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“Better than I expected!” 4 of 5 stars
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Argosy Casino and Hotel
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400 East Center Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025   |  
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Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Lawrenceburg
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“Better than I expected!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Wife and I were looking for an anniversary get away, and I suggested we try a casino. We've been to Vegas a few times, but aren't big gamblers. We considered West Virginia and Detroit, but decided to give Indiana a try. We are not smokers, so I was a little concerned about that, but we didn't find it to be an issue. The hotel has non-smoking floors, and we didn't spend any time in the common areas of the hotel. Arrival was nice, with valet parking. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived at 2:00pm, so we checked our luggage and headed to the casino. A bit of a walk, but we are only in our 40's so it was no problem.

First impression was things were neat and clean. Most services like resturants, lounges and shops were on the way to the casino, and there were enough choices for eating and drinking. Casino was nicer then I expected, with plenty of slots from $.01 to $1.00 and up. Plenty of table games, video poker and blackjack, as well as a nice looking poker room.

We spent a few hours playing slots, and didn't come out in too bad a shape. Headed back to see if our room was ready, and checked in. Room was a nice size, king bed and sofa and chair. 42" plasma tv was nice, but the bathroom was small. Very clean, comfortable bed and nicely decorated room. Room rate for a Saturday night wasn't cheap, but location was ideal to walk back and forth the the casino.

Had a breif "nap" and then got dressed for dinner. Had drinks and appetizers comp'd at the VIP Producers Lounge including very nice size shrimp, then off to the Celebrity Grill for dinner. Had BOGO coupon for dinner, and we had a very nice meal and drinks for under $40.00.

Back to the casino for more slots, and ended up leaving for the night up about $60.00. Again I must say that once inside the casino, I could have been any place on earth, expect for the tell tale "average" clientel. This ain't Monaco! That said I felt this was a nice clean safe casino. Cocktail waiteress were around frequently, and finding a non smoking area wasn't a problem. I wouldn't guess this would be a place to strike it rich, but that wasn't my expectation. There was live entertainment at Hollywood on the Roof, as well as a Boogie Nights Party at the Dance Club, but we decided to head back to our room and "anniversary".

Got up Sunday morning and headed to the breakfast buffet which we had a free coupon for. Omlet bar, Crepe's made to order, plenty of fresh fruit and other breakfast choices. I'd say it was an above average buffet, and it was the most average meal we had.

One final spin at the slots, and we got away up about $40, which paid for dinner. All in all a succesful visit, and I'd consider returning or reccomending to a friend.

The hotel is just that with no other ammenities such as spa, pool, excercise room, room service etc... For some this is an issue, but we only intended to sleep in it. Bed was comfortable, everything was clean, and the HD plasma was nice for football games.

Only tip I have is to consider a "package' with the room, or join the casino "players club'. This is how we got valet parking, VIP Club, meal comps. etc...

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

I felt compelled after my weekend trip to Argossy (Now Hollywood) to write my first review ever. The casino is absolutely beautiful - especially for an Indiana Casino. I have gambled all over the U.S., Indiana, on cruises and in Canada/Bahamas. No question it is a nice casino - as close to Vegas as you will get in Indiana. We went Friday to stay for my husband's 40th birthday. We have stayed at hotely twice before - all comped nights. Food always comped. Love the buffet and the new Marquis Grill (used to be Chart Room when it was Argossy - they have really classed it up - service is hit or miss though).

We usually gamble about $1000 between us each trip (and are happy to bring back 3/4 of that or more) if that gives you an idea on how they are on comps. We get far better comps at Horseshoe Indiana (formerly Caesars) where we go about 3-5 times per year. A lot of people complaint that the slots there are SUPER TIGHT. I don't think they are any worse than any other Indiana casino.

Here's why I'm writing. My husband wanted to go for the noon deep stack tournament on 8/20. They simply do not have enough staff to handle registering 960+ people. They had like 2 or 3 people working registration - people lined up for an hour plus all around the bottom floor of the casino. They knew that many people could enter as this is not the first massive turnout they have seen. Yet not enough staff - so that it was 1 or 1:30 before my husband could sit down - and he was there well before noon. On a related note, they NEVER have enough cashier windows open or staff. Lines are RIDICULOUS and I'm comparing them to casinos all over the country and outside it. I just don't know what that casino is thinking from a customer service standpoint.

