It's time for our monthly blog series again: Everything about Las Vegas! The world-famous gambling city never sleeps and we at Online Casino Ground really list everything that has to do with Las Vegas. In previous editions we told everything about the emergence of Las Vegas to the city what it is today. For example, in Part III you read practical tips for gambling in Las Vegas. Part IV introduces you to Downtown Las Vegas and part V focuses on various great activities that you can undertake when you are in Las Vegas. In this edition we tell you more about the hotels in Las Vegas. And not about the more famous hotels such as: Planet Hollywood, The Venetian, Bellagio and other large hotels on the strip. No, we tell you about the hotels & casinos that you can no longer visit in Las Vegas. Because not every hotel in Las Vegas managed to make their business a success! Do you read along?
Sahara Hotel & Casino
The Sahara Hotel & Casino was already opened in 1952, on October 7, 1952 was the grand opening to be exact. The hotel was highly profitable for more than 50 years, but when the global economic crisis started, the Sahara Hotel & Casino was also the victim. The hotel was therefore completely closed in 2012 because it was no longer profitable. The hotel was not demolished in the end, but after a small renovation, it reopened its doors with a new name: SLS Las Vegas. A special detail is the roller coaster in the hotel. This roller coaster was sold after the closure of the hotel and will pop up after a renovation in another hotel in Las Vegas.
El Rancho Vegas
This hotel in Las Vegas was the largest hotel in the city until 1942 with 110 rooms. Nowadays the hotels and resort in Las Vegas laugh at this number. However at the time this was a large and well-known hotel. About 18 years after the opening of the hotel, a huge fire broke out, destroying the entire building, including the casino and restaurants. There were no deaths in the fire, but the hotel was completely swept away. Soon after the fire, plans were made to renovate and reopen the hotel and casino. The name was only used much later to open a hotel with a total of 1,000 rooms. This was in 1983. However, this opening lasted only ten years until 1992. After this closing, the hotel was again slightly renovated and named after El Rancho’s Countryland USA. A hotel that needed to attract more families. This period lasted only 8 years. The hotel closed again and the property fell into the hands of a new investor who wanted to make it the Fontainebleau Resort Las Vegas. To date, these plans are incomplete.
Silver City Casino
The Silver City Casino in Las Vegas (see main photo) was opened in 1974 by Circus Circus Enterprises, a group that managed and developed Las Vegas resorts and casinos. The casino was bought for 30 million dollars at the time. The Silver City Casino was the first casino on the strip to forbid smoking in the casino in 1991. Over the years, the casino has had several owners who all had big plans. In October 1999, Luke Bragnara had become the proudest owner of the casino. However, because his license was not approved by various investigations into this businessman, he could not keep the casino open. Luke Bragnara did not throw in the towel but turned the Silver City Casino into a shopping center: Silver City Shopping Center.
The Sands Hotel & Casino opened in 1952 and was designed by the famous American architect Wayne McAllister. The prominent high logo at the entrance became known by the many international artists who performed at the Sands Hotel & Casino. A well-known artist who performed here was Frank Sinatra, who even bought shares in the hotel. He made sure that dark people were allowed to work in the casino, which was not very normal at the time. He wanted to have a positive influence on the racial discussion in politics at the time. Eventually in 1996, the Hotel & Casino was increasingly bothered by the competition that mega resorts built on the Strip. Owner Sheldon Adelson finally made the decision to close the resort in 1996. But not forever. It was rebuilt with a whopping 1.5 trillion dollars and is now the luxurious mega-resort The Venetian. With more than 3,000 rooms, one of the largest hotels you can find in Las Vegas.
The Dunes Hotel & Casino was located on the Strip from 1955 to 1993. The name of the hotel and casino was derived from the Arabian Nights story. The hotel has been struggling to be profitable from the start. Investors were sought several times to implement a reorganization and even to prevent bankruptcy. In 1985 several attempts were made to take over the hotel. Steve Wynn and Donald Trump made an offer. However, this never came to a deal. It even took until 1992 before the hotel was sold to the company of Steve Wynn, Mirage Resorts Inc. Although he already made a bid of $ 100 million in 1985, he became owner for 75 million dollars 7 years later. The hotel closed its doors for good in 1993 and was completely demolished. Mega resorts such as the Bellagio, Monte Carlo, CityCenter, Cosmopolitan, New Yor-New York and Excalibur were built on this land.
Klondike Hotel & Casino
The Klondike Hotel & Casino was also known as the Klondike Inn. The resort was located on the Strip in Las Vegas. The resort opened in 1962 under the name Kona Kai Motel. After a few years, the hotel was sold to entrepreneur John Woodrum, who renamed the hotel to Klondike Hotel & Casino. The hotel has been very popular for a long time, also among residents of Las Vegas. In 2005 the hotel was sold to Royal Palm Las Vegas. They wanted to transform the resort into the Paramount Las Vegas. Following this, the Klondike Hotel & Casino closed in June 2006 and was demolished in March 2008. But because Royal Palm Las Vegas had difficulty getting the funding, the plans never got off the ground. The land was later put up for sale and a Harley Davidson dealer later opened a business on the former site of the Klondike. The plans for the future of this place are still uncertain to date.