Planet Hollywood Room Updates

Caesars rendering of their renovated Ultra Hip room

The last incarnation of the Aladdin was sold in bankruptcy to a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in the middle of 2003.

About a year after that, the entire property began a slow transformation from the Arabian and desert theme to a more Hollywood-esque and modern theme. This included almost every part of the property, including the rooms. I visited the property continuously through this period, and it was quite interesting to see the progress from trip to trip. They remained open during the process by staging the renovations such that only part of the property or some of the rooms were being worked on at a given time.

The renovations were finally completed in 2007, and a grand re-opening was held in April of that year. The hotel rooms were completely re-done, outside of the bathrooms, with new theming. The theme for each room was a movie, and there was memorabilia from it located in multiple places in the room. There were obviously multiple rooms for a given movie, but it was actually fairly odd for me to end up getting the same one in my many trips to Planet Hollywood. One of the few that I did get twice was for the movie “A League of Their Own”. One of my previous articles, documenting the arrival at PH, shows a few images of the room I stayed in on that trip, and it contains some “A League of Their Own” memorabilia. As you can see from the image below, it is a different item which is included as part of the theme.

A different uniform in this room, that of the Rockford Peaches

A different uniform in this room, that of the Rockford Peaches

The rooms were swank, if a bit dark, and at the time, the movies were either classic, timely or current. The bathrooms were given a cosmetic updating, including the wallpaper, shower doors, and some of the colors. However, things like the sinks, counters, and shower handles remained the same. The hot tub was retained, and a picture related to the movie for the room was placed in each bathroom as well.

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One of the two sinks in the room I stayed in recently

In late 2015, I was told that Caesars was in the process of renovating the rooms at PH. They were doing this because they wanted the rooms to have a much cleaner and brighter look, as well as the fact that there was no plan in place to update the memorabilia, and those elements were starting to look a bit dated. They appeared to be starting from the top down, and as the floors were finished; they were making them available to the public. They had gone through about three floors by December, and I assume the progress continues to this day. There was only one render that I could find; that was on the Caesars website. It showed a much sleeker look, with all new furniture, and a more open appearance. Now, thanks to one of our VegasBright readers, Peachiekeehn, we have some actual pictures of one of the new rooms.

An overview of the new bathroom, brought to us by Peachiekeehn

An overview of the new bathroom brought to us by Peachiekeehn

Her son was placed in one of the renovated rooms during their trip over New Years and was apparently the first one to stay in the room. As one can see just by the first picture, the bathrooms got more than a superficial treatment this time around. The entire sink and counter have been replaced. There is a new large square mirror, new lighting fixtures, and a new shower door.

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A different angle of the renovated bathroom

From this other angle, one can see that the walls have all be re-painted, with different accents in different areas, as well as all new tile around the hot tub. There also appears to be additional lighting and towel storage underneath the sinks, brightening up the area as well as making use of what was previously a pretty empty area. This has the added benefit of freeing up some counter space as well, which used to be taken up by some of the towels. It is hard to tell, but it appears that the floor has been completely replaced as well.

No more movie theme, but a much brighter and cleaner look

No more movie theme, but a much brighter and cleaner look

As for the room itself, the picture above captures a pretty comprehensive overview of what has changed. There is what appears to be a new chaise lounge, new tables holding new alarm clocks and lamps, new bed and headboard, as well as an all new floor. The movie theming has been completely removed, and the walls have been completely repainted, with some new art in some places. Overall, it is much cleaner regarding lines, gives the impression of being much more open, and clearly has a brighter look compared to before.

A new nook with updated table, chairs, and a coffee maker

A new nook with updated table, chairs, and a coffee maker

It appears that in the Ultra Hip rooms, they have carved out some of the space that was previously dead to make a little nook with a new table and chairs, some art, and a coffee maker. This is one of the new amenities that are being promoted as standard in the new rooms.

