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“Worse than expected, not up to standard” 2 of 5 stars
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Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (The Strip)   |  
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“Worse than expected, not up to standard”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We needed a hotel to stay at for a few days, including New Years eve, on short notice. We booked this hotel because the reviews looked ok and the price was cheaper than other hotels in the same class. Would I stay here again? No.

The good:
- beds are pretty comfortable
- fridge in the room
- room was larger than average
- interactions with staff have been friendly

The bad:
- room is smelly, it hits you in the face when you walk in. Mixture of mold and cigarette (non-smoking room)
- TV is old (no LCD TV)
- can hear TV/talking from neighboring rooms
- bathroom and area next to it have stains on the walls, the door is frayed
- building is off-site (rooms 1800 etc)
- no vending machines
- no ice machine on the floor
- internet is unusably slow. Forget anything other than emailing.
- this hotel attracts lots of families with small kids. Forget sleeping in past 9am after a long night out. Kids in the corridors screaming, slamming doors, yelling. Not the hotel's fault, but I believe the hotel should manage bookings better so adult parties are separated from families.

Not worth the money savings. Pay more and stay at a better hotel if you're a couple or adult group.

A note for visitors: the main entrance is NOT the entrance to the hotel as you may expect. The hotel lobby entrance is at the very back of the building.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Good value hotel thats on the strip. Plenty to do in the hotel for all ages. Had some fun in the indoor theme park.
Room was ok but you dont really spend that much time in there anyway.
Great stay and great holiday.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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CCLVGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for your recent stay at our hotel. Glad to hear that you had a great time! We have read your comments about the hotel and we greatly appreciate that you took the time to write them. We would love to have the pleasure of seeing you as a regular guest. If you have any questions please email me at guestrelations@circuscircus.com
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My review below for the Palazzo contains some observations about Circus Circus that may be of interest to some travelers, especially our international guests.

Our twelve-year-old children had time off from school and were anxious to visit another state and see new places. Las Vegas is a short trip from Denver where we live. We decided we would stay at a nice hotel, enjoy some good meals, and take in a show.

Upon arriving at the Palazzo on December 26th, the children were immediately entranced by the beauty and grandeur of the hotel. The lobby was adorned nicely for the holidays. We were greeted very graciously by the check-in personnel after a very short wait.

We began our walk to our suite. If you remain on the first floor where the lobby is located, you have to walk through the casino to get to the elevator banks to the suites. This is when it hits you that you are in Las Vegas. Colorado is a no-indoor-smoking state. If one is not accustomed to it, the stench of cigarettes is striking. After explaining to the kids, their immediate response was why would anyone want to smell like that. You can avoid the casino by taking the escalator to the second floor where the very high-end shops are located.

We entered our 720-square-foot Bella View Suite. It precisely measured up to our expectations based on online reviews, descriptions, and pictures. Our view from room 730 on the 37th floor overlooking the strip exceeded our expectations. The only flaw was some peeling wallpaper in the bathroom near the toilet. Standouts from the children's perspective were the remote-controlled window blinds and the television in the bathroom. We adults appreciated the extremely comfortable beds, quietness, overall spaciousness of the room, and quality of the appointments. I can't remember the last time I slept a full eight hours. I did here.

Regarding value, I felt the $219 we paid during the week was justly priced, but less so towards the $289 Friday rate. Make sure you check prices on the internet. We got a significantly cheaper rate through Expedia than the listed price on the hotel site. A further comment on value, I do not like to be nickeled and dimed. I feel like the Palazzo did this.

I am not quite sure what the additional $20 per day resort fee is intended to cover. Most hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi and we did not use it anyway. There are no indoor pools for the kids during the winter months, a drawback of this hotel and I believe Las Vegas in general. The only thing I could rationalize was the free parking. The room also does not have a coffee maker in the room, a standard amenity in most hotels. I assume they want you to spend $5 in the coffee shops downstairs. Finally, the $1,000 coupon book they advertise had few savings of interest and felt more like a gimmick.

