Harrah's Council Bluffs - Downtown,Old Market

One-Night Stay with Dining Credit at Harrah’s Council Bluffs in Iowa

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Lively Riverside Hotel With Adjacent Casino

Iowa’s Council Bluffs might seem like an odd place to find the lively Harrah’s Council Bluffs and its casino, concerts, and nightclubs. But consider the hotel’s location: right across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city and a popular entertainment hub itself. Harrah’s almost seems to feed on the city’s metropolitan energy. Views here overlook the downtown skyline, and many of the musicians that play in the hotel’s amphitheater come from Omaha, one of the nation’s hottest spots in the indie-music scene.

You’ll find the casino adjoining the hotel in a stationary riverboat with three decks of gaming, including more than 700 slot machines. Table games stick to the classics: craps, roulette, and poker to name a few. The Stir Party Pit is lined with blackjack tables. Head up to the top-level Captain’s Lounge to take a break from casino play. You can get complimentary refreshments here, or enjoy a few rounds on the in-room shuffleboard or Wii console.

Inside the hotel, Vertigo at 360 serves handcrafted cocktails amid views of downtown Omaha. An ongoing series here features live acoustic music by local artists every Friday night. The onsite nightclub, Stir, enlivens guests with dance tunes and a state-of-the-art light system. For dining, Harrah’s Council Bluffs has a market-style buffet as well as a full-service restaurant, 360 Steakhouse, which serves up grilled fare and seafood specialties.

Council Bluffs, Iowa: Casino Haven Steeped in History

One of the largest casino markets in the United States, Council Bluffs sits across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska. In the early- to mid-20th century, Omaha was the better-known gambling hot spot. But after a crackdown on all gambling, Omahans crossed the river to the more casino-friendly Council Bluffs—a trend that continues today.

But there’s more to Council Bluffs than riverboats. It’s known as the historic starting point of the Mormon Trail, the migratory route that Mormons traveled to escape persecution. Fittingly, the town seems to revere its history. There are several neighborhoods with restored buildings from the 1800s, including the historic Haymarket Square commercial district and a Red Light District. Other landmarks and sites highlight the city’s railroad-industry ties, best exhibited by touring the depot at the RailsWest Railroad Museum.

The Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail is also worth a visit. Dubbed by Travel + Leisure as one of the “world’s strangest prisons,” it’s one of the last remaining rotary jails—a prison where the jailors opened cells by turning a crank that caused them to rotate. You can still see many of the pie-shaped cells as they were when the prison closed in 1969, with signatures and dates of prisoners etched into the walls.

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What You Get

One-night stay for two in a deluxe king room with a $50 dining credit valid at any food and beverage outlets at Harrah's Council Bluffs or Horseshoe Council Bluffs

  • Option 1: $89, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $150 value)
  • Option 2: $109, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $210 value)

Book by: 1/4/13
Travel by: 2/28/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Onsite casino
  • Amphitheater for live music
  • Restaurants and lounge
  • Two surrounding golf courses
  • Fitness facility
  • Internet access

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/4/13 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 2/28/13
  • Not valid 11/8/12 or 12/28/12-12/31/12
  • Limit 2 per person
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night’s stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Not valid on existing reservations or groups
  • Dining credit not valid on the casino floor
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 12% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Deluxe King Room

  • King bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $7.50 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 50 pounds may be added for an additional $100 per night (max of two pets).
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.

Traveler's Tips

  • By plane: about 7 miles from Eppley Airfield (OMA)
  • By cab: about $20 from OMA
  • By car: about 6 miles from Omaha, Nebraska

Customer Reviews

The rooms were very nice, and the shuttle access to the Horseshoe were my favorites.
Jason T. · February 10, 2013
Everything! Food at the steakhouse was amazing. Room was very clean and nice.
Jason K. · January 22, 2013
great customer service
Lisa R. · January 7, 2013

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