The first Las Vegas hotel venture by the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain took shape gradually from 2003 onwards, following purchase of the ailing Aladdin Casino
which had occupied the site since 1966 (though the original Aladdin was destroyed in 1998, replaced by a brand new building two years later). After extensive renovations, enlargements and improvements, the casino was re-opened as Planet Hollywood in April 2007. The theme is a combination of film stars, Los Angeles and celebrity, and the place has a lively, hip, modern atmosphere. Not content with the large existing accommodation tower, work is well under way on two further towers each of 50 storeys, containing luxurious suites and villas aimed more at the timeshare market.
Inside, the rooms and suites are decorated in bold, dark colors, and all supposedly contain one or more pieces of genuine Hollywood memorabilia. West-facing rooms have great views over the Strip and of the fountains at Bellagio
, directly opposite. The range of restaurants includes fine dining at the Japanese/Californian-style Koi
, and steaks at Strip House
, with four other outlets available for more casual dining. There are five main bars & nightclubs, and one regular production (the topless burlesque PEEPSHOW
), though entertainment mostly centers on one-off performances by big-name artists. For shopping, Planet Hollywood offers the Miracle Mile Shops
- a total of 170 stores in a large promenade at the front of the casino. Two rooftop pools overlook the Strip, a full range of spa, fitness & beauty services are provided, and golf is available at several local courses. Meeting facilities comprise 75,000 sq ft of event space and a full service business center.