Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels' started by notfromconcentrate, Jan 2, 2020.
pay $500 ? no way.
I think RR, GVR of Station, and Suncoast of Boyd are better than Aliante.
Having stayed there and GVR, the properties feel very similar to me. I’d definitely rank the rooms higher at Aliante, but I would give the property edge to GVR. I felt that Aliante had less options. However it’s immaculate and, dare I say quiet? To me, the property feels small and on day two I felt a bit of cabin fever.
I must admit that GVR is one notch more upscale than Aliante, but I find Aliante to be more enjoyable and relaxing. It's not as bright on the casino floor and not as loud and zooey.
Now if it just were not so far out in the middle of nowhere! Uh, wait! Maybe it's more relaxing and not as zooey because it's out in the middle of nowhere?
I can't find the last two mailers I got from Aliante but I'm thinking that the midweek rate is about $49 a night if you get on their mailing list by getting a slot club card there.. I go there 4 times a year and the only difference in offers between what I get and the friend I meet there once a year is I get double the free play (free table game bet) that he does (big whoop though - I get $10 and he gets $5). The other offer is usually a BOGO offer for the buffet. My friend plays Pai Gow with me for two days a year. That's all of his activity with Boyd or Aliante..I go there a total of 8 days a year.. Never stayed there but the rooms like nice and like I say, the offered rates are pretty cheap in the mailers.
Aliante is extremely quiet... I've never been around in the evening but I hope it's busier then...otherwise it's a tax-loss for Boyd to offset their profits at the other casinos.. I love the place but when I arrive at 6:00AM or so on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings there's usually no customers in the pit and maybe 2 or 3 in the whole casino. At that time of day there are more employees than customers.
I agree that the best way to describe Aliante is as a small Red Rock Casino. Similar decor, similar feel. You have in your head that it's an easy RTC ride away, but that is a looong ride. About 45 minutes each way once the bus comes. I wouldn't stay longer than 2 days up there.
Suncoast is a good Boyd option as it's a nice casino and the WAX bus terminates there. Easy ride to Downtown or if you want to be on that bus for 45 minutes you can take it to MGM and the S Strip.
Gold Coast is a good Boyd option as has a good breakfast buffet (coupons!), very good moderate restaurants and it's across from the Palms and next to Rio for more options. Also, only a 20 minute walk to mid-Strip.
Orleans is like a larger Gold Coast but isn't really in walking distance to anything. You could take RTC down Tropicana to the S Strip...but, of course, you know that.
I have never noticed that Boyd has made any changes inside the casino at Aliante...I've been going there since Station Casinos opened it 10+ years ago.. unlike the casinos that Boyd built, it is very bright with plenty of room in the casino...everything is not bunched up with no room to breath like other Boyd casinos..(the worst downtown--even worse than Boyd-- is Golden Nugget where every single inch is taken by a slot machine),
My wife and I visited Aliante last year, it's an extra nice place but not all that large. With no other casino near it I got the feeling I might feel trapped and bored after a couple of days. I like to at least have one or two other places reasonably nearby to give me more dining and playing options. Plus if you usually see one or two nice shows on the Strip like we do you'll hate the distance and time travelling back & forth from Aliante. Our friends that stayed there liked their room but said the pool had too little shade so that limited their time doing one of their favorite things.
I visited Aliante last year (or was it the year before, I forget). Not long after Boyd took it over so while they put out the boyd rewards information their system wasn't tied into the Boyd system.
Nice casino. One big plus is that there is a freeway off and onramp nearby so easy to just take the freeway to and from the rest of vegas.
But like others this place is way to far in the boonies for me to stay. Guess if they had something going on I would consider staying there one night but that's about it.
It usually takes me about a half hour to drive to Aliante from the Strip. When you're driving along I-215 to Aliante you can see The STRAT tower off to the South. It looks really close (like you're 5 minutes away) but it's really a lot farther than it looks..
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