Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Las Vegas : The VegasTripping Review 2008

Photo & Video Review of the Oldest Joint In Las Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster

The check in desk at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is operated by a lone clerk. Behind the desk is a lattice of drop boxes for individual hotel rooms, much like you'd see in any truly vintage hotel. The front desk clerk was friendy, direct and to the point. During small talk while we filled out all the paperwork - with pen and paper - he mentioned that the Golden Gate just started requiring a small credit card deposit for all guests. After all was settled, he handed me a peculiar plastic 'key' and pointed me towards the elevator a few steps away. I hopped in the elevator, pressed 3 and headed up to the room.

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Golden Gate Hotel Las Vegas Review - Room 347Everything about the Golden Gate is vintage. It's not new vintage - it's old as the hills vintage. The fittings, fixtures, decor and design is either amazing reproductions of really old stuff, or they've taken great care of the hotel over the last... uh... hundred years or so.

The walls of the hallway are adorned with large, faded framed photos of San Francisco and prehistoric shots of Fremont Street. The Victorian pattern carpeting is spotless as is the dark wood baseboards running along the sides of the hallway. The doors to the room are natural grained wood, and feature three inch tall vent flaps in the top of the door jambs to provide natural air circulation. The Golden Gate feels undeniably natural compared to the sealed up refrigerated airlocks that line the Strip.

I arrived at room 347 - noted by an engraved plastic rectangle, screwed to the wooden door - pulled out my electronic plastic key, slipped it into the keyhole... *beep beep* and swung open the door.

Note: Our often imitated but never duplicated, trademark video walkthrough of the room is on the last page of the review. It should help you get a better understanding of the room layout and a clearer view of some of the details.

The tinyness of the room's footprint is immediately apparent upon entry. The height of the ceilings are greater than most middle aged Strip resorts, giving the room a feeling of psychological spaciousness, unlike the rinky-dinky dimensions of Harrah's low ceiling standard rooms. Still, the room is so small, it's impossible to take a panoramic photo of it without the use of a fisheye lens.

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The Golden Gate was one of my options for my recent trip when I decided to stay Downtown over Mid-Strip. It came in a little more expensive than Binion's, and I kind of had my heart set on staying at Binion's. I did check the GG out during my trip, as I considered eating there for breakfast one morning. The line for the cafe was a bit long, so I went across the "street" to the LV Club.

Binion's also has toiletry products from the Leatherwood Collection.

Your room at the GG was better than the one I had at Binion's (2206, one of the rooms with a balcony). My room at Binion's was a bit threadbare and worn around the edges. I like the fact that the bathrooms at the GG don't have tubs, as typically those bathtub/shower combos suck when it comes to the shower part. The bathroom in my room at Binions was pretty decent in size.

As for the "coffpee" pot, that blend they use isn't that good. Binion's serves it in their coffeeshop and at their snack bars (I was actually surprised that they used whole bean, as most restaurants prefer using fractional packs). A bit too mellow for my tastes. My room at Binion's was one of those single cup CV1 machines (I made sure to run water through the system before actually brewing a cup. I was mainly more concerned about how long it had been since the brewer had last been used as opposed to whether someone took a leak into the water reservoir.).

The GG is definitely on my list of possible hotels for my next trip (Date TBD), and if it in the same price range as Binion's, I'll definitely take a look at staying there.

That is truly the smallest hotel room I have seen.

Cool review. Looks like a decent place that's been maintained. Since it's Vegas, in theory you're not going to spend that much time in your room anyway.

I especially liked the line "As for the fixtures, they're turn of the century chic with a side order of prison cell". Funny.

My first trip to Vegas, we had some coupon and stayed at the Gate for $15 a nite. Now when you split that with your heterosexual life mate - in my case DonnyMac - that comes to a lot more shrimp cocktails than you can really eat!!! When we stayed the Valet was amazing too. We had driven from Calgary, stopped in Salt Lake to do a bit of skiing and the Bronco II we were in was possibly the dirtiest car in the world. When we came down the next AM to cruise around Vegas the Valet had washed it, he even vacuumed!!

All this for a $10 tip, what a guy!!!

Good review, often wondered about some of these downtown joints. Really sad thing is I've paid $500 a night for rooms that size in midtown Manhattan....

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