For the past six years (usually in November to avoid the heat) my wife and I go to Vegas with another couple. For five of the six years we choice to stay downtown where the casinos are close
together, and it's much easier to get around--not to mention (in our opinion) more fun than walking forever to get from place to place on the strip. For the last two years we have been staying at the California Hotel & Casino and love it. It's just far enough off Fremont Street to avoid the ear splitting noise of the nightly "Fremont Street Experience" every hour, but easy to get
to if you're so inclined. Located one block in back of the Vegas Club and Binion's and across the
street from their sister casino, Main Street Station, it really does have "an world charm" without being overly rustic.
The California has a Hawaiian theme, since about 85% of those that stay there are from Hawaii
(so I've been told). Both the hotel and casino staff were very nice and accommodating and the
rooms were nice. This isn't the Wynn, but the accommodations were above average, and very
important to us, the halls and rooms were quiet. What little noise we heard was from the traffic,
sirens, and an occasional train outside on Main Steet and in back of the Main Street Hotel. But, even that wasn't bad. The beds were comfortable and housekeeping kept everything clean and tidy.
There is free parking for hotel guest, the only bad thing is that you have to park above the forth or fifth floor in the parking garage. The lower levels are for valet. But, then again, you're not going to be going in and out all day. Downtown casinos are usually cheaper, but if you really want to go to the strip, you're only about a two block walk to where you can catch the Deuce
(doubledecker) buses and avoid having to drive and park, or pay for an expensive cab ride.
Another reason we like it downtown, especially the California, is that it is also easy access to the
the smaller casinos on the east side of town down the Bolder Hwy and some of the best local
places in and around Henderson. We really enjoy the smaller, more intimate casinos that the
locals go to. Every year we find several "new" places to add to our "go to" list.
The California Hotel is just the place for those that want to enjoy themselves without all the bells
and whistles that leave you with a headache after a short time. There's no rap music going full
blast, so you can actually sit and carry on a conversation with someone. And, when you get
hungry, the buffet at the Main Street Station is just a short walk by way of the connecting bridge
on level two, and, in my opinion, one of the best buffets (at a reasonable price) in Vegas.
The downtown casinos are probably not for everyone's taste, but we love it. And, at the California, you get the downtown experience without the noise of Fremont Street (especially at
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in historic downtown Las Vegas. The hospitality of the Hawaiian Islands will flower during your visit to the California Hotel Casino. We like to say "Aloha" is spoken fluently here, and our guests enjoy many Hawaiian touches, ranging from dining delicacies such as oxtail soup to the colorful decor reminiscent of the islands' lush, tropical beauty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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