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Favorite Non-Vegas CET hotel-casinos?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by JR Swift, Mar 22, 2017.

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  1. JR Swift

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    I guess the title pretty much says it all. Just curious about your experiences. I have only stayed in Council Bluffs and North Kansas City and, while neither is spectacular as a hotel or casino, they are fine for a night or two and are very friendly and comfortable. Wondering what other off-the-beaten path places are worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.
     
  2. smooth899

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    I've always enjoyed Harrahs in Atlantic City. Much much much better than the Harrahs in Vegas.
     
  3. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    Yes, Harrah's Atlantic City is CZR's best hotel in that market. (Mustn't mistake Caesars Atlantic Ctiy with Caesars Palace...it may be a Caesars but it's not a palace!) Harrah's atrium pool complex is amazing. Only Borgata comes in a bit better in the AC market.
    My favorite non-CET hotel/casino is Station's Red Rock Casino. Gorgeous, classy, clean and so many fair paying games. Movies, bingo (I don't play), and the shops of Downtown Summerlin right behind. Just so beautiful and so much there.
     
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    Horseshoe Bossier City (LA).... not bad at all. Great big rooms, super nice people, and the best drink service ever (rolling beer cart is genius).... it's a small riverboat casino, but it's comfy and fun.
     
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    Of the CET resorts I've stayed at, I'd rank them like this
    1. Harrah's New Orleans (strict casino but still lively and fun, excellent hotel, and the French Quarter right outside)
    2. Harrah's Cherokee (beautiful property, solid comps, decent casino, but no Pai-Gow or UTH and machines seem tighter than most places)
    3. Harrah's AC (Waterfront and Bayview Towers are nice, great casino with good food options)
    4. Horseshoe Tunica (always liked the poker room there, Gold Strike is a great option next door)
    5. Horseshoe Bossier City (the absolute most comfortable bed I have ever slept in - I never wanted to get up; and the casino was unexpectedly nice for a riverboat)
    6. Caesars AC (as long as you're not in the Forum Tower, and best food option is Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's next door)
    7. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River (my home casino - still relatively new so it's still growing: VP bar coming, sit down restaurant also coming, still waiting on poker room)
    8. Harrah's Gulf Coast (this one makes me sad; the Grand Casino was my "home away from home" before Katrina and Harrah's just never brought it back to its glory days - but they do get high marks for Kim, the bartender in the Diamond Lounge)
    9. Horseshoe Southern Indiana (if not the smokiest casino I've ever played in, it's definitely top 5, most memorable part of this place was the Spread Buffet)
    Heading to Council Bluffs for the first time in a week, so would appreciate any tips! I started a thread here.
     
  6. nostresshere

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    I think the last poster hit it well.

    New Orleans is good.
    We love Horseshoe Tunica and Gold Strike combo (GS is Mlife but next door)
    Enjoy Cherokee but not near anywhere - but works for us
    Not big about Gulf Coast - Beau Rivage is so nice it is hard to do Harrahs there
     
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    I fifth Harrah's AC. And, I have no problem with Ceasar's AC though it's definitely no palace as was mentioned earlier
     
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    I've stayed at all three CET places in Atlantic City. I like Harrah's for the feel, Bally's for the rooms (Jubilee Luxury in Bally's Tower, to be clear) and location, and I'm neutral on Caesars (stayed in the worse room they have - Temple Tower).
     
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    Temple Tower is the worst, but the non Jubilee Rooms are even worse. I personally would rather stay in Ceasar's than Ballys any day. I do like the lively feel of Bally's casino though. But it just feels like one big mess of a casino in terms of navigating through the halls...certainly not a cohesive design
     
  10. ncpokeresq

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    Harrah's New Orleans literally is across Canal Street from the French Quarter. Small diamond lounge (Palm Room) but it can be a nice spot to sit with a break from the bustle of the casino and to escape the heat from May-Septmeber. A fairly big casino floor, with HL slots and table games. City recently went non-smoking, so you should be aware of that, for me it is a plus.

