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Best hotel to stay at on the old strip???

Last edit: VegasParty4Evr on Thursday, 9th September 2010 8:40 pm
Last response by bneve 12th January 10:10pm

I am heading up to Vegas on October 8-10. Wanted to know what the best hotel to stay at on Fremont? Was thinking the Golden Gate looked ok.... Any suggestions? (I'm new to this site) Thanks in advance!

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 blackjacker1979 responded on Wednesday, 8th September 2010

Golden Nugget.

 Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

El Cortez!

 nodeuces responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

El Cortez. The Cabana Suites for less than the cost of Old Nugget rooms.

If you're a real value guy, the American Casino guide has Gold Spike Coupons 1 night for 7.77 - all rooms are renovated and I believe they finally opened their pool.

 hail2skins responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

Stay at the Nugget. The Golden Gate is a pretty fun place to play in the evening.

 VegasParty4Evr responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

Wow! The Cabana suites at El Cortez don't look bad at all! Thanks for the tip!

 vespajet responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

Let me get the nitpicking out of the way first. There are only two Strips in Las Vegas, The Strip (Las Vegas Blvd.) and the Boulder Strip (Boulder Highway). Fremont Street has never been referred to as any sort of Strip.

The Golden Gate is nice value, but the rooms can be a bit noisy (especially those that face Fremont Street) and can be a bit tiny. My first stay there, the room I had on the second floor overlooking Fremont Street was barely big enough to swing a dead cat and the bathroom could be best described as a closet. When I stayed there back in June, I had a room on the fourth floor and it was a decent sized room with a decent sized bathroom.

The Golden Nugget is definitely the top joint Downtown, but the quality of service seems to have dropped in the last year or so. I know when I stayed there last November, one day housekeeping didn't come to my room until early evening. From what I've been hearing, the VIP check-in isn't worth the extra $10 or whatever they're charging.

The Gold Spike is supposed to be really nice now, but like with the ElCo, it's too far from the action in my opinion. I do the bulk of my gambling Downtown at the Golden Nugget, Binion's, the Fremont and the Golden Gate so I like staying on that end of Fremont Street.

To me the rooms at the El Cortez Cabana Suites are a bit too out there for me. If the colors were less in your face, it would be a nice place to stay.

The three Boyd Gaming properties Downtown (Main Street Station, California, and the Fremont) have been remodeled in the last few years, and my next trip I'm staying a few nights at the Fremont.

 Trevelbond replied on Thursday, 9th September 2010

I hope you'll write something up for us readers about your upcoming stay at the Fremont. I haven't stayed downtown in a while but I'm considering a return and have been looking closely at the Boyd properties.

As far as where to stay downtown, I'd endorse the Golden Nugget. I really like the Rush Tower. The only reason I haven't been staying there recently is because I've been getting more interesting offers from MGM.

 vespajet replied on Thursday, 9th September 2010

One of the reasons why I chose the Fremont was because Chuckmonster earlier this year commented that it was one of the hotels on Fremont Street that hadn't been reviewed. Plus the room rate I got at the Fremont using my B Connected card was cheaper than even the Golden Gate, Gold Spike & ElCo. Going off of Chuck's review of the Cal from last Spring, hopefully they've actually got the LCD TVs in the rooms and not the old schools ones (On the other hand, I never even turned on my TV in my room at the GG back in June. When I was staying at the Golden Nugget last November, I watched the TV for maybe no more than 90-120 minutes the entire trip.).

 jmtheman replied on Friday, 10th September 2010

I think this is a very well thought-out reply Vespajet. My only nitpicking comes with the comment about the ElCo being too far from the action. It's literally a three-minute walk and you're right in the middle of downtown.

In comparison, a three-minute walk doesn't even get you 1/3 of the way past MGM Grand or Caesars Palace.

 howardpark responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

If you want a great pool you can't beat the Golden Nugget. If you don't care about a pool, I'd consider Main Street Station -- beautiful surroundings and full-pay video poker.

 VegasParty4Evr responded on Thursday, 9th September 2010

Thanks for the clarification Vespa! That was a mistake I tried to correct. I have never stayed on Fremont so I'm sure it will be an experience. Any good discounted websites that you know of? For some reason the rates that weekend are ridiculously high!

 Drake responded on Friday, 10th September 2010

That's likely still pool weather, so I'd go with the Nugget if you like relaxing poolside at all. I love El Cortez but they don't have a pool. And if this is your first trip downtown you probably should stay somewhere under the canopy.

 JeffinOKC responded on Friday, 10th September 2010

Stayed at Golden Nugget (Rush Tower ) a couple weeks ago. I think the Nuggett is the best hotel Downtown, but we usually enjoy playing at the Fremont more. Stayed in an El Cortez Cabana Siute last August. Very nice room, whole building is beautiful. But it's a hefty distance from the canopy. 4 blocks, I think. My opinion is that the Cabana Suites are for the seasoned Downtown visitor who is looking for something different. I would put the Gold Spike in the same category; nice, but small and a block out of the way.
My free adivce. Golden Nuggett or Fremont, and be sure to work in some time at the El Cortez and the new Beat Coffee Shop just west of the El Cortez.

 theROLA responded on Friday, 10th September 2010

I prefer the Golden Nugget Rush Tower rooms to rooms anywhere on the strip. I will be there in 8 days, and once again, it is a Golden Nugget trip for me. I echo the comments about the pool being a big draw. Nothing better to recover from a Saturday night in Vegas than a day at the pool (and a water slide).

 burque66isletasandia responded on Monday, 13th September 2010

Four Queens fourth floor facing canopy was really fun. Fremont was ok also. Downtown is ok, just stay where people are. Not bad. Too me having allot of different places close is why I like downtown. Gold diggers club is nice for people watching and Fitz has one also. I havent seen the artsy new part of freemont..

 TangiersTodd responded on Tuesday, 14th September 2010

Stay at the Plaza...and hurry!

 VegasParty4Evr responded on Friday, 17th September 2010

Ok so.......I went the cheapo route & booked El Cortez......don't laugh! I got a really good rate on for only $118.00 total both nights! It was buy one night get the 2nd free! I hope I didn't make too much of a mistake! Ok let's hear it???

 oakhills12 responded on Thursday, 30th September 2010

The OLD STRIP is also the NEW STRIP and really the ONLY STRIP. Fremont Street is downtown, and OLD DOWNTOWN is DOWNTOWN. THE Strip has never been called old, and the Old Strip does not and has not existed.

 bneve responded on Wednesday, 12th January 2011

Golden don't even feel like you are in downtown! It feels like home.