Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has a long history. Here’s our condensed version: It originally opened in 1969 as the International Hotel. On that first night Barbra Streisand headlined the showroom, and Elvis Presley appeared on the second night. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, of course, would go on to become synonymous with the property — even after it became the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971. He performed there in a total of 837 consecutive sold-out shows (before a whopping 2.5 million people), thus breaking all the city’s attendance records. So why are we sharing this bit of trivia with you? Well, many people refer to those as the good ol’ days. And guess what? They’re back again! No, Elvis hasn’t come back from the grave. But someone who treasures his legacy and wants to return the hotel to its former glory has the reins. David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, the world’s largest privately owned timeshare company, bought the property in mid 2014 and transformed it into the Westgate Las Vegas. Thanks to Siegel, the King will always have a big role at the resort. A famous statue of Elvis by sculptor Carl Romanelli can be found in “the building” (near the lobby, to be more exact).  So what else is unique at the Westgate Las Vegas? You’ll love having easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail. The Westgate Las Vegas is located about a block east of the Las Vegas Strip, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center and about a mile from Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. But if you hop on the monorail, you’ll be able to travel easily to several major megaresorts including MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas.  During the $100 million dollar hotel renovations, more than 1,000 rooms got a refresh. This includes the Signature guest rooms. New touches include Hollywood-inspired black leather accents, oversized mirrors, art of iconic legends like Marilyn Monroe or James Dean, 60-inch LED flat-screen TVs and much  more. You can also upgrade your hotel stay with access to the Concierge Lounge, which includes made-to-order omelettes, cookies, snacks and an evening cocktail hour with open bar.  The Westgate Las Vegas is also revered among race and sports bettors, thanks to the illustrious non-smoking SuperBook. This huge facility is THE place to watch a big game. With more than 400 seats and the largest indoor LED video wall (240 wide and 20 feet tall), you won’t miss a moment of the action. Or try sitting in The Ultimate Fan Cave, which is packed with armchairs. A giant New York deli-style sandwich, subs and good grilled stuff is available just a few steps away at the SuperBook Deli. Speaking of eating, the Westgate Las Vegas has a variety of dining choices…some that might even appeal to Elvis. For instance, Sid’s Cafe, a 24-hour eatery in the heart of the casino, serves an item called The Elvis Sandwich, made with peanut butter, grape jelly and sliced bananas (plus it’s battered and fried!). Ever been to a hibachi-style restaurant? If not, you’ve got to try Benihana. There’s nothing like sitting by the grill, sipping a few cocktails and cheering on the chef who cooks your meal. Teru Sushi (where you can chow down on the Las Vegas Roll) is near Benihana in a lovely complex with waterfalls and a koi pond. You can get a good steak at Edge Steakhouse, served with accompaniments like double cut bacon, lobster tail or king crab. Pair your meal with one of 450 varieties of wine.   Have a big appetite? The spread at The Buffet features flavors from around the world. Or if you desire a quick bite, Fortuna (a coffee and wine bar), Silk Road Noodle Bar and the food court are all good choices. Now if Elvis isn’t your thing, don’t be blue…entertainment at the Westgate Las Vegas includes Jason Tenner, who performs as Prince in “Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute,” and the sultry topless revue “Sexxy” starring Jennifer Romas.   Situated off the casino floor, the Tempo lounge serves classic cocktails…with a twist (we’ll give you a one-word clue: “bev-tainers”)! It’s also the perfect spot to gather for pre- and post- theater drinks or to dance to a mix of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s hits in the late-night hours. At the Westgate Las Vegas, you’ll also find several shops (carrying gifts, apparel and sweets), a fitness room and tennis courts. The newly renovated pool on the third floor features custom cabanas and a pool bar. Or float away in bliss with one of many pampering services at The Spa.  One thing to keep in mind if you stay at the Westgate Las Vegas: Since it’s part of Westgate Resorts’ family of timeshare properties, you’ll see a large space (toward the North Tower) dedicated to presentations about the benefits of vacation ownership. You may even be approached by people asking you to attend one. So don’t worry, he’s just taking care of business — and molding the resort into one that’s fit for a King.

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