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“Inexpensive Hotel with Surprising Amenities in Room” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Ranked #128 of 264 Hotels in Las Vegas
Melbourne, Florida
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92 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Inexpensive Hotel with Surprising Amenities in Room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

If you’re reading this you’re looking for an inexpensive hotel downtown, which is why I stayed here. So going into it I had low expectations based on the number of stars and reviews. I was surprised at how well the room looked for being an old hotel. Yes the layout, walls, and bathroom fixtures are old. But so much was done to make everything more modern and remodeled with new furniture, nice drapes, flat screen tv, Keurig coffee maker with starbucks, comfy bed, etc. Those things really made it not seem like a good value for a place to stay on a budget! One negative thing that appeared to be with my room (and appears to be one of the few) is that it didn’t really have a window that looked out to anything but at the side of the building just a few feet away. But I wasn’t in the room much and wasn’t staying at the room for a view. Given pricing of some other hotels, if this one cost less as it did when I stayed, I’d definitely consider staying here again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Chad G
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Arlington, Virginia
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96 reviews
94 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Pros:
-excellent location
-totally completely awesome vibe and night scene - really it's awesome!
-hot dealers, hot dancers in the pit (they are one and the same), liberal drink service, fun crowd, great music - man, I love this place
-down to earth clientele; you won't find your arrogant wanna be pretty boys/girls from California at this joint
-clean rooms that were well accomodated (for what it is - this isn't the Ritz-Carlton here, but it definitely was not the Motel 6 or Super 8 either)
-friendly dealers
-great staff all around (servers, dealers, pit bosses, hotel staff, host)
-very reasonable table limits; great comps if you are a player
-if you want finer dining and luxury just hop over next door to the Golden Nugget for a sec or two; after you get your great meal there (they have some awesome restaurants - but be prepared to pay Strip prices for that) then go back the the real life at this casino

Cons:
-yes, the music outside on Freemont Street is very loud and goes until 1AM; if you are in your room or bed before 1AM this would not be the hotel you should stay at anyway
-would like to see some additional varieties and quantities of slots, but not at the expense of the great selection and quantity of table games

General: has recently been remodeled and the place looks great. Great improvement on the casino bathrooms. Whoever came up with the concept of the hot girl dancing dealers should get a bonus - the vibe in this casino is true Vegas (especially at night) and definitely beats anything on the strip. Don't lose this great niche!

Another note: I stayed here on my own, but often come to Vegas with my somewhat picky girlfriend too. If I had her along I would have to stay at the Golden Nugget next door and we would both play all the time here. Nothing wrong with the Golden Gate lodging - just if you are used to and prefer Kimpton Hotels and more upscale luxury that is not what they are marketing themselves as (which is a good thing in my mind).

Room Tip: If you are picky about noise don't get a room on the Freemont Street face.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Recruiting
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Green Bay
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Of all the Fremont Street area hotels (And over the past 7 years, I've stayed at all of them), I prefer the Golden Gate. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are fun! There's no pool, a lot of rooms face literally nothing and the rooms are around 300-400 square feet, but if you do a little gambling, they'll comp your stay.