    At the other end of the spectrum is Harrah's Cherokee, which has no nightlife to speak of, they cut off drink service at 2, and outside the casino facility the reservation is dry. You are in the heart of the mountains and can access the Blue Ridge Parkway for beautiful mountain views, especially during the Fall leaf season. Casino is fairly standard but the slots reportedly can be a bit tight.
     
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    Caesars Windsor for the shows, it is fairly easy to get comp tickets. Plus with the cheaper CAD it only cost $3.83 USD for 1 TC/RC and they do a lot of bonus multiplier RC days. Harrah's SoCal has a very nice pool complex and the weather to enjoy it.
     
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    Great responses so far. Am thinking about a trip to New Orleans. One of the best things about CET is the number of different destinations you have an opportunity to sample.
     
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    I've stayed at most of the Nevada CET properties, with Harrahs / Harvey's Lake Tahoe the nicest and Harrahs Reno the worst. I can't express how much I dislike Harrahs Reno, it is very rundown and in need of some serious renovations.

    I was surprised by how much I liked Harrahs Laughlin, great river location and decent rooms.
     
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    When's the last time you were in Harrahs Reno? Kevin, the GM, is making a concerted effort to revitalize the place. The are putting new machines in, and doing their best to renovate the place, but it takes money, and there is lots of competition across the street. It's not THAT bad . . . .
     
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    I'm glad they are seeking the input of customers, I recall you posting something along those lines in one of your trip reports. The last time we were there was in January and I was seriously unimpressed by the rooms and the casino, which was nearly lifeless. Your right, it isn't THAT bad, but if I wasn't CET I wouldn't stay there. It says something about a casino when you spend the majority of the time at all the competitors places during your trip.
     
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    I guess my favorite is Caesars AC due to its location at the center of the boardwalk. Bally's is next door so we can bounce between the properties, and I like the variety of restaurants and bars. Bally's beach bar is really nice in the summer. Caesars' Temple Tower rooms have all been renovated within the last year and fine for a low roller comp. I really like the convenience of ordering drinks from the touch screen on the slots. No more trying to flag down a waitress.

    I like the Bayside rooms at Harrah's AC, but I always seem to make a donation at the casino. Also, I don't really care for the restaurants, but there are more vp bars at Harrah's.

    Been to Harrah's in Philadelphia (located in Chester, PA) and it's got the ambience of a Walmart. Plus they just converted one restaurant to a Guy Fieri's and jacked up the prices and eliminated beer specials. They have several free soda machines but charge for drinks. Probably one of the closest casinos yet it's off my radar for awhile.

    But if you've never been to Lake Tahoe, I would recommend it highly, one of the most beautiful spots I've visited and there are CET casinos there.
     
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    They've sold off some of my faves so the Best of the bunch for me is NOLA. I did enjoy Council Bluffs as well. The casino is too small but the rest is well done. I haven't been to Reno/Tahoe but I've heard raves.
     
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    My top 3 are: Harrah's New Orleans...Just a great smoke free casino very big and clean, next is the one we frequent the most Caesars Windsor, as stated above great shows, good exchange rate and we Love Nero's Steakhouse and are looking very forward to Spago's Italian opening soon. 3rd is Harrah's Lake Tahoe love the view the mountains and lake; riding the boat and love Friday's Station especially at sunset over the lake. Plus 9/6 DDB and 8/5 bonus VP................Rick
     
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    The only other CET casino not in Nevada that we visit is The Horseshoe in Bossier City. The rooms are very nice and the people are very polite and go to the extreme to make your stay great. For being a boat the casino is nice and you can't beat the beer girls with the rolling carts. The only negative I can think of is the only place that serves breakfast is the burger place and it's double points and not very good.

    Mark
     
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    Another vote for Harrahs's New Orleans. Within walking distance to the French Quarter, and its heaven on earth if you are a non-smoker (although I understand that they now have an outside smoking pavilion to accommodate smokers).
     
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