-by TS Newshound
Las Vegas, NV, December 19, 2009 — Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate celebrated its soft opening Friday morning, Dec. 18 by welcoming the first 20 timeshare owners to their new timeshare digs. The tower opened on time for the 200 owners who purchased for the last two weeks of 2009.
An estimated 500 more rooms will be open by Christmas, with the remainder to open by Jan. 1. An official grand opening will be held in early January.
The first phase of the PH Towers project, this is a non-gaming, 52-story residential and hotel tower that will include more than 1,200 suites to be used as timeshare units and traditional hotel rooms. The top five stories of the tower consist of 40 luxury penthouse units ranging in size from 4,000 to 12,000 square feet.
About 80 percent of the tower will be used as hotel rooms, which will begin to welcome guests Dec. 28, 2009. Rates will range from the low $100s to $600s per night, and you can be sure that guests will be invited to attend a timeshare presentation at some point during their stay.
The first of two planned towers, upon completion the two towers will house more than 2,700 units. A date for completion hasn’t been announced.
The project is a partnership between Planet Hollywood and Orlando-based Westgate Resorts, with Westgate owning the property and Planet Hollywood providing the marketing and operations.
However, the Planet Hollywood casino-hotel is in talks with Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. for Harrah’s to take it over. Though the deal is not complete, Harrah’s has filed an application with Nevada gambling regulators for a license to run the property. If the deal goes through, Harrah’s would become the new marketing and operating partner. The name of the towers would not change in that event, remaining the PH Towers at Westgate.
Congratulations to Westgate for a job well done!