Let me begin by saying the two main reasons I chose this hotel/casino are (1) I LOVE the Nugget in Vegas and (2) it was rated #1 on this site. I am seriously disappointed with my decision.
We have stayed in Laughlin numerous times, but never here. Usually we have our kids with us, but this time we don't, so we were looking for a nice place with a really nice pool to hang out at for a few days.
The pool is about this size of the one in my parent's backyard. No bar out there, no waitresses. After coming from 3 days in Vegas at "adult only" pools, this was quite a shocker. Sure, it's next to the river, but you can't see it when you are laying on the lounge chairs, so what good is that?
The room: typical inexpensive hotel room. Water pressure is nice, towels are okay. Bed and bedding is nice, though there was a small wad of hair on the sheets, looked like leftover from washing, but I was surprised housekeeping didn't catch it when putting the sheets on the bed. Not a huge deal. Table with two chairs AND a desk with chair, that is nice. Air conditioner not terribly loud. Walls pretty thin and you can hear people walking above you. Furnishings are nice. Pretty nice for your basic $40/night casino hotel room overall.
Casino: If you like mediocre 60s rock, this is for you. Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, early Birds, the rest I didn't recognize. At least if you are going to play 60s music, play the Beatles, Stones, Guess Who, etc. It wasn't even piped in music, it was THE RADIO. Wow. A lady came up and asked for a skinny margarita and the bartender said "I've never heard of such a thing." The place is geared for old people. It's not an old casino. I remember when it was built, about 15-20 years ago. It had a happening club called Tarzan's. All the young people stayed either here or next door at Harrah's. There are no young people here anymore. Why would they come? We have actually been gambling and eating next door at the Pioneer because the music is better (modern country). I like and appreciate all kinds of music, but I don't want to listen to the radio, and I certainly don't want to hear music that was not good when it was created.
We showed up for valet parking and there was no one there. Good thing the place was empty, so we could get a parking place right up front. Bummer is, we had to carry 6 bags upstairs though, as we never found a bell desk, except at the empty valet stand.
Joe's Crab Shack is a plus, but you don't have to stay here to eat there.
No buffet here, if that's your game. For breakfast you have a cafe with limited menu (omelets/bacon and eggs/griddle items) or Starbux.
Oh, and there is no room service, but you can pre-order coffee and a few breakfast items the night before and hang it on your doorknob.
You might want to get on the top floor so you don't risk having people walk above you.
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