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Never-Ending Vegas

Cindy Loose

So you maybe figured Vegas was big enough? Developers don't seem to think so. In fact, Sin City is on growth hormones. Just for starters, "CityCenter" is a new, $7 billion project being built by MGM Mirage that's a mini-city all by itself: six buildings over 67 acres, including a 4,000-room hotel, convention center, stores and condos.

Las Vegas has more new hotel rooms under construction (11,000) than any other city in the country, as well as more rooms on the drawing boards (35,000).

And more development is under way. In fact, the city has 11,000 rooms under construction, with another 35,000 in the planning stage. One example: The Venetian is building a tower with 3,200 suites. The hotel was already the sixth-bigest in the world, and with the addition, will become the world's biggest. Then there's the $4.4 billion Echelon Place about to get underway. The huge hotel, with more than 5,000 rooms, is going up on the site of the recently demolished Stardust hotel.

I'm still rather partial to inns with under 100 rooms. Anyone with me?

By Cindy Loose |  May 21, 2007; 9:58 AM ET  | Category:  Cindy Loose
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Small places are nice are you want romance, quiet, and maybe to soak up the local history.
Large properties are fun to explore, can keep you more than occupied, and are wonderful for people watching.
In Vegas, have spent many hours walking up one side of the Strip, from hotel to hotel, enjoying the free shows, food, huge malls, people, and the experience.

Posted by: me | May 21, 2007 1:53 PM

I have family in Las Vegas and used to visit at least once a year (less so since moving to this coast), and I can assure you that it's not just hotel rooms that are booming. Every year the residential areas look different as more and more stores, schools, and houses are crammed into every available space.

Pretty interesting for an area with no source of water...

Posted by: Julia | May 22, 2007 2:50 PM

I like visiting Vegas and do so at least once a year. The entertainment value of the mega resorts huge. They're fun to explore. The biggest problem I have with them is that they never seem to have enough restaurant capacity to serve their guests. Be sure to make your reservations early or you will spend many hungry hours waiting to eat. Paris Las Vegas is a particularly notable offender in this area.

Posted by: Nancy | May 23, 2007 10:11 AM

What is the draw to inns? Perhaps they are quaint, but in the end I definitely prefer the Strip casinos. The location is key. If you like that sort of "inn" feeling, I suspect you could find something similar staying on the north end of the strip.

(Will is a Las Vegas blogger and author of

Posted by: Will | June 14, 2007 9:27 PM

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