by Michael J. Shapiro | January 04, 2018
Planners seeking a non-gaming venue just off the Las Vegas Strip should note that the 826-room Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Spa has completed its transformation to a non-gaming, non-smoking property. The former casino floor is now home to a restaurant and lobby bar called Jake and Eli, as well as upgraded meeting spaces.
 
"Travelers often mix work and play when they come to Las Vegas, and our proximity to The Strip gives us the opportunity to offer an alternative to the typical casino property while staying true to the Westin brand," noted Lezlie Young, the hotel's general manager.
 
The new restaurant, Jake and Eli, was inspired by an "imagined meeting of two innovators credited with being the first to create the much-loved concept of American bourbon" - likely a reference to the original Beam and Craig, whose families went on to run whiskey empires, even if they didn't actually invent the drink. The venue promises comfort food and signature cocktails, amidst a chic industrial setting with exposed brick walls. 
 
Four new meeting rooms off the lobby increase the hotel's meeting capacity by 20 percent, bringing the new maximum to 350 attendees. The new spaces are flexible, with the option to add a private buffet or menus from Jake and Eli, as well as a dedicated prefunction space.
 
Earlier this year, all of the guest rooms were updated and the Hibiscus Spa and Salon and Westin Workout Fitness Studio were redesigned. A final phase of renovations, including to the outdoor pool area, will wrap up in this quarter.