Category:Resorts in the Las Vegas Valley
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1. Resort – A resort is a self-contained commercial establishment that endeavors to provide most of a vacationers wants, such as food, drink, lodging, sports, entertainment, and shopping, on the premises. The term resort may be used for a property that provides an array of amenities, typically including entertainment. A hotel is frequently a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, some resorts are also timeshare or fractionally owned, or wholly owned condominium complexes. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, commonly these facilities are of higher quality than would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a towns restaurants. Closely related to these resorts are convention and large meeting sites, generally these occur in cities where special meeting halls, together with ample accommodations as well as varied dining and entertainment, are provided. An all-inclusive resort charges a price that includes most or all items. At a minimum, most inclusive resorts include lodging, unlimited food, drink, sports activities, all-inclusive resorts are found in the Caribbean, particularly in Dominican Republic, Egypt, and elsewhere. Many also offer sports and other included in the price as well. They are often located in warmer regions, the all-inclusive model originated in the Club Med resorts, which were founded by the Belgian Gérard Blitz. Some all-inclusive resorts are designed for specific vacation interests, for example, certain resorts cater to adults, while even more specialized properties accept couples only. Other all-inclusive resorts are geared toward families, with facilities like craft centers, game rooms, all-inclusive resorts are also very popular locations for destination weddings. A spa resort is a short term residential/lodging facility with the purpose of providing individual services for spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically many such spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or sources of mineral waters, golf resorts are resorts that cater specifically to the sport of golf, and include access to one or more golf course and or clubhouse. Golf resorts typically provide golf packages that provide visitors with all greens and cart fees, range balls, accommodations, in North America a ski resort is generally a destination resort in a ski area. Ski resort is less likely to refer to a town or village, a megaresort is a type of destination resort which is of an exceptionally large size, such as those along the Las Vegas Strip. In Singapore integrated resort is a euphemism for a destination resort. A holiday village is a type of self-contained resort in Europe, a holiday camp in the United Kingdom refers to a resort where the accommodation is in chalets. The term holiday park is used for a resort where the accommodation includes static caravans, there are 1500+ timeshare resorts in the U. S. that are operated by major hospitality, timeshare-specific, or independent companies
2. Las Vegas Valley – The Las Vegas Valley is a major metropolitan area located in the southern part of the U. S. state of Nevada. The largest urban agglomeration in the state, it is the heart of the Las Vegas–Paradise-Henderson, the Valley is largely defined by the Las Vegas Valley landform, a 600 sq mi basin area surrounded by mountains to the north, south, east and west of the metropolitan area. The Valley is home to the three largest incorporated cities in Nevada, Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas, six unincorporated towns governed by the Clark County government are part of the Las Vegas Township and constitute the largest community in the state of Nevada. Since the 1990s the Las Vegas Valley has seen exponential growth, in 2014, a record breaking 41 million visited the Las Vegas area, producing a gross metropolitan product of more than $100 billion. The first reported non-Native American visitor to the Las Vegas Valley was the Mexican scout Rafael Rivera in 1829. Las Vegas was named by Mexicans in the Antonio Armijo party, including Rivera, in the 19th century, areas of the valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas, or meadows, hence the name Las Vegas. The area was settled by Mormon farmers in 1854 and later became the site of a United States Army fort in 1864. Since the 1930s, Las Vegas has generally been identified as a center as well as a resort destination. Nellis Air Force Base is located in the northeast corner of the valley, the ranges that the Nellis pilots use and various other land areas used by various federal agencies, limit growth of the valley in terms of geographic area. Businessman Howard Hughes arrived in the late 1960s and purchased many casino hotels, as well as television, legitimate corporations began to purchase casino hotels as well, and the mob was run out by the federal