Sunset Station Hotel & Casino Review
When you think of the largest gaming companies in Las Vegas, Stations Casinos may be far from your mind, as people usually would consider the big name companies in town who operate famous casino resorts.
As it turns out though, Stations Casinos is a very big player, taking in over a billion dollars a year in revenue, from the sheer number of casinos they have here, for the most part not catering to tourists but locals from the Las Vegas area, and more specifically, from people living in the neighborhoods that these casinos are located.
It’s not that these are small casinos either, there are some pretty big ones on the list, right up there with the biggest in town, at least as far as the casino end of things go. The big resorts have way more hotel rooms, and other resort features, but they are resorts after all, the Station ones are mostly casino oriented and do attract a lot of players indeed.
Back in the mid 1990‘s, the company wanted to provide a more upscale locals casino than their other properties, and the idea of Sunset Station was born. It opened in 1997, and Stations casinos have built a couple more upscale ones since, but Sunset Station still remains one of their most valuable properties.
Sunset Station is located in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nevada, south of the strip. Henderson has a population of about 285,000 people, so it’s no small town, so the Sunset has a pretty large base of people to draw upon, and the people of the Las Vegas area like to gamble more than most.
There’s also a 448 room hotel on site, so it’s not that all of their business is with the locals, although the majority of it is. Station Casinos have made their mark by offering a better casino experience to their players though, and with the biggest and most famous casinos in the world just up the road, they have to, and they do.
The Features of Sunset Station
Even though Sunset Station is less than 20 years old, it’s been renovated a couple of times since it was built and they have maintained the luxury feel that was intended here over the years.
The rooms here are quite luxurious and can be had for very reasonable rates as well, starting at $59 a night. The Deluxe King and Deluxe Double Queen rooms are touted as a great combination of modern comfort and incredible affordability.
If you’re looking to go a bit bigger and nicer, the petite suites can be had for as little as $99 a night. If you want to go all the way and get a suite with up to 1,025 square feet, you can move up to a King suite, with room rates starting at $209 a night.
There are also several hotel packages on hand here, combining hotel stays with things like dinner and a movie, a bed and breakfast deal, and a family package. Regardless of whether you just book a room or a package, Sunset Station certainly gives you your money’s worth and then some, and pride themselves on this fact.
Sunset Station boasts some of the best and most affordable restaurants in Henderson, and there are 7 to choose from here, as well as 5 different fast food restaurants, including Ben and Jerry’s, Panda Express, Pizza Forte, Fatburger, and Starbucks.
The 7 sit down restaurants here provide a good selection of cuisine, starting with the Feast Buffet, voted Best Brunch by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. There other meals are pretty impressive too, with an expansive menu and something for everyone.
There’s no need to go south of the border if you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, as Cabo delivers over 130 distinct dishes. The Grand Café serves up whatever you want, whenever you want it, 24 hours a day. Oyster Bar has a great selection of oysters and other seafood delights, and is very popular with the locals.
Pasta Cucina has some of the most authentic Italian food you will find in the Las Vegas area, at very affordable prices. Somoma Cellar is a fine dining steakhouse, without the fine dining prices. Viva Salsa provides more Mexican food, this time in a more casual setting, with the best Mexican drinks in town.
If you’re in the mood for entertainment, there’s lots and lots of it here. The Sunset Ampitheater has seating for 5,000, and brings in top acts to match. Club Madrid only seats 500 but offers a more intimate and up close live music experience.
There are 6 bars and lounges on site, featuring the Spanish theme that’s on display at Sunset Station, including the Gaudi Bar with their 12 tons of glass pieces on the ceiling, the Bullfighter’s Bar, the Seville Bar, the Martini Bar, Rosalita’s Cantina Bar, and the Kingpin Lounge.
There’s also a huge bowling alley with 72 lanes, to provide enjoyment for the whole family. Many people bring their kids here and Sunset Station takes care of them while you enjoy yourself in the many ways they provide.
The Casino at Sunset Station
Sunset Station is mostly about the casino gambling, more so than the strip casinos, and its 163,000 square feet of gaming space makes it one of the very biggest in Las Vegas. This is also more player friendly than most other casinos in the area, as they cater to more sophisticated and knowledgeable players overall, ones that actually live in the Las Vegas area, and need to be better to attract and keep their business.
This casino is known to be among the friendliest and loosest in the city, as well as giving their players access to a rewards program that has been voted “Best Players Club” in Las Vegas for the last 13 years straight.
It features a single rewards card where everyone is treated very well and players can earn points faster with it than you normally would at a casino’s players club. There are a number of other promotions that run here regularly to keep everyone satisfied and happy.
There are 2,400 gaming machines on hand here for slots and video poker lovers, and it really doesn’t get any better than the ones they have here. Sunset Station has won awards for both the best slots and the best video poker machines in Las Vegas.
You can play their extensive selection of slots for as little as a penny, right on up to their high limit slots in their high limit area. They have 200 video poker machines which pay out 100%, with some set to return even more than that, making this video poker heaven.
There are 35 gaming tables on hand here, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Deuces Wild Holdem Foldem, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Texas Holdem, and EZ Baccarat.
Both single and double deck Blackjack are available, with limits starting at just $3, which is virtually unheard of. Their Bonus Craps adds additional wagers to the game. There’s also a high limit table game area for players with big bankrolls.
Sunset Station also has a 300 seat sports and race book where you can bet on your favorite sports and horse races and enjoy watching all the action unfold on their thirty 70 inch TV’s. They also have both keno and bingo on hand to make sure everyone gets to play whatever they want.
Overall, the word that best describes Sunset Station is value, from the hotel rooms, to the restaurants, to the casino. There is a reason why the locals, who could easily play wherever they want, love this place, many reasons in fact.