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
We stayed at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street in the Heart of Downtown Vegas last week and I have to say they did not disappoint once again. We had a regular complimentary room for 2 nights and they gave us a free Upgrade to the Rush Tower and it was amazing. All of the staff were so helpful and nice. We love this place. There is access to many diners and lots, lots of entertainment. The pool is open really late and is amazing BTW......We have decide this is our favorite Vegas spot and will be coming back!
Very professional staff that helped us with everything we needed. Room was clean and neat. Quiet room. Close to everything. Nice deli overlooking the river. Easy parking. Close to boat ride. We stayed one night.
We stay here every year (along with a 2 night stay on the main strip) and love it. Stay in the Rush Tower if you are a non smoker. It's a non smoking tower and the rooms are large and well decorated. If you want a quiet room ask to face AWAY from Freemont St.
Pros: Great location, love Freemont St, delicious buffet, friendly staff, affordable drinks, good prices on rooms, fun atmosphere, good fitness center, nice pool, Gold club includes resort fee, free water and coffee in rooms (gold club only), Grille has great food and quick
Cons: A little smokey at times
My third stay at this iconic downtown property did not disappoint. Location is fabulous, right in the heart of the action in downtown Vegas. Even though the rooms may not be the most chic, they are spacious (Gold Tower), comfortable and well appointed. Generous amenities in the bathroom, lovely bathrobes and slippers and guest stationary (a rare extra!). Excellent shower water pressure. What I liked most about the Hotel is the customer service. Unlike other properties on the strip which have a captive market and are hence, very impersonal, this Hotel still rolls out the old-style customer hospitality. From the check-in, to the restaurant staff, to the casino floor and 24Karat desk (Maria), you feel like a somebody. My casino host, Jason Melendez, has been outstanding. The pool area is delightful with the shark tank and the Chart House is just wonderful for Happy Hour. All in all a great place to stay and explore. The only downfall on this visit was the late availability of the room (5:15pm,) and a disappointing dinner buffer. Otherwise, a great stay and will definitely return.
The rooms are outdated. There was construction going on directly below us the whole first day and night so we ended up changing rooms right after. We then had construction near that room the morning before we left as well. We were not given any heads up of this construction and it really disrupted us all from having a good nights sleep.