Jewish-focused hotel proposed to be built near Las Vegas Strip – WEAU

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LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Gray News) – A proposed hotel by the Las Vegas Strip will offer features for the faithful that Jewish leaders, tourists and locals say have been needed for years.

Documents submitted to the Clark County Zoning Commission show the King David Hotel would be 648 feet high with 486 rooms and be built at a site less than a mile from the famed Las Vegas Strip.

“The proposed hotel includes a place of worship [synagogue] with uses and amenities aligned with the Jewish faith and culture,” a justification letter to County planning officials read.

“The uses and amenities provided in the hotel will include the standard fare as well as kosher restaurants and amenities which are otherwise unavailable in the immediate area.”

The nearest synagogue is currently Chabad of Southern Nevada, which is about 5 miles away from the Vegas Strip.

Rabbi Levi Harlig said the house of worship sees up to 100 tourists on weekends who make their way through Strip traffic for prayer.

According to Harlig, another synagogue has been needed for some time with so many visitors coming to Las Vegas.

KVVU reports that a big challenge for business travelers is the lack of kosher options across the Strip.

The proposed hotel and its restaurants and banquets could accommodate large groups and host important religious occasions like weddings, bat mitzvahs, holidays or events.

Dr. Amanda Belarmino of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality tracks tourism trends and has helped properties accommodate Jewish guests during the Sabbath and holidays.

“A property that’s built to that is going to cater to an underserved audience,” she said. “There are some niches that can be filled by non-gaming properties, and maybe this is one of them.”

The developer declined to comment on the proposal until it makes its way through the Clark County Commission.

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