Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Review
Although the Green Valley Ranch was built and currently owned by a company known as the king of the locals casino market in Las Vegas, Station Casinos, the appeal of Green Valley extends far beyond the local market.
Located in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, in the planned community of Green Valley, some still consider this a locals casino of sort, one primarily catering to residents of the part of Las Vegas that it is located in, the Green Valley Ranch brings in a good amount of visitors from outside the city as well.
The neighborhood itself is pretty upscale, similar to Station Casinos’ other upscale property, the Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, another affluent neighborhood in the Las Vegas area. This property is also designed to attract tourists, in contrast to the company’s typical property which are more neighborhood casinos, although some of these are impressive enough in both size and quality.
The Green Valley Ranch was constructed in 2000, and in 2004, the area was expanded to include 104,000 square feet of retail shops, making Green Valley Ranch even more appealing to locals and also allowing their out of town guests greater nearby shopping opportunities.
The Station Casinos brand is featured alongside the Green Valley Ranch brand, as Stations Casinos has built up a very good reputation in Las Vegas and just having their name on the sign as well is seen as appealing.
Green Valley Ranch is done up in a Mediterranean style theme, with a more conservative look than most casinos here, but one that projects a lot of elegance, and this is a pretty elegant resort overall, especially for one that some consider a locals casino.
As testimony to the appeal and success of this resort, it boasts one of the largest casino floors in Las Vegas at 143,000 square feet, in spite of only having a hotel with 495 rooms, a fraction of the size of the larger casino hotels here.
So the locals indeed do like to play here, although with almost 500 rooms they also get quite a few tourists as well. Henderson itself is a fairly large city, the second largest in Nevada with almost 300,000 people, so there are plenty of locals to draw from.
The Accommodations At Green Valley Ranch
The Green Valley Ranch is a luxury resort by any measure. It is considered the finest off strip resort in the area and one of the nicest in the city period, all done up very nicely with a distinctly European flavor.
Depending on when you are booking, you can get a room here for as little as $80 a night, although rates tend to be higher during peak seasons, like during the winter, where their standard luxury king rooms range between $220 to $320 per night. People like up to pay these rates though as their rates are driven by demand, so a lot of people think it’s well worth that price or more.
These rooms are very well appointed and you can choose between classically decorated Deluxe rooms and more contemporary furnished Superior rooms. They are all spacious at 495 square feet and this is considered to be the best hotel in Henderson period.
There are 5 different suite types here, from the reasonably priced Luxury Executive Suite to the Villa Suite, with 2,500 square feet, 2.5 bathrooms, and an in suite private pool, for $4,500 a night, which is actually a bargain considering how nice this suite is and all that you get.
Dining options include the AAA four diamond award winning Hank‘s Fine Steaks and Martinis, and they only give out this award to the very best restaurants in the country so you know that the steaks here are fine indeed. There is also a private dining room available with seating up to 50, as well as live entertainment nightly.
For more casual dining, there are 7 different options on hand at the Green Valley Ranch. Master Pizza Chef Tony Gemigniani will show you why he was named World Champion Pizza Maker at Pizza Rock. The Grand Café offers a wide menu of delicious food 24 hours a day.
The Turf Grill offers some of the best burgers in town, to take out or eat in. The Feast Grill has earned the award for the Best Brunch Buffet in Las Vegas and offers selections from around the globe. Tides Surf and Sushi bar has the best oysters in Henderson as well as other great seafood selections including Sushi.
Borracha dishes up Mexican cuisine and special cocktails. Bottiglia Ristorante and Enoteca takes care of your Italian cravings with rustic and sophisticated Tuscan style dishes.
Perks delivers Starbucks coffee and sweet treats in the hotel lobby. For quick eats, there are several choices, including Slice House, Fatburger, Panda Express, and Capriotti’s.
Green Valley Ranch hosts some of the biggest concerts in Las Vegas at their 2,000 seat Grand Events Center, and also offers more intimate live entertainment at several other venues. In addition to live acts at Hanks, there are 5 other bars, including a sports bar and The Pond, an adult only pool bar.
The pool area here is one of the nicest you’ll ever see at a casino resort. They also have a spa and salon on hand and claim to have the best hair and nail salon in Las Vegas. You can also catch a movie here or check out their arcade, for the kids or the kids at heart.
Groups are also well taken care of here with 40,000 square feet of meeting space. There’s lots to do and enjoy at Green Valley and it is all very high quality.
The Casino at Green Valley Ranch
The casino here is one of the largest in Las Vegas and also has a rich European flavor that may remind you of some of Europe’s best casinos.
Their Boarding Pass reward program, used at all Station Casinos, has been voted the Best Players Club in Las Vegas for 13 years straight. This is as player friendly an operation as they come, and Station Casinos don’t rely on hype to promote their casinos, they do it with better casinos and rewards.
In addition to their top rated player rewards club, Green Valley Ranch also is renowned for their extensive promotions. There’s always lots going on here and they give away millions each year to their players.
The casino itself is well stocked with a lot of different things to play, starting with 2,200 slot and video poker machines. These include some of the best paying slots around, and with such a high percentage of walk up traffic, they need to really keep their players happy so they will keep coming.
That’s what’s great about neighborhood casinos, they do mostly repeat business, in contrast to the big resorts on the strip which are much more hit and run affairs, and at Green Valley they particularly need to make sure you are happy and will come back tomorrow or next week or whenever.
So there’s a large selection of slot games here to make sure you get lots of variety, as well as the best paying video poker machines in town, including some that pay out 100%, and many 99.9% payout ones.
55 gaming tables await table game lovers with all of your favorite table games, including $5 single deck blackjack, Fire Bet Craps, Bonus Craps, Copy Cat Side Bet, Wild 5 Poker, Midi and Mini Baccarat, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, High Card Flush, Poker With a Joker, Pai Gow Poker, and Ultimate Texas Holdem.
There’s also a bingo hall, a Keno hall, a poker room, and a race and sports book, to ensure that whatever you want to bet on, they have it for you. You won’t want to find yourself wanting to play somewhere else, which is their clear plan.
The Green Valley Ranch isn’t the cheapest place to stay in town but it’s a four diamond resort and one of the best in the city, off or even on the strip. The food is great and the casino is outstanding, and any visit here is sure to be an enjoyable one.