Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by MikeOPensacola, Nov 22, 2012.
What is your favorite "pre-Mirage" casino/hotel?
I answered CP due to my relative youth as a Vegas visitor. I only got to see the 'Dust once and never had a chance to stay there. I can't stand Flamingo and I haven't been back to the Trop since they remodeled.
Binions....many times we only came out for the return to the airport.....then came Becky
I voted for Frontier in memory of my parents - it was the first hotel my parents (both deceased) stayed at during their first trip in vegas (March 1969).
Personally, I love the vibe of The Golden Gate and Binions.
My favorite is not on the list------- Desert Inn. To pick from the list--I would say The Sands.
No Riviera on that list?
Vegas World thanks to Bob Stupak...Can only ID two or three others I definitely went to that first Vegas trip in 1986
One day took a taxi to the Barbary Coast and probably walked from there (across this huge parking lot to Caesars,I think where they held the outdoor events back then) Also the Sands,maybe that was easy walking distance from Vegas World..Never made it downtown that trip.
Just wish I had more cash on me or foresight to bring back chips from each and every casino I hit..Brought back a couple souvies I still have,but chips are the deal!
Can't believe I forgot the DI. A great place in its day. I'm surprised The Sands isn't getting more love.
Yep, Becky Binion was a disaster. Jack was a good casino operator, but Benny was the king. Sad to see a great family business done in by family squabbles.
I'll do another poll of best old school downtown casinos soon. But in a way they are still old school as many of the old joints are still there.
Loved the Dunes.
The Tropicana many years ago. Even with the remodeling it just doesn't make it any more.
El Rancho or MGM Grand for me first place I stayed and the first place I played
Love this quote about DI from the Cheapovegas Graveyard:
"In the ever-escalating war to be the poshest, swankiest hotel, Las Vegas buried the classiest place it may ever see."
I was hoping to see some downtown properties on the list.
My fav old school is Main Street Station
I really don't think of MSS or the former Barbary Coast as Old School at all! I know neither had opened when I first started visiting. I might guess that they are both late 70s or early 80s.
Anyone else remember the period when Main Street Station was dark?
Now I must agree that Desert Inn was classy! DI and Caesars were the most hoity-toity in my early Las Vegas days.
Main Street Station had several closures in its history. It opened in 1978 as the Holiday International by owners Major Riddle and Morris Shenker who had ownership interests in the Dunes and various other Vegas casinos. In 1987 it closed and was acquired by new owners who renamed it the Park Hotel. It closed again in 1990. It was acquired by Bob Snow, a Florida developer who had created Church Street Station in Orlando which served as the model for his redevelopment of the casino hotel that would reopen as Main Street Station. He acquired all the antique furnishings and rail cars for the project. From what I know, he was pretty much a perfectionist obsessed with detail. He just didn’t know how to run a casino. The business failed and closed in 1992 after less than a year in operation. The following year the property was acquired by Boyd Gaming but it was not reopened again until 1996.
Haven't done any time in most of the ones listed.
Out of the very few on the list I am going with Sahara since I have spent most time there on the list.
I really love those good old fashion hotels. Very Vegasy. I choose Flamingo because that's the one still stands. Is Caesars the same as Caesar palace? CP is awfully new.
Good to see all the love for The Stardust here
I liked The Frontier's pool area + the deep end pool.
Stayed at Stardust, Caesars, Sahara
Only walked thru Desert Inn + Sands.
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