by Michael J. Shapiro | August 21, 2017
The 1,200-room Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, which recently was acquired by Station Casinos, will unveil renovated meeting space on Sept. 16. The redesigned meeting spaces mark the first phase of the property's extensive $146 million makeover, indicative of the property's focus on group business. But it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reimagining of the resort.

"The stylish and advanced remodel to our meetings and convention spaces at Palms is just a preview of what is to come," noted Jon Gray, vice president and general manager. Gray, most recently an exec with Nike, began his hospitality career at the Palms in 2005 when he was 21. He held executive positions with both the Palms and Caesars Entertainment before leaving Las Vegas for Oregon, and now the Palms has lured him back. "With this complete upgrade, Palms will continue to be a world-class host for the city's premier meetings and events," he added.

As for what's to come, resort officials promise new restaurants, luxury theaters, upgraded high-limit gaming areas, and a new registration and VIP desk, among other highlights.

The Palms is redesigning 19,000 square feet of its 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including five meeting rooms and a 10,300-square-foot grand ballroom. New A/V technology will include interactive, 60-inch digital displays throughout the meeting rooms, and an upgraded sound system. The spaces will be filled with vibrant art and geometric designs, complemented by gilded marble and dark wood. The adjacent business center, the connecting hallways and the restrooms are getting a makeover, as well.

The Palms, which first opened in 2001, is just west of the Center Strip, on Flamingo Road. Among its other amenities are a 95,000-square-foot-casino, the Pearl Concert Theater music venue, the Drift Spa & Hammam, three swimming pools, a 14-theater cineplex and the Hardwood Suite, allegedly the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.