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Friday, April 22, 2011

Casino Hotels

The Terraces Hotel at Harrah's Tunica
  Last night I read an excellent review of the Riverwind Casino Hotel by travel writer Sheila Scarborough. Sheila doesn't usually stay in casino hotels on her many business and/or family trips, so I appreciated her viewpoint. 
  I got to thinking about going to casinos in general and their hotels in particular. Mr. Bruce and I stay at a casino hotel whenever possible. I did a quick mental count and know we have stayed in over 20 different casino hotels. We have been to more than double that number to play in the casino. We go to Tunica, MS 2-3 times a year. Also, KC and/or St. Louis once or twice. 
  The hotels at casino are usually are very grand with big lobbies, busy front desks with friendly clerks. Bruce doesn't like valet parking, so he drops me and our luggage off and goes to self-parking..not close at all. This gives me a chance to "people watch". There will generally be a tour bus unloading, men wearing khaki shorts carrying golf clubs and beer coolers, and always, always other senior citizens clutching their "free room" coupons. 
  We sometimes, but not always, have either free or discounted rooms. Of course, these are not free..we spend several times the room rates in the casino. But it's our choice, we do have fun, and an offer of a "free room" is hard to ignore. However, even when we pay full price, the room rates are fair.
  Rooms are often larger than typical hotel rooms in the same price range. Beds are comfy, TV is OK, and vending machines close. Many of the newer or remodeled hotels have the greatest bathrooms..tubs and a walk-in shower. We finds the rooms are very quiet, seldom hear people coming and going at all hours of the night.
  All casinos have a good selection of dining choices. I could write a book on casino buffets. Our favorite is Paula Deen's in the Harrah's at Tunica. We like the diners, less crowded and no walking for me.
  I have several stories in mind to write about our adventures in casinos. We are going to KC next week and staying at Ameristar. I'll tell you all about it at another time. 
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