Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
What We Love
- A 200,000 gallon, shark-filled aquarium is the center of a three-story pool complex, and you can waterslide right through the tank
- The Gold Tower is one of the best values in Vegas
- Check out the Hand of Faith, the largest golden nugget ever found at 61 lb., 11 oz.
- The hotel opens right onto the covered Fremont Street Experience, and you can walk to all of the Downtown attractions
What To Know
- Two of the three towers have pet-friendly rooms, for a fee
- A resort fee per night will be collected at the property upon check-in
- Smoking is limited to the casino and a very select group of rooms in the older towers
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Golden Nugget is one of the few downtown hotels that still fits in with Fremont Street’s retro Vegas history. Its so famous, it’s been a character in its own right in films like Diamonds are Forever, Smokin’ Aces, and the reality TV series The Casino. Its purchase in 2005 by Landry’s (of steakhouse fame) has made the Golden Nugget a culinary hit as well with restaurants like Vic & Anthony’s steakhouse (just like the Houston original), the Amalfi-inspired Grotto and Chart House, which surrounds a 75,000 gallon tropical aquarium packed with more than 1,000 fish. In the last decade, more than $315 million in renovations have made the traditionally good value rooms one of the greatest around; the Gold rooms are modern and neutral-hued, with LED lighting, backlit bathroom mirrors and 42-inch flatscreen TVs, as well as comfy new Serta mattresses. The casino itself has been revamped, with clubby wood walls and gorgeous blown-glass lighting; and you can walk right into it from the Fremont Street Experience, past convivial outdoor lounge areas with firepits. Although it has traditionally drawn an older, value-seeking crowd of serious gamers, the fun, 200,000-gallon shark-filled tank-side pool is getting packed with a younger crowd eager to check out the hip restaurant and bar scene in gentrifying Downtown.
In the Area
Golden Nugget is right inside the juggernaut lightshow that is the Fremont Street Experience (look up! The SlotZilla Zip Line is spitting riders out of the largest slot machine in the world just overhead). Walk a couple of blocks east, though, and you’ll reach the Fremont East district, a walkable stretch of hip lounges and great restaurants. Some of the best include Le Thai, a tiny joint packed with Downtown’s power brokers and hipsters alike, and Park on Fremont with its chicken and waffle sandwiches and its antique-filled backyard (don’t miss the secret outdoor room with the seesaw). Nearby, Carson Kitchen, by the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef” Kerry Simon, serves elevated comfort food in a renovated flophouse. Vegas history devotees will love that they can walk just a few blocks to the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum (go for a night tour); and Atomic Liquors Lounge, the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, whose roof once served as a viewing platform for the nuclear blasts from the Atomic Test Site, 65 miles away. It still serves a mean cocktail.
How to Get There
The hotel was nice, staff not too friendly, long lines to check in. My biggest issue was the fact that the rooms in the Carson and Rush towers do NOT have COFFEE POTS OR mini refrigerator. That’s a necessity for me; I had to get dressed and go downstairs to purchase expensive coffee from Starbucks. The other issue was the RESORT fees that are charged when this is NOT a resort. The pool was not open; hot tub—did not see one; they do not have a consierge so don’t have anyone to ask; they don’t answer the phone in lobby. Location was good to Fremont but too far fro the strip. I would not return to this hotel.
My wife and I came for the Fremont Street New Year's Eve experience and what better way than to be able to walk out of the casino into the experience! The price was pretty good considering it was on New Year's Eve. I know they have done some renovations, but our room seemed to have missed that. We had stayed at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino the night before and their room was much nicer and considerable larger. What we did like about this resort was that we didn't feel like we were in a casino when going to their restaurants and the food was very good. I'd like to return during the summer when the pool is open-it looks pretty enticing.
We had a fantastic time at the Golden nugget. The staff were friendly. Rooms were clean. Our room did face Freemont street so it was a bit noisey at night, but was nothing too annoying. The best part of the stay and trip was the pool. The shark tank is so great to watch.
We went downtown to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The Golden Nugget does a really good job and we prefer it to the Strip sometimes. It was a busy Saturday night but they move people around well. You can find just about any kind of food you want.
Heading down tomorrow and are wondering if the pools are open and heated? Also is there a Starbucks or other coffee bar in the hotel? What can we expect for restaurants in the hotel? Lots of variety or pretty high end?