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Favorite Strip Casino(s) That Is No Longer There

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by vegasvic, Dec 3, 2013.

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  1. bryinmi

    bryinmi Low-Roller

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    This is me too. I'm not very nostalgic. I love that it keeps changing. I started going in 1997 and the place has changed a ton in those 16 years.

    But I do love hearing all these stories.
     
  2. Hogman

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    The Frontier was great but it's heyday was quite a few years before then. I remember the Seafood Buffet had a very long wait time you got a number and they had a display like being at the dmv with the numbers.
     
  3. elvis66

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    I miss the Flamingo Hilton. It had great restaurants, a fun casino, penguins and great pool with cool 80s tunes playing all over. Kind of depressing to watch it in it's current state. Hopefully some of the new renovations will help restore it back to the place it was in the early 2000's pre HET/CET
     
  4. waverunner

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    R.I.P

    Stardust
    Frontier
    Landmark
    Westward Ho
    Silver Slipper
    Dunes
    Desert Inn
    Hacienda
    Marina
    Imperial Palace
    Aladdin
    Sands
    Boardwalk
    Holiday Inn

    Some places may come and go, but never forgotten.
     
  5. vegasvic

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    While I won't miss the IP for the crappy rooms, crappy casino and crappy food I DO miss their outstanding cocktail waitresses. Those blue outfits...... mmmmmm mmmmmmmm good :licklips: :drooling:
     
  6. klsmom

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    I miss the Sahara most. We could always get comp room, and I never felt uncomfortable going down to the casino alone while hubby slept. :cry:
     
  7. GAGMONGER

    GAGMONGER Newbie

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    Strip experiences

    I was always fascinated by the architecture and fast pace of change in Vegas. My first visit was bankrolled by my house sale, so I was up and down the strip maxing out on the experience. The Marina was still standing and I stayed at the Dunes back then. The Frontier at the bottom end of the strip was still boarded up and the stardust was being picketed by the union back then. TI was a glint in Stevies eye, Mirage had recently opened then. No Luxor or excalibur or Rio back then either. A trip down the side of the strip was to 'forget the name' that has become Hooters. Further down it was another side street another althzeimers moment, the place that was briefly owned by the WWF that then went on to be the Debbie Reynolds. The old hotel opposite the convention centre was there with its observation tower thing, well before the Hard Rock got its hands on the real estate.... and that was all around 20 years ago now. The Visitor centre book stated that Vegas had over 77000 hotel rooms back then. Id guess there is around 100,000 now.
     
  8. waverunner

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    The Hotel you're trying to remember is San Remo. I stayed there a couple of times.
    The Landmark had the Observation Tower.
     
  9. sukiran

    sukiran Low-Roller

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    The lobby of the Desert Inn -- it was like walking into a cathedral.

    The sports book at the Stardust -- my first day ever in Vegas and I thought I had wandered onto the set of ``Star Trek.''

    I remember lounging in the Desert Inn pool and being able to see a snowstorm up on Mount Charleston. Must have been late March.

    Also the short, fat Hollywood producer types strutting around the pool with bikini-clad 6-foot blonde amazons on each arm.

    The incredibly hot wet-sauna, where the granite walls would be sweating and a guy would bring you an ice-cold towel every five minutes. When you got out there would be a cold glass of orange juice in front of your locker, plus a
    towel piled high with foot powder.
     
  10. GoobSoCold

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    The people on strike at the New Frontier used to play a tape on a loudspeaker. It went something like this:

    "This is an un-safe and dirty casino, no action in here, go on down to the Mirage. Hold your head high, Walk on by. Hang you head low, in the door you go."

    My first trip was in 1996, I stayed at the Stardust and must have walked past the strikers at the Frontier playing that announcement 50 times.
     
  11. jumpoff

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    My two cents and I guess telling my age a little bit but I miss Aladdin, Sahara and the hilton. I remember the hilton had that Star Trek theme or something like that. While I love the fast pace and ever evolving Vegas I do miss the true themed hotels. I hope they bring the themes back.... Also as a reasonable mention I miss the true Luxor with the boat ride and all the Egypt themes as you walked from Mandalay Bay to the Luxor.
     
  12. SirSwizzlestick

    SirSwizzlestick Low-Roller

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    I know it still there, but I miss Tropicana BEFORE the renovation. The bright red and white South Beach theme doesnt do it for me. I loved when the theme was actually tropical. I know it was a dump and needing help, but I loved it anyway as it was where I first fell in love with Vegas as a youngster.
     
  13. nickle

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    First visit was to Flamingo at New Years just after the Dunes was imploded. We went to Freemont (pre-Experience) for the fireworks on top of the Plaza and found ourselves among thousands elbow to elbow. We have been back once or twice a year since.
    Really miss the Stardust, Silver City, and the New Frontier. Loved the bingo at New Frontier...bloody marys loaded with olives and sofa seating. Great way to get the day started!
     
  14. vegasvic

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    I just have to say that this topic must be very important to Nickie. This was just her 3rd post in 9+ years :)
     
  15. vegasvic

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    Oops I now see it's nickle, not nickie. My apologies :)
     
  16. motownbob

    motownbob Low-Roller

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    I Miss...

    The New Frontier ! Yea, It was a dump, but it was our dump ! We used to go on guy trips twice a year, and man did we have fun. We used to always get a first floor room with a huge balcony overlooking the pool, really cool ! Everyone there knew us by name , and the drink girls ran to give us hugs when we arrived . Limo from the airport , never waited in any line, boy those were the days !
    Margaritas was a great Mexican restaurant , and the steakhouse was good too. loved to walk over to the Stardust , and Westward Ho for a break . Good times. The dollar Frontier machines were great at times .


    Bob
     
  17. socalguy92010

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    I miss the Sahara. Only stayed there a couple of times but man it was fun.
    Also since Stupak was mentioned, before the Stratosphere he had Vegas World I believe. Those free chips were enticing!

    Also miss the Stardust and the Frontier but by the time they went down they were pretty sad. I'm hoping they get that area moving again, it's pretty grim up there and right across from Wynn it's an eyesore.
     
  18. icemama

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    I miss the Sahara. Scored six $86 wins on a push button keno machine in 1980 (wonder if anyone remembers those), waiting for Johnny Carson. Good thing because we still had 5 days to go on our honeymoon and we were broke after the second. LOL!
     
  19. fivecardstud

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    Am I the only one who loved the Klondike? We always stopped there right after getting our rental car. I loved bringing newbies to vegas, getting them off the plane with the excitement in thier eyes and rolling up there for their first "vegas" experience! Ha! The 10 cent roulette wheel was great though! Now I have to go all the way to the el dorado in Henderson to get my dime roulette fix :(

    Also, the old slots of fun, with the real craps table right there on the street! I know its still open, but its dead to me now...
     
  20. xmarksx

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    I did laundry at the Klondike once. Your mention of the South side of the Strip reminded me of Vacation Village. They used to have a wheel you got one free spin on when you arrived in-town. My wife once won her airfare.
     
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