The Barbary Coast closed at 2:00 a.m. on February 27 and reopened on March 1 as the newly rebranded 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 called 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]

The Cromwell (2014–present)[edit]

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 one of the Gansevoort's investors 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]

In March 2020, all Las Vegas casinos were ordered closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nevada. Even as other casinos were allowed to resume operations, the Cromwell remained closed indefinitely. In August 2020, CBS reality dating show Love Island began filming its second season at the Cromwell, relocated from Fiji due to the pandemic.[12][13] The Cromwell reopened on October 29, 2020, as an adults-only property with the exception of its Giada restaurant.[14][15] The Cromwell was already an adult-oriented property, unlike other Las Vegas resorts that include family entertainment.[16] It was the last resort on the Las Vegas Strip to reopen.[17]



In July 2014, Giada De Laurentiis opened her first restaurant, called GIADA, inside the resort. The restaurant offers seating in the dining room, lounge, or outdoor patio with views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace. The GIADA menu includes Italian cuisine with Californian influences, including "lemon spaghetti, chicken cacciatore, marsala herb chicken meatballs, rosemary focaccia and lemon flatbread and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni".[18] Family-style, vegan, and gluten-free options are also available, as well as an antipasto station. Restaurant guests can watch chefs prepare food from the open kitchen.[18]


Drai's After Hours[edit]

In 1997, Victor Drai opened Drai's restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip.[19] Two years later, Drai added a nightclub to the restaurant, re-branding it Drai's After Hours.[20] In Vegas Seven's 2012 Nightclub Awards, Drai's After Hours won "Best Place to Disappear".[21][22]

Drai's Beach Club & Nightclub[edit]

Drai opened his latest Las Vegas club project, Drai's Beach Club & Nightclub, on Memorial Day Weekend 2014, at the resort.[23] This 65,000-square-foot venue has a party pool and an indoor/outdoor club spread out over two levels on top of the new Cromwell Hotel.[24]


See also[edit]


  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. Archived from the original on 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ Clarke, Norm (April 4, 2014). "Michael Gaughan followed father's advice". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2014-04-11. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  6. ^ "Bill's Gamblin' Hall". Caesars License Company, LLC. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. 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.
  12. ^ White, Peter (2020-07-22). "CBS' 'Love Island' Moves From Fiji To Las Vegas For Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  13. ^ Adalian, Josef (2020-08-05). "Love Island Season Two to Film in Quarantine at a Las Vegas Hotel". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  14. ^ Schulz, Bailey (2020-10-29). "Cromwell on Las Vegas Strip reopens Thursday as adults-only resort". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  15. ^ Szydelko, Paul (2020-10-29). "The Cromwell reopens on the Vegas Strip". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  16. ^ McFarland, Kelsey (2020-10-29). "Cromwell on Las Vegas Strip opening to adults only Thursday". KTNV. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  17. ^ "Las Vegas hotel and casino reopens as adult-only venue". Tulsa World. Associated Press. 2020-10-29. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  18. ^ a b "About GIADA". The Cromwell. July 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  19. ^ "Drai's (Restaurant)". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  20. ^ "Drai's Afterhours". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Best Place to Disappear: Drai's After hours". Vegas Seven. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  22. ^ Wynn Las Vegas, Victor Drai end partnership Archived Amanda Finnegan Fri, Aug 27, 2010 Las Vega Weekly
  23. ^ Medved, Matt. "Drai's Beach Club & Night Club Las Vegas Announces Eric Prydz and More as First Residents: Exclusive". Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  24. ^ Feldberg, Sarah. "DRAI'S BEACH CLUB AND NIGHTCLUB WILL BE MORE THAN A 'MUSIC VENUE FOR MILLION-DOLLAR DJS'". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 28 April 2014.

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