VEGAS - Adding 928 rooms and suites to the Bellagio
entails more than just building a 33-story tower. With
recognized by AAA as a five-diamond property -- the organization's
highest rating -- the hotel-casino's executives say they
needed to carry that same level of expectation into the
resort's newest addition, which opens to customers this
$375 million Spa Tower expansion also includes a new upscale
restaurant, four specialty retail shops, 70,000 additional
square feet of meeting space, and a large renovation to
the property's spa and salon component. Also, MGM Mirage,
Bellagio's parent company, spent an additional $110 million
to refurbish the property's existing rooms and suites
so they would match offerings in the new tower.
needed to create an environment for our guests where if
someone were to ask to be placed in one of the new hotel
rooms, it wouldn't matter where in the hotel they were
located," Randy Morton, Bellagio's
vice president of hotel operations, said Wednesday during
a tour of the expansion. "The idea is that all of
our hotel rooms, regardless of which tower you might be
staying, are newly decorated and have all the amenities
one expects from this property."
expansion, the property's first since its 1999 opening,
did not add any casino space. Morton said the current
gaming configuration of 125,000 square feet was sufficient
to meet the Bellagio's needs.
executives and employees spent the past few nights in
Spa Tower rooms, serving as quality control before guests
Spa Tower, southwest of the resort's conservatory gardens,
encompasses 819 guest rooms and 109 suites on the top
seven floors, including two 4,500 square foot presidential
suites that Morton said rent for $5,000 per night.
average room rate is $250 per night and Morton added the
property is sold out this weekend and through the New
Year's Eve holiday, where the average rate is $599 per
night. He estimated the expansion said the property added
1,100 full-time workers and 300 part-time workers to give
the resort a total of 10,000 employees.
addition to the rooms and suites, a significant part of
the expansion focused on the property's spa and salon.
The resort doubled the size of the spa to 55,000 square
feet, adding increased workout space, a renovated reception
area, and increased the number of massage and therapy
rooms while upgrading the facility's offerings. The salon
grew to 10,000 square feet and now has 61 stations for
hair, makeup and beauty treatments.
Cost to use the workout facility is still $25 a day for
guests and additional offerings, such as massages, body
care and unique world therapies have various prices ranging
up to several hundreds of dollars per session.
of the treatments offered at the spa are not found anywhere
else on the Strip," Morton said. "A facility
such as this is a source of revenue for the Bellagio
and it's an aspect of the property our customers come
said the Bellagio spa earns a profit of 35 percent above
new restaurant, Sensi, offers a diverse menu with tables
surrounding the kitchen that doubles as a "culinary
theater." Shopping offered along the Spa Tower's
walkway include Regali, an upscale men's store; a remodeled
garden center; a Bellagio
logo shop; and a newsstand. A high-end pastry shop is
still under construction. The expanded convention area
gives Bellagio a total of 200,000 square feet of meeting
space with three large ballrooms, sized 45,000 square
feet, 35,000 square feet, and 25,000 square feet.
the convention space allows the resort to focus on gatherings
of difference sizes, such as corporate meetings. Future
convention bookings are up 35 percent overall, Morton
said. One specialty room in the new convention area is
dedicated as an exhibition kitchen where celebrity chefs
can entertain and offer cooking demonstrations for up
to 60 guests. The room can also be rented out for group
activities in association with a meeting or convention.