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PHOTO ESSAY – Westgate Sky Villas Will Blow You Away

Guest photographer Greg C. visits the first of three massive rooftop suites in this Vegas Unfiltered Classics series.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort began life in 1969 as the International Hotel Casino. It quickly became the premier destination in the city. Elvis Presley was long associated with the property, much like the Rat Pack frequented Riviera and Sahara. While most historic hotels have been imploded for newer/better/fancier, Westgate salutes its history with a bigger-than-life statue of Elvis right in the lobby.

Local photographer “Greg C”, who prefers to remain anonymous, has a deep affection for the city’s older properties. Westgate remains a favorite. I have to admit I really like how the place looks and feels. It has the nostalgia of the 20th century blended with the hustle of the 21st. Kind of like Caesars on the Strip, they have managed to keep the place going without getting stale and musty.”

The Tuscany is one of three Sky Villas built on the 30th floor” Greg continued. “This one rests atop the east wing. Its decor dates back to the Hilton era. When you go up by elevator, you step out into a rotunda with three doors, one for (each of) the three high roller suites.”

The Tuscany is the second largest of the villas at 14,500 square feet. It was opened in 1995, and some of the space that it occupies had once been a penthouse that Elvis stayed in back in the 1970s. It was vastly enlarged in the 90s.”

“The pool view is an interior view as it is completely surrounded by the suite. – Greg C.

The Westgate Sky Villas are rarely seen by the general public and are usually reserved for top-tier guests. In the next edition (click here), Greg will present photographs taken from inside the Versailles Sky Suite. Nine other themed specialty suites are available if you feel like living large and have the wallet to back it up. They range from a serene Napa Valley decor to the pristine bliss of the Bahamas and the glitzy Hollywood Suite (below).

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