- Virgin Hotels will open on January 15 instead of the originally anticipated opening date of November 3, officials said.
- The property had been shuttered since February 3 for construction and upgrade.
- In August, Virgin unveiled plans for its 1,500 rooms and suites.
- The resort also revealed details of its portfolio of food and beverage outlets recently, including the comeback of Nobu and MB Steak.
Virgin Hotels officials have announced a new opening date of January 15 for the debut of the hospitality brand in Las Vegas on the east side of the Strip.
The property will be situated at the former Hard Rock Hotel site.
The officials also expressed support for the members of Southern Nevada’s most important industry that is currently facing pandemic-related challenges.
Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality, a company that owns Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, said it has been 232 days since Hard Rock closed for the massive revamp, and the havoc of COVID-19 dominated that period.
“We somewhat dodged a bullet with that and my team members are coming back a little later than we would have liked and they would have liked, but what the hospitality workforce here has endured has been devastating,” said Bosworth.
“We just want to state how much we support them and believe and know that they’re survivors and fighters and the community is going to return back to normality,” he added.
When Hard Rock closed on February 3, the intent was to keep it shuttered for most of 2020 due to construction and refurbishment. Bosworth had announced late last year that they were planning to open the resort on November 6, 2020. However, officials hinted in August that market conditions relating to the pandemic would likely cause a delay.
Now scheduled to open early next year, Virgin Hotels is anticipating injecting new energy into the tourism industry and help the community recover.
Bosworth said they were watching their competitors and other hospitality community members “to learn from their safety practices.” He added that they have been identifying what they need without changing their business plan.
Last month, Virgin unveiled plans for its 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, whose designer is Los Angeles firm Studio Collective, in its three unique towers: Canyon, Opal, and the all-suite Ruby Tower. The resort will be part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. It will also participate in the Hilton Honors guest loyalty program.
Recently, Virgin Las Vegas also disclosed the details of its portfolio of 12 food and beverage outlets, including the return of Nobu and MB Steak to the property and a fresh version of chef Todd English’s restaurant, originally situated at Bellagio.
Bosworth also mentioned more new features at the resort, including Money Baby!, a sports bar that’s being set up in the space that Vanity nightclub formerly occupied.
The resort will also host a completely revamped 60,000-square-foot casino run by Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, a tribal gaming group.
The Anschutz Entertainment Group will co-manage the 4,500-capacity live music and entertainment theater previously called the Joint.