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First Laughlin Charter trip - what to expect?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by Astribling, Apr 25, 2018.

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  1. Astribling

    Astribling Alice In Casinoland

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    I received an offer for free air and 4 free nights to Harrah's Laughlin in June. I have never used one of their charter trips, nor have I ever been to Laughlin. I've been to Vegas many times, but never made it to Laughlin. I was just wondering if anyone has suggestions on what I can expect. Any advice for the charter trips, anything I should know? or any thoughts on what to do in Laughlin (besides gamble obviously, LOL) TIA!
     
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    We did the charter to Laughlin in March from Bellingham, WA, first time for us in Laughlin. They did a few draws on the plane on the way down, so be sure to have a $1, 5, 10, and 20 bill for each draw if you want to partake. We rented a car and drove to the Grand Canyon one day, and drove to Oatman one day. Oatman (just google it) is on rte 66 and is set up as an old west town, donkeys freely roam the streets, there are all sorts of stores and old west displays set up, we enjoyed it. Just do not take the Silver Creek road, somehow our GPS got changed to the shortest route and it is the shortest, but wow is it rough, I crept along much of it as I was afraid I'd wipe out the rentals oilpan, lol. A SUV or truck would be fine, it is quite scenic along the way, you travel thru the desert and mountains.
    All the casinos line the river on the west side, there is a water taxi that goes up and down the river. We took the water taxi down to the furthest north stop and walked back along the riverwalk, stopping at all the casinos along the way. Harrah's is up on a hill on the south end of the river, but it is easy enough to walk up if you are in decent shape.
    I am sure you can rent boats and other watercraft, but didn't look for that sort of stuff in March, methinks the river would have been damn cold then, lol....There are also boat tours on the river as well, I think you can go as far south as Lake Havasu, the London Bridge is there
     
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  3. Astribling

    Astribling Alice In Casinoland

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    The water taxi sounds like fun! And easier than walking depending on how hot it is there in June! And thanks for the tip about the draws on the plane!
     
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    I've been on 2 charters from Buffalo NY and neither time did they do draws :(

    On the flight, they give you one free alcoholic drink and a packet of snacks (ritz crackers with cheese, box of raisins, rice crispy square, crackers and a mint). Additional alcohol can be purchased with debit or credit card. The plane lands in Bullhead Arizona and buses will be waiting to take you the 10 minute drive to Harrahs Laughlin. Once you get there, they'll have welcome envelopes with your room number on it, room keys, TR cards, and info about departure, the property and some misc stuff. They will take care of transporting and delivering your luggage...they say it'll take up to 3 hours so if you need anything right away, put it in your carry on.

    There are 3 hotel towers. If you can, get a room in the renovated South (adult tower). The rooms in the Central tower and North (family) tower are really worn. The Diamond lounge is nothing special. The buffet was meh, in my opinion. I had a great meal at the Range steakhouse. There is a smoking casino and a smaller non-smoking casino. There's a family pool and and adult pool. They also have a beach which will probably be nice in June.

    Like phantomfj, we walked the river walk and water taxied back to Harrahs and we also rented a car and checked out Oatman to fed the donkeys. The water taxi is $5 per trip and if you're Diamond, you can get discount coupons at the TR desk for $2 off. There's a small outlet mall in Laughlin but it's really nothing special. There's a car collection at the Riverside casino that's free with their players card. The first time we went, we drove to Lake Havasu which was really nice.

    4 nights in Laughlin is too much for us as there isn't much to do besides gambling. Both times we did a charter, we drove to Vegas for a night. We were able to get a comped room at Paris, even though we were booked on a Harrah's charter.
     
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  5. dukeofdarby

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    as stated earlier ,the charter lands in bullhead city Arizona and buses shuttle you across the Colorado river to harrahs

    if you need a rental car you can get one at the airport which is small-----there are 3 major rental car companies -----with only 3 companies there is not that much competition for lower rates-----also---check the hours they are not a 24 hr operation-----you can always get a harrahs shuttle to the airport to get your rental at a later time

    I like the diamond club at Harrahs ,they have an outside deck area which overlooks the river ,very pleasant setting-

    if you get a car here are more options not previously covered-----

    1-there is an indian casino,the avi ,about 6 miles to the south situated on the river on the Nevada side-----there is another bridge there that will take you across to the southern end of bullhead city az,this lets you travel down one side of the river and cross over and come back the other side-------at the entrance to the casino is a small store where you can get cigaretts and liquor at a reduced price-----gasoline is also cheaper in arizona

    2-there is an American legion post in Laughlin that is unique------normally you need to be a member at any post to gain admission-----because they have a decent number of slot and video-poker machines they can not limit admission-- under Nevada gaming laws[no private gaming]----they offer dining specials on various days-----for those of interest there is an American legion post in bullhead city which sits on the river with nice views,need to be a legion member to get admitted----

    its what Laughlin does not have that makes it a different destination than vegas and appeals to an older clientle-----you will not find to any great extent: porn hustlers,panhandlers,buskers,muggers,prostitutes,druggies,parking fees

    you could rent a car for a day and take a ride to vegas------along the way you will pass bye 2 small town which have small casino-restaurants----searchlight and cal-nev-ari-----if adventurous you can take a short-cut dirt road thru the mountains -Christmas tree pass---
     
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    Thank you all! That's great info! I am diamond, so nice to hear about the reduced water taxi. And I believe I will be in the adult tower. They asked me that when I called to book. I have a diamond $100 dinner I'm planning to use at the steak house. They reviews I've read on that have been good. So between gambling, the adult pool, and walking the river walk, I think I will be plenty happy! Haven't decided yet whether to rent a car, but I'll see where things take me!

    The one thing I am worried about is that the temps for June look to be around 100-110 and that's not something I'm used to! So the pool and the AC may be my best friend ;)
     
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    You can be sure temperatures will be 100 and above in Laughlin. It gets hotter than Las Vegas. Also they get a lot of wind some days. If you like to gamble be sure and stop at the River Lodge. It is the closest casino to Harrah's. The lodge has real cheap food and is laid out different than most casinos. The chairs for the games are like your living room chair at home. They have little food places all over the casino and downstairs. Really a nice place to watch the river and do some gambling while staying out of the heat.
    At the Riverside casino they have a prime rib room and it is excellent with again good prices.

    Have fun!
     
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    Thanks all for the replies, and to the OP for asking... I’ll be at Harrah’s Laughlin on a free junket out of Peoria, IL in a couple weeks, and it’ll be my first time in Laughlin so I’m looking for any info I can find.

    Luckily, this trip lined up with my and my wife’s 5th anniversary, so we jumped at the chance to leave our toddler with grandma and get away for a few days.

    So far I’ve found that I’m planning a lot less than a typical Vegas trip. There aren’t really any must-do activities or must-visit restaurants in Laughlin... I scheduled us a massage at Harrahs, but other than that we’re just gonna play it by ear. Probably just gonna sleep in every day, then hit the pool, then *get busy* and/or nap, and then gamble like the degenerates we are until the wee hours. That sounds like a pretty damn good trip to me.
     
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