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The Orleans continues its expansion

Oct 26, 2004 4:38 AM


The Orleans has come a long way since it opened in 1996. Last week, The Orleans christened a new 21-story tower that added 460 guest rooms to the Cajun-themed resort, bringing the total to 1,886 rooms and suites.

"The ongoing success of The Orleans brought us to our newest tower expansion," said Orleans General Manager Horst Dziura. "The additional rooms will provide another great opportunity for The Orleans to showcase the amazing value our customers have come to know."

The new tower faces Tropicana and extends from the corner of the current towers alongside the porte-cochere, forming a T shape.

"When we opened The Orleans in 1996, it was built with the future in mind," Dziura said. "The unique master plan enables us to expand in phases without taking away from the original concept."

Indeed, when the Cajun-themed hotel casino opened eight years ago it was perceived as a clone of its more popular cousin, the Gold Coast.

But since then, its popularity with local players has flourished and the property has expanded three times. In addition to the third hotel tower, the sprawling casino has expanded to about 135,000 square feet, and a 9,000-seat arena has been added that is the winter home of the Wranglers, a professional hockey team.

The Orleans Arena also stages concerts and other sporting events throughout the year. Like the other "locals oriented" casinos in town, The Orleans offers a variety of attractions geared toward the Las Vegas resident. Among them are an 18-screen movie theater and 70-lane bowling alley.

The Orleans is also home to an 827-seat headliner showroom, which often hosts rock stars from the 1960s and ”˜70s. When it’s time to refuel, The Orleans has six restaurants that serve a mix of American, Mexican, Italian and Japanese cuisine.