RaleighCraps
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August 17th, 2013 at 11:36:13 AM permalink
Quote: IAchance5

Thanks for all the info Raleigh, sorry to hear about that crappy hotel attendant...BTW, was it the lunch or dinner buffet that was really good?



We did the lunch buffet.
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denstarr
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September 2nd, 2016 at 7:23:26 AM permalink
Thought I'd give you a far more detailed and in depth review of GVR, as I have visited the property hundreds of times since it opened.

1. Largest non smoking area I've ever seen in a casino. It's a full section, probably about 75-100 machines. Good mix of machines, including full pay poker. Of course many of the fun gimmicky slots aren't there due to the size limitation, but if you are a poker or keno player and you don't smoke, you'll love this section.

2. Three brand new really good restaurants. Borracha (mexican), Bottaglia (Italian), and Pizza Rock, (also Italian). Borracha is very hip, but a bit pricey for the food. Good food though. Bottaglia is also a bit pricy, their steak was awesome though at 33.00, and you can get a buy one get one free entree if you eat there on Sundays. Pizza rock is also pricey but also very good. (Pro tip, if you like their lasagna, you can get the same one for half the price at their little location in the fast food area of the casino) All the restaurants have been pretty busy since they opened, far more so then China Spice or Terra Verde.

3. High Roller Room and bar. If you are high roller, this is a very nice area to play in. Very nice bar area, and a room with about 40ish machines. Very generous pours at the bar. (On the con side, the room (non bar area) is all too often ignored and you have to remind the pleasant bartenders at the bar that you are in there.

4. Usually plenty of change folks meandering around. Fairly fast service and always friendly.

5. Somebody mentioned in a prior post, why would you see a movie in vegas? Because none of the locals ever do. Theaters are empty, comfortable and easy to get into. You'll get the seat you want.

6. Buffet is a solid B. It's not amazing, and after 20 years they really could reinvent it and make it so much better, but it's still a cut above most of the Station buffets and most of the strip buffets at a reasonable price. Pretty darn good crab legs on Fridays for 28 bucks.

7. Very nice sports book. Again, solid B. Nothing out of this world, but functional with lots of space.

8. I've had 3 casino hosts. One retired, one I ditched within days, and my current one who treats me like a high roller even though I'm not. I did make chairman once, but generally stay at President level. Plenty of comps, never turned me down, although I don't abuse the requests either.

9. Rooms are very nice. Down comforters and down pillows, nice bathrooms. We've stayed dozens of times and never encountered any ac, shower or any other issues.

10. Very nice pool area.

11. Right out the door is the district, a shopping area with boutiques and about a dozen restaurants. Very nice diversion from gambling.

12. A half mile away is a Smiths, Walgrens, and a Whole Foods. Also a Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Wendys as well, but Fatburger in the casino is about 9 million times better.

13. Fiesta casino and Sunset Casino are both about 10 minute drives if you want a change of gambling venues.

14. I can't get Hank's (Their steakhouse) to get my steak right for the life of me. Undercooked every single time in spite of ordering it medium well just to possibly get the steak to show up without it bleeding all over my plate. Luckily the new Hammer steak at Bottiglia is half the price of the Hank's Ribeye and was seasoned and delivered perfectly.

15. Cocktail waitresses everywhere. On average, you'll see one every 15 minutes, if not more often. On rare occasions, when the main server is on break, sometimes the breaker schedule fails and you'll experience delays. It's a rare exception. If it happens, if you remind a change person, they'll track one down pretty quickly for you. Almost all of the servers there are very friendly. Reasonable selection of brands for cocktails.

16. Vast assortment of slots. Pretty much anything you want and plenty of new ones that rotate in all the time. Lots of keno machines, lots of poker machines, lots of goofy machines.

17. Very good slot club.

18. Plenty of parking both outside and underground.

19. Coffee shop is a coffee shop. It's hit or miss. Usually not very busy. Our last resort among all the options there.

20. Easy to get too if you are visiting. Right off the freeway, 10 minutes from Mandalay Bay side of the strip. Straight shot down the 215 freeway.

21. Bingo room, live keno area. (Don't use them myself, but they are there if you like that sort of thing.)

22. Tons of penny machines.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but if you have any specific questions, I'd be glad to help with them if I can. I'm pretty familiar with Sunset Station and M as well, but GVR is my go to location.
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September 2nd, 2016 at 9:01:45 AM permalink
Quote: denstarr




7. Very nice sports book. Again, solid B. Nothing out of this world, but functional with lots of space.

14. I can't get Hank's (Their steakhouse) to get my steak right for the life of me. Undercooked every single time in spite of ordering it medium well just to possibly get the steak to show up without it bleeding all over my plate. Luckily the new Hammer steak at Bottiglia is half the price of the Hank's Ribeye and was seasoned and delivered perfectly.



