Hotel Addict: A Look Inside Harrah's Las Vegas

Harrah's Las Vegas is a 3.5 star hotel and casino and can be found in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip but closer to the north end. It's next to The Venetian Las Vegas so there's easy access to the Sands Expo Center (if you are in town for a convention) and it's just about three miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center.  It's low cost enough for a business trip and near enough to the happening party spots on The Strip so you can walk and stay here.  Harrah's Las Vegas has over 2,500 rooms and suites, 86,664 square feet of casino space (including over 1,200 slot machines), seven restaurants and a host of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, spa, health club, full-service beauty salon, a unique variety of retail options and, of course, entertainment.

The fun at Harrah's Las Vegas starts outside the casino at Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge that features hot bands and flair bartending. There are also souvenir kiosks, shops and food stands to complete the street-fair ambience. When entering the casino from Carnival Court, two jester statues representing magic and jubilance usher you inside with the message "The party has already started." Nowhere is this clearer than just inside at The Piano Bar, where dueling pianos and all-star karaoke keep the energy high.

Chandeliers resembling large gold Mardi Gras beads decorate the spacious, which is always brimming with action. Gamblers delight in everything from a Penny Paradise to a High Limit gaming area. Sports wagering is available in The Piano Bar, but that's just the tip of the iceberg since Harrah's Las Vegas also has an expansive race and sports book, The Sports Pit, with more than 40 high definition televisions.

Also in the casino is Toby Keith’s I Love This Party Pit, where dealers dressed in country-western garb sling cards while country music blares from speakers above. Those really feeling the honky-tonk vibe can head upstairs to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar for a stiff drink, a bite and some line dancing.

Additional dining options at Harrah’s Las Vegas include Kerry Simon’s KGB for some of the best burgers in Las Vegas, The Range Steakhouse, Ming’s Table for Asian cuisine and the Oyster Bar if you are a seafood lover.

When it comes to entertainment, aside from Carnival Court, Harrah’s offer’s some great shows to spend your evenings and take a break from the casino.  Legends in Concert brings the hottest pop stars to life, The Improv Comedy Club allows you to take in some of the rising comedic stars of tomorrow plus the Mac King Show and Defending The Caveman are great group options.

Harrah's Las Vegas hasn't been massively renovated in quite some time (although some of the dining options and some of the rooms have been and are wonderful) and it isn't the fanciest hotel in town, but its location and low rates (also no resort fee) make it a perfect hotel and low budget option, especially for conventioneers. There is always a positive vibe at Harrah's Las Vegas and fun to be had. Conventioneers should note that there is no free wifi on site ($13.99 in room) but you can walk next door to The Venetian Las Vegas and grab a cup of coffee from one of the many coffee places and use their wifi.