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“Kickin' It Old School”

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Golden Nugget Hotel
Ranked #89 of 263 Hotels in Las Vegas
Dallas, Texas
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“Kickin' It Old School”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Visited this hotel site in June and found the "old" Las Vegas feel refreshing so decided to take a "gamble" (ha ha) for our return trip on NYE. It's been 10 years since I've been to this area of Vegas and the first time ever I have spent the New Year's Eve celebration off the strip. Obviously they've updated the entire hotel,or at least added a very updated Rush Tower. The Casino has great character and is very easy to maneuver (I'm thinking great place to bring momma and poppa). The table minimums are manageable and the dealers are all super, duper nice. The Rush Tower Junior Suite is indulgent, roomy and comfy. They do charge for everything, even the K Cup coffee. We bought our own at the ABC store on Freemont. Front desk customer service is a bit sketchy, inexperienced and lacks customer service skill. I can look past that since this won't be my "always" destination. BEWARE the noise from Freemont into the rooms all night. No need to rush to bed before 2 a.m. Red Sushi Bar has great Happy Hour sushi prices, but I wouldn't pay full price for this. The Grill by the Sports Bar is very poorly managed, but the Lounge Bar was great to sit, relax, watch the games and have some buckets of beer; and a great bloody mary too. The other restaurant where they have breakfast has horrible and slow service, but they do serve a tasty breakfast. I just hate bad service.

The NYE experience was pleasant. The $40 admission fee into Freemont eliminates A LOT of the rift raft and they don't allow anyone under 21. This was awesome. It's not the chaos and out of control party atmosphere of the strip, but after 10 straight years on the strip this was a good change of pace. Plenty of table spots throughout the night and not overly crowded. I would probably do it again,maybe I'm just getting old. ;)

The great surprise of this whole trip was walking over to the Main Street Station Hotel. The Breakfast Buffet has a great price and great choices. The Brewery Pub has great beer and awesome bar food; service was good enough. We ate the rest of our breakfasts there and 2x at the Brewery.

The Plaza Hotel is horrid. It was listed as the best Sports Bar in the area. NOOOOOO!!! They do nothing about the homeless sleeping and sitting in the hotel areas, which killed the Sports Bar experience. Stay away. The Sports bar is a dump.

I want to bring my parents to Freemont Street just for the ease of access from hotel to hotel. My parents are in there 70's. We'll definitely stay at the Golden Nugget. Maybe by then they'll do some training on customer service for guests. Let the darn guest stay an extra hour if need be for goodness sakes. I give the Golden Nugget a YUM YUM YUM out of 5 Yums and my Freemont Street Experienc for NYE a YUM YUM YUM YUM out of 5 Yums.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in the Rush Tower and loved our room. Great mountain view! The king room we had was roomy and comfortable. Bathrobes were provided too! As with most hotels..the extras in the room like coffee and water were extra if you used them. Room service was nice and the food was good and hot. Go for happy hour at Red Sushi in the hotel..great food and drink cheap! The casino was pretty much like any casino but did have $5 blackjack and roulette which you can't find on the strip. If you sit at the bar and play a poker machine your drinks are free...as they are at any machine you play, but service is quicker at the bar! The hotel is right on Fremont street so you can just walk out the hotel doors and enjoy the light show on the roof over Fremont. Hang on to you purse, as there are quite a few shady looking folks on the street, and quite a few panhandlers. But it is quite an interesting place to people watch! The shark tank and pool are awesome! Breakfast at the Carson Street Cafe is quite good! We would definitely stay here again before a place on the strip.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in the relatively new 500-room tower on New Year's Eve 2012. The rooms (actually suites) were stunning. They were clean, modern and beautifully decorated. I actually wish we could've spent more time in the rooms entertaining, but Freemont was a blast that night!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bakersfield, California, United States
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Repeat stays at Fremont Street, Downtown' s most Beautiful hotel, Golden Nugget have always been Delightful ! Rooms are clean ...staff is friendly ... Grounds are Beautiful and well kept ...shark pool is Awesome ... Restraunts are yum ( The Grotto, being our Most Favorite ) bartenders are friendly and know their alcohol :-). Location is fun, walking on Fremont Street you come across
many attractions and a great selection of More casinos and food establishments ...and drugstore for needed headache remedies or forgotten makeup ;-). Golden Nugget has been a home away from home, because of job that brings us to Las Vegas often !

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The hotel, overall, is pretty nice. We stayed in a Rush Tower room. Nice decor, flat screen tv, dual sinks and nice big shower, lots of drawers to store clothes and big closet, robes, makeup mirror in bathroom. Problems with the room: too dark! One night I was groping for my clothes in the drawers because it was just too dark to see. The bathroom had the only decent light in the room. There is one big lamp in the corner of the room that is adjustable (we had it on the brightest) but it only lights up the couch. There are a few small recessed lights on the dresser/desk area and two small reading lights next to the bed.

The other problem is the sharp corners everywhere! Sharp corners on the nightstands and sharp wood corners on the bed. I banged my shin into the corner of the bed twice, once causing the skin to break. If you stay in a Rush Tower room, careful with the corners.

Also, one of the sinks had a sewer smell. I didn't call maintenance because we were only there a very short time and didn't want to have to worry about maintenance coming by. There was no survey to fill out so I didn't mention it to anyone.

The shower had very low water pressure and it took forever to get the temperature adjusted to something that was comfortable.

We ate at the Grotto twice because the food and service was so good. We sat in the area next to the pool and shark tank.

We had drinks at the Chart House bar which has a huge saltwater tank behind the bar. It was nice to sit and watch the fish.

Overall, I would stay at the Golden Nugget again but would probably bring a flashlight or something so I could see! There was a little noise from the Fremont Street Experience but not too bad. We were on the 21st floor.

Room Tip: Higher rooms away from Fremont St. Experience are quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a very well maintained property on the old strip. Check in could have been better because nobody offered to take our bags to room or even open the door as we entered. It seems the bellmen would rather talk amongst themselves than actually do their job. The room was very spacious and clean. We had a decent view of Fremont street from our room. The old strip has more character than the new and is more fun. Everything is close by and no traffic to worry about. If interested in having a good time in old Vegas, definitely consider staying at this hotel for the night. It is very reasonably priced for what you get.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aspen, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Six dollar service fee for the front desk staff to receive a Fed Ex envelope, even for VIP members is highway robbery if you ask me!

Nice location off the strip but why should it cost anything to receive an envelope, that should be an included guest service.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Golden Nugget Hotel
Address: 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5603
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#37 Luxury Hotel in Las Vegas
#38 Spa Hotel in Las Vegas
#44 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
#77 Romantic Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Nugget Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 2419
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. With more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites, the Golden Nugget has everything necessary for a top-notch Las Vegas vacation. The high-energy casino features the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book and poker room. Experience nightly entertainment with master impressionist and comedian Gordie Brown and dine at world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse. Complete with a luxurious spa and salon, The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000-gallon, live shark aquarium and the new H20 poolside lounge, there is something for everyone at the Golden NUgget. Take one step inside and you'll see why the Golden Nugget Las Vegas sets the standard for luxury and comfort. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest and hope you enjoy your trip to Las Vegas. ... more   less 
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