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14 April 2011

Location 21: The Strip - Tops

The Tops takes a bit more sleuthing. I could be wrong here, but its closest parallel (in both nuance and geography) in Las Vegas seems to be Circus Circus, a showing-its-age resort where I last stayed ten years ago. (Big Top, geddit?)

The most obvious relationship is with the swirly front overhang, although it's a bit tenuous. If anyone has a better idea, comment below.

Time for something a bit easier to classify. Let's put on some white gloves and visit The Ultra Luxe.

4 comments:

  1. I think this was one of the hotels in Fear and Loathing, so the choice works for me.

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  2. The Tops was based on the old 50s casinos more than any of the others. The Sands specifically, I believe. One of the ones that's not there anymore, at least.

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  3. Yea I have to agree with the last comment. I don't believe the Tops was based off of the Circus Circus. The location is roughly correct, but i've lived in Las Vegas my whole life <40+> years. I remember a Strip casino that had something VERY similiar to the wavey up and down lighting on the Tops in the game but for the life of me I can't remember which one it was. Most of the old casinos are gone or totaly remodeled now, I belive the Tropicana is the only one left that is from the 50'/60's era and it only vaguely looks like it did then.

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  4. It was based on the Mint:

    http://www.inoldlasvegas.com/downtown/MINT_ADDITION_VEGAS.jpg

    Which is incidentally the casino sponsoring the race that Hunter S. Thompson is there to cover in Fear and Loathing.

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