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Welcome To Beautiful Resorts World Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 4th March 2013 10:37pm
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Resorts World Las Vegas

A picture postcard that says, simply, Welcome to Beautiful Resorts World Las Vegas in red and brown over a group of angularly frosted, chocolate hued hotel towers, the base of which is surrounded by a toadstoolerie of Asian pagodas bedecked to the baccarat 9's in Thai, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese filigree.

What year is this?

While MGM Resorts International was proudly trumpeting the death of the themed casino resort AND Steve Wynn claimed loudly that the reelection of President Barack Obama would destroy any near-to-mid term chance of another megaresort being built on The Strip AND The Cosmopolitan trying to micromarket a bank owned casino to a niche sliver of non-gambling Top Chef viewers, Malaysia's Genting International had its ear to Las Vegas' arid substratum, intently not listening to any of them.

Buoyed by insane profits from their Singaporean casino (Resorts World Sentosa) and nascent racino at the Big A (Resorts World New York City) Genting International quietly set its sights on the Las Vegas Strip, specifically acquiring the partially abandoned shell of Echelon, previously home to the legendary Stardust.

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Above: as if you were hovering over Encore. Below: the view from the top of Fontainebleau (sorta)

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Laboring in secrecy for nine months with architect Paul Steelman Partners LLP while hammering out the details of the deal with Boyd Gaming, Genting has taken the partially built footprint of the Echelon project and draped upon it downright zany smorgasbord of pan Asian design filigree ranging from strictly traditional pagodas to dragon scaled mahogany towers.

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Steelman appears to be enforcing the traditional Asian architecture rules of symmetrical design on an existing site plan that, while balanced, isn't symmetrical.

Rwlv Malaypagodas

At street level, sea of red roofed pagodas is mirrored on either side of three fountains at the east Strip entry, with one exception being the south east corner's main pagoda entrance is cattywompus to the south east corner entrance. The replica Great Wall of China, which symmetrically encircles the resort and creates an equatorial axis of the property. It also makes the sea of pagodas feel like commoners villages just outside of the walls of the city.

Rwlv North Porte Theatre

Another sea of pagodas exist on the northern end or the property, surrounding what will eventually become an entertainment complex (a theatre containing Enter The Dragon, On Ice! and possibly a panda habitat), upon which the former Westward, Ho! served trillions of Megadogs. This mini-complex is certainly "Linq-ish" - a pedestrian mall leading to an entertainment center - and will probably be part of a second (or later) phase of construction.

Rwlv Micro Pools

Water is a very important part of this property. There are many fountains and low level reflecting pools within the pagoda village (marked with green arrows.) Surrounding the water park at the base of the hotel towers are an assortment of micropools (trend alert) each of which might have a specific offering: booze, oontz, kids, boobs, laps, games, seniors, night swim, etcetera.

One of the major design motifs on the building exteriors is a play on the interlocking circles and squares pattern which represented Chinese democracy aristocracy.

Rwlv South Towers Design

The promenade level features a large semi-transparent scallop shell shaped gazebo under which is a water park. Resorts World Las Vegas is intended to be a family resort. This view also gives a stellar look at the three south towers, whose roofs collectively appear to be part of a Hot Wheels stunt derby. The illusion here is that these towers used to be "one tower" that tectonically split apart and spread horizontally and vertically. Fascinating. Also interesting is the abstracted dragon profile which splits the towers into zig zagged halves, each of which has a different grade of reflective polish on the exterior glass. Clever.

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Each of the trio of south towers have their own porte cochere entrances. I think I see a Fat Tuesday just the east tower.

Walking north on the Strip, just outside of Sinatra, this is what you'll see during the day.

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And during the day.... The arch entrance look so Thai, I'm starting to get hungry.

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Look at the detailed textures on these buildings. What exactly are those giant fins made of? Metallic grate with lit edges, suspended outside of the curtain wall?

And the divots on the far corner of the front tower... are those terraces?

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And what about that towers in the back? It looks like an unbuttoned shirt with a...

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...banana shaped trebuchet rising from the collar, ready to catapult a turd coated Megadog at Steve Wynn. (???) This design feature probably "means" something, but I have no idea what it could be. A Japanese arch? Asian architecture experts, please chime in.