I found the ticket writers for the horses rude and they have lost my business.

Also I have heard wonderful things about Hanks, but have yet to get there, good to know about the undercooking.
iamnomad
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September 2nd, 2016 at 10:23:34 AM permalink
Quote: denstarr

Thought I'd give you a far more detailed and in depth review of GVR, as I have visited the property hundreds of times since it opened.

1. Largest non smoking area I've ever seen in a casino. It's a full section, probably about 75-100 machines. Good mix of machines, including full pay poker. Of course many of the fun gimmicky slots aren't there due to the size limitation, but if you are a poker or keno player and you don't smoke, you'll love this section.

2. Three brand new really good restaurants. Borracha (mexican), Bottaglia (Italian), and Pizza Rock, (also Italian). Borracha is very hip, but a bit pricey for the food. Good food though. Bottaglia is also a bit pricy, their steak was awesome though at 33.00, and you can get a buy one get one free entree if you eat there on Sundays. Pizza rock is also pricey but also very good. (Pro tip, if you like their lasagna, you can get the same one for half the price at their little location in the fast food area of the casino) All the restaurants have been pretty busy since they opened, far more so then China Spice or Terra Verde.

3. High Roller Room and bar. If you are high roller, this is a very nice area to play in. Very nice bar area, and a room with about 40ish machines. Very generous pours at the bar. (On the con side, the room (non bar area) is all too often ignored and you have to remind the pleasant bartenders at the bar that you are in there.

4. Usually plenty of change folks meandering around. Fairly fast service and always friendly.

5. Somebody mentioned in a prior post, why would you see a movie in vegas? Because none of the locals ever do. Theaters are empty, comfortable and easy to get into. You'll get the seat you want.

6. Buffet is a solid B. It's not amazing, and after 20 years they really could reinvent it and make it so much better, but it's still a cut above most of the Station buffets and most of the strip buffets at a reasonable price. Pretty darn good crab legs on Fridays for 28 bucks.

7. Very nice sports book. Again, solid B. Nothing out of this world, but functional with lots of space.

8. I've had 3 casino hosts. One retired, one I ditched within days, and my current one who treats me like a high roller even though I'm not. I did make chairman once, but generally stay at President level. Plenty of comps, never turned me down, although I don't abuse the requests either.

9. Rooms are very nice. Down comforters and down pillows, nice bathrooms. We've stayed dozens of times and never encountered any ac, shower or any other issues.

10. Very nice pool area.

11. Right out the door is the district, a shopping area with boutiques and about a dozen restaurants. Very nice diversion from gambling.

12. A half mile away is a Smiths, Walgrens, and a Whole Foods. Also a Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Wendys as well, but Fatburger in the casino is about 9 million times better.

13. Fiesta casino and Sunset Casino are both about 10 minute drives if you want a change of gambling venues.

14. I can't get Hank's (Their steakhouse) to get my steak right for the life of me. Undercooked every single time in spite of ordering it medium well just to possibly get the steak to show up without it bleeding all over my plate. Luckily the new Hammer steak at Bottiglia is half the price of the Hank's Ribeye and was seasoned and delivered perfectly.

15. Cocktail waitresses everywhere. On average, you'll see one every 15 minutes, if not more often. On rare occasions, when the main server is on break, sometimes the breaker schedule fails and you'll experience delays. It's a rare exception. If it happens, if you remind a change person, they'll track one down pretty quickly for you. Almost all of the servers there are very friendly. Reasonable selection of brands for cocktails.

16. Vast assortment of slots. Pretty much anything you want and plenty of new ones that rotate in all the time. Lots of keno machines, lots of poker machines, lots of goofy machines.

17. Very good slot club.

18. Plenty of parking both outside and underground.

19. Coffee shop is a coffee shop. It's hit or miss. Usually not very busy. Our last resort among all the options there.

20. Easy to get too if you are visiting. Right off the freeway, 10 minutes from Mandalay Bay side of the strip. Straight shot down the 215 freeway.

21. Bingo room, live keno area. (Don't use them myself, but they are there if you like that sort of thing.)

22. Tons of penny machines.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but if you have any specific questions, I'd be glad to help with them if I can. I'm pretty familiar with Sunset Station and M as well, but GVR is my go to location.



Terrific report!

I would add two positive points.

GVR and most Stations' properties have very good video poker. In fact, one of the few operators that still offesr FPDW.

Food courts are food courts, but GVR does have Fatburger for fresh cooked hamburgers. I'll grab one and head to the sportsbook. Even though it is an independent restaurant chain, you can still redeem points at the food court location.
Greasyjohn
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September 2nd, 2016 at 12:12:28 PM permalink
I agree. Very good report. At least the undercooked steak can be corrected (unlike the overcooked steak).
Last edited by: Greasyjohn on Sep 2, 2016

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