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My Stay at the Apache Hotel in Binions

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by FABismonte, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. FABismonte

    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    I received a comp offer to stay at either the Apache Hotel or a room at Four Queens. Since I was not with the wife, I decided last weekend to mix it up and see what it was like to stay at the Apache.

    There are only 81 rooms in the newly opened Apache and wanted to see what it would be like in the "boutique" hotel.

    The check in desk, for one, is never crowded. I only ever saw two or less guests waiting to be taken cared of. The check in is at what used to be the Vato Cigar kiosk area. Now Vato has been relocated farther from Fremont Street. When I checked in on a Friday night, workmen were still doing some finishing touches on the cans of recessed lighting over the check in desk.

    No rooms are smoking and there was a film crew with a lot of equipment near by filming some "Ghost" story.

    I was given a room on the second story. Talk about easy in and out, there are two small stairwells near and it took only 38 seconds to go from my room to the Binions Sports book (I used a watch and did not run).

    Here are some photos of the walk to room from the front desk. The hallway reminded me of a new freshman dorm.



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  2. FABismonte

    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    When I was at the front desk, I noticed some small labeled brief cases behind. I asked what they were.

    I was told that they were "Ghost Hunting" kits. They were not for sale, but could be rented for $27. I was told by the receptionist that she had rented kits 15 times, but no one she knew of, was able to really make them work.

    I asked if I could look at a kit and was able to take a photo of the inside of one.

    They looked like some flash lights as well as "power" monitors. Frankly I had no idea of these gadgets but here it is for the first time at VMB. . . .

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    Wow! Thanks for the first update. Waiting to hear more…
     
  4. FABismonte

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    I was given a room with a single queen bed. The first one I was given did not have a safe. When I called the front desk (on the rotory phone) I was told to look at the side table but there was no safe there. I was told I could use the safe deposit at the cashiers cage but since I really wanted a safe in my room, I went down and was issued another room. Apparently only some rooms have safes.

    The room(s) were clean and somewhat newly Victorian in appearance, I really like the hard wood floors but you have to decide for yourself about the "charm." The two rooms I had did not face the street and the windows faced only the exterior of another brick building. Frankly since I like a quiet room and If I want a view of Fremont street, I will actually go to Fremont street so it worked for me.

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  5. FABismonte

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    The door to the rooms had a proximity lock on the card. There are nothing to slide but my card was demagnetized when I put it in my wallet so I had to be careful to keep it away from my credit cards in another pocket.

    The air conditioning was somewhat loud but its dull buzz did counter any ambient noise in the hall way. There is NO RESORT fee at the Apache (or 4 Queens). I presume that would explain why there were no water bottles in the room. Also while the "free" Binions Wifi was allegely connecting to my iphone, no signals were actually getting through.

    The best thing to me was the close and easy proxmity to the floor. There are places on the Strip where it will take many minutes to go from the gaming floor to the room. I never took the elevator (why when the stairs are like 20 steps)?

    Binions had a continuing promotion that if you put 50 points one one day on your card, you got $10 in food vouchers good for 24 hours at any restaurant at Binions (other than the Steakhouse). Put in 200 points and you get $20 in free slot play. I used that promotion on Friday and Saturday.

    I like old Vegas and it is obvious that the Apache is trying to utilize the vibe. When I was getting a newly issued room, I was told that one suite with six beds was unoccupied and they wouldn't give that to me as it was being reserved for "walk ins" that Friday night.

    Indeed, as I was leaving a sixtyish man walked up to the front desk and said "I would like to rent a room." So I guess if you find yourself in a sold out downtown, you could try your luck at the Apache.

    I liked the clean air and hardwood floors. No dusty, worn carpeting there. Was it luxury, hell no. But if you want to mix some convenience and nostalgia in downtown Vegas, have at it.
     
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  6. prodaddy

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    Glad it was comped....lol.
     
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  7. black29

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    Looks pretty terrible.
     
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  8. Vegas Pilgrim

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    Quaint might be the phrase, I guess.

    Was it in fact, quiet? I thought they overlooked FSE...if it’s around DTG (almost called it Lady Luck), I might consider it.
     
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    Well, "quaint", "cozy" even "anachronistic" are good adjectives.

    The two rooms I had access to were in fact quiet and quite away from FSE. Closer towards the Binions parking lot across the Fremont casino hotel parking entrance than FSE.
     
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    I give you credit for staying there :clap: To me that is neat and old school. How was room service? ...only joking
     
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  11. TJC

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    Thanks for reporting! The rooms look just fine to me. I'm glad they did this renovation.
     
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    I think the Wi-Fi isn't good because they don't use Alexa. They use Casper.

    "Casper, turn up the AC." "Casper, pull back the bed blanket."

    That's the real advantage of staying in a haunted property.
     
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    I guess they don't have safes in all the rooms because they count on Casper to provide security. . .
     
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    Kind of has that “Mid Century” prison look.
    Thanks For the pics.
     
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    Regardless of what people think about the rooms I applaud Binions for trying to get back into the hotel game. Some people probably like the nostalgia from these rooms. Thanks for the info on them.
     
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    Thanks for the write up...very interesting and informative. I'd be more than willing to spend a night there but my wife would probably have my ass. Curious, was the bed.... linens and mattress comfortable? Thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the Post and photos.
    How much are they charging for a room ?
    That would "make or break" a deal for me - on a solo trip.
     
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    Put on 200 points and you get BOTH the $10 food comp and $20 in free play.
    I use the $10 food comp at the deli. Great sandwiches. Love the pastrami.
     
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    So glad to read a review of the Binion's rooms. Thanks for posting. Most important thing in a room, to me, is free. After that, the bed. How was the bed?
     
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    The mattress was great. It was firm and new. Clean fresh linen. These rooms are newly furnished. I thought the brown bed cover was a bit thin. But there was an extra, thick blanket in the closet I used
     
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