Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel
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"Located in beautiful southern Illinois on the picturesque Ohio River, Harrah's Metropolis
brings the pulse-pounding excitement of Las Vegas style casino gambling straight to you. . .as well as dining and live entertainment," according to its Web site.
Self-parking is complimentary for all guests.
Valet is available from noon Friday until 10 p.m. Sunday.
The 258 smoking and non-smoking Deluxe rooms and suites were recently upgraded with new carpet and furniture. All rooms have 42" flat-screen TVs, coffee-makers and refrigerators. There also are in-room safes.
There also are PetStay rooms which accommodate up to two dogs – with a 50-pound per dog weight limit.
Open seven days a week (Sundays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 7 a.m.), the single-level casino, left, is totally non-smoking by Illinois law. However, to accommodate smokers, the property offers a covered outdoor smoking deck adjacent to the casino.
Conveniently located adjacent to the hotel’s main lobby, the casino features 830 slots, 26 table games with a World Series of Poker room, as well as a lounge, three bars, and an entertainment stage with live music and food every weekend.
The casino was formerly located on a riverboat with three decks of gambling which closed in November 2014. The new casino is located on the site of the former convention center.
While soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and bottled water are complimentary, Illinois state law prohibits distribution of complimentary alcoholic beverages. Reward Credits may not be used for the purchase of alcohol on the casino floor, in the bars or in the restaurants.
Fresh Buffet offers Southern and country-style cooking and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday.
Harrah's fine dining option, Bridges Dining Company, serves Black Angus steaks, "distinctive Southern dishes" and classics. It's also open for breakfast and lunch.
The Signature Bar serves late-night snacks such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings and pizza.
Special Seven Stars Benefits
Seven Stars cardholders get priority seating at the buffet, a special dessert selection at the buffet (also available to Diamond cardholders), four free buffets a month, priority check-in at the hotel and access to suites, and turn-down service.
There are eight spaces in the parking lot reserved for Seven Stars cardholders, but it's on the honor system.
Where Harrah's Metropolis Is Located
Seven Stars Lounge
While Harrah's does not have a Seven Stars Lounge, the Diamond Lounge – just off the hotel lobby – is available to Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders as a place to "rest and recharge." It's open daily from 9 to 11 p.m.
As on the casino floor, soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and bottled water are complimentary and are available when the attendant is on duty, but Illinois state law prohibits complimentary alcoholic beverages. Also, Reward Credits may not be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.
The Diamond Lounge attendant is on duty from 2 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
On Fridays and Saturdays between 5 and 8 p.m. the lounge offers cheese and crackers with either a vegetable or fruit tray and a rotation of two hot appetizers. Danish or muffins with coffee, milk and juice are available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
Historically, not many Seven Stars cardholders have taken their trips at Harrah's Metropolis. Those who do use their trips to Metropolis often take advantage of its unique and robust hunting and fishing opportunities. Hunters travel from all over the country in the fall/winter to take advantage of nearby deer hunting and duck/geese hunting. The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is the largest inland peninsula in the United States and has great fishing, hiking, campgrounds, cabins, etc.
Other activities and opportunities in the area include local wine trails (wine lovers enjoy the wineries in the area), and/or take in special events in Nashville, e.g., Country Music Awards, Tennessee Titans football, etc.
It is very safe in Metropolis and you can walk around, but for the guest looking for a lot of things to do on foot –
like you get in more metropolitan areas, Metropolis can’t provide it. The casino is right on the river which offers some beautiful sunsets/scenery in the summer/spring. When guests leave to walk around, they often will go up to visit the Superman statue to get their picture taken and walk by the Superman gift shops. In addition, guests can also walk to a few "mom and pop" boutiques. If you are looking for quiet and quaint, this is it.
While you can't walk there, just a few minutes away is the bridge to Paducah, Ky
. There is some additional fine dining in downtown Paducah and a little bit more retail.
Paducah is the home of the National Quilt Museum
, Paducah was named the seventh City of Crafts & Folk Art
in the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Barkley Regional Airport
in Paducah is less than 15 miles from the casino. This is a very intimate regional airport which has very little traffic which allows guests to easily get in and out. Some guests also have used the Nashville International Airport
. Nashville is about 150 miles away and takes about 2½ hours to drive.
For more information about planning a Seven Stars retreat to Harrah's Metropolis contact Lorie Cook, head of Metropolis' VIP host team, at (618) 524-6177.
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