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At Westgate, Elvis left the building, returned, left again, and is about to stage another comeback.
The former International->Las Vegas Hilton->LVH property has long had an association with The King after Elvis Presley headlined there in the 60s and 70s. Next week, a new, permanent exhibition by Graceland will, can't help it, grace the property.
After a recent, unsatisfactory stay at the ever-evolving Westgate Las Vegas, we couldn't sign off on the hotel-casino's new room product. The good news is, Westgate officials are listening and aren't signing off on how things went, either.
Among the chief problems encountered by our @sammasseur: A non-working air conditioning unit and shoddy housekeeping. If you missed our report, catch up on the specifics here. While Sam tried to speak to a manager during his stay (even going so far as to leave his card), he was never contacted. After his report published on VegasChatter, Westgate Resorts' Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip provided this comment to us directly:
Room Reviews / Hotel Reviews / Off Strip / Westgate Las Vegas / LVH / Room Remodels / Renovations / Name Changes / → All Tags
In January, we tipped readers off to the addition of 1,200 renovated rooms at Westgate Las Vegas, many of which are now designated as the Signature class. Located in the central tower of the
Benihana Hotel former LVH (and, before that, Las Vegas Hilton), Signature accommodations promise “magnificent ambience and uncompromising quality.” Lured in by all of that boasting (and a very tempting price), I decided to celebrate my three-day birthday weekend in all of this supposed luxury. Did the Signature class live up to heightened expectations?
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Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.
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Exciting new changes are happening!
We already knew new owner David Siegel was promising big things in regards to the aging off-Strip property, but curious as to the focus of this particular excitement, we clicked through to find the answer:
In a city where the pylons of yesteryear have fallen to taller, flashier, all-digital productions, Westgate is going with the
cheaper more cost-effective route of just changing the letters on the old Las Vegas Hilton sign.
The 279-foot-tall structure, featuring more than 70,000 square feet of surface space, was erected in 1997 after severe winds destroyed the marquee before it. At the time, it was declared the largest freestanding sign in the world. We're not sure if that still holds true today (if you are, say so in the comments below.)
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For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.
What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)
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VegasChatter reader Barbara E. is a big Elvis fan and a regular Las Vegas visitor from California. After visiting an Elvis Festival in San Diego, she knew she had to experience one in the city Elvis helped make famous.
With 837 performances since 1969 in the hotel now known as Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, formerly the International Hotel when Elvis performed there), Barbara knew this would be the spot to meet up with other Elvis-minded fans. She submitted the tale of her trip to VegasChatter so read on to hear more about her experience.
I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was 16 in 1956. I remember a radio host announcing “a new and controversial singer,” or some such phrase that got my attention, before he played “Heartbreak Hotel.” Those were the days when there were portable radios in the bedrooms, not TVs. I bought all his records and still have them. Unfortunately, termites ate Elvis’ first album–the little buggers.
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No matter the name, whenever the off-Strip property that can be found next to the Las Vegas Convention Center is mentioned, its demise is inevitably traced back by many to the closure of Star Trek: The Experience.
The attraction -- which featured a museum, ride and replica of Quark's Bar -- debuted at what was then the Las Vegas Hilton back in 1998 and lasted ten years before it was shuttered. A failure to agree on a lease was blamed. ThemeParkInvestigator.com details the experience that once was:
The LVH letters, which stood for Las Vegas Hotel after Hilton parted ways with the property in 2012, are coming down this morning:
Well, it sounds like we won't have to explain LVH, anymore.
The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the former Hilton property has been sold to Westgate for somewhere around $150 to $170 million.
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There are plenty of music icons that come to mind when thinking about the history of Las Vegas, but none bigger than Elvis. Every year, Elvis fans and impersonators descend on Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Elvis Festival at LVH. This year’s event takes place July 10-13. If you’ve been to LVH before, you probably remember seeing a bronze Elvis statue (above) right near the entrance. Sometimes he’s inside, sometimes he’s outside and sometimes you can see that he'd just lei’d.
The main feature of the festival is an Elvis tribute artist contest, a four-round competition taking place over two days with two rounds of cuts, one after the second round of the competition and one after the semi-final round, leading to a final face-off by the top five. The festival is open to everyone, but some events might charge an entry fee. Here’s a look at the schedule and accompanying costs: