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Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino. Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports...

Tagged: las vegas   interior design   mgm resorts international   roger thomas   bellagio   tassels   


New Feature Posted: Caesars Palace Julius Tower : The VT Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jun 2016
Just a note to folks tuned into RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that a new feature review has been posted - my review of the brand new Julius Tower at Caesars Palace. Check it out...

Tagged: review   julius tower   caesars palace   ramesh sadwani   hotel rooms   design   room service   


Peekaboo: The New Wynn Poker Room (Updated)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
Yesterday, construction walls surrounding the future Wynn Poker Room came down so workers could patch the marble tiles connecting the thoroughfare to the new barriers and host stand. Thankfully for us poker/design/Wynn nerds, long...

Tagged: wynn   encore   construction   poker   interior design   roger thomas   wynn design and development   


Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas v2.0

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Mar 2016
Lots of changes have been taking place at The Cosmopolitan in the year or so since Blackstone purchased the property from Deutsche Bank. Visionary CEO John Unwin left the company and was replaced by...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   sportsbooks   bill mcbeath   blackstone   starbucks   nightlife   casino   bars   clique   casino design   john unwin   


Wynn Building Strip Facing Fountain Show

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Jan 2016
Wynn Las Vegas has drained the lake outside of the Wynn Esplanade and have installed a massive array of movable jets and lights in the center of the small lake. The fountain show is located on...

Tagged: wynn   alon   construction   attractions   fountains   wet design   


Sayonara Encore Chambered Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Jan 2016
The opening of Wynn Macau in 2007 ushered in a new era in intimate casino design - the chambered casino. The Steve touted the chambered casino as an achievement in casino design that could turn...

Tagged: encore   casino design   wynn macau   chambered casino   


The New Resort Room Bathrooms At The D

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Nov 2015
A few months ago, Jinx73 started a discussion on The Board about The D upgrading bathrooms in their standard rooms. As anyone who has stayed at The D during its transition away from the Fitzgeralds...

Tagged: the d   renovations   bathrooms   shatphone   interior design   fremont street   


The Hotel Test Lab

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Oct 2015
The Wall Street Journal visited the hotel room test lab at the headquarters of Marriott Hotels to learn how they design their hotels. The primary tool Marriott uses to design their hotel rooms is data. ...

Tagged: hotel rooms   hotel design   wynn design and development   marriott   hotel lab   big data   


Another Aria Casino Floor Question Answered

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Sep 2015
A month ago we posted about the current state of Aria's casino floor, noting that stuff was being boarded up, closed off, carted away and reconfigured. One piece of the puzzle has been solved. The area normally...

Tagged: aria   casino design   herringbone   carbone   dining   slot machines   


Introducing The ālon Logo

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Aug 2015
ālon, the forthcoming resort from former Wynn Resorts executive Andrew Pascal and Crown Resorts Chairman James Packer, have unveiled their logo. The logo type is modern, sleek, chiseled, well-balanced and spacious in a deep bronze. A...

Tagged: alon   logo   design   branding   andrew pascal   james packer   


Aria Completely Rearranging Casino Floor

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2015
The casino disruption at Aria we told you about? Well, it has gone massive. This is the overflow poker area between what was the Deuce and the Poker Room and the Roasted Bean. Could Aria be...

Tagged: aria   casino   design   slot machines   


Wynn Mural Artists Release Sexy Pictorial

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Aug 2015
While Steve Wynn may get all the accolades, but it is interior designer Roger Thomas whose vision turns these raw architectural ideas into luxurious, comfortable and emotionally evocative spaces that are truly - in the...

Tagged: wynn   encore   roger thomas   evans and brown   design   art   


The SLS Gift Shop, An Appreciation?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Jul 2015
So where were we? SLS, right. As mentioned, this was my first visit to SLS since it opened. I won't bore you with the back story, here's the Story Tower review and some other...

Tagged: sls   philipe starck   gift shops   jose andres   interior design   art   dada   conceptual art   


It's Like Bellagio On Acid

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Apr 2015
I have seen a cache of photos documenting the room renovations coming to Mandalay Bay later this year. These renovations will replace the number room renovations from the mid/late-aughts that replaced Mandalay Bay's original room...

Tagged: mandalay bay   bellagio   mirage   delano   hotel room   renovations   design   acid   


Peekaboo: Julian Serrano's Lago at Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Apr 2015
The construction walls just came off of the forthcoming Julian Serrano restaurant Lago at Bellagio and VT's debonair MikeE was on the scene and ready to snapchat. Check it out: There is nothing subtle about this giant...

Tagged: bellagio   lago   design   julian serrano   dining   new stuff   


Exclusive: The Wynn Macau VIP Junket Room

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Mar 2015
Here's a special treat - photos of the brand new VIP junket rooms at Wynn Macau, sent over to us by the man responsible for the design - Wynn Vice President of Design and Development...

Tagged: wynn macau   vip   roger thomas   design   baccarat   high roller   holy crap   


Peep The New Signature Rooms at Westgate Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Feb 2015
Unlike a few of the recent owners of the former International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Hilton and LVH, the operators of the rebranded Westgate Las Vegas aren't messing around. David Siegel and Westgate...

