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Friday, July 31, 2015

The birth of Sin City: AND NOW

 

 

 

 

 

The birth of Sin City: Rare retro photos reveal how Las Vegas transformed from a one-horse town to the glitzy City of Lights

  • Despite its reputation for excess and surrealism, as a natural oasis in the desert Las Vegas was born from necessity
  • Established in 1829 by merchants as a trade route stop between Mexico and California - the Old Spanish Trail
  • It quickly became popular for its gambling, resulting in the creation of a central strip of entertainment venues
  • Stars flocked in their droves, including Elvis Presley, Brigitte Bardot and Gene Kelly to name a few

Las Vegas. The desert metropolis which thrives on 24-hour gambling, showgirls and casinos without a clock in sight to remind revellers of the world outside. 

Synonymous with hedonism, this adult playground has grown to attract millions of visitors annually, each bringing with them trillions of dollars to its Nevada location.

Despite its reputation for excess and surrealism, as a natural oasis in the Mojave desert, America's City of Lights was actually established in 1829 for practical reasons. Mexican explorer and merchant, Antonio Armijo, first sought to open up the area as a trade route between Mexico and California, called the Old Spanish Trail. 

When the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad were created in 1905, the small settlement quickly became known as 'Sin City.'  With pink limousines, tacky souvenirs and the gigantic Vegas strip, the larger-than-life city became a beacon in the desert over the years - but it didn't always look that way.

Revealed in rare retrospective photographs are the vintage cars parked outside casinos for a weekend escape, swim-up gambling tables, and the glamour of 1950's showgirls. The city that lured Hollywood's glitterati including Elvis Presley and Gene Kelly is strikingly different to the illuminated, bustling hot spot of today. 

In its first flush of popularity the rich and famous of the golden era were greeted by empty desert streets and a handful of burgeoning venues only hinting at their future fortunes.

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First glimmer: The main strip in Las Vegas during the golden era hints at its potential for growth. The open expanse reveals the desert backdrop in all its glory and the Dunes Hotel is the only focal point in the foreground

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First glimmer: The main strip in Las Vegas during the golden era hints at its potential for growth. The open expanse reveals the desert backdrop in all its glory and the Dunes Hotel is the only focal point in the foreground

City of Lights: In dramatic contrast, today's main strip in Las Vegas  is vibrantly illuminated by hotels and casinos as far as the eye can see

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City of Lights: In dramatic contrast, today's main strip in Las Vegas is vibrantly illuminated by hotels and casinos as far as the eye can see

Unearthed: This 1906 picture of the city shows its early days and the original settlement before it became a thriving metropolis

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Unearthed: This 1906 picture of the city shows its early days and the original settlement before it became a thriving metropolis

Nostalgia: With the odd car driving down Fremont Street in Las Vegas, this image is far cry from the packed main strip tourists witness today

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Nostalgia: With the odd car driving down Fremont Street in Las Vegas, this image is far cry from the packed main strip tourists witness today

Take a drive down Fremont Street with this retro footage

 

The Apache Hotel, originally built in 1932, was the first building in Las Vegas to have a lift and also featured stained glass windows- an original detail which still remains today

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The Apache Hotel, originally built in 1932, was the first building in Las Vegas to have a lift and also featured stained glass windows- an original detail which still remains today

Playing a game of chance: Gamblers crowding around a roulette table at a casino in 1935, Las Vegas

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Playing a game of chance: Gamblers crowding around a roulette table at a casino in 1935, Las Vegas

A view of the pool at the El Rancho Vegas hotel and casino  in July 1942 in Las Vegas in Nevada

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A view of the pool at the El Rancho Vegas hotel and casino in July 1942 in Las Vegas in Nevada

 

Neon Signs Outside Pioneer Club in 1951. The Howdy Podner of Las Vegas greets the visitor to the famous Pioneer Club complete with 24-hour gaming The House of Jack Pots

Neon Signs Outside Pioneer Club in 1951 (left) and The House of Jack Pots (right) greeted the visitors to the burgeoning Nevada outpost

Hosting legends: As the city grew in popularity it started to attract big names. Pictured in 1955 is Frank Sinatra surrounded by elaborately-dressed women at the Dunes Hotel

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Hosting legends: As the city grew in popularity it started to attract big names. Pictured in 1955 is Frank Sinatra surrounded by elaborately-dressed women at the Dunes Hotel

Archive footage shows Las Vegas Casino entertainment

 

