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Just Off The Strip

4100 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV 89109

800-640-9777

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300 Rooms

$29 and up double

$50-$100 per night

$20.99 per night plus tax

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AT A GLANCE

Highs

Rock bottom room rates; spiffy 2013 remodeling.

Lows

Location isn't prime; clientele can be a little low rent.

Location: 5

Paradise Rd. location is okay but not great.

Price: 9

One of the least expensive hotel/casinos in town.

Value: 7

If you get those really cheap rates, you get a lot for it.

Rooms: 6

Simple, but large and comfy.

Casino: 5

Small and crowded, but they have a lot in there.

Amenities: 7

Very well equipped rooms.

Facilities: 5

A couple of restaurants, a pool, and a casino.

Service: 9

Very friendly.

Fun: 6

Saving this much money is fun.

Bonus: 5

A decent alternative to the expensive Strip.

Total: 64

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FULL REVIEW

Terrible's is Terrible no more.

The hotel that had been named for the original owner (Ed "Terrible" Herbst) has gotten a makeover and is now Silver Sevens. But this came with more than just a new name; there was also a $7 million renovation of the rooms, casino, sports book, and more.

The Tuscay village style buildings are light, bright, and airy. The casino is a very compact 45,000 square-feet - about a third of what you'll find at The Venetian for example. While small and densely packed with machines and tables, it exudes a pleasant, if somewhat low-rent, atmosphere. There are worse places in town in which to lose your money.

They have a lot of slots, most of which are multi-denomination, plus plenty of video poker, table games (roulette, blackjack, and craps), keno, a nice bingo hall, and a new race and sports book that is small but high-tech and well-put together with big screen TVs and plush chairs. To be honest it looks a little out of place in the otherwise pedestrian casino.

The pool area sits in the center of the hotel, and it is nice - perhaps not the landscaped wonder of The Flamingo but still nice. It's not overly large and there are no extras like say the wave pools or lazy river rides that you'll find at some of the Strip monsters, but there is plenty of foliage for decoration and shade and a crystal clear pool so hey, who's complaining?

There are a total of 325 rooms that come in two sections. The low-rise motel-style buildings date back to the 1970s but got the big renovation with serene and cool blues, dark woods, and some frosted glass for effect. A lot of money went into upgrading them and they come equipped with simple but fine furnishings, coffee makers, pay-per-view in-room movies, hair dryers, coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, and alarm clocks plus 42" plasma televisions. King rooms have an extra few feet of space with a couple of chairs and a table while deluxe rooms are the same but with about 10 more feet of width. Suites add writing desks, living room furnishings, and more.

A six-story tower was added in 2006 and these rooms did not get the recent makeover. That's okay because they are still in good shape. There isn't anything substantially different about the standard rooms found here than in the older portion of the building except they are a few square feet bigger (but not enough that it makes a difference). There are a bunch of Jacuzzi suites here that feature living rooms with a wet bar and comfortable furnishings, two bathrooms, and a whirlpool tub. First floor rooms facing the pool area have nice little patios for relaxing.

In terms of meals you have a couple of restaurant options on site (a 24 hour café and a buffet) and many more within walking distance in the immediate neighborhood.

One other important note for travelers is they also have regular airport and Strip shuttle service included in the resort fee.

All of this sounds great and I could stop right there with a qualified recommendation but one of the biggest lures here has to be the price. I have seen mid-week rates starting at $31. That is not a typo. $31 for all of the stuff mentioned above is beyond "steal" territory and ventures into "grand theft." Regular rates will rarely go over $50 on the weekdays and almost never go over $100 on the weekends, although that does not include the aforementioned $20.99 per night resort fee. The only thing you have to remember is that sometimes a cheap room draws... well, let's just say that some of the people who stay here aren't as "well-heeled" as those that go to the Bellagio for instance.

As long as your expectations are firmly in check, I'd recommend this hotel even if you couldn't get in for that cheap - and during busier weeks and weekends you won't. It's a quiet, friendly little place, away from all the Vegas hubbub but close enough (about 1/2 mile from The Strip) that you can visit regularly.

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