Last updated: September 1
In 1997 the Maxim Hotel and Casino opened on this spot. It was a smaller
than average Las Vegas resort in an awkward location just off the Strip
on Flamingo Avenue. In 1999 the casino closed for two years until Columbia
Sussex bought it and named it the Westin Casuarina. If anyone is curious,
a casuarina is the name of an evergreen tree native to the south Pacific.
Even through Columbia Sussex owns the property, it's operated by lodging
giant Starwood Hotels who owns the Westin brand. It's the first Westin
to feature a casino, albeit a small one, and one that doesn't seem to
be a core function of the property.
|Blackjack ||6 decks, double after split|
|Craps ||3,4,5x odds|
|Other Table Games ||Roulette, 3-Card Poker|
|Video Poker ||Nothing but crap.|
|Sports Book ||Y, a Leroy's outlet.|
The Westin Casuarina has a pool, a spa, a fitness center, and 20,000
square feet of event space.
While Suede functions as the Las Vegas casino coffee shop, especially since
it's open 24 hours, it's really more of a typical hotel restaurant serving
American cuisine than a coffee shop. You get the cloth napkins and upscale
menu we associate with your generic Marriott-esque eatery more so than the
American comfort food common in this town. Entrees run in the $15 to $25
range, and are exactly what you'd expect from a hotel restaurant. It's
entirely edible and very forgettable, while not being embarrassing to put
on your expense account.
- Casino Lounge
The aptly, if unimaginatively, named Casino Lounge is a bar that serves
some light food, including burgers pizzas, and appetizers. It's what
There's a Starbucks here.
The Westin Casuarina has a showroom that holds 175 people. Currently it
hosts a tribute to Red Skelton and a show titled, "Barbara and Frank:
The Concert That Never Was." Obviously, these shows are a throwback to
the old Las Vegas, and skew, uh, to a more mature demographic.