GV Ranch opens

Dec 18, 2001 8:29 AM

Station Casinos, Inc. christens its newest casino resort, Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, on Tuesday night. Nestled on 40 spacious acres and located just minutes from McCarran International Airport, Green Valley Ranch overlooks the Las Vegas Strip allowing visitors to stay close to the action while experiencing a destination that is a world apart.

The $300-million dollar property ”” Stations’ most expensive and upscale Las Vegas property to date ”” replicates the look and feel of an Argentinean “Estancia” and features 201 spacious guest rooms, 45 suites, and a 2,000 square foot Presidential Suite.

Each room is richly appointed with goose down comforters, plush terry robes, oversized bathtubs, high-speed Internet access lines, a safe and mini bar. Guests can also take advantage of Green Valley Ranch’s 24-hour concierge service and partnerships with area golf resorts.

Room rates start at $159.

“Green Valley Ranch is Station Casinos’ most luxurious destination yet,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, president of Station Casinos, Inc. “The property raises the standard for resort travel in Las Vegas.”

A Las Vegas first at the resort located at Green Valley Parkway and Interstate 215 is the Whiskey Sky bar and nightclub, one of several successful night spots from Rande Gerber’s Midnight Oil Company. Designed by architect-to-the-stars Michael Czysz of Architropolis, Whiskey Sky will undoubtedly become the city’s preeminent nightspot offering a hip, sophisticated gathering place for guests seeking both intimacy and action.

“Whiskey Sky will offer an exclusive social atmosphere and provide a haven from the mainstream culture of the Las Vegas Strip,” Rande Gerber said.

Like most of the Station resorts, the 50,000-square-foot casino will offer an abundance of video poker and keno machines among its 2,500 slot machines, plus 53 table games, and a 170-seat race/sports book.

Recreation will be a cornerstone of the new resort. Anchoring Green Valley Ranch and overlooking the Las Vegas Strip is Whiskey Beach, a $20 million, 8-acre undertaking. Boasting a working vineyard, open lawns, an infinity-edge pool framed by private cabanas, a poolside bar, and opium beds, Whiskey Beach at Green Valley Ranch offers hotel guests and visitors a relaxing and picturesque environment.

For more interactive recreation, there’s the Grand Dolphin Court Spa at Green Valley Ranch. The 10,000 square-foot European day spa offers a complete menu of services. The spa is located poolside so guests can enjoy treatments in close proximity to relaxing Whiskey Beach. Additionally, the spa at Green Valley Ranch features a state-of-the-art workout facility and massage rooms whose glass ceilings offer an underwater view of the overhead reflection pool.

When it’s time to refuel, visitors to Green Valley Ranch can feast at the resort’s delicious assortment of restaurants and eateries, including Border Grill by the renowned cooking duo Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken; Gustav Mauler’s BullShrimp; Il Fornaio; Trophy’s Sports Bar; and, The Original Pancake House.

Opening early next year is Fado, a traditional Irish pub featuring a 300-year-old facade and bar imported from Ireland.

Guests can also visit Green Valley Ranch’s three bars, including The Drop Bar, which is located in the center of the casino and provides a 360-degree view of all the gaming action.

A wide array of quick-service restaurants are also available including: FatBurger; Dreyer’s Ice Cream; Panda Express; Stage Deli; Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Luna; and, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Rounding out Green Valley Ranch’s entertainment and recreational facilities are a 10-screen, stadium-seat Regal Cinema theater complex; a 4,200-square-foot arcade; two tennis courts; and a Bocce Ball court.

Green Valley Ranch Station Casino is a 50/50 joint venture between Station Casinos, Inc. and GCR Gaming, a company owned by the Greenspun family. Station Casinos, Inc. also owns and operates Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino and Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel and the Fiesta Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino and the Reserve Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada. The company also owns a 50-percent interest in Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company.