Friday, November 15, 2013

Las Vegas Construction - Barbary Coast, Bills, Gansevoort

Las Vegas, NV.  This structure at the northeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd at Flamingo was Barbary Coast, then it became Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon, then it was going to be called Gansevoort.

Recent issues have arisen which will likely mean it won't be named Gansevoort, however whatever the name is or will be, the construction goes on.

The large building next to Gansevoort is Flamingo.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Las Vegas - Brahma Shrine Caesars Palace

Brahma Shrine still in place at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV.  A minute walk from the shrine are the famous fountains at Caesar's.

Here is a link to a post I did several years ago on this Brahma Shrine.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Las Vegas - Scuba Divers At Bellagio

Las Vegas, NV.  Bellagio.  Maintaining the dancing fountains lake in front of Bellagio.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Las Vegas - Rod Stewart At Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV.  Rod Stewart advertised at Caesars Palace.

Las Vegas - Ferris Wheel At Linq

Las Vegas, NV.  High Roller Ferris Wheel at Linq, still under construction but with two pods attached at present.  One can see that it is rather set back from Las Vegas Blvd.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Las Vegas - NYNY Construction Looking North Over Brooklyn Bridge

Las Vegas, NV.  Construction at NYNY looking north.  Eiffel Tower at Paris distant right.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Las Vegas - Advertising In Front Of Luxor

Las Vegas, NV.  Menopause, Carrot Top, and Fantasy being advertised in front of Luxor Las Vegas.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Las Vegas - Escalators Out Of Service

Las Vegas, Nevada.  What is it about escalators on the strip that so often has them be not working, whether or not they have a professional block off maintenance sign?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Las Vegas MGM Sign During Renovation

Las Vegas, Nevada.  MGM Grand.  For a little while one recent morning the MGM Grand sign was illuminated with only GM.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Las Vegas - Skyvue Ferris Wheel

Las Vegas, Nevada.  SkyVue Ferris Wheel construction project as seen from Mandalay Bay on a recent morning.  Construction has been halted for quite a while.  This is not the same ferris wheel as the one going up near the northeast corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd.

SkyVue does have a completed website,

Friday, November 1, 2013

Las Vegas - NYNY Statue of Liberty Spruce Up

Las Vegas, Nevada.  Statue of Liberty at NYNY Hotel getting spruced up along with the renovation construction on the exterior.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Will SLS Las Vegas Be Paradise?

SLS Las Vegas being constructed out of a windowless tower which was Sahara.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Las Vegas - You Missed The Dam Bus!

Las Vegas, Nevada.  Dam bus southbound on Las Vegas Blvd passing what was Stardust and what was supposed to have been Echelon.

Las Vegas - MGM Grand Sign Renovation

Las Vegas, Nevada.  The MGM Grand (near LAs Vegas Blvd and Tropicana) sign being renovated on both sides.  Workers on the scaffolds give good comparison to size of sign.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Las Vegas NYNY Hotel Renovation By Outdoor Escalators

Las, NV.  NYNY Hotel outdoor renovations as seen in the vicinity of as well as from the outdoor escalators near the Statue of Liberty.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Is Holiday House Motel Las Vegas Closed?

Holiday House Motel on Las Vegas Blvd appears to be not open for business.  This is a small old motel roughly located across the street from the IHOP near Stratosphere.

The address of Holiday House Motel is 2211 S. Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas NV 89104

I'm not posting their phone number, but it is easily found on a search.

I called, the phone rang endlessly, and there was no answer, no machine, just endless ringing.

The shades on the motel office are pulled down.  The signs on the doors made no reference to closing.  Yet the lot has been empty.  A few other locations nearby have definitely closed and are vacant, one of which is the nearby tuxedo shop.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NYNY Renovation Construction

NYNY Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  Another shot of renovation construction on the blvd side of NYNY.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SLS Las Vegas Construction

Las Vegas, Nevada.  SLS Hotel & Casino.  This used to be Sahara, a rather famous old place.  At one time not too long ago, I believe that a billion dollars went into renovating Sahara.  Sahara has since been closed and you can see right into the gutted main tower.

