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North of The Strip

5255 Boulder Highway

Las Vegas, NV 89122

866-999-4899

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300 Rooms

$59 and up double

$75-$125 per night

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AT A GLANCE

Highs

Comfortable rooms, low costs

Lows

Location and lack of things to do

Location: 4

Far from The Strip but close to Boulder Hwy hotels.

Price: 8

You can get very inexpensive rates here.

Value: 7

For these prices? Great value!

Rooms: 8

Modern and comfortable.

Casino: 7

Also modern and comfortable.

Amenities: 8

Rooms are very well equipped.

Facilities: 5

Not as much to do here as hoped.

Service: 8

Mostly very friendly.

Fun: 6

Fun for gamblers, but not much else.

Bonus: 7

A nice option for visitors with cars.

Total: 68

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FULL REVIEW

In Las Vegas, a "locals'" casino is defined as anything not right on The Strip or Downtown that caters mostly to the residents of the city through low-cost restaurants and entertainment, low room rates (for friends or families visiting from out of town), low limits on gaming, and other budget minded offerings.

The Cannery, on the north side of town, follows this blueprint almost to a T. This sister property on the east side of town both follows that blueprint and throws it away at the same time.

The Eastside Cannery is located on Boulder Highway, one big block south of another locals' favorite Sam's Town and near Arizona Charlie's and Boulder Station. For those of you unfamiliar with the neighborhood what you're going to want to do is take Flamingo (that's the street between Caesars and Bellagio) east about 6 miles and hang a right. In other words it's nowhere near the places most tourists want to go but that doesn't mean you shouldn't know about it, especially if you're one of those people who is always complaining about how expensive Vegas has gotten.

It's hard to miss the building. At 16 stories it's one of the tallest structures in that area of town and just to make sure you don't miss it they have added colored lights that cast patterns across the façade of the tower. If you fly into town you'll be able to see it since it's right off the main approach to McCarran International.

The original Cannery has a '40s theme (think Rosie the Riveter) but this one updates things by a couple of decades with a subtle '60s theme. This is mostly exhibited with a series of large paintings of iconic free-love era imagery such as a Volkswagen van and various go-go style beauties.

But that's as far as the theme goes, with most of the rest of the main casino floor done in a warm industrial feeling with exposed ductwork and brick everywhere. It's a cannery, after all. Note the can shaped door handles on your way inside.

There are plenty of games for those so inclined; varied denominations of slots and video poker plus table games of all stripe. Most of them are lower limits - penny machines dominate the casino floor.

Surrounding the casino are a bunch of restaurants and lounges, mostly low-cost affairs and while there are no big standouts, they are all perfectly fine if you are hungry.

The standard rooms are generously sized and come with a sleekly modern design scheme, all clean lines and crisp linens. Big padded headboards loom over the pillow-top mattresses, which faces a flat panel television over a big dresser. There's a nice sitting chair (suede in the room I saw) and a writing desk plus floor to ceiling windows offering more good views. Other amenities include high-speed Internet, an in-room refrigerator (not a mini-bar), iron and board, hairdryers, and more. The bathrooms are small compared to most modern Strip hotels but more than big enough to get done what you may need to get done in there.

Deluxe rooms are bigger and add a wet bar to go along with the extra floor space. They also feature significantly larger bathrooms with showers and Jacuzzi tubs alongside pocket doors that open into the main bedroom so you can luxuriate and see out the windows at the same time.

There is a decent sized pool area with plenty of chairs, a small stage for summertime entertainment, and a snack bar. But you do have to walk through the casino to get to the area so that's a definite demerit.

The turn from the local's casino norm here is that there really isn't a lot else going on at the hotel. There is no bowling alley or cheap food court or movie theaters, so your onsite entertainment options are fairly limited.

I had some issues with the specific staff members I was dealing with to tour the facility but everyone else in the normal customer service roles seemed very friendly and eager to make me feel at home. It's a nice change of pace from the often impersonal service you see on The Strip.

The room rates are what should really get your attention. Standard rooms can get as low as $40 during the week and $70 on the weekend. And although you'll sometimes pay more than that it's not a lot more and so that means you're getting a very comfortable room in a very comfortable hotel for a fraction of the cost you'll pay on The Strip - and no resort fee!

Yes, it's a drive to get here, which means you'll have to have a car at your disposal, but you can still come out way ahead. I've used this hypothetical situation in other hotel reviews on this site, but let's say you're staying for five nights and you get a rate of around $350 for those nights here at the Eastside Cannery. Throw in another $150 for a rental car and that puts you at $500 for your trouble. Or you can stay on The Strip, which will probably cost you at least $150 per night and pay for cabs everywhere you want to go - that's at least $800 right there. Think of what you can do with those three extra bills.

The Eastside Cannery is not the best local's hotel in town, nor is it the best value. But it is definitely worth knowing about, even if you aren't a local.

It's worth noting that this hotel was purchased in 2016 by Boyd Gaming, making it a sister to hotels like Sam's Town, The Fremont, and Orleans. They probably won't be changing much other than perhaps the players' club, but keep an eye out for things like room remodels and restaurant changes.

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