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Palace Station Courtyard Review

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Jimbucc, Sep 7, 2015.

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  1. Jimbucc

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    Wife and I reserved a Courtyard King room at Palace Station for one night on our last trip. Our flight got in late at 9:00 P.M. so this would be a sleep and shower and go. The room rate was $19.99 with a "Hotel Service Fee" of $14.99. I guess they don't like calling it a resort fee. We have stayed in the tower before and wanted to go out on a limb and try the Courtyard. With taxes the total came to $39.17.

    Biggest disappointment was probably because of our late arrival, no king beds left. :thumbsdown: Had to settle for 2 double beds.
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    My wife and I are not big people, but 2 people in a double bed doesn't make for a good nights sleep. So we each had our own bed. The view was absolutely nothing, which I expected, and coming in at night I didn't care. First surprise was a modern T.V.
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    The bathroom was also very nicely tiled with a pedestal sink.
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    The shower is definitely a one person stall and duck to get under shower head.
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    The room was clean and served its purpose for one night. I wouldn't stay in a courtyard room again but I would stay in their tower room again.

    The next night we stayed in a deluxe one king at The D downtown. Room was $14.00 and resort fee was $20.00. Taxes brought the total to $38.42 for one night. Checked in around 4 P.M. and got a king bed as promised. This room was a few cents cheaper than the Palace Station room. Got a king bed, a view, and a nice shower.
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    If you don't have a comp and want to go cheap, The D was a great deal. I'm a witness. :thumbsup:
     
  2. Camp Rusty

    Camp Rusty Low-Roller

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    Palace Station.....ahhhhh...the memories.

    The courtyrad rooms were the existing from a motel, no extra charge for the bars on the windows freeway side.........my first stay was 1989 for the Grateful Dead shows.....round trip air and hotel total from Seattle for four nights with the upcharge for a single traveler was $190.00.

    Next year I splurged for a tower room, it was like an extra $35.00 !

    Turned me in to a loyal Station brand fan for years until they sold.

    Used to be, maybe still is, the largest neon sign in the world. Hey....gotta' be famous for something ! :):):)
     
  3. dhlamar

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    Are those weekday rates and did you book through 3rd party site or with hotel?
     
  4. KevinF2020

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    Just an FYI, many hotels will match whatever price you find on 3rd party travel sites if you call their reservation line and book directly. It's better if you book through the hotel (if you can get the same rate) because 3rd party sites are generally not able to be cancelled or changed (without some kind of fee), while the hotel directly can usually be cancelled or changed within 24-72 hours prior to check-in depending on the hotel. In addition, if you earn any backend comps, a host cannot generally comp your room if you paid through a 3rd party site.
     
  5. dewey089

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    Thanks Jimbucc, especially for the photos. I had read some horror reviews and this tells me that these Courtyard rooms would be fine for old frugal me. I'm getting excited about this new frugal option. I'm going to seed this place next trip and see what sort of offers they give me. Part of it is just downgrading to really "low roller" in gambling, so I have less trip volatility in my longer trips. Palace Station has full pay VP in dimes. I can play that all day, even on a bad day.
    Added to that is an appealing 2-4-6 limit poker and cheap but good food. Seems a frugal delight of a place if I can keep the hotel rates down enough.

    I also think it is a place whose rates are less affected by large conventions and all these downtown concerts and events that are making comp blackout dates and driving up prices.

    I also want to see what happens to the IRS reduction in paperwork generation to $600. Playing dimes I would not be affected by that even on royals.

    I want to have some alternatives for downtown because my Four Queens comps are drying up and becoming more restricted.

    Finally, I want to have a place that with easy buses for luggage I can easily back to back with a B and B weekend rental that I am trying out next trip. Palace Station has an airport shuttle, the B and B is served by the 109.

    If I generate offers, they will probably be tower. But if I am paying, I'll buy courtyard if the rooms look like these you reviewed. I could see me getting a couple free weekday nights and paying for a cheap weekend at the Courtyard too.

    Well, I have a good bit of looking and experiencing to know if the new out of downtown plan will work, but this review excites me because it opens up the Courtyard options.
    The good thing about dime betting is that I could pump in dimes over a full five days at the Palace whereas three or four days is my limit when losing at quarters at the Four Queens.
     
  6. melbedewy

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    Definitely weekday.
     
  7. Jimbucc

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    Yes, weekday booked through the hotel. They sent me an e-mail. I think you can give them your e-mail address on their website to get offers.
     
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    Dewey, remember you won't earn as many points playing full pay, but I love playing those nickel dimes. I usually shoot for the loose deuces or DDB.
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    That sign is one of my favorite signs in the city. Thanks for the little tip regarding it's size.
     
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    I see on The D's website that all there blackjack pays 3 to 2, would they happen to have $5 tables?
     
  11. keno60

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    It is my understanding that they backed off the $600 limit. I had a discussion with a traveler and she told me about a portable clothes washer, it is plastic and you add the detergent and shake. Are you interested?
     
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    I have stayed in the courtyard, they are ok, small but they have everything you need. I prefer the tower but If I have to pay. I would do courtyard. Let us know if you play get you offers.
     
  13. makikiboy

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    Last week I stayed at the Cal. I booked a month or two in advance and it was $32 a night from sun - thurs. With taxes it came out to around what you paid at the D or station.

    Guess I'm more of a downtowner so I wouldn't consider staying at the station if I could get a similar rate downtown.
     
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    Sorry this is off topic. But I thought it is certainly frugal. Scrubba Washer Bag. Look it up MEC.ca Google for reviews, Its on sale for $49 Not the cheapest, but if you use enough it could be good.
     
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    The D and Golden Gate are all 3-2, tables min at the D seemed to always be $10 w/ shoe and DD game. The Gate has $5 tables all over but they use CSM.
     
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