Resorts World Las Vegas (Resorts World) is finally open. The property that occupies 88 acres on the north end of the Vegas Strip broke ground in 2015. The $4.3 billion integrated casino resort recently opened – twice. The soft opening was on June 24 and the grand opening bash took place on July 4th with fireworks and Miley Cyrus performance.
Resorts World is a stunningly beautiful casino resort with more than 3,500 rooms spread among three Hilton Hotel brands. Hilton is the main hotel brand with 1,774 rooms and suites. There are 1,496 rooms and suites in the largest Conrad hotel in the US. Resorts World has only 236 Crockfords luxury rooms and suites. Hilton Honors Rewards members can use points for rooms
There are a lot of modern offerings that someone would expect in a casino opening in 2021. There are also little touches that Las Vegas visitors may have seen before that are taken to another level.
“This is a very proud moment for Genting and our Resorts World Las Vegas family as we are honored to officially open our doors,” said Scott Sibella, president of Resorts World Las Vegas.
He continued saying, “This spectacular resort was designed to usher in a new era of hospitality in Las Vegas with unsurpassed dining and entertainment, an array of luxury hotel accommodations, and new-age technology.”
I had to make multiple visits to see if the newest Las Vegas casino held up to the hype. Truth be told, there were a few hiccups during the first few days. I’m happy to report most of those problems were fixed by the second visit.
Visiting Vegas means you simply must stop by Resorts World. Here are the five coolest things we’re loving about Vegas’ new hotel.
1. New tech that every casino should have
Resorts World is differentiating itself from other casinos by offering new technology that every Las Vegas casino should offer. Most, if not all of the technology available at Resorts World is already available at businesses around the country.
Resorts World is the first Las Vegas casino to offer cashless spending in the casino and the restaurants. In fact, Resorts World is the first cashless casino in the world.
Guests can add funds to their Resorts World app and never touch their money at both slot machines and table games or retail outlets. Of course, this is optional and visitors may use cash, credit cards or charge to a room at appropriate venues.
The 16-stall food hall takes all orders via kiosk or mobile ordering by phone. COVID-19 has made mobile food ordering second nature to people around the world. It’s surprising that Resorts World Las Vegas is the only property to offer kiosk and mobile ordering for its quick-serve restaurants.
Resorts World has TITO for tables. Slot machine players have enjoyed Ticket In Ticket Out technology for years. Resorts World is the first casino that will allow a player to use their slot ticket to buy chips.
This isn’t all that groundbreaking but it takes a couple of steps out of the routine. Slot machine players no longer have to cash in their tickets and use the money to buy chips. That two-minute time savings can be meaningful in Las Vegas.
On The Fly by GrubHub is a new way to get room service or order food to pick up at Resorts World. Guests simply open the Grubhub app and choose delivery or pick up from the Resorts World restaurants available.
There’s no fee to pick up food and you’re alerted to how long food prep will take. The room service prices are the same as in the restaurant and the fee is only $8.50. This is much less expensive than most Las Vegas casinos.
2. A massive Buffalo Link slot machine installation at Resorts World
The casino at Resorts World is impressive with has at least 117,000 square feet of gaming space.
The casino floor features more than 1,400 slot machines, 117 table games, a 30 table poker room and a sportsbook that we’ll talk about later. There are also at least three high limit gaming rooms.
That’s all well and good but one image from the gaming floor stands out above the rest. Resorts World has a massive slot machine installation for Buffalo Link from Aristocrat Technologies in the middle of the casino floor.
There are about 26 positions available in two rows of this game. The newest Buffalo slot machine is so popular that we had to wait until the early morning hours to find an open seat.
Resorts World gamblers can earn and use points and tier status with Genting Rewards.
3. Dawg House Sportsbook and Saloon
The concept for the Dawg House sportsbook and saloon at Resorts World isn’t an entirely unique concept. You can find sportsbooks that offer food and drinks from Sahara to Park MGM. You might even find an artist performing at the BetMGM Sportsbook at Park MGM every now and again.
The Dawg House sportsbook and saloon takes the concept to another level. It’s impossible to get a single picture of the entire space. While the sportsbook area above has only about 100 seats, the rest of the venue seats hundreds more and has TVs throughout.
There are two video poker bars and a stage for performances in the main section of Dawg House. There’s free entertainment offered most nights. Every now and again there will be a ticketed performance. On any given day or evening a guest can wager on the games, dine on Tennessee BBQ, play video poker and watch a band perform – all at once.
This is a unique sportsbook experience. Fans of traditional sportsbook settings similar to Circa sportsbook may not enjoy it. However, mainstream sports fans who like to eat, drink and listen to live music while watching the games they’ve wagered on will find this to be a great setting.
4. The pool deck at Resorts World Las Vegas
Stadium Swim at Circa set the bar high for rooftop pool decks in Las Vegas. Resorts World offers the only rooftop pool deck on the Vegas Strip with an infinity-edge pool.
Altogether there are eight pools at Resorts World. Two of the pools, including the infinity edge, are reserved for VIPs and Crockfords hotel guests. There are fewer than 250 Crockfords rooms so there should usually be a cabana available.
The main pool complex has plenty of spaces to take a dip. There are multiple places to get a drink or food. Additionally, guests can order drinks from servers walking around or on a mobile device using On The Fly for food delivered from the restaurants inside the casino.
There’s another great feature for those who like relaxing outdoors but don’t necessarily want to catch the rays. The pool complex plenty of shaded areas to read or use a mobile device. Areas with shade aren’t limited to individual umbrellas. There are large canopies a little farther from the pools.
5. A roaming drink cart
So, you’re playing slot machines and it feels like it’s been too long since a cocktail waitress passed by. Have no fear, there’s a drink cart with beer, hard seltzer and water always roaming the slot floor.
Frankly, this is an amazing service that every casino should immediately offer. Sure the drinks they have aren’t the absolute best but when the casino is packed and you’re thirsty, something is better than nothing!