Golden glamour: The Gabor sisters pose at a cocktail party to celebrate their show at the Last Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in 1955. From left to right Zsa Zsa, Magda and Eva

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Golden glamour: The Gabor sisters pose at a cocktail party to celebrate their show at the Last Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in 1955. From left to right Zsa Zsa, Magda and Eva

Heyday: Noel Coward, the English playwright, was an entertainer at the Desert Inn, Las Vegas. Here pictured in 1955

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Heyday: Noel Coward, the English playwright, was an entertainer at the Desert Inn, Las Vegas. Here pictured in 1955

International artists:The Bluebell Girls, from the Lido Nightclub in Paris, perform on suspended platforms above the audience at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada in 1958

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International artists:The Bluebell Girls, from the Lido Nightclub in Paris, perform on suspended platforms above the audience at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada in 1958

 

A Bluebell girl (left) from the Lido de Paris adjusts her costume prior to appearing onstage at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas in 1958 The famous sign signalling the entry into the American 'Sin City'

 

A flamboyant Bluebell girl (left) from the Lido de Paris adjusts her costume prior to appearing onstage at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas in 1958. The famous sign signalling entry into Sin City (right)

Signs of growth: An aerial view of Las Vegas in 1964 shows the city as hotels and casinos start to line the city's roads

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Signs of growth: An aerial view of Las Vegas in 1964 shows the city as hotels and casinos start to line the city's roads

A vintage postcard depicts the entrance of the Flamingo Hotel flanked by a line of vintage automobiles in the foreground

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A vintage postcard depicts the entrance of the Flamingo Hotel flanked by a line of vintage automobiles in the foreground

An audience with the King: Singer Elvis Presley entertains amused onlookers at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas

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An audience with the King: Singer Elvis Presley entertains amused onlookers at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas

French film star Brigitte Bardot and her new husband, German industrialist Gunther Sachs Von Opel leave their plane  after a flight from Las Vegas, where the couple were married  in a surprise ceremony in 1966 

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French film star Brigitte Bardot and her new husband, German industrialist Gunther Sachs Von Opel leave their plane after a flight from Las Vegas, where the couple were married in a surprise ceremony in 1966 

Don't drop your chips: Gambling tables in swimming pools allowed guests to keep on playing without leaving the pool 

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Don't drop your chips: Gambling tables in swimming pools allowed guests to keep on playing without leaving the pool 

Tanya, the Siamese elephant who performed on stage at Dunes Hotel and Casino, joins gamblers at a blackjack table in 1966

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Tanya, the Siamese elephant who performed on stage at Dunes Hotel and Casino, joins gamblers at a blackjack table in 1966

The adorned elephant aids gamblers during their game of craps at the Dunes Hotel and Casino in 1966

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The adorned elephant aids gamblers during their game of craps at the Dunes Hotel and Casino in 1966

Rock 'n' roll crooner Elvis Presley performs at the Las Vegas International Hotel in the August of 1969

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Rock 'n' roll crooner Elvis Presley performs at the Las Vegas International Hotel in the August of 1969

Practise makes perfect! Elvis Presley pictured during a filmed rehearsal before a Las Vegas show in July 1970

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Practise makes perfect! Elvis Presley pictured during a filmed rehearsal before a Las Vegas show in July 1970

It's a hard life: Gene Kelly (centre) pictured with the elaborately dressed Folies Bergere showgirls in 1970

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It's a hard life: Gene Kelly (centre) pictured with the elaborately dressed Folies Bergere showgirls in 1970

Name in bright lights: A giant board signalling Elvis Presley is performing in Las Vegas in 1972

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Name in bright lights: A giant board signalling Elvis Presley is performing in Las Vegas in 1972

Vintage postcard showing the entrance to the Dunes Hotel with huge neon sign and vintage automobiles parked in the drive

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Vintage postcard showing the entrance to the Dunes Hotel with huge neon sign and vintage automobiles parked in the drive

The Cal Neva Lodge in Crystal Bay in the early 1980's. Before the Las Vegas Strip ruled the gambling world, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make the Cal Neva Lodge one of Nevada's coolest casinos in the 1960s

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The Cal Neva Lodge in Crystal Bay in the early 1980's. Before the Las Vegas Strip ruled the gambling world, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make the Cal Neva Lodge one of Nevada's coolest casinos in the 1960s

 

 

 





Infographic reveals the 20 largest hotels in the world... and six of the top ten are in Las Vegas boasting nearly 30,000 rooms between them

  • The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the largest hotel in terms of rooms
  • The First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia ranked second
  • There are only six non-U.S. hotels in the top 20 shortlist

With partying going on from dusk until dawn from the 40 million tourists visiting each year, it's little surprise Las Vegas in the U.S. has a plethora of luxury hotels.

