Liked this place a lot! I wanted a trip to the USA but was on a tight budget, and Fremont Street offered several cheap options. I settled on the tiny (by Vegas standards) Golden Gate, which cost me the ridiculous sum of £109 in English money, or about $24 a night at current exchange rates. I felt a little like I was robbing them. For that I got a smallish second-floor double room with fixtures and decor that were evidently old, but clean and well looked-after. Extra-comfy bed, bathroom fittings that looked like they'd been made back when things were made to last, and plenty of storage space.
My only criticisms were very minor ones. The elevator, which travels up three entire floors, is possibly the world's slowest. The air conditioner in my room rattled a bit, and the only view I had was of the roof and some rooms on the opposite side of the building. And yes, the noise: Fremont Street's non-stop party doesn't wind down until around 1.30 a.m., so there's not much chance of an early night. But who cares? I can get plenty of good views elsewhere in town, and does anyone come here hoping for peace and quiet?
I didn't have much cause to deal with the staff during my stay (mainly because I never had a problem with anything), but they seemed helpful enough and were always courteous. The maids were thorough to a fault, the bar staff were friendly, the drinks not too pricey, and the food downstairs in DuPar's restaurant (open 24 hours) was plentiful and unfailingly tasty (eggs and chicken-fried steak for breakfast - yum!). Even the dancers gyrating above the blackjack tables looked like you'd happily let them babysit your kids.
For this kind of price, I can't really fault the Golden Gate. Fremont Street might be a bit down-market compared to the Strip, but the atmosphere is good-natured and there's always something to listen to and look at, not least the still jaw-dropping light show. And the Strip itself is only a cheap bus ride away on the 'Deuce', which picks up just a couple of blocks down the street and runs all day and night. Final verdict; a far better hotel than expected for the stupidly small amount I paid to stay there. A great opportunity for a budget traveller like me to save the money that I was eager to waste elsewhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accurately billed as Las Vegas' "Most Historic Hotel," the Golden Gate has stood the test of time and then some. Since opening as the Hotel Nevada in 1906, this modest and cozy corner establishment has stood placidly at One Fremont Street while the town -- and the world -- changed around it. Most notably, the Fremont Street Experience was built right outside its door. Very little has changed to compromise the hotel's old school charm in the intervening years, although the Golden Gate has made improvements and modernized. The hotel remains proudly dwarfed by its neighbors, at just 106 rooms. The rooms themselves, on the other hand, have been updated and include modern amenities like flat screen televisions and iHome clock radios. The casino is just as active as opening day -- and just as intimate -- although now its boasts Dealer Dancers from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. Its shrimp cocktail -- widely acknowledged as the first ever served in Las Vegas -- is as popular as the day it was introduced. Even as Las Vegas builds toward the heavens, the Golden Gate keeps close to the ground, rooted in its rich and wildly successful history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Gate Hotel Las Vegas
- Golden Gate Hotel And Casino
- Golden Gate Las Vegas