Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 9, 2016.
The Golden Nugget is probably the largest and most famous gambling resort in Downtown Las Vegas. It was built in 1946 and erected an additional hotel tower in 1970. It has undergone several renovations and changes of owners throughout the years.
The resort is located on the famous Fremont Street and is placed in the middle of the epicentre of all the excitement of Downtown. It is certainly less luxurious than complexes on the Strip, but it has an undeniable advantage over them: it offers a small taste of the Old Vegas. For a casino-hotel in the centre it is also rather elegant and high class.
You can discover more about what this complex has to offer in the rest of this review.
A crowded casino
The games room at the Golden Nugget is not very large and covers only an area of about 3.500 m². However, the selection of games is very large. You can find more than 1,200 slot machines and about 70 table games. You can expect to play in a crowded environment, especially since the casino attracts a lot of people.
The slot machines
As I have already mentioned, the complex offers over 1,200 slot machine devices. Among them are:
- classical slot machines with 3 mechanical reels,
- video slot machines with 5 reels,
- games with progressive jackpots,
- video poker,
- video keno.
Some of the most popular games are currently :
- Sex and the City,
- Michael Jackson.
The table games
There are around 70 tables with traditional games, and you can find :
- pai gow poker,
- three card poker,
- let it ride,
- super fin 21,
- texas hold'em.
There are also some non-smoking tables scattered throughout the casino.
The poker room opened in the second half of 2000, and features 13 non-smoking poker tables. You can visit free lessons every day at 10 am and make yourself familiar with the game. There are 5 no-limit hold'em tournaments with a buy-in of $65 re-buy with $40.
The complex also offers a race & sports betting area with a giant video screen and a display for each seat, making it the betting room with the most monitors per spare metre in the entire state of Nevada. In short, it is a small room, but can accommodate many people. Be careful if you do not like crowds!
As it is always the case in Las Vegas, these game areas are accessible to everyone. However, if you want to play there you have to be an adult, that is to say, be at least 21 years.
The casino is already very good and attracts many players, and the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas seems to attract the maximum possible. The reason for this is also that the complex offers several additional services aside from gambling, and I will detail them more in the next paragraphs.
There were initially 1,915 rooms and suites in the complex, but an extension tower was built in 2009, and now there are 2,419 rooms in total, making it the largest hotel in Downtown Las Vegas.
Overall, the rooms are spacious and nicely equipped. They are clean and offer good value for money. However, the decoration is a little too quaint for my taste and the bedding is not the most comfortable in the city.
You have a choice of:
- the rush tower deluxe guest room,
- the rush tower gold club room,
- the spa tower suite,
- the parlor suite,
- the gold club room,
- the gold tower room,
- the carson tower room.
In addition to staying at the hotel, you can dine at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. You can even choose from different restaurants:
- a steakhouse (Vic & Anthony's),
- Italian (Grotto),
- Mexican (Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar),
- Chinese (Lillie's Noodle House)
- Japanese (Red Sushi),
- a sea food restaurant (Chart House),
- an international all you can eat buffet (Buffet),
- a diner (Claim Jumper),
- a sandwich place (The Grille),
- a café (Starbucks).
Good leisure facilities for a Downtown complex
It must be said that the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas offers a relatively large range of leisure facilities. Of course, it cannot keep up with the resorts on the Strip, but for a Downtown establishment, is has a lot to offer. You can find:
- one of the nicest swimming pools in the city, which is built around an aquarium with sharks, and also features a fantastic water slide that spans over three floors,
- a spa with a massage salon,
- an arcade,
- a theatre,
- 4 shops (Style and Trend and Nineteen Forty-Six for clothes, D'Oro for watches and jewellery and The Chocolate Box for chocolates),
- wedding chapels.
In conclusion, I can say that there is no hotel-casino more legendary than the Golden Nugget in the Downtown area of Las Vegas. It must be said that there are many things to do, considering it is a Downtown establishment, for example the swimming pool is very impressive. It is well worth a visit. The overall atmosphere is very friendly and a lot of fun.
However, if you want to go there you should not be afraid of crowds. It can quickly become a problem, because the casino is often crowded and the famous pool attracts a lot of people. Lovers of calm and serene atmospheres should look elsewhere. It is a very good choice for everyone else.