The Palace Station Hotel and Casino
The Palace Station Hotel and Casino on West Sahara Avenue in the world’s casino capital, Las Vegas, Nevada, has been operational for 40 years. Despite its off-strip location, Palace Station has enjoyed great and growing success over the past four decades and is reputed to be a particular favourite among locals.
Palace Station features an enormous casino gaming space with a wide array of games open 24 hours a day. In addition, Palace Station includes a 1000-room hotel, fitness centre, swimming pool, full-service beauty station, fine-dining restaurants, an authentic Irish pub, and Starbucks and Subway outlets.
How Palace Station Came to Be
As mentioned, Palace Station has been around for decades, although it had a different name back in 1976 – The Casino. Today, Palace Station occupies 84 000 square feet at 2411 West Sahara Avenue but The Casino gambling hall was much smaller, only taking up 5000 square feet and was attached to a small motel.
The venue’s name was changed to Bingo Palace in 1977 and began to experience considerable success as the first of its kind to focus on local residents instead of tourists, with draw cards including affordable buffets, regular giveaways, and bingo.
Palace Station, as we know it today, really began to take shape in 1984, when it was expanded and remodelled according to a railway theme. It was also at this time that it was given the name that it has kept to this day – Palace Station Hotel and Casino.
Over the next couple of years, the owners of Palace Station purchased the motel next door and converted it into a 21-storey hotel tower with high-rise parking garage.
In 1993, Palace Station’s owners began to buy up the other properties that would eventually come to comprise the Station Casinos franchise.
Its Unusual Off-Strip Location
Many observers in the Las Vegas casino industry were sceptical of Palace Station Hotel and Casino’s chances of success. This scepticism was primarily due to its location away from the famous Las Vegas strip – in other words, away from the bulk of tourist traffic.
Its success despite this obstacle was largely the result of its focus on permanent Las Vegas residents and opened the flood gates for other similar establishments, such as Sam’s Town and Gold Coast, to emerge.
Gaming at Palace Station
There gaming space at Palace Station stands at a staggering 100 000 ft2, and includes over 1 600 slot and video poker machines, 45 table games, a 24-hour nine-table poker room, a 307-seater bingo hall, a 20-seater keno lounge, a 230-seat race and sportsbook area, and a dedicated Asian table games area. While chilled at the hotel players can easily placing winning bets on various sports events around the world online at Australian betting sites.
The Palace Station Asian table games area is very popular with the nearby Chinatown community and draws a large Asian customer base to the venue. Games in this area include Pai Gow Tiles and various versions of midi and mini baccarat. Standard table games on offer at Palace Station, meanwhile, include blackjack, Pai Gow poker, ultimate Texas hold’em, roulette, baccarat, and craps.
A Range of Hotel Room Options
There are over 1000 rooms at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino and there are a wide array of options to suit the preferences and budgets of a range of guest. Options include Luxury Tower Queen Rooms, affordable Courtyard Rooms, Luxury Tower Petite Suites, and Luxury Tower King Suites.
Additional Features and Services
Guests at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino enjoy access to state-of-the-art fitness centre between 6am and 12am daily, a large swimming pool, a full-service beauty station, and numerous restaurants, pubs, and fast-food outlets.