Golden Nugget Rush Tower : Photos & Review by Vespajet

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Golden Nugget Rush Tower Review View

Behind the curtains (which did a great job of keeping the room dark when needed), is of course a window. I had a nice view of the Fremont Street Experience canopy as well as the Vegas Club, Binion's, as well as the backsides of the Golden Gate, as well as the building housing La Bayou, the ABC Store, and the gift shop set up in the old Pioneer Casino space.

Now for a few observations and issues. A few days into my stay, I noticed that at times the hotel lobby had a bit of a "fishy" smell from the aquarium. In some ways, you could also tell that they were in a rush to get the tower open on time, as there was some tiny specks of white material (I'm assuming either plaster or paint.) on the table in the entryway. This really came to light on my third night when my room safe malfunctioned. The overnight maintenance crew couldn't get it open using the tools they had for it (the safes in the Rush Tower were of a different type than what they have in the other towers) and after calling in the in-house locksmith, they were able to get the safe unlocked and fixed the malfunction. I found out from these folks that they were having issues with the safes in the Rush Tower and that things were rushed in order to get the tower open on time. They were very apologetic about the issue, but I told them that it wasn't a problem since this was a brand new tower and there was bound to be a few niggling problems and issues that would pop up. I'm not sure if this was a manpower issue, but one day, housekeeping did not come to my room until nearly 6 PM, which seemed a bit late. I guessed that perhaps they may have been short of staff and the rooms of folks that were checking out that day were priorities instead of going room to room. One plus (at least to me), is that the rooms in the entire Rush Tower are non-smoking.

Overall, I was quite happy with my stay in the Rush Tower and with the Golden Nugget in general. Considering that the tower had been open about a week and they were still trying to get things running smoothly, it would be a bit early for me to render a final grade on things. Having never stayed at the Golden Nugget prior to this trip, I really cannot compare the Rush Tower rooms to the other rooms. I do have to say that the Golden Nugget is now my hotel of choice, and future stays will more than likely be in the Rush Tower. Doing some dummy bookings, the room rates for a deluxe room in the Rush Tower are about $20 per night more than the room rates for the Gold Tower (formerly the North Tower) and $30 per night more than the Carson Tower (formerly the South Tower). In my opinion, the rooms in the Rush Tower are worth the extra price, especially since it's a bit quieter on that end of the property. They also offer the Rush Tower Junior Corner Suite that is bookable via their website, which looks to run anywhere between $149-$209 a night based on the dates. With this new tower, the Golden Nugget continues to be the class of Downtown and will be for years to come.

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Comments & Discussion

Looks serviceable. I am a little suprised they didn't try to be a little more upscale (i.e. like M Resort or the new HRH towers). I guess they figure there is only so much they can do being downtown. In my opinion there are enough strip visitors who would be willing to stay a night downtown if there were some high-end rooms on Fremont.

In some respects, I think the Rush Tower may be too upscale for Downtown. Look at some of the room rate offers that have been posted here recently. They may be having trouble getting folks to book those rooms.

I'm tentatively planning to make a return visit to the Rush Tower this Fall for a bit of a follow-up and perhaps a review of one of their Junior Corner Suites.

I stayed in the Rush Tower in January and I'm headed back at the end of March. I'm feeling kinda stupid because I didn't find those power outlets in the desk. I ended up charging my BlackBerry from the outlet by the air conditioner.

Sorry for the double-post. I just wanted to add that the HDTV issue was resolved by the time of my trip to the Rush Tower in mid-January.

I made ample use of the power outlet while I was there, as I brought my netbook with me.

It's good to see that the HDTV issue is now fixed.

Side note. As previously mentioned in Chuckmonster's GN review a few years back, WiFi is not free there, but there is some WiFi you can piggyback on. I can confirm that is still the case, but I had brought my WiMax modem for my netbook so I didn't need to pay or piggyback.

I'm torn between two trains of thought:

When viewed as "the new hotel addition to joint Steve Wynn turned into the crown jewel of downtown" these rooms look like a Mexican restaurant in the Fashion District exploded.

When viewed in comparison with the rest of the stuff offered downtown, it looks like a mega-swanky deal waiting to be had.

Looks great, but with single king beds only I'll have to stick to the other towers when I head out there with my buddies this summer.

You didn't mention (maybe you didn't realize) that the entire tower is non smoking!

I can't believe I forgot to mention the fact the tower is non-smoking. Of course by now, there's no telling how many folks have already busted that rule.

This has become our favorite place to stay and we've stayed in the Rush Tower multiple times. Modern rooms, good restaurants, cool pool, great casino action with lower limits than the strip ... IMO this is the best value in Vegas. Snagged mid-week rate of $69 per night this past August and it included a fun book with free meals, free drinks, match play offers and other coupons. Awesome value and only 20 minutes to the strip.

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