Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino

Updated: 11/9/19

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Approximately a 45-minute drive from Sky Harbor Airport, Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino makes quite a statement with its tribal art-inspired architecture and décor, left.  There's no doubt, "You're not in Kansas anymore."  The distinctive decor continues inside the hotel(s), casino, and other public areas.

Ak-Chin has a beautiful pool area, right  open only to hotel guests.  There  is a swim-up bar and there are lots of outdoor seating areas, some with firepits to warm you up on cool evenings.

While supplies last, complimentary newspapers are available at the front desk.  There also is a computer in the lobby from which anyone can print boarding passes and check-in online.

If you have an electric car, like a Nissan Leaf, there are four vehicle chargers, one of which is reserved for a handicapped plate-holder.

Hotel guestrooms

Ak-Chin participates in the Pet Stay program.  Click here for details.

You have a choice of three different "hotels" (with different room types in each):
  • Resort [in the original sections (Saguaro, Ocotillo, Palm, Cholla and Mesquite)].
  • Tower (opened in 2011).
  • High Rise (opened in 2018).
Resort rooms are bright, spacious and well appointed, and reflect the native American ambience of the entire hotel and casino.  There are no closets, just a small stand-alone armoire-type storage cabinet that holds maybe eight hangers.  An ironing board takes up about a quarter of the space.

First-floor rooms feature enclosed patios, and second-floor rooms have small balconies.  Request a room facing the pool; the alternative view is pretty desolate.
Tower rooms are smaller and those with two beds seem particularly cramped, though closets are twice as large as the Resort rooms.  The bathroom is large, as is the shower.  (While there are bathtubs in the Resort rooms, there is only a shower in the Tower rooms.)  All Tower rooms are non-smoking.

Since the High Rise opened recently, I haven't stayed there, and I haven't heard from anyone who has.

Coffeemakers, refrigerators and in-room safes are standard in all rooms throughout Ak-Chin.

Until the new fitness center and spa open, an excellent alternative is the Copper Sky Multigenerational Center which offers day passes and special discounts for out-of-town guests.  Turn left out of the parking lot.  The Center is about half a mile on the right.
Also check out the Ak-Chin Circle UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, left.  The facility offers movies, laser tag, bowling and other event space available for private parties.

Ak-Chin also offers bingo.  Check the website for details on times and other amenities available to players.

There is a 180-foot-long air conditioned walkway that connects the casino with the UltraStar Center.


Casino overview

Ak-Chin offers poker, keno and the usual slots in a new gaming area:


Complimentary drink service is limited to soft drinks, coffee and bottled water.  There is a charge for all alcoholic beverages on the casino floor while playing, but Seven Stars cardholders have special benefits (see below).  Dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.  If you're not a smoker, when you first enter you will definitely notice the smoke in the air, but, after a while the ventilation system seems to take over and it's not as noticeable.

Reward Credits can be used to purchase alcoholic beverages at bars, lounges and restaurants that serve alcohol, but not on the casino floor, unless you go to one of the beverage kiosks on the casino floor.


The new pool, above, is now open.

The Spa at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is now open.  The spa has four treatment rooms including one couple's suite, and features Éminence skincare products, and ZENTS and Farmhouse Fresh for other treatments.  Reward Credits can be used to purchase treatments or products at the spa.  For reservations call 480-802-3340.

Dining options
Diamond cardholders get a 20 percent per person discount at the buffet, but only if paying with cash or credit card, not Reward Credits.
Dining choices at the casino include Agave's Restaurant (open only for breakfast and lunch), the Copper Cactus Grill (open 24 hours for sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast), The Buffet, Oak & Fork, and Dunkin' Donuts.

The Range has closed, but Chop, Block & Brew features a wood-burning mesquite grill and specializes in gourmet burgers, as well as steaks, prime rib and seafood.  The bar stocks more than 30 draft and bottled craft beers, and premium Scotch and whiskies, and specializes in hand-crafted cocktails.  For reservations call 480-802-5000.

The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center offers additional dining options: Cones Cafe, 347 Grill and the Luxe Lounge; however, Reward Credits are not accepted at UltraStar.

A new Events Center has opened and The Lounge has free entertainment every night.

Caesars Rewards Center

The Caesars Rewards Center, pictured, is located by the main entrance across from Chop, Block & Brew.

Special Seven Stars benefits

At The Buffet there is a separate entrance for Seven Stars cardholders, but you may have to work your way over to it.   There also is separate seating for Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders, but, unlike some Caesars casinos, there are no special amenities, e.g., cloth napkins, complimentary wine, etc.  Every day Seven Stars cardholders get two free buffets which must be used at one time, as well as additional complimentary cocktails and appetizers at the Laurel Lounge (see below).

