The Sands

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was one of the most iconic resorts in the city’s history. Here is a brief history of the hotel: The Sands Hotel was first opened in 1952 by the famous mobster and businessman, Jack Entratter. It quickly became one of the hottest spots on the Las Vegas Strip, attracting top entertainers, celebrities, and wealthy visitors. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Sands was the go-to destination for some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Joey Bishop. These performers were famously known as the “Rat Pack,” and they often performed at the hotel’s famous Copa Room.

In addition to its entertainment offerings, the Sands was also known for its luxurious amenities and high-end dining options. The hotel had 200 rooms, a swimming pool, a spa, and a golf course. The Sands also had several restaurants, including the famous Rat Pack hangout, the 24-hour coffee shop, and the gourmet restaurant, the “Crown Room.” The Sands was also the site of several major events in Las Vegas history. In 1960, it hosted the Democratic National Convention, where John F. Kennedy was nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. 

The hotel was also featured in several popular films, including “Ocean’s Eleven” (1960) and “Viva Las Vegas” (1964). In 1996, the Sands was demolished to make way for a new resort, the Venetian. However, the legacy of the Sands and the Rat Pack still lives on in Las Vegas today. The Venetian features a replica of the Sands’ famous Copa Room, and the Rat Pack is often celebrated in shows and events throughout the city.

The hotels most notable designed feature however would be a 56 foot tall sign out front and would be the tallest sign of the strip for decades. The grand opening was widely anticipated the sands hotel and casino opened on December 15th 1952.

The Sands Casino Las Vegas Nevada

The Sands started off as a restaurant but later obtained a gambling license from the Nevada tax Commission. A truly iconic name on the Las Vegas strip. The Sands casino on the North of the strip helped gain Vegas its name. It became famous for giving rise to the rat pack and being the venue of choice for Frank Sinatra. The Sands casino Las Vegas featured in the movie Con-Air when a jet plane full of prisoner’s crashes on the strip.

By 1930 the city of Las Vegas had already reached the depths of the Great Depression. In the same year U S president Herbert Hoover signed into law appropriations to construct the boulder dam originally intended to control flooding and to produce hydroelectric power in the region the project would bring anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 workers to the area a true shock to the tiny city and a seemingly infinite sized market for entertainment and hospitality sprung up overnight.

One year later in 1931 the state legislature of Nevada legalized gambling after a 21-year ban which instantly made Las Vegas the banning capital of the world. Due to its already large black market gambling industry it wouldn’t be such a simple road for growth over the next few years for Las Vegas but the city itself became illuminated upon the boulder dams completion in 1935 and despite the war years Las Vegas never looked back.

The Sands design centered around an exotic terracotta red painted modern structure. As you entered the hotel and featured sharp edged pin like pillars jutting down in front of the glass fronted building inside the two-story entry hall was lined by glass and bordered by imported Italian marble.
The casino was lit by low hanging chandeliers and featured a western theme. The hotel also featured an electric tram service to take guests from the casino to their room, a steam room, the garden room restaurant, and the terrace room restaurant. supports responsible gambling. Opens in new window: Home – Live Casino – Table Games – Online Slots  Poker – Sports Betting  Bingo – News