Hilton gets a makeover

Aug 8, 2006 6:36 AM

The Las Vegas Hilton, known internationally as a traditional property, has retained its classic look while simultaneously transforming itself into a contemporary resort, spending more than $40 million dollars in construction and renovation projects, booking a strong entertainment schedule led by Barry Manilow, creating a new hip lounge, a coffee and wine experience, and expanding its legendary SuperBook race and sports book.

"The Las Vegas Hilton has, in two, years, moved from a stagnant operating mode to a dynamic one, creating the momentum to prosper in the new Las Vegas," said Rudy Prieto, CEO and general manager.

The entertainment policy of the Las Vegas Hilton features a combination of strong headliners (including long-term superstar Barry Manilow) and popular productions (Menopause The Musical).

The classic porte-cochere was remodeled, and the new lobby features striking 24" x 24" stone floorings, imported from Italy and Spain that sparkle, mixing light colored beige marble and black granite accents; four circular inlaid medallions add a dramatic touch.

The Hilton’s main casino was enhanced and modernized. The traditional ceiling over the main pit remains with existing crystals and mirror panels, but the casino features a modern look with new décor and art accents.

Tempo, a new, hip casino bar with 100 lounge seats (and 33 bar seats with video poker machines) features a private lounge area in the rear portion for high-end players.

Fortuna, a coffee and wine experience, features world-class Illy coffee, international bottled waters, boutique wines (guests can select from a wine menu by the glass or purchase a full bottle) and an array of breakfast pastries, fruit tarts, fruits, yogurt, and cakes. One of Fortuna’s most popular features is wireless Internet access.

The SuperBook, the largest race and sports book in Nevada, boasts new giant screens and a VIP area and a new poker room next door.

Prieto noted that the 3,000 rooms and suites of the Las Vegas Hilton are undergoing a transformation as well, starting with 923 that will feature luxurious beds, high-tech monitors and internet access, flat-screen monitors and high-end amenities.