Station Casinos re-branded their parent company Red Rock Resorts Inc. earlier this year and now intends to import some of their Summerlin-style, Red Rock Casino razzle dazzle to the Palace Station in a dramatic and out-of-the-blue expansion. The multi-million, 21st century makeover intends to revolutionize the 32-year-old property, upgrade its competitive edge with the north Strip and play on the resort's motto of "Strip Quality. Local Value."
Designed to be built in phases over a period of years, not months, the main attraction is a 606-room, 27-story new hotel tower set to take over from the courtyard rooms. They will be demolished by the upgrades.
Sleek and modern, with no ornamentation, or railroad themes, the skinny blue and gray tower will be covered in colored glass and metal panels. It will rise almost exactly in a straight line from the current tower, pointing towards the Strip. No changes to the old hotel tower are planned.
Right on top of the 335-foot tower, the resort is considering adding a bar, a 5,279-square-foot restaurant and a lounge sporting a 1,885-square-foot outdoor terrace, with impressive views of the Strip, a rival vista to the scenes from company's recent acquisition, the Palms casino.
The tower will be the last upgrade for the site. First, a 9,099-square-foot new bingo hall will be added to the outside of the casino floor, close to the Sahara Avenue entrance. The Palace Station was originally know as the Bingo Palace.
Next will be the building of 33,153 square feet of new casino floor on the courtyard side, adding a 14,446-square-foot buffet and two new restaurants totaling 11,005 square feet. Current plans call for the upstairs Feast Buffet to make way for a possible "boutique," five-screen movie theater and a 13,261-square-foot bowling alley. A rooftop terrace and bar will be attached to the cinema.
The two new restaurants total more than 11,000 square feet and a "noodle bar" and lounge are also in the works. The aim is for an unnamed steakhouse and the ever popular Oyster Bar to move from their original locations into this new space.
The final push will construct the tower, new convention space and a new pool deck with cabanas and its own bar.
The expansion has already held a public meeting with local residents and has entered into an ongoing process of earning City of Las Vegas permissions. For the moment, parking spaces are the number one divisive issue.
The project, or a tentative timeline for each phase, has yet to be announced by the resort.