VEGAS, Nevada - Already brimming with success with
the Barbary Coast, Suncoast and Orleans hotels, the Coast
Casino chain is preparing to take on a whole new challenge
with the upcoming South Coast Hotel and Casino, due to
open in early 2006.
location of the new hotel is a brilliant, ahead-of-the-curve
choice. It's being built right alongside Interstate 15
on Las Vegas Boulevard, about six miles south of Mandalay
Bay. While other properties have been built in the center
of established neighborhoods, the South Coast is going
up in a booming new area, where there are almost more
bulldozers and cranes than actual residences or businesses.
But that's changing fast. As the land closer to the Strip
gets more and more expensive, development is moving south.
Within a couple of years there won't be a square inch
of dirt in this neighborhood to stand on.
will also be the first major hotel-casino drivers coming
in from Los Angeles will see after their sometimes epic
journeys from the City of Angels. The drop-in traffic
could be great (if they can figure out a more convenient
freeway off-ramp scheme).
first phase of the hotel is costing the company at least
$500 million, and it has already announced an accelerated
schedule for building the second phase, even before the
place opens to the public. The whole thing is being done
in a Southern California style, gold and white on the
outside with warm earth tones inside.
first phase will feature 660 rooms in a 25-story tower.
Each will be larger than your typical hotel room and will
include all of the latest high-tech gadgetry, such as
flat-panel televisions and high-speed Internet service.
80,000-square-foot casino will have more than 2,200 slot
and video poker machines (all coinless), 52 table games,
a 300-seat race and sports book, a 600-seat bingo parlor,
a poker room, keno and more, all hooked into Coast's popular
players' club so you can earn points here and redeem them
at one of the sister properties.
will be at least eight food outlets, including a steakhouse,
an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, a 24-hour
cafe, an oyster bar, an ice cream parlor, a coffee house
and a 625-seat buffet.
entertainment venue will feature flexible seating, allowing
for up to 500 people to see a headliner show or a similar
amount to boogie the night away when they turn it into
a club late.
diversions include a 16-screen movie theater, a 64-lane
state-of-the-art bowling center, a Kid's Tyme child care
facility, a video arcade, a heavily landscaped pool area
with sand volleyball courts and a fitness center.
truly unique feature will be the Equestrian Center, billed
as being the finest indoor horse facility in the country.
It will have a 4,400-seat arena overlooking a 250-foot-by-125-foot
event floor, big enough to host pretty much any equestrian
will be housed in the 1,200 air-conditioned stalls or
in one of the outdoor pens large enough to accommodate
2,000 head of cattle. They'll warm up in a climate-controlled
arena of their own before coming onto the main stage,
and there will be an onsite veterinarian clinic and feed
store to keep them healthy and well fed.
phases will add as many as 1,400 additional rooms, more
casino space and more restaurant and entertainment venues.
too early to talk officially about prices, but I expect
a hotel of this caliber will probably not be exactly cheap,
although certainly less expensive than the Strip hotels
up the street. If you were to hold me down and force me
to make a prediction, I'd figure weekday rates will run
around $100 a night and weekends will probably start around
$150 and go up from there.
first phase is currently scheduled to open in early 2006.