LAS VEGAS HILTON – THE HOTEL OF SUPERLATIVES

Nils Kraus - Oct 28, 2008
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The Las Vegas Hilton hotel does admittedly have a casino. Indeed, it is the largest hotel casino in the whole of Las Vegas, at 100.000 square feet. Considering that Las Vegas is the world capital of slot machines and roulette wheels then the casino must surely have huge importance in the hotel’s portfolio. However, it would be a mistake to think that the glory and superlatives related to the Las Vegas Hilton end with the gambling.

 

The structure was built in 1969 as the largest hotel in the world. Some still make the mistake thinking that it is still the world’s largest hotel, a fact that the hotel staff and owners surprisingly fail to complain about. However, instead of focusing on this old statistic, they tend to focus nowadays on the range of 3174 rooms available, the afore-mentioned casino and an impressive range of 15 distinctive restaurants. To add to the list of possibilities for entertainment, there are the small matters of an $18 million pool and recreation deck.

 

Clearly, if gambling does not appeal to everybody, then there are plenty of other opportunities to keep entertained. The 150 000 square feet of convention center are certainly worth a mention. It is one of the largest convention centers in the US. It is indubitable that the famous hotel is capable of catering for a wide range of tastes.

 

Outside the hotel, yet still belonging to the Las Vegas Hilton, we come across another superlative: the largest free standing sign in the world. This is the $9 million free standing concrete Hilton sign, which widens as its height increases. For those who see the sign before they see the hotel, it can be taken as a sign of things to come. Although the Las Vegas Hilton is no longer the largest hotel in the world, it is certainly one of the most varied with the most impressive casino and convention centers in Las Vegas.

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  1. I read with some surprise this article regarding the LV Hilton.

    Whilst it was the largest hotel in the world in 1969, it has been surpassed many times over by the mega resorts now prominent on the strip. The largest hotel in the world is still the MGM (5,000+), however if you are looking at "one site" with numerous towers etc.. you would have to consider the Sands Las Vegas which includes the Venetian and the Palazzo. They have a combined rooms of 7,000+

    Your report stating the size of convention area as being one of the largest in the US, is questionable!! The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, & MGM in LV and the many others in Chicago, NYC & Florida would far exceed this area.

    I don't object to the comments regarding the "size" of the sign. However, the sign is "dated" and in need of a facelift.

    To the LV Hilton's credit. One should remember that this venue was the home for Elvis and the many performers that entertained Las Vegas.

    The owners of the Hilton (Colony Capital) are in severe financial trouble, being the major partner in the privatisation of the Station casino group.

    In completion, the Las Vegas casino market in 2009 is in for a major restructuring, well beyond the estimations of the pundits.

    I wish them well.

    (USA)

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