Circus Circus was more like a zoo!
With one of my best friends coming into Las Vegas to renew his wedding vows after ten years of marriage, I was much obliged to go visit him and celebrate in the festivities! Picture a pink Cadillac, an Elvis impersonator as chauffeur, and a chapel, what else could you ask for?
First problem was finding a hotel. Everything in Vegas for that weekend (first weekend of August) was out of control in terms of pricing. Hotels that would normally would cost $50 US were now $150. Fortunately, Circus Circus had a great promotion, and we were able to secure a room in the Casino Tower with a king bed for $150/night. Normally, this price would be a rip-off, but considering how expensive everything suddenly was that weekend, it was actually a steal. We may have been able to stay at the Trump Hotel for a little bit more, but I'll be damned if a penny of my money finds its way into that loser's pockets!
We arrived at around 2am and believe it or not could almost not find a parking spot. The entire Garage #1 was completely full. Garage #2 was also full but we were able to find one spot. One good thing about parking is that it's free! You may be wondering why I would be mention that, but as I found out more and more hotel / casinos are starting to charge for parking. Not a big deal if you're a guest, but ridiculous if you're going to just visit to play the slots.
It was a zoo. Fortunately the registration desk is relatively close to the parking structure. For those of you that have visited Vegas, you'll notice that the newer hotels are structured in such a way that they force you to walk through the entire casino to get to the guest check-in desk.
Check-in was smooth however they issued us free dinner tickets instead of breakfast and the check-in host did not seem to really care about fixing it for us.
The room was clean and modern. Something felt a bit weathered about it, and I think as this is a family hotel, the carpet probably gets beaten up a bit quicker than other hotels. For the price though, I'm not complaining too much.
The bathroom was fairly updated, although nothing to write home about. What was more crazy was the toilet. It sounded as though it had a jet engine in it. When you would touch the handle, it would sound like a jet engine fired up and suck everything down as it does in an airplane. On one hand I was afraid of flushing it, on the other, I wanted one for my house!
And yes, the TV was a flat-screen and got your main channels.
Unlike the main strip which forces you to eat at expensive places due to lack of cheap options, or pay $3 for a bottle of water since there are no convenience stores except for the Casino shops, there are a ton of great options from McDonald's within the hotel, Krispy Kreme, and a bunch of pharmacies including Walgreens and CVS close by for cheap snacks.
We ate at the buffet and the food was good with a huge variety. In fact, they even changed the food options while we were eating so we had an event better selection. There was an omelet station as well as a carving station, a great variety of Mexican food, normal American, and even Asian - sorry, no sushi.Final Thoughts...
One thing I like about Circus Circus is that the walk from the parking structure to the guest registration is fairly short. If you know Vegas you know that they lay things out in such a way that you're forced to walk through the entire casino before you get to the registration desk. Fortunately, Circus doesn't do that.
Our room was decent for the price. Even though it had been renovated, I thought the carpet was already starting to get a bit tired looking but there was a flag screen TV and the bathroom was clean. Nothing fancy but nothing too bad either.
The breakfast buffet was very good in my opinion with a huge selection that they kept changing.
Just one note - there are a lot of kids here (obviously) so if you're looking for something a bit quieter and more high end, then this isn't the place for you. If on the other hand you're looking for something economical and quick, this is it. It also helps that there is a 7-11, Krispy Kreme, McDonalds, and CVS either inside the hotel or just outside!
The only thing I was disappointed in was that we had brought food to the room and when I asked room service for a fork, they said "they don't do that". I've stayed at Motel 6s and hotels all around the world including low-end hotels that do "do that". So Circus loses a point for not doing that small thing!
Otherwise, this is a cheap but decent option.