But you might still be surprised to learn that six of the 10 largest hotels in the world are found in Sin City. And out of the top 20, 14 are located in the U.S.

Topping the pile is the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Housing 6,852 rooms and suites, the site is very popular with the rich and famous, including Prince Harry.

The top 20 largest hotels in the world, according to the number of rooms and suites

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The top 20 largest hotels in the world, according to the number of rooms and suites

The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has the largest number of rooms in the world with 6,852

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The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has the largest number of rooms in the world with 6,852

Lavish: The MGM Grand is a popular resting place for celebrities

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Lavish: The MGM Grand is a popular resting place for celebrities

The MGM Grand is located by the Arena giving show headliners the perfect spot to rest

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The MGM Grand is located by the Arena giving show headliners the perfect spot to rest

It is located beside the MGM Grand Arena which, with a capacity of over 16,000 and known for hosting first class shows and sporting events, means the hotel is always busy.

First opened in 1993, the hotel has consistently moved with the times, and has now added two luxury 'wings' to the existing development.

The 'Skylofts' are 51 two-storey lofts located on the top two floors, and the The Signature at MGM Grand are three distinct towers each with 576 suites; most suites offering private balconies.

The front entrance of the main hotel features a 100,000-pound bronze lion statue, located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

The 45-foot-tall lion, perched on a 25-foot pedestal, is the largest bronze statue in the U.S.

The lion is framed by LED screens, water fountains, Atlas-themed statues and mesmerising landscaping.

 

Genting first world hotel at genting highlands,  Pahang, Malaysia Sheraton Hotel and Casino in Macau SAR, China

Few hotels outside the US broke into the list, but The First World Resort in Genting Highlands, Malaysia (left), came second and the Sheraton Macao in China (right) was in 13th place

The First World Hotel in Malaysia is as colourful as it is imposing

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The First World Hotel in Malaysia is as colourful as it is imposing

This Sports Resort forms part of three main resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The property came third in the overall list

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This Sports Resort forms part of three main resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The property came third in the overall list

Matthew Walls, vice president of Hotels.com EMEA told MailOnline Travel: 'Year on year we see an increase in popularity for hotels in Las Vegas, and it is clear that the larger ones are hugely popular with travellers.

'When looking at our Hotel Price Index data we can see that even throughout last year Las Vegas was one of the top destinations to witness an increase in average hotel room rates, as the specific hotels are aware of the demand for luxury and larger hotels to stay in.

'For many, a larger hotel allows for a range of activities on the holiday, with more to keep them entertained, while also providing more conversation and holiday memories for when they return home.

'With such high competition to draw in large amounts of travellers, the hotels in Las Vegas are clearly looking to be grander and larger than others in the world. We have seen that when celebrities holiday, or even take up residence on the Strip, that the demand to visit Nevada increases further.

'Prince Harry famously stayed in Vegas several years ago, causing hotel searches to the area to increase a staggering 123 per cent overnight, while Britney Spears' residency sparked further searches to increase 52 per cent.'

Russia's sole entry in the top 20 is Moscow's Izmailovo Hotel, fourth in the rankings

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Russia's sole entry in the top 20 is Moscow's Izmailovo Hotel, fourth in the rankings

Fifth is the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, flanked by a raft of boutique shops and stores

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Fifth is the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, flanked by a raft of boutique shops and stores

The Wynn Hotel is full of art, bringing the outside inside

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The Wynn Hotel is full of art, bringing the outside inside

You might be forgiven for thinking you were in Egypt on approaching the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas

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You might be forgiven for thinking you were in Egypt on approaching the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas

The Luxor sits in sixth spot in the rankings of the world's largest hotels

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The Luxor sits in sixth spot in the rankings of the world's largest hotels

Runner-up in the world's largest hotel list is the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia.

With 6,118 rooms and suites, the colourful hotel is as imposing as it is enchanting. The hotel also houses a 500,000 sq feet indoor theme park, a shopping mall and lots of dining stops, with 11 restaurants.

