There are quite a few locals casinos in Las Vegas, and the city does have a large population, so in spite of the almost 40 million visitors the city gets each year, these guests only stay a short time, while the 2 million people that live in Vegas are there year round.
So while these locals casinos don’t really market themselves outside the city, the local market is actually a pretty big deal. On the other hand, no one spends $662 million on a locals casino, but that’s what Station Casinos and the Greenspan Corporation poured into this one.
There are several large casino hotels in Las Vegas that cost more and even quite a bit more to build, but with the Aliante, we’re talking a fairly modest sized property, with only 211 rooms. So in terms of the cost per square footage, this one is way up there, and might even be the nicest hotel casino in the city, and at the very least, right up there with the best.
The impression you get here is that no expense has been spared in building this place, and when you put that together with some very nice modern design, what you get is really a thing of beauty. This is a casino that everyone needs to experience, not just folks living in Las Vegas.
The Aliante opened in November, 2008, at the height of the economic recession, and there were even concerns about an expensive local casino like this even being able to survive in those times, although the gaming board set aside their concerns and granted a license to them.
Things did prove difficult, not just for this casino but for the company that operated it, which ended up going bankrupt, and the casino taken over by creditors. The liquidation value was estimated at only around $50 million, so the decision was made to continue to operate it. It is currently in the process of being sold to Boyd Gaming for $380 million.
That’s not much more than half what was spent on building it, and they did spend way too much, but they sure built a fabulous casino hotel.
The Amenities at Aliante Casino and Hotel
Like all locals casinos, this is more casino than hotel, although they do have a decent sized hotel here. They get a fair number of guests from being nearby the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as locals taking a staycation. If more people knew about this place they would pack it even more, as locals casinos are known for better gaming, but the hotel here competes with the best of them as well in this case.
Everything about this place is world class gorgeous, including the rooms. They offer deluxe king/2 queens as well as several selections of suites. The rooms go for as little as $69 a night, and even on the weekends you’ll only pay $129, which is still a good deal considering how nice these rooms are.
Their suites start at just $229 a night for an Ambassador Suite, with an Executive Suite starting at $379 and the two bedroom Presidential Suite going for as little as $529, and this one even comes with butler service. This is comparable to what you would pay much more for at the bigger Vegas hotels.
There are 7 dining selections on hand here, and more than enough variety to satisfy even the regulars. Locals casinos generally focus on cheap food; this one focuses on great food, which you won’t mind paying more for.
MRKT offers fine cuisine, specializing in beef and seafood, and the prices here aren’t cheap but the food is great. Bistro 57 serves up gourmet Italian food. This is not your average bistro by any means. Both offer live entertainment.
The Salted Lime is a margarita bar that also serves up authentic Mexican food, with the same flair as the other restaurants at Aliante. Farm 24/7 offers made to order home cooked meals around the clock. The Medley Buffet provides a huge selection of all you can eat for a very reasonable price. Quick eats offers 7 different fast food options, and Starbucks provides the coffee.
In addition to the live entertainment at the restaurants, there’s also events showcased at the Access Showroom. You can also grab some drinks at the ETA Lounge. There’s also a 16 screen movie theater including IMAX. They also have a beautiful spa which offers a full range of restorative treatments.
The Casino at the Aliante Casino and Hotel
While the Aliante is known for its numerous promotions, they really stand out with their casino deals, and this place relies on players coming back time and again for most of their business, so they have to earn it a lot more than a Strip casino does.
They also have a good player’s club called Premier, where all players are entitled to discounts and perks, with even more benefits going to more frequent and bigger players.
There are 1,800 slot and video poker machines here, including the latest and most popular ones. Stakes range from a penny to $25.
The table game selection here is fairly minimal, but they do have some of the most popular ones, and have $5 minimums. You can choose from Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Fire Bet, or Roulette.
Not a lot of Las Vegas casinos offer bingo, but this one sure does, with a 200 seat bingo hall and progressive jackpots starting at $20,000. They also have a race and sports book that you can either visit or place bets on your mobile device once you make a deposit in person.
Overall, this is truly one of the nicest hotel casinos in the city, and the fact that they get local players mostly has nothing to do with the quality here, this is a fantastic place to stay, eat, and gamble. They did spend way too much money on it and this should have never been built to the high standards it was, but it was, and we can enjoy it.