I spent some time at Las Vegas' newest casino, Red Rock, this past Monday. Red Rock is owned by Station Casinos, Inc., who also operate Green Valley Ranch, Sunset Station and other properties in Las Vegas.
Click on through to read some observations and thoughts on the property and a link to my photos.
For those that just want to see the pictures, they are located here:
Ok, so what is this place like? To put it simply, I was impressed. It's not perfect but it is leaps and bounds above any other Station property and nicer than many on the Strip as well.
From the outside you see exceptional landscape architecture, beautiful red flagstone and excessive use of pools and water features. The exterior of this place is drop dead gorgeous, just as nice or nicer than any Four Seasons, St. Regis or other luxury hotel brand I've seen in dozens of cities worldwide. I think if you look at the photos or visit the property, you will agree.
One thing that is carefully masked in Station's promo material - the hotel tower is half complete. The extra rooms they are adding at the end of the year are not in another tower but rather in another half of the current tower. This means that construction noise at the pool is pretty intense (and I would assume in some of the rooms).
The pool area is also very nice but smaller than I thought it would be based on other photos I'd seen. It's not all that large at all and doesn't have that 'endless' feel that GVR's pool area has due to the expansive Strip view. This spot is encircled by buildings.
Inside the casino are good and bad spots. The hotel lobby and reception area continue in the drop dead gorgeous style that adorns the outside of the resort. The walk into the lobby area features a huge two level open staircase with amazing chandeliers. This part of the resort is breathtaking, including the lobby and bar area.
The restaurants also look to have a fairly high standard of interior design with some interesting color choices. One of the innovative features of the resort is that much of the signage, including resort maps, restaurant menus, etc... are actually LCD displays, not static designs. This means the maps are animated and feature dynamic information about what they are describing. A neat touch I've not seen elsewhere, at least not used as extensively.
I had lunch at the 'Salt Lick BBQ' and really enjoyed it. A gigantic sandwich that was really awesome. I couldn't finish it but I wanted to.
The are some parts of the casino where the 'old Station' comes through. While some parts of the ceiling have crystal chandeliers, other parts have Mandalay Bay style cheesy plastic lights.
The sports books is huge with giant screens, just as large as any on the Strip. A nice thing for locals looking to watch Superbowls, NBA finals, etc...
Red Rock Station is an easy 20 minute drive from the Strip but the high quality of the place makes me want to take a night out, off the Strip and give it a try.
This report is fairly brief but I'm happy to entertain questions to the extent I can. I strongly advise you to look at the photos, they tell most of the story.