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Unfinished Las Vegas hotel to become The Drew

The Fontainebleau is receiving new life and a new name.

The property's new owner announced work will soon resume on what is now known as The Drew Las Vegas.

It's the latest project to announce some progress after a quiet decade on the north end of the Strip. For nearly a decade, the Fontainebleau has been frozen in time. Now, the project is being resurrected under a new timetable.

The Fontainebleau will soon fly the Marriott flag.

Work will soon resume on the second tallest building in the state, second only to the Stratosphere.

"I'm excited to come out when it's done and see what everything is," said Todd Kinley, visiting from Ohio.

It will be around two more years before the project is done. Nine years ago, construction stalled and the project shuttered.

Kinley says it's about time for that to change... Read More

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Floors to be renumbered at Mandalay Bay

MGM Resorts International officials confirm several floors at Mandalay Bay Hotel are being renumbered including the 32nd floor which is associated with the mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2017.

Stephen Paddock shot from the windows of a hotel suite on the 32nd floor at people gathered at the Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

In mid-February, the floor numbers in the high-rise tower will change from 31 to 62 to 56 to 62. Floors 31, 32, 33 and 34 will become floors 56, 57, 58 and 59 to better align with the already numbered floors. There will be no changes to the Four Seasons floor numbers... Read More

Las Vegas hotels raise resort fees; guests could pay more in fees than cost of room some nights

Resort fees at hotels on the Las Vegas Strip have increased. According to the L.A. Times, on certain nights, visitors could pay more in fees than the cost of a night's stay.

"They make enough money as it is, said Ashley Jones, a visitor from Toledo, Ohio. "I mean come on."

Caesars Entertainment raised nightly resort fees at eight of its nine properties.

Here's how much you can expect to pay:

Bally's, Flamingo, Harrah's and The Linq: $35 (up from $30)
Cromwell, Paris and Planet Hollywood: $37 (up from $35)
Caesars Palace: $39 (up from $35)
No change at Rio, which charges $30

Fees at other hotel-casinos have also gone up. Go here to see what you can expect to pay.

Visitors, especially some spending multiple nights in hotels in Las Vegas, are chiming in. ... Read More

Road improvements will reduce I-15 congestion near Russell Road and Decatur Blvd.

As construction moves forward on the new Raiders stadium, the Nevada Department of Transportation is looking ahead at ways to make getting around that area a little easier. One of the projects highlighted was a revamped interchange where the I-15 meets Tropicana.

The plan is to turn it into a diverging diamond interchange which would make getting off the freeway much smoother. Crews would also add HOV ramps on Harmon and Hacidena to move some of the traffic away from Tropicana Avenue.

"Where we looked at the interchange and said we need to make some changes, is from I-15 from the collector roads that merge into I-15 going northbound on Tropicana. It's kind of a pinch point there, so we realize that we need to fix that kind of stuff," said Jeff Lerud, project manager at the Department of Transportation.

NDOT is looking at a start date by 2020, but that's the same year the Raiders are expected to begin playing in the new stadium... Read More

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Proposal to build 2 hotels near Town Square

Town Square could soon become more than just a shopping mall. The owners of the property want to build two boutique hotels.

The outdoor mall is located near Sunset Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The project is still in the early stages of planning. While it appears that Town Square has the space to build two small hotels, one major hurdle must be cleared before moving forward with the proposal.

The owners of Town Square, TH Real Estate and Fairbourne Partners, want to build two boutique hotels on the northwest end of the property.

"I think it's a creative concept," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

The proposal was first presented to Sisolak about two months ago. The idea is to keep the hotels small. Combined, both hotels would have about 200 rooms.

"They seem pretty committed," Sisolak said. "I don't know that they're 100-percent because like I say it's all contingent on the FAA saying it's appropriate use for that area."... Read More

Steve Wynn announces plans to build a new hotel

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn is planning to build a new hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

He wants to build the 2,000 room hotel on property his company bought across the Las Vegas Strip from his Wynn and Encore resorts. It's the former site of the Frontier Hotel.

Wynn told investors on Monday that Wynn West would be built for $336 million and he expects to have drawings of the development in the coming months.

The property would include the existing casino-hotels and a planned lake and hotel development that Wynn calls Paradise Park... Read More

Sources: Virgin Hotels could possibly buy Hard Rock in Las Vegas

8 News Now sources say the owner of Virgin Hotels is looking to buy the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines, Virgin Records, and so many other ventures owns Virgin Hotels.

The Hard Rock is currently owned by Brookfield Asset Management which is in discussions with an investment group regarding a potential sale of the Hard Rock.

Sources say the investment group is considering partnering with Virgin Hotels to operate the resort. The transaction is only in negotiation at this point, meaning the sale hasn't closed, and any potential transition from a Hard Rock to a Virgin most likely would not occur until 2019 at the earliest.

Sir Richard Branson launched Virgin Hotels in 2010. The first location was opened in Chicago in January 2016... Read More