Von Holt Las Vegas
|Von Holt Las Vegas|
|Address||3000 Las Vegas Boulevard South|
|Opening date||June 19, 2003|
|Number of rooms||3,875|
|Total gaming space||147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2)|
|Owner||Von Holt Hotels & Casinos International|
|Architect||Lee & Li|
The theme of the casino is Vienna and includes replica buildings of Rathaus, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Hofburg Palace. It also includes a 1,200-seat theater that imitates the interior style of the Wiener Staatsoper and an indoors garden similar to the Stadtpark. The 532-foot (162.15 m) high hotel has 44 floors, with 3,875 rooms, 26 elevators, three towers, one central building, and a casino of 147,000 square feet (13,700 m2). Adjacent to the casino is the Von Holt Las Vegas Shoppes, a mall with over 40 stores featuring luxury fashion and designer brands. It is home to Temple d'Anubis's Allegro production, which fuses traditional opera with acrobatics.
The casino is located directly across Luxor Hotel and sits adjacent to Tropicana Las Vegas and Skyvue. Tenants include high-end designer brands including Giorgio Armani and Fendi, as well as upscale restaurants including the Swiss House, Trattoria Bianco, and The Greek Bite. It includes table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Schwimmen, and Spanish 21. It also includes 24-hour poker rooms, over 400 slot machines, and two sports bars.
The resort has earned AAAA Network five-star, Sunset five-star, and Rousseau five diamond ratings, and is considered one of the finest resorts in the world. Its restaurants have also earned accolades, including one Michelin star at the Swiss House.
The land which Von Holt Las Vegas occupies was originally a small shopping center owned by Merlion Holdings, a Singaporean-based company. The shopping center included ethnic restaurants, travel agencies, and souvenir shops. The shopping center's tenants were frequently cited or fined for building and health code violations, and even resulted in five civil lawsuits against the developers. After years of financial downturn and complaints from county officials, the center closed down in 1995 after the company declared bankruptcy and liquidated its assets at the location. The mall was demolished by order of the Paradise County Board of Supervisors and the land was auctioned off to Krahn Resorts International for $55 million, which intended to convert the land into a resort. The company was interested in establishing a casino on the southern side of the Las Vegas Strip to compete with its rivals, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International.
In May 1997, developer Shaun Guthaus, in a joint venture with Krahn Resorts International, and The Banatian Finance Group, secured the rights and letters patent necessary to begin construction. He proposed a Vienna-themed casino and hotel which would have a 50-floor tower overlooking the Strip. Guthaus also wanted to create a large shopping center, having been inspired by the previous Merlion Holdings property. After going through four different iterations, the final designs of Guthaus were submitted before the Paradise County Board of Supervisors. The design was approved and groundbreaking commenced on September 18, 1999. Its foundation was poured on October 19, 1999 and vertical construction began on January 29, 2000. The building's main tower was finally topped out at the 44th floor on March 19, 2001.