These two towers in the back are reminiscent of the original CityCenter renderings wherein residential towers were stuffed in the back like pawns attacking the freeway, far far far away from the hubbub of The Strip. These two towers stand on either side of what is probably the Convention Center, giving the property layout symmetry around and through the asymmetrical Echelon site plan.

There's the other poop cannon tower.

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Resorts World Las Vegas reminds me of everything I loved about Las Vegas wherein every building was strangely familiar yet thoroughly strange, balancing the fine line between enthrall and eye roll. Resorts World Las Vegas is more Excalibur than Excalibur, more Mandalay than Mandalay Bay and more of a Mirage than The Mirage. It truly is over the top, supremely tacky and butt-fucking-ugly-awesome, just like Las Vegas used to be before Bellagio fucked everything up. The fact that Resorts World Las Vegas looks like the bastard child of Imperial Palace, CityCenter and Wynn/Encore, a gesture I perceive as being a gigantic middle finger at the three most vocal operators in town, makes me love it even more.

In the present previous to this one, a post card of the future arrived detailing a future past wherein a tangle of Asian languages spoken, neo-modern ancientist garments are draped on a partially resurrected, post-Capitalist, decaying post-American skeleton. The story it tells is partly about the prequel that never got made, but mostly about how after the hardest of winters, the deepest of scourge and the muddiest muddled mess the winds of change will sow the seeds on fallowed, once hallowed, ground where they will take root and grow anew.

Resorts World Las Vegas is a breath of fresh, slightly foul, familiar air. Blame the dog, everybody does.


Comments & Discussion:

Great write up. So informative, so passionate. Kind of stoked about this weird project now.

I wouldn't read so much into the map. I think they wanted to display a full use of the property and the Westward Ho site was left completely empty by Boyd, so they filled it up with pagodas and temples and bridges over babbling brooks that serve to say "we can build stuff here." I kind of feel the same way about the banana things, which weren't in the Echelon plan and are probably just shown as doable in the event that the first two phases are a huge success.

What blows my mind is the lack of ample pedestrian access to the casino, which I'm only guessing is inside the little Great Wall gateway, underneath what appears to be a shaded pool complex.

Throwing bets down waaaaaay too early for a project that is just announced, I'm guessing:
* it opens somewhere between Dec 31 2015 - Spring 2016.
* No pandas, water park becomes a daylife event of some kind.
* They pick a name that sounds less awkward and more fitting the theme. I'd go with Shangri-La (by Resorts World), since they could easily translate it into Chinese as 香格里拉 (在云顶名胜世界).

Oh, and of course, that's assuming IF it happens. I'm really cynical about these things anymore, to the point where I don't care if they're putting up steel because Fuckinblown did at one point, too.

But the fact that I forgot to provide that caveat perhaps clues you into how good a job you did priming my pump for this.

...and that, stewart is when the themes came back

welcome back to the theme era, sorry it went away

I think I'm in the same boat as most everyone here; I really hope this will usher in the renaissance of hotel theming.

Luxor: Bring back the camels!
NY-NY: Bring back Central Park!
MGM Grand: Bring back the Joan Crawford photos!

Does this mean that Encore has to reconsider pedestrian traffic? Does this teeter-totter the weight of the Mandalay Mile? Does the "center of Las Vegas" shift to just the fat ass of Las Vegas when this place opens?

Whatever happens, it must be noted that this is an Asia-based firm coming to the heart of tourism in the United States and putting it's flag down in a very impressive way. There has no mention of a nightclub or "exclusive" offerings, although we have to assume there will be much more color added later on as ground is broken. With such a large footprint and a press release indicating a "family resort" model, should we consider that they're seeking to appeal to all tourist brackets as well as the high-end? Sounds like Galaxy Macau is teleporting over from Cotai.

Do we have a baseline for how an entrenched American industry adapts to the introduction of a foreign competitor?

^^ Last night on Ralston Reports, Paul Steelman specifically mentioned the pools of Galaxy Macau as something that proves the viability of "family" elements in this kind of casino. And there's that little joint in Singapore Genting runs with Universal Studios too.

In my own segment on Ralston, I said much of what Chuckmonster did here about themes not being as passe as many in the industry think (as did Steelman), and talked about the implications. If one themed place with an indoor waterpark gets an ADR $5 above the baseline, watch for more of them.

