From where I live in the High Desert of California, it is cheaper and more practical to use the Las Vegas Airport than it is to use Ontario, or any other SoCal Airport. After a family trip over Memorial Day weekend, we were attempting to drive home from the airport on I-15. The traffic was so bad, I burned 1/4 tank of gas in my truck idling my way from Vegas to Jean. Initially, I pulled off at that exit for gas, but when the line for the pumps was all the way up to the exit ramp, my wife called the Gold Strike to see if they had vacancies, they didn't even take our name and told us to come on over. We checked into our $40 room on the 3rd floor. We found the cable didn't work and my three kids spanning ages 2-13 were rambunctious after being on an airplane and stuck in traffic. Within minutes we received a noise complaint. As it was 3:00 in the afternoon and I didn't view the complaint reasonable, I went to the desk to complain about the complaint....with no exaggeration, the clerk was handing me keys to a new room before I could finish my explanation.
The hotel itself is very old and could use some refurbishing. The furniture in the rooms seems like it was probably bought at liquidation auctions from other casinos. The Buffet was not the MGM Grand's but was better than Golden Coral, and was enjoyed by my family.
The Casino isn't huge, and the bar is cash only, but they have $1 Draft Beers, the common table games, and plenty of slot machines. There is also a small video arcade that was able to entertain the kids for a couple of hours outside of the room.
Is it the kind of place that you would make a point of visiting...probably not. Is it a place I'd go back to if the circumstances arise...absolutely!
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