Nestled within the flourishing Southwest corner of the Las Vegas valley, the $780 million Durango Casino & Resort emerges as the epitome of opulence and entertainment in a largely locals-focused setting of the city just a short 15-20 minute drive from the Strip or Harry Reid International Airport. Its grand opening on December 5, 2023, marked a triumph of persistence and vision, showcasing an 83,178 square feet casino, a soaring 15-story tower housing 209 luxurious rooms, and an array of culinary wonders and amenities that beckon both locals and tourists.
Culinary Delights and Gastronomic Marvels
The resort’s culinary landscape shines brightly, offering a diverse array of dining experiences. Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises introduced Summer House, a captivating California-themed restaurant, immersing diners in a vibrant tapestry of West Coast flavors. Adding to the spectacle, the Eat Your Heart Out food hall houses 11 tantalizing eateries that offer everything from Hawaiian street food plates at Ai Pono Cafe to Sicilian pizzas from Prince Street Pizza.
The Bel-Aire Lounge and Bel-Aire Backyard, managed by Clique Hospitality, blend opulence and high energy, offering whimsical cocktails and a tantalizing selection of small plates amidst an atmosphere of sophistication.
And for those seeking the ultimate in steak and seafood indulgence, Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Fish presents USDA Prime, dry-aged, and Wagyu cuts, showcasing Chef Danny Ye’s expertise and mastery of flavors.
Indulgence and comfort intertwine seamlessly within the guest rooms of Durango Casino & Resort, promising a serene retreat from the buzz of the casino and resort below. Each room is designed with soothing warm neutral tones and organic textures, complemented by premium finishes designed for ultimate relaxation.
Each room boasts expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that frame iconic views of majestic mountains, ushering the outside serenity in. As a testament to luxury, these rooms feature a fully stocked mini-bar curated with fine snack selections, complemented by a 65” ultra-high-definition television for entertainment aficionados.
Durango endeavors to recreate a home away from home experience, offering opulent bathrooms adorned with top-of-the-line amenities and high-end personal care products. Guests are further treated to thoughtful additions including an executive work desk equipped with high-speed WiFi, and Nespresso machines for a touch of indulgence.
All rooms are equipped with an Oliver Hemming Songbird alarm clock, a luxury steamer, and a Beautyrest Black Napa Pillow Top Bed promising nights of exquisite comfort. Completing the ensemble are plush embroidered robes that invite guests to take their relaxation to the next level.
SoCal Vibey Resort Amenities
The Bel-Aire Backyard emerges as a coveted retreat, seamlessly connected to the main floor’s Bel-Aire Lounge and the adjacent hotel pool. This outdoor haven, nestled amidst swaying palm trees and lush greenery, invites guests to savor the ultimate poolside experience—an oasis where sun-drenched relaxation meets vibrant rhythms.
Private cabanas, oversized daybeds, and inviting poolside loungers encourage guests to unwind amidst the serene backdrop. Guests can anticipate a tranquil aquatic escape designed for leisurely lounging and refreshing dips. For fitness enthusiasts, the resort’s 24-hour fitness center, located on the third floor of the hotel tower, awaits, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure an invigorating workout during their stay.
A Local Hub for Sports Betting
Beyond gaming and fine dining, Durango Casino & Resort prides itself on being an entertainment hub. The 10,000 square feet sportsbook, equipped with indoor and outdoor spaces, invites sports aficionados to revel in the thrill of live games. Moreover, the resort boasts 20,000 square feet of convention space, an expansive event lawn, and 40 EV charging stations.
The entire venue was meticulously designed by the local interior design firm, Friedmutter Group, and exudes the allure of the desert landscape, offering guests an immersive gaming experience complemented by the comforts of modern luxury.
Phase II & Future Development
As originally presented to the public, Durango Casino & Resort offers a glimpse into its future aspirations. The 15-story tower, featuring 209 opulent rooms, represents just the beginning. According to Red Rock Resorts president Scott Kreeger at the time of the Durango opening, a second phase is already under consideration and would add 300 hotel rooms and other amenities, such as additional restaurants, meeting space and a spa.