Town Square gets green light for hotel plans on mall property

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Town Square has won Clark County approval to proceed with plans for a hotel on the mall property south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Representatives for the popular mall declined to comment on FOX5, but county documents from the Clark County Zoning Department indicate the hotel would be on the northwest side of the property.

Plans show an 84,000 square foot hotel with 118 rooms, many with kitchenettes; other amenities include an outdoor poolside barbecue and bike racks.

Kitchenettes are the new trend in hotels to compete with short-term rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, according to Dr. Amanda Belarmino, assistant professor at William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. She tracks hospitality trends and launched a study on why people would choose an Airbnb in cities like Las Vegas.

“One of the main things that we constantly see, no matter the location, no matter where you go, no matter the clientele, no matter the age, they like the conveniences like home. And the kitchen is like the first thing they mentioned. It’s also a way to help fight the continuing inflation. You know that at least some of your meals you could eat in the room, with food from a grocery store for much less than you would spend at a restaurant,” Belarmino said.

Valley tourism numbers support the addition of more hotels and different hotel types, especially for working travelers.

“As our population has grown, as we need these limited service hotels, you may not necessarily want the Strip experience. They target people who are here to visit friends and family, or people who are here to do business with Town Square,” Belarmino said.

Clark County documents indicate plans to obtain building permits within months. The company has until October 2024 to begin construction.

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