Hotel with old Vegas ties goes through $5M renovation

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People traveling along one particular part of Las Vegas Boulevard will find a gem hiding in plain sight. The Thunderbird Boutique Hotel is eclectic and colorful, with “old school” Las Vegas vibes.

“All the colors were picked purposefully,” explained Kelley Jones, of Kelley Jones Hospitality. “We wanted to create something that was really vibey for locals.”

The original Thunderbird Hotel opened in the late 1940’s. Decades later, the newly-renovated boutique hotel is honoring its namesake. On the Las Vegas Boulevard near Charleston Boulevard, it’s an area of Downtown Las Vegas that’s going through a facelift. This area is called the Arts District.

“Keeping the integrity of old-school Las Vegas is very important,” stressed Jones.

In March 2019, the Treehouse Las Vegas is set to open in that same area. The venue will feature a restaurant, pool, rooftop bar, and a nightclub.  All of the attractions cater to locals, just like the Thunderbird. But that wasn’t always the case.

“For many years you never came to this part of town but look at what’s happening to Fremont street down,” explained Jones. “Five years ago you never went to Main Street either. Look at that on a Friday night now. It’s gentrifying. A lot of developers are putting time and money into it, and I think it’s gonna be the next great area in Las Vegas.”

The Thunderbird is more than just a hotel. It’s a lounge. It’s a wedding chapel built around a giant tree and a bar.

“Lot of fun,” shared Jones. “Pool tables. Beer pong tables. And indoor-outdoor space. We have a patio.”

The Thunderbird is a place for tourists and locals to hang out and enjoy the quirky atmosphere that Downtown Las Vegas has to offer.

“We want to drive traffic,” said Jones. “We want to drive business. The long-term growth is not check average — it’s actually the amount of people that come in to see it.”

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