Room Tip: For comped rooms, the double beds face Fremont street and are extremely loud (don't expect to sl...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Chris T
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Meridian, Id
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We arrived at the hotel, our room was sweltering. No way to control temperature. Was told by the front desk that this time of year they turn the air conditioning off and turn the heat on. Temperature could not be controled. Windows would not open either. Was moved to another room, windows would not open in that room either. Finally third room had windows that opened. In third room The shower handles did not work properly, along with the grate over the drain was rusty and part of it was bent and sticking up. I felt I needed a tetanus shot to take a shower. I put a washcloth over the drain so I wouldn't cut myself. Thankfully I got sick, and we had to leave a day early. Can't blame the hotel for getting sick.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Eureka, Montana
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Just spent a night at the Golden Gate and really enjoyed it. This hotel is the oldest in Vegas. The rooms are small, but well appointed. Very cozy, eclectic and a little quirky, but nice. Casino has also been updated. Again, small but well done. Just keep in mind that this building is over 100 years old so it's not the super plush room you might find on the strip. There is a little of a strip club feel to the casino since they have probably the least dressed dealers in Vegas and they dance on stages placed in the pit when they are not at a table dealing. But, they were very friendly, professional and a lot of fun. Would be great for a group of guys. My only complaint was the noise. Being as old as it is, the rooms aren't exactly sound proof. You can hear just about anything going on in the hallway and can definitely hear the traffic on Main Street and the music coming from Fremont. Music ends about midnight, so since most people tend to stay up late in Vegas that probably won't be a problem for most. There does tend to be a little less desirable element to downtown. Quite a few panhandlers. But there is a lot of security up and down Fremont Street so I never felt like it was unsafe.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Mojo1988
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Seattle
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231 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Yup, the rooms are small, and quirky, after all the hotel is over 100 years old. But, the recent remodel upgraded the furnishings, so they are nice. The staff is friendly, the elevators and common areas have all been updated, and your car, the casino (which is the best intown), the restaruant and fremont street are all a 1-2 minute walk from your room. Room rates are always low, if you are looking for cheap and fun, you have found your place in Vegas.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank 007DAWG
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Arizona
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

GOLDEN GATE HOTEL & CASINO: Arrived at the valet, friendly and prompt service. The lobby was only steps away with no waiting at the check-in desk. The clerk was friendly and honor our initial request for the comp room away from “Fremont Street Experience”. We entered an inner hallway room on the second floor...."OMG!" This room was very cramp and creepy; I told the better half.... “we are requesting a different room and if necessary upgrade to suite or book another hotel downtown”. The clerk saw the look on my face and before I could get the words out, we were switched to a 4th floor corner room, however, the unfortunate part was our "renovated" room faced the corner of “Fremont Street Experience”. In the room, we experienced very loud music from about 7:0 PM until 4:00 AM. However, this recently "renovated" room was significantly larger than the previous room at no additional charge, we therefore accept it, despite the “Fremont Street Experience” late night music. The non-smoking corner room contained a surprising comfortable queen bed, a nice wall unit with a small flat HDTV Flat screen, combo safe, a Kureing Coffee Machine (i.e. single cup model). The only other significant disappointment was small bathroom with shower stall with adesperately in need of updated floor/wall tiles .


DINING at THE GOLDEN GATE: We ate breakfast at Dupers’ Restaurant (famous for their pancakes, however not sure why, tasted just "okay" to me). This restaurant provided have a decent breakfast (yes, I am a semi-foodie). We both had the “Chicken Fried Chicken”, which was tasty and fulfilling. The only other place we ate downtown on this trip was at The D’s (formerly the Fitzgerald’s) American Coney Island Grille, a Motown favorite. I must admit, I really enjoyed the “Chili Cheese Fries”.....a scrumptious late night/pre-hangover small meal.


GAMBLING at THE GOLDEN GATE: The Golden Gate has decent BJ rules (i.e. traditional) and friendly lady dealers. The only "Double-Deck Blackjack" table was in the “High Limit Area” at $50 minimum....a little rich for gambling budget on this trip. I was up and down my whole time......was never able to get a good roll (i.e. more than 3 consecutive winning hands). I took a small hit on this trip; however, since my gambling budget was lower than usual I could live with this. I really enjoyed the gambling experience here.


OVERALL PERSPECTIVE: IMHO, The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino appeals to a diverse crowd, primarily between the ages of 34-54 crowd, until the weekends, when it drops down to "24-54 crowds" mainly due the very popular “Lady Dealers/Pit Dancers”. The room was fine for weekend trip if solo or with a loving partner (the room is cozy). The gambling can be fun; however, you still need "lady luck" on your side. Cheers!

Room Tip: I strongly recommend an actual "renovated suite" or worst case a "renovated" cor...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Address: 1 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5601
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Las Vegas
#64 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Gate Hotel & Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 106
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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