Las Vegas, Nevada

Echelon Place Hotel Vegas

Construction suspended August 1, 2008

The Stardust, one of the storied casino hotels of Las Vegas, was demolished in March of 2007 to make way for Echelon Place, an incredibly ambitious project that is part of Las Vegas’ current building expansion boom. When completed, Echelon Place will have 5,300 rooms, more than the current offering of any Las Vegas complex. The budget for the project is $4.4 billion, more than has been spent to date on any Las Vegas construction development. The developer is Boyd Gaming Corporation. Echelon Place is scheduled to open in 2010.

The project will be built on 87 acres reclaimed from the Stardust and a smaller hotel called Westward Ho. The casino alone will measure 140,000 square feet, about twice as large as the average Las Vegas casino today. There will be a total of four hotels in the complex, a couple dozen bars and restaurants and the Las Vegas ExpoCenter. This facility will provide over a million square feet of space for conventions, meetings, shows, exhibitions and other events. The Echelon Resort is the name chosen for the large hotel in the complex to be operated by developer Boyd. The other three hotels are slated to be a Shangri-La (Hong Kong based), a Delano (Miami) and a Mondrian (of LA fame).

The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City is described as a preview or prologue for its yet-unbuilt sister resort, Echelon Place. One tower will have 2,600 deluxe rooms and the other will house 700 suites.

The 140,000 square foot casino will be one of the largest on the Las Vegas Strip, if not the largest, sure to offer all the table games, poker options and sports and race book services of the top rank facility that it aspires to be.

Twenty-five restaurants are planned.

The Echelon will have a 4,000 person venue for concerts and shows as well as what is described as an “intimate” 1,500 person venue for touring entertainers and acts.

Four spas are planned – two for each tower, as well as complete fitness facilities and beauty salon services for both women and men. The complex will offer an Aqua Bathhouse for massages and other treatments, and a Chi Spa in the Shangri-la hotel.

The Las Vegas ExpoCenter will have a lot of room for conventions and shows. About 650,000 square feet is planned for exhibition halls and what the trade calls “pre-function” space (elbow room). Over 200 meeting rooms are in the drawings, clearly projected for the latest in technology and elegance.

Plans call for large and luxurious pools with all the furnishings and ambiance of a top-line Las Vegas hotel, with bars, cabanas, and venues for shows, parties and other events. Additionally, guests in the suites tower will have a separate pool for their exclusive use.

According to consumer research over 70% of Las Vegas visitors rank shopping of equal or greater importance than nightlife in choosing a hotel. The plan for the Echelon complex includes 350,00 square feet of high end stores, shops and boutiques. Dining, shows and nightclubs will be integrated into Echelon’s “retail promenade.

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