For about two decades, Las Vegas stayed very busy imploding old hotels and building large, lavish resorts. The entire city seemed to be under construction, prompting the suggestion that maybe Nevada’s state flower should be changed from sagebrush to the orange barrels that were blooming everywhere alongside the roads. Today’s Photo Friday shots capture the last two big Strip developments while they were under construction: Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and CityCenter.
No new hotel casino construction projects are currently planned along the Strip, but Las Vegas still has plenty of new places for visitors to explore. Aria, at CityCenter, opened in December of 2009, and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas just made its debut in December 2010. And while no brand-new projects are on the table, many properties are looking at renovations (the Tropicana just completed the first phase of its remodel, for instance) to keep their properties updated.
If you’ve been in Las Vegas recently, you may be wondering, “But what about that half-finished high-rise hotel I saw over by the Riviera? Won’t that be opening soon?” The 68-story Fontainebleau Las Vegas, which originally planned to have almost 4,000 hotel rooms, stopped construction in 2009. It just sold off its furniture (to the Plaza hotel, which is using the new stuff to spiff up its guest rooms), and has no immediate plans to resume construction.