It's anyone's guess what'll happen to this formerly likeable little operation. Previously the Barbary Coast, a cosy slice of fin-de-siècleSan Francisco with a prime mid-Strip location, the property was bought by Harrah's and renamed in 2007 for the firm's founder Bill Harrah. In short order, the property lost its two main selling points: Michael's and Drai's, two gourmet restaurants that lifted the place above its rivals. The casino itself remains atmospheric, done out with stained-glass and chandeliers, but the resort's future looks decidedly uncertain.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by the Victorian wallpaper and paintings, etched mirrors and white lace curtains in the 200 guestrooms, some of which have four-poster brass beds, minibars and whirlpools.
Eating & drinking
Well-regarded eaterie Michael's moved in 2007 to the South Point, and has been replaced by the Steakhouse at Bill's. Drai's restaurant has also gone, but the nightclub remains.
Pete Vallee as Big Elvis - you won't believe quite how big - plays in Bill's Lounge.
This little Strip casino doesn't look like much, but it packs a decent punch: the casino often has lower minimums than its enormous neighbours.