For a change of pace and something different, I split up a 10 day Vegas trip rented a car at LAS and drove down to Laughlin for a few days. Trip advisor reviews had this hotel ranked at or near the top so having never been to Laughlin I made reservations here based on that.
Upon arrival at approximately Noon I asked the valet what time check in was and he told me not to worry about it and to just go to the front desk as they would most likely check me in early as they were not full at all.
I did what he said and got a bit of a sarcastic attitude from the young man at the front desk but after banging away on his keyboard for a couple of mins he said he could accommodate me early and gave me the keys to room 4125 in the California tower
Based on his crass attitude I should have asked exactly what he meant by "accommodate" because this was likely the most undesirable room in the entire hotel with a lovely view of a concrete wall. Why anyone would put a guest in this room when the hotel was not at all full is beyond me and I debated calling to complain but at $39.95 a night with a noon check in, that's pretty hard to do, so I just let it pass as I'm not one to spend much time in the room anyway.
The room was clearly outdated but comfortable and of decent size with decent ammenities. I can't say the room was not clean but did have a slight dusty / musty feel to it as if it had not been used in a long time.
The Casino is nice, decent size and easy to navigate. They have several restaurants including a buffet, a casual cafe, coffee shop, a Mikey D's, and an Outback steakhouse.
I tried the dinner buffet the first night as I had a 25% off coupon and was not impressed, great view, and great staff, but the food was sub- par and I'm being kind. The lettuce from the salad bar was clearly on its second tour for the day from the lunch buffet and the featured carved roast beef was basically a slice of fat, The free margaritas they offered were so sickening sweet they were not drinkable.
I ate at the cafe most meals during my stay after that which was as good as the buffet was bad, one of the best French dip sandwiches I have ever had, great breakfast as well.
I really liked the casino but they had a difficult time getting a craps game going before mid to late afternoon which left me with more down time than I would have liked. If I were to visit again, I would do so in the summer months when you can lounge by the pool or engage in river activities during the day. I was here in early March with temps in the low to mid 60's and very windy so not really pool weather.
I found the staff (aside from the kid at the front desk) to be ultra-friendly and helpful. I visited the other properties in the area and found the Aquarius to be the most modern of the lot. I would recommend staying here during a busier time of year when they have more to do and more to offer and would most certainly pay extra for a river view if available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you haven't seen the newly renovated rooms here, check out this photo of our "Luxury" room. This is a standard room, and costs just $20 more than one of the rooms that is not renovated yet. All 1907 rooms will be completely renovated this Fall (one entire tower will be complete by the end of June, 2008). Like we've been saying...it's the "New Laughlin"...come check us out! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquarius Hotel Laughlin
- Aquarius Laughlin