When I was young and single, flying out to Vegas for a week meant staying for as cheap as possible on a new college grad’s income. The first people I would turn to when looking for advice on Las Vegas was always my grandparents, who had made countless returns to the neon-mecca for decades.
While my grandparents were used to staying in pretty much all of the old-school casinos during their day, they always returned to the Westward Ho. I love how years later the old website is still up and running, although limited in content!
Located adjacent to the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, the Westward Ho remained trapped in the 1970’s, keeping a nights accommodation simple. The rooms were very basic motel style, with no frills seen in today’s mega-properties. But what would you expect for less than $75/night?
Favorite aspects that guests and locals enjoyed were the cheap eats available on the Westward Ho property. Guests could enjoy a Mega Dog (jumbo hot dog) for only $1.49. Or a 27 ounce Margarita for $0.99. Or what about an entire plate of strawberry shortcake for $1.49. The food remained a tremendous bargain for customers while drawing them into the casino in hopes of them spending a couple bucks gambling.
I particularly used to love the affordable table limits on games such as Blackjack. I spent many late nights in this casino, just hoping to get on a lucky streak with my $100 budget. All I walked away with was this lousy postcard. 🙂
The Westward Ho Hotel and Casino officially closed their doors November 17, 2005.
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