...it is located in North Las Vegas, which is about 30 minutes away from the strip. So you will need a rental car.
(Bonus tip: check out the yelp.com reviews of Budget rental car in Las Vegas before you book through them. They will use every trick in the book to overcharge you for insurance.)
The drive from the airport to the hotel is a little disconcerting for first time visitors, because you will feel as though you are driving away from the city and out into the desert. It's actually a very beautiful drive with mountains to view in the daytime and amazing stars to view at night. The view of the city lights at night is also very romantic. You will be tempted to pull-over and appreciate the view. The hotel is located in a more suburban area surrounded by new housing developments and businesses like CVS and Starbucks. Most of the casino patrons are locals. Aliante markets specifically towards locals. All of this means a few things for the first time visitor like me:
1) Great value for out-of-towners who stay at the hotel. As I said, Aliante Station caters to locals, who sleep at home, so you can get a great deal if you stay in the hotel. We used Groupons and stayed 5 nights (Sunday through Friday) for $210 including taxes and fees (this included two $25 token chips and two coupons for buffet breakfast for 2). Without the Groupon, I could have booked an internet rate for about $50 per night, including taxes and fees. The breakfast buffet is only $4.99 and is very satifsying with made-to-order omelettes, spanish style breakfast, and all the regulars including bacon, sausage, chicken-fried-steak, biscuits, home fries, hashbrowns, pancakes, waffles, fruit, juice, coffee, bagels, and my favorite breakfast - ice cream! Other dining choices include Mexican, Italian, TGIF and a fast-food court. There is also a trendy bar, but it seemed empty whenever I walked by.
2) This place is clean and feels almost brand new, especially the pool area, which is quite nice. And most importantly, the pool is never crowded. Unlike the pools in the strip hotels, where people are packed-in like sardines, the pool at Aliante Station never had more than 20 people at any single time. But it still has a large pool, bar, music, cabanas, and everything else you would expect from a casino hotel. There is a gym. Free Wi-fi. My only small complaint was that in order to use my Groupons consecutively, I had to check-in and check-out every 2 days. That was a little annoying because it meant I couldn't sleep past check-out time at noon on those days.
3) I'm not much of a gambler so I can't give you much in-depth analysis here but the casino seemed nice and comparable to anything I saw on the strip in terms of quality. No smoky smell. Everything is new. The one thing that is missing is the "fervent activity" that you see in the some of the strip casinos, but that isn't something I really enjoy anyway. I played poker for a couple of hours at a 1-2 no-limit hold'em table with mostly locals.
4) Relatively easy access to the strip via highway. Like I said, you are about 30 minutes away from the strip. So you can't just walk out of your casino and be in the hustle and bustle of the strip. But its very convenient to just go down to the strip for a show and/or dinner. That was basically our modus operandi for our trip. Daytime = visiting local areas like Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and Night time = show and dinner somewhere on the strip. You just have to plan ahead to make your show in time. We left 1 hour ahead. So 1/2 hour to drive to the strip and 1/2 hour to find parking and walk to the theater.
5) This is the perfect hotel for people who also want to get out of Las Vegas. Since you are already half-way out of the city, you can access all of the great places surrounding Las Vegas much easier. I highly recommend going to Red Rock Canyon which is only about 30 minutes away. Also I highly recommend driving through Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the way to Hoover Dam. Take the scenic route through the mountains and desert. A trip to the Grand Canyon will take all day (5 hours each way) but well worth it if you have never been there before. Maybe even consider staying there overnight if you have enough time.
So that's about it. This is a perfect hotel for couples (like us) that are visiting Las Vegas for the first time who want to get out and see some desert landscape and other natural wonders, but still partake in the craziness of the Las Vegas strip. I think it would be ideal for couples with kids too.
I live in NYC and the strip feels a lot like Times Square, which is not a place that I would want to spend a lot of time in. But that's just me. If you are going to Las Vegas for that frenetic, 24-7 activity, then you should stay somewhere on the strip. If you are looking for a more laid-back atmosphere with less cost, I think Aliante Station in North Las Vegas is a great choice. You just have to know what you are getting into, otherwise you may be disappointed when you get there.
Another option we considered is renting an RV and staying in campgrounds. That's what we're going to do next time.
On a side note, North Las Vegas was at one time the most rapidly growing county in the United States due to the housing boom. And of course, now they are suffering the severe after-effects of the housing bubble pop. So what you see there is a lot of infrastructure anticipating more development that never materialized. The infrastructure can support a much larger population, but that population never came. But you know, as they say, if you build it, they will come. Maybe in 10-20 years, North Las Vegas will be a bustling metropolis. It's all very interesting from a sociological/economic point of view. I think it would be a great place to retire. Nice homes around Aliante were going for $150 to $250K. I would eat at the Aliante buffet breakfast everyday! :)
So, in summary and once again, the most important thing to know about this place is that it is in North Las Vegas, about 30 minutes away from the strip.
And also again and very importantly, DON'T USE BUDGET RENTAL CAR in Las Vegas. I will exaplain why in another review.
- Also Known As:
- Aliante Station Hotel
- Aliante Station Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the beautiful Aliante master-planned community, Aliante Station is sure to impress! We offer our guests friendly service, gaming action, fabulous restaurants, exciting nightlife and a wide variety of live entertainment! Convenient and comfortable… Aliante Station is here to offer you some R + R. ... more less
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