Harrah's

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Address: 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89109, United States

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.3

Low rates, decent rooms and a good location.

I have a confession to make with Harrah’s. I can’t stand the casino – I find it depressing and it always seems to be full of pensioners spending their last few cents – and I wrote it off as a hotel for the first six months of living here. But then I checked in one night and was hugely surprised by the calibre of the rooms. I still wouldn’t hang out in the casino, but with celeb chef Kerry Simon opening a trendy new burger joint and the new Caesars’ Numb Bar, it looks like things are on the up.

Location
4.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

Good – it’s on the central part of the Strip, next to Imperial Palace and opposite the Forum Shops (the shopping mall at Caesars Palace). You can walk to most places from here, but if you have further to go, the monorail station is at the back of the casino.

Bedrooms

A nice surprise! The standard rooms are simple and pretty plain, but a very decent size. Don't get me wrong - they won't win any prizes - but you won't be disappointed, either. They even have flatscreen TVs (which isn’t standard in Vegas by any means).

And from my experience (it’s happened to me and to a friend, too), it’s pretty easy to get upgraded. In both of our cases, we ended up with a black marble bathroom as big as the room, including a Jacuzzi tub and a shower that doubled as a steam room. Try and get a room on a high floor with Strip views, which are spectacular – you can see past the Strip up to the national park at Red Rock Canyon.

Public areas

Grim. I always say that Harrah’s is the most depressing casino on the Strip. It’s full of old people, has no atmosphere and will depress you within five minutes of entering. Although, with the new food and drink options, things may slowly change.

Eating and drinking

There’s a 24 hour café which is no great shakes, but the steakhouse is pretty decent (traditional but good food) and has super views of the Strip.

What has really changed the game for Harrah's, though, are the two new openings for 2010 – in July, celeb chef Kerry Simon (who runs the cult Simon restaurant at Palms Place) opened KGB, or Kerry’s Gourmet Burger – which, in my opinion, serves the best burgers in town. And September saw the launch of Numb Bar – an upmarket frozen cocktail bar that opened in Caesars Palace in July and is going from strength to strength.

Leisure facilities

The pool’s pretty boring by Vegas standards but as this is a Harrah’s property you can use the pools at the Flamingo or Caesars for free.

Service

Variable. Most of the casino staff couldn’t care less that you’re there, and a friend of mine had problems with check-in staff, but I’ve found them to be ok. Don’t expect any special treatment, though.

Who stays there

Mainly American OAPS and people on a budget.

Price advice

There's no resort fee.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Mature travellers
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Good rates
  • Good location
  • Decent rooms
  • A boring pool area
  • Casino is grim
  • A flat vibe
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