Golden Nugget

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Address: 129 Fremont St, , Las Vegas, 89101, United States

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

Revamping Downtown Las Vegas for the trendy crowd.

I’m a big fan of the Golden Nugget, and I speak as someone who’s not keen on Downtown Las Vegas, where it’s based. A US$500m refurbishment of the Rush Tower late last year made it a very attractive option – the stunning swimming pool, complete with a ride through a shark tank, is already hitting the “oddest/best” pools in the world lists, and it’s really putting Downtown on the map again. If you want an experience that’s still Vegas but well away from the Strip, this could well be your answer.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

On Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas (about a 20 minute drive north from the Strip). I’m not a huge fan of Fremont Street - although it’s cheap and cheerful, I wouldn’t want to spend my whole Vegas holiday there (there are only so many deep fried Oreo cookies you can eat in one go) and apart from Fremont Street itself, the area is pretty dodgy. Having said that, Downtown started going through a bit of a renaissance in summer 2010 with art projects and trendy coffee shops opening up, and people who are perhaps less snobby than me have a soft spot for Fremont Street – one of my friends can’t get enough of it, and loves the Nugget.

Bedrooms

The old bedrooms (the Gold Tower and the Carson Tower) aren’t great – they’re a bit flouncy for my liking – so if you stay here, I recommend you go for a new Rush Tower room. They’re all non-smoking and come with plasma TVs (a total departure from the grimy reputation that Downtown Las Vegas enjoys), an almost russet colour palette, and swanky modern bathrooms. They more than hold their own against the Strip offerings.

Public areas

An expanded casino and new entrance were part of the refurbishment last year, and they even added three new shops. As a result, the Nugget is definitely a place you want to be – from the giant fish tank in the lobby to the casino floor itself. And of course, being Downtown, gambling’s a little easier on the pocket, too.

Eating and drinking

There are several options but the best is surf and turf restaurant Chart House – if only for its 75,000 gallon fish tank in the middle of the restaurant.

Leisure facilities

There’s a spa, salon and even a gaming arcade but the best thing about the Nugget is the new pool – or The Tank, as it’s ominously called. Yes, there’s a shark tank in the middle of the pool, and a plexiglass water slide that actually shoots you through the tank – brilliant for children, who will like the shark feeding, too. I love the onsite club, Gold Diggers – it’s a fun place, with none of the attitude you cop on the Strip.

Service

Pretty laid back – it’s Downtown after all.

Who stays there

A new generation of Downtown fans – the refurb is starting to draw people up from the Strip. Families like it, too.

Price advice

The rooms are not given away, but it’s definitely the way to do Downtown in style.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic pool
  • Great new rooms
  • Family-friendly
  • Expensive
  • Downtown location
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