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Ex-Ritz-Carlton Vegas resort to re-open as lower-priced Ravella…

Posted on 12 January 2011

 

In about a month, you’ll be able to get the Ritz-Carlton look – for less.

 

The Mediterranean-style, former Ritz-Carlton on the outskirts of Las Vegas will re-open on Feb. 11 as the upscale – but less-expensive – Ravella at Lake Las Vegas. Dolce Hotels and Resorts announced the new name on Thursday.

 

The hotel ceased operating as a Ritz-Carlton last May, when it closed its doors.

 

Ravella’s website shows opening night rooms for “best available rates” running $169, including Wi-Fi access. But there are also of better deals: An “opening special” rate ($135), a Nevada-residents-only rate ($89) and – what is clearly the best deal for a family – an “escape” rate ($132) that includes breakfast for two adults and kids under 12, plus Wi-Fi and parking.

 

Those rates stand in stark contrast to what the property charged when it bore the Ritz-Carlton lion logo. A stay there about three years ago, would cost $250 a night for a breakfast-included package.  

Here’s the courtyard of the Ravella resort, formerly, the Ritz-Carlton up until last May. The Ravella will open on Feb. 11, 2011.

 

When Ravella opens, it will be nearly one year to the day since Ritz-Carlton management told employees about their plan to shutter the 349-room resort in May. The resort’s owner, a division of Deutsche Bank, decided to close it rather than keep losing money. The closure came at a time when corporations where shunning high-profile luxury resorts as event locations due to perception concerns.

 

Dolce didn’t plan to make major changes to the hotel’s physical appearance, such as its well-furnished guestrooms or Carrera marble bathrooms. But it does plan to operate it in a less-grandiose way to keep rates lower, which could also help offset its off-the-Strip location.

 

“Our resort will offer guests luxury experiences at affordable price points, whether they are traveling for business or pleasure,” Dolce CEO Steven Rudnitsky said in a press release.

 

Besides lower rates, some of the changes include a revamped lobby that’s now more of a “high-energy, social gathering spot,” and new restaurants. The hotel will offer meeting planners all-inclusive pricing options to make it easier to organize events within a budget, which is new.

 

The resort – alongside a large, man-made lake – has a casino building on site but it remains closed for now.

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