From Timeless to Time Share: Siegel Reinvents the Las Vegas Hilton

In Christine on The Scene by Christine McKellar

tallest free standing signThe Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is a hotel, casino, and convention center that offers 2,956 hotel rooms, 305 suites, and  200,000 square feet of convention space. The property also has quite an illustrious Vegas history.

The 30-stories tall building was originally the International Hotel, designed by architect Martin Stern, Jr, and built in 1969 by Kirk Kerkorian.  At the time it was the largest hotel in the world. Barbara Streisand was the opening night performer and Peggy Lee could be found crooning to intimate groups in the hotel lounge after the main show.

Elvis lived in the penthouse suite on the 30th floor (room 300) during his inaugural and record-breaking run of 58 consecutive sold out shows following Streisand’s’ engagement. When the International Hotel was sold to the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1970, Liberace became the headliner, entertaining  sold-out crowds two times a night for a then whopping $300,000 per week.

Star Trek the Experience enjoyed a ten-year run from 1998 to 2008 before the Hilton morphed again and became the succinctly named LVH just few years ago.  That too has changed. Today the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is owned by David A. Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts Ltd., and former owner of the PH Towers Westgate. Siegel and his staff recently hosted a VIP/media event to celebrate the lighting of the new Westgate sign on Paradise Road, which is the largest freestanding sign in the world (279 feet). The 95,000 square foot casino is host to the world’s largest race and sports book, as well.

In keeping with Siegel’s resort theme, a small percent of the hotel’s rooms will be converted to time share villas. The door is not shut to regular tourists: luxury suites and many of the rooms will remain available year round.  The Westgate is located not far from the Strip and has its own Las Vegas Monorail station.

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