We did not stay at the hotel.
We did visit the casino and buffet.
First off, if you are a smoker, that is your choice. So, don't get all huffy and offended. I have asthma and allergies. The ability to breath is essential to my living.
The casino is darker than most all others I've been to. That was just a weird annoyance.
Variety, there is a nice variety of machines. However, I didn't see as many twenty five cent machines (and other higher denominations) that weren't the norm that you see in non-Indian owned casinos, at least those in Oklahoma.. Boy, I hope that makes sense. The ones I'm referencing have some type of "bingo card pattern" tied in to the reels.
Our main concern is: Although, they DO have a "non-smoking" section, there is no obvious differentiation between it and the rest of the casino.
There is no buffer zone. There are no, noticeable, signage. They DO have some (approx 3 inch by 3 inch) paper "no smoking" notices that are taped to the machine. They do not stand out, at all. They are printed in grey tones. So, you don't really see them.
I observed a smoker sit at a non-smoking machine, look around (for an ashtray-no doubt) leave the area and come back with an ashtray.
The staff doesn't seem to be very diligent to ask the smokers to leave the area. I've been at another OK, casino and a slot host went to a couple smoking in that non-smoking section and asked that they leave. When I thanked her, she pointed at the cameras and indicated that she did it for her own breathing AND because she could be fired if she didn't.
I've been going to the Downstream for a number of years. This has been a problem for a very long time. In fact, I recall taking my mother (God rest of soul), she was on oxygen. We were in the nonsmoking section. A lady lit up next to her. When I pointed out that she was in the non-smoking section, she proceeded to tell me to "mind my own business, Then, I pointed out the oxygen unit and the fact it was highly flammable. The lady took off without a word more.
If anyone at the casino actually reads this. PLEASE, can you not do something that would give a true separation in the areas?
On to the buffet.
They have an Asian food grill where you pick your fixens and they make it for you.
The line was long. We didn't attempt it. From what we saw, the food looked good.
The line was even longer for the regular, hot food, buffet.
The problem seems to be that the food is present in one, continuous, line.
You can't hop ahead to the next station if you want to bypass a certain item.
Most other similar buffets have a gap/break between the different stations.
Well, I'm sure that you could station hop. The other patrons may not appreciate it.
Wait to go through the line had my food cooled once I finally made it through and to our table.
The food was "eh"
Husband and I agree that there really wasn't a wide variety of choices.
We are going to assume that it was because it was lunch buffet and not the supper.
The salad bar had some nice options, as did the fruit.
Desserts, that would be the highlight for us.
There were some tasty choices, I loved the key lime pie and brownies, especially the seven layer.
Will we go back?
Maybe, if it is a weekday and we leave before lunch.
We can drive in to Joplin and find a sit down restaurant and skip the buffet.