This January, we booked a trip to the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. We had earned a chartered, four night trip by gambling at the M-Life casinos in Las Vegas last year. The trip cost us $100 plus meals and entertainment. We thought a get-away in January would be a fun escape from this cold, dark, dreary winter. Plus, it was my birthday weekend!
Beau Rivage is a waterfront hotel and casino resort located at 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a tall building with 29 floors and 1,740 rooms. The property is beautifully decorated like a large garden inside and out with beautiful landscaping and live, sweet smelling flowers.
The Casino is centrally located and includes slot machines, table games, and the Breeze Bar. The property has several restaurants including the BR Prime (Steak), The Buffet, The Stalla (Italian), The Terrace Cafe (24 hour Bistro),The JIA Traditional and Teppanaki (Asian), The Coast Seafood and Brew, The Roasted Bean (coffee shop), and a Haagen Dazs (ice cream shop). There is a shopping promenade, a theatre, a convention center, and a spa and fitness area. A large outdoor pool area is located on the second floor outside of the spa and fitness area. The pool area has lounging areas, cabanas, and a bar and cafe. There are two nightclubs (The Coastal Nightclub and The Eight75) with live music, an arcade, and a gorgeous 18 hole golf course.
We boarded a charter flight to Biloxi on a cold, windy, rainy Thursday evening. The flight was slightly delayed as the plane had to be de-iced before take off. Even so, it was a comfortable flight and we received a complimentary bag of pretzels and a cocktail. We boarded a bus to Beau Rivage at the Biloxi airport. It was about a 20 minute trip to the resort. We checked in at the reception desk and were given an envelope with our room keys, new M-Life cards with $50 in free slot play, and instructions for our Monday departure. Our bags were delivered to our room.
We were assigned a king deluxe room in the 11th floor with a city view. We could see a minor league baseball field from our window. There was also a Waffle House, a gas station, and a Fat Tuesday across the street.
Our room was clean and spacious but slightly worn. It was comfortable but not very luxurious. It was decorated in gold, beige, and blue. The floors were carpeted and had pretty tiled flooring in the bathroom. We had pretty blue floral drapes at the window and surrounding the head of the bed. There were dark gold framed pictures throughout the room and several decorative mirrors. There was a wide entrance hall with a door to the bathroom and a closet with mirrored double doors. The closet contained a combination safe, an iron and ironing board, a luggage rack, and a few hangers.
The bathroom was bright, spacious, and clean. It had a lovely soaker tub, a separate enclosed shower, a sink, and a toilet. We had plenty of hot water and water pressure. There was a landline phone near the toilet. There was a mounted hair dryer and a mounted magnifying mirror, Kleenex box, soap, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. We had two sets of washcloths, hand towels, and towels. We had two problems with the bathroom. There was not enough storage for our cosmetic items and they got wet whenever we used the sink. There was no way to wash your hands or face without splashing water all over the countertop. Also, we did not have enough towels and they were thin.
Our king bed was very pretty. Above the padded headboard was a white crown molding canopy with recessed lighting and pretty blue drapes. The mattress was reasonably comfortable and we each had two comfortable pillows. The bedding was nice but not as luxurious as we were anticipatIng. There were nightstand tables on either side of the bed with drawers and lamps. There was a second land line telephone and an alarm clock on the tables.
Across from the bed was a desk and chair, a third landline phone, a lamp, and computer hookups. There was a dresser with several drawers, an ice bucket with two free water bottles, and an HDTV.
The room did not have a coffee maker, mini fridge, or microwave oven.
The pool and hot tub is located on the second floor outside of the spa/fitness center area. Although it was quite cold outside, the pool and hot tub were open. It is a beautiful area with lounge chairs, cabanas, and a view of the Gulf.
The beach is accessible to the right of Beau Rivage Hotel building, just past the bus garage driveway. There is boardwalk leading to the beach and the Biloxi Lighthouse. The beach is very pretty and even has a fire pit. There is a Biloxi Lighthouse Park across the street.
Beau Rivage is surrounded by about six other casino/hotel resorts. Drinks are free if you are playing. There are plenty of servers and the bartenders are very, very nice. There is no push to make you earn your drinks as there is in Las Vegas. I only found one Sex In The City slot machine and it was located at Beau Rivage. We played slots, video poker, and blackjack at several different casinos. We had a few little wins but mostly we lost money.
We enjoyed meals at the following places:
The Terrace Cafe at Beau Rivage: Excellant breakfast 24 hours a day. They also serve sandwiches and salad and a daily dinner plate special.
The Buffet at Beau Rivage: Sunday Champagne Brunch. Delicious food especially the red beans and rice and the Southern Fried Chicken. Excellant custom made omelets. Free champagne. The Buffet was $24.00 per person and all you can eat.
