Honestly, don't know what some people are complaining about. But everyone has different expectations. So here's where I'm coming from.
I'm not a high-stakes regular at all-- no "players club" membership, no special treatment. What a concept: paying for a hotel stay. Gold Coast Hotel Casino was just fine. Peachy keen, actually.
Also, I'm not a stereotypical Las Vegas tourist, i.e. not here to do serious gambling, go nuts clubbing, partying, being "on the scene". Just want to see what the town is like, enjoy the weather, food, maybe a little nightlife/show. So I'm not looking for an ultimate luxury experience. If you want that, go to the Mandarin Oriental, Cosmopolitan or Encore-Wynn.
Gold Coast Hotel Casino is a down-to-earth, comfortable, very reasonably priced, sort of 'old school' place to stay off the Strip. Across from the Palms and practically next door to the Rio. Its sister property is the Orleans.
Since it's not on the Strip, your best bet is to have wheels so you can go there whenever. But even if you don't, it's fine. There's a courtesy shuttle to Las Vegas Boulevard, a.k.a. the Strip. Fairly convenient.
Stayed in one of the "premium" rooms, re-modeled with dark wood and brighter inside, plus nicer views. About ten bucks more per night and makes quite a difference from the basic room at Gold Coast.
Room view was north, mountains in the background. Below, a nice-looking apartment complex landscaped with big bushy trees. Pleasant. And quiet.
King-size bed was extremely comfortable. Not sure if the mattress was pillow-top or what, but enjoyed a very restful slumber.
Couple of minor inconveniences regarding the bathroom, which was otherwise nicely designed. The glass partition separating shower from bathroom is simply not wide enough. Water inevitably splashes and floods over into the area next to the toilet. Also, the rainmaker shower head is fixed. If you want to stand right under it during your shower, you are out of luck if you're taller than say, 5'7" or so.
Housekeeping staff were nice, helpful, and generous with supplies.
Aside from gambling in the lobby, there are about a dozen really good casual eateries, and plenty of family friendly activities at Gold Coast.
The pool is your standard swimming pool like those at motels or community lodges. You see children and families splashing around. Gold Coast isn't trying to compete with all the pool lifestyle party stuff happening over on Las Vegas Boulevard and beyond.
More good clean wholesome fun: a full-size bowling alley occupies part of the Casino Hotel. It's open around the clock too, I kid you not.
And finally, anybody else irked about "resort fees"? As in, why in the world am I shelling out some 20 dollars every night for services, most of which I couldn't care less about and will never ever use?
Ahhhhh-- got your attention now, eh? Yeah, I thought so.
See, this is what makes Gold Coast quite the bargain. Go ahead, search all the Vegas accomodation properties, but seriously, you just cannot beat the price they charge here, considering the type of full-service hotel it is. GC resort fee is much less than 20, I can tell you that.
All in all, for our money, the Gold Coast was a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Fifth floor and above is good; premium rooms to the left, from -31 through -78, with higher numbers...
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