How does the hotel version of Hooters differ from the restaurants familiar across middle America? Simple: instead of a handful of hot female service-industry workers in skimpy orange outfits, here there are dozens (200, if you're counting). At the bar, at the blackjack table, by the pool… even at the hotel's very own Hooters restaurant. If you (or your spouse) don't appreciate this amenity, stay somewhere else. Although it was only rebranded as Hooters in 2006 (it was formerly the San Remo), it's rumoured that it will soon be turned over to another operator.
There are 696 rooms (including 17 suites); the standard ones are comfortable and take a beach-house theme. The pool is paradisical and the spa is a full-service operation with a workout room.
Eating & drinking
Cuisine here begins and ends with chicken wings, of course, but in between are a couple of fun surprises. Dan Marino (yes, the old Dolphins quarterback) has a slightly upscale restaurant that features entrées not included in his Nutrisystem diet plan. Pete & Shorty's offers real Midwestern man cuisine (aka bar food).
Hooters recently dumped its martini bar and turned it into a showroom for headliner Bobby Slayton, the 'Pit Bull of Comedy'. There's also live music at Nippers Pool Bar and the Porch Dogs club.
Hooters has struggled since it opened, which either explains or is a direct result of its tight casino (perhaps both). The blackjack has terrible rules: dealer hits soft 17, you can only double on 10 and 11, and all games pay 6:5 for naturals. Most tables have $10 or $25 minimums and some, mostly the ones in the Hooters Girls Fun Pit, are dealt by you know who. (One of the blackjack dealers was crowned Miss Hooters International 2006.) Beware of some of the video poker schedules: they look typical, but some of the payouts are short. Craps isn't bad, with 3-5x odds and a field 12 paying triple. The players club returns a decent 1% for slot play and 0.5% for video poker, but only in comps: there's no cashback.