A new street sign has already been installed identifying SLS Way.  It used to say Sahara.

This location is at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara.  To the right of SLS/ex Sahara used to be Wet n Wild Water Park; not there any longer, although they have opened a location far from the Strip.

Directly opposite SLS/ex Sahara used to be El Rancho Las Vegas, (not to be confused with a different El Rancho that opened some years later on the other side of Las Vegas Blvd) which was destroyed by a fire in 1960.  That lot remains deserted to this day.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Gansevoort Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada.  The northeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo.  At one time that was the Barbary Coast.  Then it became Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon.  The renovation is to make it Gansevoort, although very recently they and Caesars have been in the news, and I am not certain if that name will stay as planned.

The windows at the upper left of photo is the Flamingo which some say is haunted by Benjamin Siegel.  A timely mention since Halloween is coming up soon.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Nine Fine Irishmen Construction

Las Vegas, Nevada.  NYNY Hotel.  The construction in front of NYNY, (Nine Fine Irishmen restaurant at left) makes the front of NYNY look even more like NYC than it did before.

NYNY Brooklyn Bridge Closed For Construction

Las Vegas, Nevada.  Construction is taking place at NYNY Hotel & Casino on Las Vegas Blvd at Tropicana.  The Brooklyn Bridge is closed, and pedestrians are shunted off to the gutter side where a temporary walkway is set up.

As will be shown in future posts, this renovation is occurring all around the front of NYNY both Strip side and Tropicana side.  That does mean that for the moment at least, the tugboats at the Statue of Liberty are gone.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Join RoyVegas On Twitter - Winners Announcement

Join RoyVegas on Twitter, @StephenRWinter

The winner of the sign up for my twitter account feed follow whatever the hell you call it is Tim Dressen of The Original Las Vegas Podcast.  (First follow.) 

Coming in second place (my second follow) in a race in which everyone is a winner is David G. Schwartz, who can be found on Twitter here and as well he has authored a number of books, you can find them on Amazon here

Congratulations and thank you Tim and Dr Dave Schwartz.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lady Luck Defunct In The Distance Still Listed On Travel Websites

Lady Luck, defunct, as photographed from a distance earlier in 2013.  It will reopen as The Downtown Grand.

I typed Lady Luck Las Vegas into Google, and was amused that there are a few travel sites which still offer Lady Luck as a hotel choice to book a room.  I am intentionally not identifying those travel websites, but if you search on Google as I did, you will find them.

Lady Luck shut down years ago and was gutted quite a while ago.  Yet there are travel websites which show it as having rooms from the $30 range with a few star rating.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Stardust Hotel Door Reflections

Las Vegas, Nevada

El Rancho sign can be seen in the reflection.

This view is not possible anymore.

Las Vegas - Dino's Stratosphere Sky

Everyone is covering the kid who took a trip to Las Vegas.  In a way, isn't that all of us.  Good to see you.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Las Vegas - Abandoned Key Largo Casino On Fire Right Now

The old, abandoned, Key Largo Casino in Las Vegas is on fire at present.
Key Largo closed in 2005.  The neon has long been off, the signs gone.

Terribles Hotel & Casino is not far from Key Largo, so for people staying there today, this will be one of their Las Vegas stories.

Key Largo had a small coffee shop which was known for an inexpensive but good, hamburger special. The only occasion I ever went in that restaurant, I was seated promptly but left before ordering as they took too long to take my order.  Probably in excess of 15 minutes.

At a quick enough place it is possible that I would have been getting close to paying the check and leaving in 15 minutes.

That's too bad though because it had a nice coffee shop aroma, and I'm sure that I was hungry.

In all likelihood I went to Ellis Island and got pizza.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sexy Advertising Las Vegas

Sexy Advertising Las Vegas

Sexy advertising for the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Casino, on Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada.

A Look At Fremont Street Experience

Las Vegas, Nevada
Fremont Street Experience

A Hoe On Fremont Street - Las Vegas Club

Las Vegas, Nevada

Under the Main Street end of the Fremont Street Experience, a photo of construction going on between Las Vegas Club, and Golden Gate (not seen).

Think safety first please.