The above video is by You Tube user thatdamkat and, shows pictures set to music of the recent closed "Western" hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Not many Las Vegas visitors made it to the "Western" which seemed to be filled with mainly locals in a rundown property but either way we feel bad for the former employees and hopefully a lot of them got hired at their sister property the "Plaza."
Today is the day the "Western Hotel" in downtown Las Vegas closes down after opening as a bingo parlor back in 1970. The property known for low table limits in its 15,000 square foot casino with wooden floors and inexpensive food deals has been closed by the Tamares Real Estate group; This company also is the owner of the “Las Vegas Club” downtown as well as the newly remodeled “Plaza Hotel” downtown. Hopefully a lot of the 90 employees now unemployed at the “Western” find jobs at their other properties. The “Western Hotel” was too far from Fremont Street to gain much foot traffic in an area that had deteriorated over the years so it’s not a surprise the place closed really and, the low budget hotel rooms attached weren’t a draw for a large number people to stay there. The Tamares Real Estate group haven’t announced plans for this property although I’m sure in the current climate it won’t be reopened or the site built on anytime soon.
We recently reported that the "Western" downtown was cutting its casino hours now Vegas Inc is reporting that the property is to close down on January 16th. The property is owned by the Tamares Real Estate Group that also owns the newly remodeled "Plaza" hotel and the sister property "Las Vegas Club" on Fremont Street. The desicion to close this property isn't really a surprise with the economy as it is at the moment plus the "Western" is run down in iffy area too far away from the Fremont Street Experiance. The property in recent years has been known for cheap drinks, food and table games. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the block wide property my guess in the near term nothing and it wil just remain closed; In the long term i wonder if the property will be remodelled or knocked down and replaced with another hotel casino or even used as a non gaming use.
If you are not familar with the "Western" its basically a motel with a small casino in a iffy area of downtown Las Vegas. The property is about a block from the "El Cortez" and I have walked there during the day and never had an issue but I don't know if I would make the same trip at night; Now if you plan to make a late night trip there you may have to head there later as they have announced that they will be closing the casino between the hours of 2am and 10am. This might seem unusual but casinos such as Mermaids on Fremont Street and even the Golden Gate closes at times during the late night early morning hours but most casinos in town are twenty four hours. This is a smart move for the "Western" because it saves them paying for a whole shift of employees at the slowest time of the day and with the current economic climate keeping costs low is the name of the game hopefully things will pick up soon.