Harrah’s Las Vegas

What was once the world’s largest Holiday Inn is now Harrah’s Las Vegas. Although Harrah’s has owned and operated the 1,725-room resort since 1983, the name was changed in 1992 to enhance the corporation’s image in the gaming industry. An expansion in 1997 scrapped the hotel’s original riverboat motif in favor of a European carnival theme, complete with a lush Carnaval Court, strolling performers and colorful exterior murals.

The casino, which always seems in a state of renovation, meanders over nearly 100,000 square feet. Always crowded and noisy, the casino has about 2,000 slot and video machines, 44 blackjack tables and a good mix of craps, roulette, baccarat, poker and Caribbean Stud games. You can also play keno and bingo and bet in the race and sports book.

The hotel’s Improv comedy club showcases seasoned stand-up comics and up-and-comers.

The modern rooms contain plush teal carpeting, peach print upholstery, white wood furniture and blue bamboo-style chairs.

Other amenities include six restaurants, four bars, a health club, pool and cluster of retail shops.