Tagged: rooms   design   westgate   lvh   hilton   


The Brand New Roger Thomas Collection

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Dec 2014
From his early post-modernist trio of themed resorts - Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio - to mature works of stunningly beautiful, globally inspired yet wholly-owned language - Wynn and Encore, in Las Vegas and Macau...

Tagged: roger thomas   design   steve wynn   


Peekaboo: The Rooms at Resorts World Las Vegas - Updated

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Nov 2014
Resorts World Las Vegas is slowly creeping towards formally rebooting as they gather up funding via the U.S. Government EB-5 program which exchanges immigration visas for investment cash. There are rumblings that a big announcement...

Tagged: resorts world   interiors   architecture   design   rooms   suites   paul steelman   eb5   


SLS: Three G's And One E-Flat

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2014
The material was three G's and an E flat. Played loud and played fast. The first and greatest riff of all time. Material. The cellular level of an idea from which springs life, art, language or...

Tagged: casino design   sls   wynn   philippe starck   


Even More SLS Interior Photos!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jun 2014
The hits keep coming, thanks to SLS Las Vegas / SBE Entertainment Design and Construction Manager Joseph Sharaf's delicious Instagram account. Do you remember when we mentioned the disco floor at the entrance? Here is...

Tagged: sls   interiors   casino   design   sbe   


Is This A Wynn Palace VIP Lobby?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 May 2014
Design firm Bukhari Design Studio, collaborators with Wynn Resorts on multiple projects in the U.S. and Macau, have posted a curious rendering in their portfolio gallery that contains a clue that this may very well...

Tagged: wynn palace   bukhari design studio   macau   cotai   interiors   roger thomas   


Architectural Digest Profiles Steve Wynn's New NYC Apartment

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Feb 2014
The March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest features a stunning eight page pictorial of Steve Wynn's new apartment in New York City. The apartment, designed by Wynn Resorts VP of Design Roger Thomas, is festooned with...

Tagged: wynn   roger thomas   interior design   architectural digest   


SLS Gets A Marquee

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Feb 2014
SLS Las Vegas unleashed a new rendering of their property, primarily showing off their proposed marquee. Interesting. Kinetic sculpture on the north side with a giant LED screen facing south. Obviously, someone did the...

Tagged: sls   marquee   design   renderings   gensler   


The Mirage Casino Is All Shiny And New

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Jan 2014
Calling all casino design nerds, let us rejoice and behold the new casino floor at Mirage! Wow! Like rivers of chocolate with pink veins carrying the energy of life. Aperiodic, tangly, luxurious... if Flamingo had extended...

Tagged: mirage   casino design   casino carpet   brains   


Sexy Photo Time: The New Wing Lei and High Limit Lotus

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Jan 2014
Just in time for Chinese New Year, the lotus has returned to the fountain outside of Wynn's High Limit slots parlor, but not after going to the lacquer factory for a fresh coat of fire. I...

Tagged: wynn   wing lei   high limit   roger thomas   design   gorgeous   


Bellagio Blue Is Now In The Casino

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jan 2014
Bellagio has replaced their table felts.... holy craps! These new felts perfectly match the 2011 'bluelaggio' hotel room renovations (aka 'The Souvlaki Palace'.) Perhaps this is a sign of things to come? Thanks to JohnH...

Tagged: bellagio   craps   table games   design   


SLS Las Vegas Names Chinese Restaurant 'EB5-Noodles'

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2014
SLS has added EB5-Noodles to their list of forthcoming restaurants. EB5-Noodles is described as "authentic Chinese cuisine" so you can cancel your hopes for another China Poblano-style mash up from SBE Culinary Director Jose...

Tagged: sls las vegas   dining   eb5-noodles   shelter   katsuya   sam nazarian   casino design   renderings   shelter   nightlife   sam nazarian   


Will Going Inside-Out Make the Trop a Destination?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Nov 2013
We're super excited share with you this incredible guest post by VT reader JerryDice (@jerrydice on the Twitter) continuing the discussion about the The Shops at Tropicana. Take it away Jerry! - Ed VT's reveal...

Tagged: tropicana   the shops at tropicana   retail   planning committee   architecture   design   jerrydice   


Welcome To The Nightclub That Will Never Be

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 May 2013
Way back in June 2008, when I took the above photo, the first cracks in the economic meltdown were starting to appear. Projects already in progress - Encore, City Center, Cosmopolitan, Echelon, and Fontainebleau...

Tagged: nightlife   fontainebleau   design   


The New Venetian

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2013
The Venetian recently completed their renovation of the casino floor and it looks really pretty. The installation of new casino carpeting, new furnishings, select pieces of new decor and way finding has dramatically...

Tagged: venetian   wayfinding   casino design   casino carpeting   


Wynn Unveils Everett Renderings

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Mar 2013
After a six long hard years of economic crisis casting cannonballs at the bows of the highest and mightiest of casino corporations, it appears that the storm is indeed over, blue skies have returned and...

