A lot of people may not be that familiar with the history of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, perhaps thinking that it is one of the newer resort casinos on the Las Vegas strip. This property has a pretty rich history though going all the way back to its opening in 1969, and remains an icon on the Las Vegas strip all these years later.
Casino legend Kirk Kerkorian, who had already built the very impressive Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, purchased the 80 acre property across the street from the Flamingo in 1967, and had some big plans for it.
He built what was at the time the world’s largest hotel, called the International Hotel. To get the place off the ground, he brought in none other than Elvis Presley to perform there, who moved in, and lived there and put on shows there right up until shortly before his death in 1977.
The International Hotel was sold to Hilton Hotels in 1970, and for almost all of its history, was known as the Las Vegas Hilton. It changed hands several times since, becoming part of the merger between Hilton and Bally’s to form Park Place Entertainment, which later became Caesar’s Entertainment.
In 2004 the Las Vegas Hilton was sold to Resorts International, who changed the name to LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in 2012. Later that year, at a foreclosure auction, it was bought by a partnership between Goldman Sachs and Gramercy Capital, who sold it to its present owner, Westgate, in 2014, and it became renamed the Westgate Las Vegas.
The Westgate is legendary for bringing in a lot of big performers and events to Las Vegas, and although the names aren’t as big as they used to, and you don’t see the biggest names in show business performing in Vegas any longer, they still have a good variety of regular shows, including 4 performances a week from Cameo, as well as regular shows from comedian Vinnie Favorito, the long running burlesque show Sexxy, and Purple Reign, the award winning tribute to Prince.
The Features of the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
This might not be the largest hotel in the world anymore, but their almost 3,000 rooms on 30 floors still makes them one of the largest. Although it is almost 50 years old now, it has undergone 5 different major renovations, with the latest happening as recent as 2008, so the building has been kept up quite well, a must really if you want to compete with the newer resorts in town.
The Westgate has always catered to the luxury crowd and their 305 suites are a testimony to that. They do offer some fabulous deals for the budget conscious as well though, and for instance you can get their bed and breakfast deal for as little as $49 a night, which includes accommodations and a buffet breakfast for two.
If you’re willing to book 2 nights you can get them for as low as $29 per night, with other packages and other discounts available. This hotel is out for your business and they aren’t afraid to offer fabulous pricing to get it.
There are several selections of rooms and suites here, starting with their spacious 400 square foot rooms, available in premium or signature. You can also book a studio suite, or one of three different one bedroom suite styles, standard, deluxe, and luxury.
Don’t let the pricing fool you, these are very nice rooms, perhaps not as well decorated or luxurious as some of the rooms in town, but these ones are priced more budget friendly, making them a real hit with many travelers.
There are 10 different places to get a meal here, headlined by the world famous Benihana, who deliver among the finest Japanese cuisine you will ever see outside of Japan.
The Edge Steakhouse blends steakhouse favorites cooked to perfection with an exciting array of other dishes. Fresco Italiano specializes in home made pizzas and signature pastas. Fresh Buffet has all of your favorite buffet selections in abundance.
Rikki Tiki Sushi delivers authentic Japanese sushi in a peaceful setting. Sid’s Café has a diverse and delectable menu, specializing in burgers and sandwiches. Silk Road Asian Bistro creates a unique fusion of Asian dishes.
Superbook Deli, located in the heart of the world’s largest sportsbook, serves New York Deli inspired items. Fortuna serves Starbucks coffee as well as pastries and sandwiches. Pizza Hut Express gives you easy access to pizza hot out of the oven.
There’s also a wedding chapel, a concierge lounge, a FedEx business center, a fitness center, access to the prestigious Las Vegas Country Club, access to the monorail, a pool with cabanas, tennis courts with a pro shop, and plenty of shopping.
The Casino at the Westgate Las Vegas
The casino here is only 74,000 square feet but they have been making casino players happy here for almost 50 years and the size of this casino is plenty big enough to make sure that your casino experience here will be quite enjoyable indeed.
The property is managed these days by the Navegante Group who have a lot of experience managing casinos and specialize in turning them around, and they have done a great job with this place, taking them from struggling financially just a few short years ago to their new found vitality under the new ownership.
If you like to bet on sports or horse racing, this is really the place to be, as the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is super indeed, as this is the world’s largest sports book. Their 30,000 square feet has seating for 350, a giant 15 by 20 foot screen, as well as 28 other giant screens.
They have the largest betting menu in the state of Nevada, and many promotions and other perks, amenities, and offers designed to keep them well ahead of the competition. This truly is a sports bettor’s paradise.
All players here are treated to free membership in the Players Club, in addition to their ongoing assortment of weekly promotions designed to add even more value and excitement to your play here.
A good selection of slots and video poker machines await you here, and while they don’t have the sheer number of them that the biggest casinos have, they have all the ones that people really love to play, so the quality is there to be sure.
The high limit slot area’s machines range from a quarter to $100, so players who only wager more modestly can get in in on the special VIP treatment that is rolled out here.
Blackjack is offered here in three formats, single deck, double deck, and multiple deck, with table limits ranging from just $5 all the way up to $2000 a hand. There’s also the classic casino games of Craps, Baccarat, and Roulette to enjoy.
While you won’t find any of the newer casino table games here, these are the most popular casino games and have all stood the test of time.
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino has also stood the test of time, and is especially appealing to those who are looking to get the most bang out of their buck during their stay in Las Vegas, something you can bet on happening here.