Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
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After investing more than $200 million, Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino now features 2,542 redesigned guest rooms, a complete casino floor remodel, and two new LED marquees at the north and south entrances. Harrah’s also has enhanced the casino floor with upgraded lighting, floor and ceiling tiling, carpeting, and modern restrooms. Entering the main lobby, guests can admire the oversized ombré art piece with purple and blue hues behind the front desk. Additional design highlights include marble floors and counters, as well as contemporary bronze columns with wood paneling.
There is a special Diamond/Platinum check-in at the main entrance to the hotel (which is the rear entrance to the casino). Look for the small Seven Stars placard.
Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but, depending on which space you find, it can be a bit of a walk if you have lots of luggage. Instead, take advantage of the complimentary valet parking.
Rooms in the Carnaval South Tower have been remodeled and redecorated. Blue chairs bring a pop of color to the rooms’ cream-colored décor, dark wood accents and contemporary fixtures.
NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.
■ The direct line to Harrah's is 702-369-5000.
■ Active-duty military can enjoy a free burger, fries and beer year round at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
■ Speaking of Toby Keith's, if you like country music, you can catch some great live bands there nightly for free. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there’s also a dance floor.
■ The Piano Bar at Harrah’s offers some great free entertainment.
In addition, Harrah’s is promoting its “all-new Valley Tower Executive King rooms.” The Valley Tower contains Harrah’s newly remodeled rooms, previously part of the Carnaval Tower. As part of a $140 million renovation project, the 1,622 rooms in the Valley Tower have been completely remodeled.
A standard room features one king or two queen beds with luxury bedding, a vanity with a backlit mirror and an electronic device docking station. The rooms feature free-standing closets on each side of the bed that look like wall décor – something guests might not notice until the door is opened to display the inside.
■ Pete Vallee, also known as Big Elvis, is one of the best long-running free shows in town. Big Elvis performs inside The Piano Bar and brings you all of The King’s biggest hits as well as other popular songs.
■ Other options at The Piano Bar are DJ Rusty’s Karaoke Wednesday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. and Saxman Duo, “Classic Soul” Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. These sax virtuoso play all the classics plus songs that are danceable and more upbeat and funky.
■ The Oyster Bar Las Vegas has a happy hour from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, with $6 Coronas, $10 Grey Goose martinis, $2.25 oysters and $11 to $15 appetizers.
■ A new Skybridge connects Harrah’s to Caesars Forum, the 550,000-sq. ft. conference center, which offers the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world.
■ Join the fun at the open-air, Strip-side Carnaval Court. Enjoy everything from live bands and DJs to flair bartender shows. Come by for a drink or two and enjoy this party underneath the stars and on the Strip.
■ If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), Harrah's will give you a $10 per stay food and beverage credit. You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc. If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email asking you to opt-in, just let the front desk know when you check-in.
Ivy™, a 24-hour virtual concierge service, is now available to guests at Harrah's, as well as Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Nobu Hotel and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After checking in, guests who have provided a cell phone number for their reservation receive a welcome message from Ivy encouraging them to text her with any questions or requests. Ivy can book dining reservations, show tickets and spa services, as well as facilitate housekeeping and maintenance requests. Ivy also surveys guests during their stay, which allows for quick recovery of unhappy guests in real time. Users may opt out of receiving messages from Ivy at any time. While Ivy is an automated artificial intelligence system, a human touch is incorporated when Ivy cannot provide a confident response. In addition to the hotel front desk agents, a specially trained universal agent team is available to provide around the clock coverage to address requests or inquiries. Guests can continue to text with Ivy once they return home for common requests such as to obtain a copy of their folio or locate a missing item.
In addition the Valley Tower features three levels of suites, each with its own unique feel. It has the same color patterns and accents as the standard room to tie the remodel together. The 680-square-foot Valley Executive Suite features a separate bedroom with one king bed, a dining area and living room. The larger bathrooms include ceramic dark plank tile, a vanity, makeup mirror, rain shower and large tub, with a modern design. The larger Presidential Suite measures 1,700 square feet, and sets itself apart with an open living space and high-end bathroom features like a walk-in rain shower. To accommodate larger groups, the Presidential Suite comes with the option of adding a connecting room with one king bed. The living area has a full-size bar, a large round table, surrounded by four upholstered chairs. There are other seating options with armchairs and ottomans located near the windows which offer a prime spot to view Las Vegas Boulevard, while the curved leather sofa faces a flat screen television. The bedroom features another flat screen TV; a king size bed and walk-in closet feature a double-sided ottoman seating area, giving the feel of a high-end retail fitting room There also is a 2,000 square-foot Valley Penthouse suite that features pops of teal and purple combined with metallic accents. The large, open living area features a double-sided ottoman and a full-sized bar. Other features include a game table and back-to-back bathroom sinks separated by a two-way mirror. There is also a rain shower, modern-style tub and back-to-back bathroom sinks separated by a two-way mirror.
