The 5 Worst Casinos in the United States

Do Not Enter Sign With a Casino Hotel Background

The United States is home to some of the world’s most sought after casinos. From Las Vegas to Oklahoma, people love casinos and spend a lot of money and time there.

The free drinks, poker tables, slot machines, high energy, winning, and so many other things draw people into the casino world every month of every year.

There are a lot of high class Casinos in the regions in the United States where it is legal, but there are also a lot of casinos in the US that tourists have not been too fond of.

Surprisingly enough, a lot of the casinos that have gotten pretty bad reviews are in Las Vegas, enough to take up the whole list, so I’ll venture outside of Las Vegas and tell you about some of the other casinos that people have not planned on returning to.

Most, if not all, of these places you should avoid at all costs, especially if you want to make a trip to Las Vegas something that’s worth remembering.

1 – Siegel Slots

Let us start with the review that came up first on Trip Advisor:

“Why do you people keep staying here? We had the misfortune of having to stay here for a while and witnessed things I don’t want to see again. Drugs, violence, suicide, bed bugs, mistreatment by the staff. Please, STAY AWAY.”

Yeah, that sounds like a place I definitely would prefer to avoid!

This hotel is probably what belongs in the dictionary next to budget hotels. This casino-hotel makes a motel off of some old dirt road look like a 5-star hotel.

The reviews on every travel website I have checked average about 2.5 stars. Tourists have left not very happy reviews, complaining about the food, service, accommodations, and location.

Exterior of Siegel Slots Las Vegas

Based on the reviews I continued to scroll through, which I found to be rather entertaining, the food looks like it’s served to clients after it’s been left out for a week. The services offered are sub par. The area that the casino-hotel is in seems like it’s not a very safe area either.

It has made the list on several other websites for worst casinos in Las Vegas. The reviews are so bad for this hotel that most customers do not even bother visiting the hotel.

2 – Stratosphere Hotel and Casino “The Strat”

Starting off again with another review off of trip advisor:

“This hotel is in need of refreshment. Just gut it and start over. Definitely has an interesting and unique look from outside, but that ends as soon as you step through the door. The casino as well is dark, dank, and smells as if you bathed in ashtray butts. Would most definitely not return.”

The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, now known as The Strat, is one of the most well-known hotels in Las Vegas. If you think of what the Empire State Building is to New York, that would do a good job of explaining the relationship the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino has with Las Vegas.

For being such a well-known casino, you would think that the reviews it receives would be complimentary, but that is not the case. I was surprised at the amount of negative feedback that the casino has actually received.

Complaints have included poor management skills, disgusting bathrooms that seem as though they never get cleaned, and rooms not being clean when guests check into them. Some reviews about the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino have gone as far as to say that the experience that was had completely ruined families or couples or just individual guests entire vacations in Las Vegas.

Far View of Stratosphere Las Vegas

The prices as this particular iconic casino resort are not cheap. You would expect a resort not only with the reputation, but also with these prices, would be a resort that would follow through for people.

So that opens a rabbit hole of the hundreds of reviews that are complaining about how, for the money, the casino resort experience had by customers was far from worth it.

Some say that with the prices they paid, you would expect elite-level customer service. Most customers leaving with a bad taste in their mouths most of the time I’m sure.

The casino has received such a bad rap that when you pull up Google and type in “the worst casino in Las Vegas,” you’re immediately shown the Stratosphere.

3 – Tropicana Atlantic City

Tropicana Atlantic City is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Featuring 2,047 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City.

Here’s another premier resort with some of the worst reviews from its past clients.

These reviews have been so bad that Trip Advisor ranks Tropicana Atlantic City the worst casino in Atlantic City. Here’s a pretty sad review:

“The pillow had live bedbugs crawling on it. Told the manager on duty at the front desk & she was rude & didn’t believe us even with the picture/video of it crawling on the pillow. She sent security up to the room where we were told to meet him, where he ‘would look for the bedbugs & determine if there were any.’ We’ve stayed several times in the past & have NEVER experienced this. We had just made a 5-hour trip there & turned around & drove back another 5+ hrs to PA after being treated rudely.”

Yikes.

I found a lot of negative comments too about the housekeeping having dirty stuff out in the hallways every day, to the point where just walking to the elevator from your room is an obstacle course. That’s definitely not the type of place you want to be staying at, especially when you’re paying for a premier hotel and casino at a huge gambling region in the United States.

Exterior of Tropicana Atlantic City

One couple commented that the hallways outside of the hotel rooms were so messy that a husband was unable to push his wife, who is in a wheelchair, through the hallway.

Shifting from the hotel piece to the casino floor itself, it sounds like the Tropicana can struggle with their drink service. Another area in which you definitely don’t want to drop the ball.

Another complaint about the drinks is that apparently, while playing a game, you have to spend a certain amount of money just to be able to order a drink, and the servers are really slow.

For a casino that’s supposed to be an elite staples, it’s just not living up to its name.

4 – Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City

So this one is a lot more understandable when it comes to why the reviews are not so hot for Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.

It’s the oldest casino in Atlantic City, so it’s not exactly a surprise that it’s not offering the highest level of service.

Over the last few years, Atlantic City has experienced a pretty huge economic decline. The struggles that the industry are facing are unfortunately a lot more apparent at the Resorts Casino Hotel than other places due to its age alone.

Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City

It kind of gives you the feeling that you are at a Motel 6 is a common review I’ve read from previous tourists. I guess you get what you pay for, and Resorts Casino is definitely on the less expensive side.

Everything about the experience at Resorts just feels old and crusty. The outdated casino is in serious need of an overhaul.

5 – Tropicana Las Vegas

Being Doubletree by Hilton, it’s surprising to me again that a place of this caliber would be a place getting poor reviews, but you never know in this business. Just like in the restaurant business, it doesn’t take much to disappoint people, and usually when a place is disappointing, it’s a systemic issue that isn’t going to be fixed any time soon.

Here’s one review for Tropicana Las Vegas:

“Poor service in a tired and old building—need I say more? Save your money—wasteful! Reeks of cigarette smoke and stale booze throughout casino. I literally have nothing good to say about this experience.”

That seems to be a pretty common thing with a lot of these older casinos that I have stumbled across. They smell like cigarettes and alcohol everywhere you go. I know I personally would not be fond of that and could easily have an experience ruined over cigarette smells everywhere.

Entrance of Tropicana Las Vegas

You may be offered a free drink here, but that doesn’t excuse the lousy service that’s provided. The Tropicana Las Vegas is the last of the worst casino-hotels in Las Vegas. Complaints from visitors include getting the wrong keys, bad smells, hallway messes from custodians, slow customer service, no Wi-Fi, having to wait a long time to be seated to eat, and more.

From most of the reviews I have found online, this is without a doubt supposedly one of the worst places to stay in the Las Vegas Strip.

Conclusion

There are so many great casinos out in the world that it just doesn’t make sense to go to a bad one. Is there one I left off my list? Let me know in the comments.