24 hours of fun at Riverside Resort in Laughlin Nevada
Updated: Aug 5
A casino that offers a lot more than gambling can be found at Laughlin Nevada on the Colorado River, just two hours south of Las Vegas.
This venue is a slower paced casino than the crowded and busy Las Vegas and has so much to offer that guests truly do not even need to leave the resort.
I decided to explore what to do in twenty-four hours at the Riverside Resort. My conclusion? It was too short a time to enjoy everything. Next visit will definitely have to be longer. There is something for everyone here, even the non-gambler.
First, the location is amazing. There are two pool areas at the resort. The poolside has amazing views over the river into the distant Arizona mountains. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink or read a book. I even saw guests bring out their easels and paint the landscape.
The pool is definitely inviting on hot Nevada days and the poolside cabanas and bars make this area even more enticing. It would be very easy to spend an entire day enjoying this area of the resort. When the outside areas are too hot in summer to be comfortable, the inside of the resort is very comfortably air conditioned. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees F here at times.
For Bingo lovers, there are seven sessions a day in the Bingo Parlor, from 9am to midnight. I don't know much about this game, but one of the participants explained there are two versions played in the parlor. One is electronic bingo and the second is the type where you mark numbers off a printed card.
Another way to relax is to visit the onsite movie theatre where they show the latest releases.
For live performances during the year, the Don's celebrity theater hosts various top performers and even a ballet at Christmas.
The Jean Jeffrey Salon and Day Spa is a fantastic place to spend a few hours being pampered. Massages, facials, pedicures and manicures are a great way to unwind and feel like a brand-new person. Relaxing should definitely be a part of any vacation.
There are many different areas to dine. The most popular is the Prime Rib Room. The meat practically melted at the sight of my knife and fork, and the salad bar was well stocked with fresh choices.
This Gourmet Room is an elegant and comfortable restaurant with three menus - French, Italian and a steakhouse. The large glass windows look out onto a glorious sunset when dining here of an evening.
For those who prefer a quicker meal, there is the Mexican restaurant, Casa Serrano. Also, the sidewalk cafe in the south tower fast food court is perfect for casual dining 24 hours a day. Of course, there is also a buffet restaurant open for brunch from 8am to 2pm, and dinner from 3.30pm to 8.30pm, or 9,30pm on weekends. On Sundays they offer a Sunday Champagne Brunch.
If you like dancing, there is a dance club open on Friday and Saturdays from 5pm. I enjoyed relaxing with a drink and listening to the karaoke singers. The dance floor is large, over 1,400 square feet. Boot scooters can often be seen moving around the floor.
Open from 7pm is the Loser's Lounge. The music here is provided by either a live band or DJ and plays top 40 songs. There are two levels of seating and two bars for the crowds that love coming here.
I met up with friends at the resort and we decided to take advantage of the 34-lane bowling alley on site. Glass display cases in the entry show medals and pins from various bowlers who scored perfect 300 games. I could only wish to get that good. Automatic scoring was a bonus, as was the snack area and bar. Enjoying a drink while beating my friends at bowling - a total score! At various times they even have glow in the dark bowling. For younger visitors, there is bumper bowling too.
Don Laughlin is a big car collector and there are two areas at the resort where car collections can be viewed. The classic car collection is on the third floor of the south tower. As you enter the casino, classic cars for sale are right outside the door, just to tempt me! I just need one big win inside.
A free exhibition near the entry hosts an ever-changing display of vehicles, and a fascinating display of old slot machines.
The slot machines have information about the year of manufacture and value. In the past, these antique machines had various prizes, from candy and cigars to golf balls and coins.
Back on the main casino floor, you can see that these gambling machines have definitely changed over the years. Slot machines of all types, video poker and roulette are just some of the modern gambling choices at Riverside Casino.
By now, you can see that there is so much to do here it can wear you out. Fortunately, the rooms are super comfortable, modern and large. The floor to ceiling windows in my room looked out over the river. It was so perfect, I slept with the curtains open during the night to enjoy the view when I awoke.
Even the bathrooms are designed for pleasure, with a full-sized tub for a relaxing soak after all the walking and sightseeing.
Upon waking, it was time for that buffet breakfast and a spot of window shopping. From clothing to jewelry and all sorts of souvenirs, there is bound to be something to take home and remember your visit by.
The town and casino are named after Don Laughlin. In 1966 he opened the Riverside Resort, with 12 slot machines, 2 gambling rooms and 4 accommodation rooms. Yes, the town was named after him. There are now 1,350 accommodation rooms. Don can often be seen at the resort talking to guests. He has donated many millions of dollars into the local community and provides employment for more than 2,000 people.
I enjoyed my stay in Laughlin more than a stay in Las Vegas. The pace here is slower and more enjoyable. It is definitely worth a visit, and perhaps a longer stay next time.
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