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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pool Review -- South Point

Pool: South Point -- South of LV Strip.
Access: Walk right in, no key needed.  You need to show your room key to get a towel.
Rating: 5 out of 10

The South Point hotel pool is your basic, local, no frills pool.  The pool layout is pretty nice and there is a fair amount of room.  In addition to the main pool, there is a "toddler" pool and a sizable hot tub.  The pool area provides a variety of options in terms of swimming.    The pool deck is fairly spacious and it is pretty easy to a get a lounge chair.  There is definitely room at this pool to spread out and not feel crammed in (like at the Golden Nugget).  When we visited there was a beer promotion and beers were $2.00 each or a bucket of 5 beers for $10.00.  For an LV pool, that is very reasonable.  Music was not too loud and was a variety of styles. 

Here are some things to note with the South Point pool:

There is little if any shade at this pool.  Trying to stay out of the sun is virtually impossible on the pool deck, with the exception of a few select spots.  To make matters worse, there is a large part of the pool deck that is artificial grass.  Artificial grass turns into an inferno in the sun, which makes hanging out in this area next to impossible if it is really hot.  In addition, the sun reflects of the gold mirrored windows of the hotel blasting reflected heat onto the pool deck (similar to the Golden Nugget).  It's like having two suns hitting you at the same time.  Also, most of the pool area faces west, which means the sun blasts into the pool most of the day -- there is little shade from the hotel itself.

The day we went to the pool the water was very cold -- like painful to get in cold.  Not sure if this is standard at the South Point, but it was not fun.  The children got used to it fairly quickly, but the adults stayed out.  I would imagine as it gets hotter here, this issue will be resolved.

The South Point is a locals / low roller hotel.  This is reflected in the clientele using the pool.  The South Point pool is definitely not Caesar's Palace or Aria.  If you are looking for the under 30 "beautiful people" crowd, it is not the place.  The day we went was a mix of people from families, teenagers, couples in all age ranges, and a smattering of tattooed gangster looking guys hanging out with their girlfriends/wives.

The behavior at this pool was no problem the day we went.  There was no observed PDA or drunken pool behavior.  A family should be able to go this pool and feel comfortable.

South Point hotel pool earns a 5 out of 10 points.  Points are deducted for the lack of shade, cold pool water, and questionable "clientele" hanging out poolside.  Overall, this is a good family pool with options for all ages.

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