government over the next several years. The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and casinos was augmented by a new source of money from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx of personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building boom which is now leveling off. The Las Vegas area remains one of the top entertainment destinations. The valley is contained in the Las Vegas Valley landform and this includes the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, and the unincorporated towns of Paradise, Spring Valley, Sunrise Manor, Enterprise, Winchester, and Whitney. The valley is located within the larger metropolitan area, as the metropolitan area covers all of Clark County -including parts that do not fall within the valley. The government of Clark County has an Urban Planning Area of Las Vegas and this definition is a roughly rectangular area, about 20 mi from east to west and 30 miles from north to south. Notable exclusions from the Urban Planning Area include Red Rock, Blue Diamond, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is the largest police department in the valley and the state and exercises jurisdiction in the entire county. The department does not exercise jurisdiction in areas with separate police forces such as North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Nellis Air Force Base
3. Aria Resort and Casino – Aria Resort and Casino is a luxury resort and casino, part of the CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Aria consists of two curved glass and steel highrise towers adjoined at the center and it opened on December 16,2009 as a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development. At 4,000,000 sq ft and 600 ft in height, among the most notable aspects of Aria is its incorporation of technology in the exterior and interior design of the hotel, specifically for the reduction of energy consumption. It is the largest hotel in the world to have earned LEED Gold certification, Aria was conceived by MGM Mirage as part of the broader CityCenter development project, which was announced on November 10,2004. The architectural design of Aria was conducted by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and this site was previously occupied by the former Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, retail stores, and a large parking lot, all of which were excavated beginning in April 2006. Following excavation, Arias foundation was poured in June 2006, vertical progression commenced in September 2007, at which point construction workers built upwards at a rate of one floor every seven days until reaching the final height of 61 floors. Amid ongoing construction in 2007, Infinity World Development, a subsidiary of Dubai World, from this point on, Aria was jointly owned by MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development, with MGM solely responsible for operations and management. The resort opened on December 16,2009, in the month as several other CityCenter properties such as The Crystals. The completed structure comprises two glass towers, measuring 61 stories tall. At the base of the connected high-rise towers is a casino and a lobby that incorporates natural materials including foliage, flowers, glass, wood. Arias design is described as not adhering to an overarching theme and it was named Aria due to its placement as the central feature of CityCenter, as arias are focal points in operas. Artwork is incorporated throughout the lobby and interior of the building, the main entrance contains a lighted water feature called Lumia which syncs water bursts to music. A result of its design, Aria is the largest hotel in the world to have received LEED Gold certification, Aria contains 4,004 hotel rooms within its 4,000,000 sq ft. The suites make up 568 of the rooms, and a portion are referred to as Sky Suites, at the time of its opening in 2009, Aria was the 9th-largest hotel in the world as measured by the total number of rooms. All rooms have an automation system which automatically adjusts curtains, turns off unused lights and electronics. Room dimensions begin at 520 sq ft, the standard suites range in size from 1,050 to 2,060 sq ft. The two top floors of the hotel consist of a designated room category entitled Sky Villas. A three-story,300,000 sq ft convention center includes four ballrooms,38 meeting rooms, as of 2009, the window was the largest glass-curtain wall of its type ever constructed in a public building
