Casino Boy Says: Golly, folks. I'd rather spend a day in the urine and litter under the Boardwalk than a day in this place.

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654 rooms
33,000 s.f.

Boardwalk - Holiday Inn
1-800-635-4581, 3750 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Room Quality It's a creepy Holiday Inn Hotel, so you can expect the Holiday Inn level of quality but not much more. Ask for the new tower because its rooms are much nicer than the old ones. Bathrooms have typical cheap tub/shower combos, flat towels and linoleum flooring. One odd thing is that although the new tower is only a few years old, it's already looking a bit worn. The best thing about the place is its South Strip location, next to Monte Carlo, New York New York and some much more interesting resorts. The Boardwalk carnival theme is done really half-assed.

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Service Quality: Fair to poor. This is a Steve Wynn property, but it doesn't act like one and the rumor is that he bought just for the property. We've read complaints of noise and unclean rooms, and we have witnessed the disinterest of the employees firsthand. If you're a business traveler, this place won't have the business accoutrements you need to become a powerful executive.
What You Get Bottles of in the Bathroom: Shampoo and conditioner. Keep in mind that Holiday Inns have a policy of providing for free any necessities you might have forgotten. Make sure to ask for free razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, aspirin and anything else you can think of. Heck, see if they'll give you a free shirt or something.
Clientele: Young to middle-aged people without much money or an idea of what this place was like before they booked it. They go to the South Strip and end up here because its low limit games are all they can afford.
How's the pool? Fair. It's a small hotel with two small plain pools. No theme or decorations to speak of, but also not much of a crowd.
Free Shuttle: None, but the Monte Carlo next door has a convenient monorail to the Bellagio. (For complete free shuttle info and schedules buy our guide--it's only $4)

Table Games: It's a small casino with limited live games. They have 20 tables, including several blackjack tables, a roulette wheel and a craps table, possibly some less common games. Whenever we have been in this casino, it has seemed lifeless and unfun.
Machines: From a nickel on up to a buck. There's no full-pay video poker that we could see. This place is really just set up to take the money of the low-roller on the South Strip. Despite low table minimums, it really isn't much of a bargain.
Bet Minimums: $3 blackjack from a shoe and $2 craps with standard Strip double odds, but the blackjack rules are unattractive compared to other low-roller joints on the Strip and Downtown.
Cocktails? Poor to fair. We don't see a lot of waitresses hustling around when we're there, so you might have to bring in your own 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor if you want to get blotto and make a scene.
Who Gets Comps? Not sure, but if they ever offer you a buffet comp, refuse or pay the consequences (see below). Have never heard of any slot players being treated generously. They don't even have a slot club. The thing is, this place doesn't attract loyalty, so there aren't regular players they want to keep. It's just there for people to go to when they realize they can't afford anything else on the South Strip.

Surf Buffet: In all our searches, in all our bad dining experiences, this buffet stands out as the dirty hands-down worst. We ate lunch here and it was the least edible buffet we've ever had. The stations were dirty and only half of them filled with an odd greenish goo. The breads were stale, the dessert choices were limited to rock-hard white cake and some lousy ice cream. One positive is that at least it's a limited menu, so they only make a few terrible dishes. Something else that's nice is that it is open 24 hours a day. We know friends who have stumbled in late at night when drunk and hungry. Even in that advanced state they still regretted it.
Cyclone Coffee Shop: Average coffee shop fare, but the place isn't even open 24 hours a day. It opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 11:30 p.m., we guess so they can herd the late night crowd into their gut-wrenching buffet.
The Deli: Half-pound hot dogs or three White-Castle style burgers for $1.49. There are lots of cheap menu items, but don't make a meal out of this slop. It's just for snacking.

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Dream King: In a town full of Elvis Impersonators, here's your chance to pay $25 to see an okay one. Trent Carlini acts like both the thin and fat Elvis to a half-empty room every night but Monday.
Cheesy Lounge Acts Late at night, cheesy acts play the Lighthouse Theater. If you really want corny, this might be the corniest stuff on the South Strip.


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