Clarion Closes Its Doors
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On the heels of the openings of Delano Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas are we about to see the next implosion of a Vegas hotel? The off-Strip Clarion, just west of the Las Vegas Convention Center, marked its last day Tuesday.
We stopped by the property this morning and found security guards patrolling the grounds. The one we spoke to said there were no guests inside and that the property would be demolished. Over its history, the hotel has undergone more name changes than a former mobster in witness protection. The Las Vegas Sun recounts the various name changes here as well as the succession of owners, among which included Debbie Reynolds.
Employees had reportedly been warned of an impending closure and, over the weekend, stopped taking reservations past Labor Day. The hotel had been known as The Debbie Reynolds Hotel, The Paddlewheel, Royal Inn and the Greek Isles. It held the distinction of being the only Clarion with a casino.
Greek Isles, circa 2008.
This writer enjoyed several fun comedy shows there over the past few years, but always felt the venue was out of place. The lack of a strong hotel client base hurt the bottom line of many productions. Bankruptcies and foreclosure further complicated matters, with the most recent in 2009. Well-known economy brand Clarion took control in 2013, but evidently wasn’t able to turn the tide to save the property.
Somerset House Motel, circa 2010.
One Clarion performer, balloonist Rob Cole, told the local NBC affiliate that the property is expected to be absorbed by the nearby convention center. The former Somerset House Motel that used to exist across the street was demolished in 2011 and its lot is still empty. When Clarion was known as The Greek Isles, it was scheduled for demolition in 2008, though the recession put those plans on hold and Clarion was able to come in and attempt to resuscitate the property.
Time will tell if this building, too, will be demolished or repurposed.
(PHOTOS: Greg C.)