Phoenix casino guide: Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
Vee Quiva is in the middle of nowhere by most definitions, more than 10 miles away from Interstate 10 in an area still dotted with farmland, which makes it a perfect, tucked-away getaway. The hotel and casino opened in 2013, bringing new restaurant and entertainment options to the southwest Valley. Vee Quiva is more boutique hotel than resort, a smaller Wild Horse Pass. It's plush and modern, with big-screen TVs and bathrobes in guest rooms room and plenty of Vegas flavor in the casino, perfect for a girls or couples getaway. Don't miss the artsy Arizona images on every hotel room door.
AAA rating: 4 diamonds (out of 5).
Room with a view: Book a poolside room with a patio.
Resort fee: None.
Pool scene: The pool is small, like the hotel, but classy, with a hot tub and bar.
Casino: 100,000 square feet, with 950 slot machines, 36 table games, 16 poker tables, 550-seat bingo hall.
High-limit gaming room: No.
Casino smoke scale: 2.5 out of 5, with 5 being the smokiest.
Best place to eat in the casino: The food court's choices include Fatburger, Panda Express and Dunkin Donuts, but the best bet is Los Reyes de la Torta. Order the carne asada tacos.
Splurge restaurant: Ditka's, named for the legendary Chicago Bears head coach, features steak, seafood and pork chops.
Late-night munchies: Coffee Shop 24/7.
Best spot for a drink: VQ Live, which has indoor and outdoor bars plus fire pits and views of the Estrella Mountains. Don't miss the Monday-Thursday happy hour.
Best place to watch sports: Square Bar, which also has a Monday-Thursday happy hour.
Gift-shop essentials: $2 for water or soda.
Gift-shop souvenirs: Ditka cigar ($8.99).
Bonus attraction: Don't miss the artsy Arizona images on every hotel-room door.
Details: 15091 S. Komatke Lane. 800-946-4452, wingilariver.com/vee-quiva.