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“An okay place to stay just off the Las Vegas strip”

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The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
Ranked #86 of 262 Hotels in Las Vegas
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Decatur, Georgia
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“An okay place to stay just off the Las Vegas strip”
Reviewed 19 May 2009

Not much to write, actually. It's a Westin located one block off the strip. It's location is good in that you can get anywhere on the strip pretty easily. However, while we were there, the casino was deserted - it was hard to say if anybody else was at the hotel besides the 50-60 of us there for our training conference. The facilities for the training were fine, and the food provided during the conference by the hotel was pretty darn good. So all in all it was an okay place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

Westins are suppose to be Shereton's (Starwood program) higher end hotels. This hotel did offer some nice amenites but it is not the 4 star property I had hoped.

The location for myself was not a problem. Yes, it is not on the strip but it is only a 10-15 minute walk . The monorail at Balley's is real close... say 5 minutes or so (depends on if you catch the light to cross the street). Parking is easy since it is a smaller resort. You can self park or use the valet.

The rooms are decently decorated. The bed is comfortable and the TV has the generic cable channels to view. The double headed shower can be pleasant for some but it lacked the "power" to really "massage" you.

One surprise is the "unwind" happy hour. Nightly from 5-7 pm there was a "free" happy hour with wine and beer and appetizers. There were not a lot of tables to sit at so if you did not get there early or find some in the hall next to the casino, then you either stood or took your drinks and food up to your room. They would not let you sit in the restaurant which is adjacent to the happy hour "lounge".

The casino is not the Vegas casino that some come here for. It is a small casino with a few tables and slot machines. The cocktail waitresses are not very good about coming around to see if you would like a beverage.

The other thing I did not like.... this is a non-smoking hotel. I like that... but they allow smoking in the casino which then creates second hand smoke in the hotel. YUK!

We did not eat in the hotel but not far away is Ellis Island. This is a small local casino with a Bar-B-Que meal to die for. They brew their own beer and you will need to order 1 plate for 2 people (unless you are really hungry). You will have a feast for $10 and beers are only another $1. Ellis Island is just off Flamingo at Koval (left out of the hotel for 1/2 block).

The pool at the hotel is fairly bland for Vegas standards. But they did have enough lounge chairs for the few up there.

The hotel also offered free airline check in so you could print up you airline boarding pass if you needed too (another one of those deals added to your resort fee).

We were here on a timeshare presentation deal... so we paid very little for our room. Therefore, it is not fair for me to judge "value" of this hotel. But anything more than $100 a night would be too much for me considering the "daily hotel/resort fee" of $15/day added on. It is an OK hotel. Enjoy the happy hour and you may feel like you got your money's worth on the extra fee.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

We stayed at the Westin while for both business and pleasure. It was the first weekend away I had with my husband alone in well over a year and I was really looking forward to it. My husband had to fly in from Tucson while I drove from Socal and he specifically called to make sure to add my name to the reservation about 4 hours before I arrived. I got there and sure enough, my name was nowhere to be found. I couldn't call my husband since he was on a plane and I had to fight to check in. Having an uncommon last name ended up saving me. The rooms are nice enough and the location is about 2 blocks from center Strip which is nice. Around 3:30 in the morning we were woken by a chirping sound coming from our fire alarm. Evidentally the batteries had not been changed every six months like the fire marshall always says to do. So we grumbled and groaned and called the front desk to have someone come fix it in the middle of the night. He came and he was friendly but he left us a candy bar as their apology. A candy bar. At the Westin. In Las Vegas. Hey- how about a meal comp? This is Vegas after all. I would have sooner taken a slap in the face then a 50 cent "oops my bad". The next day my husband went downstairs and told the staff in the lobby about our check in debaucle and fire alarm issue. What did the guy do? He waived the $15 restocking fee. Gee thanks. Thank you for waving a made up charge that should have never been on the bill in the first place. You just lost a repeat business customer and got a bad review on trip advisor. I think that was worth a tad more than a $15 restocking fee.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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London, UK
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Reviewed 8 May 2009

The placement of this hotel must have been done by someone flying along the stript, and tossing a die out of the helicopter hoping for the best. It is oddly placed a few blocks from the strip, past a run-down convenience store and with a parking lot on one side and undeveloped land on all other sides.

