Golden Nugget Las Vegas : The VegasTripping Review 2008

Four Stars For Ten Lincolns, Come On Down!

Posted by Chuckmonster

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel Review -

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, TripAdvisor and databases) and cross referenced with the individual hotel websites and mega aggregator, 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.

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I've stayed here 5 times over the past year and a half. While the price has always been right, service & cleanliness declined each visit.

hmm :/ based on the photos this looked about on par (nicer in parts, worse in parts) with my very recent stay at Paris. only the nug' was a hell of a lot cheaper. oh well. at least i'm gonna get paid by the company for the stay

It appears that the Nug, for all it's nostalgia, is just an average joint, but I gotta admit that's a great rate. I could see staying there on a future economy trip.

I have never stayed at the Nugget when staying downtown. Just looking at the pics and the video, I would rather stat at the Tez in a tower room. The Tower rooms are just as nice and about the same price (usually $40) and much better gaming in the casino. I'm just saying.

I stayed and the Nugget not too long ago and had a room on the 12th floor almost exactly like this.

I too found the keyboard on top of the TV only when I checked there to make sure I hadn't left anything.

One thing is - wifi is expensive ~$10-15 with no free in-room alternative.

I tried to sign up for the wifi during our miffed attempt at doing a live webcast from fremont street but the sign up didn't work, plus you had to get out your credit card instead of charge it to the room.

That being said, there are a bunch of wifi networks in the area you can glom onto, but their signals aren't very reliable. Seriously, it's time they give us the wifi for free.

Did you you check out the TV stations? Does is have that LVCVA channel showing those history of Las Veas shows? Any cable channel, or is it one ESPN and a bunch of Japanese and Spanish channels?

I got an offer from this place yesterday for $15 rooms and $112 spa suites (the super cool 2 story rooms). It just wasn't valid for my travel dates but let me tell you what, if they offer those damn spa suites for $112 again I'm cancelling my Mirage room and sweeping this up.

I stayed in a south tower room in early October and they replaced the tube tv with a LCD flat panel. I was really surprised at the small number of channels that were available and the quality of the reception wasn't great.

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