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The Palazzo



The Palazzo (pəˈlɑːtsoʊ) is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. The Palazzo is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The property's design is marketed as being reflective of a modern European ambiance and luxury living.

In its first year of eligibility, The Palazzo was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2010.

History



Construction



As of February 27, 2006, the project had been under construction for over a year. Most of that time was spent digging the 4-story-deep hole to put in the underground parking structure. Then the building itself began gradually rising upwards. The steel fabrication and erection was supplied by Schuff Steel Company. By November 2006, the hotel tower had reached the 35th floor. Construction of the ground floors, including the parking garage and shopping center, were well under way.

As of March 2007, the hotel tower's elevator core was complete, and the rooms area was rising to the top. The facade and windows were being installed on the lower floors. As of August 2007, the lettering on the side of the tower was finished and is topped out.

As of December 20, 2007 the Palazzo was scheduled to open at least 1,000 rooms by December 28 in preparation for the Las Vegas New Years celebration, ''America's Party''. The casino and other areas of the Palazzo opened at 7pm on Sunday, December 30, after a delay of several days due to the Clark County permitting process.

Upon its completion, The Palazzo (its total floor area covering displaced the Pentagon as the largest building in the United States in terms of floor space, by a margin of about .

The structural engineering was done by Walter P Moore Engineers and Consultants.
Parts of the resort were opened to the general public on December 30, 2007. The official grand opening took place on January 17, 2008.

Currently under construction, the 270-unit condominium tower addition The St. Regis Residences at The Palazzo will be the first residential offerings at The Venetian complex. The high-rise tower is being built on top of the building that houses the Barneys New York apparel store. On September 4, 2008, Las Vegas Sands announced that it had come to an agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to operate the condo tower as a signature branch of The St. Regis Residences with all hallmarks of the St. Regis brand offered to residents.

Design



The $1.8 billion resort features a Lobby where guests from the street arrive beneath a 60-foot (18 m) glass dome with a two-story fountain. Those approaching from The Venetian make the transition through a towering octagonal structure and garden, itself topped by a glass-and-iron dome. Visitors to The Palazzo using the underground parking structure can take elevators or escalators from the underground garage and arrive in the center of the property's casino.

The Palazzo Casino, like some other casinos on the strip, operates under the license of a related casino—in this case The Venetian's license. The resort's high hotel tower features 3,068 all-suite rooms and 375 concierge-level suites.

The Palazzo is LEED Silver Certified—the largest LEED certified building in the nation.

The Palazzo is reported to be the sixth largest building in the world in terms of available floor space and is also currently the second-largest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Attractions




Lamborghini Las Vegas


Lamborghini Las Vegas is the second authorized dealer in the Las Vegas area, featuring displays of exotic automobiles from automakers including Lamborghini, Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, and Koenigsegg. The 20,000-square-foot showroom was decorated with Italian-imported marble and tile flooring, rich leather wall coverings, and vibrant artwork.

Non-buying guests of the resort are granted admission to the showroom for $10, while children ages five and under receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission to the showroom includes a Lamborghini Las Vegas lanyard, souvenir access pass, and a discount at the world's first complete Lamborghini accessories boutique on purchases over $100.

The Shoppes at The Palazzo


Features upscale boutique stores from the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Piaget, Diane von Furstenberg, Chloè, Bvlgari, Michael Kors, Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Catherine Malandrino, Anya Hindmarch, Charriol, and others. It also features an 85,000 square foot Barneys New York.

Lavo


Owned and managed by Jason Strauss & Noah Tepperberg, and overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, Lavo is a new hot spot frequented by celebrities. Lavo's menu features contemporary Italian dishes with American flare. Lavo contains over 20,000 square feet of space and turns into a lounge at night.

Media Exposure



Film


*An under construction Palazzo was the setting for an early scene of ''Ocean's Thirteen''.

Television


*The game show ''Wheel Of Fortune'' taped four weeks of shows at the Palazzo in July 2009. Two weeks of shows aired in September 2009 and the other two weeks of shows will air in February 2010.
*The construction of Palazzo was featured on The Discovery Channel's ''Extreme Engineering''.
*Was the shooting location featured in episode 18 of the fifth season of MTV's The Hills as well as a setting for the dramatic season three finale.

Print


* The hotel is the main location in the final novel in the Vegas book series, ''Palazzo'', where American currency is attempted to be transferred to Milan, Italy for a deal of drugs


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