Resorts World: It’s a Big & Fun Visit

Resorts Worlds a $4.3 billion project that opened June 24th.
Photo by Diane Taylor

The first new casino/hotel(s) on the strip in 10 years opened June 24th. I have no design background, but from the beginning I thought the Resorts World tower seen from Las Vegas Boulevard looked somewhat cheap. (It’s across from the beautifully designed Wynn and Encore.) The tower lettering was small and not distinctive and the huge screen (one of the world’s largest) advertised products as much as what was happening inside.

My first impressions aside, a friend and I visited the main entertainment area of Resorts World last Tuesday. Driving North on Las Vegas Boulevard, we had to go down three stoplights from that big tower to reach the self-parking area. Yes, the Genting Group’s Resorts World occupies 88 acres and lots of real estate is involved.

I must admit that the inside of Resorts World was much more pleasant than the outside with a few exceptions. We parked on the second self-parking level so needed an elevator to get to the ground floor. The elevator doors are mirrors so one really has little idea what is an actual elevator door. Somehow we figured it all out, and once in the main casino/dining/entertainment area, we felt better. Note: Though parking was free, we did see a couple of non-operating machines to take parking tickets and money…so parking may not be free over the long haul.

Resorts World has three separate hotels associated with it. All are Hilton Hotels with separate entrances. The three hotels are Las Vegas Hilton at Resorts World, Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World, and Crockfords Las Vegas. In total, some 3500 luxury guest rooms and suites are provided. A theme we saw on signs throughout the complex was “stay fabulous,” a theme I love.

Among the many places for photo opportunities at Resorts World is this area….just sit in the hand and smile.
Photo by Diane Taylor

One of the features of Resorts World is “cashless wagering,” and at first I thought I would like to try that until I understood that one must actually add a bank account to the information on hand. Money comes from the bank account directly to you (and the casino). No thanks. Otherwise “regular” wagering with cash can be had. Signing up for a gambling card wasn’t easy, by the way, but I finally mastered it. The casino is huge, some 117,000 square feet. I lost when I tried one of the new machines.

My friend and I walked and walked, taking photos along the way. Sadly, we forgot to look for the pool area which we are told is a “5.5 acre pool complex.” A day club and night club are also on the scene as is a 27,000-square-foot world class spa and a 5000-seat capacity state-of-the-art theater. (The pool complex has not been built yet. It is being used as a staging area for heavy equipment at the present time.)

Nonetheless, some very interesting new things can be seen even during a casual visit. One of our more interesting stops was to a second-floor store with bunches of pretty flowers on every counter. Turns out the store, Pepper, is for …. let’s say, the sensual side of life. We even visited a very tastefully decorated back room with beautifully displayed adult “toys”. The shelves had labels such as “anticipation,” “delight,” “indulge, “tease,” “excite,” spark,” “connect” and “afterglow”. I did not make a purchase, but my imagination took several fine journeys.

And yes, other stores such as “Sneaker Garden”, “Elephant’s Closet,” “Miss Behave”, “Judith Lieber” and “RW Store” are open for business. Beautiful Rolls-Royces on display were from the Michael Fux collection.

The largest crowds we saw were in the “Famous Foods Street Eats” area where a variety of fast foods, many of them Chinese inspired, are available for purchase. We looked at the crowds and decided to walk on. We finally each had a $15 Aloha Dog at something called “The Mouse House” within the “Dawg House Saloon” property. The hot dog and trimmings were huge, delicious and worth the money.

By the way, if you call Resorts World and ask to speak to an operator, you are given to “a guest experience expert”.

Below are some of the photos taken during our visit.

After the third stoplight, we found the entry to self parking.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Self parking at Resorts World was free…at least for now.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Rolls-Royces on display at Resorts World.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The hallways are wide; the floor appears to be marble and the crowds are just beginning to arrive.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The gamblers had not yet found the casino last Tuesday at Resort World, but the tables and machines were ready.
Photo by Diane Taylor
For gamblers who like Buffalo machines, Resorts World has plenty them.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A fascinating “ball” can’t help but attract attention. It is part mirror, part video…and keeps changing colors and designs. Neat.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Behind all this decor is the Crystal Bar in the middle of the casino area.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Feel like a chicken sometimes? Here’s a chance to dine in an egg-shell at Sun’s Out, Buns Out.
Photo by Diane Taylor
These modern palm trees are seen throughout Resorts World.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Diners are seen in The Kitchen restaurant.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Bold artwork decorates the Viva restaurant.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
Interesting lighting decorates Crockford’s Casino and lounge.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This red bird sculpture is large, but is totally see-through…
Photo by Diane Taylor
Look hard and you may find drinking fountains.
Photo by Diane Taylor
On the way to the second floor.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The view from the second floor.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
One of the fashions displayed at Pepper. Hmmmm…
Photo by Diane Taylorr
A second floor sign perfect for selfies from locals.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Famous Foods Street Eats already had crowds on a Tuesday.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Comments

6 responses on “Resorts World: It’s a Big & Fun Visit

  1. As always, thank you for the grand tour! Great narrative and beautiful photos. Reminded me of the V&J days when you were editor. Those were wonderful memorable times. Thank you for the memories.

  2. Bigger is not always better – I like the old motels where you opened your door and there was the pool. But that story just aged me! Thanks for the photos.

  3. Good photos but missed you doing a video
    Too big for me so probably won’t check it out

  4. TY for the tour! I suppose I’ll go there when I visit again just to see the enormity of it! Hopefully the pool area will be done and perhaps there will be a restaurant overlooking the “outdoors.” Until then, it is so good that you can go to and describe the shows, conventions and casinos of Las Vegas!

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