On our recent trip to Las Vegas, I spent a lot of time looking for family-friendly hotels that also fit into our budget. I had never heard of Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino, but they had pretty good reviews on Hotels.com, so I decided to check them out. I did receive a media discount for our stay, but all opinions and observations of this hotel are my own.
(Title Photo Courtesy of Silver Sevens)
Booking a hotel online can leave a lot to be desired if you’ve never been to it before. I always have so many questions that the website doesn’t answer. Like, what kind of shampoo is in the bathroom? How much empty space is in the room? What channels does the TV get? Exactly what kind of breakfast do they have? And so on and so forth. I really rely on reviews for that kind of information, so I feel like it’s kind of my duty to provide that information when I can. As a family who loves to travel, we have stayed in all kinds of hotel rooms. On our most recent family road trip to Las Vegas, a place I used to live and have visited more times than I can count, we stayed somewhere we had never even heard of before, the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino.
Location is key when it comes to finding a hotel in Las Vegas. Traffic can get pretty bad on the strip, so being close enough to walk to the attractions is ideal. I wasn’t sure where Silver Sevens would fall in that category, but it was closer than I thought it would be! I was able to walk to the Hard Rock for a concert (Fun Dad stayed at our hotel with the kids) and it was quicker to walk there than it was for me to get a ride back. From there you’re just a couple of blocks away from the mesmerizing fountain show at the Bellagio hotel, without the big price tag. Even though you’re close to the strip, the casino has more of a local hang-out feel. I didn’t take photos inside the casino, as that’s generally frowned upon.
The staff member who checked us in was super friendly and helpful. In addition to getting a hotel room, they gave me (and all guests) a scratch-off card with prizes like discounts on food, or casino credits, some coupons for drinks, and got me all signed up with an A Play Club card. The hallway to the hotel tower was right next to the hallway from the parking garage, so there was no need to drag the kids through the casino. We were on the first floor, so it was a quick jaunt down the hallway to where we’d be spending the rest of our weekend.
When I walked in, I was happy to see that the crib I had requested at check in was waiting for us. It costs an extra $10 per night for the crib, but I didn’t mind paying that to keep our adventurous little girl contained during bed time. There were several different spaces that were open enough to fit the crib. It’s more spacious than it looks. Just one room was big enough for us, but if you need a bit more space, the option for adjoining rooms is there. My main constructive criticism towards the hotel would be that they could improve my experience easily by adding deadbolts to the doors of the room. With a pull of the door handle my kids could open the doors, so I had to employ my own techniques to keep them from doing that.
Yes, I said “doors” of the room, because we had a back door too. I didn’t know that when I booked the room, so it was a nice surprise. Of course I had to open it up and see what it was all about.
Outside of our room was a cute little patio and a walkway to the hotel’s pool. A nice pool is high on my list of must-haves when I’m looking for a hotel, so I was well-prepared with bathing suits, sunscreen and floaties. I just didn’t know we had direct access to it. What an nice surprise indeed! I highly recommend reserving a first-floor tower room if you’re traveling with kids. It’s so much easier to get everyone and their stuff in and out of the pool area.
The crystal-clear pool is a really nice size, with a shallow area for the kids, a hot tub to warm up in, lots of shady places to relax (including private cabanas you can reserve), and towels provided. There were a few people there, but it really felt like a nice private oasis. While Fun Dad and the kids were having fun in the pool, I decided to relax by myself in the room. Okay, I was mostly working, but it was so quiet that it was almost the same as relaxing.
Another thing I always check out when staying in a hotel is the bathroom. I like a bathroom equipped with soft towels and a hairdryer, and room to move around. This definitely has that. Plus, a nice bath tub doesn’t hurt. I don’t take baths at home because for one, we’re in a serious drought, and also, I don’t want to share my tub with a bunch of toys. But on vacation I have to take full advantage of a toy-free tub and a water bill that I don’t have to pay. Luckily I brought some bubble bath.
Another plus side to having a great pool at your hotel is that it wears the kids out. After a few hours of sun and swimming, rinse them off, throw some pajamas on them, and toss them into bed. Even Mayhem, who never goes to sleep without putting up a fight went right to sleep in the comfy bed. In my comfy bed, actually.
They’re so much cuter when they’re asleep, aren’t they?
During our stay we tried some of the dining options, the S7 Buffet, and the Sterling Spoon Cafe. We did the buffet for dinner, and although I didn’t get any photos of it, I did enjoy it. The create-your-own pasta station was my favorite, next to the freshly-carved meats. The kids enjoyed the soft-serve ice cream bar, of course. The Sterling Spoon is a great spot to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner on a budget. The best deal by far is their Deuces Wild breakfast, which is only $2.99 with your A Play Club card. It was enough food that the two littles were able to share one, and tasty enough that they both gobbled it down.
The Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino also features a fine dining restaurant called The Back Room and bar called Corona Cantina, but we didn’t venture into either of those spots with the kids. Although, I probably could have used a visit to “Jose’s Happy Hour” in the cantina.
I did get to sneak out for a bit while Fun Dad and the kids were in bed and spend a little time in the casino itself. I am happy to report that I left with more money than I started with! I didn’t win any jackpots, but I came up ahead even after having a few drinks, and I had fun chatting with some of locals, so I call that a success.
Over all, the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino is a great place for a family to stay. It’s far enough from the action of the strip to have some peace and quiet, but still close enough to have all the fun. Like I mentioned, the only caveat for me was the lack of dead bolts. I hope they’ll take that into consideration as something they might want to add in the future, but regardless, I look forward to staying there again!