Stardust Resort and Casino

The Stardust was a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. It belonged to the Boyd Gaming Corporation.


The building was originally devised by Tony Cornero, however, died before its completion. It had last 1,552 rooms, according to the operator considers too little for Las Vegas. The building of 1958 - initially with 1,032 rooms, the largest hotel in the world at the time - was brought to a controlled implosion and imploded. The Stardust was home to the first casino in Las Vegas for the mass operation because its prices were affordable. In the sixties and seventies, the casino was notorious for involvement with the Mafia.

The Stardust had a 23,000 -square-foot convention center, car rental, nine restaurants, a fitness center, Pavilion exhibition area of 37,000 m², a sports betting office, a shopping center, a spa, swimming pools and a wedding chapel.

On 1 November 2006, the hotel was officially closed and demolished on 13 March 2007 at 2:35 local time after a grandiose farewell fireworks to make way for the new hotel and entertainment complex Echelon. The western tower was the tallest building, which was brought down depending on the Las Vegas Strip with 32 floors. Only the famous neon sign is preserved for posterity; it will soon be on display at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Echelon and World Resort Las Vegas

On the approximately 35 acres cleared and rounded- site gambling company Boyd Gaming wanted to build a multifunctional mega center called Echelon. The cost was estimated at $ 4.4 billion. The Echelon Place complex should contain more than 5000 hotel rooms in several different hotels, and with a common casino area with 13,000 square meters. In addition, over 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms, an exhibition center with 60,000 square meters, an auditorium with 4,000 square meters and a theater with 1,400 seats, a concert hall and a medium-sized shopping center were planned. The completion was initially scheduled for 2010, the works were suspended after a first shift and ultimately due to the global economic situation.

2013, the company Genting Group purchased the property and wants to build a hotel there and Casino with Asian motifs.


  • Siegfried and Roy were engaged from 1970 to 1973 and from 1978 to 1981 at the Stardust.
  • Wayne Newton signed in 1999 a ten-year contract with the Stardust, reportedly for 25 million dollars per year. After five years he left, however, the Stardust in April 2005.
  • Frank " Lefty " Rosenthal was a manager at the Stardust. He is the model for Sam " Ace" Rothstein in Martin Scorsese's film Casino.