Orleans Hotel

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One of my favorite places to stay when I’m in Las Vegas is The Orleans hotel. Located a bit off strip, it is definitely more of a locals hotel and casino – which is kind of what makes it so cool.

Let’s start with some of the amenities. There are the typical things one would expect – a gym, pool and spa. The rooms are comfy, spacious, clean and reasonably priced. But they also have some other great extras – including a shuttle to the strip, a movie theater and a bowling alley.

Orleans-standard-roomAs someone who rents a car each time I go to Vegas, I really like the convenience of this hotel. Being off strip makes it a lot easier to get to during busy times. It has a huge lot so there is always parking (even when they have conventions). And, if I don’t feel like driving for a few days, I just park the car and take the shuttle. The free shuttle has two stops – at the sister property (Gold Coast) and right outside of Bill’s Gamblin Hall/across form Bally’s. For those of you who don’t know, that is right around the center of the strip. It’s a great starting point to head out from. Or, if you want to relax for a few minutes, Bill’s has been known to have some nice drink specials – like $1 Newcastles.

Orleans-deskThe rooms, like I mentioned above, are clean and spacious. Nothing extraordinary but they are a decent bargain. Since you are away from the noise of the Strip and downtown, it is pretty quiet.

The pool and the gym are very nice – especially when you consider that they mostly cater to locals. While I have only seen the pool from behind some windows (I am not a lounge around by the pool type) I can say I was impressed. The Viva Las Vegas convention is hosted here each year and they hold a lot of events by the pool. The gym looks right out onto the entrance to the pool and, let me tell you, when we stayed there during Viva I had the most memorable workout ever. I was able to watch as the Viva people came and went from the pool – it was like a Rockabilly parade!

Seriously, though – if you’re looking for a place to stay that is a little quieter but with easy access to the strip, try the Orleans.

  • Update: Bill’s Gambling Hall is closing for renovations on Feb 4, 2013. Starting Jan 28th, the Orleans shuttle will stop at the North Flamingo Entrance of Bally’s.


2 thoughts on “Orleans Hotel

  1. I actually discovered the Orleans on one of my first trips to Vegas, when I was just driving around….went in and loved the fact that it had tons of video poker…now whenever I come to Vegas, this is my home away from home. They have everything you need. It truly is a great facility….the pool is really nice and large. The nice thing about this property is that it is not massively crowded with tourists like those on the strip. I recently purchased a house in Vegas, as I’m planning on moving there eventually and I stayed at the Orleans, when I went house hunting and when I settled on my house. Each time I stayed there almost two weeks and between my play and my offers, my room was inexpensive. My partner will only stay there…refuses to stay at any other property…he loves it there. Can’t wait to go back.

  2. And if you are looking for something to do that does not involve gambling, The Orleans has some great activities. There’s the movie theatre. And if you are a hockey fan, the Orleans Arena is home to the Las Vegas Wranglers. The Wranglers are a AA affiliate of the Calgary Flames (I think), and the games are high impact, fun to watch, family friendly, and affordable. The Orleans Arena has comfortable seating too.