arrah's Laughlin Trip Report Who: Hubby, 47th Birthday Trip, myself, Hubby's 49 yo brother and 50 yo sister in law. We flew from Seattle, they flew from Minneapolis. We met in Vegas..BIL and wife had flown the night before and got to experience their first time on Fremont! We flew in next afternoon, rented a car from the worlds worst car rental agency (but pretty foxy cheap!) and picked them up at the Plaza. Hooked up our GPS and headed toward Laughlin. We'd been talking about trying a trip here for a year or two, as a change from Vegas. We had a comped River View room and a friends/family rate for the other couple at Harrah's. About halfway through our 1.5 hour drive we were pretty thirsty and hubby and I were itching for our first gamble since our feet hit Nevada 3 hours ago. Stopped at Terrible's in Searchlight. Wow, what a classic dive! 1.00 Coors Lights were attractive though. Much to our dismay their machines are hand pay for EVERYTHING! If you have 38 cents you want to cash out, the 70 year old bartender has to come and hand pay you. And she doesn't move very quickly. Crazy! We sucked down a couple of beers and headed back on our way. It was dark by now, so it was cool and eerie to drive through the desolate desert. Another 40 minutes or so and we are in view of the casinos along the river in Laughlin. All lit up at night, very pretty. Got into Harrah's, valeted the car and headed in. About 7:30 on a Wednesday night, so no line. My first trip with Platinum status so we had a super nice desk agent who got us great rooms right across the hall from each other. Every single employee that we dealt with while at Harrah's for 3 nights was exceptionally helpful and friendly. 5 stars for customer service. Our room was on the 10th floor of the Central Tower with a really great view of the river and the family pool area. This would prove to suck the next morning when kids started screaming and playing there pretty early, but we're up fairly early anyway. Room was basic, King bed, no fridge or microwave, no safe..small coffee pot but not K-cup which I had brought a box of so that was a waste of suitcase space. Room clean except a sandy coating in the very slow draining sink. Decided to just wipe it out and not bitch, because I was ready for some beer and gambling! We didn't leave the property that night, played around on slots for a few hours, drank a lot and caught up on family news. Played new Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and a few others I'd been wanting to try. Best hits for the night for me were on Quick Hits...a few bonus rounds and left up about 100 bucks. Hubby won 200 on some Australian Outback Platypus game. Ate a midnight dinner at their 24 hr Beach Cafe, where we had the worlds best waiter, Juan. He was fantastic! So accommodating and attentive to us drunken middle aged weirdos. We tipped him well and headed off to bed as we planned to get up and get on the first water taxi at 9am to go explore the River Walk. I'll post more later, and a few pictures from our room.