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“Cheap Hotel with good rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3500 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109-3611 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino)   |  
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Ranked #148 of 272 Hotels in Las Vegas
London
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cheap Hotel with good rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2006

Stayed at the Best Western in august 2006. Found all the staff very helpful and friendly - good to chat to the bar staff to find places to go which are off the strip.

Rooms where cleaned everyday. Cold water provided in rooms at $2.50 per bottle. Fresh towels / soap etc also provided.
The air conditioning was powerful, kept the room cool all night.

Food was ok - nothing great but good value.

Bonus is the shuttle taxi to the strip and to the airport.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — Keep the aircon on when you go out
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2006

This hotel ranked lowest out of 5 hotels my wife and I stayed at during our honeymoon week in the US.
Without having done proper research, I randomly booked a hotel for a Saturnight. What a mistake it was. On arrival at 10pm, we found a few individuals outside the front door sitting around drinking beer – not a welcoming sight, and my wife would have had us leave if not for the fact that we had placed a credit card guarantee for the $80 room rate.
Once inside, we saw that Reception was located right next to the casino, which explained the type of people coming and going through the front door.
The reception staff were cold, insincere and never smiled. They mechanically processed our registration and handed us our keys. We rushed out of the noisy lobby as quickly as we could.
The room itself was acceptable, with a nice large counter top and ample space. It was curious, however, that the phone wasn’t next to the bed, and that the TV was located in the lounge area of the room, not at the foot of the bed. HOWEVER, within minutes of settling in, my wife and I were both being bitten by bugs in the lounge area! Fortunately, they didn’t bother us while we were sleeping.
The pool looked inviting, but we didn’t bother trying – we were out of there the next morning and rushed ourselves out to America’s Best Value Inn (half the price, and ranked 3rd out of the 5 hotels we stayed at).

  • Liked — Large room with good amenities
  • Disliked — Horrid reception staff in intimidating lobby
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2006

Watch out! This place will charge for a "no show" even when you stay there and pay for your room! Very unfriendly staff who really don't care about their customers.

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nyc
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2006

As others have written the Staff is largely Unhelpful, harried, and almost downright rude.They get this "vibe,attitude" from the Ownership who are by the way Australian. If you are not an Aussie, look out! The rudeness,unfriendliness will extend from the guests as well as from Mgmt. Most peeps are very uptight there, Yes, the rooms are OK but the pool is actually kinda small with Aussies,rude ones all around being very ridiculously obnoxious, arrogant, and downright unpleasant. I would never stay here again no matter how Cheap it is, because the place itself is Cheap and Unwelcoming.

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Somerset, England
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75 reviews 75 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2006

We chose this hotel as it was a cheaper option to staying on The Strip. Our first impressions when we walked in were "what a dump". The downstairs reception and gaming area is tired, tatty and could do with refurbishing. Our room, however, was large and clean with a good sized lounge area partitioned off from the bedroom area. The bathroom was clean and the small kitchen had a fridge (bonus in the heat) but no utensils and our air conditioning unit, thankfully, was efficient, modern and quiet. If you opt for 2 queen beds you lose the lounge area. There was no concierge when we were there and the front desk staff were harried and unhelpful. Guest Services turned out to be the front desk and getting any information was akin to pulling teeth. The girl I was asking just wanted to get rid of me so she could presumably get on with her front desk duties. We stayed here for 4 nights and without a doubt, it was a much cheaper option than staying on the Strip. You are very close to all the entertainment and if you can overlook the considerable lack of interest displayed by the staff and the very run down public areas, it is an OK place to stay. The pool was well used and kept in good condition and they also had a laundry room which was very useful.

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Yuma, AZ.
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2006

This motel surprised me! It was not only clean, but the room is gigantic and the bed was very comfortable! The rooms are more like suites and have a small kitchen area.

There is no fancy decor, but who cares! We weren't there to admire the furnishings!

The employees were extremely freindly and helpful. They went out of their way to treat us like special guests.

If we ever go back to Las Vegas, I'm pretty certain this will be the motel I choose to stay at again and again!

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Gilbert, AZ
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2006

Well this place certainly does not look like the Bellagio , nor does it have the ambience of the Luxor or the other cool Hotel/Casinos on the Strip. Some of us were a little embarrassed upon arrival but had a sense of humor about the hotel after a while. We stayed here because of a wedding that was to be held in the reception room, and there were several of us that booked under a special reservation. After arrival, I called the bride-to-be and warned her it was only so-so and some of the guests may be compelled to stay somewhere else. The bride-to-be, who only did research on Vegas wedding packages and never really saw it in person, called several members of the family and apologized in advance. She arrived, not impressed, and only stayed one nite in Mardi Gras and relocated to the Hilton down the street. But all in all, we agreed that there were probably worst places in vegas than this and overall, my stay wasn't bad. We had no trouble finding a cab-just wait outside off the main road and lots of them will stop. This hotel served the purpose of providing a less expensive stay, and it was located only a couple of minutes from the Strip. The lobby as you walk in, is smoky and small. And I'd like to thank the little punk who let off the stink bomb as we were checking in-it was awful! The casino consists of maybe 30 slot machines and that's it. The bar was pretty informal, but Jeri the blonde bartender rocks! She made us feel welcome and make us awesome drinks. The rooms were big, mine was very clean and smelled ok, but I checked in early. Other family members that arrived got keys to rooms that hadn't been cleaned yet. And the keys to the rooms- they give you cards with magnetic strips and almost all of us had problems getting in our rooms. Frequent swipes is what is required and some of us had to go to the front desk and ask for another card to get into our room. Another less than desireable feature is some of the seedy looking characters that hung around the hotel-I noticed this too and not sure if they were guests, or just locals. Lots of foreigners stay here since it's cheaper. Like I said, the rooms are great size with a sofa and a table, but they have those noisy old A/C units in them. If all you want is a clean place to stay that's really affordable, this may do the trick but do not expect anything fancy.

Stayed July 2006
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Additional Information about Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino

Address: 3500 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109-3611 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino)
Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#65 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 314
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino is your great choice for an affordable full-service hotel just off the Strip. The hotel features 314 spacious over-sized guest rooms each with a refrigerator and bar area; a friendly and affordable restaurant and 24-hour casino lounge; a large pool and sunning terrace; FREE Strip and Airport Shuttle that runs every hour on the hour from 7am to 10pm; and is a short walk to the Las Vegas Monorail and the Las Vegas Convention Center. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Mardi Gras Hotel Las Vegas
Best Western Mardi Gras Hotel And Casino
Best Western Las Vegas
Las Vegas Best Western

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