Arizona Charlie's Boulder is beloved by locals, and it's ideal for visitors who want to stay away from the Strip on the east side of Las Vegas. Located on Boulder Highway in an area dubbed the "Boulder Strip," this small-sized resort offers good value and comfortable accommodations as well as an intimate casino experience.
Each of the guest rooms and suites at Arizona Charlie's Boulder is spacious and comes with a remote-controlled color TV, Pay-Per-View movies, an iron and ironing board, climate control and a hair dryer. The swimming pool and hot tub in the courtyard are open seasonally. Laundry services are also available.
The resort's three main dining venues are located on the second floor. The Yukon Grille provides steakhouse-style dinners in a relaxed setting. Fresh seafood, filet mignon, rotisserie duck, rack of lamb and other flavorful meats are just a few of the things can order here. Experience down-home cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Sourdough Cafe. The menu features American cuisine and runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary. The Wild West Buffet boasts a large dining room packed with good things -- seafood, pastas, prime rib, salads and scrumptious desserts. Plus, on the main floor near the parking garage, guests can always grab a sandwich and specialty coffee at Charlie's Cheesesteak Deli.
All of your favorite games await in the action-packed casino. In addition to a 24-hour , guests can place a bet on their favorite team in the race and sports book and then sit back in one of 16 armchairs to watch the day's matchups. With 12 different table games and more than 1,000 slot and video poker machines, you'll have plenty of other ways to win big.
Take a breather and enjoy a beer or cocktail in the beautiful Elbow Creek Bar at the heart of the casino. At night, live bands perform on the nearby stage in the Palace Grand Lounge.
For those traveling with recreational vehicles, there's an accompanying RV park at Arizona Charlie's Boulder. It boasts more than 200 spaces that can accommodate motor homes of all sizes. A clubhouse offers a large TV, a pool table, fitness equipment and laundry facilities.
Situated less than 10 miles from the Strip and McCarran International Airport near the U.S. 95, the affordable Arizona Charlie's Boulder may be a bit off-the-beaten path, but it has everything you need to relax and have fun in Vegas.
-- By Renée LiButti