A list of the amenities for the new rooms

A list of the amenities for the new rooms

From the Planet Hollywood website, the list above details the amenities for the new rooms. The biggest items are the addition of a coffee maker, refrigerator, and iPod compatible alarm clock in each room. Previously these items were available, but they had to be requested and then brought to your room. Regarding what the rooms are called, the updated ones currently are being identified by having “Ultra” prepended onto their names. The current generation standard room is called a Hip Room (previously Hollywood Hip). The renovated one is termed Ultra Hip, and they are currently only limited to the standard rooms it seems. The larger Resort Room, that I detail in one of my previous articles, and the various suites, don’t seem to have any that are renovated yet.

Thanks once again to Peachiekeehn and her son, for providing us with this first, early look at the new rooms. I would say that if you get a chance, go ahead and book, or ask to be placed, in one of the new Ultra Hip rooms and cherish the experience of what is essentially a brand new room. Otherwise, take a good look at the movie memorabilia in your current generation room, as they are slowly but surely going the way that almost everything else in Vegas eventually goes.

[Images: Peachiekeehn, Gennadius, and Planet Hollywood website]

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gennadius
A former VegasChatter contributor, gennadius is a regular visitor to the Las Vegas area. Some areas of interest include aviation, sports (gambling, watching, participating), blackjack, craps, and science fiction. When in Vegas, gennadius can be found looking for good food, spending time at the clubs, hanging out at the tables, and watching games with friends.

8 Comments on "Planet Hollywood Room Updates"

  1. BigAzMarty | March 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm |

    Where the heck did they hide the writing desk?

    Very nice actual pictures trying to figure out if that tub has a faucet cover or if it is supposed to look like a pipe coming out of wall.

    Now if they would put a nice pool in the middle of the deck and use outside pools for day clubs instead of losing 1/2 pools to the party pool. Make it nice like elara pool deck..walk by it in miracle mile shops and see if you agree.

    • Heh, that is a good question. If that part of the layout remains similar to the original layout, it would be to the left of the armoire in the render, just out of frame. In the actual pictures, it may be right behind the camera in the room pic, and just to the right of the camera in the coffee table pic.

      Agreed on the pools. I believe they will be up for renovation next.

      I’ll try to find out answers to both those items in a couple of weeks for sure!

  2. Thanks for the post and the awesome pics!

    I love the PH vibe, but probably wouldn’t stay their again until they fix the world’s worst pool setup.

    Oh….and Peachiekeehn = kinda hot….

    • Yeah, the pools are a well known issue. It will likely be up for renovations next I assume. They have made some minor improvements over the past year or so, the inclusion of the wave rider machine, and a new bar and a bunch of new cabanas.

      I feel the location and the vibe outweigh the pool, but each person will view that differently. We can all agree that work needs to be done on it for sure.

  3. Peachiekeehn | March 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm |

    Rooster, Lol, that’s not me, it’s my son’s girlfriend but thanks!

  4. Pics looks amazing but Imma have to stick with my Casino Royale. Resort fees are killing me man.

  5. Norm Rivard | March 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm |

    Planet Hollywood has reduced it’s paytable for double double bonus VP, at the sportsbook bar to 7/5. Appears Caesars wants to drive my group
    downtown to the D. Bad move Caesars. My friends and I bring about $40,000 for a weeks stay every year for the last 23 years. I love PH but love a fair shot at winning more. I WILL be talking to a host at The D to see if they would like our group for next trip. Caesars and others doing everything they can to send people downtown. I guess that’s what the new beancounters see as Caesars new direction to try to make Caesars profitable. And they wonder WHY people don’t gamble as much anymore!!!! We like to gamble, not be totally ripped off!!!

    • gennadius | March 5, 2016 at 4:39 pm |

      Yeah, unfortunately most of the Strip properties have shifted a lot of their VP to that pay table. It really isn’t unique to CET properties unfortunately. If you’re in the high limit areas, there are still some good pay tables there, and one can sometimes find isolated machines with better than 7/5 sometimes.

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