I am a huge fan of Hotwire. For only $36 a night (plus resort fees), I ended up getting The Orleans Hotel & Casino just off the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After Hotwire revealed I would be staying at The Orleans off Tropicana, I was satisfied with the selection, as I have stayed at this hotel before in the past. It may not be the fanciest or hippest place to stay in Vegas, but it does have a casino, an assortment of restaurants, a bowling alley, and more.
As a long time visitor to Las Vegas, I actually enjoy staying off the Las Vegas Strip, but still close enough to the action. Maybe I am just getting older, but I like it a little quieter these days, while still having the option to visit the strip which is just a few minutes away by car.
Anyways, here is my The Orleans Hotel & Casino room review from my stay last last weekend.
Rooms at The Orleans are quite basic but large, especially if traveling alone like I was. You will find a bed (choice of two queens or king), a 37 inch television, a small table/work area, a couch, and a large bathroom.
Since I was traveling alone, I requested a king bedroom. With Hotwire, your choice of bed is not always guaranteed when you arrive at the hotel, especially if the hotel is sold out, but I did not having any issues selecting a bed choice, and I never have in the past.
With the couch, I was expecting it to be a pull out bed, but it was not. It was just a regular couch.
The king sized bed was large and spacious. On both sides of the bed were nightstands with lamps, which allowed the room to be very bright in an otherwise dark room.
Though big, the bed was not the most comfortable I have encountered, but got the job done. The bed was a little hard for my liking and left my back hurting somewhat in the morning.
Just to the left of the bed was another nightstand with a safe below. Kind of a strange location for a safe. You usually find safes in closets somewhere, but at The Orleans, that was not the case as there was no closet.
I did not attempt to use the safe, but it appeared it could hold a laptop and any other small personal belongings that you wanted to keep safe.
Since it was about 114 degrees in Las Vegas during my visit, I was happy that the room had a strong air conditioning unit.
When I walked into the room, it was already nice and cold. The A/C was set at 71, which was great on a hot day.
I didn’t change the temperature on my visit, but if you wish to turn the temperature up or down, you can find a thermostat on the wall to the left of the bathroom door.
As you have noticed, the view from my hotel room of the parking lot was far from the best view in Vegas. If a view is important to you, you might want to check out other hotels on the strip.
When I checked into the hotel, I was asked if I would prefer to have a lower or higher floor. I told them that I was fine with whatever room. They put me in the 2nd floor, which I immediately regretted. I felt like anyone in the parking lot could look straight into my room.
If you want a better view, ask for a room on a higher floor.
Since the room was so large, the LG 37LD345H-UA 37 inch television seemed small.
The television featured 21 major channels (NBC, CW, Fox, Mytvlv, TBS, CBS, PBS, ABC, Univsion, TNT, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, HLN, ESPN, ESPN2, USA, CNBC, Weather, Cartoon, and Fox Sports West). There were also channels for Keno, hotel information, and convention info. In addition, there were three radio stations (oldies, country, and classic rock).
Through the guide, guests can also access Hollywood movies, guest services (checkout and check bill), TV guide, parental control, and alarm clock.
The back of the television allowed access to HDMI and component ports, but the simple remote blocked access to change the television input selections. There are ways around this restriction, but that will have to wait for another time.
If you are staying for business or just need a small place to do some work on your laptop, then you can use the small desk and chair.
Other than a desk and chair, you won’t find many other amenities, so if you are looking to do some work, you might be limited.
On top of the table was a basic coffee maker with a few packets of coffee and Styrofoam cups.
I don’t drink coffee so I did not taste it for myself, but it definitely looked basic. I would have loved if they had packets of tea in the room, but unfortunately, there were none.
The bathroom of The Orleans was quite spacious. The bathroom was separated into two areas: the sink area and the bathtub area.
Near the sink, you will find your toiletries, ice bucket, and hair dryer along with space to hang clothes.
The other side of the bathroom was where the toilet and tub was located.
The toilet and tub were basic but spacious. The walls of the tub were covered in a cool brown title. Just above the tub was a window that peaked outside, with views of the parking lot for me.
Water pressure was great and never once an issue.
Just to the left of the sink you will find your standard iron, ironing board, and space to hang clothes.
Since there was no closest in the room, this was the only space that was available for hanging clothes. For me, this was not a huge deal, but other travelers might not be satisfied with a room without a closet.
Also, the hangers were immovable, which was a big turnoff for me. The one great part about having clothes hanging in the bathroom was that the steam from the shower helped rid my clothes of any wrinkles.
Next to the sink, on the counter in the bathroom, you will find your typical toiletries including body lotion, conditioner, shampoo, and bar of soap. These toiletries had a sweet, almost fruit like smell, which I enjoyed.
I don’t want to admit it, but I took some of these toiletries home.
Hotel Wifi is extremely important to me a a travel blogger. The Orleans’ Wifi let me down. I will explain.
There are two levels of internet access. Level 1 Internet Access (up to 1 Mbps) and Enhanced Level 2 Internet Access (10+ Mbps).
Level 1 Internet Access is included with The Orleans resort fee of $12.99 per day. Enhanced Level 2 Internet Access cost an additional $10 per device.
I selected Level 1 Internet Access. This WiFi was unbelievably slow. Want to stream videos? Forget about it. I had trouble loading my Gmail or even one page of Facebook. You will get no work done using the basic internet. This is a major ripoff and unfair. Why do I have to pay $12.99 + tax per day for horribly slow internet.
Could I have paid an extra $10 per device for faster internet? Sure. But I just felt like I shouldn’t have to give more of my money to the hotel for a service that should be reliable, affordable, and included.
I never order room service, and that was true for this hotel stay.
If you wish you to order room service, you can order it 24 hours a day by picking up your room phone and dialing 6266.
Just a note, all room service orders include 18% gratuity and sales tax.
Booking The Orleans Hotel & Casino
The Orleans Hotel & Casino is definitely not like some of the other bigger and more popular hotels on the Las Vegas Strip such as the Cosmopolitan or Planet Hollywood. Most of the people who choose to stay here know that The Orleans is off the strip, quieter, and visited more frequently by locals than tourists.
If you want a cheap but nice hotel room just off the strip along with a casino, a pool, and many restaurants, then The Orleans could be just right for you.