Casino Boy Says: Zoommm! My grandma says this place is out of this world!

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~100,000 s.f.
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Stardust Resort and Casino
1-800-634-6757, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Room Quality The West Tower (the big one) rooms are pretty nice thanks to the recent renovation. The look is a "Junior Mirage" with tan carpet, a swanky sitting chair, cherry wood furniture and very tasteful bedspreads. The rooms are ow improved, but still a notch lower than upp-ermiddle joints the likes of Luxor or New York New York. While the location is not so hot, the price is usually good. The bathrooms are large and there are safes in the closets, which have closing doors. The Villa and east tower are old-school. The east tower is smaller than the west tower, and the decor is different and dated, yet clean. The Villa rooms are motel style, low-slung block buildings that surround the pool. Some have a good view, some have no view, and there are some two story suites in the Villa.

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Service Quality: Good. They try harder because they've been around longer and don't have the stink of new all over their hands. At the same time, however, they aren't as well equipped as the newer places to handle the modern taveler's needs.
What You Get Bottles of in the Bathroom: Shampoo, lotion and a shower cap. The towels used to be decent, but now they have that weird hotel smell and are getting thin.
Clientele: This place is old-school and so is the clientele. It is mostly middle-aged to senior citizens who aren't looking for anything more than a decent room, decent food and a casino. Although the movie "Swingers" took place here, the place doesn't really attract young people.
How's the pool? Pretty average. If you like swimming, then the water will feel like any other place's. But, there are few quality ogling and gawking opportunities.
Free Shuttle: None of their own, but the Hard Rock shuttle stops here and then goes on to the Fashion Show Mall, Caesars Forum Shops, and the Tropicana before going back to the Hard Rock. There is also a shuttle to Sam's Town. (For all complete free shuttle info and schedules buy our guide--it's only $4)

Table Games: Old-school dictates that they focus on the traditional games. 70+ tables are mostly blackjack, craps, roulette. You'll find other, newer games, but not in large numbers.
Machines: Slots from a nickel on up to $100. The emphasis is on quarters and nickels, but you'll see a few high-rollers spilling coins into the big machines. They have decent video poker for selection and payout.
Bet Minimums: $3 at slow times, moving easily up to $5 if the place is teeming with gamblers eager to spend their dough.
Cocktails? Very good. The old-school style is to keep the players well-lubricated. Settle in, order your favorite drink and go to town.
Who Gets Comps? A very generous slot club that offers plenty of free rooms. Most regular players get loads of room offers in the mail, and so do regular table players. Make sure you join the slot club, and if you're playing $10 or more at the tables, ask about a buffet or coffee shop comp.

Coco Palms Eatery: Although they don't call it a buffet, and they gave it a fancy new name, it's a buffet and it's average. The prices are reasonable, about par for the North Strip. For breakfast, you can fill up on standard fare that they won't screw up. When the dishes get more exotic, though, the quality leaves something to be desired. If you have a coupon or a comp, it's a definite value. We hear the Chinese is pretty decent as far as buffets go, so if you love the mystical lemon chicken of the orient, you might want to give it a shot.
Tres Lobos: It's cheap and it's good mexican food in a quiet, dark room. Lots of tasty salsa and free chips, which we always try to fill up on, despite our mothers' warnings. Sometimes they have deals where you can get free show tickets if you eat in one of the on-site restaurants.
Tony Roma's: If you don't already know that Tony Roma's has pretty good ribs, then you must live in a very small town. It's no better than the Tony Roma's near where you live, so unless you really want ribs, why not try something new?
Toucan Harry's: A better-than-average coffee shop with a great late-night steak special. Our only gripe with it is that the service has been very slow the two times we ate here. And, the wait to be seated can get long on weekend mornings.
William B's: This is the gourmet room, if you got a hankering for a huge slab of prime rib and fancy music. It's pretty old school and if you want to go, you should wear a blazer, skirt or dress (men, you'll get fewer weird looks in the blazer than in the dress). The food quality is very good for a fancy meat and potatoes kind of place. Expect to pay about $80-$100 once you've had a drink or two.
Sushi King: Replacing the always disappointing Ralph's Diner is this new sushi restaurant. While we haven't been in, we have stopped by a couple of times. It's got that clean, art deco California look, and there haven't been too many patrons as far as we can see.

