Disclaimer: I spent a Sunday night here, during off-season. It is most likely that conditions here are quite different [busier] during another time of year.
The small town of Parker is just a blip on the radar between I-10 to the south and Needles [and Las Vegas] to the north, with nary a Target or Walmart in sight. The biggest thing the BlueWater has going for it, is that it is on the Colorado River, off Hwy 95. If you were not looking for it, you wouldn't even know it was there, about one-mile north of where civilization abruptly ends.
When I drove-up to the entrance, the place lacks all the glitz and bling of a Vegas casino. Except for the signage, I wasn't even sure I was at the right place!
The outside bellman/valet was a bit of a grump, barking orders at arriving guests and getting upset if his orders were not precisely followed. I was on the yelling end of his tirade and soon shrugged him off and parked my car myself lugging my bags through the parking lot. This was not a good first impression.
The staff inside were another story. Nobody I dealt with had attitudes, and were generally friendly, although they do seem to be friendlier with locals/regulars. That's okay I guess.
The casino reminds me of some smaller casinos in the Vegas area. It almost feels 'cozy'. There are a handful of gaming tables, surrounded by a modest selection of slot and video poker machines. Smoke didn't seem to be a major issue due to decent air circulation and a very high ceiling.
There are several options when you are hungry, from borderline expensive to a snack bar with a decent menu, including Sloppy Joes! The dinner buffet looked rather weak, so I opted for the coffee shop instead. The buffet at breakfast was quite acceptable and only $6.
The rooms are detatched from the casino, so noise and smoke aren't a factor. Actually, you briefly exit the hotel and enter your room through an outside corridor. Note that the casino is third floor, even though it is street level from the front entrance. There are rooms above AND below casino level.
All the rooms face the river/marina and have a nice balcony. Since it WAS the off-season, there weren't many boats docked at the marina and it was very quiet. All I could hear were birds, hence my peaceful remark, as I slept with the glass door open.
The room was very clean and perfectly sized with two queen beds. No high speed internet or coffee maker [no surprise] and limited TV staions; but hey, it's a casino and they want you gambling!
I rarely do pools that often, but this pool is cool! The 'Indoor Waterpark' is actually an assortment of several pools of varying sizes, depths, and temperatures, including a small water slide. Towels were abundant.
If you live within a few hours drive of Parker and the BlueWater, and just want to get away, without the hype of Vegas, this place is perfect. In the summer, you can float your boat right up to the rear of the hotel and spend the night [if you can stand the heat]. If you get bored, you can always make the short drive to 'downtown' Parker and look for some excitement, and/or supplies.
I had a good time here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide an exciting and fun entertainment experience with a Beautiful Resort & Marina, Excellent Food and Beverage, State of the Art Games and National Level Concert Acts Our Customer Service is the "BEST" We treat our guests as we would like to be treated Our guests love Everything about us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluewater Hotel Parker
- Bluewater Resort Parker
- Blue Water Resort And Casino