The main complaint I have though is with the hotel. In its defense, I was pleasantly surprised that even though check in is not until 4 they let us check in at 11:40 am (gave us the keys to room that early so we could drop our bags instead of checking them) which made it so much more convenient for us since we were tied up all day at the casino for my husband's tournament (I was off all day on slots - I broke even and gambled 7-8 hours straight - I was pleased).

The hotel has NO room service and NO mini bar. WHY? Most inconvenient thing ever. The only "food" at the hotel is a bunch of candy bars and cookies on a snack cart in the lobby - all overpriced. Other than that you can get pop out of vending machines on the floors. They need room service - or at least a deli style counter in the lobby.

Bathrooms in standard room are also the tiniest ever. There is hardly room to turn around. Bed and TV (large flat screen) were great though.

All in all - love the casino - but they need more staff for busy nights at cashier or major poker tournaments. Hotel rooms are just ok - they need more than cookies/candy bars in hotel for food.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

We booked one night nere, as we'd stopped into the casino but had not spend much time there, and heard the new steakhouse was decent.
Check in was smooth, and friendly. I believe we paid $110 for a Thurs night.
Room not impressive, stains on carpet, bed, loveseat. Yuck. Bathrm didn't seem clean either.
Went to casino, machines really, really tight. Back to room for a couple hrs before dinner. Again, looked around and it just seemed worn and dirty.
Steakhouse, Final Cut was not impressive. We had semi- dressed up for dinner and there were people in cargo shirts and t-shirts dining, not crowded at all. Neither of us cared for our steak, mine was all fatty, hubby's had so much "special seasonings" on it he could not eat it.
Back to casino...machines still really tight. Seems like they are short of help in there, glasses with cig butts beside machines, chairs not pushed in, buttons on machines sticky as if someone spilled something.
Back to room at 11 pm, and decided to head for home. (2.5 hr drive) We didn't even want to stay there. I just kept thinking I did notwant to wake up in that room, was not interested in the "tight" casino, and from the looks of the pillow cases did not want to sleep there...so packed up, grabbed a large coffee and hit the road.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2009

This was my first trip to the Argosy hotel and casino and while the hotel was nice, the casino was severly lacking.

The new parking garage made getting to the casino a breeze, get out of the car, head to the elevator and it will take you to the 5th floor where you could get to the casino after about a mile walk.

Hotel room was nicely laid out with a 42 inch widescreen tv, king sized bed, coffee maker, free wi-fi, and a hair dryer. The only complaint was the toilet sounded like a freight train when it was flushed. (room 101)

The walk to the casino was waay too long as it felt like one was walking a mile or more just to get to the security area, then one had to walk down the stairs to get to the casino.

The casino has 3 floors with each floor being rather small. There were about 4 craps tables, 4 black jack tables, and a couple of roulette tables on the main floor. The NLHE tables are located on the lowest level, however to play it will cost you. Buy ins are over $150, some costing waay more. VP pay tables are some of the worst I have ever seen, the selection of $0.25 slots was very small. Most had 5 paylines which is not a good thing for a low roller on a limited budget.

Drink service was much to be desired as the CW's seemed like they were few and far between. One would be best off going to the bar to get a drink instead of waiting for a CW. 2 things that really irked me was the CW said "drinks" instead of cocktails and the fact that drinks cost $4.75 for a 12oz beer. To be honest, my experience in casino's are all Vegas ones, so this was a complete shock to my system. One other thing, around 12am I heard "last call". Vegas has no last call, why does this place have one?

Food was expensive, the dinner buffet ran $17.00, the selection was ok but for the money I did not think it was worth it. They are offering Rio prices with out having Rio type food selections. Breakfest buffett ran almost $9.00, however you got a voucher for either a free breakfest or lunch bufett. Selection was ok but it could have been better. The size of the coffee cups was a major issue as they are about 1" to 1 1/2" tall. It made the cup look like it was the size of a 1/2 cup. For a coffee drinker, this was a major turn off.

