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Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

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Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

Tomorrow I will try to highlight our trip. Never stayed downtown before, so if you have any specific questions regarding what is going on downtown, let me know.

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1. Re: Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

So, what is going on downtown these days?

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2. Re: Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

Look forward to your report

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3. Re: Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

What a tease .. Wait for tomorrow... I need to read fresh trs to hold me over until my trip. Lol

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Heading there for 2 nights DT and 2 nights on the Strip..can't wait!!

Will check tomorrow for your trip report!

Edited: 7:43 pm, September 19, 2014
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You guys are all so funny. I just have a ton of work to catch up on today, so check back tomorrow.

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Sunday ~ Arrival

Uneventful flight (those are the best kind) from Boise. Plane arrived at 12:30 pm. Retrieved luggage and shuttled to car rental center. We reserved a car with Budget and the line was extra long. Took about 1 hour before we finally got our car. I previously bought show vouchers on Travel Zoo for Raiding the Rock Vault, so on our way to the Golden Nugget, we stopped at the Westgate (old Las Vegas Hilton) to exchange our vouchers for tickets for Monday night, hopefully something toward the middle front. We were given tickets for front row center seats.

Finally arrived at the Golden Nugget at 3 pm. We reserved a room in the Rush Tower which has its own valet parking and check-in. The room was very nice, stylish and contemporary. There is a Keurig coffee brewer and the hotel charges $10 for 4 cups. Knowing this in advance, we brought our own coffee from home. The room also stocks small bottles of water for $4 each. (For incidentals that you may have forgotten, there is both an ABC store and a WalGreens on Fremont.) We were on the 15th floor and could still hear, albeit very muted, sounds from Fremont Street. After dropping off our luggage, we hit the casino to get player's cards. First play on a machine with your card gives you a free play to spin for money. I won $5, which I played and cashed out at 5-cents, and my wife won $10 which she played and cashed out at $32.80. She put the tickets in her purse for later use.

It's about 3:30 pm now and we still haven't ate yet. Someone on this forum raved about the sandwiches at Binions, and since it is directly across from the GN, we decided to give it a try. We have been downtown many times before but never had the desire to go into Binions ~ it just looked old and run-down to us. So we go into hotel and it lived up to our expectations (old and run-down.) The Deli is actually a counter to order at and some old diner table and chairs placed around. I must admit, however, the corned beef and pastrami sandwiches were good. My recommendation? If you want a good deli meal, Carnegie Deli in the Mirage is immensely better, not only for food, but especially for atmosphere.

(Sorry I am writing so much. Didn't plan on this, and I am still only on day 1. However, I hope to pass information on that will help you make some decisions with you planning.)

Next stop, Le Bayou to get a 48 ounce Mudslide. They are the only daiquiri shop that we have found that makes a Mudslide (my wife's favorite.) $18 for the first one; save the glass and refill for only $11. Took a walk down Fremont to Container Park, a small complex of specialty stores, bars, and restaurants. A nice touch (if you have kids) is a very large playground area for children. After we walked around Container Park, we went across the street to the El Cortez for some cheapskate gambling, e.g., 25-cent roulette. Lost some money, won some drinks, walked back to the GN to relax and get ready for dinner.

Went to dinner around 9 pm at the Second Street Grill in the Fremont Hotel. The T-bone steak dinner was another recommendation on this forum. The restaurant is the hotel's steakhouse and the regular menu features ala carte dining with steaks around $40. The T-bone special is a complete dinner for $22.50. It was plentiful and prepared properly, but the quality was far from good steakhouse quality. So this is what I learned: when low priced recommendations are made for specials at upper end establishments, do NOT expect fine dinning. If you want better quality, you have to pay for it.

After dinner, we walked around a little and then called it a night at 12 am (which was 1 am for us.)

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Monday ~ Pool & Show

Monday morning we used a 2-4-1 coupon for the GN buffet. Just average, but worth the 2-4-1 if you are staying at the hotel. It is definitely not a destination buffet.

Adults do get thirsty, so after brunch it was time to refill the Mudslide. Walked down to the Slotzilla area and checked out Ultimate Sport Cards and Johnny's Toy Zone.

Back to the hotel to change and enjoy some pool time. Wife had half her daiquiri left, but wasn't allowed to take it by the pool because no outside beverages are allowed.

