Ravella at Lake Las Vegas: Dolce Reinvents Former Ritz-Carlton With Eye Toward Groups

By Rebecca Theim February 16, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

Photo: Courtesy of Ravella at Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas’s shuttered Ritz-Carlton has been given a new lease on life by New Jersey-based Dolce Hotels & Resorts, which on Friday reopened the former hotel as Ravella at Lake Las Vegas, with an eye toward attracting convention and meeting business.

“One of Dolce’s initiatives is to cater to the meetings market,” said Ravella director of sales and marketing Marty Bertone. “We’re really encouraged by the reception we’ve gotten, particularly from groups.”

In addition to 349 guest rooms and suites, the property offers 39,000 square feet of meeting and social event space, including an 11,841-square-foot grand ballroom with 7,423 square feet of prefunction area, a 4,700-square-foot junior ballroom, 10 function rooms, and a lakeside, climate-controlled outdoor pavilion.

Although Lake Las Vegas offers a sense of calm that is worlds away from the Las Vegas Strip, its relative isolation—it sits on the outskirts of suburban Henderson, 17 miles from the Strip—was blamed in part for the Ritz-Carlton’s difficulties. But Bertone said the remoteness can prove a plus for “meeting-intensive” groups: “No distractions, they’re here to do business.”

In addition, Ravella offers a 30,000-square-foot spa, a small sand beach, and preferred tee times at the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course at the neighboring South Shore Country Club, along with an adjacent Italian-inspired village of restaurants and boutiques.

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