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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rooms are not given away, but it’s definitely the way to do Downtown in style.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Fantastic pool
- Great new rooms
- Downtown location