We stayed here one night at mid-week rates. We avoided the weekend price hikes by staying at the Hawthorne “Suites” (actually a misnomer for a midmarket budget hotel), and came here on a Sunday afternoon, having booked in advance on Boulder Station’s Website.
Kudos for the covered multi-story parking garage. This keeps one’s car protected from the sun (and from possible weather elements). Of course, many other casino hotels have such garages, but many others lack them. However: though the walk from the car to the hotel entrance was short and covered, the walk from the entrance to check-in involved a lengthy walk through the gauntlet of casino stuff. Again, many casino hotels are set up in such manner – but this is worth deducting half a pip from the rating. Check-in was quick – but it also involved lack of clarity on the free breakfast included in our rate (e.g. where and how to claim that). Of course, a smooth operation would hand out meal tickets, or better yet, have the included meal programmed into our key cards, and marked as such on the card wallet. But that was not done, resulting in confusion (by ourselves, and by the cashier at the buffet restaurant, at breakfast time). Deduct another half pip.
Rooms were relatively spacious, as expected from reading local LV hotel review photoblogs. The bathrooms were somewhat dated; but we prefer neatness and comfort over shallow “bling”. Or, were we actually witnessing LV casino architecture – with the hotel catering to its market (Escalade-Tahoe drivers rather than Prius-Infiniti-Jetta drivers)? This was one of only 2 hotels on a 2-week road trip that did not offer an in-room fridge. We had a portable cooler, however – which contained food and drinks helping us to improve on our nutrition compared with hotel and restaurant fare. The room, and the beds, were comfortable. Good value at the mid-week price. Maybe not quite such good value if we had been paying the much higher weekend price (which we avoided by staying elsewhere, as already noted).
Entertainment seemed odd. Boulder Station has a purpose-built nightery for live music. It has apparently featured some pretty good groups. But bookings are unfortunately sparse, so that nightery is way under-utilized. Other than that – entertainment is mostly gambling or drinking. Because of this, we had booked a concert elsewhere (at “half price”). We were hosting overseas visitors, who wanted to experience a casino hotel, without actually gambling or using any over-hyped “facilities.” We were able to do this nicely with this stay.
Breakfast was at Boulder Station’s Buffet restaurant. That is reviewed separately, and was (1) better than most mid-market hotel breakfasts these days, but (2) only so-so for a buffet restaurant with so much space to display-serve food.
Boulder Station Hotel Casino
4111 Boulder Highway Las Vegas, Nevada
Located near the Las Vegas Strip, this hotel offers non-stop entertainment, kids activities and enjoyable on-site facilities just a short drive from the famous casinos and resorts on the Strip.
Boulder Station Hotel is a 15-story tower featuring stunning views and an elegant Victorian setting with hardwood walkways and stained glass windows. Eat in one of the award-winning restaurants, swim in the outdoor pool or enjoy a film in the 11-screen cinema.
The casino at Boulder Station offers more than 2,900 slot and video poker machines. Guests can also try their luck with 42 table games, a poker room and 300-seat race and sports book. Kids will love the hotel’s Kids Quest, where for a small fee, kids can play on the indoor playground and more with a professionally trained staff.