Rooms in the Mardi Gras Tower have been refreshed, as well.
There are no refrigerators or coffeemakers, but they may be sent upon request.
The large casino meanders from its Strip entrance back toward the hotel lobby, but it's a little on the dark side with low ceilings. You'll find all the features and typical slots and table games one would expect. Complimentary drink service in the casino is relatively frequent; and dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
The Spa at Harrah’s, located on the fourth floor of the Valley Tower, is now open Friday through Sunday. Popular treatments include the Deep Tissue Massage, Signature Facial Experience and Moisturizing Body Exfoliation. The spa also offers a variety of salon services, such as manicures and pedicures, hair services, makeup application and waxing. For more information and to book, visit harrahslasvegas.com.
Donny Osmond – without his sister Marie – will return to Las Vegas Tuesday, Aug. 31, for his first-ever solo residency at Harrah’s. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
In addition, there is nightly live music in Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill (which also serves food from 11 a.m. daily).
See other entertainment options under "Inside Information."
Other dining options include the Oyster Bar Las Vegas,
the excellent Flavors Buffet (again, look for the special Seven Stars entrance), Ruth's Chris Steak House Las Vegas and Fulton Street Food Hall, which is open 24 hours and has everything from salads to pastries and sandwiches and pizza.
On the Promenade level there is a Ben & Jerry's across from the Laurel Lounge, as well as a Starbucks, and another Starbucks in the lobby on the casino level.
Buddy (Cake Boss) Valastro’s new restaurant, PizzaCake, is now open. It’s the first location of his new, fast-casual concept, featuring a menu that includes pizzas, cake and – wait for it – PizzaCake: thin layers of pizza stacked like lasagna. PizzaCake is designed to recreate a typical New Jersey/New York-style pizzeria with elements of street art, old school photos, and Buddy’s personal playlist.
The restaurant also has additional outdoor seating, a walk-up window and a Cake ATM dispensing slices from his Carlo’s Bakery. Inside is another Cake ATM and a walk-up counter.
Special Seven Stars benefits* In addition to the special entrances for the buffet and café (see above) , as well as a dedicated taxi line, Seven Stars cardholders and a guest receive complimentary entry to the spa and fitness center.
Seven Stars Lounge There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the Laurel Lounge (former Diamond Lounge) offers priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk directly into the lounge and present your card to the host. The club frequently fills to capacity, so even Seven Stars cardholders may be temporarily denied entrance. Especially during televised sporting events, the lounge can take on the atmosphere of a rowdy sports bar. There are simply too many television screens which detract from what could be a relaxing and inviting private club experience. There is a large square bar at the entrance (look for bartenders Ray † and Jim † ), and two computers for guests to check email or print airline boarding passes. Guests used to the comparatively "lavish" buffets in Atlantic City will be extremely disappointed at the lounge fare in Las Vegas. Caesars apparently has put all its Laurel Lounges on a "Mediterranean Diet," but it's a tasty selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until it runs out), the lounge serves hot food, e.g., chicken wings, mini-burritos, etc.
With the Laurel Lounges temporarily closed, Diamond Plus through Seven Stars cardholders are being given an alternative daily beverage credit. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders will receive a daily $10 food credit. Seven Stars Companion cardholders are not eligible for the food credit, but, if applicable, would qualify for the beverage credit based on their own personal tier level. The beverage credit is limited to four drinks per day, with each drink valued at no more than $20. The credit is good only for the cardholder and can be redeemed directly at the participating outlet. The beverage credits may be redeemed all at one location, or split among the currently open casinos. For example, a cardholder could redeem two beverage credits at Caesars Palace, and one each at Flamingo and Harrah’s. For a list of participating outlets, visit the Caesars Rewards Desk or click here.
Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?
Las Vegas remains the gaming mecca in the United States, and is probably the most popular destination for Seven Stars trips. With eight other Caesars properties in town (Bally's, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, The LINQ, Rio, Planet Hollywood and Paris), dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, golf, showrooms, the Forum Shops at Caesars (and other shops located inside Caesars properties), spa treatments, and relaxing by the pool (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room meals and other eligible expenses, even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas.
When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up and ask what it includes – specifically which restaurant and bars (city-wide). At a minimum, meals and alcohol charged to the room (at participating outlets) counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.
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