The long-standing Aztec Inn Casino is located at 2200 Las Vegas Boulevard South and the corner of Bob Stupak Avenue. Its neighbor is the towering Stratosphere Hotel Casino and directly across the street is the Little Vegas Wedding Chapel.
We all must have passed this place on the Strip hundreds of times and wondered about it, trying to peer in the windows as we drove by.
The casino’s 3,120 square foot gaming space features 39 gaming machines (no table games) and is open 24 hours daily. Approximately 18 machines are situated in the big “u-shaped” bar and the remaining 20 games are scattered comfortably around the floor nearby. Many of the machines have multi-games in the cabinets.
There are various reel slots, video reels, video keno and video poker games offered, ranging in denomination from 1 cent to $1. There is no current slot club offered. The casino is kind of a throwback to a nostalgic bygone era and features a $1 pool table, an old fashioned playable jukebox, a still operative Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga (circa 1981) 25-cent, stand-up game console and even a pay phone that hangs on the wall in the hallway.
The property has one leased restaurant called the $5 Café. They offer three different unique menus: one is Thai food, one is American classics (burgers, club sandwiches, etc.) and the third is Mexican specialties.
The best breakfast value is the two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $3.99. Smoothies are available for $4.50 and desserts are priced from $2.99 for cheesecake or Tiramisu to $4.50 for the ice cream-topped Brownie Adventure or a traditional Banana Split.
Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant’s servers are courteous and friendly.
The bar is a cheap-lovers’ paradise. A sign reads “Happy Hour is every hour!” Pabst Blue Ribbon beers are $1 anytime; well drinks are $2 and an all-day, anytime Bloody Mary is $3.50. (Drink specials are subject to change.)
At one time the property offered 50 hotel rooms that are now currently shuttered, a possible aftermath of the 2005 three-alarm fire at the Aztec Inn that forced the evacuation of the casino and caused an estimated $200,000 in damages (there were no personal injuries). But they do now have refurbished furnished studio apartments available for weekly rental for $130 that includes utilities and cable.
Also inside the casino is an Internet Café Island available for about $10 per hour with a printer available, too. Outside in front of the casino a vendor sells brand name sunglasses for $10 a pair or two for $15. There is also a Grand Canyon Tours booth located near the entrance to book a quick trip.
For questions about the Aztec Inn Casino, call 702-385-4566.