Also keep a close eye on the room refrigerator. Following the recommendation of another reviewer who said they got charged for items just being moved in the unit, I did an in-person check out of the room where I learned $110 had been added to the bill for items moved but not used. They credited the charges back without incident. However, anyone not looking for that, it could be quite a shock and disappointment upon arriving home. As a side note, the small refrigerator is only designed to hold their beverages and will not accommodate any other items.

The days of inexpensive meals and shows are long gone in Las Vegas. We could only afford to take in one show during the stay. We saw Cirque du Soleil's O at the Bellagio for a whopping $750 for four tickets, fairly standard rates for high-end shows. I must say, the extravaganza did not disappoint. I have seen many Cirque shows in various forums. This performance set the benchmark for greatness and left all of us mesmerized.

Exercise caution if you intend to catch the highly-rated Bellagio buffet before the 7:30 PM show unless you can begin lining up for dinner around 4:00 PM and have lots of cash. We arrived a little after 5:00 PM to find a 90-minute wait, a line that appeared to never end, and a price tag of $50 per person. If you are traveling with young children who tend to have big eyes and small stomachs, I believe the cost and experience is difficult to justify. In a rush, we opted for what proved to be a forgettable and sparse dinner at the Central at Caesar’s Palace with a $130 price tag.

An overall good value in Las Vegas is the Grand Lux Cafe. The decor is lush, the food some of the best I have ever eaten especially for a chain, the price very reasonable for the large portions, and the service staff warm and helpful. The original location is in the Venetian. There is another one located in the Palazzo. We found it worth the additional two-minute indoor walk to the Venetian location. The ambiance and service felt more welcoming. The dinner portions are huge. The service staff almost always suggested ordering lunch portions for the children or starting with fewer dishes. This was advice well taken. In fact, my wife and I felt like we could have shared a salad and one entree. If you decide to do the breakfast buffet, the children will only cost $9.95 compared to $17.50 for adults. This includes unlimited drinks and ends up being a good value, not significantly more than the much less appetizing Denny's just down the block. All in all, we ate there four times during our stay and never grew tired of it.

With no indoor swimming pools and having spent our show money on the first day, we set out on day two seeking ways to entertain the kids. Being a beautiful, crisp winter day, we decided to take a leisurely stroll. As a father walking the streets with your spouse and children, be prepared to see your share of homeless begging for money and Hispanic migrants accosting you at every corner with naked pictures of girls offering escort services, despite your family being physically in hand.

A healthy walk from the hotel, we made our way to the M&M World at the opposite end of the strip. To my surprise and despite it just being a four-story store selling everything M&Ms at high prices, the kids noted it is a highlight of the trip. We also stopped next door at the Coca-Cola store. Much less impressive. On the walk back, we stopped by some of the older hotels like the MGM, New York New York, and the Flamingo. These hotels were dark, dingy, and tired. The kids really got an appreciation for their accommodations at the Palazzo. That night, we stood outside Treasure Island in crushing crowds in the cold to watch the free TI pirates show. It was not age appropriate and the kids were quite disappointed.

On our third and final full day in Las Vegas, I appreciated my decision to spend $150 for an Enterprise rental car. By that time, we were ready to get off and out of the smoky strip. However, the kids first wanted to visit the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It is important to note that the only way to get there is by car, be it rental or a $12 taxi ride.

We were appalled by this hotel. Looking at some of the positive reviews on this site for this facility, I can only assume that some Circus Circus staff are writing those assessments. Immediately upon entering, it was dark, old, and smelled of vomit. The kids poked their head into the amusement park entrance and immediately determined they did not want to do it. They decided to check out the loud and worn-out video arcade. To my amazement, they actually enjoyed about an hour there. I guess that is the difference between kids and parents. You just never know what they will find enjoyable.

During our brief stopover at Circus Circus, we saw mostly foreigners and a lower-end crowd. I don't know if I observed one international traveler who looked happy. Most looked absolutely disgusted. My children said what I was thinking, how sad it is for international travelers to spend all that money to come to America and to leave thinking Las Vegas and Circus Circus represents our country. They don't. If you are travelling from another country with children, please think twice about visiting cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas. These cities tend to be dirty, congested, overrated, costly, and don't represent the America I know. And if you do, please spend the extra money to stay in a nicer hotel.

