Maloof opens Palms

Nov 13, 2001 8:16 AM

The Maloof family, which created the successful Fiesta Casino Hotel, will christen its new $265 million property, the Palms Casino Resort, on Thursday night.

The new casino-hotel, located on Flamingo Road across the street from the Gold Coast, will feature a number of high-octane entertainment venues and upscale dining rooms, all showcased in a contemporary, resort atmosphere.

“Based on our experience in the local market, we designed the Palms to offer a complete gaming experience by combining our past successful philosophies with the excitement and amenities that visitors expect from a Las Vegas Strip hotel,” said George Maloof, president of the Palms. “We will provide a complete resort for locals and tourists with the charm and attention of an independent, family-run hotel.”

With only 455 guest rooms, the Palms is modest from the standpoint of accommodations. Especially when most experts recommend a minimum of 2,000 rooms for new hotels.

But Maloof said the Palms is positioned as a “destination get-away” that will cater to locals as well as visitors staying in other resorts, on and off the Strip.

The Palms has a diverse mix of restaurants, bars, a spa and salon, movie theaters, a 1,500-seat multi-use entertainment venue, 9,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 95,000-square-foot casino.

The property will feature six restaurants, including the award-winning Garduno’s, which serves first-rate Mexican cuisine; Michael Morton and Scott DeGraff’s award-winning NINE, the Chicago steakhouse; Andre Rochat’s superb French restaurant, Alize; Little Buddha, the offshoot of the famous Buddha Bar in Paris; the Blue Agave Oyster and Chile Bar for freshly shucked oysters and seafood; and the Sunrise Café, a 24-hour coffee shop.

Diners can also opt for the Festival Market Buffet, which features six serving stations for all-you-can-eat international specialties.

Among the major attractions at the Palms is its roster of nightlife. High in the sky is the Ghost Bar, an ultra-hip bar/nightclub that features a minimalist décor with sleek elements and glass fixtures, plus a 12-foot mosaic ghost, floor to ceiling windows and 360-degree panorama of the city. The indoor/outdoor dining room will serve an upscale menu of light fare, entrees and comfort foods until the wee hours.

The city’s newest nightclub, Rain in the Desert, is perhaps the most unique. It is also destined to be one of the most popular. Actually, the 25,000-square-foot facility triples as a nightclub, concert venue and special event facility. It features multiple VIP areas, along with sky boxes, cabanas and water booths (where patent leather banquettes are actually filled with water).

Enhancing the ultra atmosphere are lavish special effects, intelligent lighting and electrifying use and play of water, fire and fog. Rain will host international headliner acts through SFX/Clear Channel Communications, the nation’s largest concert promoter.

The 95,000-square-foot casino will include 2,200 slot machines, 55 table games, keno lounge, poker room, high-stakes slot parlor, and modern race and sports book with its own entrance and parking.

Those who prefer a quieter form of entertainment will enjoy the Brenden Theaters 14-screen movieplex. Features include all-digital sound, 3,500 tiered stadium seats and wall-to-wall curved screens.

Outdoor recreation will be provided by Skin, the Palms’ sensual 75,000-square-foot poolside lounge, which features a lavender-shaded swimming pool surrounded by private cabanas with TVs, hammocks; water lounges with chaises, areas of sand and grass, two bars, outdoor blackjack and poolside massages.

A unique menu created by Kornick and Massey will be paired with exotic drinks under the sun or moon. At night Skin will be transformed into an outdoor nightclub with a concert stage, elevated dance floors over the pool, and breathtaking light and fog show.

In addition to all of its amenities, the Palms features a modern, comfortable design with international elements and decor. The property was designed by acclaimed Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA, and the Jerde Partnership International.

The resort’s palette of rustic, natural materials, honey-colored lighting, earth-toned colors, landscaped trellises, wood floors and patterned carpeting all weave together to bring to mind quiet beaches, sunny gardens and other components of natural beauty.

The Maloof family, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, consists of matriarch Collenn and five siblings, George, Gavin, Joe, Adrienne and Phil.

11 p.m., Thursday.
Macy Gray performs Friday night in Rain nightclub.
Opening Promotions
Poker players get a free baseball cap and T-shirt for select hours of play
35-Game Multi Bonus: play 35 games, win 10 percent more on $1 per game
Watch and wager at interactive player terminals
Free $1,000 Handicapping Contest every Wednesday and Friday.