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End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:24 am

It looks like the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be going the way of the Sands, The Dunes, and The Desert Inn hotels.  Sad

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Updated: 11:20 a.m. ET Jan. 4, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Boyd Gaming Corp. plans to tear down the old Stardust casino to make way for a $4 billion hotel and casino complex on 63 acres of the Las Vegas Strip — one of the largest such developments planned in a town known for mega projects.

The complex, to be called Echelon Place, is scheduled to open in 2010 on the northern end of the strip, the company announced Wednesday. It will include four hotels with 5,300 guest rooms and suites, a 140,000-square-foot casino, theaters, a shopping promenade, spas and acres of convention space.

The site currently houses the aging, 1,500-room Stardust, home to “Mr. Las Vegas” singer Wayne Newton.

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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:36 am

NO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !  Wow!


This SUCKS!

I've had friends thats stayed at there suites for $195 a night and they were really nice. Even though they haven't changed since the 1970s, it's still very posh & luxurious.

When do they plan on doing this?
I want to stay in there suites before this happens.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:21 am

Not that I'm against progress, but in looking back through a Sunset Magazine-produced pictorial history book of Las Vegas that I received at a conference there in 1988, I've come to the realization that..........I pretty much don't recognize the place any more!

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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:29 am

I remember that I enjoyed my stay there back in 1992 when I was still a kid. My dad let me use a slot machine (I know it was illegal but who cares) and I won 25$ which was a lot of money for me back then. By that time I thought it was a very modern and luxurious hotel but today it is pretty obviuos that it can hardly stand a chance against places like the Bellagio or the Wynn.
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:48 am

Truly the end of an era. With the Ho (just north of the Stardust) gone, me thinks Sluts-A-Fun between Circus and the Ho's site is next. That end of the strip is finally getting megasized with some gawd awful monstrosity going up next to the Riv.

I'll definitely have a farewell beverage at the Stardust.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
I've had friends thats stayed at there suites for $195 a night and they were really nice. Even though they haven't changed since the 1970s, it's still very posh & luxurious.

Well, I stayed last week at the Wynn for $179, and I have to say the Stardust can't compete with it.

The new Wynn is just incredible.

I understand the nostalgia, but...
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:08 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 4):
Truly the end of an era. With the Ho (just north of the Stardust) gone, me thinks Sluts-A-Fun between Circus and the Ho's site is next. That end of the strip is finally getting megasized with some gawd awful monstrosity going up next to the Riv.

Slots-A-Fun isn't going anywhere unless it's in conjunction with a redevelopment of Circus Circus, as it too is owned by MGM-Mirage. And a redevelopment of Circus Circus is at the earliest, 3-5 years away. MGM-Mirage took on a shitload of debt when they bought Mandalay Resorts and also have a lot of money riding on Project CityCenter, which is being built on the site of the Boardwalk, and is slated to open in 2009 (I predict a 2010 opening, there's bound to be some delays in a project this huge). So the redevelopment of Circus Circus (I doubt they'll drop the name and even the theme [they'll probably rework it some though]) will probably be complete by between 2012-2015 I would guess.

As for the montrosity next to the Riv, yet another fucking condo tower project, this one called Majestic.

Speaking of the Riv, a redevelopment may be on the horizon as well. A joint bid group has made an offer to buy around 1.6 million shares of Riveria Holdings stock @ $15 a share. Heck, the land the Riv sits on is worth more than that (rumored to be valued @ $15 million an acre and the site is 26 acres, you do the math).

The next casino in that neck of the woods to announce a redevelopment is the New Frontier. The redevelopment there has been on and off for over five years now (Prior to 9/11/01, he had proposed a San Francisco themed casino resort, complete with scaled down versions of the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and even Lombard). Phil Ruffin will probably bring in his buddy Trump in for the project (Trump is already building condo towers on the back end of the property). Rumors are that the new resort will be called Mondo.


