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Planet Hollywood information
The Aladdin resort was swimming in a sea of debt when Planet Hollywood bought it a few years ago. Wayne Newton owned the Aladdin for a while, Johnny Carson tried to buy it and, before the economic bubble burst in the Land of the Rising Sun in the 1980s, a Japanese businessperson controlled it. But no one has ever made a mint with this hexed property – not yet, anyway. The genie's newest masters have shifted the casino hotel's theme from Istanbul to Hollywood.
PH pays homage to the casino resort's past with the Moroccan-styled Spa By Mandara . They've also kept a few of the Aladdin's gold-star attractions: the Spice Market Buffet and Miracle Mile Shops , formerly Aladdin's Passage. (Fun fact: Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie TV fame hosted the grand opening of the shopping center when the new Aladdin opened in 2000.)
The Hollywood theme is relatively subtle: you'll see film memorabilia displayed around the resort, including inside the guest rooms. The developers' efforts to achieve a more glamorous modern look is clearly evident in the massive lobby, where black granite, spotless glass and massive columns create drama, and eight chandeliers glitter with 66,000 hand-strung crystals each.
Meanwhile dining, nightlife and entertainment options are still evolving. A show-stopping burger bar from Hell's Kitchen chef Gordon Ramsay and a va-va-va-voom headliner show from pop diva Britney Spears have recently upped the ante.
If the slick new property has you feeling nostalgic for days gone by, head downtown to Fremont St. The huge neon genie lamp that once stood outside the Aladdin, rescued and restored by the Neon Museum , still glows outside the Neonopolis.