South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Review
South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa is a large casino resort located in Enterprise, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas south of the airport and the strip. Enterprise has a population of about 100,000, and the South Point is only one of two casinos that serve the area, with the other being the smaller, rustic Silverton casino.
South Point is located right on Las Vegas Boulevard, the same thoroughfare that hosts many of Las Vegas’ biggest casino resorts on the strip, in Paradise, Nevada, and you just have to drive a little further south to get to Enterprise and South Point.
Completed in 2005, at an initial cost of $600 million, South Point was the first mega resort south of McCarran International Airport, starting with a 662 room hotel that later became expanded.
It was built by Coast Casinos, and originally called South Coast. The next year, in 2006, Coast founder Michael Gaughan sold the company to Boyd Gaming, for $1.3 billion, then bought the South Coast from them for $576 million. Gaughan then changed the name to South Point, after the South Point racing team which competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series.
Gaughan sold South Point Racing a couple years later, but still owns South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa, although his son Brendan still drives, as a full time competitor in the Xfinity Series as well as having made a number of starts over his career in the Sprint Cup series.
Michael Gaughan also owns Michael Gaughan Airport Slots, the exclusive provider of slots at McCarran International. He has been around the casino industry for many years, building his first casino back in 1979, and is a member of the Gaming Hall of Fame.
South Point became expanded in 2008, bringing it up to 2,163 hotel rooms, making it the largest casino hotel in the Las Vegas area not on the strip. It also has an 80,000 square foot casino, 160,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, a 4,400 seat equestrian arena, a 400 seat showroom, a 300 seat race and sports book, a 64 lane bowling alley, a 16 screen movie theater complex, a poker room, a bingo parlor, an arcade, a pool, a spa and salon, a gym, and 10 full service restaurants.
The Amenities at the South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa
South Point is designed to be a true resort, a one stop destination for all of your needs as well as for those looking to gamble in its casino. Coast Casinos, who built it, are well known for their locals casinos, and are the second biggest locals casinos company out there, but this is far from a locals casino and is a full fledged major resort catering primarily to tourists.
This is a large and modern hotel with over 2,100 rooms spread across 25 floors, and with all the amenities you would expect from a world class casino resort. The guest rooms here are large, boasting 500 square feet, and come in king or two queen configurations.
They all come with several niceties including 42 inch LED TV, in room coffee maker, iron and ironing board, high speed internet, 24 hour room service, upgraded bath amenities, deluxe Serta mattresses, iron and ironing board, and more.
Rates are fairly reasonable considering the quality that’s offered here, there are no crazy cheap rates like at some places, but you can get a nice room here for as little as $132 a night, with several packages available to add even more value to your stay here.
Suites start at 835 square feet for the one bedroom Professional Suite and the Junior 1 Bedroom Suite, all the way up to the 2,500 square foot Luxury Two Bedroom Suite which sleeps six.
There is a great selection of dining options here, starting with the exclusive Michael’s Gourmet Room, which has won many awards and accolades, including a four diamond award from AAA and also being named one of Las Vegas’ top five restaurants and the finest gourmet restaurant in the city.
The Silverado Steak House serves up the best in steakhouse cuisine in an intimate setting. Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant offers great Italian inspired dining and promises a memorable experience. Primarily Prime Rib features a choice of 5 prime rib cuts as well as other delicious options.
Baja Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant cooks up an assortment of tasty Mexican food along with a nice selection of Mexican inspired drinks. The Big Sur Oyster Bar delivers top quality seafood selections. The Zenshin Asian Restaurant delivers contemporary Asian cuisine.
For American food lovers, the Coronado Café offers an expansive menu 24 hours a day. The Garden Buffet welcomes you with a wide array of selections and features six live cooking stations. Steak ‘N Shake specializes in steak burgers and shakes.
You can grab a quick bowl of soup or a sandwich at Del Mar Deli, smoothies and ice cream at Kate’s Korner, coffee at Seattle’s Best Coffee, or grab a snack in the bowling alley.
The bowling alley here is massive, and is just one of the many things to do here. There’s also an arcade nearby, a pool to hang out at, a salon and spa to get pampered at, a gym to work out at, as well as a 16 screen movie theater. There’s also a golf club nearby where they can make all the arrangements for you.
The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center features a wide variety of sporting and other events, including equestrian, basketball, and cycling. The 400 seat showroom here features the biggest off strip performers. The Grandview Lounge also offers live entertainment in a more intimate atmosphere.
There is certainly a lot to do and experience here, with something for everyone.
The Casino at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa
The casino here is a good sized one at 80,000 square feet of gaming space, and they have certainly packed in a lot of fun into this space.
South Point offers a very nice rewards program called The Club at South Point, featuring generous payouts in free play and comps. They call this the Point of More Return in fact, and they do live up to that name as far as what they give back to their players is concerned.
There are 2,390 slot and video poker machines to enjoy here, featuring the most popular machines available today, all with the latest ticket in ticket out technology to ensure that your time there is spent on playing and not waiting for hand pay cashouts.
Slot players will also love the slot promotions and tournaments that are run here, including a 50+ senior slot tournament that runs regularly.
There are 60 gaming tables on hand as well, where casino table game lovers can choose from games such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker, No Commission Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Mississippi Stud, and Three Card Poker.
If you are in the mood for some more serious poker against other players, South Point has a nice 22 table non smoking poker room which runs 24 hours a day. They offer both limit and no limit Texas Holdem, with very modest stakes running from $1/$2 to $2/$5.
Those who like to bet on sports will find both a sports and race book here, featuring wall size big screen televisions and all of the latest technology to make betting here a whole lot of fun. The staff here is more than happy to help out inexperienced bettors get the hang of things.
The separate race book features individual terminals at every seat, and having this separate from the sports book allows horse racing fans their own dedicated room to enjoy the experience of betting on these races.
Bingo lovers aren’t left out here, and there’s 8 sessions of bingo that runs here every day, with complimentary beverages served to all.
South Point may not be on the strip, but this is a casino resort that’s right up there with the best Las Vegas has to offer. It may not be anywhere as well known as the big names in town but it certainly deserves to be.