Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino
 
Hotel Overview

More than 30 minutes' drive from Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport, Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino makes quite a statement with its tribal art-inspired architecture and decor.  There's no doubt, "You're not in Kansas anymore."  The distinctive decor continues inside the lobby, throughout the rooms and other public areas.  There is a separate Diamond check-in which Seven Stars members should use.  Outdoor self-parking is complimentary for all guests, but complimentary valet parking is available for Seven Stars members.

 

Hotel Guestrooms

Guestrooms are bright, spacious and well appointed, and reflect the native American ambience of the entire hotel and casino.  As a matter of fact, the rooms are so large, it almost seems they could use a bit more furniture.  A desk or working area would be nice, as would a high-speed Internet connection.  Coffeemakers and refrigerators are standard.  What's also missing is a fitness center.  And the resort atmosphere and out-of-the-way location screams for a fancy spa.  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.

 

Casino Overview

Ak-Chin is an average medium-sized casino offering all the standard table games and the usual slots.  Complimentary drink service is relatively frequent, but is limited to soft drinks, coffee and bottled water.  There is a charge for all alcoholic beverages.  Dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.

 

Special Seven Stars Benefits

Seven Stars cardholders get two free buffets everyday, as well as additional complimentary cocktails and appetizers at the Diamond Lounge (see below).

 

Seven Stars Club

There is no Seven Stars Club, but the Diamond Lounge opens at 2:30 p.m. daily.  Sunday through Thursday, the lounge is open until 9 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays it remains open until 11.  Seven Stars cardholders may bring up to three guests and get up to eight free drinks and two appetizers daily; Diamond cardholders may bring just one guest and get four drinks and one appetizer daily.

 

Should You Choose This For Your Annual Trip?

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, but you might have a difficult time spending your $500 credit since alcoholic beverages are not included, nor are they payable with Reward Credits.  Dining choices include the Range Steakhouse (spotty service and food, but sometimes very good), Agave's Restaurant (not open 24 hours, but available for breakfast and lunch), the Copper Cactus Grill (open 24 hours for sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast), and the Harvest Buffet (it's a buffet; what can I say?).  Golf is available at two nearby locations: The Duke at Rancho El Dorado and the Foothills Golf Club, and there is a large, beautifully landscaped outdoor pool, complete with a swim-up bar (open seasonally).

 

As always, when you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up. Alcohol charged to the room does not count toward your $500 in expenses, but gratuities may be charged to your room and settled at check-out with your credit card on file. Any taxes on food are waived, and not counted toward your $500 in allowable expenses. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.