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Circus Circus Hotel Review - Las Vegas

Updated on March 24, 2011

Party in Las Vegas like it's 1970

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was built in 1968, and it reached its peak in about 1971. Some of you may remember that Hunter S. Thompson's literary alter ego Raoul Duke visited Circus Circus with his lawyer friend Dr. Gonzo in the legendary book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I'd like to say that the place has advanced a lot since then, but unfortunately that's not really true.

Circus Circus sits north of the main part of the Las Vegas Strip on the west side of the street. It's an area that's mostly open lots or run down buildings where huge hotels and casinos once stood. Those other casinos, with the exception of The Sahara, The Riviera, and a few others, have all been demolished. Newer hotels are planned, but the economic downturn has delayed a lot of construction in Las Vegas.

Circus Circus rooms, prices, and entertainment

Circus Circus features Tower Rooms, Manor Rooms, and an RV Park. You won't find very good reviews of the rooms in the hotel. They are old by Las Vegas standards, and even though they've done some updating they just can't make them bigger, and in modern Las Vegas it's all about the jumbo hotel room. If you're comparing the room to your local Holiday Inn, it's not too bad. If you're comparing it to the Palazzo or Wynn, it's absolutely a dump.

Prices start as low as $24 a night. There are extra fees for things like internet. Check their website before booking, because you can sometimes get good package deals or deals on your food. You won't find any restaurants with Bobby Flay's name on it at Circus Circus, but you'll find some decent soul food, which is the term I use for stuff that's high in fat and high in flavor.

For entertainment, well, you're staying at a circus! Adventuredome is their indoor theme park. It's nothing special, but it's fun if you're looking to get away from the tables for a while and spend some time with the family. There are also trapeze artists, just as seen in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Midway was also seen in that movie, and it's just a big area with the types of games you might find at a state fair.

Overall, Circus Circus can be fun even if you aren't staying there. If you're expecting to be pampered during your vacation, I would suggest NOT staying there and instead just visiting as part of a day trip.

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