Because we both write about Vegas quite a bit, we've stayed in more than a normal amount of casino hotels, and we were pretty surprised by the rather fancy digs at Isle of Capri in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Located on the riverfront, the hotel portion of the complex is in a multi-wing tower with long walkways to the moored casino, done as a traditional riverboat.
The hotel appears to stick too closely to a somewhat out of place Caribbean theme, including a Muzak calypso version of "Amazing Grace" that we could've done without, but the newer Paradise tower is done in that streamlined, dark wood modern design that is all the rage.
In addition to the three levels of no-limit gambling (slots, table games, etc.) there are several restaurants including a buffet, bars and lounges, a nicely equipped fitness center, an indoor pool, and more. There’s a full marina if you feel like doing your road tripping by boat.
The rooms are quite spacious and come with a flat screen TV and king sized squishy white high-thread count linen bedecked beds, Internet access (although we couldn’t get it work), hair dryers, in room movies, and the like. They are as good as (if not better than) any mid-range Strip hotel such as MGM Grand, Treasure Island, and The Mirage.
Before leaving the building we gave it a solid once more over and couldn't have been more pleased with what they had to offer - very comfortable, even stylish rooms; incredibly friendly and personable service (Mary bonded with one employee over toe issues); lots of amenities and on-site facilities; and a casino. Rick didn't even hold it against the casino when he lost - after all, his Aunt Carol won $160 jackpot on a penny slot machine.
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