Hoover Dam Lodge is the first casino that travelers will see when entering Nevada from Arizona on US 93. Like its name implies, it is located close to the Hoover Dam, which is just 3 miles away. The hotel at Hoover Dam Lodge offers scenic views, as it overlooks Lake Mead. It has direct access to the national park that surrounds it which gives guests easy access to hiking trails and other attractions at Lake Mead.
Hoover Dam Lodge is less of a destination casino and more of a locals gaming joint. That is because gambling is illegal in Boulder City. The property sits just outside the city limits. The only other casino close to Boulder City is Railroad Pass.
The staff at Hoover Dam Lodge is friendly and quick to take care of guests. Each casino theme has its own employees who cover just that one area which helps give players great drink and food service.
The casino at Hoover Dam Lodge is fairly unusual; it is split up into 5 different sections which each have their own dedicated theme. There is a Dotty’s, La Villita, Bourbon Street, Lounge Bar and a standard casino floor area.
There are some minor differences between the video poker payouts in these rooms. We found the best returns at $1 and higher in the Bourbon Street room. There is little difference between pay tables on lower denominations.
The best video poker game at Hoover Dam Lodge is 9/6 Double Double Bonus (98.98%). It requires playing five coins on at least the $1 denomination. These machines are found in the Bourbon Street casino on Game Kings. Most other video poker games return 98% or less.
One word of warning to players: Hitting max bet will make a Hoover Dam Lodge Game King wager 100 coins. Wagering five coins still gets the 800-1 royal flush payout. Make sure to press the “Bet One” button five times to get this. It is also necessary to click the “Deal/Draw” button. After the first hand, simply hit the “Deal/Draw” button to repeat the five-coin bet.
Hoover Dam Lodge has U1 machines. These are common in Dotty’s casinos in the Las Vegas Valley. The same company owns Hoover Dam Lodge.
The U1 machines are unique in that the return of games is displayed on the screen. Guests can see how much their favorite slot or keno game pays. That is not common at casinos. Video poker games also have this feature. Guests can take a slightly lower payout to have the machine coach the player on which cards to hold. The more a player bets, the higher return the U1 machines have. The highest payout is around 99%.
There are no table games at Hoover Dam Lodge. Instead, there is a video roulette machine, as well as craps and roulette. The video blackjack game is a Dealers Angel machine. The game is slow. However, some believe it is countable as it shows when the cards are shuffled.
The roulette machine has two zeros. It accepts bets from $0.50 to $1,000. The craps machine accepts bets from $1 to $250 and has double odds. The Dealers Angel blackjack machine hits soft 17. Players may double down before and after splitting, as well surrender. The video blackjack bet limits are $1 to $500.
The Hoover Dam Lodge’s players club returns 0.15% on video poker machines. Many slots are marked as seven times multipliers. There are certain times of the day and week where all players receive a multiplier. Points may be converted into free play, or food and hotel comps. Loyal players receive mailers with free play, food and hotel offers.
The main dining option at Hoover Dam Lodge is the Bighorn Café. It serves traditional breakfast fare, sandwiches and snacks for lunch, and a few entrees at dinner. It is open from 7am to 10pm daily. Otherwise, the food options at Hoover Dam Lodge are of the snack and fast food variety served by bartenders in the individual casino themes.
There are 372 rooms at the Hoover Dam Lodge. There are four types of rooms. There are two standard rooms. One has a king bed. The other has two queens. These rooms start at $80 per night. The Deluxe rooms were remodeled in 2017. Most offer views of Lake Mead. These Deluxe rooms also come in one king or two queens. They are typically $25 more per night than the standard rooms. Each room includes a hair dryer, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker and ironing board.