Located near the southern tip of Nevada, Laughlin sits on the western banks of the Colorado River, directly across from the much larger community of Bullhead City, Arizona. Home to several large casino hotels, Laughlin has built a reputation as a more family-oriented vacation destination than Las Vegas, which lies roughly 95 miles to the north. Close to the Big Bend State Recreation Area and Lake Mohave, Laughlin also attracts vacationers interested in outdoor activities.
Aquarius Casino Resort
In the center of Laughlin’s casino strip along the banks of the Colorado River, the 15-story, 1,907-unit Aquarius Casino Resort is just off the Laughlin Riverwalk, a pedestrian walkway linking most of the city’s casinos. Guests who enjoy shopping will be happy to learn the Preferred Outlets Mall is just across the street from the hotel. The centerpiece of this resort complex is its 57,000-square-foot casino, which has more than 1,200 slot and video poker machines and a wide assortment of table games. Hotel guests can choose from among several on-site restaurants, including the Vineyard Ristorante, specializing in northern Italian cuisine, and Windows on the River, which serves buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel’s entertainment venues routinely showcase big-name entertainers.
Best Western Bullhead City Inn
Only two miles from Laughlin’s casino action, this two-story, 88-unit motel in Bullhead City is far enough away to afford its guests a more tranquil setting. It also is a convenient base from which to explore some of the area’s many attractions, including Lake Mohave, Davis Dam and the Arizona ghost town of Oatman. Although the motel has no on-site restaurant, it offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Within a short drive of the motel, guests will find several restaurants, including the Black Bear Diner and Denny’s. The motel accepts pets for a small additional fee.
Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino
For a totally different experience, consider the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino, which combines a casino housed in an oversize replica of a 19th-century Mississippi River paddle-wheel steamboat and an adjacent hotel structure with more than 1,100 rooms. In addition to a 65,000-square-foot casino, the riverboat contains 49 luxury suites that feature whirlpool tubs or massaging showers and bathrobes for guest use, as well as several restaurants on the boat’s D Deck. Mangia! specializes in classic Italian cuisine; Mark Twain’s serves up down-home barbecue; and Tortillas offers fast-service Mexican fare. The hotel’s courtyard features two swimming pools, including one with its own waterfall, and a large hot tub.
Edgewater Hotel and Casino
Easily the most striking structure in Laughlin, this gleaming 26-story hotel tower features a blue neon waterfall constantly streaming down its entryway facade. Brightly colored Native American-inspired decor accents the Edgewater’s interior spaces; among these are a large casino with plenty of slots action, including more than 100 penny machines. All of the hotel’s 1,419 guestrooms and suites feature high-speed Internet access. On-site dining choices include the Hickory Pit Steakhouse, Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery and Grand Buffet, which lays out elaborate buffet-style spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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