Overall thoughts, good hotel, a so so casino, and high food prices. Will I go back, most likely not.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

Stayed over night at the Argosy on 9/7/08 to celebrate a Birthday and our anniversary. Tried to book online that morning but rooms were sold out, but when we arrived and went to the desk to sign up for our Preferred rewards cards, they handed us a coupon to stay that night. I was suprised as the rooms online were "sold out", but even better than that, the room was 29.99 for a King Deluxe! Not only that, they also handed us a coupon for 2 free breakfast buffets to use the next morning, a 16.00 value! The hotel is very clean, beds comfy, all staff were very pleasant and spoke to us as we walked around, with the exception of the wait staff at the buffet, they were curt at best. The food at the buffet was fantastic! we ate there for breakfast and supper, I have not had better food at a buffet and that includes among other trips, 2 to Las Vegas! It was simply out of this world. Grilled tuna steaks, deviled crab, baked steak that melted in your mouth, fresh asparagus, hand carved ham and roast beef with Au Jus. and all side dishes and anything else you could imagine. The buffet was 32.00 for the 2 of us for supper and worth every penny. I would drive the 212 miles there on a weekend just to eat at the buffet. Casino was nice, slots werent exceptionally loose, made enough to keep us playing the slots all day, and the next morning before we left. Valet parking is available for 3.00 and is worth it if you have any difficulty walking, or are elderly and can't tolerate a long hike from the hotel to the casino. Will definitely go back again,

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — distance to the casino
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

My hubby and I spent one night here recently. We contacted the hotel online and made our reservation. We paid $189 plus tax making the room around $209 total.

First the positives: the hotel lobby was quaint, clean. The staff at the desk were always eager to help and smiling. There was free 24 hr coffee in the lobby with a small sitting area. Upon arrival to our room, I found the floor and the bathroom clean. There is free wifi in the room. The shower pressure was tolerable.

Now the minuses: the cover on our bed had several very bold stains on it (icckk). I tried to get a good photo, but my lighting was not the greatest. (they were very visible in person) The loveseat had a good sized stain on the cushion (very noticeable since the loveseat is yellow). The hotel has NO pool or hottub. The room had no safe in it. (this is a 'casino' hotel but yet you are expected to take your valuables to the front desk to lock them up? huuuhhh We both thought that was very weird. Some of the wallpaper in the bathroom had started to peel. There is no restaurant of any kind within the hotel, you have to hike all the way to the casino area to grab even something simple to eat....very inconvenient for the guests.

I really felt for paying $209 for this hotel that it was not worth it. We just went to Disney 2 months ago and paid less than this per night and stayed at a fabulous Disney resort! I also booked us at the MGM in about 2 months for $89 per night.

My ratings for the hotel on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest...probably a 6 at best. It was lacking quite a bit.

The casino on the same scale: probably a 6. There did not seem to be any ventilation in the casino whatsoever. It was so bad when we went Saturday night, I started to wheeze and had to leave. Please understand, we do not smoke and we work in non smoking facilities. The state of Ohio (where we are from) is non smoking also. I feel very sorry for the employees. We also really never saw anyone at tables or slots with anything big. The most I won was about $75 on a slot machine (and I rarely play those)

I will add that the buffet for dinner was really good. A huge variety of items and everyone can find something good there.

I can't say as we will return here as this was just not what we were hoping it would be.. I hear Vegas calling our name.

  • Liked — the lobby had free coffee 24 hrs
  • Disliked — stains on the comforter, no pool/no hottub
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

Since this hotel is the closest of three casino hotels in Indiana the effectively serve the greater Cincinnati area I assumed it would be a nice motel 6 sort of place attached to the casino. I was surprised to find the hotel to be very very nice.

The rooms are very nice, similar to a RITZ room. The bathroom is okay, but not up to the rest of the room. The bathrooms in the Belterra hotel (one of the other three nearby Indiana resorts) is much much nicer. The room was in very good condition with a very large plasma tv and elegant sheets and covers on the bed.

The lobby and hallways are also very nice with beautiful "old time" decorations and furniture.

Although there are a number of very nice restaurants on the inside walk between the hotel and casino, none directly serve the hotel. In other words, there is no room service. There is also no gym or pool.

If you are choosing between one of the three casino's, the Belterra is the best hotel choice, but it is at least another half hour away. THe Argosy is closer, perhaps an easy 30 minute drive from Cincinnati.

It's a great room to come back to after a long day or night of gambling and is surprisingly classy and clean.

  • Liked — beautiful rooms
  • Disliked — no room service ro pool
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 400 East Center Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Location: United States > Indiana > Lawrenceburg
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Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Lawrenceburg
Number of rooms: 300
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