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Top 10 reasons to visit the newly renovated Palace Station Hotel and Casino

1 Oct 2018

By Gary Trask
When Frank Fertitta Jr. realized his dream of opening a Las Vegas casino back in 1976, he did so with the intention of making it a place where locals felt like it was a home away from home.

The Casino certainly served that purpose well, attracting a steady crowd of Las Vegas residents and hospitality workers from the area to a centrally located venue less than three miles off the Strip with cheap eats and service with a smile. Today, the venue that has been known as Palace Station Hotel and Casino since a name change in 1984 remains a local favorite and is still owned by the Fertittas, who now have 10 properties in their Station Casinos portfolio.

But after a recently completed $192 million "modernization" that began in 2016 and touched virtually every aspect of the property, there are more than enough good reasons for tourists to find their way over to West Sahara Avenue. In fact, if you've been to Las Vegas, you've no doubt seen Palace Station sitting to the west of the Strip as you travel the area. It's difficult to miss — more than ever now, thanks to three new 20MM LED video displays on the exterior.

So, the next time you visit, here are 10 reasons you should ask your Uber driver to pull off Interstate 15 and spend some time at this newly refreshed Las Vegas mainstay.

10. Parking and ease of access
The exterior of the property was included in this multimillion-dollar facelift, including new signage and a low-rise façade and porte-cochere outside the main door. There are multiple, well-lit entrances, which is convenient if you are just ducking into the new sportsbook (more on that later) to make a bet and don't want to walk three football fields to get there.

There are also 300 new parking spaces, and parking is free — which, sadly, is becoming a thing of the past in Las Vegas.

9. Updated, affordable guest rooms

Any time someone asks me how they can save money when booking a trip to Las Vegas, I always recommend staying off-Strip — and Palace Station is one of those great options. Not only does the hotel provide free shuttle service to the Strip and the airport, but the rooms are also very affordable, even during peak times.

There are nearly 600 rooms and suites, and the updated rooms have all the amenities you could ask for, including USB docking stations, 55-inch HD televisions, plenty of storage and working station space, and a sitting area with couch.

8. Pool deck (and Happy Hour)
While not as extravagant as a typical Las Vegas resort pool area, the new area at Palace Station is comfortable and certainly more than serves its purpose, with a raised bar, dining area, event lawn, private cabanas and daybeds.

Hotel guests enter for free, while non-guests pay $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, but that fee includes a free drink. Also, every day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all domestic beers and well drinks are 50% off.

7. Expanded casino floor
OK, let's do some gambling. When The Casino opened 42 years ago, the casino floor was 5,000 square feet. Following the renovation, Palace Station now has 220,000 square feet of gaming, with 500 new slots and additional table games in a brand-new area toward the back of the casino.

Needless to say, the new floor is modern, sleek and comfortable, thanks to the additional space.

6. State-of-the-art bingo room
Included in the new gaming space is a 10,000-square-foot, 362-seat bingo room, which should come as no surprise consider that, after the property's first major expansion in 1977, it was renamed Bingo Palace. The old bingo room now houses a restaurant, with the new space featuring a big stage, a projection screen and state-of-the-art tables with hip décor.

And in the never-ending quest to draw a younger crowd to the casino, Palace Station regularly hosts Bingo After Dark!, an evening event that includes a DJ and specialty cocktails and beers. The next one is scheduled for 28 October. In addition, Palace Station also introduced a new Keno Room.

5. Refreshed poker room

The six-table poker room has received a major facelift and provides what the casino is calling a "fresh environment," thanks to a new host desk, wood paneling, metal trim and a light wall covering with a curved accent wall made from wood veneer panels.

There's also a new carpet, flat-screen TVs and easy access to the new sportsbook, and the room remains smoke-free.

4. Upgraded sportsbook
It's housed in the same location as the old sportsbook, but the new 8,000-square-foot venue is barely recognizable from what it used to look like.

First off, as mentioned above, the book is easily accessible and convenient, located just off an entrance near a front parking lot, with 12 new betting terminals, LED odds screens and 36 televisions.

In addition to 200 seats, the book also now features a bar with a raised VIP lounge and booths, 16 bar-top video gaming machines and nine more flat-screen TVs. The bar countertops are dark polished marble with blue-gray paneling and antique bronze accents, and the floors are a dark porcelain tile to contrast with the pinstripe carpets. Most definitely a spot you can get comfortable in and spend multiple hours watching games.

3. Cinebarre Theatre (coming soon)
One main reason we have a return visit to Palace Station on our next Las Vegas trip checklist — other than making a return visit to the renowned Oyster Bar, one of the lone amenities that remained untouched by the renovation — is the not-yet-opened Cinebarre, which will be upstairs in the location that was previously home to the buffet.

This will be the first Cinebarre in the market and should serve as a great new attraction. A product of Regal Entertainment Group, Cinebarre will be a nine-screen luxury movieplex with luxurious recliner seating, with food, beer and wine served directly to your seat during the show.

The casino anticipates a December opening.

2. New F&B options galore
Already home to the aforementioned Oyster Bar, Little Tony's and signature steakhouse Charcoal Room, Palace Station has added four more standout food and beverage options, including:

• bBD’s, which stands for Beers Burgers Desserts, a Chef Ralph Perrazzo venue that brings a sliver of New York to Las Vegas. What’s unique here is that your burger can be prepared three different ways: Steakhouse (cooked over embers of Cherrywood and Canadian charcoal), Griddle (thin patty cooked on a hot griddle, creating a crispy brown crust) or Steamed (thin patty steamed over chopped onions and pickles). There's also a great selection of craft beers.
• Boathouse Asian Eatery, which serves a wide array of fresh seafood, small plates, soups, wok and steamed options. Sushi bar menu also looks like it's spot on,
• Mumfresh Asian Eats, from the same creators of Boathouse Asian Eatery. When it opens, this will be a more casual option, with a "teppanyaki-inspired menu" featuring banh mi sandwiches, noodle soups and boba teas.

But our favorite of the new dining options is . . .

1. Feast Buffet

Palace Station was the first Station Casino to debut the buffet concept back in 1988, so they used that 30 years of experience to unveil the new Feast Buffet.

Simply put, this 14,000-square-foot, 394-seat venue is legit, and an absolute bargain with prices starting at just $10.99 per person (between midnight at 8 a.m.). It's also the only overnight buffet available in Southern Nevada.

The food stations are arranged by cooking technique, rather than ethnicity. The stations — creatively named The Hearth, Wok This Way, Blazing Grill, Health Favorite, The Carvery and Just Desserts — offer a wide variety of fresh options, and there are plenty of health-conscience choices.

Bring your appetite and take your time. You're not going to want to rush this experience.
 
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