About a decade ago The Palms was the place in Las Vegas to see the famous people and the place to be seen. The first installment of Real World Las Vegas helped make Palms a huge success shortly after the casino opened in 2001. Since then there have been ownership changes and property renovations. While the layout of Palms remains similar you may not recognize some of the names inside. The Towers have new names as do some of the bars, clubs and restaurants.
Even though it’s not the same hotspot it once was Palms is still a fun casino hotel to visit and stay. Gamblers will be happy to know that Palms still has some of the best returns for video poker games anywhere in Las Vegas. New restaurants like Back Room Burger and renovated classics like N9NE Steakhouse give Palms a breath of fresh air.
Being off the Vegas Strip gives Palms freedom to be a little different. Recently they’ve experimented with 24 hour check in/checkout and a drink butler while you wait in line at check in. They’ve also continued to refine their casino players club to offer their best customers more benefits.
The changes aren’t restricted to the casino floor. Palms also renovated many of their hotel rooms recently. While newly renovated hotel rooms on the Vegas Strip typically come with higher room rates you’ll often find Palms rates to be below the average.
Free entertainment in Las Vegas is a dying breed. It used to be that every casino had a lounge where you could watch free musicians perform. That’s not the case any longer. If you want free lounge acts you’ll have to search around. Luckily, one thing that remains constant at Palms is that The Lounge continues to offer free entertainment on a regular basis.
- 7/10 – Speed at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/16 – Jordan Kate Mitchell at Social at Palms Casino Resort
- 7/17 – Monroy at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/23 – Paul Charles Band at Social inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/24 – LoveSick Radio at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/30 – Barry Black at Social inside Palms Casino Resort
- 7/31 – Sin City Sinners at The Lounge inside Palms Casino Resort
Palms has put a lot of work into the casino, its restaurants, clubs and lounges to remain relevant in the ever changing Las Vegas market. Palms customers today aren’t the same people that used to visit in its heyday. While some customers may have moved on to other properties in Las Vegas you may want to dip your toes back into an “old” favorite.
The recent changes at Palms make it a formidable option for someone looking for a good value on a clean and renovated hotel room. Not all of the acts at The Lounge are free but the freebies are a great excuse to head out to a casino you may not have visited in a while.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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