4. Bellagio (resort) – Bellagio is a resort, luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel, inspired by the Lake Como town of Bellagio in Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. One of its most notable features is an 8-acre lake between the building and the Strip, which houses the Fountains of Bellagio, a dancing water fountain synchronized to music. Inside Bellagio, Dale Chihulys Fiori di Como, composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, covers 2,000 sq ft of the lobby ceiling, Bellagio is home to Cirque du Soleils aquatic production O. The main tower of Bellagio, with 3,015 rooms, has 36 floors, the Spa Tower, which stands to the south of the main tower, has 33 floors, a height of 392 ft and contains 935 rooms. Bellagio was designed by DeRuyter Butler and Atlandia Design, construction on the Bellagio began in May 1996. Bellagio had a construction cost of US$1.6 billion. The interior design on the Bellagio was designed by Architectural Digest 100 four time winner Roger Thomas, Roger Thomas is the executive vice president of design for Wynn Design & Development, and principal of the Roger Thomas Collection. Bellagio opened on October 15,1998, just before 11 pm, when it opened, it was the most expensive hotel ever built. In 2000 it became an MGM Mirage property when Mirage Resorts merged with MGM Grand Inc. to create MGM Mirage, in 2010, the company was renamed MGM Resorts International in a move to go worldwide with its brands. In the fall of 2006, the floor was remodeled and new uniforms were issued. On December 15,2010, a helmet-wearing gunman robbed the casino of $1.5 million in chips, in August 2011, he was convicted to a prison term of 9–27 years. The stakes at the Big Game can range up to $4, 000/$8,000, and are frequented by such poker pros as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and it is reported that the pots during this game can far exceed $1 million. Bellagio has also partnered with the World Poker Tour to host several of their tournaments, the performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, two minutes before a water show starts, the nozzles begin to break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue, or red-white-and-blue for certain music. Shows may be cancelled without warning because of wind, although shows usually run with less power in face of wind. A single show may be skipped to avoid interference with a planned event, additional shows can occur for special occasions including weddings. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including Time To Say Goodbye, God Bless the USA, Your Song, Viva Las Vegas, Luck Be a Lady, the fountains are set in a 8-acre manmade lake
5. Caesars Palace – Caesars Palace is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel and casino in Paradise, Nevada, United States, situated on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip, between Bellagio and The Mirage. It is one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. Caesars Palace was established in 1966 by Jay Sarno, who sought to create an opulent facility that gave guests a sense of life during the Roman Empire. It contains many statues, columns and iconography typical of Hollywood Roman period productions, Caesars Palace is now owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. As of July 2016, the hotel has 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers, the hotel has a large range of restaurants, including several serving authentic Chinese cuisine to cater to wealthy East Asian gamblers. From the outset, Caesars Palace has been oriented towards attracting high rollers, the hotel is closely associated with the entertainment industry and has served as a venue for boxing since the late 1970s, and hosted the Caesars Palace Grand Prix from 1981 to 1982. Notable entertainers who have performed at Caesars Palace include Frank Sinatra, the main performance venue is The Colosseum, a 4, 296-seat stadium with a 22, 450-square-foot stage, which was originally built at a cost of $95 million for Celine Dions show, A New Day. After departing in 2007, Dion returned to the Colosseum with her new show entitled Celine in March 2011, in 1962, cabana motel owners Jay Sarno and Stanley Mallin applied for a $10.6 million loan from the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. He began plans to build a hotel on land owned by Kirk Kerkorian, Sarno would later act as designer of the hotel he planned to construct. He wanted to emulate life under the Roman Empire, to come up with a palace in which everybody staying at the hotel would feel like a Caesar. Caesars Palace was instrumental in beginning a new era of lavish casinos from the late 1960s onward, Architectural writer Alan Hess stated, Caesars Palace needed only a sumptuous array of Classical statuary and a host of marble-white columns to establish its theme. The visitors imagination, in league with well-placed publicity, filled in the opulence, jefferson Graham wrote that the result was the gaudiest, weirdest, most elaborate, and most talked about resort Vegas had ever seen. Emblem was a chesty female dipping grapes into the mouth of a recumbent Roman, fitted out in toga, laurel wreath. Cocktail waitresses in Greco-Roman wigs would greet guests and say Welcome to Caesars Palace, among the performers at the opening were Andy Williams and Phil Richards. According to author Ovid Demaris, Caesars Palace was a casino from the day it opened its doors. By the time it opened, the significant publicity of the new hotel had generated $42 million in advanced bookings. On December 31,1967, stunt performer Evel Knievel arrived at the hotel to watch a boxing match and convinced Sarno that he could jump over the distance of 140 feet over the fountains. ABC came in to film the jump, in which Knievel hit the top of the safety ramp after the jump, fracturing his pelvis, several bones and suffering a concussion, he lay in a hospital unconscious for 29 days in a coma before recovering
