We've stayed at the Golden Nugget a half-dozen times and have thoroughly enjoyed it each and every time. Except, for the pool...
Rooms are nicely appointed; we've stayed in both the Gold and Carson towers, as well as the newer Rush tower. Depending on your tastes, each is comfortable, affordable, and good value for the money.
The restaurants are generally good. We had a very nice meal at Lilly's, the Asian cuisine place. We dined at The Grotto, as well, but found the pizza rather bland this trip. It was an off night for our waiter, as well, who seemed anxious to get us out. Previously, we've enjoyed The Grotto, so they're batting .500. We'll try it again next trip.
Our only real complaint was the pool. It's crowded, so get there early to claim your spot. We had trouble our second morning when we tried to bring coffee in and were told "no outside drinks allowed." When I mentioned three other patrons with Starbucks coffee cups in their hands, the security guard literally snapped at me, pointing the Duncan Donuts cups, saying, "I told you, NO OUTSIDE DRINKS!" I had purchased the coffee across the street at the Fremont moments before.
When I went to the lobby to express my concerns, I was told I could only speak with the Pool Manager. And, at 8 AM, the Manager was not around. I guess it's not enough to stay at the hotel for five nights, eat on the property for several expensive meals, and gamble in the casino for an entire week. If I want to bring my favorite coffee into the pool area, I get a tongue lashing and am not allowed to speak to a Manager. We drank our coffee in the hallway feeling very unappreciated.
We'll likely stay at the Nugget again in the near future, but based on the pool incident, we'll be looking at other properties as an alternative. I wish we had been treated a little better, and appreciated for the business we bring. We visit Vegas three or four times a year...
Overall, an A- for the property overall, B+ for the restaurants, A for the casino, and a D- for the pool.
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