Golden Nugget Las Vegas : The VegasTripping Review 2008
Four Stars For Ten Lincolns, Come On Down!
With the economy taking the scenic route through Craptown, the time is right to search out some of the best values for a belt-tightening economy. Price, however, is only one part of the larger equation when deciding the relative value of hotel casino offerings. Comfort, cleanliness, service and aesthetic value are all important qualities to take into account when making the final reservation decisions.
The ground rules we set out for this quick weekend trip was to book as high quality room as possible for under $100/night. Comparing rates a few days before departure via the VegasTripping reservation system (which grabs its inventory from the Expedia.com, TripAdvisor and Hotels.com databases) and cross referenced with the individual hotel websites and mega aggregator Kayak.com, the deal that best matched our criteria was Golden Nugget (4 Stars) quoted at $50/night through the VT booking agent (not a plug, just a fact). Other casino hotels in the running (El Cortez, Plaza etc) were lower priced, but had lower star ratings, other properties (Sahara, Stratosphere) had slightly higher, but still competitive prices but lower star ratings. In our book, quality is worth at least a coupla bucks, so we opted for a Fremont Street... experience and booked the Golden Nugget at $50/night.
Arriving at the Golden Nugget was easy via the self-park garage. Upon initial arrival at a hotel, I prefer to self-park the car to ensure that I have enough time to gather up all of my belongings and purge the car of road trip remnants - coffee cups, candy wrappers etc. These items, when left alone to bake in the hot Las Vegas sun, can wreck havoc on auto interiors as well as and my sense of smell upon returning to the scene of the drive. For those who choose to valet, the Nugget has a new(ish) porte cochere on the east side of the building.
Due to our relatively late arrival (after midnight) there was no check-in line. The attendant was obviously tired and very disinterested in providing four star service. I was armed with bills to bribe our way to a fancier suite, but it was obvious upon speaking to the front desk attendant that what she really wanted was us to check in and go away. The detached service wasn't offensive, but it certainly wasn't endearing. More often than not, the bell captain, valet, bell hop and/or front desk associate are the first people that guests come into contact with at a hotel. It is their duty to reflect the attitude of the hotel and give the best first impression possible to the hotel's visitors.
I asked the front desk attendant if the room we were getting was one of the ones that was 'recently refurbished.' She said it was, but it wasn't one of the new Gold Club rooms they've been advertising, those were all sold out. Glad I didn't slip her a $20. After signing the appropriate documents and getting the keycards, we towards the hotel elevators - past the pool, Carson Street Cafe (where VT was born!) the gift shop, Starbucks, and the sundries/arcade area right by the elevator vestibule. We hopped in the elevator, pressed "12" and headed up to the room.