Stayed here at the end of October for 5 nights for my wife's 30th birthday. This was also my first time staying at PH...
We arrived at 2pm on a Monday afternoon. There was no one else at the front desk when we checked in, so I thought I would try the Andrew Jackson sandwich. I put the $20 between my ID and Credit Card and asked how he "could better accommodate us this week. Surely you have something better than the Hip Room?" Ended up getting a Resort Vista Suite on the 16th floor. It was a long walk from the elevator, but it was worth it. Room was massive, with a huge bathroom. There were two separate sinks on two separate counter tops in the bathroom, a large soaker tub with 42" flat screen above it, stand-up tower with a bench and separate pooh closet. The room itself had king-size bed with, large sitting area. All the rooms here have Hollywood stuff in them, we had the Walter Matthau suite.
The casino here is awesome, confusing, but awesome. It took about 3 days to really get my bearings and figure out where the elevator was. There was a decent selection of VP, not the best paytables, but fun. I mostly played DDB at the bar and did quite well. Bartender was great and kept me hydrated. The casino after 7pm or so is like being in a night club. The Pleasure Pit comes alive where the dealers are dressed in lingerie and have dancers behind the tables. Lots of eye candy to be had. The music is also cranked way up, but sounds good.
The Spice Market buffet has to be one of the best I have ever had in Vegas. I had a $10 off coupon and used my savings to buy the $11.99 all you can drink. The selection of food here was insane. The seafood section was great, and there were honestly too many options, especially at the desert section! I think I had 6 or 7 beer with dinner over the course of 2 hours. They were in no rush to throw us out, which was really nice.
I also need to suggest that if anyone walks through this place, to go the Earl of Sandwich. It is awesome and open 24hrs which satisfied my midnight hunger.
I really liked PH for the amenities, and the fact that I could be outside on the Strip in 4 to 5 minutes after leaving my room.
Spice Market Buffet has been voted Best Buffet in Vegas many times. Great Crab Legs and Prime Rib, all the other selections are very good also. Big casino with lots of the newer slots,table games with lower limits in the afternoon, very nice atmosphere, lots of shopping and theaters for live shows.
Forget Rio (overrated) or any of those other Vegas buffets. As far as the strip goes, this place is #1 in my opinion. They have Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and even a Middle Eastern station. Made to order crepes, burgers, etc. make this my favorite Vegas buffet. As far the whole city goes, the only other contender for best buffet might be M Resort.
Gaming is okay here too, nothing special but it's okay. They also have a shopping mall with some cool little stores.
I visited the Planet Hollywood casino in January while the Miss America pageant was going on, and I was pretty impressed by the buffet, but the level of service on the casino floor could be improved.
The Spice Market Buffet is touted as the best deal for gourmet buffets. And while the food is very good, the price is still somewhat steep (especially because they charge a couple bucks extra for champagne during the brunch). You can usually find coupons that help offset the cost. My advice is to join the players club, whereupon you receive a coupon book with great deals. I especially like the $25 match play coupon -- I've gotten that twice now and both times used it at the blackjack table -- where I won both times, turning 25 bucks into 75! Nice, I like.
Getting back to the buffet; I had the best omellette I've ever had at any of the buffets I've visited. Just a simple ham & cheese deal, but it was awesome! Also, they have great shrimp, freshly-made waffles, and crepes!! The crepes were awesome, but save them for last because they fill you up. To top it off, they have cotton candy! And the champagne is not too bad.
The lighting and decor of Planet Hollywood is pretty cool, a place where I could kick it for a while and drink -- that is if the servers ever waited on me. Also, the slots don't seem to be too forgiving. And stay away from Yolos Mexican Grill -- the waitress ripped me off. I had a buy 1/get 1 free beer coupon, and I showed it to her before I ordered -- so she just upped the price on one beer to offset the free one. Always order before you show your coupon! Lesson learned.
If you take full advantage of the players' club coupon book, and like shopping, then Planet Hollywood is a cool place to visit while you're on the strip. Park at the garage, then you can walk through the Miracle Mile shops on your way to the casino.