In Las Vegas somebody's always got an offer somewhere. You can't throw a pair of dice around here, it seems, without landing on a hotel discount or a hotel package.
Most of the biggest, splashiest hotels and resorts in the world are on the Strip. At last count, 15 of the world's 25 largest hotels are right here, and seven of the top 10. more...One of the first casinos in town to receive a gaming license was the Pair-O-Dice in 1931. It was built on Highway 91, also known as the Los Angeles Highway. The first hotel on what is today's Las Vegas Strip was the El Rancho Vegas, which opened 10 years later with just 63 rooms. Its success inspired the construction of the Last Frontier in 1942. Eventually, East Coast wise guys such as New York's Bugsy Siegel took notice. They muscled their way into the Flamingo, which opened in 1946, and the Desert Inn, in 1950. The not-so-good news: Our past is a bit notorious. The good news: It really is in the past.Almost as famous as our hotels is our propensity for tearing them down. The Sands made way for The Venetian. The Dunes went kaboom for the Bellagio. The space-age wonder that was The Landmark got zapped by aliens in the movie Mars Attacks. The list goes on. All we know is, not long after the first hotel was built, the second one came along. And not long after that, somebody offered the first deal. All we can say is, "Viva Las Bargains."