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Las Vegas: The Cromwell resort hotel to open in spring on the Strip

The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis.

The Cromwell, whose name was announced Friday, will combine contemporary and classic French design in its 188 rooms and suites. Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 24, by which time the opening date for the Las Vegas property should be known.

De Laurentiis’ second-floor eatery, on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, will feature retractable windows and offer views of the Bellagio fountains across the Strip.

The Cromwell will also feature a rooftop pool beside a two-story day-nightclub by Victor Drai.

Designers say the resort will draw inspiration from the Costes Hotel in Paris, using black, French-style awnings and gold fixtures. Guest rooms will feature distressed hardwood flooring and furnishings with a “vintage luggage” motif. The shower walls will be covered in black and white mosaic tile.

The Cromwell is dwarfed by some of its neighbors. Just across the street, Caesars Palace, a sister property, offers 4,000 rooms.

Bill's Gamblin' Hall, once known as the Barbary Coast, closed in Feburary 2013.

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