This is my favorite casino in the area! My husband and I have stayed at the hotel a few times (weekend getaway and our anniversary) and it is very nice - much nicer than some of the strip hotels in Vegas (cough*luxor*cough). Speaking of Vegas, the newly added section of the Cherokee is so Vegas! It's part of the first stage of turning the Cherokee into the Hard Rock. It feels like home, and yes my husband and I believe Vegas is our second home lol. The buffet is kind of small, but good sized for the overall size of the resort. I gave Cherokee 4 stars b/c they say they have 5 restaurants on site and they do not - they have the buffet, McGill's steakhouse (very nice, even though they've effed up my husband's steak more than once), a snack bar type counter in a very smokey area (I think this has been turned into a beer only counter), and 2 mini food court sized vendors next to a few tables (one of the vendors has amazing pizza though, I will give them that). They will be adding a few more restaurants with the second stage of their renovations, so that will help. =)
This place is so Vegas. which isn't exacly cool, but it's what a lot of people choose.
The redneck quotient here is not any bigger than most of the Strip casinos
There is an unlimitted amount of games here, and being inside, it actually has the feel of a classy casino. I have seen some Native casinos inside a truckstop or in a metal building that would be better suited as a storage shed.
This ain't that.
The Cherokee Casino Resort, has 2 attached hotels, both nice and full of amenities, a couple of bars, a golf course attached, and booked entertainment.
It truly is more of a destination, than just a casino. It has a nice feel, and is very Vegas-ish, there are an unlimiited amount of card tables