California Hotel and Casino

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California Hotel and Casino
California Hotel and Casino.svg
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Location Las Vegas, NV 89101
Address 12 East Ogden Avenue
Opening dateJanuary 1, 1975; 44 years ago (1975-01-01)[1]
ThemeHawaiian
No. of rooms781
Total gaming space85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2)
Casino typeLand-Based
OwnerBoyd Gaming
Renovated in1994, 2006, 2016, 2017
WebsiteCalifornia Hotel and Casino

The California Hotel and Casino (also known as The Cal) opened in 1975 at a cost of $10 million with a hotel and casino located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada near the Fremont Street Experience. When it opened it had 325 rooms which has since been expanded to 781.[2]

The California has been owned by Boyd Gaming since it was built by Sam Boyd.[2]

After facing slow business initially, Boyd soon began focusing on the Hawaiian market, offering Hawaiian food and encouraging a more casual atmosphere,[3] he introduced vacation packages from the islands, with charter airfares as low as $9.90. An estimated 80-90% of visitors to Las Vegas from Hawaii stay at a Boyd property. Boyd's Hawaiian marketing, which extended to the Fremont and Main Street Station with their later acquisitions, is credited with helping to build a large Hawaiian community in Las Vegas, which is sometimes called "the ninth island".[3]

In 1989, the hotel designated the term Golden Arm, after Stanley Fujitake rolled dice for three hours and six minutes in craps without losing.[4]

In 1994 an additional tower was added and the remainder of the hotel was remodeled;[2] the property is connected to Main Street Station by an enclosed walkway.

A multimillion-dollar redesign and renovation was announced in December 2015,[5] and was completed in December 2016; the project included three new openings: Holo Holo – The Happy Bar, the Cal Sports Lounge, and Redwood Steakhouse. A Hawaiian cuisine restaurant, Aloha Specialties, was renovated as well. By the time of completion, work had already begun on updating 435 guest rooms and 56 suites in the west hotel tower with new carpet, fixtures, and furniture; the hotel renovation was expected to be finished in early 2017.[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Downtown Las Vegas – The Heyday of Glitter Gulch". Vegas4Visitors. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Casinos by Name". University of Nevada. University of Nevada. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ a b Gladstone, E. C. (21 February 2012). "A Hawaiian island in the Nevada desert". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  4. ^ Montero, David. "A method to their magic: Craps champions swear it's more mystique than math at the tables in Vegas". latimes.com.
  5. ^ Leach, Robin (2015-12-03). "Downtown California Hotel and Casino to undergo sweeping redesign". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ Riley, Bryce (2016-12-06). "California hotel-casino completes sweeping redesign". KTNV. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. ^ Szydelko, Paul (2016-12-07). "Downtown's California completes redesign for 'modern island vibe'". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2018-11-23.

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Coordinates: 36°10′23″N 115°8′40″W / 36.17306°N 115.14444°W / 36.17306; -115.14444