Travel down the tracks of time at Boulder Station in east Las Vegas on the "Boulder Strip." This off-Strip resort is about seven miles from McCarran International Airport, near the corner of Boulder Highway and Desert Inn Road. It will truly transport you to a Victorian train station with surroundings that consist of gleaming hardwood floors, raised ceilings and train-themed stained glass displays.
The energy level at Boulder Station is as high as the roof, thanks to the crowds that pack it. On most nights, the 750-seat Railhead features live music ranging from nationally known bands and comedians to local tribute acts. In addition, the casino is always buzzing with the presence of 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Guests can place a bet on their favorite team in the 300-seat race and sports book, try to hit the coverall in the spacious, 574-seat bingo hall or sit in on a tournament at the 11-table poker room. Plenty of table games abound as well.
From the elegance of The Broiler, Station Casinos' signature steakhouse, to the energy of Cabo Mexican Restaurant and the Italian-themed Pasta Cucina, the dining experiences available at Boulder Station are exceptional. The Grand Café, a 24-hour eatery, serves hearty cuisine including skillet breakfasts, refreshing salads and an unbeatable $9.99 prime rib special. The Feast Buffet pays tribute to some of the most beloved foods from around the world. And you can stop by Slices Pizzeria, Viva Salsa or the food court (i.e., Burger King, Winchell's, Subway and Starbucks) if you need a bite on the go.
Movie fans can catch a flick at the 11-screen Regal Cinemas. Plus, parents who want to some spend some time alone together can drop their children off at Kids Quest -- where they're guaranteed to have a blast in a professionally supervised setting.
Located across from the front desk, the Havana Lounge offers imaginative cocktails, premium cigars and billiards in a sophisticated atmosphere. The Kixx bar also has a vibrant and warm atmosphere. It's where you can sip flavored margaritas and participate in karaoke on the weekends, And there are 12 different beers are on tap in the intimate Brewer's Bar.
When it's time to sleep, the newly renovated rooms are sure to provide a good night's rest. The décor is stylish and chic. The beds boast pillow-top mattresses, and you will have a plasma TV, computer desk and wireless internet access at your disposal. Guests can also make use of an outdoor pool, a fitness room and a gift shop.
Boulder Station is perfectly situated if you've come to Las Vegas for NASCAR or other events at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- because you'll have easy access there via the nearby freeway. Or if you'd prefer to enjoy the area's historical and natural attractions, Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire aren't so far away.
Whatever your interest, your stay at Boulder Station will provide you with a fun, convenient and affordable and fun vacation. So all aboard!
-- By Renée LiButti