Updated: 12/8/16Harrah's New Orleans
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Harrah's New Orleans is the "Ritz Carlton"/"Four Seasons" of the Caesars hotel chain. And, unlike most casino hotels, this is a stand-alone property. To get to the casino, you need to walk across the street or take the underground passageway accessed through a courtyard to another building.
There is not always a separate Seven Stars check-in, but generally there is an employee in the lobby who will direct you to the next available clerk. Front desk clerks are attired in crisply contemporary brown suits, and are extremely professional. The enthusiastic greeting guests receive when they walk in or walk out would be almost cloying if it weren't so sincere. These folks actually seem like they're happy and proud to have you as their guest! The concierge staff is as professional and knowledgeable as the finest concierges in any four- or five-star hotel.
Valet or self-parking in a convenient garage adjacent to the hotel is complimentary for Seven Stars guests, though there is no sign indicating such at the hotel entrance. The parking garage is around the corner from the hotel.
The only amenity the hotel really could use is a first-class spa. However, there is a small fitness center, accessible with your room key.
Guestrooms are large and include a coffee-maker and small refrigerator. There are lovely views of the city or river from every direction. The corner suites are particularly large and comfortable, and include a sitting area the size of most standard rooms. They're furnished with a table and four chairs, a flat screen TV (even larger than the one in the bedroom), a large curved sectional sofa, a comfortable chair, and wet bar. The bedroom closet contains robes for use during your stay, and the large bathroom has double sinks, a shower, bathtub, and separate private toilet. While newspapers are not delivered each day, and there is no gift shop, ask at the Concierge desk and you can get a complimentary paper (subject to availability).
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but there is a Diamond Lounge, right, located in the High Limits table games area. Look for the Palm Room – there is no sign indicating it's the Diamond Lounge.
Seven Stars cardholders do not get priority entrance and may bring up to three guests; Diamond cardholders may bring one guest. Seven Stars companion cardholders may be admitted, but unless they are Diamond cardholders in their own right, they will not be served any alcoholic beverages or food.
Guests order food from a printed menu (see sample). Seven Stars cardholders are limited to eight cocktails and four menu items per party; Diamond cardholders are limited to four cocktails and two menu items per party. Additional plates are $8 each.
Here are the current hours (subject to change):
Alternatively, you can use some of your drinks in the Palm Room at one of the bars in the casino, including the one at Besh Steak (see below), or even Manning's next door. For example a Seven Stars cardholder and a guest may each have four cocktails in the Diamond Lounge, then one each at the Signature Bar, and still have two more in the "bank". A couple where one is Seven Stars and the other is Diamond would have 12 cocktails a day available to them. Two Seven Stars cardholders would have 16 drinks available during a gaming day.
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Gordon Biersch and Grand Isle Seafood Restaurant across the street accept Reward Credits, but at a 2:1 ratio – meaning 2,000 Reward Credits = $10 instead of the usual $20. Acme Oyster House in the casino accepts Reward Credits, but also at a 2:1 ratio.Ruth's Chris Steak House has a location in the hotel, and
In terms of other dining options: Besh Steak and the Buffet at Harrah's are located in the casino and Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer is located on Fulton Street outside the hotel. (Don't just write-off Manning's as a typical sports bar. Go for lunch or dinner during the week and you might be surprised at the excellent quality of the food and its diverse offerings.) Reward Credits are accepted 1:1. You can pay directly with your Total Rewards card or sign the charge to your room if you're staying at Harrah's.
In addition, look for the Cafes on Canal (Starbucks, Fuddrucker's and McAlister's Select) in the casino, all of which accept Quick Rewards® (but at 2:1). You cannot sign charges from any of these outlets to your room, though.
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