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“Very nice - tremendous value” 4 of 5 stars
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Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122   |  
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Very nice - tremendous value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2008

Played and ate at Sam's Town often but never stayed there until now. Got a great ($25) rate on-line (better than casino rate) for a Thursday night. Room (879) with king bed was perfectly adequate. Not as fancy as Caesars Palace but not as much of a let down as we might have expected. Very basic, clean room. Bathroom had tub/shower and sink/vanity in same room so mirror fogged up extremely bad after shower...an electric mirror defogger would have worked wonders.

Bed was standard hotel type and a bit firm for our taste but when you don't go to bed until 3am it does not matter. View was south down Boulder Hwy so even number rooms face the atrium. LCD TV but the old style amoire TV cabinet was still in the room...they put the ice bucket and plastic cups where the TV used to be. The room was clean and the temp controls worked great. We've paid a lot more for far worse accomodations.

One big contrast we noted at Sam's Town in general from places on the Strip is the lack of newbie first time Vegas visitors. The people at Sam's Town knew what they were doing and were obviously regulars. The slots were fare more friendly than on the Strip and we accumulated enough points to probably have had the room entirely comped had it not been booked (and paid for) on-line.

We ate at Billy Bob's Steakhouse (really good) and at the buffet for breakfast (a classic bargain)...see seperate reviews. All around Sam's Town is a great value unlike the huge rip-offs on the Strip...example the $5.49 breakfast buffet was every bit as good as the $15,99 buffet at Caesars Palace.

One downside....taxi to airport is more expensive than from Strip. If just staying at Sam's it might be worth renting a cheap car. Plenty of parking. Make sure taxi to airport takes Nellis to Tropicana to Paradise...much faster/shorter than Flamingo.

I think we have found our new Las Vegas "casino home" for when work is not paying for staying at Caesars.

  • Liked — Gambling, dinning, clean room, value
  • Disliked — smokey casino, pool shaded most of the day
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2008

Way better than we expected---what value---resort has everything

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Yorba Linda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2008

We stayed at Sam's Town because of my boyfriend's bowling league sweeps. I've never been a fan Vegas - I don't get the whole too much drinking and too much smoking all the while throwing one's money away. Not my idea of fun, but I understand other's have a great time of it.

Sam's Town is about 7 to 9 miles away from the strip/downtown. That suited us on such a quick weekend trip. Plus, the casino is less crowded. However, Sam's Town does offer free shuttles between its casino and several sites along the strip and dowtown, which is nice for those who either do not have cars or do not wish to drive.

Our room was nothing terribly special, but it was clean and comfortable. It is almost time for the bed to be changed (it's a little old and soft), but we managed to have a couple of good night's sleep so it was serviceable. Plenty of clean towels, clean carpeting, and everything was dusted. We didn't have the 42" plasma TV spoken of in another review, but the TV worked just fine and was standard hotel fare.

There are several restaurants in the casino. We managed to eat at Billy Bob's Steak House, which had large portions but was rather expensive for what was received and the service given. Unless a very special event, I would skip this. We did eat at the buffet for breakfast and dinner, and thought it did quite well, although we were more impressed by breakfast with lots of choices. Dinner was okay, but when it came to dessert, some of them were leftover for quite some time and had gotten a littel "crispy."

Mystic Falls in the center atrium is a relaxing parklike place to walk through or sit and relax. It is covered and air-conditioned, yet it feels like one is outdoors. There is a light and water show that gets a little loud, but is pleasing to watch - once. If kids are in tow, they might enjoy this.

The bowling alley (a place we spent quite a bit of time, actually) was quite nice. One of the better places we have bowled. The lanes are nicely set up and feel comfortable. Hey, I bowled a 189! But seriously, this offers a nice respite from the typical Vegas scene and allows one to get a little exercise as well!

The casino is, well, a casino. I stayed away from the tables, as the table minimums appeared rather high to me. But then, the last time I was in Vegas was 1991 (hey, I don't "do" Vegas, what can I say??), and these might be normal. The minimums were $5, $10, and $25. More than my budget allows. I stuck with the machines, which bore me after about an hour, and lost more than I won. (which is typical for me) My boyfriend played the penny slots and did quite well, though. My major beef with the casino (and this true of any casino anywhere in Nevada) is the smoke. I am a non-smoker, and smoke gives me a headache after a while. Even sitting in the "non-smoking" areas (which are right in the middle of the smoking areas - makes sense?) doesn't help, plus there are limited machines. There is a second floor casino, and this was a little better, only because there were fewer people up there so less smoke.

