by Michael J. Shapiro | December 01, 2014
Local Update
• The historic Cal Neva Resort, Spa & Casino is under new ownership and could reopen early in 2015. The North Lake Tahoe resort, once owned by Frank Sinatra, includes 219 guest rooms, a spa, meeting space and restaurants. The new owners say they plan to work with the property's existing framework. More details should emerge shortly.

• The former Horizon in South Lake Tahoe is undergoing a $60 million overhaul before reopening as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, likely sometime in January 2015. All 539 guest rooms will be decked out in traditional Hard Rock style with music memorabilia, and the property will offer several new restaurants and bars, as well as a 25,000-square-foot casino. The hotel has more than 14,300 square feet of meeting space.

• Reno's newest non-gaming lodging, the Whitney Peak Hotel, is a 157-room boutique property that opened in May. The hotel caters to adventurous spirits with its BaseCamp venue, which offers a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park and a 164-foot-high climbing wall, touted as the world's tallest. The on-site Heritage Restaurant is helmed by acclaimed local chef Mark Estee. The property also is home to Cargo, a 1,000-seat-capacity concert hall, as well as more than 8,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space.

• The 437-room MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in South Lake Tahoe is in the midst of a $24 million renovation that includes upgrades to furniture, electronics, fixtures and bathrooms in all guest rooms. The work will take place on one floor at a time and should wrap up in May. The casino and convention center are getting new carpeting, lighting and décor, and beginning next spring work will begin to update the MontBleu Theater Showroom, box office and building exterior. That project is set for completion in late 2015.