Updated: May 21, 2015
Casablanca Resort Hotel in Mesquite, NV:I have been going out to Mesquite, Nevada to golf for about 6 years now. In the past we had stayed in hotels like the Oasis (now bankrupt and closed) and at the Falcon Ridge Hotel on the other side of the freeway. This year, as part of our Mesquite golf package, we went with the Casablanca Resort Hotel which turned out to be the nicest of the bunch. Casablance is a full fledged casino hotel with gaming, live music, a great outdoor pool, and above average rooms. Let's start with the location. Mesquite is about 1 hour northeast from Las Vegas and an easy drive along I-15. If you are coming from the other direction - St. George, UT is only about 35 minutes away. Yes, Mesquite is a bit isolated, but the town has grown (and contracted) over the years and currently seems to be sustaining itself with golfers and weekend gamblers. Mesquite has quite a few golf courses - several that are world renowned like Wolf Creek. When you sign up for one of the golf packages it includes lodging as part of the deal. Casablanca is one of the hotel options and we would recommend staying there.
The Casablance Resort is good sized (see RESORT MAP HERE) with a lagoon near the main entrance. You can self park or use their valet service. We found plenty of parking in the lots and chose to self park most of the time. If you look at the PDF file we have listed above, you will see the registration desk as you enter the casino and the sportsbook off to the other side. The main casino is ample sized with all the popular games you would see n the Las Vegas strip like craps, roulette, and blackjack. They have slot machines and video poker as well. If you have never been to Mesquite, NV you must realize it's not the gambling mecca of a Vegas. The town does cater to those that want to golf and hang out in smaller casinos. There are no big name music acts or high rise casino/hotels. Casablanca is the biggest in town, although Virgin River and Eureka are newer. Casablanca is conveniently located right off the freeway and near lots of restaurants and shopping. If you need supplies, just go under the freeway and there is a huge Walmart superstore. The staff at Casablanca was very friendly and helpful. The Starbucks just off the main lobby was a popular place each morning. They have a small gift shop that sells all the basics if you forget anything - swimsuit, suntan lotion, drinks, snacks, hats, etc. The one big difference between Mesquite and Vegas is the price of everything (except the golf). I found that food and drinks were much cheaper in Mesquite than Las Vegas, so I can understand why those visiting from Arizona or Utah might choose to avoid Vegas and make Mesquite their destination. The crowd is typically older. We happened to stay at the Casablance Mesquite on the weekend the Golden Gloves boxing tournament was in town so there were plenty of young guys hanging out. The main website is at Casablancaresort.com.
Casablance Hotel Rooms and Overall Amenities:Ok, the rooms were decent. Nothing specials in terms of marble bathrooms or great views, but they are good sized. The TV set was the older CRT style - no flat screens that I could see. We were originally promised pool view rooms when we booked the package, but that is based on availability and when we arrived they were supposedly all sold out. Nightly rates are roughly $90 to $100 for a room with 2 queen beds. There is a spa facility at the resort - I did not check that out. The dining options include The Fez (chinese food) and Katherine's (closed when we were there), but we chose to eat offsite each night. The problem with Mesquite is that it can be very seasonal in terms of crowds. Hotels like Casablanca don't have their pool open year round and as I found out even the restaurants aren't always open. A little disappointing, but we managed to eat at Los Lupes mexican restaurant (recommended) and over the Press Box sports bar another evening. The pool was great in the afternoons when the weather got up to 90 degrees. They have a waterslide and plenty of lounge chairs to sit in. We always got to sit as a group (there were 10 of us) and the water was refreshing. They have an outdoor bar near the pool that is open during certain months and when they have larger crowds. If you are playing golf at nearby courses and need a good hotel to stay at, then Casablanca is a solid option.
|Queen Bed in Hotel.
|Side of hotel from pool area.
|Older CRT TV - May 2012. Let's hope they upgrade to flat screen soon.