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Presto, Palazzo!

Jan 15, 2008 5:42 AM

This week The Palazzo Las Vegas, the newest hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly three years, celebrates its grand opening Thursday through Saturday with a variety of special events and a star-studded concert anchored by Motown superstar Diana Ross.

Developed by Las Vegas Sands Corp., the $1.9 billion Palazzo is adjacent to and the sister property of The Venetian.

According to Palazzo President Rob Goldstein, the new hotel will continue The Venetian’s tradition of offering luxurious, all-suite accommodations, accented by modern European ambience and designs reminiscent of affluent Italian living.

"In The Palazzo Las Vegas, our vision was to develop a property of elevated luxury in Las Vegas," said Goldstein. "We’re balancing sophisticated design and décor and luxurious experiences with some of the simple comforts of home to cater to the preferences of the most discerning traveler."

The Palazzo’s amenities will also feature restaurants from top celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Charlie Trotter; and extraordinary entertainment with the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys and 40/40 Club, a Las Vegas version of New York’s dynamic sports bar and lounge.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo will feature upscale retail outlets anchored by Las Vegas’ first-ever Barneys New York; and, the largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub to date.

The grand opening festivities kick off on Thursday with a christening by Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson at the front entrance of The Palazzo.

On Friday there will be a press conference and "shop around" at The Shoppes at The Palazzo, and a Culinary Exploration featuring designer chefs discussing their new projects.

The Saturday concert will be hosted by Wayne Brady and will featuring performances by Diana Ross, Seal, Andy Garcia & The Cineson All-Stars, plus an appearance by some of the cast of the Jersey Boys.

Unlike many grand opening events, the concert is open to the public with grandstand seating starting at $129.

Here’s a thumbnail look at some of The Palazzo’s amenities.

All-Suite Accommodations

Every one of the 3,000-plus rooms in The Palazzo Las Vegas is a suite, each of which is fashioned with comfort and convenience in mind.

A sunken living room decorated with a distinctly modern European design, marble-appointed baths with oversized bath sheets, luxurious Egyptian linens from Anichini and remote-control Roman shades and curtains with first-of- its-kind ”˜touch control’ technology are a few of the in-suite amenities.

Fine Dining

The Palazzo will be home to more than a dozen restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs.

The new restaurants include CarneVino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse, Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter, as well as Dos Caminos, Grand Lux Café, Jade, Mainland, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Prime Blue Grill, SUSHISAMBA, Wildwood BBQ, and Woo from Peter Woo, the former master chef of Nobu and owner of the Mayflower Cuisiner, a landmark Las Vegas restaurant that closed its doors last weekend.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo

Anchored by a flagship, 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York, The Shoppes at The Palazzo will feature more than 60 luxury boutiques.

In addition to Barneys New York, 20 unique stores and luxury brands are making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo. They include Chloe, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, and Michael Kors.

These new additions to the Las Vegas Strip will be joined by the likes of Ralph Lauren, Jimmy 2.Choo, Piaget, Burberry, Ferragamo, Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Montblanc to present one of the most upscale retail destinations under one roof in the United States.

Jersey Boys and More

In the spring, Broadway smash-hit Jersey Boys will take residence at The Palazzo in a new 1,800-seat custom built theater. Jersey Boys will be joined by the 40/40 Club, the sports bar and lounge founded by music impresario Jay-Z, a unique Lamborghini showroom, gift store and cafe, as well as additional entertainment offerings which will be announced shortly and should be ready to for guests in early 2008.