Is SLS the Cosmopolitan of nightlife-based casinos, the last of its kind built just as the wave crashes? Or is Resorts World 1994-era MGM Grand redux? Stay tuned to find out.

Two points: am I the only one who isn't reminded of the movie where the "Red Dragon" hotel (a made up for Hollywood Desert Inn before it got imploded) appeared briefly on the Strip (on property where Wynn Las Vegas stands now, of course). Also why the heck didn't Boyd put up the land into a partnership with these people? They have an irreplaceable piece of Strip frontage, and they pretty much GIVE it away. I know this idea was discussed on Vegas Gang podcasts, so again, why did Boyd walk away from the Strip??

It is consistent with Genting's other properties to be operating a broad-market casino with extensive family-friendly style amenities. Genting Highlands, Universal Studios Singapore and Equarius Water Park etc. etc.

But I do have a concern.... is the "family resort with casino" model really profitable any more (at least in Vegas)? I mean, the family-friendly-casino-resort model didn't last. MGM Grand got rid of the Wizard Of Oz feel, and whilst Excalibur and Circus Circus still operate I'm not sure that Genting could sustain a property like Resorts World Las Vegas exclusively on that market. Singapore, Macau, the Asian markets in general don't really have that much in terms of family-oriented tourism. In the US, however, family-oriented tourism is a very competitive market.

Of course it might be more like RWLV is operating more along the lines of Mandalay Bay - various tiered offerings for various different markets (also consistent with other Resorts World properties), and as Mandalay Bay demonstrates the presence of extensive water-fun facilities need not come at the expense of more "typically adult" fun facilities too.

And Genting has a huge reservior of silly-money Asian whales (from Singapore and Malaysia). They could easily bring their biggest players over to Vegas where they'd face far lower wager taxes than they would in Singapore (and presumably Malaysia even though I'm not sure about that).

So I think there might be reasons to be skeptical as to whether the Genting model is a good fit for the Vegas market.

That said, from a purely aesthetic point of view, I kind of like this. It manages to be themed WITHOUT being eye-gougingly camp (not that there ISN'T a place for eye-gouging camp), and whilst I admit I'd prefer fewer pagodas the overall look is striking.

I like the idea of themed hotels/ casinos coming back. Looks like they were inspired by Ingelstad's IPalace and decided to go all-in!

I love the design, except ... does that roundish thing in the middle remind anyone else of a bedbug?

I think the reason the family theme is going to work for RWLV is because their target is middle-upper scale Asians, who want to travel to the U.S. They would likely travel with their entire family, so they all need to be entertained. I expect it will have enough to keep American audiences happy (dining, shows, nightlife), but will cater to the needs of their core base. I don't see this as a trend that's going to be replicated everywhere. Fact is, most families wouldn't necessarily want to come and stay at Circus, but they would come and stay here. Meanwhile, the rest of us degenerates can continue to do what we're doing.

I'd like to hear more about this project's commitment to sustainability and LEED Certification, said no one, ever.

I positively love this. They lead off with, "Hey, we're building a resort and it's going to be fun!" Fun! What a novel concept! Hope Jimbo is taking notes.

I really, really like it.

I am really curious to see how they lay out the casino. Size, games, table limits? Given the absurd handles the Asian market produces I can't help but wonder if this casino may be configured somewhat differently than we are used to.
Row upon row of bacc tables? Hope they build in extra high performance hvac units if their clintel will be a high % of Asians.
Let's see how much gets built initially and how the design morphs also.

The previous VT post stated that casino space is to be "multi-leveled." Asian operators are good at knowing everything about their clientele. Genting will definitely be doing their best at ferreting out what their target audience wants in the next couple of years, and if they can't figure it out, they'll hire the best people to show them. These aren't rubes we're talking about and you can serve many customer classes with 185,000 sq/ft over 85 acres.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre meets Panda Express

This place could live off the Asian market alone..which has to put a scare into Steve across the street, and for Bellagio a few blocks away..

If you've ever been in Las Vegas prior to the Chinese New Year, as I was a few weeks ago, you know that Asian families travel with everybody--aunts, uncles, cousins, and their kids..and they stay together..if they can appeal to that demo, the joint will be packed..meanwhile, I'll be somewhere else, seeing what kind of decent video poker downtown...

This sounds like a place I would do a lap in, and see what's what, and then head elsewhere...

^^^ This.....

