Laughlin, Nevada is in the lower tip of the state. It is in a desert area, but it is right on the Colorado River across from Bullhead City, Arizona. Laughlin casinos seem to cater to families during the spring and summer, and more mature gamblers during the rest of the year.
There are approximately ten casino hotels in Laughlin, Nevada. Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino is my favorite. The hotel has three towers with a total of approximately 1500 guest rooms. Sometimes, I get lucky and am upgraded to one of their 170 suites. The northernmost tower is their 'family tower' - I tend to choose the others because there is less commotion. All of their rooms are quiet, well maintained, and have Southwestern decor. All the Harrah's properties where I have stayed have comfortable beds and good pillows.
The hotel has two pools (one for adults only), a fitness center, and a private beach. There is convenient and safe, covered and uncovered, parking. I like the covered parking which keeps my car cooler if I visit in the summer. The valets and front desk people are always friendly. The Diamond Lounge is very popular, with local retirees it seems, and has free hor d'oeuvres everyday from 4 to 6 pm.
There are a range of on-site dining options: A steakhouse, a buffet, a casual dining restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, McDonalds, Starbucks, Baskin-Robbins, and a Cinnabon. I typically have dinner at the Fresh Market Square Buffet which has a good selection and is reasonably priced (especially when using a free coupon or Total Rewards comp points).
I have had very good luck gambling at Harrah's Laughlin. Usually I just play slots, but they have all of the normal Nevada table games, too. I don't remember ever having a losing visit. I usually stop there for a day or two if I am driving to Las Vegas (which is just two hours away). Laughlin is a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles, and about 11 hours from San Francisco. It is an interesting drive through the mountains and desert. Note: most people might want to avoid Laughlin during the last week in April - the Laughlin River Run Motorcycle Rally can result in crowds and craziness.
If you are on your way to Las Vegas, or just heading east on historic Route 66, consider a small detour to Harrah's Laughlin. I hope you will have as much fun there as I do.