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Historical Traveler Reviews Ayurveda Garden Ambalangoda
Loved the new hotel
This new hotel is beautiful. Room is tasteful, bathroom is large, all marble. clean clean clean. The staff goes out of their way to welcome. Cannot say enough nice things about this hotel. On my way across the street now to play.
I found the hotel very elegant,classy,and very fashionable exclusive all the above.
I love this hotel
New Hotel in New Orleans. Excellent service, beautiful hotel,
large guest rooms. Guest room has sofa and chair and built in entertainment center. Bathrooms are marble, with a hugh soaking tub and glass enclosed shower. Many pictures of New Orleans in room and all thur hotel. Restaurant downstairs that you can purchase food with casino comps. Also a jazz band plays at night . One of the friendliest and beautiful hotels I have ever been in. There is a exercise area but no pool. Courtyard outside of hotel connecting to casino with statues of jazz musicians. Courtyard is almost a block long with tables and chairs.
Tight Slots! Go to Vegas!
This is really the only casino in the area so I assume since they have no one to compete with, they are the TIGHTEST casino we have ever been to. They should at least throw you a bone to at least tease you to stick around and gamble more but NOTHING! The slot machines were awful-you would think that the machines next to the main entrance would be looser but that is not the case. They put most of the penny slots in the front b/c they pay the least amount of money and make the most amount of noise! Very deceptive.
If you arent a diamond member than expect to stand in long lines like an idiot to cash in any money that wasnt inhaled by the machines. I stood in the diamond member line accidentally for about 3 minutes and when my turn was up the lady abruptly told me I was in the wrong line. Even at the buffet you have to stand in these loser lines if you dont have that status. With as tight as the machines are you must have to gamble away thousands to get the diamond status.
We will be going to Vegas only b/c there are a lot of casinos and a lot of competition. I dont mind losing if I am also winning once in awhile and if you are going to New Orleans with money to throw away you might just want to donate it to a charity instead b/c it least it is towards a better cause.
Go To Las Vegas
This casino was ok before the hurricane but now that it has reopened it has to be one of the worst casinos in the US. They must be trying to make up the lost revenue from being closed because the slots NEVER paid off. NOT EVEN A CHERRY!!!! We played several hundred dollars in various slot machines and got no play at all.
The tables were not any better. I have never in my life seen a dealer get so many blackjacks. I never won one single hand of blackjack, 3 card poker or Caribbean stud. How is that even possible?
Our buffets were comped but the buffet was so bad that it wasn't worth eating even though it was free. It was so bad that they should have to compensate people for trying to eat it.
New Orleans is still a disaster after hurricane Katrina and not worth visiting yet. If you are going to gamble skip New Orleans and go to Vegas.
Drive to the Gulf Coast
This casino offers little except the opportunity to leave more than you should in New Orleans! The players tend to be pure amateurs (blackjack: split 10s against a ten; don't split 5's against a 6) so most tables are not worth playing. There are two areas: one is intended for the amateurs and has limits of $25 and under, at the second almost all tables are over $25. So, it is impossible to play blackjack with experienced players for less than $25.
The slot machines seemed extraordinarily tight.
But, the galling part of the visit was that comps were tighter than the slots. After gambling for three or four hours on three evenings, we were told our credit was $6 toward a buffet dinner. We complained to the VIP desk and were issued a pass for the very mediocre buffets.
Dealers were, by and large, pleasant and some even a bit of fun to play with.
Don't Miss Earl Turner at Harrahs Casino
I caught the Earl Turner show on Mardi Gras (2/8/05). This guy is an awsome entertainer. To say that he knows how to work up the audience is an understatement. He literaly makes the whole room want to get up and dance in the isles. Fantastic show. I plan to go again soon. From the show of hands, it appeared that about one fourth, or more, of the audience were repeat customers.
Don't invite players if you're not going to provide customer service!!!!
Received offers from Harrahs-NOLA on several occasions. We finally decided to do a trip to New Orleans. We ended up with an awful hotel experience (booked through Harrahs) at the Doubletree Inn. I tried reaching the VIP host I had talked to after making the reservation. He was not to be found at all the 1st full day we were there. (actually his co-workers couldn't find him either). We had numerous problems at the Doubletree Inn and I wanted to see if Harrahs could intervene. (see Doubletree Inn reviews for my review of how terrible that hotel is).
Once Harrahs has their own hotel, we may come back . . . but not in the foreseeable future.
The casino was okay but nothing I'll brag about. All blackjack tables deal out of the "shoe" (6, maybe 8 decks!). Many of the video poker machines had "fuzzy" screens (indication of their age). Payouts seemed to be okay. In the middle of the casino, they have people chasing after couples trying to get them to signup for a (I think it wasa Fairfield properties) promotion.
The buffet we ate at was at Harrahs-standard. Very good price value and very good food. We also ate at Gordon Biersch Brewery (you can use Harrahs comps there). We requested and received a smoking-area booth. The booth had a broken light fixture, consequently we were expected to somehow read a menu in the dark (and I do mean dark). The smoking area (it's near the bar) also has music that's way too loud along with several TVs (for that sports bar atmosphere . . . I guess).
The odd part of the whole experience was that the Rio (a Harrahs property in Vegas) tries to emulate the Mardi Gras atmosphere and here we go all the way to New Orleans (which I figured would have the Mardi Gras atmosphere) and it's like not feeling that atmosphere.
The New Orleans trip for us was part of an 8-day gambling junket (3 days in Laughlin, 4 days in New Orleans and a day at the Rio in Vegas). We would definitely do the Laughlin and Vegas again . . . probably leaving New Orleans out of the equation.
Harrah's Casino was the typical casino you would find in either AC or Las Vegas. During the day time, they had $10.00 black jack tables and crap tables. And during the night, they raise the table limits. I am not sure if you can grandfather in. But when playing blackjack, there are lots of people who either play weird (Double down on a 12) or who have no idea what is going on. Because of this, this will mess up your entire table hand. But other than that, it was okay.
Go to Biloxi
These slots are not loose at all. I like them where you win enough to keep you interested or for the fun of it. Losing money is ok if you can sit there awhile. Played a lot of these, and they take your money fast. Went to Biloxi and had much more fun. Don't waste your time here.
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