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Vegas Suites

Jack Sheehan
From the Print Edition:
maduro issue, Winter 93/94

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Rumor has it Shadow Creek is the most expensive golf course ever built, but Wynn eschews discussing dollars when talking about it. "Golf is a gentleman's game, and this is a gentleman's place," he says. "But having said that, I'll tell you that within the first two months it was open, Shadow Creek paid for itself."

A wonderful golf course has long been a drawing card at the Desert Inn Hotel and Country Club, so it is not surprising that some of the best suites at the DI overlook the lush layout that once hosted the Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour. Within the past few years, the course has hosted all three major professional tours--men's, ladies' and seniors'.

The 4,000 square-foot Versailles Suite in the Wimbledon Tower, a seven-story pyramid structure located between the main building and the golf course, epitomizes the DI's elegance. The three-bedroom accommodation is decorated entirely in a French Provincial motif and is priced at $1,500 a night--a comparative bargain. Again, the use of the suite is controlled by the casino, although there have been occasions when corporate executives have rented the suite to entertain guests during a large convention.

The suite was redesigned in January and contains all-marble flooring, colonnades and crystal chandeliers with brass and crystal drops. The formal dining room can be used for large parties, which are catered by the hotel's culinary staff that prepares the food in a private kitchen complete with a microwave and four-burner oven.

The master suite has a king-sized canopy bed, a settee and a television set that withdraws into a cabinet. The master bath features a whirlpool tub, steam shower, bowl and bidet, double sinks, American granite that is impervious to stain and a spacious dressing area within the closet. The cabinet wood is exquisite throughout as is the trim work along the ceiling and borders. A 2,000-square-foot terrace wraps entirely around the Versailles Suite and is an ideal location for receptions and parties.

In an earlier incarnation, the suite served as the residence of a hotel mogul played by Tony Curtis during the taping of the Vegas television series.

"Our Wimbledon accommodations are as fine as any in the world," says Dan Cassella, Desert Inn president and COO. "They are reserved for our best casino players, those whose credit lines often run into the millions. These customers are used to the finest things in life, and we want their stay with us to be one of them."

Those wanting to occupy the same space that Howard Hughes used during his four-year occupancy at the Desert Inn in the early 1970s may want to try the Howard Hughes Penthouse in the St. Andrews Tower. Not surprisingly, it has been totally remodeled since the reclusive billionaire made it his horizontal headquarters.

VIP guests also have complimentary access to the Desert Inn's European Spa, the best-equipped facility of its kind in Las Vegas. It includes a lounge, locker rooms, massage rooms, a tanning bed, loofa/salt glow room, sauna, therapy pools, private whirlpools, weight-training room, a large open gymnasium for various classes and a jogging and fitness track.

There are 10 Fantasy Suites at Caesars Palace, all located in the 23-story Olympic Tower. With 4,500 square feet, they are often used by two couples, a family with servants or a business with an entourage in tow. The rack rate of $7,500 has been charged on only one or two occasions.

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