Las Vegas Hotel Opening Dates and Trivia

Listed below are the top Las Vegas Hotels, when they were founded, size, theme, history of their names and trivia for each.

Bally’s Las Vegas
Originally opened in 1973, did you know that Bally’s was perviously known as the MGM Grand Hotel.  In 1986 it was sold to Bally Manufacturing.  The name MGM Grand was then moved to the Marina Hotel.  What a history.  Later in 1995 Hilton bought it and It was renovated in 2004 and 2014, not long ago.  With over 2,000 rooms you should be able to find one.

Caesars Palace
Caesars opened in 1966.  One great classic, the 1966 Mustang, deserves another in Caesars palace. They are not related but I like the coincidence.  This is quite a hotel having almost 4,000 rooms and an excellent venue for conventions with over 300,000 square feet available.  There is also a 4,296 seat venue for concerts.  Caesars is huge, a AAA Four Diamond (remember Ocean’s Eleven) hotel and it never disappoints.

Flamingo Las Vegas
To me the Flamingo has the feel of old Vegas, having opened in 1946.  The art deco theme and live flamingos cannot be beat.  This was the hotel that started in 1945 and was “taken over” by Bugsy Siegel that same year.  You can see a memorial to Bugsy there today.  Fast forward to 2016 and Donny and Marie Osmond headline there in an old vegas feel room with tables and booths.  Enjoy old Vegas and new in one establishment.

Harrah’s Las Vegas
Harrah’s was established in 1973 as the Holiday Casino and changed it’s name in 1992.  It used to have a Riverboat theme and now it has a Mardi Gras and Carnival theme.  The latest renovation was 1997 and it has over 2,600 rooms.  If you are looking for a New Orleans vacation why not take one in Vegas?

The Linq
Last renovated in 2014 it has gone through a number of names.  You may recall some of the prior names as they originally started as the Flamingo Capri in 1959.  Later it was the Imperial Palace, most recently The Quad and now The Linq.  The renovation in 2014 cost $223 million, this is one you will definitely want to check out with a quarter billion invested in 2,640 rooms it is quite impressive.  If you love classic cars take a look at the collection they have, over 250 cars in 125,000 square feet of space.  I have taken the tour and loved it, then again I love cars.

The Palazzo
The stores at the Palazzo, known as the Shoppes, are amazing. An entire mall with incredible stores inside the hotel.  Not only does it have 3,068 rooms and is one of the most elegant hotels on the strip, but it also has incredible restaurants.  Emeril’s Table 10 is among the long list of notable restaurants.  As a car lover I have to recommend you visit the Lamborghini dealership at the Palazzo as well.  The Palazzo is one of the youngest Vegas hotels which was opened in 2007 at a cost of $1.8 billion and honestly it looks like it should have cost more.  It is breath taking.

Paris Las Vegas
Having the Eiffel Tower replica which is one have the size of the real one, makes you feel like you are indeed in Paris. The Paris is true to it’s name.  Having just shy of 3,000 rooms it was opened in 1999.  It is much younger than many believe.  The last renovation was in 2011 and it has the very popular and permanent show “Jersey Boys”. You can easily move between Paris and Bally’s through the promenade.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
This hotel has been on the strip since 1963?  That’s right, and here is how.It opened in 1963 as Tally-Ho and within a year was changed to the King’s Crown (don’t ask), then became The Aladdin. After The Aladdin it became the New Aladdin, I’m not kidding it did not have a name change other than adding the word “New”.  More trivia, it was sold in 2003 because it went bankrupt, to Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels together.  So in 2007 it became Planet Hollywood and in 2009, missed some payments and Starwood sold to Caesars.  Confused yet?  Wait there is more, the Planet Hollywood restaurant is not in the Planet Hollywood hotel, it is at Caesars.  Stump your friends with that one.

Rio Las Vegas
Looking for a Brazilian theme?  You found it at the Rio.  It was renovated as recent as 2007 and has over 2,500 rooms.  It is a young hotel having opened in 1990.  Most notable is the Penn & Teller permanent show and Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho restaurant. If you love poker the World Series of Poker has been held every year since 2005 at the Rio.  A little trivia for the Rio, it has a wine cellar with over 50,000 bottles of wine.  If every room in the hotel drinks a bottle a day, they will be empty in 20 days, not sure why I know that.

Tropicana Las Vegas
This is my favorite name, there is something old Vegas about the name Tropicana.  And they should wear it proudly as it has never changed it’s name since it opened in 1957 (along with the ever popular ’57 Chevy, no relationship of course).  Although it has been renovated a couple times, most recently in 2011, it is definitely one you need to stay at and visit to feel that old world charm with modern day conveniences.

Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian opened in 1999 and has over 4,000 rooms and over 120,000 square feet. Another Ocean’s Eleven reference, as this is a five-diamond luxury hotel. That is the highest award of the AAA Diamond rating system.  The Venetian Las Vegas is a sister hotel to The Venetian Macao (the largest casino in the world).  The design is based on Venice Italy.  Some Venetian trivia, it cost $1.5 billion and in 2011 opened the first 24 hour a day sports book.

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