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East of The Strip

5111 Boulder Highway

Las Vegas, NV 89122

800-634-6371

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650 Rooms

$50 and up double

$75-$125 per night

$15.99 per night plus tax

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AT A GLANCE

Highs

Usually inexpensive to stay here; huge casino; lots of stuff to do.

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Location.

Location: 4

Far east side but close to other Boulder Hwy hotels.

Price: 8

Often easy to get a cheap room here.

Value: 6

You feel like you get a bargain here usually.

Rooms: 7

Nice, comfortable, and clean but unspectacular.

Casino: 8

2nd biggest in Vegas, with lots to do and plenty to see.

Amenities: 7

Rooms have most everything you need and want.

Facilities: 9

Dining, bowling, movies, pool, and much more.

Service: 7

Very friendly and efficient.

Fun: 6

With this much to do, it's easy to find fun.

Bonus: 6

A solid choice if all the Strip hotels are full.

Total: 68

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FULL REVIEW

There are a lot of casino-hotels in Las Vegas that go after a local market, shunning (for the most part) the tourist crowd in favor of a regular clientele. Sam's Town is one of the most famous and successful of these places.

Located about 6 miles from The Strip (a 10-20 minute drive depending on traffic) Sam's Town has an old west décor, although for some reason they try to deny it - long story. Anyway, the casino is one of the largest in the world at over 150,000 square feet and second in Las Vegas only to the MGM Grand behemoth. Although you gain a great deal of gaming options you lose a great deal of cohesiveness - it is very easy to get turned around in here.

As with most "locals'"; hotels the crowd here is primarily an older one, so if you're looking for something hip and edgy, you aren't going to find it here.

The casino is adjacent to an indoor park-like area called Mystic Falls with lots of trees, plants, waterfalls, flower beds, streams and a mechanical bird or two. With the large skylight nine stories above it makes a pretty decent reproduction of the great outdoors but as with all the other things that are reproduced in Vegas it isn't as nice as the real thing. At night they have a laser, light, and sound show that has produced reactions from "pretty neat" to "a total waste of time." Your call.

The rooms are simple but large with high ceilings and modern furniture. Higher floor rooms will afford you some lovely views of the surrounding mountains or the bustling Strip a few miles away. They have plenty of space to stretch out in and come equipped with just about everything you need in terms of amenities including hair dryers, irons and boards, high speed Internet (for a fee), flat panel televisions, and more.

There are half a dozen restaurants here plus a food court and several bars.

Those in search of a different form of exercise can go bowl a few lines at the 56-lane alley, open 24 hours a day. There's also an 18 screen movie theater complex, a pool, a couple of entertainment/concert venues, and an RV park for those Winnebago types out there.

Prices start at around $50 per night and go up from there (not including a $15.99 per night resort fee). That's not too bad of a bang for your buck for everything that Sam's Town has to offer, but the location of this hotel tends to diminish its appeal.

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