So, all in all, if you are looking for a less crowded, comfortable, clean Vegas experience with access to the Strip and downtown, Sam's Town might just fit the bill. It is huge (I kept getting lost), but there really is a lot to keep one occupied. However, if one has difficulty with cigarette/cigar smoke, then perhaps a casino vacation/getaway is not what you want to do.

  • Liked — Different things to do: bowling, theater, atrium
  • Disliked — Smoke, smoke, smoke
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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dayton, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

I stayed at Sam's Town 7-12 September 2008 and had a wonderful time. The staff were outstanding and they really helped when I had requested a smoking room and ended up getting a non smoking room. They had a different room ready for me on the next day.

The hotel/casino is huge!! The entire complex takes up at least one entire city block including the RV park. Not only do you have the casino, Sam's also has a bowling alley, 4 resturants, a McDonalds, Duncan Donuts, a movie theater, and of course the atrium. Rooms are nice and both of the ones I had included a 42 inch plasma display. Maid service was done before 11AM which was nice.

The free shuttle service takes you to down town and the strip. If you use this combined with the other free shuttles, you won't be spending a dime on cab fares during your stay. Except for going to and from the airport.

Nice rooms, free shuttles, great service, at a low price. Sam's will be getting my business in the future.

  • Liked — Lots of stuff to do besides gambling
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Paraburdoo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2008

Staying at Sam's Town for 4 days in August was a great experience for my wife and I.

Check in was prompt and efficient, the staff were friendly and helpful, the room was clean and well sized and had all the facilities we needed, and the location off the Strip was to our liking.

There is plenty to do on site with the casino action, bowling alley and movie theatre. The free shuttle bus allowed us to take multiple trips into the Strip and to downtown. This provides a later return to the hotel (approx 11pm) from downtown, allowing us to visit the Fremont St experience.

The multiple food outlets cater for all tastes, and thus we ate breakfast and dinner on site every day. There is a Walmart located across the street for groceries and general shopping, and there are also other fast food places nearby.

There is also a very good laundry located in the adjacent Sam's Town RV park.

If you are not driving, the cab fare from the airport is approximately $30.

  • Liked — Staff, room, facilities
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

I went to the Sam's Town because I wanted a bit of Vegas without the whole downtown crowds and chaos. This was the perfect hotel for what I needed. The rooms were nice, clean and for Vegas on the weekend, relatively inexpensive (80$) a night. It is very nice, relaxing environment, with a huge indoor waterfall and park like atmosphere.The pool is a bit small but everyone out there was having a great time,.They offer lots of places to eat inside the hotel as well as a movie theater, a bowling alley and video arcade, so to me this was one of the more family friendly places to stay. i did eat at the buffet and it was probably not worth the wait, but the cafe was great and the bartenders all great. i would go back and do it again.

  • Liked — Easy access to parking structure, good value, quiet rooms
  • Disliked — further from the strip than I had anticipated, not too bad though
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

Sam's Town offers the best of both worlds - a quiet room away from the strip and a shuttle which takes you to the heart of the action!

I received a mailer offering our group a $30/night stay along with a funbook. At that price, one might expect a hotel that looks like Motel 6 or Super 8. However, I think that Sam's Town far exceeds expectations considering the price.

They have their own bowling alley which is open 24 hours (it's cheaper if you play during non-peak hours), a movie theater playing the recent releases, your typical buffet, cafe, and fast food restaurants inside the hotel. My favorite restaurant is Willie and Jose's Cantina. Yum-O mexican food at reasonable prices!

The shuttle service is dependable and efficient. As long as you try to plan your day around the pick-up times it is a very convenient service.

If you are a young couple or a young group of people, Sam's Town may not be for you. This isn't your kind of place if you're looking for the hot table action and clubs.

With that aside, I'd highly encourage you to visit Sam's Town...at $30 a night, you can't go wrong!!

  • Liked — The value for the price paid
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #54 of 272 Hotels in Las Vegas
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 645
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation. Sam’s Town features 12 restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and 25,000-square-foot Mystic Falls Park with waterfalls, footpaths, mountain & nightly laser shows Mystic Falls Indoor Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 40 table games, 3,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge and newly renovated poker room and race and sports book. ... more   less 
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