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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 07:31 PM
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Bossier City-Shreveport Hotels & Casinos

We are looking for a nice hotel, possibly at one of the casinos for a convention trip the 1st week of January. It will be 4 girls so we are looking for something nice, clean, comfortable, and safe. Can someone give me details on some of the casino hotels, or other nice hotels in the area is the casinos are run down. Also looking for good seafood joints and bbq, good local places that will still feel safe to 4 20 - 30 females.
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 08:40 PM
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There are five casinos at Shreveport-Bossier City.

Three of them are on the Shreveport side, within walking distance from each other and from the historic downtown area:

Horseshoe - Nice casino, luxury high-rise hotel. Probably the most expensive one of the five to stay at.

Hollywood - Also nice casino. High-rise hotel, not as nice as Horseshoe, but still pretty good.

Sam's Town - Used to be Harrah's. Nice hotel, but the riverboat casino is really small.

On the Bossier side, there are two:

Isle of Capri - Nice hotel, but casino not as great as Horseshoe/Hollywood.

Boomtown - Smallest of the 5. Relatively downscale, but still pretty decent. Plenty of penny-slots. Not bad for the low-rollers.

Anyways, all 5 are save. And I think you should just stay at one of the casino hotels. There aren't really any worthwhile non-casino alternatives. Just depends on your budget. If cost isn't a problem, then go to Horseshoe.
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 08:41 PM
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Oh, forgot. There's also the Louisiana Downs racetrack, but never been there, and don't too much about it.
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Old Nov 12th, 2004, 08:57 PM
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I agree; I live in Shreveport...Horseshoe is beautiful and the rooms are pretty. I've stayed in Sam's Town (formerly Harrah's) and the room was lovely, too. We have lots of good restaurants here..let me think. BBQ and seafood aren't coming to mind right this second but Monjuni's (Italian) is a delicious, popular "local" place not too far from downtown Shreveport. Superior Grill is a fabulous Mexican restaurant but is extremely crowded on weekends unless you get there by 5:30-6:00. It's fun, loud (ate there tonight!). Bella Fresca is a nicer,slightly dressy restaurant( a bit more gourmet and pricier). A true hole in the wall is Herby K's but I'd only go in daylight hours. It's tiny with a true local feel--get the shrimpbuster and listen to the juke box. It's sort of "frozen" in the past and always interesting.
Strawn's or George's Grill (on Kings Hwy. near Centenary College) are always good for breakfast. Someone else will have to chime in for bbq and seafood...Hope you enjoy your visit!
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 05:51 AM
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We stayed at Sam's Town (it was Harrah's back then) last fall and liked it. The room was as nice as a normal room in Vegas. I don't know if Sam's Town has changed the house rules in the casino, but Harrah's had some of the most player-friendly blackjack in town when we were there. Yes, the casino was small and crowded!
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Old Nov 13th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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I have only been in the hotel rooms at the Horseshoe but they are extremely nice.

I'd like to 2nd what the other post said about Shreveport restaurants. Bella Fresca is probably the best restaurant you would want to go to. It has a great drink list, but be aware, there's not really a bar area to hang out in since the restaurant is so tiny and packed with tables.

If you want a cool happening bar to hang out in go to the Superior Steakhouse piano bar. The food is expensive and not worth it but the bar is the place to go.

Superior Bar and Grille (the original one and owned by the same people who own the steakhouse) is also a great place to go any time of day. It is crowded in the evenings, but they have a big covered/closed in porch and the tables tend to move fast. The margaritas are deadly.

As far as BBQ is concerned, the counry tavern is probably the best bbq restaurant in town, but its off the beaten path out behind the car dealerships on Bert Kouns. It's got good food, but not that great of a scene.

You might also want to try Athenian Delights, a greek restaurant for seafood. And if you really want old Shreveport go to Ernest's which is just on the edge of downtown. They have some famous dishes but i can't recall off the top of my head what they are.

Also online avenue near superior mexican restaurant and right next door to Athenian Delights is Chianti Restaurant which has snapper albert, which is excellent if pricey.

you may also want to think about Columbia Cafe and Olive St. Bistro. Olive st. is Italian and they are both close to downtown.

Do not under any circumstances go to Herby Ks. If you are concerned about safety. It's not in a great area and if you don't know where you are going as four women I wouldn't go there.

Please feel free to email me with any other questions, and don't forget to go shopping because Shreveport does have some cute unique stores.
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