Laughlin Buzz

Feb 6, 2013

A night at Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada

Being local to the area we rarely stay at the Casino hotels in Laughlin, NV.  However, on the day of the Super Bowl we had guests in the area who wanted to take in the game at one of the Casinos.  Since we had an offer of free tickets to the Big Game event and comped rooms at the Aquarius Resort we took them.    

We checked in at the Executive Services lounge.  This is right inside the main doors to the right.  The regular check in is to the left.  If you have reached a Green or Red players card level this is available.  We were able to check in by 1PM and check in was fast and friendly.  Even though the room was "free" you have to leave a credit card with a deposit of $50 for incidentals.  This is refunded 3 days later.  Our rooms were comped on the 9th floor of the California Tower.   The Casino was already very full and bustling with activity.  

Trying to get to the room it seemed as if only 1 of the 6 elevators were running and it was a full ride both up and down.   The first thing we noticed was the sort of overwhelming dull sea green color theme of the hallways.  Our rooms were at the far end so we got to enjoy the long walk through it.  

The room was more spacious than we expected.  See pictures below. King Bed.  Chair with Ottoman.  Desk and Chair.  Decent sized flat screen TV.  Small refrigerator and single serving coffee pot.  Floor to ceiling windows.  We even had a half river view (toward the Edgewater Casino).  In the other direction it overlooked the parking garage but the strip was in the background.  It was a good view at night when everything was lit up on Casino Drive. 

The bed for some reason didn't have a comforter or heavy bedspread as most hotels will have.  Whether that was an oversight or just how they do up the room we have no idea.  As we didn't need one we didn't bother to ask, it just looked odd upon entering the room.  The room and bathroom were clean.  The AC worked fine (even though it was February we had to put it on to cool the room a bit).  The TV only had limited channels but we weren't there to spend time in the room watching TV anyway.  The bathroom had your basic sample shampoos, conditioner, etc, and a blow dryer.  A iron and board was there but no bags for laundry.  Six pillows on the bed, plus an extra one on the shelf.  Wifi in the room is extra, 12 or 14 dollars per 24 hours.  In our opinion this is excessive especially when a room is comped or at a low rate.  

Wifi should not be a significant percentage compared to the room cost.  At Aquarius at least you do have the option of 24 hour wifi in the Starbucks on the Casino floor.  

Having heard some possible reports about bedbug issues in Laughlin we checked thoroughly right away and all was fine.  No problem at all.  We recommend doing this no matter where you stay.  

Pavillion - Big Game (Super Bowl Event)

After leaving our bag we headed down to the Casino and got a drink from the Executive Services lounge.  They have soft drinks, juice, coffee, and on most occasions champagne.  This day they also had Baileys Irish Cream to add to the coffee.  Plus a tray of cookies and fruit are there. 

After this we headed up to the Big Game event.  This took place in the Splash Cabaret (at the back of the Casino floor) and in the Pavilion (on the second floor).  Our tickets were for the Pavilion.  We didn't know what to expect but it was a pleasant experience.  Each couple got a gift bag with beads, other game related tokens.  Food and drink were free (part of the Big Game ticket price) from 3PM until the end of the game.  This included beer, liquor, soft drinks water. Food included Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Nachos, Hot Wings, Chips and popcorn.  Although we don't know what the cost of the tickets would of been, between the all you can eat drinks and food it seemed like it must of been a good deal.  The Pavilion is huge with TVs in the center.  There were plenty of bars and food sections on both sides so there was very little wait for anything.  The room was divided into Purple and Red themes (with table clothes and pompoms on the table).  Being loyal Packer and Steeler fans we made a random choice and ended up in the sitting in the losing red section.  We enjoyed the game, the unlimited drinks and food and had a good time.  The room was clean, smoke free, the staff was friendly, it was loud but fun and no problems with the crowd. They did have one small room outside the Pavilion for smokers and they only had a couple small TVs to watch the game. If Aquarius has a similar event again next year we would recommend it if you are looking for somewhere to take in the game.  

After the game we played a bit in the Casino.  It was busy but not overly crowded.  Many people must of headed home after the game.  We ended up about even between one of us winning and the other one losing.  
Finally we headed up to the room.  For all of us though we did have one complaint we didn't expect.  The mattresses were very firm, almost hard.  One person referred to it as a marble slab.  Mattress firmness is a personal preference but in our opinion it was a tough nights sleep because these ones seemed just a bit too firm. They were quality mattresses in great shape (noticed they were Sertas during our bedbug check). There was even a brochure on the nightstand talking about how good they are and that they are available for purchase.  We would have to pass on that.   Room service is offered but we didn't try it.  Instead we grabbed a coffee, oatmeal, and a pastry from the 24 hour Starbucks downstairs.  We checked out just before the 11PM checkout time and won $100 on the way out to go home.  

Overall we thought the experience at the Aquarius was a good one.  No complaints other than we would of liked a softer mattress.  Would definitely consider staying there again, even if it was not a comped room. If you are a football fan you also might want to check out the Big Game event next year!  

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