The first impression of the Westin Casuarina is that of the small size, compared to the mega-resorts a few blocks up along the strip. This is perhaps both a curse and a blessing. It is easy to navigate around the hotel, there are no mile-long corridors nor a huge casino to get through just go get from one end of the hotel to another. The flipside is that there is little choice of places to eat and drink, and there is a lack of some amenities which the mega-resorts on the strip offer.

Stepping into the lobby below the Westin sign you would expect a Westin but you have actually stepped into a Sheraton. The front desk staff are friendly, and check-in is fast and painless. The walk to my room on the 4th floor is short. The room itself has a delightful greenish wallpaper, one of those colours you either love or hate. There is a recently refurbished bathroom with a bizarre dual head shower, two large twin beds, a desk and a couple of chairs and a small table. Everything you need, but the beds dominate the room and with two people you will may find yourself bumping into each other from time to time. There is a small coffeemaker in the bathroom. Of course there are the usual products like shampoo and body wash. There is also an in-room safe which is always nice to have. The beds, although dominating the room, were indeed heavenly and provided several nights of very good sleep. The rooms do have a slightly old and worn feel about them and there is no air of luxury throughout the hotel as you would expect from a 4-star Westin.

Hotels are at least 50% about location, location, location and the location of this hotel is certainly not the worst but not the best either. The walk to the strip is about 10 minutes and takes you up to Bills' Gamblin' Hall and Casino, where night owls may take advantage of their recession-busting 6-dollar prime rib, served from 11pm to 7am. The walk back though is a different story. After hours of walking round, that extra walk seems much longer than 10 minutes. You can also fairly easily walk to Bally's. The monorail stop is quite a walk as you have to enter through the Flamingo - although the monorail stop itself is ironically very close to the Westin. The walk to the strip is straightforward enough but I am not sure I would feel safe if I was a lone female traveller. The convenience store between the strip and the hotel is indeed very cheap compared to the hotel minibar but offers little apart from snacks and drinks.

There is a restaurant in the hotel which I have not tried, but always seemed to fully booked throughout the evening. Room service, sorry "in-room dining", did provide a nice breakfast and service was well within the 30-45 minutes quoted. The food was not spectacular - simply average. Average is a good word to describe the whole hotel, it is certainly not luxurious but not run-down either. "Dull" is perhaps another word that would come to mind to describe it.

Their spa is not dull and turned out to be a very pleasurable experience. Keep in mind that you are not in a "themed" hotel so do not expect opulent surroundings. Rather, it is muted, plush and comfortable. The men's steam baths are closed as I write this, but their sauna is open. Before a treatment you wait in the relaxation room, which humorously was not very relaxing as they had the same music there as the rest of the hotel. It was a welcome change from the whale song and pan flutes but relaxing it was not. Tea and coffe as well as nuts and fruit are provided. My treatments were very relaxing and the therapists good. My massage therapist was even willing to break his normal routine to work on some of my problem areas. At 280 dollars for a facial and a 50 hour massage, the cost did seem a bit steep but this is Vegas and up on the strip the costs can be higher.

Upon checking out you are presented with a daily resort fee. The hotel seems to be at pains to explain the benefits of the fee, but it does seem like poor value for money. One can question why the hotel has chosen to charge this fee, which is in fact not much money but it is more the fact that you need to pay regardless of having taken advantage of the services that are included with the fee that incenses people. The charge of 17 dollars or so for Internet access also seems rather steep. About 150 metres further down the street there is a souped-up Super8 motel, offering free internet access. Suddenly, their offering seems attractive and it seems odd that such as commodity as internet access it not offered for free or at a much lower cost.

