Workers prepare to hang the final letter in the new sign at the LVH casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 5:15 p.m.
The LVH officially lifted its new name to the front of the historic Las Vegas hotel Thursday afternoon by placing the final letter of its sign.
The hotel and casino on Paradise Road opened in 1969 as the International Hotel and later became the Las Vegas Hilton. Owners changed the name to LVH (for Las Vegas Hotel) in January, after losing the rights to the Hilton name amid threats of foreclosure and financial struggles.
Hotel officials, however, said the new letters also signaled signs for the future of the 2,900-room resort. It also said plans are in the works for new retail stores, casino games and a restaurant — "things you wouldn’t do if the doors were closing," said a statement Thursday afternoon.
The resort also said it has bookings for its convention center past 2013.
Workers from Dielco Crane Service in Las Vegas hoisted the final 8,000-pound "L" on the north side of the sign around 3 p.m. to the top of the 275-foot front sign. Each of the three letters are 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
Westgate Las Vegas & Casino As the place where Elvis Presley broke all Vegas show attendance records when it was still called the International Hotel, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is a time capsule of classic Vegas. Its name changed from the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in early 2012.
While the feeling is traditional, the hotel has recently spent millions in renovations. From the guest rooms to the pool deck, all surfaces were remodeled. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the 74,000 square-foot casino, where there is high limit slots. Just off from the casino, there is the world's largest race and sports book, the SuperBook, featuring 350 seats, 28 giant screens highlighted with a massive 15' x 20' screen for a grand total of more than 60 viewing monitors.
The dining choices at the property range from the award-winning Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse, to The Buffet, where guests can enjoy the wide selection of choices. After dinner, guests can take advantage of the star-studded entertainment. The hotel also makes it convenient to casino-hop as one of the stops on the Las Vegas Monorail.
3000 Paradise Road Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-732-5111
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