The festivities have returned to Las Vegas. After lifting its pandemic restrictions June 1, the city is set for its biggest opening in years: Resorts World Las Vegas debuts today as the first integrated resort to be built on the Strip in more than a decade.
Taking over the spot formerly held by the Stardust, the $4.3 billion property will be hard to miss on the Strip, with a cherry-red tower bearing a 100,000-square-foot LED screen, one of the largest in the world. Inside, the resort goes no less bold, offering 3,500 accommodations across three hotels, a theater that will host a star-packed lineup of musical headliners, the biggest pool deck in the city, a hot nightlife scene and high-tech touches everywhere. In a city known for going big, Resorts World Las Vegas takes this mantra to another level, with outsized villas, pools areas and more.
Here’s why you should check into the new Resorts World Las Vegas, which has also earned its Sharecare VERIFIED™ health security badge:
Resorts World was developed by Genting Group, the 1965 company behind Malaysia’s mountainside Resorts World Genting, home to Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Crockfords and Four-Star Genting Grand. But the trio of Vegas hotels belongs to Hilton Hotels & Resorts, becoming the brand’s biggest property worldwide. They include the revived Las Vegas Hilton, which claimed the title of the world’s largest hotel during its 1971-to-2012 tenure. But our sights are most set on Resorts World’s Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas.
Formed on the north end of the Strip, Resorts World houses the largest Conrad outpost in the world. Designed by Los Angeles-based KNA Designs (whose work includes D.C.’s MGM National Harbor and Scottsdale’s The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort), the Conrad sports 1,496 contemporary accommodations ranging from 550 to 2,800 square feet. Take note of the art adorning the walls in the rooms and public areas: The pieces were specially commissioned for the property.
Crockfords is the second U.S. outpost for Hilton’s new LXR Hotels & Resorts brand (the first is Oceana Santa Monica). LXR is a collection of independent luxury properties with top-notch service, singular experiences and unique locations. The hotel plans to stand out with perks like 24-hour butler service, VIP infinity pool access and a high-limit table gaming off the lobby. Among its 236 spacious accommodations, there are 59 suites, 46 of which measure more than 1,600 square feet.
If you seek even more opulence, Crockfords’ Two-Bedroom Pool Villa features a garden terrace with a pool and gourmet patio kitchen. Inside, there’s a massage room, a movie room and floor-to-ceiling windows taking in one of the best views of the Vegas Strip. The largest accommodation is the 7,000-square-foot Four-Bedroom Palace Villa with a grand foyer, formal dining room, kitchen, game room complete with billiards, and a terrace with a pool, kitchen and manicured gardens.
No matter which hotel you choose, there are technology upgrades throughout the experience — not only can you check in online, you can unlock the room with your phone.
Get ready to gamble in the 117,000-square-foot casino. It offers 1,400 slot machines, 117 table games, a dedicated poker room and 30 poker tables, as well as high-limit areas and a sportsbook.
Gambling gets even more convenient with the Resorts World app, which allows you to pay for any gaming (along with entertainment and other hotel offerings) from your smart phone.
This is also the first cash-free Las Vegas casino. Load your digital wallet either by depositing money at a kiosk or the player services desk, or by enrolling in Play+, which connects to a bank, credit, debit or PayPal account.
Resorts World also says it will have the first partnership between a Las Vegas casino-resort and a cryptocurrency exchange.
With 40 food and beverage options, Resorts World will sate your every craving. We’ve already told you about the top eateries, which include Mexican restaurant Viva from Ray Garcia of Los Angeles’ Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria; upscale Italian destination Brezza and tapas café Bar Zazu, both from James Beard Award semifinalist and Vegas local Nicole Brisson; the 16-stall Famous Foods Street Eats that features well-respected hawker stands from Southeast Asia (like Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling and Geylang Claypot Rice); and popular Hollywood scoop shop Craig’s Vegan.
The resort is reinventing room service with the help of online food delivery giant Grubhub. Through the On The Fly at Resorts World program, you can use the Grubhub app to order from all the property’s restaurants and bars (along with some shops) for pickup or delivery to your room or the pool complex.
Resorts World will be a respite in the Vegas desert with an expansive 5.5-acre pool complex with the largest pool deck in Las Vegas. Among the seven pool experiences, the resort boasts the only infinity-edge pool on the Strip. The 1,800-square-foot infinity pool affords vistas of the city’s most famous street.
While you will have to wait until the fall to book treatments in the 27,000-square-foot spa, you can indulge in some retail therapy in Kardashian Kloset, the first brick-and-mortar pop-up shop of the Kardashian-Jenner resale website. Peruse clothing that belonged to Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick. The items for sale were selected by the family and will be restocked weekly.
Kardashian Kloset is in The District, a 70,000-square-foot, two-level shopping area at Resorts World. Go there to browse boutiques from Hervé Léger, Fred Segal (which has two stores), Judith Leiber and Sneaker Garden.
There are also plans for The District to have a station for the Vegas Loop, an underground transportation system from Elon Musk’s Boring Company. Electric Tesla vehicles will shuttle you alone or along with a group to the nearby Las Vegas Convention Center in minutes — the fleet can transport thousands in an hour.
When it opens in November, The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas will accommodate 5,000 revelers. Though it will have the city’s largest and tallest performance stage, the furthest seat will only be 150 feet away.
And it will need every one of those the seats for those wanting to see the powerhouse roster of residencies. Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan have signed up as headliners. The pre-sale ticket demand was so strong that Dion (who holds the title for the two highest-grossing and best-selling Vegas residencies, one from 2003 to 2007 and the other from 2011 to 2019) and Underwood extended their shows back in May.
In the meantime, you’ll find plenty of entertainment elsewhere in the resort. Zouk Group, a leading nightlife and lifestyle brand in Singapore, enlisted DJs Zedd and Tiësto for residences in Zouk Nightclub (which debuts in the fall) and Ayu Dayclub. On July 4, Zouk Group will unveil Moonbeam, a day-to-night Sunday tropical party at Ayu that’s inspired by Tulum and Ibiza. Aside from music from the likes of Blondish, Disclosure and ZHU, Moonbeam will showcase hair braid bars, art installations, shareable photo moments and more.
Resorts World will throw its official grand opening party July 4 with a performance from Miley Cyrus. Don’t worry if you didn’t land a much-coveted ticket — the property will broadcast Cyrus’ show from that massive LED display for all of Las Vegas Boulevard to see.