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Despite its connection with an American Indian tribe, Harrah's Resort Southern California (formerly Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort) is a pretty "standard issue" medium to upscale hotel. There is a beautiful contemporary marble lobby, but, in terms of ambience, this hotel could be plunked down about anywhere with the name Marriott, Hilton or Sheraton.
Outdoor self-parking or in an adjacent garage is complimentary for all guests, but complimentary valet parking is available for everyone. If you're staying in the hotel, definitely use the valet parking. To retrieve your car, simply scan your parking ticket at the kiosk in the lobby.
There are three towers – Resort, Garden and Spa. The four-story Garden Tower rooms are slightly larger, and were renovated a couple years ago; the Spa Tower has 21 floors, but all guestrooms are bright, spacious and well appointed, though not particularly distinctive. Refrigerators are standard in most rooms, but not all, though they are available at no additional charge; coffee-makers are in all rooms. The Resort Tower is the newest.
Harrah's has 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, and you cannot use Reward Credits to pay for your drinks. Dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
The casino is equipped with Caesars proprietary Total Touch system that allows customers to order drinks, redeem free play, check their Total Rewards account balances, and receive real-time offers based on play.
The Total Rewards Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m.
Special Seven Stars Benefits*
There is a 10 percent discount on food in the restaurants; Diamond cardholders also receive the 10 percent discount; Platinum cardholders receive five percent. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders receive two free buffets daily. Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders also receive a $10 discount off the price of the buffet. Note, too, that alcoholic beverage charges may not be paid with Total Rewards® credits whether using Quick Rewards® or charging to your room.
Off-Season (mid-October through beginning of March) Daybed/Cabana rentals range in price from
Peak Season (beginning of March through mid October, and major holidays) Daybed/Cabana rentals range in price from
- Monday - Friday, $25 - $250
- Saturday, $75 - $400
- Sunday, $75 - $350
Tier discounts (both peak and off-season)
- Monday - Friday, $75 - $300
- Saturday, $125 - $450
- Sunday, $100 - $400
Daybeds and cabanas must be booked by the concierge team, because a credit card is required when booking. Call (760) 651-3506.
- Gold - 10%
- Platinum - 15%
- Diamond - 20%
- Seven Stars - $25%
The pool is open only to hotel guests (2 - 4 pool passes are issued daily based on room type). Depending on what daybed/cabana is rented (both for hotel and non-hotel guests), guests will receive 2 - 10 passes to enter the pool area. Guests 21 and older may enjoy the pool in its entirety; guests younger than 21 are allowed only in the Lazy River.
If they're not paying with Reward Credits, Seven Stars cardholders receive a 25 percent discount on services at the spa; Diamond, 20 percent; Platinum, 15 percent; and Gold, 10 percent. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders who are not receiving a service, have complimentary access to the spa (lockers, sauna, etc.) for themselves and up to two guests.
Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the bright comfortable Diamond Lounge with lots of windows overlooking beautifully manicured gardens is very inviting. As on the casino floor, complimentary
drink service is limited to soft drinks,
coffee and bottled water. There is a charge for all alcoholic
beverages, and you cannot use Reward Credits to pay for your drinks. Food service is extremely limited, e.g., chips and salsa, popcorn, etc., but servers pass hors d'ouevre from 4 to 8 nightly, followed by a dessert service beginning at 8 until closing. There is a bar seating eight to 10 people. Hours (subject to change) are:
Monday - Thursday: 2 to 9 p.m.
Friday: 2 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 1 to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 9 p.m.
Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
For Seven Stars retreats, because of its location, Harrah's offers up to $200 toward a rental car in lieu of limo pick-up at the airport. Since San Diego is nearly 50 miles and – depending on traffic – at least an hour away (via some pretty narrow two-lane roads after you get off the the Interstate and some decent surface roads) – it's a good option to consider, especially if you want to spend a day or two away from the casino. Los Angeles is at least a two-hour drive, depending on your destination.
There is a spa, and championship-style golf on one of the many JC Golf San Diego-area golf courses – Encinitas Ranch, Oaks North, Rancho Bernardo Inn, Reidy Creek, Temecula Creek Inn, and Twin Oaks, but there is not much else in the area.
The casino has several dining options:
Harrah's also brings in "name" entertainment from time to time so it might be worth planning a trip around your favorite performer if he/she happens to be scheduled. Click here for current and upcoming entertainment.
As always, when you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 "dining folio" account has been set-up. Alcohol charged to the room does not count toward your $500 in expenses, nor does it include spa charges or gift shop purchases – despite what you may be told by a host or at check-in. 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.
Where Harrah's Is Located
*subject to change, revision or cancellation