Harrah’s Las Vegas recently unveiled “new” renovations to the property. Well, some of this is new but this has been an ongoing project for a few years. Hotel room renovations at Harrah’s started waaaay back in 2016 and again in 2018 with the Valley Tower. All 2,542 rooms at Harrah’s are now completely renovated.
The property is also debuting new elements that have been part of a long-term makeover of Harrah’s. The renovations to the casino and hotel make it look shiny, clean, and new. That’s great for most people but the property is now essentially themeless. Harrah’s still has the same identity as recent years so you may not notice too many major changes.
A couple of years ago, after the renovations started, I spent a week at Harrah’s on my annual vacation. While not the most glamorous property, it’s a pretty underrated place to stay on the Vegas Strip. The price for rooms is affordable. The center-Strip location gives quick access to a lot of casinos. Harrah’s is a minute or two walk from the following casinos:
- Casino Royale
- The Linq (casino and promenade)
- Caesars Palace
- The Mirage
- The Venetian
- The Palazzo
There are a few more casinos within easy walking distance but these are the closest. Budget-conscious travelers will find a small hidden food court next to Harrah’s. It’s amazing how great spending 2 for $4 McDonald’s breakfast or normal prices for a Chipotle bowl feels compared to typical casino prices.
Harrah’s renovations started three years ago. Since the beginning of the upgrades, its owner Caesars Entertainment, merged with Eldorado Resorts. Caesars still owns the property and the company was able to finish this long-term facelift.
“As a flagship location of the iconic gaming and hospitality brand, revamping Harrah’s Las Vegas not only enhances the guest experience but also further reflects the fun and energy that makes Las Vegas such a unique travel destination,” said Dan Walsh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Las Vegas. “We look forward to seeing our guests enjoy all that Harrah’s Las Vegas offers, especially this summer.”
The Harrah’s renovation cost more than $200 million and features:
- 2,542 redesigned guest rooms
- Redesigned hotel lobby
- Updated casino floor and exterior enhancements (two new LED marquees)
- New dining options (PizzaCake by Buddy Valastro)
- Unique spa offerings
- Direct access to Caesars Forum Conference Center
Caesars used this opportunity to promote Donny Osmond’s first-ever solo residency. The show will debut at Harrah’s in late August. Shows will take place nightly from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m.
The big addition to Harrah’s is the Caesars Forum Skybridge. This connects Harrah’s to the 550,000-square-foot conference center. This will be useful to anyone visiting Las Vegas for a work event at the new conference center.
East coast visitors may decide to stay next door at The Linq which will have easy access and multiple Dunkin Donuts locations to get a cup of coffee in the morning.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.