6. Circus Circus Las Vegas – Circus Circus Las Vegas is a hotel,123,928 sq ft casino, and RV park located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, Circus Circus features circus acts and carnival type games daily on the Midway. Circus Circus is the largest permanent big top in the world, the Lucky The Clown marquee at the entrance was provided by Young Electric Sign Company and was constructed in 1976. Architects Rissman and Rissman Associates designed a giant circus tent shaped main structure, at its opening, the $15 million facility only included a casino. The lack of a hotel resulted in problems, as the casino was not able to attract high rollers. Sarno obtained a $23 million loan from the Teamsters Pension Fund to construct a hotel, as part of the arrangement, the Chicago Outfits enforcer, Anthony Spilotro was granted a gift shop concession in the hotel. In addition to a government investigation into the connections, Sarno. The casinos financial problems continued and Sarno, along with his partner Stanley Mallin. In 1974, ownership changed with the sale of the casino to William Bennett, the facility was expanded with hotel tower additions in 1972,1980,1985,1986 and 1996. A blog reported that on July 1,2009, Slots-A-Fun would begin the process in order to be incorporated into Circus Circus. The hotels famous midway was featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, the ground floor is full of gambling tables, like all the other casinos. But the place is about four stories high, in the style of a circus tent, the Adventuredome Theme Park and the Canyon Blaster roller coaster were featured in the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses. The theme park was known as Joyworld in the movie, characters in 1977s post-apocalyptic Damnation Alley seek out at the abandoned Circus Circus to play. In Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, Austin and Vanessa sneak into the Circus Circus, in the 1992 movie Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, the oversized child Adam is shown laughing and smiling at the Lucky the Clown pylon. The Midway was featured in the 1978 film Corvette Summer, when Mark Hamill was being lured into a scam by a salesman, in the game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas, Circus Circus is featured as The Clowns Pocket. In the TV series Vega$, private detective Dan Tanna lived in a warehouse next to Circus Circus
7. CityCenter – CityCenter is a 16,797, 000-square-foot mixed-use, urban complex on 76 acres located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The project was started by MGM Resorts International, Dubai World became a joint partner during the construction phase. It is the largest privately funded project in the history of the United States. The project is connected by a people mover system to adjacent MGM properties Monte Carlo Las Vegas, the project straddles Harmon Avenue and is bordered by, Las Vegas Boulevard, the Monte Carlo Resort, I-15, the Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino. The site was occupied by the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, the Bellagio employee parking lot. The multi-use project makes use of green technologies, such as using reclaimed water. The Mandarin Oriental, Aria, and Vdara all received LEED certification in November 2009, with a total cost of approximately $9.2 billion, CityCenter is the largest privately financed development in the United States. The original cost estimate was $4 billion, but it was pushed up by rising construction costs, CityCenter opened with approximately 12,000 employees across the different projects. Vdara, Aria, Mandarin Oriental, and The Crystals opened in December 2009, the Veer Towers opened in July 2010. CityCenter features five water and ice features and these were designed by WET Design, the company responsible for the Bellagio fountain and the Mirage volcano. Three of these features are located at Aria Resort & Casino, Lumina, Focus, the remaining two are located in The Crystals, Halo and Glacia. The Perini Building Company was lead contractor on the project, with Tishman Construction Corporation serving as the construction manager. Gensler was the architect overseeing the project. The project was built in three blocks, Block A consisted of the Aria Resort and Casino and surrounding facilities, Block B holds the Vdara, and Block C the Mandarin, Veer, Crystals and Harmon structures. The last remaining permanent building on the site, the Boardwalk Casinos mid-rise hotel tower, was imploded May 9,2006. After most of the process was complete, construction began without an official groundbreaking ceremony in June 2006. Most renderings of the project were released in September 2006 and some delayed until February 2007, the first concrete was poured on June 26,2006. Prior to this all of the work was preparation, including utilities
8. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a luxury resort casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Both buildings are 184 meters tall, in 2013, the hotel was rated The Best Hotel in the World by Gogobot. In 2015, the resort was named to the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List as one of the Top Hotels in the World, the Cosmopolitans 100,000 sq ft casino features views of the Las Vegas Strip. The Pools at the Cosmopolitan features three different types, a pool, day club pool and nightclub pool. The Cosmopolitan is also home to the Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, in January 2014, the Cosmopolitan added a new nightclub concept, Rose. Plans for the property were first announced in April 2004, the developer,3700 Associates, was a joint venture formed by David Friedman, Ian Bruce Eichner, and Soros Fund Management. The developers purchased the site, an 8. 5-acre U-shaped parcel surrounding the Jockey Club timeshare building, further details about the project, including the Cosmopolitan name, were released in November 2004. The Cosmopolitans design team was led by Friedmutter Group as executive architect, the building was engineered by DeSimone Consulting Engineers. The interior design team included Digital Kitchen, Prophet, the Friedmutter Group, The Rockwell Group, Jeffrey Beers, Adam Tihany, the resort was built on what used to be the parking lot for the Jockey Club. Because the Cosmopolitan occupies much of the lot, it was agreed that the Club residents could use part of the Cosmopolitans parking garage. The Cosmopolitan was the second Las Vegas hotel, after The Palazzo, as a result, the parking garage was built first. In December 2007, work finished on the 70-foot hole for the parking structure, the hotel was originally planned to open and be operated by Hyatt as the Grand Hyatt Las Vegas. Original plans called for the casino to be on the floor, but this was later changed. Planned condo units were cancelled and replaced with studios and other hotel rooms, in January 2008, it was reported that the $3. Construction moved forward as the developers searched for new financing, in late February 2008, Global Hyatt Corporation and New York-based Marathon Asset Management agreed to recapitalize the condominium-hotel project. However, one month later the developer said Deutsche Bank AG would begin foreclosure proceedings, related recommended many revisions, including bringing the casino entrance onto the strip. In June 2008, Hearst Corp filed a suit against the owners of the casino. Hearst owns the trademark to Cosmopolitan magazine, in March 2010, the suit was settled, and the resort was renamed Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
9. Encore Las Vegas – Encore Las Vegas is a luxury resort, casino and hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The resort is connected to its resort, Wynn Las Vegas. Encore has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since opening, the Towers Suites at Encore and The Spa have both received the Forbes five-star award. Together with adjacent Wynn Las Vegas, the entire Wynn complex has a total of 4,750 rooms, on April 28,2006, Wynn Las Vegas celebrated its one-year anniversary by breaking ground on a second hotel tower. Initially named the Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, the 2, 034-room hotel project cost $2.3 billion and was sited adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Boulevard. Originally envisioned as an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas quickly became a full-scale resort, the resort was estimated to add 5,300 jobs to the Las Vegas area. After 2½ years of construction, the resort opened to the public at 8,00 pm on December 22,2008. Due to the economic downturn, the opening was designed to be more subdued than previous casino resort openings. The resorts jewelry shop featured the 231 carats, prune-sized Wynn Diamond, to open the betting, Steve Wynn gave high-rollers a few million dollars to make the initial bets and initiated the action by declaring over a microphone, Let the games begin. The start of gambling was accompanied by a recording of Frank Sinatras Luck Be a Lady Tonight. The resort features a 74, 000-square-foot casino,60,000 square feet of space,27,000 sq ft of retail space in The Esplanade, a spa and salon, five restaurants, seven