The Algiers was a hotel that was originally built in order to house the influx of guests to the popular Thunderbird casino in the early 1950s. Like several other spots on the Las Vegas Strip, such as the Dunes and the Sands, the Algiers was a desert-themed hotel, hosting a heated pool for guests, as well as other amenities that served to cater to guests’ every whim. Though it outlived its companion, the Thunderbird, the Algiers closed in 2004, and is now gone from the Strip.
In September of 1948, Cliff Jones and Marion Hicks
opened a casino/hotel called the Thunderbird, which was an enormous hit soon
after opening. Four years into the lifespan of the Thunderbird, Jones and Hicks
found that it was overbooked, and in response, they decided to build the
Algiers, a companion hotel to the Thunderbird. The Algiers opened in 1953 with
110 rooms and the promise that guests were privy to the same privileges as they
would have if they were staying at the Thunderbird. Other incentives provided
by the Algiers were telephones in every room, a heated outdoor pool, a cocktail
lounge, a coffee shop, and a television in each room. Though smaller than the
Thunderbird, it was by no means underutilized.
Since the Algiers was built without an area for
gaming, it was given more space to craft larger rooms, making it have a
reportedly more comfortable feel than the larger casino resorts on the Strip.
It was qualities like this that allowed the Algiers to outlive the Thunderbird,
and it held a reputation for being a quiet, more relaxed space to stay on the
Las Vegas Strip all the way through to the late 1990s. In 2001, the Algiers
began working on plans to expand and add a casino and other amenities, but this
project was soon put on hold. Instead of the project being finished, it instead
was decided that the Algiers was to be destroyed. The Algiers held one final
farewell extravaganza in 2004, and closed in August of that year. The Algiers
no longer remains on the Las Vegas Strip.