ChampagneFireball
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June 9th, 2011 at 3:01:41 PM permalink
First of all, I believe the name of the Hotel & Casino is "Las Vegas Club" and not simply "Vegas Club".

That out of the way, I had an entirely different experience there. I stayed in Dec 2009, and cycled through three rooms trying to find a room that didn't smell like something had died in it. In addition the carpet was so dirty I didn't want to take off my shoes. I didn't unpack my suitcase lest the smell permeate all my stuff. I didn't sleep in the bed, lord knows what was in there. I got the room free, and believe me it was not worth it.

Last time I was in Vegas was April 2011. I went up the elevator and the hallway still had that awful, gut-wrenching odor. The carpet was still filthy.

Perhaps this wasn't the "north tower." The room was in the tower with the elevators pointing out into what used to be a nightclub but now is the bingo area.

The front desk was polite though, even through my multiple room changes. So I agree there.

In the casino, I've had mixed results. I had the rudest craps dealer ever. So bad it was the only time I ever complained about service to the pit boss. She knew immediately which dealer was the problem, but implied she really couldn't do anything about it. So I vowed never to play craps there again.

Other dealers there can be nice, still I prefer Golden Gate across the way. The dealers are friendlier there, and I find the dancing girls there a lot less sleazy. I can't imagine playing at the Fetish Pit with my wife, but we have played together at the Golden Gate several times.

And I have seen long lines at the player's club, sometimes so long that I didn't bother to get a comp. The new player deal is great, I played my way to a bathrobe. The comps are good. I will have to give the restaurant a try sometime I am feeling adventurous.

Bottom line: I will not stay there even if comped. I doubt I would stay there on a bet even if someone offered to pay me $100. But I will play there, avoiding the craps table.

Also, last I checked, there are two craps tables (which would have been January of this year) but one is that terrible crapless craps game.
FleaStiff
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June 9th, 2011 at 3:39:38 PM permalink
It may be that the problem crap dealer was already on his way out or it might be that he was 'juiced-in' and the pit knew it.
I still refuse to enter ANY Isle of Capri facility anywhere in the country due to a rude craps dealer, once cancelling an entire trip because the nearest casino was an Isle of Capri place.

I'm told they give the Las Vegas Club a scrub-down every decade.
Nareed
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June 9th, 2011 at 3:42:13 PM permalink
Quote: ChampagneFireball

That out of the way, I had an entirely different experience there.



I'd heard so many bad things about it, that last trip all I did was go in to get a players card for my collection. I didn't play or even look around...

Anyway, this brings to mind an old Mexican saying, and it's good exercise for the Wizard and Paco: Todos hablan de la feria como les fué en ella.
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teddys
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June 9th, 2011 at 4:06:58 PM permalink
As Nareed and ChampagneFireball show, most reviews are negative. That's why I was so surprised to have a good experience. I was expecting a nightmare. By the way, I didn't let on that I was a reviewer. I believe the new mgmt. co. is trying harder to improve, but again, I am just one person.

And yes, one of the craps tables is crapsless, but it wasn't open when I was there. Thanks for the correction. The Wizard could add this to the review if he wishes.

New logo:


Old logo:


So apparently they have switched back to the "Las Vegas Club."
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Wizard
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June 9th, 2011 at 4:54:13 PM permalink
I'm about 80% sure their proper name is now the Vegas Club. I'm not sure when this changed, but roughly five years ago. Some old signage may still say Las Vegas Club.

You can add me to the list of those who don't care much for the place, whatever its name is. However, I don't question that for $20 a night it is a good value. If that were my budget I might stay there, but play and eat somewhere else.
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EvenBob
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June 9th, 2011 at 5:11:34 PM permalink
The few times I was there, the place stank like old cigarettes and stale beer. No thanks.
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Doc
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June 9th, 2011 at 6:37:40 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

So apparently they have switched back to the "Las Vegas Club."

Quote: Wizard

I'm about 80% sure their proper name is now the Vegas Club. I'm not sure when this changed, but roughly five years ago. Some old signage may still say Las Vegas Club.



Well, if you accept the Las Vegas Advisor as authoritative:

Quote: Las Vegas Advisor QoD 10/14/2010

... In a surprise move in December 2002, casino mogul Jackie Gaughan, 82 at the time, after having owned the Las Vegas Club for more than 40 years, announced that he’d sold it, along with the Plaza, Gold Spike, and Western hotel-casinos, to Barrick Gaming for $82 million. The deal closed in March 2004.

A month later in April 2004, Barrick unveiled a massive several-hundred-million-dollar redevelopment plan for downtown ....

In September 2004, Barrick changed the name Las Vegas Club to just Vegas Club. It was part of a move to project a hipper image downtown, akin to Treasure Island’s switch to TI.

However, less than a year later, Barrick sold its minority interest in the four hotels to its landlord and silent majority partner, Tamares, which had put up much of the original purchase price for the four downtown casinos.



That QoD leaves it a little less than crystal clear what name Tamares is using for the place.

My own interest in this topic relates to my desire to obtain a souvenir "Vegas Club" chip for my collection, if such a thing were ever to exist. Last I checked, they were still using chips (at least the $1 variety I collect) that say "Las Vegas Club". Sometime last year, I also listened to and watched the sponsor credits for the VistaVision show on Fremont Street, and that reported "Vegas Club". I think the lighted sign out front has always said "Las Vegas Club" (at least in recent years).

Someone once told me that consistency is a sign of a small mind.
zippyboy
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June 9th, 2011 at 6:57:16 PM permalink
Just two days ago I found myself up in one of their hotels rooms visiting a friend who is only paying $6/night for 3 nights in the North Tower. I noticed no awful smell, room seemed clean, in fact we both commented on what a great deal it was. View out the window was of a yellow brick wall 6 feet away. Casino has the vintage charm you'd expect for a place so old. While similar places nearby update their appearances and game selection, LVC is actively retaining their charisma, so stop by if you're keen for a visit to a bygone era. It's safer than the Western.
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teddys
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June 9th, 2011 at 7:16:07 PM permalink
Quote: zippyboy

Just two days ago I found myself up in one of their hotels rooms visiting a friend who is only paying $6/night for 3 nights in the North Tower.

Only $6? My friend in New Jersey somehow got them to pay him for booking there. And he's not even going to Vegas.
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darrenfromindy
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June 9th, 2011 at 7:29:23 PM permalink
I don't mind gambling there. It remains to be seen if The Plaza will continue to shower low rollers with room comps once it reopens. If they do, it could be attractive to play there more.

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