Ideally located one block from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center and adjacent to the Las Vegas Country Club golf course was the Las Vegas Hilton. A hidden jewel among off Strip hotels, the Las Vegas Hilton was an iconic place to stay and play in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Hilton at one point ranked among the world's most famous and popular destinations. The property offered nearly 3,000 rooms and suites. As a world-class hotel and casino and the largest Hilton in the world, this Las Vegas hotel offered a unique blend of sophistication and excitement with 13 distinctive restaurants, world-class entertainment (featuring legendary headliners) in the 1,600-seat Hilton Theater, a full-service health club and spa and the world's largest Race and Sports Book in town.
Elegantly inviting yet pleasantly tucked away, the Las Vegas Hilton was celebrated for its storied past as Elvis' headquarters, its expansive variety of luxury suites and villas, and an impeccable service standard.
Las Vegas Hilton Historical Facts
The 64 acres the hotel sat on was originally occupied in the 1950s by the Las Vegas Park Speedway, a horse and auto racing facility.
The hotel was built in 1969 by Kirk Kerkorian and opened as the International Hotel.
Barbra Streisand was the opening-night act, but the International Hotel, followed by the Las Vegas Hilton, was known as the Las Vegas home to Elvis Presley.
In 1969, Presley performed 58 consecutive sold-out shows, playing to 130,157 fans.
The King broke his own attendance record three times in February 1970, August 1970 and August 1972.
Presley also maintained a residence at the Hilton until December 1976.
After 40 years, the iconic Las Vegas Hilton hotel changed it's name to the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 3, 2012.
The bronze statue out front pays homage to Elvis, who performed 837 consecutive sold-out shows here starting on July 31, 1969. The King's final performance at the Hilton, then called the International, was Dec. 12, 1976, eight months before his death.
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