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Mar 28, 2019

Bumbleberry Flats at the New Pioneer

Laughlin, NV
Bumbleberry Flats 
The New Pioneer
(Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall)

Our last visit to Bumbleberry Flats was long before the new Owners took over in May of 2018.   For a long time, it was one of our favorite dining choices in Laughlin.   Just a couple of days ago we were invited out for dinner at Bumbleberry, so we were excited to try it again. 

The Staff in the entire Casino was very good, very friendly and prompt.  The two servers who helped out at our table in Bumbleberry were excellent.   One of them highly recommended the barbecue ribs.  *The menu had only changed slightly since our last visit, so it was hard to decide. 

They only had a couple orders of the Ribs left so we went with that choice.  It turned out to be a good one.  

The 1/2 rack of ribs was huge, cooked perfectly, with a good sauce (not too spicy, which we dislike).  The ribs were served with corn on the cob, 2 fritters, and baked beans.  Chicken and Waffles was another choice at our table (sorry no picture). This turned out to be another really good item.  

*We did notice the Brisket and Prime Rib was noted on the menu as only available on Friday and Saturday.  Both of which we may have had instead of the Ribs.  

We also all shared the Fried Pickles. Again, no picture, because everyone starting eating them right away!  They were very good.  

Before dinner we stopped in Sassy Sue's Bar.  The bartender was friendly and fast with bringing us an 805.    

Sassy Sues has a great river view, cold beer (many on tap), and (sometimes) a hot machine.  No luck this time but we only played for a short while.  

After dinner, we played a few machines on the Casino floor.  Drink service was fast and friendly.  

Even though some of the exterior of the Casino, mostly the lighting, needs some TLC, we enjoyed our visit to Bumbleberry Flats and the bar overlooking the River.  We will definitely be back sometime again. 

Finally, we can't say enough about the staff, who are doing their best to give guests an enjoyable experience.  Great job, thank you!

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Mar 23, 2019

Harrah's Laughlin - Fresh Market Buffet

Laughlin, NV

Mini-Review of our unplanned trip to Harrah's Laughlin Buffet 

Our choice was either the Beach Cafe or the Buffet or leave the property for a very late morning breakfast/early lunch.   

It turns out they call it Brunch (from 7:30am-1pm) no matter what day of the week it is.   We were there on a weekday.    The price was $13.99 which seemed high.  We asked if there was a locals discount and received $3 off.   $10.99 wasn't too bad for what we received. 

No, we aren't Seven Stars, perhaps higher card levels get an even bigger discount?   It never hurts to ask. 

They were not busy and we were seated quickly and the hostess told us to help ourselves to drinks. The self-serve stations for juice, coffee, milk, tea, etc. are new since the last time we were there.   

While it is easier to get something faster if you want it, right away we noticed there was basically just one person working in the dining area.  Mostly bussing tables.  

Some tables had silverware on them, others did not.  We had to go up and get our own.   There were no straws by the self-service drink area.  Eventually, the bus person asked us if we wanted a straw.  

This isn't meant as a complaint, just an observation that it felt a bit like a cafeteria, not a buffet. 

Overall the food on the buffet was just ok, some things better than others.  The salad bar items seemed fresh. The Roast Beef was a bit overdone. There was a good selection of desserts.  For $10.99 (which included beverages) it was fine.  We would not have felt the same had it cost us more.  

Harrah's Buffet is generally considered one of the top ones in Laughlin. 

For us, it seems like it has gone downhill a bit.  We don't go that often but cutting costs and corners are evident compared to previous visits.   

(No pictures of the food - no offense to the food itself, the shots just didn't turn out to be very photogenic).  

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Tropicana Laughlin Closes Roundhouse Buffet

March 22, 2019
Laughlin, NV

Tropicana Laughlin

Earlier this week the Tropicana in Laughlin quietly closed their popular RoundHouse Buffet.   
When we reached out to them on Facebook they stated: 

Yes, we have closed the Roundhouse Buffet and over the next several months will review options as to how to best utilize that space.

