People are always looking for the newest and hottest thing in Las Vegas, which is why it may be too easy to overlook the Harrah's hotel and casino. Originally built as the Holiday Casino back in 1973 to complement a Holiday Inn, the property has gone through some changes over the years, but has recently proven to be better than ever.
Located just south of Flamingo on Las Vegas Boulevard, Harrah's is within quick walking distance to just about anything in the heart of the Strip, including The LINQ, Bellagio and Caesars Palace. And while the self parking garage could use an upgrade, it's one of the few at a big Vegas resort that doesn't require a long walk to the hotel. Harrah's also has its own monorail stop, making it easy to reach the Convention Center or other tourist-driven destinations.
Harrah's features more than 2,500 rooms and recently upgraded nearly 700 of them in the renovated Valley Tower. With dark furnishings and views of the High Roller observation wheel, these accommodations may offer the best bang for your buck in Las Vegas. The hotel also includes easy check-in kiosks in the lobby which are incredibly efficient, especially if you're running short on time.
The Tenors of Rock recently launched a new residency, featuring five classically-trained vocalists from the United Kingdom belting out some of the greatest rock hits of all time. Bill Medley has brought back the Righteous Brothers with powerful singer Bucky Heard filling the shoes of the late Bobby Hatfield. There's also magic by Mac King, comedy by Ralphie May and Menopause: The Musical. For something more risque, X Country is an adults-only show with Southern attitude and minimal clothing. And if you're short on cash after a few rounds on the casino floor, you can enjoy free music in the lobby at the piano bar and from Big Elvis, a heavyweight tribute to the King of Rock n' Roll.
Harrah's has a little something for everyone. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar serves up classic comfort food and jumbo-size cocktails while the Oyster Bar makes sure you've received your daily dose of zinc with oysters prepared six ways. For fine dining, Harrah's is also home to the only Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Nevada.
If you're looking for a great value in Las Vegas, it's hard to beat Harrah's. If you need to book a suite or want to reserve front row seats to the Tenors of Rock, VegasGiant will set you up in style today. Just call (702) 476-0001.
Photo: Denise Truscello (Tenors of Rock)