The vacant Maxim Hotel & Casino located two blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip on Flamingo Road has been sold for approximately $38 million. The new owners, Columbia Sussex Corp., one of the largest privately held hotel owners in the country with at least 50 major hotel franchises nationwide, have signed an agreement with the Westin hotel chain to open an upscale Westin-branded hotel at the 800-room property. An attached casino will serve as an "amenity."
The company expects to begin a nine-month construction process in October for a possible opening next summer. The project will include peeling off the hotel's glass exterior and replacing it.
The troubled Maxim opened in 1979 but fell in and out of bankruptcy several times and has been closed since August 2001.
The 18th Annual International Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the Sahara Hotel and Casino, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 13, and feature 21 radio control aerobatics aircraft pilots. This prestigious event will attract pilots from all over the United States, New Zealand, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Argentina, Australia and Brazil. The total purse for the competition is $183,000 with $50,000 going to the championship titleholder.
Competition will be held at the Las Vegas Radio Control Flying Field located on the north side of the Silver Bowl Stadium at Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue. Take off will begin at approximately 8 a.m. Admission and parking are free. In addition, free bus transportation from the Sahara will be available Oct. 11-13. Official tournament attire will be on sale at the flying field during competition. Food and beverages will also be available at the site.
This past week on the 18th, "An Evening At La Cage" at the Riviera celebrated its 18th year at the hotel. This is the time when changes are made and sadly, Jayson Malone who portrays Bette Midler and Judy Garland is leaving show business to take over a beauty salon.
This month "Stuey," a movie about the rise and fall of poker ace Stu "The Kid" Unger, a three-time World Series of Poker champ, filmed for about nine days around town. "The Sopranos' " Michael Imperioli plays the title character who was a genius at cards and wound up dead in a seedy local motel in 1998.
The movie will follow Unger's life from the '60s to the '90s. A primary location was Binion's Horseshoe, where Ungar won his World Series titles. Other scheduled locations were the Riviera, Circus Circus, Red Rock Canyon, private residences and the Las Vegas National Golf Course.
JW's Tavern, operated by award-winning chef Joe Romano, opened at the Rio on Sept. 20. The new dining experience serves up casual American tavern-style food and drinks, in an ambience rich in traditional pub culture. The menu also features more than 100 beers from around the world with 12 of them handpicked and offered on tap. A private dining area is available within the restaurant for a more intimate dining experience.
Romano, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, worked for many years as Charlie Palmer's right hand man at New York's famous Aureole restaurant. More recently, Romano opened the new Aureole location at Mandalay Bay in 1999. JW's Tavern is open daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. For information, call 702-777-2463.
A coffee station is located adjacent to JW's Tavern, where expresso drinks, blended beverages, pastries, sandwiches and salads are offered. It opens at 5:30 a.m. and lunch selections are served starting at 11 a.m.
Today, Sept. 22, magicians Siegfried & Roy are participating as Grand Marshals of one of New York's largest and longest-running parades, the 44th Annual German-American Esteban Parade, held on Fifth Avenue. This is an opportunity for Siegfried & Roy to celebrate their German heritage. The parade is named after General Frederick Wilhelm von Steuben.
The 40,000-square-foot Aquae Sulis Spa at the JW Marriott Las Vegas is committed to bringing Aura Healing into the mainstream with their exclusive Color Therapy Treatment. Simply stated, Color Therapy is the science that uses color to change or maintain vibrations in the body. Each color of the spectrum has its own specific frequency that corresponds to one of the body's seven Charkas (the seven energy centers in man that govern our state-of-mind, energy level and overall well being). The price for this unique treatment is $118, which includes 18 percent gratuity.
This is how Color Therapy works. A guest has his or her photo taken using state-of-the-art technology that actually captures the person's aura on film. The therapist then offers insight into what the colors mean. Next the therapist prepares an innovative wellness hydrotherapy bath formulated to deliver the ideal color hue to best access the body's Charkas. While in the bath, the therapist sooths away tension with a back massage while the guest listens to relaxing and balancing music through headphones. Each color therapy bath boosts the healing powers of its color rays with the purest of essential oils from the field of Aromatherapy making for a total, sensual wellness experience. Afterwards, the guest has another picture taken to show the changes in their aura.
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