A Night At Silver Sevens
Last week, we shared some of the disappointing changes to the dining options at Silver Sevens hotel and casino. This week, key card in hand, we jaunt further within the property and explore the property's renovated premium guestrooms.
Silver Sevens is located just a mile east of The Strip at Paradise and Flamingo, across from the Hard Rock. Like the Gold Coast on the west side, Silver Sevens is a locals-oriented casino that isn't far from the action of Las Vegas Boulevard. Some visitors even opt to make the trek on foot, although this isn't recommended during the blistering summer heat. As expected, the Off Strip location allows for considerable discounts on room rates. This writer booked a weekend stay at under $50 per night, while most hotels on The Strip were starting at twice that.
Checking in, even on a Friday afternoon, was painless. The registration area and playerís club share a single space. This set-up would be a disaster at any mega-resort on The Strip, where lengthy registration lines typically greet soon-to-be-frustrated visitors. With just 330 rooms and an efficient staff, Silver Sevens is able to keep waits to a minimum. As I selected my room preferences, I was treated to an entertaining dispute regarding a playerís club promotion at the next counter over. An elderly gentleman claimed he had driven 45 minutes to get here because he was promised $5 in free slot play, which he was now being denied. He was demanding to speak with the general manager regarding the issue. I got my keys before it was resolved and left wondering what type of vehicle he had that allowed him to make a 90-minute round trip for $5 and come out ahead.
Upon entering my third-floor room, I was welcomed with some complimentary banana-flavored cookies that had been left on the desk. Not quite up to DoubleTree chocolate chip standards but, nevertheless, an appreciated treat. Aside from the cookies, the room appeared identical to one I had stayed in six weeks ago, just prior to the re-branding from Terribleís to Silver Sevens. Only the desk flyer advertising the dining options had been updated. This was not surprising, however, as the premium rooms were renovated less than two years ago and are still in excellent condition.
The Terrible's flyer (left) featured a much greater selection of dining specials than the current ad (right).
My single king room was well furnished. The 42Ē wall-mounted TV was among the best I've seen in a room below $100. The desk was fine to work at and I love that they provided an actual rolling office chair. From my experience with the budget hotel market in Vegas, it seems as if desk chairs are an afterthought and they typically end up throwing in whatever random chair they can find. This leads to a real mismatch, in which chairs are the wrong height or width, or are completely inappropriate for use at a desk.
The bedding was all new and the mattress perfectly comfortable. The pillows were a bit too thick for my liking, but that wouldn't stop me from visiting again. Bedside lamps had built-in power outlets, a very convenient touch. Beside the TV was a beautiful panoramic photograph of The Strip. Blackout curtains over the windows hid the view which, in my case, was of a parking lot. During my previous stay, I had a poolside view. Itís a bit noisier during the day, though, so avoid that side if you prefer to sleep late.
The bathroom area is split in two with the sink separated from the bedroom area by a frosted glass window. The sink and countertop here were included in the renovation and were up to the standards of the rest of the room. The remainder of the bathroom, unfortunately, was lacking. The fixtures all functioned properly, but were very basic and worn. I did appreciate the curved shower bar, which allowed some breathing room to move around under the disappointingly low shower head. The tile was reasonably clean, but would be better off being replaced.
I called upon housekeeping to provide an iron and ironing board shortly after checking in. Silver Sevens offers these at no charge but, unlike most hotels, does not store them in guestrooms. While delivery was swift, I consider this a housekeeping blunder. The iron arrived looking as if someone had previously used it to take the wrinkles out of a cactus. I decided to test it out on a pillowcase. It warmed up fine, but once I set it down I found that whatever black substance was caked on the front was now melting. Sorry about your pillowcase, Silver Sevens, but next time donít give out irons that were previously used to melt sneakers.
Silver Sevens imposes a $3 per night resort fee. Technically, itís not a resort fee as they donít consider themselves a resort. Thatís noble of them as they offer both a pool and fitness center, while other hotels offer neither yet still impose hefty charges on guests (Iím shaking my head at you, Golden Gate). For your $3, you get shuttle access to the airport and The Strip, fitness center use, WiFi access in a bar, and the usual garbage like copy and fax service that no one ever wants or needs. While they donít have a business center, they do have a computer available for guest use. Itís curiously located inside the fitness center. Who doesn't want to jam to some Technotronic and take in the lovely gym aroma while booking their flight home? Also included in the resort fee are coupons for free coffee, although they seem reluctant to hand them out. During both of my stays, I had to ask for them and then wait as they were retrieved from a back room.
Despite the housekeeping mishap and skimping on the bathroom renovation, I will almost certainly return to Silver Sevens. The premium accommodations are an excellent value and are very conveniently located for anyone needing access to The Strip without being directly on it. While dining options at the hotel have undergone some very negative changes, the rooms continue to deliver.