Dolce Debuts Ravella, Revitalizes Lake Las Vegas

Dolce Hotels and Resorts has officially opened its newest hotel, Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, on the site of the former Ritz-Carlton in Henderson, Nev., 17 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, it announced last week.

"We're very pleased to open Ravella's doors today and mark Dolce's entrance into the Las Vegas market," said Dolce President and CEO Steven A. Rudnitsky. "Serving as both an ideal business destination and charming locale for leisure travelers, Ravella's unique ambiance, impeccable amenities and affordable price points will draw visitors seeking a new kind of Vegas experience, and locals who see it as a perfect escape."

It's widely hoped that the reborn resort — which has 349 guest rooms and 39,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a 30,000-square-foot spa — will help revitalize the once burgeoning Lake Las Vegas destination, which was especially hard hit by the economic downturn.

"Dolce Hotels & Resorts is a great addition to the amenities already offered at the beautiful resort community of Lake Las Vegas in Henderson," said Andrea Primo, director of the City of Henderson's Cultural Arts & Tourism Department. "Their expertise in attracting the business traveler and tourist to sprawling areas, such as Lake Las Vegas, will be very beneficial to the community, as well as our city."

Even competing hotels are enthusiastic about Ravella. "This is a big day for the Lake Las Vegas community and we're excited about the future and seeing the destination thrive," said Brian D. Johnson, general manager of the nearby Loews Lake Las Vegas hotel. "We have confidence that the addition of Ravella will enhance the overall travel experience at Lake Las Vegas and provide additional support to the unique shops and restaurants in the village."

Although the Ritz-Carlton — which closed last May — catered to high-end and luxury guests, Ravella has said its primary focus will be on corporate and group travelers seeking resort amenities at "affordable price points."