Unless you’re really into faux New Orleans decor, The Orleans probably hasn’t hit your radar. But in all fairness, it’s a reasonably priced, if oddly placed, hotel and casino that serves its purpose. Set on Tropicana Avenue a non-walkable distance from the Strip (though shuttles run continuously between it and sister properties Gold Coast near the Strip, Sam’s Town to the far east, and Suncoast on the west side of town), The Orleans is a self-contained resort with an 18-screen movie theater, bowling alley, massive arena, and a showroom that hosts well-established comedians and throwback artists that make you think, “Oh. Don McLean is still alive.”
In the midst of a $30 million renovation, The Orleans has updated the hotel, abandoning the previous beige color scheme for warmer tones and more upscale decor. They’ve played up the all-suite moniker they’ve given themselves, keeping the separate sitting areas set off from the sleeping space. The second phase of the upgrade includes new dining options, including the sleek Alder & Birch, a modern steakhouse whose clean lines stick out like a sore (but pretty) thumb off of The Orleans’ Mardi Gras-laden casino floor and Ondori Asian Kitchen, with more to come.
If you’ve rented a car or don’t mind cabbing it down to Las Vegas Boulevard, you’ll be satisfied with your choice to stay here. What it lacks in authenticity it definitely makes up for in value.
- Grace Bascos