February 16, 2016

2299 UNITED STATES (Nevada) - Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Previously known as Aladdin Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip, in the unincorporated locale of Paradise, and is owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Hilton Hotels operates the condo portion of the property, since 2012 known as Elara. Planet Hollywood's architecture can best be described as having a 'Hollywood hip' theme. It eschews the popular Art-Deco glamour of similarly imaged venues for a sleeker look that features plenty of glass, neon and reflective surfaces.

From the beginning, this property seemed to be doomed for failure, being called at times "The Vegas Jinx". Begining as Tally-Ho Motel in 1962, it expanded and developed permanently, even though it had many financial problems, went into bankruptcies a few times and passed through countless hands. It was renamed King's Crown in 1964, then Aladin in 1966, and in 1998 it was imploded to make way for the construction of a new casino. Only the Aladdin Theatre was preserved.

The Aladdin was reopened in 2000, not without problems. The casino was in financial trouble from the start, and was sold in bankruptcy in 2003 to a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Renovations were carried out in stages, allowing the resort to remain open throughout. After the casino was renovated, it was reopened as Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2007. Caesars officially acquired the property in 2010.

The resort, which stands 122m tall, has 37 floors, and each room is dedicated to a certain movie such as Backdraft. Rooms feature actual props and memorabilia from the film. The rooms range from standard to luxurious "Panorama" suites with a view of the whole Las Vegas Strip. In 2009, PH Towers by Westgate opened at Planet Hollywood. The 52-story building featured 1,200 suites to be used as timeshares and hotel rooms, including 40 luxury penthouse units.

About the stamps
The first three stamps are part of the series issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the television special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.", about which I wrote here. The fourth stamp,depicting  Mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) and Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), the bird and the flower of the state of Nevada, is part of the series State Birds and Flowers, about which I wrote here.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - Wikipedia
History of the Aladdin - A2Z Las Vegas

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 26.01.2016

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