Stars shine in GV Ranch gala

December 24, 2001 8:26 AM
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The Fertitta and Greenspun families hosted a star-studded gala attended by Chris O’Donnell, Christian Slater, Cindy Crawford and Craig Kilborn, to name a few, at the opening last week of Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa.

Located at Green Valley Parkway and Interstate 215, Green Valley Ranch Station is Las Vegas’ newest luxury destination. In fact, someone in the opening night crowd dubbed the Mediterranean-style resort a “Bellagio for locals.”

Among the first-rate amenities is the trendy Whiskey Sky Bar nightclub, which was christened by owner Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford. Public officials on hand to welcome the resort to the city included United States Senator John Ensign, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, and Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson.

Guests enjoyed a sizzling fireworks spectacular from Green Valley Ranch’s $20 million pool and backyard area, Whiskey Beach, which was conceptualized by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz. Just as the fireworks display came to an end, the casino officially opened at 9:30 p.m. when Station Casinos’ President Lorenzo Fertitta shared blackjack tips with casino guests Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Chris O’Donnell and Christian Slater.

As guests danced until dawn to a special appearance by Slash from Guns N’ Roses, they feasted on culinary delights cooked up by Green Valley Ranch restaurant tenants Border Grill from “Too Hot Tamales” cooking duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken; BullShrimp from Las Vegas celebrity chef Gustav Mauler; Il Fornaio; Trophy’s Sports Bar; and, The Original Pancake House.

Jointly owned by the Fertittas and Greenspun families, the $300 million, 201-room property is Station Casinos’ most expensive Las Vegas property to date, as well as the most expensive property that will be built in the city for the next three years.

Green Valley Ranch General Manager Mike Mecca calls “close to the action but a world apart, located just minutes from McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas strip.

The resort replicates the look and feel of an Argentinean “Estancia” and offers 201 oversized guest rooms including 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.

By the end of this month, guests will be able to relax at the Grand Dolphin Court Spa at Green Valley Ranch, a 10,000 square-foot European day spa with 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.

Green Valley Ranch features numerous additional activities for resort patrons including: a 10-screen, stadium-seat Regal Cinema; 4,200-square-foot arcade; two tennis courts; and 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. owns and operates Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel and Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino and Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel and the Fiesta Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sunset Station Hotel and Casino and the Reserve Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada. The company also owns a 50 percent interest in Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company.