As for the redevelopment of the Stardust property, the only thing I hate is the name for the main property in the project. Eschelon Place sounds like a shopping mall name, not a casino/hotel. Retain the Stardust name dammit! Since the property isn't scheduled to close until next year, I'll at least one more chance to take more of their money (I took several hundred dollars off of them at the tables in April 2004).
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:11 am

Quoting GusNYC (Reply 5):
Well, I stayed last week at the Wynn for $179, and I have to say the Stardust can't compete with it.

Does the Wynn have hot tubs in the floor and shag carpets in the rooms that went for $179?
The Stardust has that feature in there premium rooms.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:14 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 4):
With the Ho (just north of the Stardust) gone,

What? Didn't they just OPEN the place?   Also, I thought it was west of Stardust, off the Strip. It's a derivative of Westward Ho, which is kind of a smallish casino with a niche, lower-end crowd. I take it that Westward Ho is still open. I can't believe that they closed Ho already.

What a name, though.  

I often stay at the Hilton family of hotels when in Vegas, so the closing of Stardust won't affect me too much. But it's a nice enough, "classic" hotel.  

[Edited 2006-01-04 23:16:43]
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:19 am

I wonder what the value of the property is that the Stardust is sitting on. I never liked that one- so its ok with me if they implode it- too bad they cant do the Circus while they are at it!
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:32 am

Quoting Amhilde (Reply 9):
too bad they cant do the Circus while they are at it!

I guess I'm not a huge fan of Circus Circus, either. It's way too loud in the circus area, even when you're passing through it. Too many screaming kids and I don't really remember ever seeing a good show there.

The casino is all right but I've seen a lot better, and outside Vegas.

I do like the Stardust, as I said, for its classic Vegas look. The real "classic Vegas" is downtown, but I only go there occasionally while in Sin City.

[Edited 2006-01-04 23:34:00]
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:39 am

I can't believe this. I'm seriously sad. I almost never want to visit Las Vegas again. I *LOVED* the Stardust. Granted, I've heard rumors of them replacing the property with something mega, but I thought they would always keep the name "Stardust" on that property. When I stayed at the Ho, the Riv and the Stardust were almost second homes. I loved every single one of the people I met who worked at the Stardust. They all talked about the casino portion being torn down and rebuilt and keeping the tower intact while the rest was reconstructed. The whole thing going down just blows.

The Stardust had a lot of loyal followers and a lot of the former Westward Ho clients were going to start staying there. They'll probably all head downtown or never go back.

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
(rumored to be valued @ $15 million an acre and the site is 26 acres, you do the math).

The Westward Ho property went for $20 million an acre. It was estimated the
Stardust was $20-$25 million an acre, but looks like Boyd doesnt want to sell the property.

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 8):
What? Didn't they just OPEN the place? Also, I thought it was west of Stardust, off the Strip. It's a derivative of Westward Ho, which is kind of a smallish casino with a niche, lower-end crowd. I take it that Westward Ho is still open

The Ho closed in October about a month before the Westward Ho closed. It closed November 17, 2005 at 5pm. I was there. It was sad.

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 10):
I do like the Stardust, as I said, for its classic Vegas look. The real "classic Vegas" is downtown, but I only go there occasionally while in Sin City.

Agreed. The north end of the strip was tons of fun. Now it's gone to the shits.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:06 am

Quoting Amhilde (Reply 9):
I wonder what the value of the property is that the Stardust is sitting on. I never liked that one- so its ok with me if they implode it- too bad they cant do the Circus while they are at it!

Owned by different companies, besides, Circus Circus isn't going anywhere for awhile, see why in Reply 6.

I'm actually looking forward to staying at the Flamingo in March, as I'm still looking for "the place" to stay at when I go to Las Vegas. The Riv is alright, but I spent more time gambling at other casinos than I did at the Riv (I've spent quite a bit of time @ the Stardust), so it's not high on the list of where I'd stay at again. If I like the Flamingo, I'll stay there when I go back in the Fall for vacation.
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:39 am

I think the Circus makes quite a bit of money from a lower end of clientele, so as long as they are packing em in, then no point to refurb. We have a pink abomination on our "strip" here in Reno and the place is really ghetto- the police always have to patrol around there on the weekends.