bars. The pool area includes 29 rentable cabanas, in late November 2009, the casino was slightly altered, removing drapery and palm trees in an effort to open up the space a bit more. Steve Wynn, after reviewing and walking through, replaced the planting, the resorts nightclub, XS, was developed by Victor Drai and opened on New Years Eve 2008 with 40,000 sq ft and space for 3,000 guests. Other restaurants are Wazuzu, a bistro that features a 27 ft crystal dragon, Andreas an Asian inspired cuisine by Chef Joseph Elevado, and Society Cafe. The Encore Beach Club opened in June 2010, replacing the Strip entry, the Resort Suites contain 700–745 ft² of floor space. The hotel tower features two sections, the standard Resort tower and the smaller, more upscale Tower Suites, the resorts permanent show was singer-comedian-impressionist Danny Gans, until his death on May 1,2009. The performance space, built with Wynn Las Vegas and previously named the Broadway Theater, Encore Beach Club is a 50,000 square feet venue featuring 40-foot palm trees surrounding three tiered pools. There are chaise lounges, couches, and day beds featuring private safes and it includes oversized lily pads resting in shallow water, and shower poles
10. Excalibur Hotel and Casino – Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Medieval theme in several ways. Its facade is a image of a castle. Until 2007, a figure representing Merlin looked out from a high turret. Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, the hotel is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to neighboring casinos to the north and to the east. A free tram connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Resorts International properties to the south, Luxor, the land on which the Excalibur sits was originally the proposed site of the Xanadu Resort envisioned in 1975. The 1,730 room Asian-tropical themed resort would have been the first mega resort in Las Vegas, the project was never built when the developers could not secure a deal with the county on the sewer infrastructure such a large project would have required. Circus Circus Enterprises constructed Excalibur which opened on June 19,1990, as the largest hotel in the world, with over 4,000 rooms, as of 2016 it is the seventh-largest hotel in Las Vegas, and the eleventh-largest hotel worldwide. MGM Resorts International purchased the property in 2005, however, since 2006 most of the medieval themed statues and scenery have been removed as part of a four-year renovation and modernization project. On March 21,2003, Josh Ford of Los Angeles hit the largest Megabucks Jackpot to date of US$39.7 million at Excalibur, the 100, 000-square-foot gaming area at Excalibur consists of both table games and over 1,200 slot machines. Thunder From Down Under moved to Excalibur in July 2001 and since then has received recognition as one of the best all-male strip shows in Las Vegas, in 2006, the performance space was renamed the Thunder From Down Under Showroom in honor of the troupe. Tournament of Kings is a jousting tournament performed with 12 breeds of horses and 32 cast members in a 925-seat amphitheater called King Arthurs Arena. The show includes a banquet feast served by a serf or wench and is meant to be eaten without utensils. Tournament of Kings debuted along with the opening of Excalibur in 1990, Dicks Last Resort restaurant opened at Excalibur in June 2007. Dicks is known for its unusual dining experience in which servers purposefully act obnoxious towards guests, employee Taco is considered Dicks mascot and entertains guests with his own version of the Bellagio fountain show using water dispensers behind the bar. Excaliburs food court housed one of the few McDonalds in the world to vend Pepsi instead of Coke until the restaurant closed in early 2016, the fun dungeon is an arcade from the which you can access the Tournament of Kings arena, and also includes a Laser Tag arena. Excalibur has been featured in video game and television productions since opening in 1990. Excalibur itself or a hotel resembling Excalibur makes appearances in the video games Driver 2 and Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas
11. Flamingo Las Vegas – Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the property includes a 77, 000-square-foot casino along with 3,626 hotel rooms. The 15-acre sites architectural theme is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style of Miami and South Beach and it was the third resort to open on the Strip, and it is the oldest resort on the Strip still in operation today. The Flamingo has a Las Vegas Monorail station, the Flamingo/Caesars Palace station, after opening in 1946, it has undergone a number of ownership changes. The Flamingo site occupies 40 acres originally owned by one of Las Vegas first settlers, Squires paid $8.75 an acre for the land. In 1944, Margaret Folsom bought the tract for $7,500 from Squires, Wilkerson was the owner of