Near the heart of the Strip, Harrah's Las Vegas is a base for budget-conscious visitors because of its inexpensive rooms as well as a selection of shows, restaurants and bars with mass appeal.
Bargain accommodations, a dash of Mardi Gras spirit, near central Strip location
Everyone wants to be near the center of the Strip. By staying at Harrah's you won't pay through the nose for that privilege.
Wait, do we actually have to elaborate on that? OK, so you can walk over to The LINQ Promenade next door and get on the High Roller observation wheel. Eat, drink and shop like a Roman across the street at Caesars Palace. Mosey over to The Mirage where dolphins swim and a volcano erupts nightly. Because this is just the tip of the iceberg, that's enough…we're done talking about how ideal Harrah's location is.
While we don't love eating fried bologna sandwiches (of course, we respect your desire to eat them), we do adore Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. Named for one of the country superstar's hit singles, this joint is bursting at the seams with live music, dancing, beer and big portions of good ol' home-style food.
Two more bars at Harrah's are terrific for kicking back without having to dip into next month's rent money. The open-air Carnaval Court is like a street party with live DJs and cocktails poured by flair bartenders. Things also get wild and crazy at the indoor Piano Bar thanks to its quirky collection of performers, including The Twins Dueling Pianos Show and Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee.
As far as buffets go, Flavors is worth a visit. Instead of waxing poetic about the prime rib and crab legs, let's skip right to the good stuff. The dessert station. This one is stocked with things you don't often see at buffets -- like donuts, cinnamon rolls and bread pudding. There's even a cotton candy machine, and you're allowed to nab a bag to bring back to your room with you.
Lets face it. You won't be posting pictures of your Harrah's room to Instagram. This is not over-the-top luxury accommodations. This is affordable rooms that put you on the Strip. While compact at nearly 350 square feet, they do feel cheerful enough, but don't come with added amenities like a fridge or a coffeemaker.
Coffeemakers are provided in suites in the Mardi Gras Tower. Set back a bit from the Strip, many of rooms in this tower overlook the pool.
If you'd really like something to see from your window and you're a fan of giant observation wheels, then upgrade to a room with a view of the High Roller.
Look for the statue of "The Greenbacks" near the middle of the casino floor. You'll want to snap a photo with this flashy tourist couple (Buck and Winnie -- yep, those are their names) and their dog Chip. Created by artists Conversano and Chiodo, they're covered in all the cash they've won at Harrah's.
Some things on the Strip aren't within walking distance -- but you can get to those via the Las Vegas Monorail. There's a station that straddles Harrah's and The LINQ Hotel & Casino behind the properties. Plus, Caesars Entertainment provides free shuttle service between Harrah's and two of its other properties -- Bally's (which is linked to Paris Las Vegas) and the off-Strip Rio.
Don't be afraid to use the self-parking garage. Compared to other Vegas hotels, this one is easy to navigate and convenient. You can access it from the Strip in front of Harrah's or from Linq Lane behind the resort. Once you've parked and taken an elevator to the ground floor, the resort's porte cochere and front desk are merely steps away.