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Lucky Dragon Opening Set For December 3rd

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The official opening of the Lucky Dragon Hotel Las Vegas has been announced for December 3rd, said to be an auspicious date.  Certainly it will be a notable one, commemorating the first new hotel casino to open in Vegas in the past six years and also the first one to be specifically curated for an authentic Asian experience.

The nine story structure occupies 2.5 acres near the northwest end of the Strip, at 300 West Sahara Avenue.  The boutique hotel has 203 rooms, including 22 standard size suites (625 sf) as well as a large penthouse suite.  In addition to the oasis pool garden, guests can relax in a 4,500 square foot spa, in partnership with Sothy’s USA; here, four private rooms will offer an extensive range of treatments, massages, etc.  A sky bridge connects the hotel with the two-story 27,500 square foot casino.  The focus will be mainly on table games such as Baccarat, Pai Gow, etc. plus  a few blackjack and craps tables, with slots as a secondary feature.  Additionally, there will be a high limit section, The Emerald Room, plus a luxurious VIP gaming area for top players.

We’ve already presented background on construction, funding, etc.  in an earlier article , The Lucky Dragon Hotel Rises in Las Vegas. As mentioned there, staff will be multilingual (including Mandarin, Cantonese, other Asian dialects), and signage will be in both Chinese and English.  We now know more about the inaugural revelry, culinary offerings, etc., so will share those details.

The opening celebrations are literally going off with a bang.  Expect to see a rousing firecracker show, symbolizing expulsion of any evil spirits.  An elaborate lion and dragon dance is planned, spreading good luck and fortune to all those it encounters.  Simultaneously, the world’s largest traditional Kung Fu tea service (aka Gongfu service) will be running throughout the hotel and casino.

The Lucky Dragon aims to live up to its name in many ways. The interior design was accomplished in consultation with a feng shui master, with attention paid to color patterns, carpets, seating, and even the cash stations. Red is believed to be a lucky color so that is a prominent feature in the décor.  This begins outside with the striking red glass windows — selected from nearly 100 possible samples for color tone and texture — and can be seen inside as an accent color in ornamentation and furnishings.  In addition to driving away evil spirits during the opening, bad luck is being eschewed with avoidance of the number “4”, e.g. no fourth floor, no “4” in the phone number, etc.  Perhaps most notably, as dragons epitomise power, strength, and good luck, a 2,500 pound glass dragon chandelier will float over the gaming floor.

There are five different restaurants at the Lucky Dragon, ranging from gourmet selections to take-away options, all serving authentic Asian fare.   You can experience the vibrancy of a night market, the serenity of the tea garden, or dine luxuriously with a view.  We’ve even heard rumors of a private dining space with access to the VIP gaming area, perhaps through a ‘secret passage’, and butler service that will enable casino players to order food without having to leave the  comfort of their seats.  While much of the clientele may be Asian visitors, non-Asian attendance is anticipated for the culinary experiences being provided.

For a quick bite or something on the go, head to Bao Now, open 24 hours daily and situated next to the main gaming floor.  The selection includes simple dim sum, soups, rice, noodles, congee, Boba tea as well as other teas and coffees.  Eat there if you wish, but the food is prepared so you can take it to any area you please.

You can find lunch and dinner daily at Pearl Ocean, evoking the south China coast’s rich seafood reputation. This is a 240-seat restaurant, suitable for both family and intimate dining, with a menu of exquisite delicacies and all-day expertly prepared dim sum (cart service).  For those seeking the freshest and most exotic seafoods, flown in daily and prepared in your choice of traditional or modern styles, visit the live seafood room next to the main dining room.  Also inquire about their private banquet dining options and occasional live entertainment.

For truly high-end dining, look to The Phoenix, a 60-seat restaurant with a private balcony.  The cuisine here showcases cutting-edge culinary trends from across China, with a wine list to match.  You can choose from Kurobuta pork, deer tendon, abalone, and numerous other rare and delicious dishes.

Experience the best of Asian street food in the night market of Dragon’s Alley, a 325-seat restaurant open from morning until late evening. The atmosphere is as varied as the myriad urban streetscapes which inspired it.  The menu will rotate, serving dim sum, barbecue, seafood, boba tea and more.  The intention is to provide guests with a sense of adventure, exploration and discovery.

Inside Dragon’s Alley, you will find the “heartbeat of Lucky Dragon’s dining scene”, Jewel Kitchen. This is surrounded by windows and is said to be the only show kitchen in Vegas which extends into the casino.  From any perspective on the gaming floor, customers can observe dim sum and stir fry being made, and generally experience the action of a Chinese kitchen.

The Lucky Dragon hotel lobby flows seamlessly into a shoreline swimming pond area.  This forms an indoor to outdoor tea garden and lounge, the Cha Garden, open 24 hours daily.  A variety of bar and soft seating options are available indoors.  Outdoors, the pool cabanas will be available as private tea huts at night, providing guests with a cosy setting to gather, where they can chat, drink, eat, listen to music and watch international TV programming. Guests may choose to sit at custom-built Gongfu tables. The serene environment is completed with mosaic sculptures, oak trees and a delicate waterfall.

The Cha Garden offers a broad variety of teas sourced directly from venerable tea farms across Asia, and overseen by Las Vegas only tea sommelier.  Besides tea, guests can partake of light snacks similar to tapas, called yum cha (ergo the name).  Additionally, full bar service is provided, with beer, wine and cocktails, for those desiring a Vegas nightlife ambiance.

Hotel bookings are only available online.  Room types include both smoking and non-smoking options for three sizes (king, double, deluxe), with no specification on junior suite or suite.   At this writing, their calendar pages show some bargains for weekdays (at $99 for king smoking or non-smoking) in early February to March.  Otherwise pricing varies by date, as with most hotels, with rates running from $149 to $599 for a king room.  However, if you want to stay during the opening weekend, be prepared to shell out $888 per night.

They anticipated being able to take reservations as of October 1st, but apparently the IT gods did not get that memo.  For the first ten days of the month, the reservations portion of their English website was not functional.  Links still do not yet work for several of the tabs (a red circle with line drawn through it comes up for “Rooms & Rates”, “Guest Info”, “Confirmation”), nor is there a back button to return to the home page.  However, we can see that progress has been made, so are optimistic this is merely a temporary glitch, and all will be resolved shortly.

For photos and more information, check out their web site.    You can also follow the Lucky Dragon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sarah
A retired journalist that’s worked for some of the largest publications in America, Sarah is one of our staff writers that covers hotel reviews, restaurants and the latest news coming from Las Vegas.
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