Las Vegas’ First Native American-Owned Resort Opens This Month and Vegas Fans Will Recognize the Name


The last major Las Vegas hotel that closed during the pandemic is finally about to reopen, and it has a brand new owner.

The Palms Casino Resort has been closed for just over 2 years, but doors will open April 27 for gaming and April 28 for hotel guests.

“From our locals to guests from near and far, our goal is simple – to provide a truly distinctive experience that makes you feel at home while you’re in Las Vegas,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, the new CEO of the complex. Release.

During the closure, the Palms underwent a change in ownership, which delayed the reopening. The Palms is now operated by the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority, making it the first major property in Las Vegas owned and operated by a Native American tribe.

Subtle changes

Guests won’t notice many changes at the hotel, which is located on Flamingo Road about a mile west of the Strip. The hotel had undergone a roughly $600 million renovation in late 2019 with the upgrades revealed just before the pandemic hit, forcing its closure in March 2020.

Among the changes brought by the new owners are a refreshed gambling hall, a new sports betting site and a number of new slot machines. Most of the 766 rooms have remained as they were.

Scotch 80 Prime and Mabel’s BBQ restaurants will return, with casual dining options including Send Noodles and the new Serrano Vista Cafe among the choices.

The Palms’ signature pool will remain a focal point of the hotel. The 73,000 square foot tiered pool features 39 cabanas, oversized day beds, and poolside lounge chairs.

“We’re going to have some chill days, and we’re going to have some days where we have a little vibe and a little more fun (with DJs),” Murphey told USA Today of the pool. “I think another element of that will be some sort of poolside brunch. We’re working on all of that right now.

Theater not yet open

While the hotel and casino have their reopening dates, none have yet been announced for the 2,500-seat Pearl Theater, which was previously one of the city’s top live music venues. At the time of closing, the Pearl Theater was just days away from launching a residency for Lady A.

“It is an honor and a privilege for us to welcome everyone back to Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas,” said Latisha Casas, president of the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority. “We look forward to introducing our guests to our rich history, culture and signature hospitality. We look forward to writing history together.

The hotel opens in a special event in Las Vegas, but not related to the Palms. The NFL holds its annual draft over all three days of the same weekend, bringing thousands to the Strip and causing street closures and other problems.

Draft activities will take place at the Fountains of the Bellagio and in and around Caesars Forum and the Linq Hotel, just blocks from the Palms.

Murphy isn’t worried about the commotion this weekend.

“We know it’s harder to open when it’s really, really busy,” Murphey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think the most important thing for us was to get people back to work. We balanced knowing the draft was going to be in town against the idea that we really needed to open up.

The Palms has hired more than 900 people to prepare for reopening and will continue to increase staff as other parts of the hotel open and expand.

Tougher competition

Whether the Palms can regain the cachet it had in the early 2000s and attract visitors could be difficult, experts said, especially with more hotels like Resorts World and Circa having opened along the Strip and downtown. -city during the Palms closing.

“It will remain to be seen whether the Palms itself still attracts enough consumers,” Amanda Belarmino, an assistant professor at UNLV’s Harrah’s College of Hospitality, told the Review-Journal. “As a historic property, there will certainly be interest in seeing what has been done to the property, particularly by locals, but they will need to create a new identity for the property in order to be successful.”

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