Romanello does a lot of jobs in our development. We hired them to do our landscaping about 9 years ago and I must say all the plants are still alive! Their trucks are very visible in the neighborhood and they work neatly. Their prices are competitive and I can understand why they are a solid business. The owner has a little bit of an attitude, but if you can get by that, they are worth a try.
PROS: nice work at good prices
I have been doing business with Bernie Gilick at this company for 8 years now. Every car my husband and I have leased or owned since then have come from this company. Believe me, I shop around a lot for a car, and I always go back to Bernie. He is knowledgable, honest, and dependable, and will get you the best price. He will never jerk you around and does what he says he's going to do. Give him a try!
PROS: Truthful and the best deals around
Bally's is a comfortable and very affordable hotel. It's like a man you've been married to for a long time and whom you love. The glitz here is the fabulous Jubilee show which has stood the test of time. My good friend who is a dancer visited here recently and went to see the show because her good friend is in it. She said it is a little dated, but good, but IMO, I think it exemplifies the real feel of Las Vegas. Go to VegasResource.com and get 2 for 1 tickets for this show which are included in a coupon book for purchase, or if the front desk is nice, or if you are staying there, you can get that deal also.
I have stayed here twice in the last several years and I love the rooms because they are very large, clean, pretty and newly rennovated. About 4 years ago I wouldn't have given you a dime for the rooms. They were done in brown and gray, with old, stiff-looking furniture and drapes, more appealing to an office executive rather than to someone there to have fun. The casino is nothing special, kind of ordinary, but the staff is very nice and helpful.
PROS: Jubilee, big, pretty rooms, great prices
CONS: average casino
This hotel deserves 5 stars, but I am so reluctant to give it that because it has one of the lousiest restaurants (the main casual one by the elevator where everyone eats that starts with a "G"-the Grande, or something like that) ever for such a fine hotel. You think I would have learned my lesson when I ate there once, but being a glutton for punishment I tried it again-big mistake.
Anyway, I want to comment on the hotel itself. Beautiful rooms, although looking a little worn. Reminds me of my old aunt's apt. with the sunken living room. It has one of the largest rooms in Las Vegas for the standard room. Each room has a pretty armoire and a picture window. Small bathroom. The room has an average rate of about $200, but you can get it cheaper if you join their player's club or go online to their website.
From outside, the hotel's facade is breathtaking-like Venice. Once inside you see the lobby and a long hallway with beautiful frescos. The floor tiles are exquisite. What I like about this hotel, which is rare, is the casino does not hit you in the face in the lobby, as you have to walk down the lovely painted corridor to get to it. That's class.
The nicest part is the area of St. Mark's Square which imitates the real thing. Entertainers like mimes, dancers and singers entertain. You can even go on a gondola ride for about $10.00. There are many upscale stores and they are not cheap, but nice for browsing. More mainstream stores are also mixed in.
PROS: beautiful and authentic looking
CONS: bad restaurant, rooms showing a little age
If you do not mind staying off the Strip a little and having to use the shuttle to get to the Strip, then you will love the Rio. The standard rooms have big picture windows and the rooms themselves are a nice size, clean and comfortable.
The casino area is the attraction with its colorful decor, nice stores surrounding it, and the "Masquerade in the Sky" which they have recently brought back after doing away with it for several years.. I just wish they would bring back the free shows on the casino stage which were wonderful.
They are famous for their Carnival Buffet which is enormous and has been recently revamped. This and the Seafood Buffet put it in competition for the top ten buffets in Las Vegas. Don't forget to go to VegasResource.com and order your $5.00 off buffet coupon for this hotel. (It's a great website to learn about Vegas and to get freebies and discount coupons for many things in Vegas.) Or, you may be able to pick one up at Harrah's courtyard since they are owned by the same company.
PROS: big rooms, colorful and fun, buffets
CONS: not on Strip
This hotel was the "cat's pajamas" in its heyday, but it looks tired and old now. Inside it seems dark, worn and musty.
You can get some very cheap rates here (like $29 a night), but you get what you pay for. The only time we came here was for the breakfast buffet which is a great deal. Other than that, I will pay a few more dollars to eat in a nicer place.
PROS: generous, inexpensive buffet
CONS: feels old
Unless you have small children and nothing else left to do in Las Vegas with them, do not go here. The lobby is like a rave, and you might get carried off by the crowd.
I guess Circus Circus had an original idea, with people flying through the air and a circus atmosphere, but being that the Las Vegas Strip is not a family resort destination (even though there was an attempt a few years ago to tout it as one), don't go there if you are an adult without children on the trip.
There are some good restaurants inside, so if you are brave enough and want to go through the gauntlet, give it a try. Just don't tell anyone I sent you.
PROS: some good restaurants, fun for kids
CONS: not fun for adults
Everyone should go to the Stratosphere once. Go up to the top of the tower to view the city, go on the wild ride, go shopping in the mall area, but just do not stay there. There are much better deals in the middle of the Strip. Located at the northern end and close to downtown, it is a just "OK" place for a low price. For some reason, the inside of the hotel has a depressing feel, even though they have done major rennovations to try and save it.
The casino made me dizzy with its black and white decor. It has a busy casino, but in slow times, the staff runs up to you with all of these promotions. Be careful, because the deal is not as sweet as it appears. I guess this goes for any hotel.
PROS: mall area, viewing tower
CONS: bad location, somewhat dim with an old feel (not "old" as in ancient)
Classy and elegant are words to describe this hotel. In downtown, it is the best place going. The white decor and marble flash you back in time. My cousins stayed here and lieked the rooms. Prices are reasonable also, about $99, because it is not on the Strip.
Although I have never won anything here in the 3 times I have visited, I love the atmosphere and the clean feeling. Definitely worth the trip downtown.
PROS: Simply beautiful
The Cannery, one of the newer Las Vegas hotels, is kind of "blah" for a Las Vegas Hotel. The casino area is small, quite plain, and does not offer a lot of interestng games. When we were there about 6 months ago, there was a lot of construction going on in the area. It was depressing to see the construction workers and employees at the hotel standing in line in the casino area, piking up their pay checks, cashing them there, and going straight to the slot machines.
It is out of the way of the Strip and we had to drive 15 or 20 minutes to get there. The only saving grace is the buffet which was very worth it with the 2 for 1 coupon when you sign up for their player's club.
This hotel is good for a curious look if you do not mind the drive. Otherwise, stay on the Strip or go to some of the better places off the Strip.
CONS: too far to see a boring hotel