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Wayne Newton: One of Las Vegas' sons has returned and is filling the old "Enter The Night" Theater. We haven't seen the show, but you can bet it features loads of Wayne singing those cheesy Vegas show tunes he's famous for, and it'll have lots of laser light effects. How do we know about the lasers? Well, the Stardust spent a fortune on their light system, and we're pretty sure they won't be abandoning it. Let's hope Wayne doesn't get his eyes burned out.
Lounges: Here are some old-fashioned lounge acts. You'll hear covers of 50s and 60s hits, as well as Sinatra and Tony Bennett. If you want to get the vibe of 70s Vegas, hang out in the Stardust lounges for a while.

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Number of TVs 33, all of them are pretty big, but five are really big. The really big screens tend to show racing.
Number of seats About 150 for sports, 200 for racing. A few of the race seats are reserved, and they're all no better than average in terms of comfort.
How many betting windows? Somwhere in the neighborhood of 15-20, with electronic signboards.
Free Drinks? Race bettors get drinks, and if you bet more than about twenty bucks, they might give youa ticket.
Snack Bar? No.
Parlays and Teasers?
Minium wager $5 sports, $2 race.
Other Notes The Stardust line is one of the first set for sporting events. The sports and race book is a grand dame for the serious gamblers - not as dazzling as the newer ones, but boy do they havesome good odds-setters.

Where? North Strip
Who owns it? The Boyd Group
Ostensible Theme This is another place that was around before themes became the standard. We can make one up, though. Astronomy? The mystery and romance of the evening hours? Old pop standards? If all else fails, the theme can be Las Vegas gambling.
Clientele This place is senior citizen mecca.
Employee costumes Dealers wear white shirts with tropical print bands under collars and black pants. Cocktail waitresses wear once classy purple velveteen minidresses.
Carpet and Other Decor The Stardust sign is one of my favorites in this town- a big, twinkly swoosh of stars in white, blue, and pink. The casino building is actually more garish than the sign- moving stripes of blue, pink, and orange. If the sign represents a distant galaxy, the building is a supernova right in your face. The fountains are of the leaping water-snakes variety.

The carpet pattern consists of bold shafts in red, green, purple, and yellow on a black background, with a pathway of leaves in the same colors. The folks at the Stardust have a motto, "If a color exists, why not use it?" As if you were not getting enough brass, mirrors, low ceilings, and flashing lights, the Stardust has those, too. There were a few appropriate and visually engaging decor touches, though, small patches of ceiling with twinkly stars, the shiny glass globes at entrance of Starlight Lounge.

The Terrace Bar has purple lighting and fake palm trees, another example of the influence of Miami Vice on Las Vegas decor. Pretty soon, it will be hip all over again.

While I was there, the music switched from old-style crooning to 1960s novelty hits.

Restrooms are anything but glamorous- beige tile floors and walls in peach tile with a border of peach and teal fans.
Food I would say that the theme of the Stardust eateries must be "Food that Older Folks Eat". Patrons of Tony Roma's ribs, Tres Lobos, Ralph's Diner, and Toucan Harry's can take a break from their Ensure habits. Those of a more fancy-pants bent can visit William B's for Continental meat and potatoes fare.
Entertainment Nothing is more traditional in Las Vegas than Wayne Newton.
Services The sign that promises "Twelve Fascinating Shops" is lying, unless you're fascinated by tshirts with toucans on them.
Did it work? What? What's to work?
Suggestions Go for old-style glamour. Today's young people are yearning for that stuff and Grandpa never stopped liking it, either. More of a starry, night-time look can be magical.


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