Tagged: wynn   architecture   design   everett   felt jungle   


Welcome To Beautiful Resorts World Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Mar 2013
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...

Tagged: resorts world las vegas   paul steelman   echelon   genting   boyd gaming   design   architecture   


Who Knew? Light Group Owns Bellagio

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2013
Ok, not really, but based on a small clip from this advertisement for the Lily bar thingy, one might think that Bellagio is a "Light Group Property". Branding standards bwahahaha! Back when I was in the trenches...

Tagged: light group   bellagio   graphic design   


Old News Dept: The Allegro Signage and Logo

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Sep 2012
Between doing our Atlantic City Tripping and working on upgrading the technical underpinnings of this award winning website and a handful of other ones which bear somewhat similar names, I've been remiss in posting various...

Tagged: wynn   stratta   allegro   logos   design   


Up Close With The The Roger Thomas Jewelry Collection

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Jun 2012
Legendary designer Roger Thomas, the man responsible for nearly everything you love about Wynn & Encore and the man whose lasting vision can still be seen throughout Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island and Golden Nugget has...

Tagged: roger thomas   wynn   retail   design   


Caesars Octavius Tower Unveiled

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Dec 2011
Caesars Entertainment invited the local newspaper folks to come tour the soon-to-open Octavius Tower. The Octavius Tower, announced during the height of the '00s building boom, was scheduled to open in 2009. After...

Tagged: caesars palace   octavius tower   design   


Awesome: Dr. Dave Interviews Architect Paul Steelman

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Nov 2011
Here's a special treat. Fellow Vegas Gangster Dr. Dave has posted the first part of an amazing interview with legendary casino architect Paul Steelman. As some of you may know, Steelman is one...

Tagged: dr. dave   paul steelman   architecture   design   


Get WET This Christmas

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 19 Oct 2011
Got an extra million lying around after hedging your hedge fund bets or cashing in a few $25,000 chips? Needless Markup Neiman Marcus's annual Christmas extravaganza has a steal for you. That's right folks, for a...

Tagged: bellagio   christmas   wet design   


Peep This Super Sexy Veer Penthouse Pictorial

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Apr 2011
Ever wondered what a Veer Penthouse would look like if you had a shipping container full of $100 bills to blow hiring a designer to do it up? Wonder no more... Thanks to Contemporist, a...

Tagged: city center   veer   interior design   


The Motherlode of Casino Project Renderings

Posted by JohnH on 20 Apr 2011
A little over a year ago, we turned your attention to the masterful artistry of Jeffrey Schneider. Thanks to Mr. Schneider and his decision to post all of his Wynn Design and Development renderings onto...

Tagged: architecture   design   caesars   tropicana   galaxy cotai   


Cosmopolitan's Design: Go West

Posted by MikeE on 27 Dec 2010
Design has always been a hot topic of discussion, especially since the opening of Wynn Las Vegas in 2005 and the questionable choices they made - restaurants far from the casino and the world's biggest...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   wynn las vegas   encore   casino design   


Aria Introducing New Wayfinding Signage?

Posted by JohnH on 4 Nov 2010
I like Aria's signage. Its blend of natural wood and other materials is creative, intriguing, and one of the rare aspects of the resort that works within the context of whatever it was Jimbo...

Tagged: aria   casino design   signs   


ARIA Turns On The Lights

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Nov 2010
Of all the ARIA related problems we've been discussing for last year or so, the one I disagreed with the most was the belief that the casino was too dark. I've always thought that...

Tagged: aria   casino design   


Video: Rog Thom Talks Encore Chandeliers

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Oct 2010
Do you love the red chandeliers in Encore's casino as much as we do? Then you're really going to enjoy this little video explanation of them by Wynn Resorts interior design mastermind Roger Thomas. If...

Tagged: encore   roger thomas   casino design   


Architectural Digest Unveils Steve Wynn's Latest Digs

Posted by MikeE on 14 Oct 2010
Terrence Watanabe took residency at Wynn Las Vegas for a year. Yes, an entire year. He actually went on vacation from his vacation. His 'house guests' were Wynn's guests. He called Fairway Villa 101 home...

Tagged: steve wynn   roger thomas   todd-avery lenahan   interior design   villas   


Cosmopolitan Lights Up

Posted by Blackjacker1979 on 1 Sep 2010
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, you know, the better Gateway to CityCenter has finally donned it's evening attire in full for the world to see. Two weekends ago while concluding my trip at Bellagio I saw...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   casino design   construction   


Battle of the Casino Skyline Collages

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jun 2010
If there is one thing that makes me puke faster than reading 5000 word blow by blow trip reports that cover every last boring ass detail of a strangers boring ass trip, it is the...

Tagged: harrah's   mgm resorts international   graphic design   


Monte Carlo: Your Gateway To Failure

Posted by MikeE on 9 Jun 2010
VT reader Antman73 gave us the heads up on Monte Carlo's much-needed website redo over on the board. Now, I'm no web design expert, but I've got enough experience to know that a resort's home...

Tagged: monte carlo   aria   el cortez   website redesign   


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