Sadly, with the closure of the buffet the 2 for 1 "locals" Buffet and monthly, special Veteran's discounted Buffet is no more. 

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A Tour of a South Tower Room at Harrah's Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada
Harrah's Laughlin

Tour of a South Tower Room 

Every now and then we get a comped room at Harrah's in Laughlin.  Even though we are local we decided to do a mini stay for 2 nights and booked a King Room in the South Tower.   

We prefer the South Tower for ease to access right from the Casino floor.  Plus, the rooms apparently have been recently remodeled.   The look of them is very similar to the Valley Rooms at Harrah's Las Vegas.

Check in was fast and simple using the self serve kiosks.   Apparently, unless you are Platinum or above you are supposed to check in using the kiosks rather than the front desk.  As we have not played much at Caesars properties in a year or so, our card is just Gold.   

Note:  Even though we did get the room comped because our level was not Platinum or above we were charged the nightly Resort Fee of $15.75.  

Our room as noted to be a Riverview one.  It was near the end of the hall though, so one had to look out of the far corner of the window to get a glimpse of the River.  (1st picture below).  We had a much better view of the roof.   In a previous stay, we did have a better River view (2nd picture below)

River view this visit

River View Last Time We Stayed

The bed was plain and not made all that neatly with no cover/bedspread.  That was fine with us because we always just remove it anyway (never know how often they wash them).   It was clean.  And, yes, we always check for unwanted critters in ANY hotel we stay at. 

The rest of the room was clean, except for two things*.   

The entire decor seemed boring and basic.  As if they did just enough to make it decent.     

The nightstand/tables do not have a drawer.  Inconvenient, another cost cut? 

There was a small refrigerator tucked in the dresser below the TV.  

No extra charge, which is nice. 

There was a tiny closet behind a curtain. Inside was a small safe.  

The standard (Motel 6 type) Coffee Tea Bag system was set up in the bathroom.  For the Resort Fee, how about including a Keurig and a couple pods at least.  Or a voucher for a coffee outside the room. 

This was better than recent stays at Caesars properties in Vegas where they did not even include one.

Even though we didn't use it, wouldn't it be better placed in the main room such as by the ice bucket instead of the bathroom?    Especially with the high-velocity toilet flushing system, they have installed.

On the topic of the commode - if you have bad knees or a back or if you are tall, the height of it can be a challenge.   It is very low to the ground.  More cost savings apparently. 

Basic bathroom amenities were included. 

The shower (no tub) was the open door style.   Luckily the huge rain style shower head had such low water pressure so the floor did not get all wet.   But the low flow caused it to take forever to rinse your hair when showering.   A positive was everything was very clean. 

* Now for the not so clean. 

The sofa or lounge chair type piece of furniture had a stain and a tear.  The last time we stayed it had a stain too.  This is very uncomfortable piece of furniture anyway.   

The heating/cooling system worked perfectly.  

But...they still need to clean the vents.  

We were given a choice to opt out of room housekeeping and received a $10 credit.  That just about covered the Resort Fee.   Basic WiFi was included in the Resort Fee and it worked fine.  Beach access and pool access is also included.  Neither of which were used.  Except for a quick walk to look at the beach.  

Check out was fast and easy.  Even though they made a mistake on our bill, a quick call to the front desk fixed it immediately and we checked out via the TV.   Checkout time was said to be 12 noon. 

Overall, it was a good stay.  We didn't have much luck in the Casino, but the staff was great, and cocktail service on the Casino floor was fast and friendly.  We tried a few of the restaurants too, more reviews to be posted soon! 

See our review of the Fresh Market Buffet.

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Mar 10, 2019

Laughlin January Visitor Numbers Down 4.2%

Laughlin, NV

The Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority reported January

Visitor Statistics for Laughlin. It showed a decrease in the first month of the year.

Laughlin visitors
January Visitors (2019)   142,000 
January Visitors (2018)   148,000  

Even though Gaming Revenue was up 1.83% in Laughlin for the month of January, visitor numbers fell by ‐4.2%.

  Source:  LVVCA

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