Sunday, May 20, 2007

Top Five Las Vegas Area South Side Hotel Casinos

(Above, click for larger image) The District At Green Valley Ranch

By the "South Side", I'm referring to the South Strip (towards LA) , Henderson, Lake Las Vegas, or anywhere south of the 215 beltway.

These are the favorites of many locals, especially Boulder City and Henderson residents; but even if you are a tourist staying on the strip, you can take a short drive to these properties to see and enjoy another side of Vegas, the South Side!

  1. Green Valley Ranch Resort

    Welcome to the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino. Only minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, you will discover an escape that combines exciting casino action and the hottest nightlife with the pampering and relaxation of a luxury resort and spa.

  2. Monte Lago Village Resort

    MonteLago Village Resort, a one of a kind luxury resort and real estate opportunity just 17 miles from the Las Vegas strip. Set among the desert mountains of Nevada on the shores of sparkling Lake Las Vegas, the Mediterranean-themed village offers exquisite shopping and dining, golfing, European-style gaming, and access to championship golf and lakeside recreation of Lake Las Vegas Resort.

  3. South Point

    We are located in the heart of the premier southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of our many amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. Our casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. Our distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch plasma televisions, Coast Plush mattresses and Wireless Fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. Stop by the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa today, we are sure you will want to stay.

  4. Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort

    • 493 guest rooms including 46 suites/parlors

    • Spa featuring 11 treatment rooms, full-service beauty salon and complete fitness center featuring massages, skin therapies, manicure and pedicures, cardio and strength training equipment

    • 2 signature pools, a swimming lagoon, cabanas and water activities

    • 18-hole Reflection Bay Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature design championship golf course with instructional programs

    • The Falls Golf Club, including 10-acre practice facilities and PGA professionals available for private or group instruction

    • Kayaks, pedal boats, canoes and a number of electric boats to explore Lake Las Vegas

    • Lake Mead Cruise to sit back and enjoy the view, including Hoover Dam

    • 45,000 square feet of indoor function space and 70,000 square feet of outdoor function space

    • Kid's Club and Baby-sitting service

    • Self, valet and boat trailer parking

    • Laundry/dry cleaning

    • Cafe Tajine: American cuisine with Mediterranean influences

    • Arabesque Lounge

  5. The Hacienda Hotel - Boulder City

    The Hacienda Hotel & Casino welcomes you with gaming excitement, fine dining, and spacious accommodations.

    The Hacienda offers all of the excitement of live gaming, plus a variety of popular state-of-the-art slots, electronic keno and video poker machines. Visit our sports book to place a wager on your favorite team.

    Get away from it all at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino. We offer a spectacular panoramic view of beautiful Lake Mead and we're just minutes from Hoover Dam.

Henderson Area Interactive Map

And this about the South Point from the Vegas for low rollers LA Times article:

South Point Hotel Casino

Location: 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

It isn't often you can brag about staying in a bargain-rate hotel room that features a 42-inch plasma screen TV. Mine had not one, but two.

South Point (until just recently, it was called South Coast), advertises itself as "the gateway" to Las Vegas, but it is actually a 20-minute drive south of the Strip. It's too far from the action, and it's a $25 cab ride to get there.

But it's a great deal. It has an 80,000-square-foot casino with a 25-story hotel tower; rooms are big and plush; food is cheap; and the amenities are those usually found in pricier hotel rooms.

To top it off, when I checked in on a busy Friday night, all the standard rooms -- I had booked mine anonymously two months in advance -- were full, and I was upgraded to a suite, with a sitting room and two plasma TVs. The rooms were a sunny yellow and gold, the king bed was triple sheeted and a coffee maker offered a free java jolt.

The next morning, I checked out a few standard rooms: All had 42-inch plasma TVs (one, not two), plush bedding and free wireless Internet.

Price paid: $162.41, including tax. (January rate range: $75.21-$381.50 Sunday-Thursday; $118.81-$350 Saturday-Sunday).

Parking: Free.

Amenities: Casino, room service, six restaurants, business center, fitness center and spa, child-care facility.

Pros: Inexpensive and well-maintained. Large casino on site features inexpensive food. (A 16-ounce T-bone or 10-ounce prime rib dinner is $9.95.)

Cons: Five miles from the Strip, but a free shuttle runs from hotel to airport and Strip (it stops at Mandalay Bay), 6 a.m.-12:30 a.m. daily.

Info: 866-796-7111; -- Rosemary McClure


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