Once upon of time, The Palms was the epicenter of the Vegas party scene. It’s opening on November 15, 2001 was a star-studded affair, with Dennis Rodman, Pamala Anderson, Samuel L. Jackson, and helped introduce the world to Paris Hilton, who up to that point was a New York Page 6 queen. It has been the setting of music videos (Brittany Spears, Eminem, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey) and one floor was home to the MTV hit “The Real World” in 2002.
The Palms was always cool and had a knack for drawing celebrities who wanted to be seen. The Palms recording studio has been used by many artists, including Jay-Z, Olivia Newton-John, Céline Dion, Beyoncé, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Carlos Santana, T-Pain, Imagine Dragons, Panic! at the Disco, The Killers, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey, Joe Bonamassa and Wayne Newton.
Throughout the first decade of the 2000’s, The Palms dominated. It was the place to be and the place to be seen for Hollywood elite, New York’s fashionestas, and Miami’s hottest people.
But Vegas changed, as it always does and the strip became the focus. As the celebrities started moving elsewhere, the accommodation became dated, and the off-strip location became less novel. The room rates begin to drop and the luster began to dull.
But this is not a story of a fallen icon, but rather one hope for the future. The Palms has undergone a multi-year, $620 million dollar renovation that hopes to regain the magic of its 2001 opening and decade long run as entertainment king in Vegas. “From Dust to Gold” is the slogan and they didn’t disappoint.
KAOS Dayclub & Nightclub
In April, we will get to see the capstone project, KAOS dayclub & nightclub, which plans to regain The Palms status as the king of the party scene. The massive 100,000 square foot dayclub and nightclub will feature a 360-degree DJ booth, mind-bending audio and visual technology, a massive glass wall-operable door dividing indoor and outdoor spaces, a supplemental dome cover that will ensure it can be a year-round destination, and a 65-foot bronze sculpture of a headless demon, KAOS.
If the star-studded lineup is any indication, A-List stars are buying into the vision. It started with Cardi B, who announced a residency at KAOS, who will help open the club in April 2019 with G-Easy, Above and Beyond, Skrillex, Travis Scott, and Kaskade. The most recent (and exciting) announcement from Marshmello, who will get $65M over the next two years to bring his brilliance to the KAOS stage.
For the full calendar of events and to purchase tickets for select upcoming dayclub and nightclub purchased here.
Apex Social Club
While the focus is clearly to get back to their musical roots, The Palms also is home to one of my favorite locations in Vegas, Apex Social Club. Taking over the world famous Ghostbar, Apex is the perfect combination of hip, chic, and chill. On the 55th floor of The Palms, Apex features breath-taking views of the strip and mountains from its expansive balcony area.
If a more traditional concert venue is your jam, The Pearl Theater offers music-lovers and show-goers an intimate 2,500 seat theater with 18 private boxes. Artists like Hozier, Alanis Morissette, Lady Anyebellum, Anderson .Paak, Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eats World, and Billy Idol will take the stage in 2019.
Empathy Suite from the Mind of Damien Hirst
The Palms has always been known for tricked out Fantasy Suites, but the $100K a night Empathy Suite takes it to a whole new level. This sophisticated, yet playful space offers insane views and all the amenities you’d expect for what most people pay for a house.
The two-story, 9,000 square foot suite is a private art gallary for those lucky enough to stay, with many original pieces from some of Hirst’s most notable series and a private shark installation. It includes a custom butterfly-motif mosaic tiled cantilevered pool overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and offers 360-degree, stunning views of the strip and Nevada’s natural beauty.
The Palms New Restaurants
Vegas has reinvented itself into one of the top foodie destinations in the world and The Palms has offerings that meet those lofty expectations. Scotch 80 Prime is the resident steakhouse, Vetri Cucina is brilliant Italian with breath-taking views, and Bobby Flay looks to debut his newest concept Shark in March 2019.
Mini Art Museum & Art Installations
Damien Hirst didn’t just bring his genius to the high-rollers. The most stunning art for the reimagined casino sits above The Unknown Bar in the middle of the casino floor, featuring a 13-foot tiger shark severed into three pieces and housed in a custom tank.
In addition, the new owners of The Palms, billionaire brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta contributed a number of their personal pieces to the resort and the resort commissioned new pieces. One of them: a hot pink neon “Wish You Were Here Sign” behind the front desk and colorful, giant balloon-like letters spelling out Palms outside the main entrance. The latter is already an Instagram star.
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The Palms in 2019
The Palms has had a wild ride over the past 18-years and 2019 looks to have as much buzz as its initial opening in 2001. When I visited during the renovations for one night in October of 2017, I could see the transformation and potential of this iconic property. In 2019, it will begin to turn that potential into something special, from dust to gold.
Will you visit The Palms in 2019? Book now before rates increase!