We at last set out in our reasonably priced full-sized car for Hoover Dam. Once you leave the strip, you realize there is nothing pretty or attractive about Las Vegas the city. However, leave the city limits and you begin to see unique and eye-catching landscapes. We arrived late to the dam. It was too crowded by that time to get out and enjoy the views up close and take one of the tours. However, we saw what we wanted to see from the top of the parking garage and snapped some good photos. I would have liked to spend more time here. One should probably allow a full day. On the way back, we took the parkway along Lake Mead. It was beautifully picturesque and peaceful. We stopped at the marina to feed the fish and ducks. The kids thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a nice finish to the trip. If you do travel to Las Vegas with children, I highly recommend renting a car which can be affordable, and spending less time on the strip and more time exploring some of Nevada's natural beauty. I wish we would have done more of that.

By day four, the day of our departure, both of my children were more than ready to get back home to Colorado. They commented how much more they appreciated the beauty of where we live and the overall lifestyle. It was an interesting experience, but if I had it to do over, I would not have taken my family to Las Vegas and will likely not return there again myself.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

I was very disappointed in Circus Circus- everything from the smell of smoke and vomit in the lobby to the outdated and dirty looking decor to the rowdy circus atmosphere of the crowds screamed cheap and tardy. I made the mistake of booking this hotel thinking it would be convenient for my kids to go to the Adventure Dome. However, I didn't expect the hotel would truly live up to it name- it is a circus. Unattended kids were playing in the elevators and shoving guests. The midway resembled a State Fair with its usual cast of characters, and just a general low class sensibility. Rockin Rita had a decorated toilet in front of its doors and a menu featuring food being served out of a toilet. If you want to take your kids to the Adventure Dome, spend the day but don't stay overnight- no matter how cheap. You get what you pay for.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Green Valley, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We chose this hotel because we had our 9 year old grandson between Christmas and New Years. None of us could stand the crowd of strollers and large groups of idiots milling around. The lobby always looks like a greyhound bus station or homeless shelter. It often smells like feet, diapers, and vomit. No matter what time of day, it is packed with people, who look desolate, sitting around with their luggage, kids running around without supervision, and normal people trying to make their way through this maze. Even in the casino, there were women with their kids just sitting around, I assume waiting for their husbands. Trying to walk around the Adventuredome was horrible - too many people for this small area. One good thing about the hotel, the rooms are very large - at least in the West Tower. But, they don't even supply a coffee maker. Minimal TV channel selections. You are not within walking distance of anything else on the strip. The WIFI was intermittent - and our room was at the end of the hall. We visited other casinos and kept saying... wish we were here instead. I would definitely not recommend this hotel if you want an enjoyable time in Vegas.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The casino itself wasn't bad. It has potential yet it's so worn. It's almost depressing. Smelled like dirty pets [as opposed to clean pets ;-)]. It's far away from the Strip. The hotel wasn't particularly cheap either. Think you can afford a room at the Strip with the same price, if not less.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

excelent if you go with kids there is a complete atractions for them, the buffet must go down in prices i think is a little bit expensive speacialy for kids they dont eat that much,the theme park is great because is indoor air conditioned

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas > The Strip
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:3 star — Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas 3*
Number of rooms: 3773
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This iconic hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is close to shopping, the Las Vegas Convention Center and downtown Las Vegas. The newly renovated tower rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, wireless internet, cable TV, hairdryers and in-room safes. Circus Circus features free world-class circus acts nightly, a carnival midway with over 200 games for all ages, and The Adventuredome indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions including a double-loop rollercoaster. Guests also enjoy slots, table games, a Race and Sports Book and flair bartending at Vince Neil's Restaurant and Bar. Circus Circus has 8 dining outlets serving breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from quick eats to casual and award-winning dining. Among the choices, the hotel has a buffet, a made-to-order pizzeria and highly acclaimed restaurant- The Steakhouse, voted Top Steakhouse in Las Vegas by Zagat. The Steakhouse is open for dinner nightly serving mesquite grilled steak, prime rib and seafood. Reservations are strongly recommended. ... more   less 
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