Mar292012

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Lake Las Vegas, about 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip outside the suburb of Henderson, Nevada has a new Starwood Resort today with The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

The hotel has actually been around since 1999, first as the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort. Since 2006 the property has been the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort.

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The Westin Lake Las Vegas enters SPG as a category 3 hotel.

Rates tonight are $179. There is a grand opening special stating rates from $125, but I did not see any rates lower than $161 for dates I checked in April and May. I didn’t find any availability for $125 per night before June 1.

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I expect some good deals that will be significantly lower than $179 after the initial rebranding launch. Cash & Points stays at $45 and 2,800 points are also a good option, but again no availability today until June.

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Lake Las Vegas: a man-made resort folly.

The economic recession that has resulted in 1 out of every 9 homes in Las Vegas in foreclosure also impacted the region’s hotels. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas went bankrupt, closed down in May 2010 and reopened February 2011 as Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, a Dolce conference center resort.

Loews Lake Las Vegas defaulted on a $117 million mortgage in 2009 and was placed in receivership. Pyramid Hotel Group has been managing the hotel since it defaulted and also manages the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa since the previous owners turned over the keys last year in bankruptcy.

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Westin Las Vegas Hotel was seized by lenders after defaulting on a $160 million mortgage. I have to wonder if Starwood will drop Westin Las Vegas Hotel since it is generally not a highly rated hotel by SPG members. There are very few suites and I have never had anything more than a standard size room in several stays. The hotel is a couple blocks off the strip and kind of a letdown when there are so many great values in the major casino hotels for the same rate as the Westin.

I really enjoy the family environment around Lake Las Vegas and the Ravella property and now the Westin Lake Las Vegas. I think this is a great addition for Starwood Hotels.

Here is a Loyalty Traveler post from August 2009 on Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort. I also did a piece on Ravella Lake Las Vegas in June 2011 when there was a $59 rate. This piece has links to two other posts with photos of the former Ritz-Carlton property.

Las Vegas Sun (March 28) –

Loews hotel at Lake Las Vegas switching to Westin brand.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Thanks for the great update! I live in Las Vegas and have recently written a blog post about doing a staycation there. Looking forward to seeing what changes come about now that they are a Westin. Next time you’re there, if the weather is good, be sure to try out the beach and paddle boarding – it’s phenomenal!

  2. Dont know how long the Westin will last. If a person isnt attending a function or conference out there , theres really no reason to be staying so far from The Strip.

    Sort of like staying in Tacoma when everything you want is in Seattle. Or staying in Tampa although you want to be at the parks in Orlando

  3. I’ve stayed out there a couple of times way back when it was a Hyatt. Yes, it is way off the strip, and the on-site casino was very small. However, if you’re traveling with the kids, and don’t want to stay at a property that’s 2/3 casino and 1/3 hotel, it’s very nice.

  4. It’s a perfect family get away. The last several weekends I was there the place was packed for a convention, but sadly, outside the those times, the place is pretty quiet. Hopefully it’ll find its way back – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  5. There are countless reasons to stay in Lake Las Vegas! It is beautiful, there is wonderful dining, a quaint casino and you can actually go outdoors and have a view for miles (you can see the strip) and not have your view blocked by buildings or parking ramps. Rent a boat on the lake or go 1.5 miles to Lake Mead. The Green Valley Ranch is only a few miles away, too. Stay a few nights, enjoy the pools or spa at Viera and enjoy. It is a very special place.

  6. “Guests will be charged a daily USD $22 resort charge. This includes: self parking, unlimited use of the Fitness Center and Spa Moulay (treatments are additional), toll-free calls, Intra-resort shuttle, concierge assisted boarding passes, secure golf bag storage, scheduled recreation and pool activities, High Speed Internet access (guest room only) and daily newspaper delivery.”

    Thank goodness they didn’t kill off the potential profit center of $4.95 in-room water by mistakenly lumping it in the resort fee.

  7. @James – at least the benefits beat the Westin Las Vegas where there is also a resort fee. A shuttle to the MonteLago shops and casino and Ravella is a useful benefit.

  8. they never should have built that entire area. a completely waste of money.
    if it isn’t a tourist casino or a locals casino it generally doesn’t do well. far away from the action resort properties are generally left best to other cities.

  9. “Beautiful resort but Not a safe place for families. Front desk staff mis-represented activities.
    First of all, I booked this hotel (on July 4) because the hotel front desk told me there would be fireworks on July 4. I came to find out the fireworks at Lake Las Vegas was the night before. The next issue I paid for two rooms that were joined with a door in between because I had two pre teen girls staying in that room. I only received two separate rooms Third, we left after only one night ( I pre-paid for 2 nights) after I saw two rival Los Angeles type gang member ( who were carrying firearms) stare each other down. This happened on July 4th outside by the pool. I talked to security and they said I as over reacting. Note we left on July 5. The front desk manager said, “That this could never happen here! Note this is a beautiful resort for families. I just could not believe the way we were treated and what was going down at this very nice Westin Resort. I will never again stay at a Weston resort or property.

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