Visitors who walk through any of Aliante Station's seven entrances are struck with a look and atmosphere closer to Red Rock Resort than any of Station Casinos' other properties.
Station Casinos Chief Operating Officer Kevin Kelley described the look of the new resort, which opens Nov. 11, as "contemporary Scottsdale with a combination of muted and vibrant colors."
The architecture includes sand beige stone from Indonesia, Jerusalem gold stone from Israel and Inca gold stone from Italy.
Despite the upscale look for a locals casino, the $662 million property is geared for a wide range of customers, Kelley said, offering penny slots in the casino, a 12-table poker room and a high-limit room with $25 blackjack and slot play.
"This may be a little over the top for a neighborhood casino," Kelley said of the high-roller room. "But anybody who wants to show up for steam is going to have an opportunity to do it in style."
Kelley said Station Casinos took more than 30 years experience in the locals market in designing Aliante Station to make it the right fit for North Las Vegas. Approximately 500 of the 1,000 employees hired by Station Casinos have already begun work and training, said Joe Hasson, property general manager.
The remaining employees will begin training in the next couple of weeks, with live training in the kitchen and some of the restaurants opening to employees from other properties and invited residents from the surrounding area.
An additional 400 employees will work for four tenant restaurants, six food outlets in the food court, the 16-screen movie theater and other attractions.
The 80,000-square-foot casino has 2,554 slots -- including 1,500 penny games -- and 40 table games.
The property has 14,000 square feet of meeting space that can be configured to accommodate as many 1,000 people.
The meeting space is already receiving interest from area businesses, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nellis Air Force Base and the city of North Las Vegas.
The hotel is opening with 202 rooms with nine suites but plans call for a second tower with an additional 202 rooms in a future phase.
The hotel-casino is on 40 acres on the northeast corner of Aliante Parkway and the Las Vegas Beltway, anchoring the Aliante master plan community.
The hotel-casino is Station Casinos' 18th property in Clark County and its 11th hotel.
It is also the fifth 50-50 joint venture with Greenspun Corp.
Contact reporter Arnold M. Knightly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-477-3893.