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Grand Biloxi MS or Harrahs New Orleans?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by scubapro5, Nov 8, 2012.

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  1. scubapro5

    scubapro5 Tourist

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    I won a trip and can stay at either hotel...Which hotel/casino is nicer? I am flying in but will rent a car and plan on driving to both locations but I want to stay at the nicer hotel/casino.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mdee

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    Location - Location - Location

    I've never stayed at either place but I have visited both. I like Harrah's New Orleans casino better than the Grand in Biloxi.
    New Orleans is a much more interesting place to visit if you've never been but Biloxi has several casinos for you to play at.
    There is not much in the way of scenery in Biloxi but The Beau Rivage, IP and Hard Rock are nice resorts to visit.

    So to sum it up... Tourism wise you have:
    New Orleans - One Casino in a cool city to visit
    Biloxi - A small town that has several casinos but not much else

    You would not need to rent a car at either place - You have a Casino Hopper Tram in Biloxi
    and New Orleans French Quarter is within walking distance w/Trolleys and Buggies.
     
  3. NandJfrmNJ

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    Harrah's NOLA hands down. The hotel and partner hotels in NOLA are much nicer than the Grand, the casino is much larger, food choices are infinitely better and you have all of NOLA at your feet. While we love Biloxi ,we stay at the Beau if we can get comped rooms-so much nicer than the Grand. That being said, the Grand is not a dump, the pool is nicer (no pool at NOLA)and the rooms are ok.
     
  4. scubapro5

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    thanks for the replies!

    I ended up booking Harrahs New Orleans..

    I have never been to the New Orleans area and I am mostly interested in sight seeing and not worried about the casinos and gambling.

    Is there any areas within 100 miles of New Orleans worth driving to and seeing?
     
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    I think you made the right choice. For sightseeing NO is the only choice if you have never been there. You will be staying downtown in the middle of a lot of history. I also thought that the rooms at NO were very nice.

    For gambling Biloxi would have been much better. IMO

    Make sure you eat at some nice restaurants. There are many, many great ones in NO around the casino/hotel. Eat some boudin and jambalaya for me..
     
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    Harrah's in NO for sure.:peace:
     
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    We go to NOLA at least a couple times a year. I have stayed at almost all the partner hotels as well as the cHET hotel. Nice rooms and good location. Depending on the length of your stay, if you're not interested in gambling, there really is no reason to go to Biloxi. There is plenty to do in NOLA for 2-3 nts. I also support not needing the car if you stay in one location. Enjoy your trip!
     
  8. RebelDiceMan

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    I go to both places on a regular basis. In fact, I stayed at the Grand last Tuesday night. More visits to the Grand in the summer to take advantage of the pool that the Harrah's hotel does not have. More visits to HNO in the fall & winter. For your needs, it is clear that the Harrah's New Orleans is your best option and it is not even close. The HNO casino floor is probably 5-7 times larger than the Grand and you have at least 20 great restaurants within a 10 minute walk of the casino.
     
  9. MikeOPensacola

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    Biloxi, although charming,is basically dead except for the casinos. NOLA is the polar opposite.:peace:
     
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    Thanks again for the replies!!

    The main reason I wanted to go to Biloxi was to view the ocean...Is the coastal drive to Biloxi a nice sceanic drive?
     
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    It can be, if you take the exit through Gulfport, OR better yet stay on 10 to avoid driving into Gulfport (lots of traffic lights and a drudge of a town) and take the Biloxi exit then drive the coastline once you're there. The bridge to Ocean Springs (literally 15 seconds East of the Grand Biloxi) also provides a nice short drive...with a Krispy Kreme about 1 minute further :) I'd also recommend the Shed BBQ in OS if you're making a day of it and like BBQ. Neat place with good food and people...although it definitely has only outdoor seating last I visited.

    If you have freeplay for NOLA or Biloxi, take it to the casino in Gulfport (the name is blanking on me now) and they will double it (although you have to turn in the voucher)...also, Treasure Bay has a $100 slot loss that is redeemable the NEXT day after 10 am. FWIW -- enjoy!

    Oh, I also agree with the Grand for the summer. The pool is not special but we had great drink service with good specials and had a good time!
     
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    The early part is pure interstate (no view) but you can see a little bit of the coast line if you wish once you get past the Slidell, LA area. If you are coming from New Orleans, you can get off at the Bay St. Louis exit and have about a 30 mile drive with the Gulf of Mexico on your right side almost all the way. You will go thru several beachfront towns (Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, etc) and run up on some red lights but if you are wanting a scenic route, you probably aren't wanting to be zooming along at 80 mph like you would on I-10 anyway. BTW- that will bring you by a couple of casinos (Hollywood-Bay St. Louis & Islandview-Gulfport) that you probably would not see if you just went the most direct (interstate) route to Biloxi. Islandview probably has as much gambling floor space as anything on the coast.
     
  13. MikeOPensacola

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    The Grand in Biloxi is nothing special. The Beau and Hard Rock are much better.
     
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    But if you do go to Biloxi consider hitting up the buffet at Boomtown on seafood night. My mouth actually waters when I think about gorging myself on their Dungeness crab! I think I always eat my annual quota there whenever we are lucky to catch it. And if you do FYI the line to wait gets long fast! I suggest going either late or waiting in line early. I've waited over an hour in line there before. The buffet line at Beau Rivage can be similarly long.
     
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