Celebrities: To ban or not to ban?
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 (3:25 p.m.)
Illustration: Chris Morris
The adage about there being no such thing as bad press has been repeated for as long as celebrities have been living their lives under a microscope. But is it always true? With the recent high-profile barrings of Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne from the Wynn, you might wonder if we’ve reached a point where keeping your nightclub or casino drama-free and legal outweigh the perks of seeing your property’s name in the press, regardless of the context. The Wynn camp declined to comment, but Palms owner George Maloof says that reaching the “enough is enough” level with a celebrity is incredibly rare. Of the thousands of celebrities who have spent time at the Palms in its nine years of operation, he could think of only four incidents resulting in temporary banishment—two football players fighting on the casino floor, a pair of female celebrities getting intimate inside an elevator, a rock star jumping and breaking the tattoo parlor’s sign and O.J. Simpson immediately following his armed robbery and kidnapping charges after an incident at Palace Station. “Ninety-nine percent of the time celebrities are nothing but great,” says Maloof. “They behave.”
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.