The Las Vegas Strip, which occupies a four-mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, is renowned for its concentration of casinos. However, surprising though it may seem, the largest casino in Las Vegas, the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, is not located on the Strip, but on West Sunset Road, in Henderson, approximately ten miles to the west.
Originally opened in 1997, the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino is a deluxe ‘locals’ casino or, in other words, a casino intended to attract residents of Las Vegas, rather than tourists. As Station Casinos’ flagship property, Sunset Station was deliberately designed not to look like a traditional ‘locals’ casino, with an absence of long, rectangular lines and an abundance of unique shapes, colour and design features, not least the Gaudi Bar, inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Sunset Station underwent multi-million dollar expansion in 1999 and again in 2005 and now occupies a total of 162,173 square feet.
Sunset Station was also intended to appeal to tourists seeking a less crowded, more affordable alternative to resort hotels and casinos on the Strip. The twenty-one storey hotel tower, which was renovated in 2016, houses 450 rooms and suites, many of which were upgraded at the same time, while 13,000 square feet is devoted to meeting and convention space. Aside from the casino floor, which features the usual array of table games and slot machines, the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino complex also houses nine restaurants, a bingo hall, a bowling alley and a cinema.