The lodge perfect for Hoover Dam tourists
June 28, 2016 3:01 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Hoover Dam Lodge is a hotel and casino near Boulder City owned and operated by Nevada Restaurant Services, which bought the hotel property in 2013. They also operate Dotty’s, the popular chain of slot machine parlors located throughout the state.
NRS has about 175 locations in Nevada, Oregon, and Montana and over 40 Dotty’s Café’s in Illinois. They also own LaVillita’s in Las Vegas and manage the slot operations in Nevada Food 4 Less grocery stores and inside Kmart department stores under the Dotty’s brand.
In Laughlin, they own and operate the Laughlin River Lodge Hotel & Casino. Hoover Dam Lodge was previously the Gold Strike until it was destroyed by a fire in 1998. It reopened the next year as Hacienda Hotel & Casino, and then was renamed Hoover Dam Lodge in January, 2015.
The hotel is surrounded by Lake Mead National Recreation Area, three miles from Hoover Dam. It overlooks Lake Mead and has a 17-story tower with about 375 rooms. There are four separate themed gaming areas with about 200 total slot machines and a race and sportsbook operated by William Hill. There are no table games but they do offer virtual table games, including blackjack and craps. The four gaming areas are the main Hoover Dam Lodge Casino, Dotty’s, La Villita’s and Bourbon Street, a sports themed casino area opened just last week.
A Dotty’s Club card will work fine in any of the four casinos or, if you prefer, you can get a Hoover Dam Lodge Club Card. It will work in any Dotty’s or the Laughlin River Lodge as well. Hoover Dam/Dotty’s slot club rewards its members with a variety of point multipliers on a daily basis, with up to 10, 15 and even 20 times points on some days and certain machines.
There are some designated machines (with signs posted on them) that offer a minimum of 15 times points always. At Hoover Dam, 1,000 earned points equals $1 in value for free slot play, cash, liquor purchases, cigarettes or a variety of gift items displayed at the club booth. Future plans include offering food and rooms for points although the current system doesn’t allow for that now.
Determining the coin-in needed to earn points is somewhat of an “unknown” due to factors that determine point earnings like denomination and type of game played, be it slot, video poker or video keno. Points can be used at any Dotty’s.
There are four restaurants at Hoover Dam Lodge, including a Dotty’s Café open 24 hours offering burgers and small plates. La Villita’s serves up Mexican food; The Bighorn Cafe’ features a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and The Steakhouse at Hoover Dam Lodge provides great steak and seafood selections in a comfortable environment. It opens at 5 p.m. daily and is dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Lounge Bar also is available for a quick snack or a refreshing drink.
The property also offers a pool, The General Store, workout facilities, an arcade open 24 hours plus meeting and banquet space. Hoover Dam Lodge is located at 18000 Highway 93, Boulder City. The local phone number is 702- 293-5000. For reservations call toll free: 1-800-245-6380. For more info visit: www.hooverdamlodge.com.
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: ScotKrause@GamingToday.com