Fodor's Expert Review Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

777 Casino Dr., Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719, USA

The Harrah's complex now includes two hotels, doubling down on its status as North Carolina's largest lodging. The Cherokee opened in 2021, adding 725 more rooms to the 21-story towers of the existing resort. The comfortable rooms and suites on the higher floors overlook the mountains, and escalators get you to the casino and the extensive restaurant selection that includes a Wicked Weed Brewpub, a Ruth's Chris Steak House, BRIO Italian Grille, Guy Fieri's Cherokee Kitchen, and a food court by Gordon Ramsay that stays open late. The casino is larger than three football fields and has live blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker games along with some 5,000 electronic gaming machines. There's also a bowling alley and a 3,000-seat theater that presents big-name stars like Travis Tritt, Pat Benatar, and Three Dog Night. The lobby and other public areas incorporate traditional Cherokee art themes. Room prices surge beyond $500 on weekends, but are often under $100 on weekdays.


  • Spa, fitness center, and indoor and outdoor pools
  • Rooms are much nicer than most alternatives in Cherokee
  • Everything you need on the premises


  • Heavily booked year-round with high-rollers
  • State's no-smoking laws don't apply here
  • Huge casino environment not for everyone


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Phones: 828-497–7777


1,800 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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