Likely Loss: Casino Royale to Leave Las Vegas Strip

The iconic Casino Royale, a fixture of the Las Vegas Strip since 1964, may soon be no more. The property owners, Best Western, have received FAA approval to build a new 699-foot tower in its place. The news was reported by Casino.org, where Scott Roeben published the contents of a July 21, 2023, letter documenting the FAA’s approval of the project.

The Casino Royale’s owners have until Jan. 21, 2025, to build their tower, or the FAA’s approval will expire. In the meantime, what will happen to the property’s current tenants, including the Outback Steakhouse, whose staffers were reportedly informed of its impending closure, remains unclear.

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The Casino Royale, a 164-room hotel and casino on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, opened in 1964 as the Caravan Motor Hotel. 1978, the hotel debuted its gaming hall as the Nob Hill Casino. In 1990, the Elardi family, owners of the Frontier then, purchased the Nob Hill and Caravan for $17 million and combined them into the Casino Royale. The casino opened two years later with a gaming floor upgraded to 10,000 square feet, featuring 225 slot machines and four table games. In 2012, the Casino Royale became part of the Best Western chain.

While no guaranteed plans for construction projects on the Las Vegas Strip exist, the Casino Royale has had its share of proposals. In 1994, the Elardi family proposed an amusement ride known as a space probe, which received several approvals before stalling due to objections from the Culinary Union and neighboring resorts.

The casino’s small and intimate size is a stark contrast to the massive, multi-billion dollar projects that have been built in recent years. The proposed demolition is part of a larger trend of replacing older casinos with newer, more modern resorts. However, no official plans have been announced as of yet.

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