Victor Drai’s 24-Hour Party

The forthcoming Hotel Gansevoort to offer day-to-night-to-late-night experience


In April 2014, the Hotel Gansevoort will open in the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon. With some help from Las Vegas nightlife icon Victor Drai, the resort promises a boutique VIP experience at all times.

Most notable will be the indoor/outdoor rooftop pool space for which the Gansevoort brand is known, slated to open in May. The 65,000-square-foot space will have a capacity of 5,000 people, according to Drai. While it will follow the dayclub/nightclub hybrid model of the moment, it won’t stop there. Come May, late-night partiers can descend to the original Drai’s Afterhours venue in the basement, and party through the wee hours till the dayclub reopens in the morning. While sleep may be optional, guests can stop to refuel at celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, Giada’s. Or, if they succumb, rest their heads in rooms Drai himself helped design.

Gansevoort Hotel Group President and co-owner Michael Achenbaum explained at a press event October 2 that Drai was given a blank canvas and the opportunity to “work without confines or limitations and do whatever he wanted.” The result? “He designed a perfect image,” Achenbaum says with a proud father’s smile.

Drai tells Vegas Seven the rooftop club is “an evolution to my next level. It’s going to be very beautiful in a very unique spot. The location is quite magical by itself. It’s very, very powerful.” On his inspiration, Drai adds, “The inspiration was there 20 years ago when I came to the Barbary Coast. I saw the roofs and I wanted to do something then, but at that time I could not because of another project. That would take us 15 years.”

Guests, upon entering, “They’re not going to say anything,” Drai says in his strong French accent. “When they walk in, they’re going to have their mouths dropped. They will be very emotional. It will be very special. Like you remember the first time you walked in XS. It will be a very powerful moment.”

The hotel itself has a modest 188 rooms designed to feel like an intimate, luxurious Parisian loft apartment. Achenbaum shared that the boutique luxury hotel “is dedicated to a personalized experience for every guest … We’re gonna try to remember your name. If you’re not feeling well, we’re sending tea to your room.”

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