In a destination that is forever changing from the inside out and back again, it is difficult to command center stage. However, the Plaza Hotel & Casino has set out to do just that in the meetings and conventions arena.

In true Vegas fashion, there are multiple layers to this project. There’s the physical plant, the team of individuals that planners such as yourself will be working with and then of course the destination.

The transformation of the Plaza began back in 2011 when the property closed both towers for a complete $35 million renovation of all guest rooms and suites. Over the course of the next 5 years, the Hotel has continued to invest in a variety of projects … and now we are preparing to launch renovated and expanded meeting space.

Home to the largest ballroom (19,000 square feet) in Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza will now offer over 30,000 square feet of indoor, usable meeting spaces. And with the exception of one great event space off the casino floor, all is located on one level with direct access from both guest towers. And talk about flexibility, there are a total of 17 possible meeting rooms. The space, located on the third floor, also has the easiest load in with a full hydraulic lift and complimented with two freight elevators.

The Sierra Ballroom, Boulder Studios and the foyer space will have pretty much new everything. In addition, we are bringing in the latest version of digital reader boards including two master boards that will allow guests to download their agenda on their smartphone. The expansion will include new offices (a couple that can even be small breakouts), two new breakouts and a boardroom.

Space is great but what’s it like to work with a team Downtown? Don’t let our retro destination fool you. Most of us have come from the Strip big boxes. And if you’re wandering, we’ve got big experience outside of Vegas too. We are an independent – and relatively "small" by Vegas standards – hotel casino at 1,003 accommodations. That translates into creative license and a lot less bureaucracy to color outside the lines when needed.

We are open to a complete hotel buyout; restaurant buyout; taking over unconventional spaces ... if you’ve got an idea, we’re open to hear it.

The destination question comes up a lot. It’s okay. We know you’re thinking it. And we’re ready to address it. There was a time when Downtown wasn’t so cool. When you look at the landscape of financial investment in the city, most of it has been directed toward Downtown. Unlike our Strip sister, we’re a bit more diversified. And more eclectic too. We are a mixture of hotel/casinos, retail, dining, lounge, attractions, entertainment and business. It’s an outdoor vibe where one can stroll along until they find the activity that suits them.

It’s free entertainment on multiple stages. It’s the attractions so not everything is inside four walls ... but transportation isn’t required. It’s a neighborhood. It’s the Vegas fun and value everyone came to love … and then lost. That is until the revitalization of Downtown. We honor our legacy and look for every opportunity to preserve our heritage while bringing the modern amenities to the edge.

We’ve got some other tricks up our sleeve too. Come back next month for another article and additional details about what’s to come. And before you go … you might want to go ahead and send us your specs for your preferred dates to make sure we have them, or at least get in line. If you want to chat, we’re open to answering questions and providing additional details. Just let us know what you need. We’re here to help! To learn more visit Email: or call 702-386-2320.

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