by Michael J. Shapiro | February 01, 2015

Recently Opened

 The 2,253-room Linq Hotel & Casino debuted this past November, a rebranding of Caesars Entertainment's Quad Resort & Casino, which before that was the Imperial Palace. Taking its new name from the new outdoor retail and entertainment promenade it borders, The Linq is positioned for the "socially active" traveler interested in the new entertainment complex and its High Roller observation wheel. Room service is available from a number of Linq outlets, including Brooklyn Bowl and Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar. Since opening, the property has rolled out five new suites with views of either the Strip or the High Roller, as well as a new lobby bar, 3535. A new meetings venue, the Vortex Roof Deck, is set to open in March.

 The $415 million SLS Las Vegas debuted over Labor Day weekend in 2014, a luxury North Strip destination in the same spot where the iconic Sahara Hotel once stood. The 1,620-room lifestyle resort, from hospitality company SBE, represents a collaboration among SBE founder, president and CEO Sam Nazarian; star chef and culinary director José Andrés, and designer Philippe Starck, who consulted through design firm Gensler. It's also among the first properties in Hilton's new Curio collection, a network of high-end, independent hotels.

The resort has three towers and offers eight restaurants, including the José Andrés-helmed establishments Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle, as well as Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book; Cleo; The Griddle Café, and others. Among nightlife venues at the resort are the 20,000-square-foot LiFE, lounge and music venue Foxtail, and a new outpost of L.A.'s The Sayers Club. The resort also features a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal flagship store, a 60,000-square-foot casino and approximately 80,000 square feet of event space, including 30,000 square feet divided among various meeting rooms and a ballroom that spans 9,000 square feet.

 Last spring saw the opening of The Cromwell, a 188-room boutique hotel on the Strip at the site of the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon. Caesars Entertainment invested $185 million to revamp the property, which features 19 suites; Bound, a lobby bar; a 40,000-square-foot casino with 66 table games and 440 slots; and the 65,000-square-foot Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub, a rooftop pool venue. Giada, the on-site restaurant and the first from chef Giada de Laurentiis, opened this past June.