What’s New in Las Vegas – Accommodations, Attractions, Entertainment
Las Vegas is known for its unique offerings of events, accommodations, dining, and nightlife, along with its ever changing landscape that provides the ultimate in discovery and fun. Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening most recently, adding more reason for another visit to check out “What’s New”.
Accommodations / Hospitality (The Strip)
- In one of the biggest Strip upgrades Las Vegas has seen in recent years, the Venetian Resort Las Vegas will be getting a $1 billion refresh touching all areas of the guest experience
- MGM Grand Hotel & Casino launched the room remodel September 2022 of its Studio Tower reflecting a retro desert feel with mid-century modern design and décor aesthetic. When completed this winter, the 700 new rooms will offer business and leisure travelers a refreshing respite just steps away from the energy and excitement of one of Las Vegas’ premier hotels.
- The first artfully designed boutique hotel by Chef Todd English, The ENGLiSH Hotel opened right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas’ vibrant Arts District in March 2022. Anchored by English’s newest Asian Ocean Fusion and Sushi Bar concept, The Pepper Club, The ENGLiSH Hotel features authentic art, late-night sushi, and a unique and chic vibe all its own.
- The legendary Horseshoe casino brand is returning to Las Vegas as Bally’s Las Vegas transforms into the brand known for gaming, poker and making it right for the gambler. Horseshoe Las Vegas’ transformation began in spring 2022 and when completed by the end of the year will include a renovated exterior, new entertainment and food and beverage options, and a reimagined casino floor and public areas. The design team will incorporate a handcrafted feeling with tooled leather, dramatic colors, and the brand’s signature gold horseshoe iconography.
- Wynn Las Vegas recently revealed details of a new room concept to transform its luxury accommodations, with the largest and most extensive design evolution ever to be made to the Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Tower Suites rooms. New furniture, fixtures, lighting, and artwork – all exclusive to Wynn Las Vegas – were either custom designed by Lenahan or commissioned from a diverse collective of global master artisans. Additional power and data ports and advanced touchless in-room technologies complete the project.
Accommodations / Hospitality (Off-the-Strip)
- The M Resort Spa Casino recently announced plans to nearly double the size of its hotel-casino by adding a 378-room hotel tower and other amenities. Opened in 2009, this will be the property’s first major renovation. The M Resort is also the official Raiders headquarters hotel, located close to their training facility.
- Just off the Strip, The Silverton Casino Hotel announced a reimagination of its accommodations in July 2022. The 300 remodeled rooms will have a “rustic-luxe” look, with guest rooms and suites featuring one of three distinct “design stories”—the collections include Cowboy Kitsch, Rustic Modern and Livin’ Lodge.
- Palms Casino Resort reopened in in April 2022 as the first resort in Las Vegas fully owned and operated by a Native American Tribe. The resort features two distinct towers with 766 hotel rooms and suites, a diverse mix of bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues and immersive lifestyle experiences across a 95,000-square-foot reimagined casino. The resort also includes over 190,000 square feet of meeting, convention and event space; the Pearl, a 2,500-seat theater; an expansive pool and spa area; wedding chapel; the Brenden Theatres 14-screen cinema and nearly 600 units at Palms Place condominiums.
- Construction continues on the $750 million Durango Casino & Resort in the southwest Las Vegas valley. Slated to open in late 2023, the 200-key resort will include an 83,000-square-foot casino, four restaurants, food hall, a pool and event lawn, 20,000 square feet of meetings space and 40 electric vehicle-charging stations.
- The ARCADE at Bally’s Las Vegas is now open, as the resort continues its transformation to Horseshoe Las Vegas. Spanning 7,000 square feet, the space offers more than 80 supersized games for a high-energy, multi-sensory experience for all ages. Games include classic favorites like Skee-Ball, air hockey and Rock the Rim, as well as immersive virtual reality games like “King Kong” and an interactive four-player game, “Mission Impossible.” The ARCADE will also soon feature an enhanced bar with a wide variety of bottled and draft beers, wine and cocktails.
- FlyOver in Las Vegas, the Strip’s premier flight ride attraction, is celebrated its first anniversary with the launch of its newest flight ride experience, Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies. Featuring incredible footage captured in remote areas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the film spotlights areas unreachable to most, providing a rare glimpse into the most isolated and untouched areas of the mountain range. Las Vegas visitors will explore Canada’s snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, picturesque valleys and dramatic vistas as they travel over Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks amongst other spectacular locales.
- Wynn Las Vegas will introduce its new resident production show, titled Awakening, on Monday, Nov. 7. Conceived and created by Bernie Yuman, Baz Halpin and Michael Curry, the show immerses audiences in a custom-designed 360-degree theater—now dubbed the Awakening Theater. The production brings its story to life through a combination of choreography, technology, an original musical score, a custom sound system and more. The show will also be narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins.
- From producer Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton and In the Heights), Freestyle Love Supreme hits the stage at The Summit Showroom at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas this fall. Debuting Thursday, Nov. 10, the production show will feature improv comedy, musical numbers and much more.
- Pop star Katy Perry announced new 2023 show dates to her Las Vegas residency “Katy Perry: PLAY,” at Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. The new shows run on select dates from Wednesday, Feb. 15 to Saturday, April 15.
- Fronted by Adam Levine, GRAMMY Award-winning band Maroon 5 has announced an upcoming residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM. Titled M5LV The Residency, the engagement kicks off on Friday, March 24 and runs on select dates through Saturday, Aug. 12.
- Scheduled to open in the second half of 2023, MSG Sphere at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas will soon host a wide variety of events, including residencies, sports, e-sports, original attractions and more. The state-of-the-art venue will be the world’s largest spherical structure when it opens and will feature innovative technology such as an immersive display plane, 4D technologies, immersive sound and more. The venue, which is connected to the Strip via The Venetian Expo, is a partnership between the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, The Madison Square Garden Company and TAO Group Hospitality.
- On September 30, magician, extreme illusionist, and stunt artist, David Blaine, premiered his first-ever residency, DAVID BLAINE: IN SPADES, exclusively at the Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas. Blaine continued to push the limits, mesmerizing audience members with never-before-seen magic, awe-inspiring illusions, and death-defying stunts in the newest theatre on the Las Vegas Strip.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.