Muhammad Ali – Caesars Palace

Muhammad Ali - Caesars Palace

Iconic Vegas Hotel Casinos

Iconic Vegas Hotel Casinos  Sands

Famed for its ties with the rat pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis jnr, Dean Martin etc) the Sands Hotel is steeped in Vegas history. For a period of decades, the words Vegas and Sands went hand in hand. Memorable performances from those from the rat pack era took place here. Sadly in the 90s changing times and mega resorts meant that the Sands was no more. It was replaced by the Venetian and Palazzo. Despite this, it still holds legendary status in the annals of Vegas history.

Sahara

The Sahara was another regular ‘haunt’ for the Rat Pack, and sadly has become the latest iconic hotel to close in recent years. It will live on in some form though, as instead of being demolished it’s undergoing a refurbishment and will, or indeed has, become SLS Las Vegas. Back in its day, in the 50s and 60s, the Sahara was a big celebrity hangout.

Dunes

Starting as a low rise hotel in the 50s before being transformed in the 60s and 70s with the addition of towers, Dunes was one of the more memorable and indeed notorious hotels in Las Vegas. It was thought to have ties to the mafia. Brought down in the 90s to make way for the Bellagio, its now another memory of Vegas past.

 

Not all iconic hotels and casinos are now a thing of the past. Just look at Caesars Palace as an example. It was founded in 1966 and is still going strong today. The home of high rollers, hotel rooms and huge sporting events, it shows that some venues can stand the test of time.

Iconic Elvis (Las Vegas, 1956)

Iconic Elvis (Las Vegas, 1956)

Casino Movies – The Gambler (1974)

Set in New York, Axel Freed (played by James Caan) is English Professor be day and compulsive gambler by night. The movie is set in the midst of attempting to sustain these parallel lives. After a big sports betting loss Freed borrows money from his Mother, but then uses this bail out to sink yet further into his addiction. As the losses pile up, the loan sharks’ patience begins to come to an end.