DW and I, seniors, decided to try Virgin River after reading all the posts on this board. I was concerned that the billboards advertising rooms at $30 (And Up with breakfast) would not be available if we appeared at the desk, so I reserved through one of the travel sites at $39. The VR website was 49 for Mon Tue April 29. Overall, at the price we paid, this is a very satisfactory hotel for our purposes. The drive to Mesquite was about an hour and a half from McCarran Airport. The hotel consists of about eight 2-3 story buildings, all with outside entrances. I believe they do have elevators although we are on the first floor by request. There are two outdoor pools. This is the desert (with cold nights) so the water was too cool for us on April 30 even though the daytime temperature had been 95.
The hotel is well under two hours from Zion, and a pretty easy drive. We were able to visit Zion, ride the bus tour, and take a few hikes within a comfortable day trip. Some Mesquite proved to be an excellent place to stay.
We were also interested in the casino where we found video poker with decent pay tables. The casino had lots of variety, was somewhat smoky, with good drink service. Strangely, DW and I got zero quads in 3000 hands of double bonus and doubled double bonus five cent VP. VERY STRANGE. Full pay quarters played better..
The rooms were very plain, clean, and basically satisfactory. Beds were comfortable, pillows were not. A room service request for an extra pillow was answered promptly. Bathrooms were clean with body shampoo in the shower (no little bottles of shampoo) and tiny bars of soap. No coffee maker. Old style CRT televisions that have A/V inputs so I was able to use a portable DVD player. Television channel selection was okay. No free Wi-Fi, but there was a McDonald's very close by.
The casino also had a fairly large bowling alley. We had the prime rib dinner special at the café and it was better than most Las Vegas coffee shops serve. We had one breakfast in the Café which was a bargain, and also had a buffet breakfast across the street at Eureka (very good).
Since there is so much to see and do at Zion, we will probably stay again at Virgin River in the future.
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