Barbary Coast has been bought by Harrah's group and may be on a short lifespan. Although small, the casino offers a nice choice of slot machines and even has the "Giant -multiplayer" Wheel of Fortune machine. I am particularly fond of the Sports Book. I"m afraid that these smallish, comfortable casinos are on their way out.
Bill's is a well-kept secret which I am risking by writing this review. The more people learn about the value Bill's offers, the more I may suffer in trying to get a future room. The hotel (the old Barbary Coast) is well-positioned between the Flamingo and Bally's and across from Caesars and the Bellagio so it is firmly in the Strip's action furnace.
The rooms are easily accessed from the lobby, are very comfortable, if lacking the opulance of its neighbors, and the 46" plasma TV's are a nice touch. Guests have pool privileges at the Flamingo which has one of the finest pools on the Strip. The restaurants are top-notch in terms of quality, value and service. The Victorian Room is a Vegas classic and very popular for a great overnight meal special.
The Steakhouse is also similarly special. The casino is smallish and a bit shabby, especially at the street entrance, but the staff is exceptional as are the gaming and service personnel. The drinks are very potable and the waitresses efficient and pleasant.
The atmosphere is upbeat and fun-loving without the pretension of the surrounding casinos. Drai's is the original Ultra Lounge and likewise quite active in the wee hours. Bill's is a great home base from which to explore those places where you like to visit and play, drink, eat, see a show and hob-knob but don't want to pay their exhorbitant lodging prices.
I imagine Bill's is safe in the near future considering the economy because it offers such a value that it is popular but Harrah's cost of imploding it and installing some monolithic Walmart casino aberration is financially prohibitive at this time. I can't say enough but I won't say anymore, hoping that you will continue to ignore this gem for more snooty environs and leave Bill's to those of us who know a fantastic deal in an old school, boutique casino when they see it.
I usally never set foot in Bill's when I am in Vegas, but my last trip I spent an evening there...
My wife and I, along with her parents went and checked out Big Elvis. WOW! From the street, walking in you can hear him and it honestly does sound like the 'real' Elvis.
Every thing in this casino is old school... I like that in a place in the middle of the strip. The slots are a lot older, which is cool along with a lot of new machines. Craps was your typical 3x, 4x, 5x that is found on the strip. Never played their "rapid craps" which is a craps table with 10 or 12 terminals around it where you "touch bet" and still throw dice. No Video Poker to be found here.
We signed up for our players cards at Guest Services. They were really polite and nice, like they enjoy working there. After getting our cards and coupon book they hand out, we decided to go to the Stakhouse, seeing how there are coupons for a free bottle of wine. We were able to use 2 for four people, and gave out other two to a couple at a table near us.
So, the Steakhouse really surprised me. You walk through the door and this place screams old school steakhouse. From the dim lights, high-back red leather chairs. There was something about it that reminded me of the between movie Pulp Fiction and being a gangster in the old days. I actually asked the others in my party if I could sit facing the door... lol!
The steaks were unreal. So tender, cooked to perfection. I had the filet and the others had the bone in ribeye. You did not even really need a knife. I had the baked potato ($8) side with all the fixings. At first I was disgusted with the price, but once I saw this thing I could not believe my eyes! The baked potato is a meal in itself and is about the size of a small child or football
A fun casino to kill sometime. The drink service was not the fastest, but this place can mix a good, strong drink. If you want to get your drink on after a meal, play Pai Gow, tip big the first round and you will be feeling great after 15 or 20 hands!