The Tank is a great pool area. After getting wet in the pool and water-slide, and circling the shark tank, we grabbed a couple of lounges. Picked up a bucket of 5 buds for $22 and tip (maybe that's why they don't allow outside beverages?) My wife decided to give me a vitamin E oil foot rub. Another gal walks by and remarks that she would like to have a rub. So when my wife was finished with me, she went and found the gal and brought her back to our lounges, and they took turns giving each other a foot rub. Somehow, feet included legs and thighs. I think they were enjoying it a little too much.

Since we had a show to go to, we decided to have dinner in our hotel. Went to Lillie's for a tempiyaki dinner. It was fun, fairly standard, but the food was just average. My wife had tuna seared red and said it tasted fatty.

Headed over to the Westgate for Raiding the Rock Vault. The prerequisite for the show is that you have to love classic rock or you will detest the show. Picked up a couple of rock guitar drinks (more massive servings of alcohol) and down to the first row. The band consists of a large gathering of rock musicians from several defunct bands. A narrator, dancers, and comedians tie the songs together in a loosely-knit story. The songs are all classic rock from the 60's to the early 90's. Background screens give tidbits of information about the songs and bands. As long as you don't view the band as "cheesy," the show is terrific. Two hours of loving classic rock with several on-you-feet-moments.

Back to downtown and a walk down Fremont. Got to Banger brewing around 11 pm. They brew 11 beers and my wife and I were already ripped, so I knew that there was no way I could sample (4 oz each) all 11. So I cut my order down to just 8 beers. The bartender was cute and hot (the best of both.) We told her we were staying at the GN and she said she loved the Tank. The GN charges non-guests $30 a day to use the pool, so we tipped her our room key (so she could use the pool while we were still checked-in, and for no other reason, darn it!)

After beers, back to the GN around 1 am.

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8. Re: Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

Enjoyable trip report and fun to read - Also good tips and insights, Thanks for sharing.

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Tuesday ~ Family & Closing Fremont

Started my day with a call from my brother who asked if I would like him and his girlfriend to drive up from California to visit for a couple of days. Absolutely would like!

We walked to Hash House A-Go-Go at the Plaza for lunch. For those who haven't tried Hash House before, be prepared for very large portions. Next stop, you know, was to get the Mudslide refill.

NOTE: re, the new drinking ordinance downtown. Yes, you can drink all you want while walking down Fremont. Yes, there are 100's of bars. Yes, you can fall flat on your face from drinking too much, no problem! There are two ordinances. The first does not allow glass containers. So no bottles of beer or wine. All of the casinos have plastic cups at the doors, so if you have a drink in a casino glass, you just need to dump it into a plastic cup before going out on the street. The second ordinance is a little trickier. You can only consume alcohol on Fremont that has been purchased from a hotel, casino, and/or bar. So if you buy a beer at the ABC store or other convenience or liquor store, you are not allowed to consume it on the street. I have no idea how they can enforce that.

We took a drive to Hershey World at NYNY. Impressive display of Hershey products, but no special attraction (such as the 3-D movie in M & M World.)

Back to GN for more pool time, then brother and girlfriend met us at our room for drinks before dinner. Tonight we dine at Hugo's. What a great dinner! We leisurely paced ourselves and spent 2.5 hours; however, if you want to eat quicker, you can easily do dinner in 1.5 hours. Before dinner, we all got player's cards to get a 20% discount, but found out that you had to be over 55 to get the discount (3 out of 4 ain't bad.) Hugo's is a complete meal. Each lady gets a rose. Salad is prepared table-side. My brother had a filet and I had beef Wellington. Both of the steaks were absolutely great. The ladies each had a fish dish. I had a martini which is served in a carafe placed in a mini crystal ice bucket. It gave 3 full pours. The other three shared a bottle of champagne. Total bill with 3 discounted entrees was $240, plus a $50 tip. By far the best meal of the trip, and probably half of what you would pay at a comparable restaurant on the strip.

Back to Fremont for a refill, walk a little, and listen to the DJ. At 2 am, the small shops and casinos closed, and the entertainment stopped. Only the large hotel casinos remained open. I never knew that Fremont actually closed! Time to go to bed.

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10. Re: Golden Nugget ~ 5 days ~ just back

Very nice read. Great detail.