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A relaxed party hotel sitting just off the Strip, Hooters takes the cheesy dumb fun of its restaurant chain and spreads it liberally around this 696-room resort. The Hooters girls who made the restaurant famous can be found among the blackjack dealers and bartenders at Joystixx, for example. From the pools to the restaurants, the resulting vibe is down-to-earth and casual. Racecars covered with the Hooters logo and decorative surfboards dot the property. Casino employees and Hooters waitresses hang out after their shifts end, ordering drinks, playing slots in the low-limit casino, or sitting down to a game of poker.
The typical guest appears young and ready to party, with plenty of fratty-looking dudes in jeans and T-shirts or sports jerseys on-site. While it's not strictly a male clientele -- couples and women also stay -- it is a nearly child-free crowd.
Hooters is a lot smaller than many of its Vegas counterparts. Fellow party resorts such as the Palms and the Hard Rock boast more extensive grounds, better pools, and more restaurant choices, but they can cost nearly twice as much.
On Tropicana Avenue, between a Motel 6 and the Tropicana Casino and across from the MGM Grand, Hooters is a bit of a hike from many of the big properties along the densely packed three-and-a-half-mile long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip. The intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) -- home to New York New York, Excalibur, the Tropicana, and the MGM Grand -- is a 10-minute walk away, and other Strip hotels are even further. Nearby attractions include the roller coaster at New York New York and the lion exhibit at the MGM Grand.
Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's, Caesars Palace, Harrah's, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.
To the east on Tropicana Avenue, past the Motel 6, you'll run into the back side of McCarran International Airport to the south and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on the north. The airport doesn't create meaningful noise problems at the hotel. Even though Hooters sits closer to McCarran than almost any other Vegas hotel, it's still about a 10-minute, $10 cab ride away.
The rooms at Hooters are bright and tropical-themed, with palm-tree bedspreads and fake palm saplings as decoration. At 400 square feet, they offer plenty of space. The Hooters white-and-orange corporate color scheme is evident, notably in the Hooters-orange lampshades. Each room comes with a free copy of Hooters magazine.
Tower /las-vegas/hotels/hooters-casino-hotel/photos/tower-room/ rooms overlooks Tropicana Avenue and the MGM Grand, as well as the Planet Hollywood Westgate Towers and New York New York. The other main room type, a poolside "bungalow" in a two-story building, resembles the tower room but has direct access to the pool. The suites have wet bars and more space, and some have Jacuzzis that can fit six. The presidential suite offers a Hooters pool table.
The fratty atmosphere extends to the pool area, where guests can dip into two Jacuzzis and three swimming pools. The Pool Bar serves cocktails, as '90s rock plays in the background. As is common at Vegas hotels, the main activity for this youthful crowd is drinking and laying in the sun. Many of the sky-blue or beige lounge chair cushions were in disarray both morning and night -- not a bad thing, just another indication of the casual vibe. At night, after the pools close -- common practice in Vegas -- guests gather around fire pits, and the underwater pool lighting makes for a laid-back festive atmosphere beneath the giant orange Hooters sign on the hotel's roof.
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The frat-party-like scene, ribald entertainment, and lack of any child-appropriate diversions should rule out Hooters for a family vacation.
Even though the Hooters restaurant has a kids' menu, parents will find little else that's suitable for children. Hooters girl service in the restaurant and on the casino floor, the adult-only Men of X show and gamer lounge Joystixx, the pool with no shallow end? Nope, nope, and nope.
The company website's description of the restaurant chain sums it up: "Hooters characterizes itself as a neighborhood place, not a typical family restaurant. Sixty-eight percent of customers are male, most between the ages of 25-54. Hooters does not market itself to families, but they do patronize the restaurants."
Cribs are available for anyone brave enough to bring a small child to this hotel.
The two main options, the casino's namesake chain and Mad Onion Fine Food & Spirits, serve standard American fare (think wings). Room service is fast and filling.
Dining at Hooters casino is festive and casual.
Smaller than the typical Strip casino, but with low-limit games like $3 blackjack tables, also more chances to gamble with small sums.
The Hooters casino is in many ways the opposite of the vast Strip gaming rooms, with their winding carpeted mazes of slot machines and high-limit zones. At Hooters, the two parallel paths run the length of the gaming area, allowing for more open views, fewer chances to get lost. The small casino has the usual slots, table games, live poker, and sports book -- plus Hooters girls who deal blackjack -- but the games include $3 blackjack tables, 50-cent roulette, and two daily $28 no-limit Texas Hold-'em poker tournaments, and the crowd seems to enjoy gambling without putting as much pressure on their pocketbooks.
A raucous party scene in every corner
The rowdy part scene at Dixie's Dam Bar came to end in 2011 to make way for the 21 and up gamer's lounge Joystixx. The sport's bar has arcade games and console games, as well as Wii bowling, beer pong, and Rock Band karaoke. And, because it's at a Hooters hotel, gamer girls.
Although I didn't make it to the all-male Men of X erotic show, the posters suggest it could be a draw for bachelorette parties.
The Hooters Casino Hotel is what you'd expect from the popular restaurant chain: a relaxed party scene and lowbrow fun at a reasonable price. The youthful crowd makes the most of the festive pool, low-stakes casino, and casual nightspots. Yet the rooms and food are unexceptional, and the off-the-Strip location is not ideal.