Best western plus casino royale on the strip

Best western plus casino royale on the strip


Casino Royale Hotel & Casino

Hotel and casino in Nevada, United States

The Best Western Plus Casino Royale[1] (formerly known as the Nob Hill Casino and Casino Royale[2]) is a casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Tom Elardi. The casino, measuring 19,&#;sq&#;ft (1,&#;m2), caters to low rollers. The hotel includes rooms.

The hotel portion originally opened in , as the Caravan Motor Hotel. The casino portion opened as the Nob Hill in July , and closed 12 years later, reopening as the Casino Royale on January 1, The hotel became part of the Best Western chain in


Nob Hill ()[edit]

Before , this property neighbored the Sands Hotel Casino and contained several motels, restaurants and casinos: Bill's Place, Bon Aire Motel,[3] Motor Inn Motel, Louigi's Charcoal Broiler, and Frank Musso's Restaurant.[4] In the s, a Denny's restaurant was built on the site.[5]

What is now Casino Royale's hotel opened in the spring of as the Caravan Motor Hotel.[6][7] The room establishment was developed by local construction firm Heers Bros, Inc.[7] By , the hotel was affiliated with the Travelodge chain and was known as the Caravan Travelodge.[8][9]

In July , the Nob Hill Casino opened between the Denny's and Travelodge.[a] It was operated by a group of four partners who also owned the nearby Holiday Casino (now Harrah's), led by Claudine Williams. The Nob Hill became famous as a new smaller Strip casino with the lowest Strip limits at table games, including 25¢ craps, 10¢ roulette, and $1 blackjack. [10][12] In , Holiday Inns purchased the operating business of the Nob Hill, as part of a package deal in which it also acquired full ownership of the Holiday Casino.[13][14] The Nob Hill closed on November 26, , because the lease on the property expired.[15]

Casino Royale (present)[edit]

Following its closure, the Nob Hill was remodeled by the Elardi family, who also owned the Frontier hotel-casino on the Strip.[16][17] On January 1, , the former Nob Hill was reopened by Tommy Elardi as the Casino Royale, featuring 10, square feet (&#;m2) of gaming space with slot machines and 4 table games.[16] Elardi, the general manager and co-owner of the Frontier,[18][19] purchased the Nob Hill and adjacent hotel for $17 million.[20] From to , he renovated the property, expanding the casino to 19, square feet (1,&#;m2) and adding a parking garage. The casino, hotel, and Denny's were connected with a single facade,[20][21] consisting of Victorian/European-style architecture, giving the appearance of various connected buildings.[1][22]

From its opening, the Casino Royale was subjected to picketing by members of the Culinary Workers Union because of its shared ownership with the Frontier, where workers had been on strike since September [16][23][24] During , the Elardis planned to build a space probe ride behind Casino Royale. However, the project was scrapped following opposition from the union, as well as nearby resorts, which said the ride would not fit in on the Strip.[25][26] By , Casino Royale had established a surveillance operation to monitor the picketers as well as its own employees, the latter through listening devices installed in parts of the casino.[27] Picketing continued until , when the strike was resolved by the Elardi family's sale of the Frontier.[28][29] Casino Royale remains one of the few non-unionized casinos in Las Vegas.[30]

An Outback Steakhouse opened in , becoming the first location inside a casino.[31]

In December , the property was rebranded as part of the Best Western hotel chain.[1][32] The hotel includes rooms.[32][33]

In , the Denny's at the north side of the building, which had been the restaurant chain's highest-volume location, was demolished and replaced with a two-story, $9-million addition, with a Walgreens drug store on the ground floor, and a new Denny's on the second floor.[34][35][36] The project also added a White Castle burger restaurant, which opened with great fanfare as the chain's first location in the Western United States.[37][38]

In June , a document has been made by the FAA to build a ft tall building for the Casino Royale site and it was approved in August of that year.[39][40]

Casino Royale is located at the center of the Strip,[41] between the Venetian and Harrah's resorts.[22][42] It is popular for its cheap amenities, including $3 Beers.[1][32][42]


Casino Royale has 19,&#;sq&#;ft (1,&#;m2) of gaming space,[43] including slot machines, video poker, and video keno.[41] The casino caters to low rollers,[1] and is known for its promotional slot play.[32]Timeshare promotions in Las Vegas often give out Casino Royale slot play, to be used at specific machines.

In the late s, Casino Royale had the highest odds in Nevada at craps. The game was a 50 cent minimum bet game, which allowed a player to place times more in the odd bet. It was not uncommon to see 50 cent bets with $25 to $50 odds bets. This was when the rest of the Strip was allowed double to 10 times odds.[citation needed] Around , the Casino Royale became the first casino property on the Strip to install Geoff Hall's blackjack variant, Blackjack Switch. The success of Blackjack Switch at the casino led to the game spreading to many other casinos.[44] In , Casino Royale opened its BarBook, a sports book and bar with two William Hill betting stations.[45]

Popular culture[edit]


  • Front of casino at night

    Front of casino at night

  • Casino Royale sign,

    Casino Royale sign,

  • Facade along the Strip

    Facade along the Strip

  • Denny's restaurant,

    Denny's restaurant,



  1. ^The county licensing board approved the Nob Hill's gaming license on June 30, [10] By July 5, the casino was being advertised as "Now Open".[11]


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