Completing the top three with 5,524 rooms is the Disney All-Star Resort Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is luxurious and comes complete with a river and gondolas 

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The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is luxurious and comes complete with a river and gondolas

The architecture inside the Venetian is rooted in Italy. The hotel features in eighth position on the list

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The architecture inside the Venetian is rooted in Italy. The hotel features in eighth position on the list

You might be forgiven for thinking you've gone back in time with a stay at the medieval-looking Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip - ninth largest hotel

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You might be forgiven for thinking you've gone back in time with a stay at the medieval-looking Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip - ninth largest hotel

Las Vegas' Aria Resort and Casino, completes the top 10 with 4,004 rooms and suites

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Las Vegas' Aria Resort and Casino, completes the top 10 with 4,004 rooms and suites

The inside of the Aria is  illuminated with a multitude of colours

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The inside of the Aria is illuminated with a multitude of colours

The resort comprises three separate sites, a Sports Resort, a Movies Resort,and Music Resort.

The Movies resort features a giant Herbie The Love Bug car, and lots of enormous playful puppies from 101 Dalmatians.

The Sports hotel has five themed areas – American football, baseball, basketball, tennis and surfing, and at the Music hotel, the buildings are decked out with huge saxophones, guitars and drums.

The flower red fountain and blue sky above Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas

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The flower red fountain and blue sky above Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas

The scene greeting visitors to the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

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The scene greeting visitors to the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

The Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Vegas has 3,774 rooms

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The Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Vegas has 3,774 rooms

The flamingo  at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This came in 16th position with 3,565 rooms

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The flamingo at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This came in 16th position with 3,565 rooms

Leon Markovitz, who designed the infographic and carried out the research, told MailOnline Travel: 'The results are definitely surprising, not only for Las Vegas but for the US in general.

'But I'm curious about how often these hotels are at capacity, since Vegas is full of mega-hotels.

'Also, the MGM is the largest, yet it was opened in 1993.'

The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas has 3,414 rooms and takes 17th spot in the list

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The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas has 3,414 rooms and takes 17th spot in the list

Hawaiian Villahe in Honolulu in Hawaii is another non-Las Vegas based hotel making the top 20, with 3,386 rooms seeing it bag 18th spot

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Hawaiian Villahe in Honolulu in Hawaii is another non-Las Vegas based hotel making the top 20, with 3,386 rooms seeing it bag 18th spot

The luxury hotel and casino Palazzo sneaks in to the top 20 in 19th, having 3,068 rooms and suites

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The luxury hotel and casino Palazzo sneaks in to the top 20 in 19th, having 3,068 rooms and suites

The Mirage in Las Vegas completes the top 20, with 3,004 rooms

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The Mirage in Las Vegas completes the top 20, with 3,004 rooms

 

 

Fairy lights and fake palm trees blamed for Cosmopolitan blaze: Hip hotel owners blame electrical fault on rooftop display for inferno

  • Fire Chief Greg Cassell said fake palm trees made fire 'move so fast' at the hotel on Saturday afternoon
  • He said an electrical fire was also possible due to decorative lights adorning the artificial plants
  • The blaze broke out at the hotel's Bamboo Pool at the West End tower and burned through fake palm trees and cabanas
  • Two people suffered smoke inhalation and there were no burn injuries, according to officials
  • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas said the Bamboo Pool was reopened at 10am on Sunday with full service except for its West Bar; guest rooms on the 14th floor are still closed

Cabanas and artificial palm trees helped fuel the fire that broke out at a luxury hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, fire officials said.

The blaze started at The Cosmopolitan's Bamboo Pool at the West End tower and quickly spread through the fake palm trees touching each other and the canopy covering a portion of the area, Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker said, according to ABC.

Two people were injured and hundreds of others were forced to flee after the fire broke out at the luxury hotel on Saturday afternoon. There were no burn injuries, officials said.

'What made it move so fast were all the fake palm trees,' Fire Chief Greg Cassell said, according to CNN.

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Aftermath: Fire Chief Greg Cassell said the fake palm trees caused the fire to move so fast at The Bamboo Pool at the West End Tower of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday (the pool deck shown above with clean-up crews and investigators at the scene following the fire)

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Aftermath: Fire Chief Greg Cassell said the fake palm trees caused the fire to move so fast at The Bamboo Pool at the West End Tower of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday (the pool deck shown above with clean-up crews and investigators at the scene following the fire)

Reopened: Tourists and employees are let back into The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after the fire broke out on a rooftop pool deck on Saturday

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Reopened: Tourists and employees are let back into The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after the fire broke out on a rooftop pool deck on Saturday

Chaos: It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the blaze, which caused traffic on the Las Vegas Strip to be closed

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Chaos: It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the blaze, which caused traffic on the Las Vegas Strip to be closed

Cassell said an electrical fire was also possible due to the number of decorative lights adorning the fake palm trees.

