Palms Casino Resort is a hotel and casino located near the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It includes 703 rooms and a 94,065 sq ft (8,738.9 m2) casino. The resort catered to local residents and tourists, and also became popular among celebrities.
The Palms casino is 94,065 sq ft (8,738.9 m2). Upon opening, it had 2,200 slot machines, keno, bingo, and 55 table games, including blackjack and poker. It also featured a sportsbook with seating for more than 200 people. Unlike certain other properties, the Palms sportsbook was built in the center of the casino, intended as a convenient location for locals to find. The book initially did not accept bets on NBA games, due to the Maloof family’s ownership of the Sacramento Kings. The betting ban on NBA games was lifted seven years after the Palms’ opening.
The Palms has 703 hotel rooms, spread across two towers. It originally opened with a 42-story tower containing 455 rooms, a small number compared to resorts on the nearby Strip. In an effort to attract basketball players, the hotel included 24 NBA rooms, featuring beds and showers that were longer and higher than normal. The hotel was also featured in the reality television series The Real World: Las Vegas, and the suite created for the show was later opened to the public. In 2003, the Palms unveiled bachelor and bachelorette party suites, both featuring stripper poles and other amenities. The rooms had previously been used by the production crew for The Real World.
On the ground floor, the Palms included Rain in the Desert, a three-story club spanning 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2). Guests would enter through a gold-mirrored tunnel, accompanied by fog and lights. The interior of the club featured a center stage surrounded by a moat, and a nearby three-story waterfall was used as a projection screen. Rain was developed by Michael Morton and Scott DeGraff, and was opened on November 16, 2001. It included a showroom, and opened with a concert by Macy Gray, although performances by musicians were not intended to take place on a regular basis.
The Palms opened with various restaurants, including N9NE, a steakhouse by N9NE Group. It had seating for 175 people, including a 16-seat caviar bar. An Asian restaurant, Little Buddha, was partially inspired by the Buddha Bar in Paris. Another restaurant, Garduño’s, was carried over from the Fiesta hotel-casino. The Palms location was spread across two floors. A food court with a handful of eateries was built near the resort’s movie theater. A French restaurant, Alize, was built on the top floor of the hotel tower and was mostly glass-enclosed for views of the Las Vegas Valley.
At night, the Palms pool area was converted into a nightly club and lounge known as Skin, starting in 2002. A new $40 million pool area was opened in 2006, on two acres.