We recently attended a conference for 3 nights at the Palace Station. I was a little worried based upon some of the previous comments, however I found most of the negatives to be not true, or misunderstood.
First this property is geared toward locals. It is NOT a strip hotel. There are two distinct parts, a tower and a motel or courtyard area. The tower is much more modern and updated. The courtyard area is not as nice but the rooms are much cheaper. I think you have to understand that you get what you pay for, if you are staying in the $25 courtyard part, then expect that, not a $200 suite on the strip. I did constantly hear people at the front desk asking about or explaining the resort fee. Yes its a backdoor way of charging more, I did hear staff reducing it for some people, but it was very well explained at check in. Take your rate, add $15 a night and move on. Our tower rate, including fee, was $65 a night. I've stayed in crappier hotels for more money.
Food and drink at the Palace are MUCH cheaper then you will find on the strip. The buffet is very decent and with a players club card is $5 breakfast, $7 lunch, $8 dinner. $9 for Sunday brunch. We at at least one of each meals and I was most disappointed with the brunch but pleased with lunch/breakfast. Also this price includes the drink. Bottled beers are $2 and they have limited and inexpensive cocktails/wines as well. We had drinks on the strip that were $15 each, do the math. We did not eat in all the other restaurants but talking to others in our conference everyone felt they were good and reasonable.
The casino is like everyone other one on the strip with maybe a little extra cigarette smoke. If you do not like the smell of cigarettes, do not come to Vegas, much less the Palace. Everything smells like cigarettes, and the smell gets everywhere, even on my 19th floor non-smoking room.
The room itself was nice, was cleaned very well each day, had a large bathroom and granite countertops. Large LCD TV but the channel selection was limited. My room faced the strip and you could not ask for a better view as you can see the entire northside of the strip.
I found the staff professional, no one really stood out as great and friendly but neither was anyone rude. One big plus I did note was their shuttle bus stuck to the schedule very well. In all our uses of it if the schedule said it was going to be there at a certain time it was. Very prompt. It would have been nice to have a car to get back/forth to the strip with as the shuttle drops you off at the very northern part next to the Trump tower.
Overall if you want to "live like a whale" and blow money, go to the strip. If you want reasonably priced accommodations, food and drink, the palace is a great choice. If you understand what you are getting and what you are not, then you can make an informed choice. I would have no problem returning here for another conference, but it might not be my first choice to take the wife for a whirlwind weekend.
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- Unique hotel & casino designed to evoke the atmosphere of a turn-of-the century train station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Station Hotel Las Vegas
- Palace Station Las Vegas