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Grand Biloxi question(s)

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Happygirl21, May 16, 2014.

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  1. Happygirl21

    Happygirl21 Low-Roller

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    Hi all,
    A girlfriend and I are thinking about going there for 3 nights either mid September or mid October ( the nights are comped).

    What are your thoughts about the place? Is it actually on the beach/water? What is there to do in the area? Would be smart to rent a car? etc..Basically is it worth it overall?

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks :beer:
     
    In the planning phase.
  2. daveg000

    daveg000 High-Roller

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    Hi, I've never stayed there, Normally I stayed down the street at the Beau Rivage, but I have gambled there.

    The Grand is across the street from the gulf. there is a Beach about 100, to 200 yards to the west of the property.

    You can look at this by going into Google Earth and looking at it. I always do this, and street level, when I am going somewhere or just want a virtual tour.

    As far as the Gulf, I thought it was dirty and yucky. Could just be me.

    There is a nice little casino hopper bus that goes to all the main casinos, and stops at the Grand. I think it costs $1
     
  3. BlueSkadoo

    BlueSkadoo VMB Sweetheart

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    If you want to see a real beach, you'll want to take a boat out to Ship Island. It takes about an hour each direction (to Ship Island and back) but the water is actually clear and blue. The water actually in Mississippi has never been very pretty/nice and most people don't really go to the beach there more than looking a bit.
     
  4. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl Low-Roller

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    This site has some good info on attractions, dining, etc. I like to drive around and see things like the little shops in Ocean Springs (right next door to Biloxi), the other casinos and wildlife.
    http://www.gulfcoast.org/visitors/

    Grand is nice but much smaller than before the hurricane.
     
  5. sarah9nascar

    sarah9nascar VIP Whale

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    We stayed at the Grand two night in April. Still in the remodeling stage at that point. Casino is small but I seem to do ok there. We only ate at the buffet there and I had enough TR points for getting it free. Across the street from the beach but there was a big fence up and no way to get in until you get down to the Hard Rock. At the Hard Rock, sign up for players card and you get either a free t-shirt or a free buffet. Margaritaville new players get $10 in free play and the buffet is buy one, get one free. :beer:
     
  6. NeonAndBeach

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    Two Hours Away

    If you want beautiful white sand and stunning emerald waters, you'll need to get yourself a couple hours east over to Gulf Shores or Pensacola Beach.
     
  7. Ulose

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    Most of the beaches on the gulf coast are dirty looking. The Mississippi, trinity, Sabine, and other rivers bring a lot of dirt and god knows what else into it. Until you get to Florida or way south Texas your not going to find blue water or white sand.
     
  8. RebelDiceMan

    RebelDiceMan High-Roller

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    The beach at Biloxi will never compare favorably with the Florida beaches due to the barrier islands offshore. If you go out to Ship Island, they are a lot closer in quality. The recently re-named Harrah's Gulf Coast (formerly The Grand) is one of the smaller properties in the Caesar's empire. The hotel is nice and they have a really good steakhouse but the casino itself was forced into what was the covention center before Katrina. It has around 30,000 sq ft of gaming space which is less than a third of what the Biloxi Grand had before the storm. At that time, the Biloxi Grand approached 100K sq ft. The gambling is pretty good and the people are really nice but it doesn't take long to see the entire casino. They do have a nice pool area and that will still be fun if you go in Sept and it will probably be warm enough even in mid October. One advantage is that if you do get tired of the HGC casino, the recently renovated Golden Nugget is across the street and down about 500 yards. I walk it with no problem but I walk several miles 3-4 times a week. If you drive over, it is about 2 minutes. The Nugget just spent $150 million to renovate the old Isle of Capri after they bought it. It is a nice property with several nice eating options including a Morton's Steakhouse and a Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company. The Sports Bar has a nice view of the marina and the Gulf. As mentioned earlier, the Casino Hopper runs on a regular 20 minute schedule and takes you on a circuit of all the Biloxi casinos for around a dollar.
     
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