Did not bother with valet since self-parking was available close to entrance @ around 1:30 p.m. Wed. Lots of cowboys and cowgirls around for rodeo, and table of National Finals Rodeo souvenirs (jackets, hats, etc.) set up at entrance. Had a nice room offer $30/night (that included free drinks, 2-for-1 buffets, fun book with other offers including a deal on spa service) for two nights. [Didn't share with this group because offer was made in a personalized letter I had to produce at check-in with an ID]. Check-in went fast and I was given all the coupons, etc. that my room offer included with no problem. Room on 6th floor of new tower. Additional elevators were built on opposite side of security guard's spot from original tower elevators. Except for newer carpeting the new room was very similar to old. We've only had king beds in older tower. The new room had the same layout but seemed a bit more cramped than older tower -- might just be the king bed leaves more room. Room was fine, but thought they might take the opportunity to jazz up the decor or plumbing fixtures in a new tower -- rather than just clone their existing rooms. Also -- in new tower, there is no room 666 -- skipped over, guess they don't want to draw satanic hotel guests? Terrible's discount liquor store still has the best prices on Sierra Nevada pale ale (my s.o.'s favorite). Bottled water price went up, now same as gift shop (cheapest 99 cents for small). Never made it to coffee shop for Graveyard special breakfasts, but the sign is still prominently displayed there -- we were either too full from evening buffet or overslept past the 7 a.m. cutoff. Had good service and sandwiches there during regular hours. The Spa @ the Orleans was surprisingly nice. Of course, I got a massage there just to share the experience with you all on this site Spa is straight past the new tower elevators and past salon. After checking in at reception desk (where they have ubiquitous body products on sale) I continued back to the women's area, where decor is not just neutral colors. There are some blue and green-blue accents in tiles, etc. Lockers have keys, and are so new that the locks are still a bit stiff. On a weekday, it wasn't too busy. I mostly had the place to myself, although 2 women came in and went to massage appts. while I lazed in the whirlpool. There are the required nice shampoos, etc. in the showers. My impression is that they have at least as many showers as the Treasure Island spa (where I went later in the week) but maybe a bit less counter space with sinks and hair styling products and dryers. I got what I needed from the attendant, but she didn't hover over me like they can at other spas. The door into the locker room is a bit annoying; swinging short louvered double door. Yes, you can kind of see if someone is on the other side so you don't crash, but the hinges are noisy and keep flapping after someone has gone thru. _Not_ relaxing, especially on the outside where there are two padded chairs for those waiting for massages, etc. The therapy rooms are off a quiet deadend hallway (unlike the busy hallway at the Treasure Island spa, where they have posted signs asking for quiet). My masseuse (Bonnie?) was friendly, professional and skilled. I was very happy with my 50 minute Swedish massage. I plan to go back for sure And maybe get the 90 minute version! There are a variety of offered services; I'll dig out my brochure if anyone has questions. Lots of choices for video poker, including nickels. And the pay tables were the best I saw all week, except for those good ones at Green Valley Ranch. Until I hit the Strip on the weekend, I was ahead gambling. It can get smokey there, the only downside I planned to see a movie but gambled instead. My s.o. enjoyed the poker room. Buffets were good overall, but perhaps with our 2-for-1 coupons we aren't too harsh? Hope this helps anyone considering the Orleans.