Have you tried the TI? I had a good experience there in 2003.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:49 am

I guess we all must go to the Stardust during the March meet and make a sacrificial deposit into their rebuilding fund.  wink 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:53 am

Quoting Amhilde (Reply 13):

Have you tried the TI? I had a good experience there in 2003.

It's on the list for my Fall trip, but their rate calendar is only through the end of October (I'm looking at early November for my trip). But if I like the Flamingo when I stay there in March, I'll probably stay there.
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:09 am

Hey, some one mentioned something about the Boardwalk. I cant seem to see it, Is it closed? I stayed there in '04 and it was an awesome place. Small yes, but thats why I liked it, and I went home in the black too! Cant complain there.
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:17 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 16):
Hey, some one mentioned something about the Boardwalk. I cant seem to see it, Is it closed? I stayed there in '04 and it was an awesome place. Small yes, but thats why I liked it, and I went home in the black too! Cant complain there.

Closes January 9th.

The Boardwalk site (and a good chunk of the back parking lots of the Monte Carlo) is going to be the site of MGM-Mirage's new project, CityCenter. Here's a great article on it (including architectural renderings) from one of my favorite websites Vegastripping.com:
Over The Boardwalk: Project CityCenter
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:55 pm

Thanks for the website, i've got it bookmarked already.

I'm just amazed that there is such a demand for Vegas condos. There just seems to be no downturn in sight.
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:25 pm

Fascinating commentary, everyone. I want to thank the kind person who answered my question about the Ho and Westward Ho. I guess things really are changing in Vegas.

The architectural renderings of Project CityCenter are stunning. If it's built as depicted, it will change the Vegas skyline.

They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. However, it looks like what's happening now with Project CityCenter will soon be known all around the world.  Smile
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:23 pm

Sounds like a job for the Loizeaux family, who have brought down such Las Vegas buildings as the Landmark, Hacienda Hotel and Aladdin Hotel
 
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:15 am

NO!!!!! I was just there in July and we stayed in a small motel just across from it... It was really nice on the inside. Too bad it had to be that hotel...  Sad
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:01 am

At least I'll have photos to remember the place by when it closes (I'll have to make my way back down there when I in Vegas in March and November). This one of the sign was taken on my trip in April of 2004:
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:34 am

Progress marches on and originality goes the way of honest politicians and cheap gasoline! Today it's all theme park and big money family atmosphere. Something that is all sizzle with little steak. Something that wows your average "Grizwold's SUV driving GOP family." Also, they can slap it up all glitzy and cram more things into a finite amount of real estate. Of course, up go the prices. Of course plenty of shopping and booz and stuff for the rugrats. America is becoming homogonized. The old days of Route 66 and Rat pack Vegas and old old Atlantic City are juse memories on the Internet. The new stuff they throw up maybe has a shelf life of 20 years until the cycle is repeated over again. You can build them on the toxic Avenger's waste dump and they'll come like lemmings.

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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:51 am

Long as they keep their hands off the Plaza down on Fremont Street I'll be a happy camper! lol
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RE: End Of An Era - Stardust Hotel/Casino To Close

Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 24):
Long as they keep their hands off the Plaza down on Fremont Street I'll be a happy camper! lol

The downtown hotels are going to be harder to knock down and rebuild since they are practically built on top of each other (similar to the way things are in parts of Reno). They can pretty much gut the insides of the buildings though, but I belive the outsides are protected (especially those that are on Fremont Street) as they are of historic significance. One of the few times lately (If not the only time) that any sort of modifications have been allowed to the exterior of any casino on Fremont was on Binion's when they lost the Horseshoe name.

The only downtown casino with any sort of renovation plans is the Lady Luck, which is closing down February 12th for a year long renovation project.

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