What’s new in Las Vegas?

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Larry Olmsted

Vegas never slows down, and as usual, there are plenty of new happenings. On the hotel front, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas just finished a $30 million top to bottom room makeover and also added a lobby wine bar. The MGM Grand wrapped up the biggest renovation in Vegas history, $160 million that included remaking 4,200 rooms and adding a five-story nightclub and restaurant spin off of London’s famous Hakkasan Cantonese eatery, the resort’s new showpiece. Nobu Hotel, a luxury boutique 181-room hotel within Caesars Palace, opened in February 2013 and has the world’s largest Nobu restaurant. Mandalay Bay launched Michael Jackson One, the eagerly anticipated Cirque du Soleil show, in May 2013. Bellagio added a major new cocktail lounge cum nightclub, Hyde, designed by Philippe Starck, done up as a centuries old Tuscan villa spanning 12,000 square feet and overlooking the hotel’s famous fountain show. The five-acre, $470 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the new $55 million Discovery Children’s Museum next door both opened in March 2013.

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