LAS VEGAS - The Clarion Hotel was imploded early Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 in Las Vegas.
The 200 room casino-hotel opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn. During its 45 years, the property was also known as The Debbie Reynolds, The Greek Isles, The Paddlewheel, and the Royal Americana. The Clarion is the first hotel to be imploded in Las Vegas since 2007.
Las Vegas based developer Lorenzo Doumani, whose company 305CCD is the owner of the site, is currently developing plans (with renowned Las Vegas architect Paul Steelman) to build a mixed-use high-rise structure on the property. Project details will be announced in late 2015, with construction to commence in 2017 and a projected 2019 grand opening.