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Monday, December 8, 2008

Hooter's Hotel & Casino-only in Lost Wages (Las Vegas)

After having spent a couple of days at the Riviera Hotel & Casino I relocated I to Hooters Hotel and Casino for the last few days of my conference. Located on Tropicana right across from the main entrance to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino this place (Hooters) is operated by the same outrageous chicken wings restaurant gals and guys.

For years I have considered this hotel the former San Remo as one of Vegas’ hidden gems and lodging bargains.

Originally designed as a Mediterranean village with a wonderful pool area Hooters has updated the rooms and public areas with a Florida theme. Light woods breezy open areas brilliant tropical colors and fabrics are found everywhere. Other than the casino floor Hooters has the feel of an old Florida Key West small cottage hotel something right out a Hemingway story.

My room was large clean comfortable and more importantly affordable. Again the only downside was the lack of an in room coffee maker. OK I am spoiled by that feature but with what I saved on my rooms here and at the “Riv” I gladly had my morning caffeine fix in the coffee shop or restaurant.

Many of the late night food specials have disappeared from the Las Vegas landscape but Hooters continues the tradition with $0.25 chicken wings from midnight until 6:00am. Yummy!

I was very satisfied with both properties and would stay there again. For travelers looking to spend more of their own money on shows, dining and gaming experiences I recommend that they take a look at booking into these treasures of Las Vegas. After all you could stay there and play at one of the more expensive Strip resorts.