The Hollywood Reporter as well as some very popular nightclubs in the Sunset Strip, Cafe Trocadero, Ciros and La Rues. La Rue Restaurants Sunset Blvd. RN-086-41949 In 1945, Wilkerson purchased 33 acres on the east side of U. S. Route 91, Wilkerson then hired George Vernon Russell to design a hotel that was more in the European style and something other than the sawdust joints on Fremont Street. He planned a hotel with rooms, a spa, health club, showroom, golf course, nightclub, an upscale restaurant. Due to high wartime materials costs, Wilkerson ran into financial problems almost at once, finding himself $400,000 short and hunting for new financing. In late 1945, mobster Bugsy Siegel and his partners came to Las Vegas, after the resort city piqued Siegels interest due to its legalized gambling. Siegel at the time held a large interest in Trans America Wire, Siegel began by purchasing the El Cortez on Fremont Street for $600,000. His expansion plans were hampered by unfriendly city officials aware of his criminal background, hearing that Wilkerson was seeking extra funding, Siegel and his partners, posing as businessmen, approached him and bought a two-thirds stake in the project. Siegel took over the final phases of construction and convinced more of his associates to invest in the project. Siegel lost patience with the costs, and his notorious outbursts unnerved his construction foreman. Reportedly, Siegel told him, Dont worry — we only kill each other, Siegel had also built a secret ladder in the Presidential Suite to escape if necessary. The ladder led down to a garage where a chauffeured limo was also waiting. Siegel finally opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million on December 26,1946, Wilkerson project, with Del Webb Construction as the prime contractor and Richard R. Stadelman the architect. Lore has it that Siegel named the resort after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, who loved to gamble and whose nickname was Flamingo, a nickname Siegel gave her due to her long, skinny legs
12. The Linq – The Linq is a 2, 640-room hotel, casino and shopping promenade on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the casino is 118,000 square feet with 830 slot machines,55 table games, and a race and sports book. The property began as the $2 million, 180-room Flamingo Capri motel, owned by George E. Goldberg, the motel was built directly north of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, where Capri was an employee. The motel began construction in May 1959, with a completion date of August 15,1959. Douglas Honnold and John Rex, both of Beverly Hills, California, were the architects, maurice N. Aroff of Beverly Hills was the general contractor. The Flamingo Capri opened in 1959, the original Flamingo agreed to provide hotel services to guests at the Capri. Ralph Engelstad purchased the motel in 1971, and added a casino in 1972, in 1973, four motel buildings from the Flamingo Capri were relocated and converted to become part of Engelstads other property, the Kona Kai motel. Engelstads construction company added a wing at the east end of the motel, as well as a northern addition. By 1976, the motel was being operated as part of the Best Western hotel chain, the new Imperial Palace Tower, which raised the number of rooms from 300 to 650, was completed in July 1977. The property later re-opened as the Asian-themed Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino on November 1,1979, the Imperial Theatre showroom with 850 seats was opened in June 1980. A second hotel tower with 850 rooms was added in early 1981, the Auto Collections opened on December 1,1981, on the fifth floor of a new parking garage which was added that year. A third hotel tower was added in August 1982, in 1984, a couple from Missouri were assaulted in their guest room by a man dressed as a hotel employee. They were beaten, bound and gagged, and the wife was raped, the couple sued the Imperial Palace, claiming that the hotel did not provide adequate security. The lawsuit lasted until at least 1989, with allegations that hotel employees destroyed evidence relating to their security practices, the case was ultimately settled on undisclosed terms. The lawsuit would lead indirectly to more trouble for the casino, the parties were held in Engelstads so-called war room, which featured a large collection of World War II Nazi memorabilia, including a portrait of Engelstad in the likeness of Hitler. Engelstad claimed the collection was purely of historical interest, and not meant to glorify the Nazis, the Gaming Control Board recommended that Engelstad lose his gaming license and be fined $200,000 for reflecting poorly on the reputation of the Nevada gaming industry. An agreement was reached whereby Engelstad kept his license. In 1986, the casino was expanded by 15,000 square feet, with the meeting, a fourth hotel tower was also added in 1986, for a total of 2,100 rooms