Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Golden Nugget's New Rush Tower Opens

The first new hotel tower built in Downtown Las Vegas in two decades is now open for business.

The hotel-casino had a grand opening celebration for its Rush Tower, the first new hotel tower to be added to the downtown area since Golden Nugget’s Carson Tower opened in 1989.

Mayor Oscar Goodman and Tilman Fertitta, president, chairman and chief executive of the Golden Nugget’s parent company, Landry’s Restaurants Inc., cut the ribbon in the Rush Tower lobby at a ceremony Monday evening while welcoming the news media, VIPs and Las Vegas notables.

Goodman praised Fertitta for investing in downtown Las Vegas and for his commitment to finishing the project, even through the economic downturn.

“When Tilman came to town, the two of us met and he said, ‘Mayor, I’m going to do for you what I’ve done for other parts of the country where we have our businesses and that is help you revitalize your downtown.’” Goodman said. “A lot of folks come see me in city hall and make promises and, unfortunately, many of them are unkept, but not his promise.”

The Golden Nugget officially welcomed its first guests to the $150 million Rush Tower on Friday. The 25-story, 500-room tower includes four penthouses, 70 junior corner suites and standard rooms that are 20 percent larger than the property’s other standard rooms. Guest rooms range from 439 square feet to one-bedroom parlor suites at 1,326 square feet.

Let's see if this pays off for Fertitta and Goodman. Landry's now needs to fill the Rush Tower with tourists. Las Vegas badly needs the extra tax revenue. Downtown needs a shot of new energy in its arm.

The Golden Nugget has always been the classiest joint Downtown, and this just elevates their reputation some more. And especially at the price point they're hitting, Landry's shouldn't have a hard time filling up Rush Tower. The rooms there start as low as $69 per night, which is mind blowing since 4-star hotels rarely go for this low on The Strip.

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