Las Vegas, Etc.
Las Vegas on a Budget
Everyone who visits Las Vegas has a different reason for coming here. Some are on business, some want an unforgettable bachelor party, and some want to hit the Diamond status at the casino. Whatever the reason, there is always the hope of hitting a jackpot that will pay for the whole trip and then some. This, however, is rarely the case. In the three years that I have lived in the city of sin, I have seen friends win a little, break even, and even spend their entire week's budget in 10 minutes. Literally.
When Mandalay Bay has taken all of your money, or when you have reached your ATM withdrawal limit at Caesar's Palace, what should you do? My advice, and probably the advice of most Las Vegas locals, would be to get off of the strip. There are equally amazing bars, restaurants, and casinos off the strip in Las Vegas and Henderson, and the prices are MUCH lower.
For my first Hub, I'd like to review an off-the-strip casino that is consistently cozy, welcoming, fun, delicious, and, above all, inexpensive. There are hundreds of casinos in Las Vegas, but of all of the places that I have been, The Silverton is one of my favorites.
Almost all hotel casinos have a pool, and many people who come to Vegas spend at least one day sitting by the pool with a drink. Honestly, is there anything better? The problem is that most drinks by the pool range from $9 - $15. The Silverton, however, gives some reprieve from this cost on Thursdays with dollar beers. That is $1 for a drink. By the pool. In Las Vegas. I will give this a second to sink in because it is flippin' amazing. The down side is that the special only includes beer ( I believe you can choose Bud Light or Miller Light). If you want a different drink you have to go into the casino for it. To my knowledge, no other casino offers dollar beers by the pool. Please let me know if it does! I'd love to review THAT casino, too.
A lot of people also like to come to Vegas casinos to see the free attractions. There is the Lion habitat at MGM, the Show in the Sky at the Rio, and the flamingo habitat at the Flamingo. The Silverton tried its hand at free entertainment with an aquarium. There are mermaids that float around inside the tank, stingrays, fish, and even sharks. It is a great place to take the kids if you have them, and the tank is located next to a huge Bass Pro Shop. Yep, Bass Pro Shop. Definitely a different type of casino. It kind of reminds me of a lodge in Wisconsin.
For those of us who are not big gamblers (and I definitely am not a big gambler. I tend to play penny video poker. Yes, it exists.) the Silverton has $5 blackjack. It's a good way to win back the money you lost or at least lose less than you might have on the strip.
Some people don't go to the casinos to gamble. I for one happen to love trying out the restaurants. The Silverton has a delicious buffet, which you can try for free if you sign up for the players club. They also have a decent Mexican restaurant, low-priced cafe, and absolutely wonderful steakhouse. If you head to the steakhouse for a late-night snack, you can get up to 70% off of tapas. They definitely have some good deals!
As with all casinos, there are some things that I don't like about the Silverton. If you want to stay in the hotel the rooms are cheap and comfortable, which is great, but the setup at the front desk is kind of ridiculous. When I stayed at the hotel, there was one person running the hotel check-in, convenience shop, and phones. It took about 30 minutes to get checked in. Also, there are only 2 bathrooms on the casino floor, so you sometimes have to walk kind of far to get to a bathroom. Otherwise, I can find very few negative things to say about the Silverton.
Like this one, most of my Hubs will be reviews of places in Las Vegas (on and off the strip) and Henderson. However, I also plan to review places that I visit outside of Nevada. For example, this summer I spent some time in Newport, Oregon and experienced some amazing places that I want to share. Hence the title Las Vegas, Etc. I will not only review hotels, casinos, and restaurants. I also like to explore the outdoors, so I will let you know how some places are for hiking, boating, rafting, etc. If I read a particularly good book or see a TV show that I feel you MUST see, I'll tell you about that, too.
As a teacher, I get to spend time over the summer visiting new places, reading good books, and catching up on movies and TV that I missed over the summer. But, I also to do all of this while being conscious of my budget. I do sometimes throw the budget out the window for restaurants or hotels (let's face it; I'm a foodie), but I will always try to give you some insight into good deals.
Whatever the topic of my post, I want you to remember that this is all opinion, and I welcome any feedback! If I hated a restaurant because they had terrible lobster bisque, and you are positive that I'd love it if I tried the clam chowder, then speak up! I will try anything once, and will always give something a second chance.