I recently had several friends coming to Las Vegas for a convention and even though I live in Las Vegas they wanted me to come stay on the Strip with them so we could hang out and do some gambling, drinking, and partying like the old days. They informed me they where staying at the Venetian, so I went online to check the room rates and they were starting at $200 a night. Most people who know me claim I am cheap, I prefer frugal, I am always looking for the best value, so $200 a night was out of the question when I live fifteen minutes from the strip.
Of course staying on the strip would be very convenient, so I decided to see if I could find a better deal. I found the Casino Royale that is right in the middle of the Venetian and Harrah’s Casino, less than a five minute walk to the Venetian. More importantly their room rates for the middle of the week where only $29 a night. I booked a room with a king size bed as fast as my fingers could type in my credit card number!
I checked into my room on a Wednesday, check in was pretty smooth, and I realized this was a budget hotel. I’m not even sure they have bellhops, I only had one bag so I didn’t even look for one. After getting my room key and heading upstairs I was pleasantly surprised by how nice my room was. The king size bed was firm with big fluffy pillows, there was an in room safe, a refrigerator, and what looked like a 37″ flat screen TV. The rooms apparently where recently remodeled and it showed. In the bathroom there was a bar of soap, a bottle of shampoo and conditioner, hairdryer, plenty of towels, and housekeeping was excellent.
The only draw back to the room is that the area to hang up your clothes and the bathroom were small, but functional, it would be hard for two people to navigate. One good thing for me was that all the rooms at the Casino Royale are non-smoking.
The Casino Royale has several places to eat on site, starting with an Outback Steakhouse, which is great by the way. They also have a Denny’s, Subway, and a Ben and Jerry’s. A Noble Roman’s fast food pizza is also located on site, which to be honest is horrible, everything else was great, but avoid the pizza place.
If you like Margaritas or Michelob beer, you are in the right place. The bar in the middle of the casino offers $1.00 frozen lime or strawberry margaritas. Also offered are $1.00 Michelob and Michelob Lite beers, and they sell a lot of both. If neither sounds appealing to you they also offer drinks from the well for only $1.50, that make this the cheapest place to drink on the strip if you are not gambling.
One word of advice, this is a small hotel and very close to the strip so if you can request a room on the north side of the hotel it will be quieter. Over all my stay in the Hotel was very good, and a great value and I would definitely recommend it to others and have no problem staying there again.