Downtown Las Vegas kicks renovation into high gear in effort to stay modern

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Downtown Las Vegas is really dazzling into the 21st century.  Anyone who’s headed towards downtown this week has likely noticed a new display near the Stratosphere.  Earlier this year, a $30 million upgrade was approved for the Fremont Street Experience.

Now, the Plaza Hotel and Casino is kicking its renovations into high gear.

They’re starting from scratch with the project, so 100 rooms were stripped down to rebuild and improve the experience. 

It’s just one of many steps hotels and restaurants are taking to keep up with the changes of downtown Las Vegas.

“I love the history,” said Tom D’Agostino, a tourist. “It’s a great area.” 

“The atmosphere is happier, said Tanya, a tourist.  “I like it. 

As downtown proves its growing popularity, hotels and restaurants race to stay relevant. 

“About six or eight months ago we were here, and there are a lot of things that weren’t here,” said Oscar, a tourist.

Although they’re doing renovations, history will remain alive and well at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, according to CEO Jonathan Jossel.

“This is the shell,” said Jossel. “You can see the progress that we’re making here. 

The property’s latest renovations will add an elegant experience.

“All new furniture; new everything,” said Jossel.

The renovation of the 100 rooms is the hotel’s second multi-million dollar revamp in the last ten years.

“For us it’s about making downtown better, bringing people down here and making it a better story for downtown,” said Jossel.

However, the upgrades downtown don’t stop at the Plaza Hotel. 

Earlier this year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $30 million Fremont Street Experience facelift.  There’s even a new, iconic Downtown Las Vegas sign near the Stratosphere.

It’s set to make that part of the city a little brighter.

“Downtown is really offering customers that historic feel but also in a nicer setting, and that never used to be the case,” said Jossel. 

It’s all for a brand new atmosphere.

“I think people are starting to realize they can have the same experience downtown as they can anywhere else in the city, with that historic feeling but also in a nice clean environment,” Jossel said. 

But don’t worry, downtown Las Vegas will still keep that old-time feel 

“A must see; every time I come down I have to come here,” said D’Agostino.

TheLVCVA says more than half of the city’s tourists visited the downtown area in 2017.  That’s a huge spike from other years. 

The renovations at The Plaza should wrap up sometime in Fall 2018. The Fremont Street upgrades should take a little over a year to complete. 

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