First Impressions are everything in my book and I will tell you Harrah's first Impression was Ew! Just as soon as you pull up you notice even the parking lot is nasty with uneven pavement, trash everywhere, grass grown in. The outside when walking up the pavement is cracked, the outside concrete is all chipped away, handrails rusted. People sitting outside looking like they have been hopped up on something and have no where to go. Rooms are outdated and they do smell like stale cigarettes (this is a non smoking room), but they do seem clean. There are no snack machines anywhere so forget getting food late at night. Also don't venture to casino at night, its pretty sketchy and someone followed my husband out to his car, but he was aware and came back in. On a positive note, the cafe in lobby the food is pretty decent and the prices are not bad. The staff seems friendly enough and there is a walking trail right outside that leads to the city. We did venture to Ameristar to check it out and man does it seem more clean and updated. The people in general are less trashy, casino is bigger and has more updated games. It just has a different feel that is hard to explain, just feels safer and just nicer. Ameristar also has a pool that Harrah's does not. I would say if you are torn, choose Ameristar I wish we did!