I'm geeked out to see this place and I do think it brings some much needed momentum to the city, especially the north strip. And reading Chuck's thoughts on this and seeing the passion he has for this stuff does make me more excited.

It's not for me, but I can't wait to check it out.

Everyone's looking at Wynncore and SLS/Sahara. But don't forget this property's neighbor: Circus Circus.

Two themed, family-friendly resorts side by side could work. Poor schlubs dragging their family along would stay at The Clown and aspire to Resorts World on future visits.

And that's a good thing, because I don't want to travel to Asia (Macau/Singapore/etc.) to gamble, and don't think Asian residents necessarily want to travel to the U.S. when we all now have options in our respective countries.

I like the micropool concept so long as they're not just the wading pools that Bellagio has. I like the Pagoda Village, which might bring some decent Strip-facing retail to the area. And I LOVE the theme and that there *is* a theme.

But there needs to be some parking in the area, unless that's handled by one of the covered white buildings around the peremeter of the property. A resort this size will need to welcome lots of employees and tourists.

Finally, I (like MinVegas) can only hope they change the name to Shangri-La by Resorts World. It's a name worthy of an imperial palace (see what I did there?).

Unless I'm missing something, how do you expect could they use the Shangri-La name? Is Malaysia based Resorts World corporately linked with the Hong Kong based Shangri-La hotel group? Shangri-La already operates Shangri-La Hotel Toronto and Vancouver north of the border, no US properties as of yet but as far as I can tell they control the trademark in the US for 'Shangri-La' in use of hotels etc. (search by serial number 78815452 at http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=searchss&state=4005:vgitzt.2.12)

sorry last link didn't stay live, US gov website win.
>> start at http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp
>> click "trademark search" on left
>> click basic word mark search
>> change field pulldown to 'serial or registration number'
>> enter search term "78815452" as serial number
or you can just search shangri-la as a word mark like I did to find this, but there are other products like teas and purses that show in the results

I'm really digging the renderings and hope to be there for the grand opening.

Regarding Circus Circus, let's not forget that MGM Resorts bought parcels next to Circus Circus several years back and will look to develop it at some point in the future. I'm sure they were quite surprised by this announcement and I would not be surprised if they'd got some their folks whipping up some ideas for those parcels as well as the Circus Circus property.

longshot idea - if the Light group tie-ins at Mandalay prove to be a success, perhaps an overhaul of Circus Circus as "Cirque-Cirque" in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil

I always thought that was going to happen back when there was a bunch of plans for the north end. I love the idea too.

The name alone is a non-starter... I mean come on... It sounds like a tacky timeshare. If they don't realize that, it doesn't bode particularly well in terms of their ability to understand and adapt to the US market.

Other than their casinos in the UK, Genting uses the Resorts World name for all of their properties. Even the casino they opened in NYC uses the Resorts World name. It would be like telling Landry's to not use the Golden Nugget name somewhere.

I'd say those "banana-shaped things" are akin to the top of samurai helmets.

To me, the pagoda and water aspect is the most interesting thing about the project - to have so much spread over the property could either look cool, or massively out of scale. Have to echo what's been said about the families - I have a chinese co-worker who takes his parents, in-laws and kids to vegas, gets his fix in at night while the kids are sleeping, and does family things during the day. Anything that revitalizes the North Strip area is a plus, and Genting has the cash to handle any burps along the way.

Love it. For many reasons. A properly financed asian themed resort, Something being built on top of the Stardust (RIP) again, and we have a big ass construction projec to follow again. WOO Freaking Hoo!

Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the the Red Dragon form Rush Hour 2. Maybe Jackie Chan will be at the grand opening. Can't wait.

Love this post, the renderings, the insight, etc. Excited to see this come online.

The only part of the resort that I didn't care for was the phrase "Resorts World Las Vegas is intended to be a family resort." But whatever, I'm stoked.

I love the concept and the theming and hope that this entire complex is pushed out of the Genting womb in one spasmic thrust - but that probably won't be. Still, there is something just awesomely karmic about Steve Wynn taking his best to Asia and letting the luster of his Vegas gems fade - while Asia has beat a path to his doorstep to plant a frigging Union Jack literally between the legs of Wynn and Encore... That came from the balls that Steve used to have....

