On Wednesday March 2, the English Hotel opened its doors in the Arts district. The hotel, which is a partnership between chef Todd English, development group Z Life Co. and Marriott Tribute portfolio, is a no-game hotel meant to offer an upscale New York-influenced vibe, according to the general manager. Steve Dennis.
In addition to a pool with plenty of seating, the Pepper Club restaurant offers a menu with Mediterranean and Japanese influences. The menu includes dishes like the Soba You Up Burger, with noodles as a topping on a large patty, as well as fried rice, a variety of sushi, tempura, and a raw sea bass loaded with oysters and caviar. There is a large bar in the center of the room, as well as an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool, with garage style doors that can be opened in good weather. When the hotel has free places, the dessert menu will include the price of rooms for a last minute stay. It will operate daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Todd English’s presence will be felt throughout the property, with designer toiletries and linens that will be available for purchase. Even the toiletries have food-related scents like lemongrass and citrus.
English is a figure with a controversial history. He was charged with sexual harassment in a 2017 lawsuit against The Plaza Hotel, and faced several other lawsuits, as well as a drunk driving arrest in 2014.
The 21-plus property is positioning itself as a go-to for locals and Vegas regulars looking for a different angle on the city, Dennis said. Its pool is more low-key than the Strip and offers walking access to the bars, restaurants, and shops of the Arts District. Dennis also said they hoped to attract the industry crowd for late-night poolside cocktails.
The Las Vegas location is the first of several properties under construction for the next few years from the same team, with eyes on places like Mykonos, Greece.
The Pepper Club is the third English restaurant in Las Vegas, after Olives, inside the Virgin Hotel, and The Beast, inside Area 15.
Update (March 4, 1:03 PM): This story has been edited to include additional context around Todd English’s story.