Station’s Green Valley Ranch is a ‘world apart’
Newest Station offers touch of European class

Nov 6, 2001 4:56 AM

Perched on a hill in the picturesque Green Valley Ranch, the new Green Valley Ranch Station Casino is emerging as a unique centerpiece to the Station Casinos stable of resorts.

Scheduled to open next month, Green Valley Ranch Station is elegant, yet not overwhelming with its villa-style, 201-room hotel spread over 40 landscaped acres.

“As a Stations property, we offer everything Las Vegans have come to expect ”” good value, a variety of gaming and exceptional service,” Mike Mecca, Green Valley Ranch vice president/general manager, told GamingToday on a walking tour of the property. “We will also offer things that many people don’t expect.”

Indeed, Green Valley Ranch is a one-of-a-kind resort in a unique setting. Located at the intersection of I-215 and Green Valley Parkway, the resort is at the center of a 170-acre, master planned Retail Village.

The Retail Village, which begins construction after the first of the year, will contain retail, office, commercial and entertainment venues ”” all of which will have direct access to Green Valley Ranch Station.

The resort itself ”” with pristine mountains as a backdrop ”” is built to conform to the picturesque knoll on which it is perched. The villa-like architecture is a blend of Mediterranean, Argentine and Santa Barbara Mission; throughout, there is a liberal use of fieldstone accents, dark woods and wrought iron fixtures.

“The architectural team has done a superb job of creating an upscale look that is both warm and inviting,” Mecca said.

Each of the 201 guest rooms includes a down comforter, high-speed internet access line, coffee service, mini bar, safe and exceptional views of the Valley and the Strip.

Several suites include a CD player, a fax/printer, DMX Surround Sound and jacuzzi tubs. For well-heeled guests, there are 46 suites including two presidential suites, as well as 24-hour concierge service.

The 80,000-square-foot casino meanders through the resort’s common areas and features vaulted ceilings with stunning metal sculpture and design elements.

At the center of the casino will be a Drop Bar, surrounded by clusters of 53 table games, and approximately 2,500 gaming machines. There will also be a 170-seat race and sports book, and high-stakes salon.

Like other Station properties, Green Valley Ranch will feature a variety of dining choices ”” seven at last count. They include Il Fornaio Italian restaurant; Fado, a traditional Irish pub; Gustav Mauler’s Bullshrimp; Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken’s Border Grill; an Original Pancake House; Trophy’s for fine dining; and The Feast Buffet.

There will also be six quick-serve outlets, including Fatburger, Panda Express and Dreyer’s Ice Cream.

“All of the restaurants were specifically chosen for this property, and have been set up to be approachable and accessible,” Mecca said. “Our guests can go directly to the dining of their choice from the parking area, or enter through the casino. Once inside, they can choose to eat in the full-menu dining areas, or at one of the less formal settings, such as the seafood bar at Bullshrimp.”

As previously noted, Green Valley Ranch Station is built on the crest of a hill, which afford guests panoramic views of the Vegas Valley and The Strip in the distance. It also allows for the creation of a unique component of the property ”” The Backyard.

Occupying about eight acres on the “downslope” side of the resort, The Backyard is a lush outdoor recreation area that includes a pool, 13 poolside cabanas, poolside bar and grill, parklike lawn areas, tennis courts, bocce ball court, outdoor amphitheater, and a three-acre vineyard planted with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Adjoining The Backyard will be a split level Dolphin Court Day Spa featuring state-of-the-art workout facility, massage and treatment rooms.

Rounding out the amenities are a 10-screen Regal Cinemas theater, 11,000-square-foot convention center, four bars including the Whiskey Sky bar/nightclub, a venture from Rande Gerber’s Midnight Oil.

Green Valley Ranch Station is a joint venture between Station Casinos and GCR Gaming, a Greenspun company.

“This is the perfect time for Green Valley Ranch to be built,” Mecca said. “Henderson is now the second largest city, yet we’re only seven miles from the Strip. In fact, that describes our little corner of the world: close to the action, but a world apart.”