Remembering Our Favorite Vegas Hotels Of the Past
We want to take a few minutes for remembering some of our favorite hotels and fond memories from past years. So many of the historic hotels are now gone, most were imploded and all the evidence of their existence removed. All we have left are the memories. This is a eulogy for all the hotels we loved, and where we spent some time.
Remembering these wonderful hotels brings up so many fond memories. As much as we love the new hotels, there will always be a warm spot for those of the past.
Las Vegas is schizophrenic when it comes to its history, it’s legacy. Some things it promotes with pride, such as its Mob connection. To show its appreciation, it opened the Mob Museum. And, some casinos will offer guests a dinner with mob members. Don’t worry, not the real mob. You won’t get whacked except in the wallet.
Other things Vegas ignores or downplays. It doesn’t, for example, talk much about its high crime rate or it’s suicide rate. Both are higher than national averages.
Another way Las Vegas deals with things in its past is to blow them up. Many hotels/casinos, famous ones like the Frontier, Stardust, Hacienda, and Sands are now long gone rubble.
Some movie producers took advantage of these implosions and used them in their movie. For example, we saw the Landmark bite the dust, literally, in Mars Attacks. You can watch it here: LandMark Implosion-Mars Attacks
So many casinos that people have associated with Las Vegas over the years are gone now. A large proportion of them were imploded. Others were remodeled and renamed like the Imperial Palace, where I got married in 1993, which became the Quad, and is now the Linq.
Probably, most of us were not in Las Vegas when these hotels were demolished. It had to be an amazing sight, one you don’t see outside of a war zone. Below is a link where you can witness the most recent implosion, the implosion of the Riviera. There was a second implosion of the second tower a few months after the first, both in 2016. This has been a short eulogy for a long history of great Vegas hotels.