AAA Editor Notes
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Rd. (just s. of Sahara Ave.), opened in 1969 as the International Hotel but was known as the Las Vegas Hilton for most of its storied history.
Not far from the Strip, this landmark has an air of old-school 1970s and '80s glam that feels worlds removed from the new Vegas bling of trendsetters like The Cosmopolitan. But while the clientele consists mostly of conventioneers (the Las Vegas Convention Center is next door), the property isn't a sleepy old relic. The classy casino, decorated with crystal chandeliers, is a fun place to play. The gaming floor is on the small side, but dealers are friendly and there's a good mix of tables.
The casino's signature feature is the massive Race and Sports SuperBook, which claims to be the world's largest and resembles NASA's mission control center on steroids. A wall of monster video screens broadcasts sports action, and just outside the front doors you can mark up your Daily Racing Form. The book features new LED video screens, VIP box seating and remodeled betting windows.
The hotel also is a must-visit for devotees of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. An increasingly bloated and bespangled Elvis busted onstage karate moves and belted out his hits in the hotel's showroom for 837 consecutive sold-out shows from 1969 to 1976. A bronze likeness of Presley in the hotel lobby makes for a nice photo op.
Food is available.