Thursday, September 18, 2014
Once Again, An Off-Strip Hotel Closes Its Doors
Sad news for my longtime readers, I'm sure: The Clarion on Convention Center Drive reportedly was closing over the Labor Day weekend. Over the years it had done business as the Royal, Royal Americana, Paddlewheel, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and Greek Isles; as I reported on my last visit, vestiges of some of those last two incarnations could still be spotted on-site. Located not-quite-on-the-Strip, it had evidently struggled to establish a niche for itself under its many guises, and came within a hair's breadth of becoming a WWF or Hustler-branded casino at various times. This time, the old Royal may have used up the last of its lives.