Welcome To Viva Lost Vegas

Las Vegas is America’s playground and the home of extravagance, from the indulgent buffets and residences to the luxurious themed resorts and hotels that line the Strip.

Many resorts have risen over the decades, many have seen the wrecking ball. But what about the resorts and casinos that never made it past the planning stage?

Viva Lost Vegas brings the Las Vegas resorts that never were to life, and reimagines how the Strip might look today had some of the more ambitious and interesting projects broke ground and opened their opulent doors...

Resorts Map

Explore some of the most imaginitive plans for Las Vegas that were never built. Simply click the image to toggle between what the Strip looks like today, and how it could have looked had each resort been given the go ahead.

Photograph of the current Desert Kingdom Photograph of the reimagined Desert Kingdom

Desert Kingdom

Desert Kingdom should be one of the most iconic hotel resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and at the time, would have revolutionised Sin City.

Scheduled to open in 1997, ITT Sheraton were prepared to spend $750 million to construct this excessive theme park, hotel and casino resort and lay claim to a series of firsts for Sin City, including a riverboat ride which flowed beneath the casino and onto a spectacular lagoon for a night-time water show.

It wasn’t to be though, and the plans were ditched soon after the hotel chain bought Caesars Palace and instead, invested heavily in the existing Vegas resort.

Today, the Wynn and Encore resorts overlook the vast stretch of land where Desert Kingdom would have stood.


3,500 hotel rooms
135,000 sq ft casino floor space

Nine restaurants | Riverboat ride

Photograph of the current Titanic Photograph of the reimagined Titanic

The Titanic

The Titanic Hotel is one of the more renowned proposals which never made it onto the Strip.

The $1.2 billion project was to include both the ‘unsinkable’ ship and the iceberg that sank it, with 1,200 hotel rooms located in the latter.

At 400ft long, the ship was going to be a huge new attraction for Las Vegas Boulevard, with a casino, hotel, theatre, amusement park and zoo all planned for the resort.

A nightclub named ‘The Ice Breaker’ was also proposed for the resort in 1999, before it sank without a trace.


1,200 hotel rooms
400ft long replica ship and iceberg

Nightclub named "The Icebreaker" | Amusement Park | Zoo | Theatre | Casino

Photograph of the current London Resort & Casino Photograph of the reimagined London Resort & Casino

London Resort & Casino

Ever wanted to see Paris, Venice, New York, Lake Como or Ancient Rome?

You can visit them all with a short stay in Vegas, and once upon a time you might have also heard the gongs of Big Ben resounding around the Strip from the London Resort & Casino.

The resort was to include a 535ft replica of the Houses of Parliament, alongside Tower Bridge and an observation wheel inspired by the London Eye.

While the idea of a London Resort has been revisited many times over the years, we’re yet to see a changing of the guard in the middle of the Mojave Desert.


Over 2,000 hotel rooms
90,000 sq ft casino floor space
550,000 sq ft retail and restaurant space replicating British neighbourhoods

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben replica towers | London Eye-inspired observation wheel

Photograph of the current Xanadu Photograph of the reimagined Xanadu


Xanadu would have been the resort that changed everything.

First proposed in the 1970s, long before today’s glittering superstructures dominated the Vegas skyline, this $150 million resort would have been one of the biggest on the Strip.

Its downfall was to be much less glamorous. The city’s sewer lines were unable to cope with the project at the time and so the plans were, rather aptly, flushed.

The Excalibur Hotel & Casino now occupies the plot of land left vacant by Xanadu, with the remarkably similar Luxor Hotel & Casino just next door.


1,700 hotel rooms

Casino | Convention centre | Parking garage (a first for Las Vegas) | Pyramid design with large central atrium | Showroom | Gym and tennis courts