Sometimes I get a real urge to throw down on the tables but I don’t have the time to grab a last minute flight to Las Vegas. Living in North Texas, I have two options that are relatively quick and inexpensive to do. I can go to Oklahoma or I can go to Louisiana.
Recently I decided to take the Louisiana option so I headed to Shreveport/Bossier City. While it isn’t the closes option to me, I combined my urge to gamble with a visit to a paranormal location (the Logan Mansion) so it was a solid win despite the 5 hour drive.
There are several hotels with casinos (or is it casinos with hotels?) in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. This time I went with Diamond Jacks since it would be my first time there. It is a 3-star hotel by most online sources so it is budget friendly and yet it has some nice amenities.
With 30,000 square feel of gaming space, the casino has everything you would expect from a large casino: slots, video poker and table games. I don’t do a lot of table games at all. I like roulette and blackjack, I have yet to figure out craps, and poker is not even on my radar. One day…….
The gaming area is split up on multiple floors so it may seem small at first until you find the elevator. I spent a great deal of time on the slots while my husband spent his time playing poker. We ended up breaking even so I really can’t complain.
I had my husband and one of our daughters with me so we had a two queen bed room. I usually try to get an accessible room because of my kiddo but this time I didn’t because they didn’t have any available. No biggie really. She has some mobility issues but they are manageable, especially if I help her.
The room was a nice size and had a sitting area at the far end of the room. It was clean and well appointed with amenities including an armoire with TV and a coffee pot. The bathroom was also large with the toilet in front of the shower. The only thing that would have made it better would be if there was a door separating the toilet/shower from the rest of the bathroom. It would make sharing a bathroom easier.
My family were fans of the jacuzzi tub. It had room for two people, was clean, and fired up quickly. If you have mobility issues, it is a bit tall to negotiate however you can enter if via sit and swivel. Just sit on one of the corners and swivel around.
The only teeny tiny thing that might be considered a negative is the placement of the coffee pot. It is within the bathroom just to the left as you enter and are facing the sink and mirror. As a rule, I don’t like anything that I will be consuming to be near a toilet or bathtub much less in a bathroom. However since the toilet is separated (albeit without a door) to the right of the sink and mirror, I think the placement will be overlooked by most guests.
This is where I really struggled. There are three restaurants onsite: The Grill, Legend’s Buffet, and DJ’s Seafood & Steaks. On this trip we met up with friends for a quick bite at the Grill for dinner. A decent size menu that is affordably priced, it lacked anything original. Not bad food at all if you want a burger, chicken tenders, po’ boy, or a shrimp basket. If you want something more sophisticated, this is NOT the place for you to eat.
For breakfast we decided to go to Legend’s Buffet. It had what you would expect from a casino breakfast buffet: pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, omelette station, etc. The food was not bad however it was not the quality I expected. Everything that I ate was hot but nothing about the food really stood out.
The hotel offered free valet which was a nice amenity. I have zero problem using valet and tipping when I need my car. The hotel valet shut down at night (9 or 10 pm?) but the casino valet ran 24/7. I returned back to the hotel around 2 am and the valet area was completely empty. This hotel is apparently no longer in its heyday however I would stay there again. I don’t recommend eating there but the I like the hotel for the large, clean rooms and the ability to run downstairs to gamble. Next time we will try a different hotel and casino so check back for more hotel reviews!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!