Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas
Binion's Hotel is gone, but the memories remain
Let me start off by saying that the hotel above Binion's Gambling Hall in Las Vegas is no longer open to guests. It was shuttered in December of 2009. The casino floor is still open and is a frequent stop for those looking to do some low-rent gaming on Fremont Street. There are plenty of slots and table games, the most famous of which of course is Texas Hold'em.
Operating under the names Binion's Horseshoe, The Horseshoe Casino, or simply the Horseshoe, this institution has been around since 1951, using the same building that was previously home to the Apache Hotel and the famous Eldorado Club. This is one of the most historical properties in all of Las Vegas. The high-rise section of the current Binion's was once the Mint Hotel, famous as being the hotel where Hunter S. Thompson stayed on his famous trip to Las Vegas.
So, what does Binion's have to offer now?
The answer, sadly, is not much. With the hotel gone, it's no longer a cheap place to stay overnight. It does sit on a prime location of Fremont Street, so you can hang around and check out the street performers and the light show that comes on when it gets dark.
Binion's does have a steakhouse that gets decent reviews, although I can't say I've ever checked it out for myself. They say the views from the steakhouse are exceptional. If it's packed and you don't have reservations, you can always get food from the Binion's Cafe, which is by the dice tables. They have pretty rustic food that is reminiscent of the days of old Las Vegas. Their specialty is bean soup and cornbread.
The Hall of Fame Poker Room at Binion's is something every poker buff should check out, as the walls are covered with pictures of the all-time greats like Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim playing at Binion's. Binion's has hosted the World Series of Poker at various times in the past 40 years.
Binion's is a must-stop for anyone interested in experiencing some real Las Vegas history first-hand. The place is like a time-capsule, progressing very slowly as the modern corporate resorts take over the city.