I stayed at the Aquarius this past weekend to relax and do some gambling. I was impressed overall.
Parking was easy, and everything is clearly marked for either valet or free self-parking. There was a bit of a wait at check-in, maybe 5 minutes. Initially I was wary because of the wait, and also because I overheard two different couples having exchanges with the desk clerks about not being able to upgrade rooms. I think these must have been players-club guests trying to cash in comps or something. The room I reserved almost two months before was available without issue. The clerk asked me if I would be requiring housekeeping service, which I thought was kind of odd. I've never been asked that at a hotel before. I said no, and he said he would flag my room for no housekeeping.
The room was on the 11th floor with a full river view. I learned later that these are more desirable--many of the "river view" rooms only have a view at an angle. Everything was very clean, and the non-smoking room did not smell of smoke at all, which I appreciated. The bed was quite firm, more so than most people prefer, but I actually like it that way. There were only two real cons to the room: No fridge, and the drain in the shower was pretty slow. There was nothing gross coming out of the drain, but I don't fancy standing in waste water as I take a shower. The housekeeper showed up anyway on Saturday morning, even though I had asked for no housekeeper. Weird, whatever.
If the noise of kids and families bothers you, do NOT get a room in the Arizona tower. Get the all-adult California tower. Starting at 8am, there are kids and adults walking around and yelling up and down the hallways. I actually have no idea why anyone would take their kids here, as there doesn't seem to be anything to do other than swim in the pool, but whatever.
The casino is really nice. Not cavernous like some Vegas casinos, but a great selection of video and table games. Some of the dealers are very nice. A couple seem downright grumpy. On Friday night, there didn't seem to be enough staff to accommodate the guests at the hotel. I saw several groups roaming around looking for tables and not finding any because so many were unmanned. The machines at the bars are a great value. Cocktail service to the tables and slots seems a bit slow, but if you're sitting right at the bar, they'll let you just keep knocking them back.
The bartenders working Friday and Saturday night back at the Cove Bar (in the way back) were the best part of the whole trip. Very friendly, funny, and good at what they do.
Food choices are decent. Make sure you get the players-club card as soon as you get there, because you get discounts at Starbucks, Subway, etc and a 25% off coupon for the buffet. The buffet is not all that great, to be honest, but it's a good way to fill up and get your energy and calories for a night of gambling and drinking.
Overall I think this place is a great value and a great place to have fun and drink for the weekend without spending too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you haven't seen the newly renovated rooms here, check out this photo of our "Luxury" room. This is a standard room, and costs just $20 more than one of the rooms that is not renovated yet. All 1907 rooms will be completely renovated this Fall (one entire tower will be complete by the end of June, 2008). Like we've been saying...it's the "New Laughlin"...come check us out! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquarius Hotel Laughlin
- Aquarius Laughlin