Golden Nugget Lake Charles casino officially opens

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor , Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. announced today the highly anticipated Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles is officially open. Located just two hours from Houston, this 1.3 million-square-foot property marks the fifth Golden Nugget and the closest to Texas.  

The $700 million hotel and casino features 740 luxury hotel rooms and suites; an 18-hole championship golf course; a world-class spa; extensive retail options; an 18,000 square-foot ballroom; 30,000 square feet of meeting space; a one-of-a-kind pool; private beach front and marina; and a number of Landry's signature restaurants. An innovative casino floor featuring 70 table games, a state-of-the-art poker room, and 1,600 of the world's newest slot machines redefines the gaming experience across the industry.
"Golden Nugget Lake Charles is like no other gaming resort offering a first-class, Las Vegas-style atmosphere right here in the South," said Fertitta. "We know our strong Texas and Louisiana customer base will enjoy having these unbeatable, luxury amenities closer to home. This marks our fifth Golden Nugget opening. Our Vegas, Laughlin, Atlantic City and Biloxi properties, each required a dramatic renovation and rebranding; whereas Lake Charles is our first ground-up development and articulates our style through and through."
A popular spot for Texas gamblers and the closest in proximity, Lake Charles is located hours away from three of the largest, top-tier Texas markets – Houston, San Antonio and Austin which generate almost 65% of the gaming revenue in Lake Charles.

Stay and Play

The 25-story hotel and casino offers 740 luxury hotel rooms and suites that provide guests with comfortable and spacious accommodations. With rich browns and shades of red, the ultra-modern rooms and suites provide the utmost quality of excellence from the moment guests walk through the door. The innovative casino floor redefines today's gaming experience delivering 70 table games, a state-of-the-art poker room and 1,600 of the newest slot machines in the world. From card games such as Blackjack to spinning the wheel at Roulette, players will enjoy nonstop gaming favorites for everyone.
Setting the Standard

Offering 290 acres of the most luxurious resort and hotel amenities, Golden Nugget provides an unbeatable first-class experience. Premiering in April 2015, the 18-hole championship golf course will offer amazing views with great golf shots and generous fairways. After an enjoyable round of golf, players can visit the Clubhouse to relax and dine in the full-service restaurant and lounge. The Spa and Salon offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with luxuriously appointed men's and women's facilities complete with relaxation lounges. From Signature 24-Karat Gold massages to facials and body treatments, guests can receive VIP treatment during their getaway.
The Grand, an 18,000 square-foot ballroom, hosts a variety of live entertainment and concerts that bring guests face-to-face with some of the biggest names in the business. With 2,000 seats, The Grand offers big shows in an intimate setting. The Golden Nugget also offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate gatherings of all sizes and occasions including conferences, conventions, banquets and weddings. From a one-of-a-kind Vegas-style pool to a relaxing private beach front and marina, options are endless when it comes to water front entertainment.  
Superior Dining

Golden Nugget offers seven Landry's, Inc. restaurants that provide the perfect setting for intimate dinners, family gatherings, business lunches, or sports viewing parties. From upscale to casual dining, guests can enjoy signature favorites, including Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, Grotto Italian Ristorante, Lillie's Asian Cuisine, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper Restaurant, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar and Landry's Seafood House.
Unmatched Entertainment

Five bar and lounge spaces provide guests with non-stop entertainment 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Ice Bar and Bar 46 offer relaxing lounge seating and delicious cocktails. Blue Martini, Rush Lounge, and H20 Pool & Ultra Lounge feature live music and dancing.
Luxury Retailers and Gifts Shops
Throughout the hotel and along the Shopping Promenade, guests can find the latest styles and trends at eight boutiques and gift shops. From fashionable apparel and accessories for men and women to souvenirs and branded items, the resort and casino features designer brands such as Tommy Bahama, Michael Kors, Lucky Brand, and Nanette Lepore, to name a few. Retail options include Style & Trend, 1946, Riveted, Aqua, Luxe, Memento, Essentials Gift Shop and The Chocolate Box.
Fertitta Entertainment and its affiliates, Landry's and Fertitta Hospitality Wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, Fertitta Entertainment and its affiliates, Landry's and Fertitta Hospitality, are a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming, and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts, such as Landry's Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton's The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper, and Mastro's Restaurants. Landry's also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Willie G's, and others. The gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. The Company's entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations, including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium, and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.

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