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First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

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First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

Staying for the first time downtown at the Golden Nugget. Any advice, restauant, good buffets, cheap gambling, stay aways. Any info would be great.

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1. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

Staunch steve should answer this.....

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2. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

I stayed at GN the last time I went, and it was great. The restaurant there in the hotel - I can't remember the name of it.. maybe Carson something? We ate breakfast there one morning and it was pretty good - but get there early or prepare to wait in a line after 9 o'clock. There's also a starbucks which is nice if you need a caffeine fix. Not sure if you've been downtown before or just staying there for the first time.. but right outside the hotel on Freemont there's the light show (really cool at night) so don't miss that. Didn't try the buffet at the nugget (due to the long line) so can't really comment on that. There's also another really great italian restaurant at the hotel.. I think it starts with an S - maybe someone else can help me out - that you might want to try. Hope that helps a little!

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Gotcha covered on this one. First of all, if you are driving, make sure and park in their valet lot on the east side of the hotel. If the "Valet Full" sign is out, don't worry, ALL hotel guests will get valet. Just mention you are checking in to the hotel to the guy/girl and you're fine. When checking in ask for a room "near elevator" high floor as these will be shorter walks and no street noise. There are two towers of rooms, North and South. Most of the "regular" rooms (still GREAT rooms) are in south Tower and suites are in North Tower. South Tower elevators are about a two to three minute walk from front desk and North Tower is five seconds from the front desk. On the way to your room (if in South Tower) you will pass by the pool, poker room, gift shop and Carson Street Cafe. I would rec. this place for breakfast as it will be right on your way out of the hotel, the food is good and atmosphere is nice, low-key and casual. First thing you should see is the collection of gold nuggets located between the casino and the North Tower elevators. This is cool, but don't attempt to take any of them home. The GN sportsbook is small, but nice and make sure and ask for "drink coupons" when making $20 wagers there. The sports book bar is good. Only buffet I would rec. downtown is the one at GN, altho for dinner get there early or late to avoid lines. Main Street Station also has a good buffet but not worth the walk from GN. All of the Restaurants I rec. at GN are Stefano's for Italian and ZAX (right off the lobby) has some really good lobster tostados. For cheap gambling, GN might have some $5 craps and BJ tables, but I would rec. going to Golden Gate to gamble cheaply. It is probably the oldest still operating casino and is in good shape. It is a cool place, especially at night when they have an old guy playing the piano. And don't miss the $0.99 shrimp. DO NOT fall for the fake krab or whatever that is, get the shrimp. The large shrimp cocktail is also good. The Fremont Street Experience runs on the hour from dark until midnite and there are four different shows I believe. Is that enough to get you started? If, not ask away and I will try to help...

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4. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

I'm staying at GN in June. Steve convinced me, lol.

Stayed there years ago and it was awesome. We usually stay at the Ftiz because it's very inexpensive and we hate to spend a lot on our room. Don't spend much time there, etc.

After checking rates for both it seemed insane NOT to stay at the Nugget.

I can't wait. It really was one of the nicest rooms I've ever stayed in and we travel a lot.

You made a good choice. As for the rest, Steve knows all about downtown, so you're in good hands. :-)

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5. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

cheap gambling is everywhere you look downtown. at night, however, limits go up at the nugget. craps table goes from $5 to 10$. as for stay-aways, everything is so close downtown that if you walk in a place that you don't like, you can get right out and check out another place quickly.

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6. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

Is it possible to get a room in the north tower?

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7. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

V-Happy, sure it is possible to get a room in the north tower, reserve it up front. But to be honest there is not enough difference between north and south towers to be worried about. Only real difference is in elevator location.

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8. Re: First time downtown - Golden Nugget advice.

I stayed in the South Tower last April, and it was totally fine.. The room was a nice size (even with a king bed) and very clean - and I am extremely picky about where I stay. The only thing is really the location of the elevator and it's a bit of a walk - but hey, that's vegas!