L.A.-area firm buys Lake Las Vegas hotel, gaming property

People browse the streets of MonteLago Village during the grand reopening of Casino MonteLago at Lake Las Vegas on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Newage Lake Las Vegas LLC has purchased the Ravella at Lake Las Vegas hotel and the adjacent Casino MonteLago in Henderson, Clark County records show.

The company bought the 13.84-acre Ravella site and the 1-acre Casino MonteLago site on Nov. 21 for $46.859 million from a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, records show.

Under leases, the owner of the Ravella brand continues to run the hotel and Intrepid Gaming Operating Company Inc. remains the licensed gaming operator at Casino MonteLago.

The hotel site initially was a Ritz-Carlton. It closed in May 2010, and a Deutsche Bank unit foreclosed on the real estate.

In January 2011, Dolce Hotels & Resorts took over the lease for the 349-room property and gave it the Ravella brand.

Casino MonteLago closed in March 2010 because of the Ritz-Carlton closure. It reopened last year after the Ravella opened.

Newage is a unit of Kam Sang Co., Arcadia, Calif., in the Los Angeles area. It owns multiple hotels in Southern California.

This is the second big hotel deal this year at Lake Las Vegas. In March, it was revealed that the 493-room Loews Lake Las Vegas had converted to the Westin brand.

Phil Wolfgramm, senior vice president at Kam Sang, said Thursday that the company has been interested in the Lake Las Vegas hotel property since its Ritz-Carlton days.

He said the hotel was built to high-end standards and is ideally suited to serve companies as a training and meeting location. It’s not far from the Las Vegas Strip but enjoys the quieter atmosphere at Lake Las Vegas, he said.

Dolce is doing a good job operating Ravella and will stay in place, he said.

“Dolce has re-established it as a meeting hotel,” he said.

The existing casino operator will stay in place, as Kam Sang isn’t experienced in gaming.

With a stable, long-term owner in place, the future is bright for both properties, Wolfgramm said.

“We’re ecstatic to be there,” he said.

This is the first investment for Kam Sang in the Las Vegas area.

Wolfgramm said that besides its four hotels in Southern California, Kam Sang has investments in the restaurant industry and in mixed-use retail commercial real estate.

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  1. When you can get a hotel room at Ravella for $69 through Val Pak Coupons, Living Social and Groupon - sorry but this is not a property that is doing well. Getting the golf courses back up and running is crucial to this area coming back. Seeing how one of the great golf courses in all of Nevada has been run into the ground is just sad.

    Ritz Carlton was stuffy, expensive and just not a place that was that welcoming. So you go from very expensive now to a hotel that has a management company who does not understand Las Vegas clearly - running Val Pak coupons for the same guest rooms that were $300 a night. Dolce is not the right management company. Same guest room - $300 in April of 2010 and a year later they are $69 - that is a sign of a desperate hotel who does not get it.

  2. I agree with kirkland. no way they keep management in place at the hotel. But also add the casino. Nice place, poorly ran, no live gaming, crappy restaurant.