When arriving on a Friday or Saturday night, we like to stay off-strip, because Strip-rates are three-to-four times the week day rate. Sam's Town is one of our faves for those weekend arrivals. We have never paid more than $75/night on a weekend.
The first time we visited this casino, we took a bus from one of the Strip hotels (Harrahs, maybe?) out there. We enjoyed it, but it seemed like such a long way out there and back that we didn't re-visit for several years, when we started renting a car for the trip and venturing out to some of the outlying places. Then, one trip when we were trying to book one of our usual Saturday night stays at a different hotel, but when we called that hotel, it was booked, so they suggested Sam's Town. Okay...let's give it a try. We'd played there but hadn't stayed there.
First off, the hotel rooms are very similar to Hampton Inn or Holiday inn Express rooms, as far as furnishings and decor. The rooms aren't lush like the five-star hotels, but nor do they charge a five-star rate. Very mid-scale, traditional. The rooms are clean, and the beds/bedding are comfortable, so no complaints there. And we've always had a quiet room, able to get a good night sleep. I will say that we've never had an atrium-facing room, so I don't if that makes a difference.
Furnishings look like furniture you'd have at home, and included the bed, bedside tables with clock/radio, a desk with desk chair, chest of drawers, a comfy upholstered chair, and a flat panel television. There was a large mirror above the desk which was situated next to the window, so that's where I sat to do hair/makeup, because of the natural light.
The bathrooms are the basic, with a single-lavatory, tub/shower combo. Blow-dryer mounted on the wall, and just enough towels. The usual toiletries: basic shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap. (Ladies, if you color or treat your hair, take your own shampoo/conditioner when you travel because few hotels provide color-safe products....just sayin'.) The bathrooms are not very big, so two people trying to get dressed at the same time is a bit tricky.
The closet is rather small, but adequate for a short stay. There was an ironing board and iron for quick pressing if needed.
The hotel charges a daily resort fee, which covers 24-hour unlimited internet usage. If you want faster internet service, you can pay an extra fee.
However, there is NO ROOM SAFE. If you travel with cash, credit cards, electronics, etc. a room safe is very important. I cannot understand why some of the hotels still don't have them. That is my only real issue with this hotel. There are travel safes available online, but it's just one more thing to pack. Plus, it's a heck of a lot more convenient if there is a room safe.
As for restaurants, there are plenty of places to eat: a steakhouse, mexican restaurant, buffet, TGI-Fridays, and small food court. If you want something quick to take with you, or a sit-down meal, you won't go hungry.
The casino itself seems small when you first go in, but it meanders around, two floors, so plenty of opportunity to play. I'm not much of a slot machine player, but the few I did play were quick to scarf down my money without any winnings in return. I think on one machine, a nickel machine, I put in a $20 without one payout whatsoever. We found the VP machines to be more friendly than the Strip casino machines, though, so I was able to recoup what I lost in the slot machines. Hubby plays poker, and said the poker room is basic, comfortable, and adequate. He was in there a long time. Drink service was okay. I think the casinos must not have as many servers as they used to. The mornings thru mid-day were okay, but in the afternoons and evenings, they didn't seem to make the rounds very frequently. If you tip really well they'll make a point to come by to check on you, though.
All-in-all, this is a good place to stay and play. We've stayed there several times and will stay again.
PROS: room rates; clean, comfortable rooms; a lot of low-denomination machines
CONS: no room safe
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall is owned by Boyd Gaming Corporation. Sam’s Town features 12 restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 56-lane bowling center, a 12,000 square foot entertainment center and 25,000-square-foot Mystic Falls Park with waterfalls, footpaths, mountain & nightly laser shows Mystic Falls Indoor Park. The property has a 133,000-square foot casino with 40 table games, 3,000 slot and video poker machines, a bingo parlor, keno lounge and newly renovated poker room and race and sports book. We also feature newly remodeled rooms and effective Jan. 1, 2018, in-room coffee for all rooms. ... more less
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