By Woodrow Wilcox

Because I help senior citizens and write this syndicated column, people who meet me ask all kinds of questions. Lately, several senior citizens have asked for my suggestions on where to vacation while on a budget.

There are many possibilities. Lately, however, I have suggested visiting the Westward Ho hotel and casino in Las Vegas – while you still can visit it. That establishment is planning to close permanently on November 17, 2005.

Depending on which night you want to stay, the room rates at the Westward Ho are as low as $30.90 per night. Most rooms can accommodate four adults comfortably. So, for about $8 per person per night, your foursome can stay on THE STRIP in Las Vegas. That is a terrific bargain!

The Westward Ho is a long established landmark in Las Vegas. It is across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Riviera hotel and casino. There is a bus stop right in front of the Westward Ho for tourists who want to travel on The Strip without walking, driving, or taking taxis.

I like the Westward Ho. I have met and dined with some of my closest friends there. If you have the breakfast buffet there, one of the chefs will sing to you as he cooks your custom made omelet. The security personnel are very pleasant and alert for the safety of the guests and the Westward Ho. All the rooms are in two story buildings. It has a very positive atmosphere for senior citizens, families, and everyone.

The Executive Casino Host Jim Lash and his staff treat guests very well. The dinner shows in the theater above the casino are wonderful. I will miss the Westward Ho. I feel like I’m losing an old friend.

If you want a relaxing, fun vacation at a nice but inexpensive hotel, I recommend the Westward Ho in Las Vegas. To get details, you can call 800-634-6803 or visit

© 2005 Woodrow Wilcox