Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
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Planet Hollywood Las Vegas was the Aladdin from 1966 to 2007. I was a guest at the Aladdin in 2003 and liked it very much. The remodeling that took place from 2003 to 2007 while the property was in transition can only have improved things. The casino, however, has changed drastically.

Aladdin Las Vegas cocktail waitress, June 2001

Aladdin Las Vegas cocktail waitress, June 2001
Aladdin Las Vegas cocktail waitress, June 2001

I liked the atmosphere of the Aladdin casino... it was dimly lit, and more quiet and sedate than the typical Las Vegas strip casino. Plus they had these Arabian harem belly dancer style outfits on their cocktail waitresses (photo above.) These outfits were replaced by ugly black drapery style uniforms in 2002, and then everything else went south. Aladdin was sold in 2003 and underwent approximately four years of renovations to emerge as Planet Hollywood on April 17, 2007.

As the Aladdin, the guest room I had was larger than average; and Planet Hollywood has continued that tradition by offering six different room styles: the 450 sq ft Hollywood Hip, 560 sq ft Resort Room, 570 sq ft Resort Vista, 850 sq ft Strip Suites, 1255 sq ft Panorama Suites, and 1400 sq ft Boulevard Suites. Every room includes wired or wireless Internet access for an additional fee.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino

While the Aladdin relied on an Arabian/mideastern theme which has been completely obliterated, the most radical change you'll notice is in the casino. The dimly lit, quiet atmosphere has been replaced by a combination of science fiction and college fraternity party. While I find the linear, modern design with heavy use of bright neon colors very visually appealing... the pumped up party atmosphere is a bit over the top. Most Las Vegas tourists like that kind of thing though.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas casino

Planet Hollywood is, in my opinion, on the same level as Mandalay Bay at the lower end of luxury resorts (where the upper end is Wynn, Encore, Bellagio, Venetian and Palazzo.) Prices will be up there as well but you will probably find yourself feeling that you've received an excellent value. Las Vegas hotel rates have traditionally been subsidized by gambling revenue. if a property is making an average of $500 per hotel room per day through the casino, they really don't need to add on more charges by making you pay for the room. Gambling income has been decreasing steadily since the mid 1990s, however, so hotel room rates have increased to make up for it. But they still haven't reached the level of non gaming properties. What would cost you $300 per night in New York City or Chicago (where hotel casinos are illegal) can be had for $200 or less in Las Vegas.

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Planet Hollywood Boulevard Suite 5 years ago

The 1400 square foot Planet Hollywood Boulevard Suite is awesome. There is a conversation pit and a wrap around sofa and tons of other nice good stuff

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