Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada
By Chuck Hawks
Guy McAfee opened the Golden Nugget in 1946. Purchased and refurbished by Steve Wynn in the early 1970's, and again (to the tune of some 30 million dollars) in 2001-2002, the Golden Nugget became the springboard that propelled Steve Wynn to fame and prosperity in Las Vegas. It is now owned by the Poster Financial Group, and rigorously maintained to very high standards.
Occupying 7.5 acres at the "Four Corners" of Fremont Street, the 1,907 room Golden Nugget is the best hotel/casino in the downtown area, and generally regarded as one of the few true five star hotels in Las Vegas. The Golden Nugget also won AAA's top Four Diamond rating. Patrons give it a very high customer satisfaction rating. Many Las Vegas regulars regard the Golden Nugget as the best hotel in the city, combining the friendly atmosphere of Freemont Street with top class accomodations, and I concur.
The elegant decor features Grecian marble, crystal chandeliers, a white with gold trim color scheme throughout, live plants everywhere, and even skylights to admit a little natural light. Service is excellent, and the popular and busy casino has a friendly feel.
For dining there are four restaurants plus a buffet. The attractive coffee shop is the class place to have breakfast or lunch downtown.
Room rates are much lower than equivalent accommodations on the Strip, making the Golden Nugget a great value. The only drawback to staying here is the distance to the Strip. As with any downtown hotel, it is wise to have your own transportation available if you plan to commute to the Strip; otherwise you may spend on cab fares the money you saved on your room. Of course, the fabulous 70 million dollar Fremont Street Experience, the ultimate light show and the best free show in Las Vegas, is right outside your hotel.