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Your thoughts on Harrah's NOLA?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by mdm4sfest, Feb 7, 2017.

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  1. mdm4sfest

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    Planned on going to Vegas April 10-14 but now I have switched it to NOLA. Will be staying within a few blocks of Harrahs.

    What is your feedback on the casino? Feel free to recommend any bars/restaurants in the area and why you enjoyed them....


    Thanks!
     
  2. DaiLun

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    Last trip of the year. Closing out at "poor Man's Circa"
    Happy Birthday to me!!! Food folks, and fun!!
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    I thought somebody else did a trip or thread on New Orleans recently.

    Anyways, great place to visit. Casino and hotel are walking to French Qtr. You can also walk to WWII museum.. well worth it.

    Food is everywhere.

    Recent rules in Diamond lounge limit free drinks. You do get drinks on floor while playing.
     
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    We will be making another stip there over Memorial Day. Huge clean casino and non-smoking, though if you do smoke there is an area for smokers outside and sort of enclosed. This is our 3rd favorite option (behind Tahoe and Vegas)...........Rick
     
  5. Imperial_Palace_King

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    Like everyone else said pretty big casino. You have to pay state tax up front on any jackpots $1200 or more. It seemed like they had a big selection of penny slots. Not many of the VP games that I like to play. Highly recommend eating at commanders palace. Great food but not in the area near Harrahs.
     
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    Went last month. Loved it! Harrahs Casino is pretty big and close to everything. During the Weekends it gets pretty busy but not so much during the week. Safe Travels
     
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    always something going on here...you are leaving a day before the cresent city classic marathon which is good because that is a clusterF all in itself...but you are getting here right after french quarter fest ends, that is something many enjoy...either way im sure you will have a blast
     
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    Vegas style and sized casino. Dealers are pretty good. NO 6/5 BJ with mins @ $15-$20. Craps during slower times $10 and when things get busy bumped up to $15 with many $25 tables empty.:rolleyes2:

    Food wise you're right in the middle of the best food in the country so no worries there.

    The hotel itself has some of best rooms in the City IMO.
     
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    I only spent a couple of hours in the casino, but had lots of great food around NOLA. I'll use this to remind myself to post some pics and recommendations after I get home.
     
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    they just changed the canal street area up a bit where the roulette and craps tables are, near hoodoo lounge...they took 1 roulette table out and a few card tables and added two craps tables and the hoodoo pit by the pirates bar has been completely changed up from what my drunk self remembers last night...if I make it that way tonight ill try to get some pics

    I dont know if this is a permanent thing or they are just adding things for the NBA allstar game next week along with madri gras.... we shall see
     
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    Some restaurants and things to do (again, based on a non-casino vacation, so what you're looking for may be different):

    Go to Bourbon Street. Realize that it's actually pretty disgusting. Then duck into Pat O'Brien's for a hurricane. Highly recommend getting there for the piano lounge, the ladies there were great.
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    Also this is Joe. Joe is one of my favorite waiters of all time (BTW: They charge you for the souvenir glass, but you can return them and get reimbursed):
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    If you want to hear music, go to Frenchman street. It's where the jazz is, rather than the pop music on Bourbon Street. Better crowd(less drunk college guys trying to pick a fight), better music, better experience.

    A couple of restaurants:
    Cafe du Monde for the beignets and chicory coffee, but you probably know that already
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    A Besh restaurant: There's one in Harrah's. We went to Borgne, which is in the Hilton, and it was great. The oysters were incredibly fresh, and the seafood pasta dish that I had was fantastic:

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    New Orleans Creole Cookery-- another place where the food was fantastic. Char-grilled oysters, and the creole sampler (Jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, Shrimp creole, and red beans and rice)
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    A quick note about the char-grilled oysters: I was of the opinion that cooking an oyster was a terrible thing to do. Until I had the char-grilled oysters. Easily the best thing I ate my whole time there. Absolutely amazing.

    I really didn't have a bad meal while I was there, but these are a few standouts. Enjoy yourself, New Orleans is really a great place to be.
     
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    Another vote for chargrilled oysters - you can also get them at Drago's which is in the hilton right next to casino and is fantastic - also Acme Oyster House just off Bourbon
     
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    We enjoy New Orleans. Our last trip was a New Orleans-Las Vegas combo that was not originally planned that way. A special friend had a very special 40th birthday party that led us to start with about a 14 hour trip there before heading on to Vegas. I can't handle many trips like that...but the food and drink were fantastic.

    We have enjoyed the casino and will enjoy it more with smoking moved out of the main areas. It was really not a well-ventilated casino and seemed more smoke filled than many for some reason. The table limits for craps always stretched my limits (I love a $5 game), but they weren't ridiculous. The machines allowed you to order drinks, which tends to get you served much faster than the wandering cocktail server.

    Hurricanes and the Piano Bar (noted above) are a must for us. Fair warning--the Hurricanes can be both addictive and hazardous to your evening!! They had dueling pianos while we were there were great fun.

    Enjoy your trip!!
     
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    people realize it quick but always want to go back, yes bourban street is disgusting, couldnt agree more with you on that, lol...on the other hand, you have to experiance it at least once, its not like it was 10+ years ago though

    the hurricane, people love them but you must like rum as its a lot of it...i dont get them as Rum hurts my stomach for some reason, Pat O's is very nice but at times you can barely move in some of the bar areas or just trying to walk through the place, nice to sit in the courtyard though if you can get a table

    side note about John Besh, he has about 15 resturants in the city and every one of them is good

    as for the char grilled oysters, we have many different ways of cooking them and I havent found a bad way yet, lol...raw, fried, grilled, whatever, i love em
     
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    both very good but lately dragos have been really small, still good...only reason I would not recommend these places is that yes they are close by harrahs, but they are very expensive on oysters...
     
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    I agree with this: glad I went, but was even happier when I left. I really found Frenchman Street to be what I was hoping to find on Bourbon

    The toughest decision we had all week was which one of his restaurants to go to. Guess we just have to go back 14 more times.
     
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    lol, by the time you finish those 14, he will probally have 10 more...the guy doesnt stop
     
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    Coming in for FQF after having not been able to visit Nola for several years. 3 nights at the Harrah's hotel comped based on past play, and would appreciate guidance on changes, such as

    What is the procedure for valet parking at the casino (In the past showed a Diamond card and that was all that was needed, did not ID)?

    Are you still able to use Rewards Points at "Partner" restaurants beyond the casino/Fulton Street area?

    If we dont get a car, Uber or cab to airport?

    Any must see music acts (local acts we know and love Kermit, Irma, John Boutte, Jon Cleary, Shamarr Allen, Pinettes, Iguanas)?

    Thanks.
     
  20. NewOrleansSlimm

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    for valet, yes, show your card, they havent checked IDs in forever but maybe cuz they know me...diamond or 7* they will give you a white card, you scan it at the kiosk in the hall between valet and the casino, if you get a green card which is for paying and non diamond/7* you have to go to the window on the right side of the hall and either pay or show your card and get it free...easy to just get the white card to start, lol

    if its real busy, they will put a sign out for special event parking prices or like last night for mardi gras they had the diamond/7* only allowed

    yes they still partner with a bunch of restaurants and other attractions throughout the city but most are at 2:1 for points

    uber or lyft all the way, nicer and cheaper

    as for music, you will have to see whos playing after the event and at what venue to determine who to see

    heres the list

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