So why would you stay at the Westin Casuarina? If you prefer a smallish hotel at a reasonable price not too far from the strip this could be the hotel for you. It is also convenient for those who do not want the hustle and bustle of strip hotels - if you have a car this hotel is great as access is completely off-strip. There is little walking inside the hotel itself. It is certainly not a "happening" place, so nightlife lovers look elsewhere. The casino is smoke free which is a plus for some. That said, do consider other off-strip hotels, some of which provide the same value at a lower cost.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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california
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Reviewed 7 May 2009

there's is no way this hotel is a 4-star hotel!!! the people at the check-in counter and lobby are very rude and unhelpful. We had to call maintenance at 3:30AM to try to get our airconditioner fixed because it was over 80 degrees in the room and then when we called the following morning (monday) to request late check-out, they refused to grant it to us even though the hotel was not fully booked for that day. The casino is tiny...includes a very limited number of slot machines and only a few tables.

also, BE AWARE - they charge a $15 PLUS TAX hotel service charge per night for the "complimentary" valet, phone, and for the two "complimentary" bottles and water in the rooms....we were told this charge is mandatory even if you did not use the valet or the phone or any other services. They would still charge you even if you flew into vegas and used taxis. So apparently, these services are NOT complimentary!

the only positives were that the bartenders were great as was the service received at the Suede Restaurant..

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Durham, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2009

1st mistake was letting Priceline book my stay. Never again. Chose a 4 star accomodation hoping against hope but select a strip location. You'd have to hike in the heat to get to the strip which is a 5 min hike away. Not the strip. Next, they have their signature Heavenly Bed which is very nice but no robe, no slippers not the usual amenitites. In fairness they will bring them if you ask. Walls are extremely thin and I do not want to hear conversations or other goings on of other guests. It apparently is a business hotel, not tourists or leisure travelers. Only basic food and bar services contracted to Causarina, not run by Westin . Not worthy of Westin. Used to be Maxim (?) hotel. Plus, the real kicker is they charge a $15 per night "Service fee" for apparently nothing except that once on the hook, they can. Wireless charge is $16.99 per night! Not me again. Stay there only if you have to and/or someone else is paying. Someone broke into another guest's car while I was there.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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San Diego Ca
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Reviewed 4 May 2009

Priceline considers the Westin Casuarina Las Vegas a 4 star hotel. NO WAY. I am very disappointed with Priceline and will NOT use them again. At best, it is a 2 star. I would rate the hotel a "0" but the staff were breathing (and quickly brought things that should've been there in the first place).

This hotel is nothing like other Westins we have stayed in. It is a semi-remodeled cheap hotel. In this hotel, left over food was left on trays outside rooms for over 12 hours. The carpets throughout were dirty. The room was small and drab. Thankfully, it did not smell like smoke but just did not have a clean feel to it at all. There was a $15.00 a day fee for "complimentary services" such as water, the pool, and fitness center. Consumer BEWARE that Priceline did not inform me about the extra $15.00 a day - this is charged even if you did not use any of the services. The pool was nothing special and very small. There was not enough chairs for guests unless you wanted to dish out another $75.00 for premier and shaded seating (that took up a good portion of the pool area). They also charged $17.99 a day for internet. They didn't even have free internet in the tiny "Business Center."

Overall, theis experience mirrored staying in a cheap hotel chain. Except that the Westin charged you extra for lots of things that typically come free in much cheaper hotels. As I see it, the only advantage is that they accept pets. Unless you are traveling with your pet- I recommend you stay clear of this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Property: The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
Address: 160 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109-4574
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Region: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas > The Strip
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#22 Green Hotel in Las Vegas
#37 Luxury Hotel in Las Vegas
#38 Spa Hotel in Las Vegas
#42 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
#43 Business Hotel in Las Vegas
#67 Family Hotel in Las Vegas
#80 Romantic Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 826
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa is a non-gaming, non-smoking hotel located just 1.5 blocks from the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Offering easy access to dining, gaming, shopping and entertainment options: Forum Shops, Miracle Mile, the LINQ & High Roller,World Market and Premium Outlet Mall. Just minutes to Las Vegas Convention, Sands Expo and Mandalay Bay Convention Centers, UNLV campus and 5 miles from McCarran International Airport. ... more   less 
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