Gazing out the window of my taxi, I felt as if I was transported into another galaxy. Street lamps and dazzling neon signs glistened like brilliant stars and we were not just travelling on another Los Angeles road, but an intergalactic highway. I rolled down the window to capture the pleasant breeze the night granted us, and I took in the faint aromas of luxury restaurants trailing in and out of focus. At around seven at night, the streets were bustling with beautiful people clad in suits and cocktail dresses and heels, smiling at the glistening streets. My friends and I realized we were on the casino trip of a lifetime.
We pulled up to the Commerce Casino and Crowne Plaza Hotel, to check in for the evening. The building a severe and sturdy arch hovering above promised luxury and class. With its natural flowing rock sculpture and waterfall, it juxtaposed nicely against the strong Grecian pillars, torches, and geometric, gold detailing. As its frame encompassed my view, I couldn’t help but notice that while I felt as if I was reliving Greek mythology, I still held my Los Angeles bearings with the wonderful juxtaposition of flowing palm trees.
Venturing back to our luxurious hotel room, we dressed up to the nines feeling like celebrities. The beauty of our vacation hot spot was the fact that we were minutes from downtown Los Angeles and Rodeo Drive. The Hollywood sign could be seen in the distance and we felt as close to the stars as we could get. The girls and I would giggle at the opportunity to chance upon spotting Kim Kardashian or Ben Affleck.
The Commerce Casino provided plenty of options for dining, between the Manhattan Deli, The Arena Sports Bar and Grill, The Commerce Cafe, or even the convenience of tableside dining, we chose the Asian dining option at the Wood Dragon Restaurant.
We quickly realized that evening dining was a busy experience, but it was to be expected. However, in looking at their available hours, the restaurant was very accommodating. We were excited to try their dishes from around the world as the aroma of sushi and Japanese cuisine wafted through the restaurant.
Overall, the food was good, but the deal was better. In trying the Spicy Beef Brisket Noodle Soup it was only $7.95 (and we all got limitless fried noodles and bread sticks to munch on, too), it was a dinner well worth the cost.
The Commerce Casino
One of the main reasons we chose to come to the Commerce Casino was for the poker tables. From countless reviews online, many patrons and vacationers suggested that the Commerce Casino has the best serious poker tables in the world. We thought that was a big claim, so we thought we’d try it out for ourselves. We were not disappointed. In addition to having friendly staff and service, the tables were elegant and overall delightful.
With over eleven styles of Poker and twenty other table games to choose from, the Commerce Casino delivered on their promises of class, organization, and availability. For a continuously busy casino, there wasn’t long waits for most of the tables.
As expected in being in a star-studded area, we felt like celebrities in our evening attire. With even the simple promise or hope of their super poker jackpots up to $100,000, we enjoyed ourselves at different tables from Omaha poker to Texas Hold ‘em, gambling a little while and enjoying the friendly atmosphere.
In all the hustle and bustle, we realized this is definitely not Vegas. However, we enjoyed ourselves and the great ambience the Commerce Casino creates. For our last hurrah, we enjoyed a final cocktail at The Arena, and fell into bed around 3am. Exhausted, but pleasantly surprised with the winnings and outcome of our evening, we prepared to relax the next morning before we ventured into Hollywood for our next stop.