This year, Virgin Hotels is expanding across America, bringing its signature fun style to three major cities – each one reflecting its locale. Rose Dykins reports

Virgin Hotels is expanding its presence across the US throughout 2021, welcoming three landmark properties in Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas launched in early June. Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the casino resort is set across three hotel towers at 4,455 Paradise Road, off the Las Vegas strip.

The property has more than 1,500 rooms and suites, and a 5,574 sqm casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, which is run by Mohegan Gaming.

Virgin Hotels Las VegasIt also as a five-acre desert pool with an Elia Beach Club, plus an event lawn, a 4,500-person capacity entertainment and live music theatre, and 12 restaurants and bars.

These include Todd English’s Olives, Night + Market by Kris Yenbamroong, Nobu, Michael and David Morton’s One Steakhouse, Kassi Beach House from restaurateur Nick Mathers, and Casa Calavera by Hakkasan Group.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Virgin Hotels Las VegasThere are also outposts of Money, Baby! (sports entertainment, daylife and nightlife brand), Afters Ice Cream and Pizza Forte by the Ferraro Family. Signature Virgin Hotels restaurants and bars also feature,  including The Kitchen at Commons Club, The Bar at Commons Club, The Shag Room and Funny Library Coffee Shop.

Virgin Hotels Las VegasMeanwhile, Virgin Hotels New Orleans is due to launch imminently. Located at 550 Baronne Street, in the city’s Warehouse district, it has 238 rooms, including two suites and two penthouses.

Virgin Hotels New OrleansLogan Killen Interiors has created a Southern residential feel throughout the property, combining colourful tropical architectural motifs with fun, smart design.Virgin HotelsThe hotel’s rooms feature local artwork and art deco-inspired elements, to evoke a sense of old-meets new.Virgin Hotels New OrleansAmenities include ergonomically designed lounge beds, red SMEG mini fridges stocked with street-priced snacks, HD TVs, yoga mats, built-in window seats, and panelled doors to mimic the French doors throughout New Orleans’ buildings.

Bathrooms have makeup desks, extra large showers with benches and Red Flower toiletries. The 1,097 sqm Richard’s Flat Penthouse has floor-to-ceiling windows, one master bedroom, a kitchenette and views across downtown New Orleans.

Virgin Hotels New OrleansVirgin Hotels New Orleans will have several restaurants and bars, including a Commons Club bar and lounge, a 13th-floor lounge, and a Funny Library Coffee Shop.

Finally, Virgin Hotels New York City is set to open this winter in the Big Apple’s NOMAD neighbourhood at 1,227 Broadway, between 29th and 30th Street.

Virgin Hotels New York CityThe first and second floors of the building will be occupied by retail outlets, while Virgin Hotels will take over the floors above. The building itself is designed by Stantec New York and MARKZEFF Design interiors, developed by the Lam Group.

Virgin Hotels New York CityVirgin Hotels New York City will aim to offer a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere, a “calming yet lively sensation” that feels sophisticated yet inviting, in line with the Virgin Hotels brand.

It will have 462 rooms – including concept suites – a rooftop pool and a number of dining options. These will include a Commons Club, a restaurant, bar and a bar on the roof.

Virgin Hotels New York City roofftop barVirgin Hotels New York CityThe Kitchen at Commons Club – located on the fourth floor – will have high ceilings and a tree at the centre of the restaurant, a nod to the foliage of Madison Square Park, which is located steps away from the hotel.

“Bringing the destination into all the design details creates a vibrant and inclusive space,” says Virgin Hotels. “Plus, we wanted to ensure that this property – and all Virgin Hotels – are rooted in the local community through design and programming.”

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