Last summer the news about renovation at Palace Station started to leak. Eater was first with the news and I was able to confirm that something was being planned with Station Casinos, owner of the Palace Station. At the time, Station Casinos wasn’t ready to reveal all details of the renovations.
Despite its proximity to the Vegas Strip, Palace Station goes mostly unnoticed by tourists. The casino is located on Sahara Avenue just west of the I-15. Lucky Dragon, SLS Las Vegas and the Stratosphere are the closest casinos. However, they’re towards the less busy north end of the Vegas Strip.
Palace Station has been undergoing subtle upgrades in the past couple of years with new carpeting, new restaurants (Charcoal Grill, Little Tony’s) and a recent sports book upgrade. However, renovations and upgrades are going into high gear now as Palace Station returns to its roots.
Shortly after the casino opened in 1976, it was renamed Bingo Palace. The first major part of the renovations at Palace Station is to add a new, larger bingo room to the casino. While Bingo isn’t the most popular game with tourists, this is still popular with Las Vegas locals. Besides the Gold Coast, Palace Station has the closest Bingo Hall to the Vegas Strip.
Coming in at more than 9,000 square feet, the new Bingo Hall will be an improvement for current Bingo players. Station Casinos will also reach out to potentially new Bingo players. A couple of years ago Red Rock Casino (another Station Casino) debuted a nighttime version of bingo. The room is dimly lit and players are given neon necklaces. There’s a DJ bumping the jams and winners are doing shots. This is not your granny’s Bingo.
The concept may sound a bit out there but it’s become a very popular way for younger people to kick off the night. Approximately $20 gives a player an hour of gambling fun and booze. The game brings potential for winning a few bucks and more booze. The older players just avoid these games if they’re not in the mood for loud music and good times.
Back to the renovations. The upgrades to Palace Station will be done in phases over a couple of years. This first phase of renovations should conclude by summer. Upgrades will include a new valet area at the casino entrance facing Sahara Ave., the exterior facade will receive a facelift, the parking lot will be repaved, and some fixtures on the casino floor will be changed out. (semi-related, Chick-Fil-A is opening nearby)
The next phase of renovations will move the Feast Buffet from the second floor to the casino level. Station casinos will add two new restaurants which remain unnamed. The renovations for Palace Station may or may not end here. Station Casinos didn’t confirm or deny that there would be a new hotel tower added while the courtyard rooms are removed. They also didn’t confirm that future renovations would include a movie theater, bowling alley, or rooftop pool.
Prices to eat, drink and sleep in a casino on the Vegas Strip continue to rise so there’s reason to look elsewhere to balance your travel budget. Before the upgrades, Palace Station is already a viable option for anyone looking to save some money while still being near the Vegas Strip. The renovations will only give more reason to consider the near-Strip property.
I’ve stayed at Palace Station during conventions. They offer a solid value for the price. Palace Station is a few minutes away from the Las Vegas Convention Center. Rideshare companies make the trip back and forth to Sands or the LVCC quick and inexpensive.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.