Las Vegas Hilton No Longer a Hilton

The Las Vegas Hilton hotel, before it dropped “Hilton” from its name. Photograph courtesy of Mark Hardie of Edinburgh, Scotland

The Las Vegas Hilton is no longer the Las Vegas Hilton.

Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Hilton became The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino due to the expiration of a license agreement with Hilton Worldwide. The hotel property defaulted on a loan of $252 million in 2010 and attempted to restructure its debt.

FlyerTalk members are reporting that they are still receiving benefits as Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program VIP members — that is, except for the earning of Hilton HHonors points. April 3, 2012 is supposedly the last day for Diamond and Gold Hilton HHonors VIP members to receive benefits at this property.

Although Hilton Worldwide has other properties in Las Vegas, FlyerTalk members mourn the loss of this historic and iconic property, as it was legendary in offering inexpensive rates such as $49.00 per night with full Hilton HHonors benefits. It was a great property at which to stay in order to renew your Hilton HHonors VIP status for the next year without having to spend a lot of money — unless, of course, you gambled in its casino.

On the other hand, the hotel property itself was showing its age when I last stayed there, which was several years ago. I stayed at this property several times and was treated well overall, but it certainly was far from being one of the best properties of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

FlyerTalk members are now discussing rumors, including the possibility of Barron Hilton being interested in purchasing the hotel and casino property and branding it as a Hilton once again.

For your listening pleasure, let us listen to Australian group Little River Band singing about calling from the Las Vegas Hilton in the song Home On Monday from the 1976 album Diamantina Cocktail:

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