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Review of the Westward Ho

When we were planning our trip to Vegas this year, we couldn’t find many reviews covering the Westward Ho Hotel and Casino.  So, we decided to write one up for all future travellers to peruse.

When talking about “The Ho” it’s important to first set the expectations.  You’re not paying much, if anything to stay in this older motel on the north end of the strip.  In our case, we had a package from Funjet Vacations that cost $200 apiece including air, shuttle, hotel, lunches and drinks for 5 days.  When I net it all out, I can only assume that the room was nearly free.

     

The Westward Ho (website located at the phonetically inappropriate www.westwardhores.com) is a large motel complex that appears to have been built in mid-20th century.  The room certainly feels old, but to its credit they have upgraded the essentials such as carpet, bathroom fixtures, and some of the lamps.  The whole place has that telltale “old people smell”, which is a horrible description I know but the best way I have to describe the odour of the rooms.  It’s the same smell that my grandmother’s house always had – it could be the smell of old dust, could be some now-banned building material like asbestos, or it could be that lots of old people stay there in search of the best value in Vegas.  I’m not sure, but it has “that smell”.

The rooms are primarily two-double bed rooms with a full bathroom, and there are a few suites available as well.  The beds are old but reasonably comfortable, with clean linens that were changed every day by the housekeeping staff.  The room has a 19” newer television and 17 whopping channels of cable TV.  Bathroom consisted of a sink outside of the bathroom proper, and a tub and toilet behind the door.  The shower head is mounted comically low, which makes for a sparkling clean belly-button.

Our package included daily lunch, which was much better than I expected.  The menu includes your daily choice of:

  • Burger and fries / potato salad / coleslaw
  • Philly Cheesesteak and fries / potato salad / coleslaw
  • Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread
  • Chicken fingers and  fries / potato salad / coleslaw
  • Soup of the day and turkey sandwich
  • Caesar salad
  • Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti with garlic bread
  • Monte Cristo and  fries / potato salad / coleslaw
  • Hot Ham and Cheese with  fries / potato salad / coleslaw
  • Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich with  fries / potato salad / coleslaw

Unlimited free drinks were also part of the package, but you can get free drinks at pretty much any casino if you’re playing so we didn’t end up using the drink coupons. 

There is only one way in and out of the property, and it is well guarded by the security force.  We rented a car for a couple of days ($25 a day next door at Circus Circus), and were properly stopped by security on the way in who insisted that we register the car.  I definitely felt safe roaming the property and the casino.

Being located right on the strip, it was easy to use that Westward Ho as a home base for touring Las Vegas – pick up a 24–hour bus pass for $5 and you can spend all of your days and nights down the road at the pricey luxurious hotels (maybe even get lucky and have a nice room comped for you at one of those other hotels too!).  Return back to sleep at the Ho, and you’ve got a great way to see Vegas on the cheap.

On a scale of HoJo to Hilton, I would certainly place the Westward Ho down near the HoJo end of the scale.  If you’ve stayed in a Days Inn lately, set the bar one notch lower and you’ll know what to expect.  I would certainly recommend the Westward Ho to anybody who is looking to visit Vegas on a budget.  However, if it’s a luxurious resort you’re looking for, then spend your money elsewhere.  The Ho will get you a cheap, clean, and safe room but you’ll certainly not go home with memories of a great hotel room.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 4, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    westward ho will be missed severely by those who loved it!

  2. July 4, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    I was looking at some satellite imagery recently and yes, it looks like the ho is being torn down. Too bad, it was a great value destination.

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