Show your Caesars Rewards card at the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center (see above) and get an adult admission ticket to the theater for the price of a children's ticket.  Some restrictions apply.  You also can get complimentary bowling shoes rental at 10 Pins Down, and 10 per cent off food and beverage purchases.

Guests staying in the hotel generally receive a small amenity, e.g., chocolates, nuts, etc.  The in-room refrigerator is pre-stocked with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks.

Seven Stars cardholders can cap, i.e., “lock down,” a slot machine for up to three hours within a 24-hour period.  Seven Stars cardholders may call in up to one hour prior to their arrival to the casino to have their machine capped (if that particular machine is not occupied).  The machine may be reserved up to one hour.

Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but a new Laurel Lounge (formerly Diamond Lounge) opened in 2018.

The Lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. and from 2 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  (Hours subject to change.  Check the link – above – to the website.)

Visits - Seven Stars cardholders may make unlimited visits to the Laurel Lounge, but Diamond cardholders are limited to eight visits per month.

Beverages - Instead of issuing separate beverage vouchers to use in the Laurel Lounge and on the casino floor, these vouchers (available at the Caesars Rewards Center or the Laurel Lounge) now can be used on the casino floor, at the Lounge Bar, in the Diamond Lounge, Poker Room or Bingo Hall, and while playing table games, but not at The Buffet.  The vouchers have a maximum value of $7 each, and they expire at 2 a.m. the morning after they're issued.  Seven Stars cardholders receive four each gaming day; Diamond cardholders, two.  Additional vouchers – up to a total of eight per person – will be issued for every 50 tier credits earned. 

Food - Complimentary snacks (a bowl of potato chips on opening day) are served throughout the day, with appetizers (on opening day a choice of pulled pork sliders, a salad or calamari) and desserts (on opening day a choice of cappuccino cake, red velvet cake or peanut butter brownie) served from 3 to 8 p.m.  To order one of these appetizers and/or desserts from your server you need a voucher issued when checking into the lounge.  Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders receive one voucher, but an additional voucher is available for each cardholder's guest.  Seven Stars cardholders may bring up to three guests; Diamond cardholders, one.  The guest(s) must be present in order for the food vouchers to be issued.


Among the choices of appetizers on opening day
were pulled pork sliders, left, or a salad.

Where Harrah's is located

15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, AZ 85139

Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?

If you're looking for a real out-of-the-way vacation, this might be the place.  A car is almost mandatory if you want to see the sights.  There is certainly lots to do in the Phoenix area.

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However, keep in mind the $500 folio credit can be used only for food and non-alcoholic beverages, in-house show tickets and the gift shop.  With all the discounts, free buffets, liberal complimentary alcoholic beverage policies (see above), it might be tough to spend it all
save for the gift shop option.

Golf is available at Southern Dunes Golf Club.  Southern Dunes offers "dynamic pricing."  This process allows golf rates to be adjusted – both lower and higher – in real-time, based on demand, availability and other changing factors. With rates changing daily, the earlier you book, the more you save. However, the course still offers discounts based on tier level, and honors whichever is the lower price, so be sure to show your card when you check in. Also, you can use your Reward Credits to pay, but they are redeemed at a 1.5:1 ratio, i.e., 1½ Reward Credits is equal to $1 (a $100 greens fee would take 15,000 Reward Credits). Check the website for current rates.

Also, because Ak-Chin has its own fleet of cars (and its own drivers), don't expect to rent a car and get reimbursed.  Take the free rides to and from the airport and deal with renting a car once you arrive on-property, or "eat" the cost of a car (assuming you want one).

As always, when you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up. Gratuities may be charged to your room and settled at check-out with your credit card on file. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.


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Inside Information


This casino is equipped with Caesars proprietary Total Touch system that allows customers to order drinks, redeem free play, check their Caesars Rewards account balances, and receive real-time offers based on play

■ You no longer have to use all your free slot play at one machine. Let’s say you download $50, have a big win and decide your machine isn’t going to hit again for a while. You’re no longer stuck playing the balance of what you downloaded. Simply remove your Caesars Rewards card from the machine, and any unused free slot play will automatically be re-deposited back into your bank. Caesars casinos in Baltimore, Cherokee, Hammond, New Orleans and Tunica – and perhaps others – are among those with similar policies.


■ A new expanded gift shop, above, has opened near the front entrance.

■ Due to Arizona gaming laws, Ak-Chin is unable to offer casino credit; however, the casino can set-up check cashing prior to your arrival. To complete the process, present a blank check to the main cage.


Chop, Block & Brew has a room off to the side that's perfect for get-togethers with small groups.

■ Forgot or lost your Caesars Rewards card? You can reprint your card just by using your driver's license here:

The kiosks are located at the Caesars Rewards Center.

If you're returning home via the Sky Harbor Airport, some map programs and GPS systems still do not recognize that you can make a left-hand turn out of the parking lot.  Instead, they will direct you to turn right, drive quite a distance and make a U-turn.