Castaways (casino)

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Castaways Hotel and Casino
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening date 1963
Closing date September 2, 1987; 31 years ago (September 2, 1987)
Theme Polynesia
No. of rooms 1,700
Total gaming space 35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2)
Signature attractions Gateway to Luck
Casino type Land
Owner Howard Hughes
Coordinates 36°07′16″N 115°10′31″W / 36.12111°N 115.17528°W / 36.12111; -115.17528Coordinates: 36°07′16″N 115°10′31″W / 36.12111°N 115.17528°W / 36.12111; -115.17528

The Castaways was a hotel and casino in Paradise, Nevada that operated from 1963 to 1987 on the Las Vegas Strip.


Castaways was a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The property had originally been San Souci Auto Court, an early motel which opened in the 1930s, and developed into Sans Souci Hotel in the 1950s.[1]

In 1962, the resort became Castaways Hotel & Casino. The hotel had a 1500-gallon aquarium in its bar. Three times a day a show was put on by naked women in the aquarium.[2]

In 1967, the Castaways was sold to billionaire Howard Hughes for $3 million as part of his spree of buying Las Vegas properties.[3]

The resort operated until July 1987, when it closed and was demolished and the property was purchased by Steve Wynn. Wynn then proceeded with his plans to develop a new resort on the Castaways' former grounds using the working name Golden Nugget on the Strip.

The resort became Mirage and opened on November 22, 1989.


Gateway to Luck[edit]

A historic wooden temple St. Louis Jain temple, originally a part of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, stood besides the pool. It has now been reconstructed at the Jain Center of Southern California, Los Angeles.


  1. ^ Vintage Las Vegas (24 August 2017). "Las Vegas Strip index".
  2. ^ Padgett, Sonya (2008-01-03). "LIVE ART: FLIPPING OVER FISH". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  3. ^ "Howard Hughes Buys". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas Review-Journal. 23 September 1967.

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