Casino Profile - Harrah's Laughlin, Nevada
By Walter Thomason
Harrahs Laughlin, Nevada
Looking for a premier gaming resort without the premier price tag? Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Hotel offers guests a superior vacation value while maintaining a commitment to excellent customer service. With its full service resort, round-the-clock gaming, and climate blessed with year-round sunshine, Harrah’s – known as “A Mexican Fiesta on the Colorado River”– certainly deserves your consideration.
The property, one of the largest in the area, is located along the banks of the Colorado River in Southern Nevada. The resort has 1,505 rooms, including 171 suites.
Themed after a sunny Mexican resort, festive colors are found throughout the facility. Harrah’s 50-acre site, nestled on a natural cove, is a perfect location for boating, riding waterbikes and wave runners, playing volleyball, or just relaxing in warm sunshine. There’s also a private beach, watercraft and boat cruises, and adult or family-friendly swimming pools.
The Pool at Harrah's Laughlin
Five restaurants offer a variety of menus. The Fresh Market Buffet features more than 162 entrees from around the globe including sushi roll favorites. A luscious chocolate fountain and buffet favorite, Bananas Foster, highlight an expansive dessert station.
You can dine at the Range Steakhouse or the Baja Blue Restaurant & Cantina, featuring Mexican fare with a fiesta-themed setting, plus there’s the Beach Café featuring a variety of popular dishes and diner-style favorites. Starbucks is conveniently located in the hotel lobby, and the food court offers many of your fast-food favorites.
The Range Steakhouse
Harrah’s health and fitness club – Club Philipe – is open daily and includes a co-ed exercise room with the latest in workout equipment, and its two glass walls allow an inspiring view of the river and nearby mountains.
For a relaxing change from the casino environment, visit the Salon & Day Spa for a soothing Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, or hot stone therapy massage. A wide range of other services are also available, including hair coloring, manicures, facials, body treatments, and waxing.
A variety of shopping outlets are also available, including fine jewelry, clothing, and accessories at the Boutique, and beachware, gift items, and essential toiletries at the Gift Shop./
The casino's center bar
Harrah’s intimate, 300-seat Fiesta Showroom features top-notch entertainment from illusionists to comedians to music artists, while the brightest stars also perform in the 3,000-seat Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater. Entertainers have included Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Charlie Daniels Band, Bill Cosby, Vince Gill, and Cheech and Chong.
Oh, by the way, Harrah’s also has a casino! The more than 50,000-square-foot facility features over 900 slots, video poker, and video keno machines, a World Series of Poker-themed poker room, a race and sports book, a live keno area, blackjack, craps, and roulette, plus a separate 18,000-square-foot non-smoking casino. This full-service 24 hour-a-day facility will satisfy the gambling appetite of both novices and high rollers with daily promotions adding spice to the gaming experience.
The casino at Harrah's Laughlin
When asked which unique characteristics made Harrah’s superior to local competitors, Stanford Le, Marketing Director for Harrah’s Laughlin, responded, “Harrah’s is the ‘total package. While it already tops the list of Laughlin hotels and casinos from a service, comfort, and level of luxury standpoint, three items that really sets Harrah’s apart are the Total Rewards program, entertainment, and amenities. The Total Rewards program allows guests to redeem room, food, and show offers at any one of more than 40 properties all over the world.” Le’s claims about superior entertainment and amenities are substantiated by numerous awards for “Best Casino and Hotel” consistently awarded by Casino Player Magazine, Strictly Slots Magazine, and Nevada Magazine.
When asked about how the suffering national economy is affecting business, Le said, “As everyone can imagine, the economy has had a considerable impact on all industries, including the gaming industry. Times like these are what truly define you as a business operator... Nonetheless, like many successful companies, Harrah’s continually seeks new ways to operate more efficiently and intelligently. By being more selective and smarter with projects and processes, we are successfully wading through this challenging time. In doing so, we are able to pass great experiences to our customers who have remained loyal to us. We know that many visitors to Laughlin seek value and an enjoyable interaction with our team members: our rates, offers, and attention to customer service continue to reflect that.”
Le had this to say about which games are most advantageous to novice gamblers on a limited budget: “I think I’ve been asked this question about a million times, but have answered it a million different ways. The answer is, ‘It depends!’ Do you enjoy people cheering for you (or sometimes against you) as you roll the dice? If that thrills you, craps is your game. If you’re more a solitary soul who prefers to sit and have an occasional side conversation while having a beverage server bring you drinks, slots are always a welcome past time. You can always try blackjack - you need only be able to count to 21. Even better, you can always try roulette, where you can just pick between three colors (red, black, or green, if you really feel lucky). Whatever you choose, we usually have a friendly employee who would be more than happy to strike up a conversation about a game, especially if you come in during a less busy time of day. We also offer poker instruction daily at 9 a.m. if you feel like learning when to hold’em or fold’em in a World Series of Poker environment.”
Harrah’s Laughlin Casino and Hotel is located at 2900 South Casino Drive in Laughlin, Nevada. For more information or reservations, call them toll-free at 1-800-447-8700. You can also visit their web site at www.harrahslaughlin.com to keep current on all of their promotions and events.
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