Harrah's Las Vegas
|Harrah's Las Vegas|
Harrah's Las Vegas in 2006
|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Address||3475 South Las Vegas Boulevard|
|Opening date||July 2, 1973|
|No. of rooms||2,540|
|Total gaming space||90,637 sq ft (8,420.5 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Menopause The Musical|
Tenors of Rock
|Signature attractions||Carnaval Court|
|Notable restaurants||Ben & Jerry's|
Flavors, The Buffet
Fulton Street Food Hall
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
|Operating license holder||Caesars Entertainment|
|Previous names||Holiday Casino (1973–1992)|
|Renovated in||1982, 1992, 1997, 2016–2020|
Harrah's Las Vegas (formerly Holiday Casino) is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned by Vici Properties and operated by Caesars Entertainment. It has over 1,200 slot machines.
The hotel offers 2,540 rooms with an attached casino providing 90,637 sq ft (8,420.5 m2) of space. The hotel consists of two towers, Mountain and Valley Towers (formerly named the Mardi Gras and Carnival Towers respectively), the taller of which, Valley, has 35 stories.
Holiday Casino (1973–1992)
On July 2, 1973, Shelby and Claudine Williams, former owners of the Silver Slipper casino, opened the Holiday Casino, a small riverboat themed casino in front of the Holiday Inn Las Vegas Center Strip.
In 1979, Holiday Inn bought a 40% share of the casino's parent company, Riverboat, Inc. By 1982, the hotel had grown to over 1,000 rooms making it the largest in the chain. Holiday Inn bought out the remaining 60% in 1983.
Harrah's Las Vegas (1992–present)
In April 1992, the property was renamed Harrah's Las Vegas, after William F. Harrah.
In 1997, it completed a renovation intended to make it the company's flagship property, replacing the old riverboat theme with a Mardi Gras and Carnival theme. They extended the 35 story tower by adding 986 rooms. Included in the renovations were six 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) 23-karat gold-leaf sculptures. Built from steel and glass reinforced polyester resin, the sculptures stand 32 ft (9.8 m) high and wear size 43 shoes.
At the grand re-opening Harry Connick, Jr. entertained at the Carnaval Court. Tino Wallenda, the son of the legendary tight-rope walker Karl Wallenda, walked 139 ft (42 m) across a 1-inch (25 mm) steel cable, 99 ft (30 m) above the ground. Other celebrities who appeared included Sidney Poitier, Sandra Bullock, Minnie Driver, Stephen Baldwin, Lea Thompson, Dick Butkus, and Steve Wynn.
Performers at Harrah's include: Ray Charles (2 nights) in '95, Burt Bacharach (3 nights) in '98, Little Feat (from L.A.) in '03, Vince Neil (of L.A.'s Mötley Crüe) in '07, Donny & Marie Osmond (from Utah) in '14, the Righteous Brothers (from Orange County, CA) in '16, Fastball in '18, Vertical Horizon in '18, and Sin City Sinners in '18.
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