More about Ramada Express Hotel Casino
Cheap room, no frills
My family, looking for cheap accomodations, enroute to another destination, stayed here last Wednesday night. We were pleasantly surprised with the clean, comfortable, quiet room, for which we paid $27. Be mindful that rates are determined by the number of people, and children are not free as they are in most chains. There are absolutely no frills and few room amenities (no clock). The train theme of the hotel appeals to families--yet the hotel (as would be expected for a casino) caters to adults. Pool hours are reserved for adults only in the morning until 11 am and in the evening. Since check out is 11 am, that means a family cannot use the pool unless they arrive early in the day or stay more than one night. The train does not run on Thursday which disappointed us. The breakfast buffet is $6.99 (dinner buffet is the same price) for adults and was a decent and convenient meal in the morning.
nice room, but....
We stayed in the West Tower...far away from the main part of the hotel, which is quite large and rambling...our room was the farthest away from the elevator, and as smokers, we can appreciate more than one ashtray...other than those complaints, it was a nice hotel, break on the buffet (which was excellent) if you join the players club...and best of all... an IN and OUT burger joint in the vicinity....Yahoo!
Good room, tight slots, nice collector poker chips
We stayed at the Ramada in Laughlin, on March 16, 2005. Check in was the easiest and most delightful I have ever had. They even let us check in early (11 am) without hesitation or crap. The check in clerks and other hotel personal were very friendly. The room was average but nice. We ate one meal at the coffee shop, and it was breakfast. The toast was great, big thick slices. The food was all good, but then again, you can't screw breakfast up that much unless you burn it. The waitress was freindly, on the ball, and checked us often. They had a Keno booth inside the restaurant right by our table, which was great. I didn't see a Keno runner, but anyone could walk up to the booth, place their card, and then cash in on any winnings at the same booth. The slots were horrible. The pay back was zero for us, and they all seemed tight. We didn't see anyone winning much, and hardly any payouts on the machines. We played $40 each in a couple machines, and didn't even win small amounts to play back. The machines just ate it up in few minutes flat. So we went over to our favorite casino, the Colorado Belle, and played for hours on our last $60 each. They have a nice assortment of collector poker chips for purchase. My husband collects them and really enjoyed the selection. The Ramada has a Amercian Pride show upstairs in the Pavalion (one of the reasons we stayed there is because my 13 year old son loves military museums). The show was nice, and the small collection of uniforms and accessories was nice too. You were able to stand very close to the open displays and see things clearly. My son really enjoyed it, and it's free. Sorry to say, we won't be back for another stay unless they offer us a email special package. We just prefer to stay at the other hotels with better offers and looser slots.
poor service poor food
We stayed at Excalibur Vegas and Harrahs in laughlin and decided to visit Ramada to catch the comedians show. Show was first rate. we ruined our evening by opting to dine at the ramada. We were too late for the buffet so tried our luck at the caboose!!!!!!
we were served by a surly waitress who shouted at my mother when she was choosing her food. No drinks order taken when we asked a passing waiter the original "lady" came back and told us that we would have to be "patient " with her as she was manning 5 tables. The food when it eventually arived was cold french fries cold green beans and over cooked fish. Which was quite literally knocked on the edge of the table and did not break. Needless to say we declined the meal paid for our drinks and left.
I did ring the Ramada to speak to the food & beverage manager but recieve no response the next day as promised. Thank goodness this was our only bad experience in the whole trip. I have to say in all other venues large or smalll we were bowled over by the serivce and the food.
Ok, but not great.
We stayed at the Ramada in February 2005 for two nights. I made reservations a month ahead, and remembered to ask if their pool and hot tub would be working. They advised us that it would be, but upon check in, we were told that the pool and hot tub were closed due to construction. We were told that we could use the pool across the street at the Edgewater, which we did. Inconvienent to say the least...
Our non-smoking room still smelled like smoke. The rooms had recently been redecorated in the adult tower. The decor was pleasant. However the bathrooms needed lots of work still. Our sink clogged the first time we used it. We called the front desk and they had someone working on it within ten minutes. The housekeeping staff kept forgetting to put items in our rooms, such as coffee and towels. But once we notified them, they were there in minutes. We were impressed with the service. The staff was friendly and efficient.
The slots were kind to us, so we played in their casino most of the time. We joined the slot club which gives you $ 1 off of the breakfast buffet price. The slot club is free to join. We earned enough points for free tickets to the show which was a tribute to the Beatles. That was a nice perk, since we were gambling anyway. The breakfast buffet was ok for the price. All in all, the Ramada was ok, but not great. I'd probably try another hotel next trip.
Good Value for the Money
This hotel was an OK place for the $25 per room rate that we paid. It is a really large hotel with a railroad theme. Nice railroad pictures, equipment, etc. on display. The room was an average one. Nothing special, but no real complaints. The only thing that irked us was the $1.00 per call, whether local or toll free. The machines get a lot of our $$ and I hate too be nickeled-and-dimed to death. On the corner outside is the IN-N-OUT Burger. Great burgers!
Ramada, A good place to stay
My wife and I go to Laughlin, NV about once a month and try to stay in a different hotel each time, Keeps things new in some odd way. The Ramada is a good place to stay when visiting Laughlin. The location is good, because it's in the heart of town, unlike Harrahs. There is a FREE trainride that tours the property and that's always fun for adults & kids. Sometimes, it's nice to take a break from gambling and jump on a train. The rooms are nice and clean and the staff is helpful. They have a American Wartime museum & show free to guest. Check times, I think it starts every 15 minutes and ends at 6-7PM.
They also have nice gift shops and live music every night in the lounge next to the gaming. You MUST try Passagio restaurant for excellent Italian food. The best in Laughlin. I wish they had one in CA. We make it a point to treat ourselves to Passagio almost every visit. There is also a Mexican restaurant, but honestly, I've never ate there. If you're a night owl eater, they have a 24 hour cafe with good food also. In the morning, a great feature is a coffee cart at the bottom floor. You can go down, grab coffee and go back to your room. There is also an arcade for kids and pool & spa for everyone. If you're a train fan or WW2 vet, this is your hotel. Enjoy.
Our lucky Hotel/Casino
We have been to Laughlin a few times and we keep coming back to the Ramada time and again....it wasn't only for the Royal Flush in the High Limit Area ( next to the bar area) I hit ,but the wonderful service and clean rooms that we have encountered.The food at the steakhouse is phenominal and so is the friendly service that is reminiscent of the "good old" days. My wife Debbie says that this the only Hotel/Casino she likes to stay in Laughlin.
We are driving across the USA starting tomorrow and you guessed it...our first stop will be the Ramada! Thank You Susan ( Murphy)