So much to do in New Orleans – been there twice ant got to go back to finish seeing it all.
Harrahs Hotel is perfectly located just a short walk to the river or to the French Quarter – take your pick and just start walking…
We booked our 4 night trip that included air fare from Cleveland through Casino Sales agency. They handled everything including limo between airport and casino/hotel.
Canal street is a modern commercial strip just outside the casino door with shopping venues ranging from variety drug stores to Neman Marcus. So if shopping is your thing, it is all there. But there is so much more, every type of eatery, so if dining is your pleasure you can definitely indulge. My personal preference is to walk this historical city. There is so much to see and so little time. And the weather there is great in March.
There is a beautiful alley between the Hotel and the casino. The casino is very large and has a wide variety of games.
The hotel rooms are very nice comparable to Las Vegas Flamingo Go-rooms furnished with all needed amenities including oversize tub, separate shower, toilet room, flat screen TV, coffee pot, refrigerator and safe. Our room, #701, was very nice with fridge, safe, coffee maker, oversize tub, separate shower, commode room, hair dryer, make-up mirror, extra towels, extra pillows and a view of the city and the river. The room was always cleaned and made up when we returned after leaving for breakfast.
The locals are the friendliest folks I have ever encountered. If you want to know anything, just ask someone. Everyone has a story to tell.
Besh Steakhouse, inside the Harrahs Casino, offers excellent food for a fare price compared to other similar high-end restaurants. Wife had a fillet and I the strip; both come with potato and vegetable. The scalloped potatoes were served under the fillet and were a bit on the bland side. The fries served with the strip are to die for; don’t know how they prepare them but they are special. Both steaks were great but too much to eat so we took our boxed leftovers to our room for a late night snack. Note that you can get the fries with the fillet if you ask; the potato and sides shown on the menu are the chef's suggestion but order whatever you wish with your entree.
We booked a car over the internet for a day so we would have a chance to see the countryside thinking the $38 car rental fee would be worth spending. The Hertz agency was a 15 minute walk from the casino up Convention Center Blvd. When I booked on-line Hertz said to call for pick-up but when I called the agent said they had no drivers. The staff was not friendly there. I will look elsewhere for a car should I decide to rent again. Note that 24 hour parking is free at Harrah's for only Diamond and Seven Star members who gamble for 30 minutes or more.
The Diamond Lounge for Diamond and Seven Star members serves excellent tomato bisque soup with tomato bacon sandwich, a shrimp cocktail with a tasty special cocktail sauce, top shelf drinks and other menu items, all complementary. They have initiated a policy here of limiting visits to the Diamond Lounge to four per day or two per couple per day, I guess some folks must have been abusing the system.
The casino is large and glitzy as a casino should be. Every type of slot and table game is available there. The best video poker I could find was 8/5 JOB but there are a lot of them and I hit two RF in two days so no casino complaints here. I had a mail offer for $115 free play that they broke down into $20, $10 and $5 certificates for me at the casino cage plus I had a coupon for $50 for food that we used at Besh Steakhouse. While playing, a slot host asked me if I could use a comp to the buffet for me and a guest which she brought back about 15 minutes later. Thank goodness I was winning on the machine I was playing, but she said that they would have found me from my player card as long as I was playing somewhere. (Note that others in our group went to total rewards and were also given buffet comps just for asking). While at Total Rewards they told me that if I would be there on Saturday, since it was my birthday, that I could spin for a gift, which I did and won a $125 certificate to Besh Steakhouse that we used Sunday night. Both meals at Besh were fabulous!
The only disappointment was breakfast at the buffet. The food was good if you could get it. Seemed like they were short on help as we had to wait for food to be put out and there was only one person making omelets resulting in a very long wait.Very frustrating even though the meal had been comped.
Famous Mother's is just 2 blocks away and famous I guess only because it is old but an old dumpy place you will probably want to say you ate at where you wait in line outside to eventually get inside to order at the counter and pay way too much for sub-par food.
Breakfast at Cafe Adelaide in the hotel directly across the street was great, however. Breakfast for two was $27 and was excellent, complete with fancy southern decor, linens on tables and wait staff to match (note that the breakfast buffet at Harrahs is now $15.99 each).
The best buy in New Orleans has got to be the $3 all day trolley pass. Just get on with exact change at the stop just outside the hotel, get your pass from the driver and you are set for 24 hours of slow nostalgic travel. We took the route to the flea market in the French Quarter. There are multiple things to see in the French Quarter but in my opinion the flea market is just a tourist trap. Shop inside some of many storefronts instead and don't miss the Hurricane drink at Pat O'Brian's piano bar and some goodies at Cafe D'Monte. We had planned to use our trolley pass later in the day to tour the mansions on Saint Charles Avenue but by the time we got out of the Harrah's Diamond Lounge it was almost dark so we stayed in the casino instead. Note that the French Quarter is a pleasant walk from Harrahs but why not make it more fun by sitting near the front of the trolly and watching the antics of its operator. Make sure you don't miss the "entertainers" around the Jackson Square area of the French Quarter and the nearby museum with the boat in front that saved many lives during Hurricane Katrina.
Trolly stops are just outside the casino and you can catch a river boat or the ferry boat walking across the street to the Mississippi River. Standing on the levy it is easy to see how everything might flood if the river ever over-tops the levy.
I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did and I definitely give Harrahs my recommendation as a great place to stay and gamble during your visit. Harrahs is not for kids however so if traveling with children I recommend you consider a different place. In fact, I did not find much that kids would enjoy in New Orleans unless they enjoy shopping, historical sites and fine restaurants.
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