The 24/7 Grill at the Hard Rock: Amazing cheeseburgers and homemade chips.Very good hot dogs.
Waffle House: Fast, easy, good, cheap food.
Tasty Tails Seafood House:
They had the best fried catfish I have ever eaten. It was a very casual and fun place to eat. We chatted with the owners and they told us about a lot of the dishes they cooked. It was very, very good food. I had the catfish and my husband had the gumbo and the fried catfish etouffee. (820 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Biloxi MS. 228-435-4140).
We traveled around to the casinos around a Beau Rivage using the Casino Hopper Trolley. The Casino Hopper Trolley is a form of public transportation that circles around 7 casinos: Beau Rivage, Hard Rock, Harrah’s, Golden Nugget, Palace, Boomtown, and the IP Casino. It is a city operated trolley and costs $1.50 per person per stop. You must have the exact amount as the bus drivers cannot make change. There is a time schedule for trolley stops at each casino.
777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS. (877-877-6256)
Rewards Card: Encore Club
Restaurants include: Half Shell Oyster House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Hard Rock Cafe, Satisfaction Buffet, Macau Cafe, 24/7 Grill, Pie Five Pizza Co, Tequila’s on the Gulf, Soundbar, Dunkin Donuts, and Ben and Jerry’s. A robotic bar is opening January 25, 2018.
Hard Rock is next door to Beau Rivage.
280 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, Ms (1-866-503-3904)
Rewards card: Total Rewards
Harrah’s has a heated pool and hot tub which is open all year.
Restaurants include a Steak and Shake, Blind Tiger, Starbucks, Flavors Buffet, and the Magnolia House.
151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi MS (1-228-435-5400)
Rewards card: 24 Select Card
Restaurants includes Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Morton’s Steak House, The Buffet, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Michael Patrick’s, andStarbucks.
158 Howard Dr., Biloxi, MS. (1-228-432-2888)
Smoke free Casino!
Rewards Club: Palace Players Club.
Restaurants include: Mignon’s Steak and Seafood, Palace Cafe, Stacked Grill, Cafe and Bakery, Wahoos Poolside Bar and Grill, and the Contacts Lounge and Sports Bar.
676 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi MS. 1-800-627-0777
Rewards Card: Marquee Rewards.
Restaurants include: Boomtown Buffet, BT Steakhouse, Noodle Bar, The Grill. and The Boomtown Bakery. Boomtown is also affiliated with Fat Tuesdays which is located across the street from Beau Ravage. A shuttle is available to take you to Fat Tuesdays or Boomtown.
6. IP Casino Resort Spa
850 Bayview Blvd., Biloxi, MS (1-888-946-2847)
Rewards Card: BConnected
Restaurants include Tien, Back Bay Buffet, Highlights Sports Bar, High Tide Cafe, Quench, and the Infusion Sports Bar.
We walked over to the Hard Rock Casino for lunch on our first day in Biloxi. We had hamburgers and hot dogs at the 24/7 Cafe. We gambled a little. There were many entertainment displays to enjoy. It was a cold day so we took an Uber to the Golden Nugget and gambled for a little while. We walked to the Palace. The Palace was about only about a half mile from the Golden Nugget. The Palace is a small non smoking casino. We gambled a little there. Then, we took the Casino Jumper Trolley to Boomtown. Boomtown is small and a little rustic. We gambled and had dinner at the grill. Then we caught the trolley to the IP Casino. We gambled a little and went to the Chill Bar to listen to a Southern Rock band called Five-o. It was a fun time. We returned to Beau Rivage by Uber and went to the 875 Bar to listen to a band. The dancers from River Dance were there unwinding from their show. They were drinking, dancing, and having fun. It was a fun day. We enjoyed trying out different casinos but we were not winning any money.
We got up very late the second day and had breakfast at Waffle House. We found the beach and walked to the Biloxi Lighthouse. The beach is located on to the right of the Beau Rivage. Just past the bus entrance is a boardwalk which leads to the beach and the Biloxi Lighthouse.
We took an Uber to another casino/resort complex called The Scarlet Pearl. It was a very nice upscale hotel/casino complex. We gambled, had drinks, and watched the Atlanta Philadelphia game.
Monday morning at 9 am, our checked bag was picked up in our room and transported to the airport. We checked out of our room at 11 am and breakfasted at the Terrace Cafe. We took one last walk on the beach. We threw away $25 on one last slot machine and then boarded the bus back to the airport. We traveled home to cold, snowy Illinois.
The dead of winter is a great time to visit Biloxi, Mississippi. They are preparing for spring and Mardi Gras celebrations. There are spring flowers blooming and Christmas decorations are being converted into Mardi Gras decorations. Our first day was very cold and cloudy, but the other two days were sunny and moderately warm. Biloxi was a fun time and we hope to come back soon.