The Palms Las Vegas to get art-led mega-renovation
The infamous The Palms hotel on the Las Vegas strip is to get a whopping makeover that will include an ambitious endeavour involving an expansive art collection that will be installed in the hotel. We find out more about this stunning renovation.
From Dust to Gold
The Palms website is something of a cryptic message that heralds in the dawn of a new type of hotel in this iconic property. Their manifesto reads, “Destroy the old. Create the new. A timeless clash in which progress seeks new form. The old resists the new. The new replaces the old. The process is art itself. The outcome: beautiful evolution. It’s not just time to forget the past—it’s time to obliterate it. From these ashes, a new legend is born”, and is accompanied by a tantalising video that shows guests, kitchen staff and DJs setting fire to kitchens, trashing rooms and cutting mixing decks in half. The Palms is making one thing clear – the new hotel will have nothing to do with the old.
The Palms has always been known as a casino, but this identity will have to go head to head with the hotel’s new incarnation as one of Sin City’s most interesting art galleries. The hotel is set to house work by some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. Damien Hirst’s 13-foot-long tiger shark in formaldehyde called The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) will be installed above the bar in the the hotel’s The Unknown Bar, a part of the hotel which has been conceptualised by Hirst himself. Jean Michel Basquiat, whose paintings command some of the highest prices at auction, will appear via his triptych Speaks For Itself. Street artists DabsMyla and Revok will be seen in the luxurious Sky Villas, and a collectible piece by Kaws will reside outside the Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse, an area with one of the biggest focuses in the entire hotel. Art will be present throughout the entire hotel, whether in the common spaces, guest rooms and suites, bars, restaurants and entertainment areas. Palms creative director Tal Cooperman spoke about the collection of Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta of Station Casinos, saying, “The artwork that Frank and Lorenzo own people only dream to see, and they want people to see it. That’s what’s so cool about it—this resort is like a museum.”
While they may be focusing more on art in the new incarnation of The Palms, they are not throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The hotel’s style will still be as opulent as ever, and this can be seen in the overhauled event spaces, such as the rooftop The Apex, and indoor-outdoor space on the 55th floor with breathtaking views over the neon metropolis of Las Vegas. The hotel suites are also rife with decadence, from the luscious bedspreads to the bold patterned carpets. Camden is a social space where guests can mingle in a James Bond-esque environment, sipping cocktails that are shaken, not stirred.
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