The pictures show a place I would love to get to know - but most importantly they show a decent attempt to respect the grave of the casino that will be danced upon. If Stardust had to go, I hope that the best freaking casino resort in Vegas replaces it. Looks like there's a chance of that coming to pass....

My only worry is that damned railroad grade crossing that made Trump uninhabitable - and which seems to be equally close to the proposed towers.....

The talk about the name being a non-starter is kinda silly when you think about Steve Wynn wanting to name his resort Le Rêve, so we've certainly seen worse. On a monthly basis I'm surprised how few Americans can say ARE-ee-ah, let alone Asians. Some guy once wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." And who knows, maybe we'll get some new kickass restaurants out of it, too.

I hope there's a mud wrestling pagoda.

To all the previous mentions of Shangri-La, remember that Echelon's original plan INCLUDED a "Shangri-La Las Vegas" behind the main tower.

That said, I'm almost certain that has been abandoned since Genting has a whole portfolio of hotel brands of its own. On the other hand, Resorts World Sentosa has a Hard Rock Hotel, so Genting ISN'T allergic to external brands.

So they won't call the development Shangri-La but there MIGHT be the possibility of a Shangri-La hotel as part of it.

Also, I'm certain they'll have some Macau-style private Baccarat salons in here, probably as Sky Casinos or something like that.

So, will Steve be crapping his pants in terror? I'm not entirely sure. Steve can always fly in Asian whales from Macau, and Genting doesn't have any properties in Macau. So if anything, Genting and Wynn probably have non-overlapping 'pools' of whales (so to speak) to draw from... or at the very least the overlap isn't that huge.

If anything Resorts will push MGM into revamping and upgrading Circus Circus which badly needs one and would look even tackier once Resorts opens. The name will eventually grow on people and we are going to call it RW anyway because it comes off the tongue better.

"My only worry is that damned railroad grade crossing that made Trump uninhabitable - and which seems to be equally close to the proposed towers....."

Interesting. Yeah, the railroad tracks, much maligned by some Trump guests, would seem to be just as close to the (presumably) condo towers at the back of RWLV. How do you sell residential units that are bombarded with train noise?

Also -- did anyone staying at Stardust ever have issues with the train tracks? Or was the property footprint not as close?

jimmy: I was coming up with a name off the top of my head, although legally I think they could get away with it by including that "by Resorts World" in the extended title the same way that "The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas" is in no way affiliated with Cosmopolitan women's magazine. After all, Shangri-La is a concept that existed before these brands, all one must do to legally protect themselves is differentiate themselves from anyone else using the same.

There is also a boutique hotel in Santa Monica called Hotel Shangri-La, for whatever it's worth. Clearly they haven't had any problems using the name.

Forget calling it Shangri-La, how about calling it Xanadu? In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree...... Unless you're a Vegas history buff, people don't know about the Martin Stern designed Xanadu that was proposed at the corner of LVB and Tropicana (where Excalibur now stands).

Ooooohhhh... Xanadu!! They could get Olivia Newton-John for the grand opening! :)

Can I reserve now, expensive resort with water park, and great wall. Count me one on the side of interested. I think Chuck's comments were right on with the middle finger, the fact this isn't a fly by night concept and Genting has taken the former shell of Echelon and put their own stamp on it, speaks wonders to me.

Xanadu. Have Rush at opening. I'll show.

Oh and anyone else notice the glass on towers facade is a reversed "F"? As in "F" u Foutainbleu?

^^^ In the first rendering, there is a properly facing "F." On the right side of that same rendering, there looks like the left half of a "U" shape in another building if you squint and use a little gleeful imagination.

OK, I'm getting carried away.

But those F (and reverse-F) designs are explained under the 8th rendering. I don't see an abstract dragon pattern, but I *do* see - and love - the Hot Wheels track Chuckmonster describes.

I think many of you bloggers are missing a valid point. Genting has a mondo database of Asian clientele who they can draw from to bring to Vegas, and this 'family' property. Expect exclusivity all over the property, and diversified gaming. It will be a hoot for all.. Kudos to the foreign investors for salvaging a bad decision by the home team.

This place is the greatest thing that could have happened. They are going to attract mucho Asian tourist dollars to the city. This single project will inject billions of dollars into the local economy and create tens of thousands of jobs. It will literally bring Las Vegas back from the brink.

Chicken and Waffles and Maple Syrup. Don't ask me why, but that's what this says to me.

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