By catering to locals, Station Casinos has developed a lineup of 20 gaming properties throughout the Las Vegas Valley -- without ever having one directly on the Strip. The company is now inching closer to the tourist corridor after buying the Palms in 2016. That casino and resort is less than a mile and a half west of the Strip and undergoing a full $485 million renovation for a fresh modern look. A sleek new buffet, appropriately dubbed AYCE, has already opened and virtually the entire restaurant lineup is being revamped with Bobby Flay and other notable chefs involved. Sporting a new rooftop lounge, pool complex, and nightclub by the Tao Group, it's clear the Palms looks to compete with flashier resorts on the Strip.
Station Casinos is also investing $191 million in renovating Palace Station -- just a couple blocks away from the Strip's north end. The dated train decorations have been removed from the exterior and a stylish art deco-style porte-cochère has been added to the valet area. Work is underway to add a new buffet, bingo hall, poker room, complete renovation of the casino floor, movie theater, outdoor event space, resort-style pool, and yes, more hotel rooms. A new Asian restaurant and burger lounge will be among the dining options, and the popular Oyster Bar isn't going anywhere, although Jack's Irish Pub quietly disappeared a few months ago.
The Palms renovation is being completed in phases, the first of which is scheduled to wrap in the second quarter of 2018. Palace Station's renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.