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Originally opened as the Holiday Casino in 1973, Harrah’s Las Vegas is fresh off a renovation and is welcoming guests as part of the Caesars Entertainment family of properties. Located next to The LINQ and cross the street from The Mirage, Caesar’s Palace and Treasure Island, the hotel and casino is truly at the center of the action on the Las Vegas Strip. Reasonably priced room rates and excellent accessibility make Harrah’s one of the best places to stay in Las Vegas.
Room Rates & Reservations
Room reservations for Harrah’s can be made online using the Caesars Resorts website. I booked an accessible room with a king size bed and roll-in shower in the Valley Tower, using a complimentary room offer from the Caesars Rewards loyalty program. Room rates typically range from $40 to $150 per night, depending on the date of the stay. For the best rates, a midweek stay is generally required. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the publicly available room rates during my trip were about $35 per night, which is an incredible deal.
Harrah’s charges a resort fee of $37 per night plus tax. The resort fee includes access to the Fitness Center, in-room daily Internet access and all local phone calls. Because I am a Diamond member in the Caesars Rewards program, my resort fees are waived as a perk. It is important to account for these fees in your budget, as they can be difficult to have waived — even though I believe that they should be for disabled guests who cannot use the fitness facilities.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Room
My guest room was located on the 24th floor of the Valley Tower, number 24033. The “Valley Deluxe Room” is an affordable, standard accommodation with all of the required ADA features. It was spacious enough to comfortably accommodate me and my power wheelchair, with accessible routes and room to maneuver.
The king size bed in my guest room is perhaps the lowest height bed on the Las Vegas Strip. Measured from the floor to the top of the mattress, the bed height was 19 inches, with 5 inches of clear floor space underneath. For me, as a power wheelchair user, the bed was actually too low, but this would no doubt be a welcome sight for manual wheelchair users — and potentially the reason to select Harrah’s over other Las Vegas hotels.
On the wall opposite the bed, there was a high definition television, a chest of drawers, a safe for storing valuables, a desk and a table with a lighted make-up mirror. The desk and table were on opposite ends of the dresser, both measuring 30 inches tall with 27 inches of clearance.
The room had a circular table by the window, which was a great place to eat takeout or delivery food. The table was 29 inches tall, with 28 inches of clearance.
Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Bathroom accessibility is my primary concern when booking a hotel stay, and I am pleased to say that Harrah’s Las Vegas met all of my expectations.
The bathroom had a sliding door that was easy to operate. The sink measured 34 inches tall, with 28 inches of clearance underneath. The toilet was also accessible, with space to park my wheelchair alongside for a safe, lateral transfer. The toilet seat measured 17.5 inches tall, with grab bars on the adjacent walls at 35 inches above the floor.
The roll-in shower was rectangular with a wall-mounted seat that folded down from the wall. The seat measured 17.5 inches high and the hand-held showerhead and water controls were within reach on the rear wall. Grab bars were affixed to the back and side walls at a height of 35 inches above the floor. By drawing the shower curtain, most of the water stayed in the shower.
Body wash, shampoo and conditioner was made available through a set of push button dispensers mounted on the back wall. The dispensers were within reach of the shower seat.
Accessibility in the Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino
Accessibility inside the Harrah’s Las Vegas casino is acceptable, with ramps between the various levels of the casino floor and accessible routes to the slot machines and table games.
As is the case with every casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the Harrah’s casino floor is largely carpeted, which can frustrate manual wheelchair users. Although I didn’t play very much at this particular casino, I found it easy to get around and enjoyed playing my favorite slot machine, Dragon Link.
Restaurants & Dining
Harrah’s is home to a number of popular restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Pizza Cake and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. The Fulton Street Food Hall, located inside the casino, has a number of different food stations, including a noodle bar, pizza station and sandwich/soup/salad station.
Other fantastic restaurants are located nearby, including one of my favorites — Hash House A Go Go, next door at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. For more food ideas, check out my 15 favorite Las Vegas restaurants.
Location & Transportation
Harrah’s is situated on the Las Vegas Strip, which means it is close to many public transportation options. The city bus route, known as “The Deuce,” stops within feet of the casino, connecting riders with other parts of the Strip. Nearby crosswalks and elevated walkways (with elevators) allow pedestrians to access the opposite side of the Strip, including resorts like The Mirage, Caesars Palace and Treasure Island.
Wheelchair accessible taxis can be ordered on demand, and the typical wait is around 15-20 minutes, if not sooner. For more information on accessible cab operators, fares and wait times, read the article on Las Vegas wheelchair taxis.
Harrah’s is a great choice for ADA accessible accommodation on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel’s location, its affordability and accessible room features like roll-in showers and low-height beds make it a real winner. The best thing about Las Vegas is that, no matter where you decide to sleep at night, all of the city’s restaurants, nightlife, casinos and attractions are within easy reach — just a short walk/roll or cab ride away! Rest easy (and accessibly) at Harrah’s each night, then explore the town by day!
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