He added that the plastic foam used to make the imitation Arecaceae 'is like solid gasoline to us' which caused the fire to take 'off like a rocket'.

As large plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky, terrified guests fled to safety and more than 100 firefighters rushed to the scene.

One person injured in the blaze was taken to hospital, while a second guest with minor injuries is still being evaluated at the 2,995-room hotel. The pair both suffered smoke inhalation, officials said.

Cassell said firefighters extinguished the blaze around 30 minutes after arriving at the scene, KSNV reported.

Early preliminary reports indicated a 'landscaping fire' but investigators were still investigating the cause, Baker said.

On Sunday, the hotel said the Bamboo Pool on the 14th floor reopened at 10am with full service except for its West Bar.

Hotel officials said in a statement that an area affected by the fire has been walled off by the Clark County Fire Department.

A spa, fitness center and the 15th floor of the hotel's West End Tower are also open. However, guest rooms on the 14th floor are still closed.

Blaze: Two people were injured and hundreds of others were forced to flee after a fire broke out at The Cosmpolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. Above, Twitter user 'ccyr17' tweeted the photo of the blaze, writing: 'Fire at the Cosmopolitan pool. #cosmopolitan'

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Blaze: Two people were injured and hundreds of others were forced to flee after a fire broke out at The Cosmpolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. Above, Twitter user 'ccyr17' tweeted the photo of the blaze, writing: 'Fire at the Cosmopolitan pool. #cosmopolitan'

Heavy smoke:The blaze started at an outside pool area on the rooftop of The Cosmopolitan and quickly spread, setting pool cabanas and trees alight. As black smoke billowed into the sky (above), terrified guests fled down 14 floors and 110 firefighters rushed to the scene

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Heavy smoke:The blaze started at an outside pool area on the rooftop of The Cosmopolitan and quickly spread, setting pool cabanas and trees alight. As black smoke billowed into the sky (above), terrified guests fled down 14 floors and 110 firefighters rushed to the scene

Burning: One person injured in the blaze was taken to hospital, while a second guest with minor injuries is still being evaluated at the 2,995-room hotel. The pair, neither of whom has been identified, both suffered smoke inhalation, officials said on Saturday evening

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Burning: One person injured in the blaze was taken to hospital, while a second guest with minor injuries is still being evaluated at the 2,995-room hotel. The pair, neither of whom has been identified, both suffered smoke inhalation, officials said on Saturday evening

Huge fire engulfs pool area of Las Vegas's Cosmopolitan hotel

 

Hotel guest Michelle Masilon who evacuated the hotel during the fire described the scene as 'something from a horror movie', according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

'So much smoke reminded us of something from a horror movie,' she said. Her 40th-floor suite overlooked the pool.

A couple from New York, Joe and Erin Santos, who were in one of the pool's cabanas when the fire broke out, said they left their phones and wallets inside a safe in the cabana, which burned up in the flames. They are returning home Sunday, but Joe Santos said he is now without his credit and identification card and money.

'We were in the cabana where it started. We noticed the palm tree next to us was on fire and I noticed it because it smelled strange. I told our waitress and she didn't realize how serious the situation was,' Erin Santos told the Review-Journal.

'The fire spread to our cabana and we all ran out. We left our phones and wallets in the safe in our cabana but they're burnt up.'

Several rooms on the 14th floor of the luxury casino and hotel sustained heat damage but the fire never made its way into the hotel, Cassell said.

On Saturday afternoon, the Clark County fire department announced via Twitter that firefighters had been dispatched to a blaze at The Cosmopolitan.

In total, 110 firefighters and 35 vehicles, including crews from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, responded to the fire, which started at 12.15pm local time.

'@ClarkCountyFD fighting a #fire at 3708 Las Vegas Blvd So. 2nd alarm called. #CCFD #vegas,' Clark County Fire Department tweeted.

It later revealed that trees and cabanas were burning on the resort casino and hotel's pool deck.

'Update to 3708 LVBS: Trees and cabanas burned on pool deck. Very little extension to building. One patient transported at this time,' it tweeted.

By the time crews had extinguished the two-alarm blaze, it had already destroyed the Bamboo Pool, which is located on the hotel's 14th floor.

