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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Given that it is on Fremont Street I expected it to look less well kept. It was smokier than some of the higher end Strip casinos, but not by much and it made up for it with the great attitude of the people who worked there, the classic old-school casino vibe and the inexpensive gaming. We will definitely be back.
We came off a 2 week tour and stopped one night. It's certainly not a hotel I would pick for myself. I did not like the fact that gamblers smoke in the hotel. The swimming pool is way too public. I observed one "guest" being man-handled off-site by security.
I am a frequent traveler. This is my first stay at the Golden Nugget. it will be my last stay. When we checked in to Customer Service the employee had no personality nor did she explain anything about giving our room away in spite of the fact that I had reservations. She could not give me any details when I ask when our room will be ready other than I would be contacted. I explained I was not going to check out at 11am to sit and wait for a room that I reserved 3 weeks ago. She said nothing. I asked what the hotel was going to give me because of my inconvenience and I was told a $50 credit for food and drinks. When I asked for more details about this, she then said it wasn’t for drinks. My card was swiped for $50 and I was thinking it was the credit and didn’t find out till the next day it was for incidentals. Of course, like I said, nothing was explained to me that check in. Once we get to the room my friend call downstairs to ask where his meeting was going to be the next morning. The employee he spoke with could not tell him precisely how to get there. She was saying “well you know where _____ is” and he told her no I’ve never been at this hotel before. She was unable to give clear directions to get from a room to the meeting rooms. This morning I called to the front desk to speak with the supervisor to try to find out some more information about my room that I’m supposed to be transferred over to today. When I called I was told that my call cannot be transferred to a supervisor and I would have to come downstairs. I’ve been asked for a direct number to a supervisor and was told that they did not have direct lines.this morning I called to the front desk to speak with the supervisor to try to found out some more information about my room that I’m supposed to be transferred over to today. When I called I was told that my call could not be transferred to a supervisor and I would have to come downstairs. I asked for a direct number to a supervisor and was told that they did not have direct lines. I haven’t even been here 12 hours yet and have received horrible customer service. in my opinion they are not customer friendly or appreciative of the customer. if I could change hotels at this point I would. If you stay at the Golden Nugget don’t expect to be treated well by the front desk staff. This is my first and last time at the Golden Nugget.