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Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Laughlin
california
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“It's all true...sad but true”
Reviewed 12 March 2007

Spent 3 days at the Riverside, for a league bowling outing. The lanes
were the best, brightest, newest part of the hotel. The buffet lines ran from dawn til dusk, the other restaurants had decent food, for a snack bar/ Denny's type place. Now for the sad truth..this hotel is ancient and it shows...I felt like I was back in 1976 with the original carpet and furniture, plus 30 years of heavy smoke without any air exchanging going on...the tables and the dealers were great..but the overall atmosphere was depressing, dark, thick with smoke, and grossly overrated by some on this site...I think if you were drunk during your entire stay maybe you wouldn't notice the radically fluctuating water temperature, and pressure in the shower, the worn out mattresses, the sort of clean rooms, and aging construction barely functioning doors and windows, (our room whistled
from the wind all night long) and the lack of places to get food...
besides airport style pizza hut..Staff could care less, they looked as interested as zoo animals waiting for closing time. Verdict come for the bowling if you want...then stay at Harrah's or the Nugget

  • Liked — Bowling alley sportsbook area, dealers
  • Disliked — almost everything else
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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New Windsor Illinois
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2007

We were a Feb. charter from Moline Il - 4 days Wonderful experience. Weather delightful. Great accomodations. Great food - great entertainment (Oak Ridge Boys) - Cramped seating in the amphitheater though. Staff very friendly and helpful - Our room AC tempermental - slots TIGHT in Riverside (first day we won but went cold fast!) - walking distance considerable .

Wonderful delicious comped Prime Rib dinners, breakfasts in Riverview and Riverside restaurants - Cin-a-buns, Dreyers Ice cream waffle cones and Open Air Deli - all supurb food and service! - Enjoyed the Crab Shack at the Golden Nugget - Enjoyed the Laughlin City Bus ride of Laughlin (75 cents) - Driver should be on stage, she was so entertaining and informative. Good PR about Laughlin!! - Boat trip on Colo River great!

Rented car to Oatman AZ, fascinating and then onto to Las Vegas for the day - fun - Desert so interesting, totally different than the Midwest we're use to. We truly enjoyed our 4 days - even heard Don Laughlin's helicopter take off and land on top of our hotel - WE HAD A GREAT TIME. Thank you Laughlin, NV Good luck We'll be back!!

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S.Dak
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2007

Just got back from Laughlin. Spent four nights at Riverside. Called them and was comped the four nights as we go there about every year. The room was clean but the coffee pot didn't work. I called housekeeping and within 20 minutes a maintance man was there with a different coffee pot. The last a.m. I noticed the housekeeper forgot to leave us coffee so I called housekeeping and within 10 minutes she came and brought us 6 packages of coffee. The bed was confortable and pillows, I actually thought was fine.{this is my bigest problem, is hard or hugh pillows}. We had a nice room with a balcony overlooking the river. The slots were tight but I think that is the case all over. Twice we ate at the cafe in the morning and once at the Prime rib room and they were both fine. Also took in Debbie Renyolds Show which was worth the small fee they charge. This is not Vegas, but has far has i see the rooms are about the same and so are the slots. Just not the huge crowds and glammer. If you want to relax and enjoy the nice weather and scenery, go to Laughlon.

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RaceHorseLady
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88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2006

After reading other's reviews, I was worried about the Riverside. We stayed for four nights...the rooms were the generic motel rooms but our's was clean and the bed was comfortable. Our view was fantastic. Most of the food that I had there was awful except for the Prime Rib Room which was very good. The casino in the older tower was dark, smoky and not very inviting. The casino in the newer tower (where the 99 cent margarita bar is located) is the nonsmoking casino...much more airy, light and inviting. Didn't see anyone "hitting" on the quarter or dollar machines but the penny machines seem to be hitting enough that you could play for awhile. Our deal was fantastic so for the money, it was pretty good.

  • Liked — Location, price
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with friends
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Land of the Sleeping Giant
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2006

The only thing this Casino/Resort Hotel has going for it is the owners name and the fact that the man founded the town. If it were in Vegas I'm sure it would have come down a long time ago. The place stinks and is very musky and depressing. You won't forget who the owner is for the fact that every time you turn around it is thrown in your face, Beer, Bobble Heads, TV Monitors everyewhere in the place. He is just a little man from Rural Minnesota who made it somewhere in life. The place is dark and dank, very 70's. I was expecting to see Sammy or Dean come around the corner at any time. It would make a very good backdrop for a movie setting for a period movie. Everything you desire, you have to pay for. No Comps, No Freebies, Hell I even had to pay for an Internet connection in my room. It cost me $20.00 bucks for a week. I don't even pay 20 bucks a month at home. The payback percentage was VERY VERY poor, I dropped 2 Grand in the first 4 days and didn't make a single dollar back. I know it's called gambling but I would expect a little something back for my hard earned money. You need to accumulate 1000 points on your card to get a measley $10.00 back. In a casino some 40 miles from us all you have to accumulate is 300 points for $10 back. The key card for your room has his picture on it and if you don't return it upon check out you have to pay the $4 deposit on it. What an EGO. We visted alomost every other Casino in Laughlin while we were there for the week. We were treated as more of a guest and visitor in every other place we went to not as an inconvenience as we were at the Riverside. If I ever go back to Laughlin ( Highly unlikely) I will make sure I make reservations anywhere else, (maybe even the homeless shelter). If your planning a trip to Laughlin, Please stay anywhere you wish but don't waste your money here......

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2006

Thought we'd give the Riverside another try now that the children are older (teenagers). In that respect it was adequate, plenty for them to do (movies, bowling, small arcade). If you are older than 17 give it a pass and head to Vegas or places near Hoover Dam. It was soooooooo smokey, dirty, terrible payback and if you like comps...forget it. The food is forgettable and the casino depressing. Checked into our room; small things wrong (balcony door doesn't work, no batteries in remote, out of date, basically below average) which wouldn't matter if everything else was acceptable. Drunken arguments in the hallway at 2 a.m.; daughter bitten by a spider (or something) while sleeping; dried out food in the buffet, brown lettuce in the restaurants, and everything overpriced for a resort that wants to attract people from Vegas. If you ever received comps at someplace like NYNY in Vegas, the ones here were very disappointing. Read their fine print before you go and ask questions. On a positive note the auto museum is nice and the guest rooms are cold. All in all a very disappointing and expensive weekend. We will not be going back.

  • Liked — The Auto Museum
  • Disliked — Casino, rooms, comps
  • Tips/Secrets — Check fine print, read other travelers reviews
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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DONCASTER S.YORKSHIRE ENGLAND
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2006

We stayed at this hotel in september 05 and was amazed with the place no one could ask for more the staff were marvelous and made sure you got everything you wanted and the bedding and towels were luxury themselves we were inroom 2199 for two nights then we were so impressed we were travelling to yuma next day and had rooms booked but went back to this place for one more night the following day we went into the casino each night and i came out winning!!!! the drinks they gave free were brilliant and by the last night i was hooked on the margeretas we were in no smoking rooms and had corner suites overlooking the colarado we visited the car museum,How Do They Get All Those Cars Up There??? amazing place Try the eat as much as you like buffets around for $4.99 FANTASTIC would definatly go again!!!! P.S Visit the Bowling Alley!!!

Stayed September 2005
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Property: Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort
Address: 1650 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029-1512
Region: United States > Nevada > Laughlin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Laughlin
#8 Casino Hotel in Laughlin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 1400
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