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Tahoe... Harrah's vs Harvey's

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by grosx2, Jul 29, 2015.

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  1. grosx2

    grosx2 VIP Whale

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    Need to bridge the gap between the great gift wrap up trip in November and March Madness. As a change of pace, I was thinking we would go to Tahoe for some skiing and gaming, maybe sometime in January. I'm loyal to CET in Vegas, so figure I will be in Tahoe as well.

    Has anyone stayed in both CET props in Tahoe? Any reason to choose one over the other, assuming they are both comped? I know they are next door and connected by a tunnel, so I guess which has better rooms would be the main deciding factor. How do you like the casinos and restaurants in each? Any thoughts?
     
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    They're actually across the street from one another with a tunnel under Hwy 50. I live up here (Incline) and have been in both numerous times over the years. When Bill Harrah and Harvey Gross were alive, the properties were fierce competitors. I think both would be very sad to know they're on the same "team" now. Honestly, they have become somewhat homogenous in my opinion. It's been several years since I've been in the rooms, but I was always partial to Harvey's rooms that overlook the lake. Harrah's is on the mountain side of the highway. It used to be that Harrah's was an older demo and Harvey's was bit "hipper", but again it's 6 of one, half-dozen of the other now.
     
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    Been to both and my opinion is Harrah's has the better rooms. Most rooms have two bathrooms. Nice touch.
    If you go by comps, Harrah's is better. I always have comps at Harveys and never get comps at Harrahs. A lot of good restaurants in both.
    Sage room at Harvey's. The Forrest Buffet at Harrahs was excellent last month. Great view of lake and Edgewood GC.
     
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    We prefer Harrah's (lake view) rooms over Harvey's although there's nothing wrong with Harvey's rooms. Big difference as far as the casinos are concerned; Harvey's is always dead when we venture over there whereas Harrah's seems more lively. The Diamond lounge at Harvey's is much nicer since it has a great lakeview.
     
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    I actually prefer the rooms at Harvey's a little bit over Harrah's. They are basically the same, however, the edge goes to Harveys IMO since it's closer to the Lake, therefore a better chance for a better view.

    Gambling is about the same in both although I've had better luck at Harveys.

    The only Buffet is on the top floor of Harrahs which has a great view, must go.

    Harrahs has a 24 hour cafe and small food court.

    Harveys has a Hard Rock Cafe and a small food court and Cabo Wabo.

    Basically, if you put both casinos together, you have everything you would want.
     
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    Most of the rooms at Harrah's have been recently renovated and have 2 bathrooms with a decent size refrigerator. We stayed at Harrah's in June and liked the renovated rooms.

    The rooms at Harvey's haven't been renovated lately and have one bath and a tiny (useless) refrigerator. We just got back last week.
    That being said = if you can score a Balcony Suite at Harvey's = take it!!! Very nice!


    Sadly- the diamond lounge at Harvey's (Lakeview lounge) is now only open on Friday and Saturday from about 4pm-9pm. They do not serve food there anymore. Not even sandwiches. Just a few chips and dip. That's it.

    The 19th Kitchen at Harvey's has a great view and food has been inconsistent in my opinion.
    Friday's Steakhouse at Harrah's has a nice view too and food is about like Harrah's Range in Vegas.

    I actually like Straw Hat Pizza and Sports Bar at Harvey's. They have a good salad bar too.
    Regardless of which one we stay at - my DH plays video poker mostly at Heavenly Bar at Harvey's and I play slots mostly at Harrah's.

    Hopefully Tahoe will get some snow this season - it has been several years since they had a good snow season.
     
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    How far are each of them from the various ski/snowboard lifts in the area? Is one better than the other in that regard?

    Also are the two properties considered one market for comps like Vegas is?
     
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    Harrah's was great when I stayed there the first time and I had to book Harvey's since I need a pet stay room. I booked both since I was able to and let me say I will never go back because of how bad the Diamond check in treated me at Harvey's.

    Harrah's was great from the check in to gambling to restaurants. Harvey's was rude no diamond lounge that was open. Un trained dealers.

    The only thing positive I can say about Harvey's is a lot of hot looking drunk girls around. Most of the younger crowd was at Harvey's vs Harrah's. Other than that I would never gamble or go to Harvey's again.

    Harrah's was great. Higher limits and had Diamond lines and treated there guest better.
     
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    Thanks for all the insight! I assume these properties are like CET props in Vegas, in that I can stay at one place and do a room charge from a restaurant in the other?
     
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    Yes. Some restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Cinnabon and the Food Court at Harrah's do not take TR points.

    Also to your earlier question - Heavenly Ski is really close (almost next door) to Harrah's.
    When you earn points on your card at Harrah's and then play at Harvey's - it won't show your tier points from Harrah's (Just like Vegas) but they are combined. Just keep track of each place each day.
     
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