Early peek at Planet Hollywood

Sep 13, 2005 7:13 AM

Plans for the much-anticipated metamorphosis of the Aladdin to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino saw the light of day for the first time last week.

Hotel officials released a first look at the designs for the renovations of the Arabian Knight-themed hotel.

The new interior drawings were created by Terry Dougall of Dougall Design and include renderings of the sleek new lobby, a complete transformation of the casino floor, the VIP check-in area, the race and sports lounge, and a model of the retail shops.

The remodeling will begin next month and it will be carried out in phases so that the property may remain open throughout the entire process.

The transformation of the Aladdin into the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The new design, coupled with the expanded casino, soon to be announced new restaurant, nightclub, entertainment offerings, new retail outlets and the redesign of the property facade and pedestrian plaza, will dramatically enhance guest access and provide a dynamic and electrifying look for the entire complex.

"We are thrilled to be able to reveal to Las Vegas our plans for the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino," said Robert Earl, co-chairman. "As the designs clearly demonstrate, we have unveiled something spectacular, something unexpected. We are looking forward to starting the renovations and we will be making announcements in the coming weeks about fantastic new restaurants and clubs as we bring Hollywood to Vegas."

The design team for the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino includes Dougall Design, Klai Juba Architects, and M.J. Dean Construction Inc., all established firms with proven track records for casino mega-resort projects.

"I am confident that the team we have assembled for this unprecedented property remodel are the best in the business," said Michael Mecca, president of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "I have had the pleasure of working with Dougall Design, Klai Juba and M.J. Dean on other projects and I know that they are a winning combination for the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino."

As part of a previously announced partnership with Clear Channel, the 7,000-seat Theatre for the Performing Arts will undergo an extensive face lift to modernize the venue, and work has already begun on a new 1,500 seat state-of-the-art showroom.

Additionally, the property will boast new restaurants and nightclubs, renovated hotel suites and rooms, an expanded casino floor and a new Planet Hollywood Westgate tower that will feature 1,000 multi-room timeshare, condominium and hotel units. Working with Boulevard Invest, the property will create enhanced access points within the Desert Passage Shops, a vastly improved entrance on Harmon Avenue and a comprehensive redesign of the property facade and pedestrian plaza fronting onto Las Vegas Boulevard.