The towering hotels and resorts along the strip have been vacant for months. Now, as worries over the spread of COVID-19 ease, these locations have reopened to guests. Some amenities have yet to return, but these hotels are making sure visitors have plenty to keep them entertained, fed, and living in the lap of luxury.
The MGM Resorts family will not be reopening all of their locations at once. However, some of their most iconic locations will be the first to re-welcome guests. MGM has released a 7-Point Safety Plan, a coronavirus response handbook, designed to help guests understand how MGM is committed to public health and safety. Some of the protocols are familiar including mask requirements for staff (suggested for guests as well), hand washing stations, and temperature scans. However, some protocols such as key-less hotel room entry and a smartphone app for contact-free check-in are new.
The Bellagio is embracing guests in style. Not only will the famous fountains resume their dance, but The Conservatory is opening with a brand new spring exhibit called Japan Journey: Magic of Kansai. Restaurants such as Prime, Mayfair Supper Club, and Yellowtail are accepting reservations. The Petrossian Bar and the Baccarat Bar are also open for libations but the at-bar gaming experiences may be limited. Fashionistas can peruse 15 different high-end shops, though some are appointment only. Guests can relax and lounge by the pool; staff will be on hand to make sure proper social distancing is observed. For a more private experience, cabana rentals are available. Both table games and slots are open for gamblers to indulge. The Bellagio features table games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat. They have even installed acrylic dividers to keep players a safe distance apart. The Club Privé High Limit Lounge will remain closed until further notice.
New York-New York
Another MGM property, New York-New York, is accepting reservations. The Big Apple Roller Coaster has resumed thrilling riders from around the world and Hershey’s Chocolate World is ready to cure any sweet tooth. Eatery staples Tom’s Urban and Il Fornaio have returned, along with 12 other dining and fast-casual options. Center Bar and Pool Bar are the only bars open at this time. The pool is open for limited hours and cabanas are available to rent. The salon and spa are still closed until further notice. Tables and slots are up and running but limiting the number of participants per play. Texas Hold’em, three card poker, and mini-baccarat are all available. The casino is even offering gaming lessons in craps and blackjack. Themed slot machines include Sex and the City, The Wizard of Oz, and Monopoly.
Other MGM Properties
The MGM Grand and the Signature have reopened as of June 4. The Excalibur is expected to resume operations on June 11.
Caesars Hotels and Casinos
Caesars Entertainment has also adopted the staggered reopening approach. They have released updated safety protocols that will help keep both the public and their staff healthy. Even the famous statue of Caesar at the entrance has donned a golden mask. Besides masks, hand washing, and social distancing, they are implementing detailed disinfecting regimens for every facet of the hotel from guest rooms to dining rooms. Slot machines, gaming tables, and betting areas are also being thoroughly sanitized.
Famous strip staple, Caesars Palace, is offering “welcome back” deals for room reservations. Caesars Palace is renowned for its incredible on-premise dining options. Celebrity chef eateries such as Mesa Grill, Nobu, Hell’s Kitchen, and Restaurant Guy Savoy (by Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Savoy, respectively) are operating at limited capacity and on a reservation-only basis. Pronto, Giada de Laurentiis’s quick-service Italian joint, is expected to reopen later in the summer along with a handful of other dining favorites. All of the shops at the Forum Shops inside the resort are reopening. Guests can shop luxury favorites such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Some stores, including Coach, David Yerman, and Kate Spade are even offering curbside pick-up. The gambling pits are open. Caesars CEO, Tony Rodio, and Wayne Newton cheered on the first returning gambler as he ceremoniously rolled the dice at a craps table.
Flamingo Las Vegas
Vegas visitors looking to stretch their $1,200 stimulus check a little further can make reservations at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Their dining options are reopening, along with the highly anticipated Bugsy and Myer Steakhouse, a throwback to the vintage glamour of the Flamingo. Enjoy quick bites at the food court or go full escapism at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The pool is open but limiting the number of guests allowed in at a time. Many of the shopping options, including the RuPaul Kiosk will remain closed, but the Flamingo Wine and Spirits store is open 24-hours because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The Sands Corporation
The Sands Corporation’s dueling towers help make the Vegas skyline so recognizable. Both the Venetian and the Palazzo are welcoming guests and Sands has spared no expense on their coronavirus protocols. Besides the required deluge of sanitation and disinfecting procedures, they are also hiring 25 EMTs to work around the clock and providing guests with Venetian Clean Personal Care Kits. The kits include personal bottles of hand sanitizer, gloves, a mask, and disinfecting wipes. The Venetian’s pool deck has been redesigned since the lockdown and is now styled after the Italian Riviera. The new poolside restaurant, Spritz, is a welcome surprise for guests too. At the heart of the Palazzo casino, the reopened Electra Cocktail Club has craft cocktails designed by award-winning bartender Sam Ross. Wolfgang Puck’s CUT is also welcoming visitors for exceptional dining experiences.