California Hotel and Casino
|California Hotel and Casino|
|Location||Las Vegas, NV 89101|
|Address||12 East Ogden Avenue|
|Number of rooms||781|
|Total gaming space||85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2)|
|Owner||Boyd Gaming Corporation|
|Website||California Hotel and Casino|
The California Hotel and Casino (also known as The Cal) opened in 1975 at a cost of $10 million with a hotel and casino located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada near the Fremont Street Experience. When it opened it had 325 rooms which has since been expanded to 781.
After facing slow business initially, Boyd soon began focusing on the Hawaiian market, offering Hawaiian food and encouraging a more casual atmosphere. He introduced vacation packages from the islands, with charter airfares as low as $9.90. An estimated 80-90% of visitors to Las Vegas from Hawaii stay at a Boyd property. Boyd's Hawaiian marketing, which extended to the Fremont and Main Street Station with their later acquisitions, is credited with helping to build a large Hawaiian community in Las Vegas, which is sometimes called "the ninth island".
- Dennis M. Ogawa; John M. Blink; Mike Gordon (2008). California Hotel and Casino: Hawai'i's home away from home. Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. ISBN 978-0-8248-3329-9.