Harrah's Las Vegas

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Coordinates: 36°7′7.3″N 115°10′6.4″W / 36.118694°N 115.168444°W / 36.118694; -115.168444

Harrah’s Las Vegas
Harrah's logo.svg

3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Opening date 1973
Theme Carnival
Number of rooms 2,677
Total gaming space 86,664 sq ft (8,051.3 m2)
Permanent shows Legends In Concert, Mac King, Defending the Caveman
Signature attractions Carnaval Court
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Previous names Holiday Casino
Renovated in 1997
Website www.harrahslasvegas.com

Harrah's Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The property is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Harrah's has over 1,200 slot machines.

The hotel offers 2,677 rooms with an attached casino providing 86,664 sq ft (8,051.3 m2) of space. The hotel consists of several towers, the tallest of which has 35 stories.

There is a Las Vegas Monorail stop, the Harrah's / The Linq station, at the rear of the property, and a shuttle to the Caesars Entertainment Corp.-owned Rio.


The Harrah's sign

Prior to the development that became Harrah's, this property contained Tumbleweed Motel (1949) and Pyramids Motel (1950s).[1]

In 1971, Holiday Inn opened the River Queen Casino in front of its new hotel on the former site of the Tumbleweed Motel. Shelby and Claudine Williams, former owners of the Silver Slipper, took over the casino in 1973. Homer Rissman, Holiday Inn’s house-architect, designed the riverboat themed casino which the Williams renamed the Holiday Casino.[2] Pyramids Motel was then demolished, becoming a parking area for the hotel and casino.

Holiday Inn bought a 40% share of the casino's parent company, Riverboat Inc. in 1979,[3] and bought out the remaining 60% in 1983.[4] Holiday Inn's subsidiary, Harrah’s, took over its management with Claudine Williams as Chairwoman.

A second tower was added to the hotel in the early 1980s, making it the largest in the Holiday Inn chain, with over 1000 rooms.[5]

In 1992 Harrah’s Entertainment, no longer a subsidiary of Holiday Inn, renamed the property Harrah’s Las Vegas, the first hotel in Las Vegas to carry the name of Bill Harrah. When Harrah’s built its third tower, designed by Martin Stern, the riverboat was demolished, and the hotel remodeled with a carnival theme.[2]


  1. ^ "Vintage Las Vegas". Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "UNLV Holiday/Harrah's". Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Holiday Inns buys interest in Vegas site". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 11 April 1979. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, David G. (2007). "7". Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling. Penguin. 
  5. ^ Moskowitz, Milton (20 July 1982). "Holiday Inn parlays casinos into cash". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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