Fiery: Firefighters put out the blaze 30 minutes after arriving at the scene, Cassell said. An investigation is ongoing

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Fiery: Firefighters put out the blaze 30 minutes after arriving at the scene, Cassell said. An investigation is ongoing

Smoking: One of the two injured people was treated at the scene while the other was taken to hospital. Both suffered smoke inhalation

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Smoking: One of the two injured people was treated at the scene while the other was taken to hospital. Both suffered smoke inhalation

An aerial view of the blaze shows how the flames ripped through palm trees and cabanas at the luxury hotel

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An aerial view of the blaze shows how the flames ripped through palm trees and cabanas at the luxury hotel

Dark landscape: In total, 110 firefighters and 35 vehicles, including crews from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, responded to the fire, which started at 12.15pm local time. Above, smokes billows from the blaze, which occurred on the outside pool area of The Cosmopolitan

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Dark landscape: In total, 110 firefighters and 35 vehicles, including crews from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, responded to the fire, which started at 12.15pm local time. Above, smokes billows from the blaze, which occurred on the outside pool area of The Cosmopolitan

Announcement: The Clark County fire department tweeted about the blaze, saying that trees and cabanas were burning on the pool deck

Announcement: The Clark County fire department tweeted about the blaze, saying that trees and cabanas were burning on the pool deck

'There was some damage to some windows; very, very minor damage to the building. It was contained to the pool area,' Baker told Reuters in a phone interview, adding that guests were evacuated from the hotel because of the huge mass of black smoke.

However, she could not immediately say whether the entire hotel, or only part of it, was evacuated. Guests were let back into the casino at 1.30pm.

In a press release shortly before 1pm, Baker wrote: 'Fire crews are currently on scene of a fire on the outside pool area where trees and pool cabanas were on fire. There is a report that the fire has been put out and crews are handling smoke evacuation and checking for any extension to building.'

There was later found to be no extension to the hotel, it is reported.

At around the same time, the Regional Transportation Commission announced that Las Vegas Boulevard was closed in both directions.

Terrifying: 'There was some damage to some windows; very, very minor damage to the building. It was contained to the pool area,' Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker told Reuters in a phone interview, adding that guests were evacuated because of the smoke

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Terrifying: 'There was some damage to some windows; very, very minor damage to the building. It was contained to the pool area,' Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker told Reuters in a phone interview, adding that guests were evacuated because of the smoke

Aftermath: Twitter user 'Ccyr17' later tweeted this picture, along with the words 'Firefighters have taken control of the fire!! Thankfully!!!!'

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Aftermath: Twitter user 'Ccyr17' later tweeted this picture, along with the words 'Firefighters have taken control of the fire!! Thankfully!!!!'

Fire at pool of Vegas hotel sends up plumes of black smoke

 

Vehicles could not pass from Tropicana Avenue to Flamingo Road.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, which has not yet been determined, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Cosmopolitan (or 'The Cosmo') is owned by The Blackstone Group and has a total of 52 floors, with two highrise towers

The $3.9billion hotel opened on December 15, 2010, at a spot just south of the world-famous Bellagio hotel on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard.

In addition to a casino and its now-ruined outdoor pool area, the hotel boasts 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a theater and a spa.

It was rated 'The Best Hotel In The World' by Gogobot in 2013. 

2,995 ROOMS, A CASINO, A THEATER, A SPA AND AN ENORMOUS GAMBLING SPACE: THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL

Situated just south of the world-famous Bellagio hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, The Cosmopolitan is a hit with those looking for luxury.

The $3.9billion hotel, also dubbed 'The Cosmo, boasts 2,995 hotel rooms (many of which feature their own private terrace), an enormous casino, 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a theater, a spa, plenty of meeting space, and a number of swimming pools.

These include a relaxing pool, a day club pool and a nightclub pool.

The venue, which features architecture by the Friedmutter Group, is also home to the acclaimed Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub.

Owned by The Blackstone Group, the casino hotel opened on December 15, 2010.

In 2013, it was rated 'The Best Hotel In The World' by Gogobot.

Celebrities who have visited the venue include Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Coldplay have both performed at the Marquee Nightclub.

The Cosmopolitan is surrounded by other glamorous, gambling-oriented hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Luxury: Situated close to the renowned Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan (file image) is a hit with those looking for luxury

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Luxury: Situated close to the renowned Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan (file image) is a hit with those looking for luxury

 

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