Hotel lobby and rooms have been upgraded. Rooms, especially bathroom, are small but comfortable. Huge improvement in beds and pillows. Small TVs. Not all floors have ice machines.
Some rooms require going up several stairs, which can be troublesome with your luggage.
Easy to get buffet comps, at least for breakfast and lunch. One of the better buffets downtown. Employees are friendly and many have been working there for seemingly forever.
Good video poker in the coin-dropper area. Full-pay Pick-em. The thing I like the best is they don't change the machine selection every few weeks. If I like a slot machine I know it probably will still be there 6 months from now.
Very convenient location. Valet parking only but they are pretty fast bringing your car. Room comps also relatively easy to get if you give them some play.
Casino is smoky, but it seems they all are in LV. No pool but you can use pools of other Boyd properties. Mostly Hawaiian clientele. I just like the place and feel at home there.
The Fremont is a small comfortable hotel with friendly staff, good restaurants and decent games.
The buffet is one of the better buffets downtown and reasonably priced, especially breakfast with made-to-order omelettes, fresh fruit and excellent drink service. The Second Street Grill is an outstanding restaurant and one of the best kept secrets of downtown. There is also a Tony Roma's chain restaurant that serves decent ribs.
The beds were comfortable and the rooms pleasing in decor. The rooms are small (the hotel was built in the 1950's), but at least for a solo traveler more than sufficient. Some rooms are close to the sound and light show on Fremont street, so I recommend asking for a quiet room. An advantage of being a small hotel is that all is very close by. An elevator opens in the casino and goes up to the rooms, so there is not a long walk to go back and forth to the room.
We have also found the staff very friendly. One night the blacjack tables were full, and we had 4 wanting a $10 min. table, and the staff opened a table up for us.
I recommend this hotel if you are looking for a comfortable, pleasant place to stay and gamble, and are not bothered by the lack of a large room and bath, and lack of glitz.
I happen to be paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but fly out several times a year I fly out to Vegas and always enjoy checking out the various resorts -- especially the Downtown properties.
The Fremont is one of several Boyd Gaming properties downtown (Main Street Station and California Club) so they often offer some nice discounts and promotions for their Player's Club members.
The Fremont has a nice sportsbook that I like because it opens up early each morning to accept/pay out wagers, has a large electronic board and some of the nicest, most helpful employees. They are also generous with the free drink coupons for the adjacent bar.
Even though we prefer staying at the Four Queens, we find ourselves in the Fremont several times a day as it beckons us from directly across Freemont Street. I would probably spend more time/money there if the casino had some lower tables for 21 that are much more comfortable for someone in a wheelchair to spend a few hours playing at.
I usually do not like chain restaurants, but Tony Roma's is consistently good and their prime rib dinner is an excellent deal and a decent grade of beef.
The Paradise Buffet in the Fremont is also fine as far as buffets go -- especially the prices for the breakfast and lunch buffets or with the various 2:1 dinner buffet deals that are often available (except for Seafood nights).
The Fremont also has a nice chocolate shop if you want to surprise your loved one or discreetly give a little gift to a particulary helpful casino employee.
For a fast meal, we sometimes go for the Chinese combos in the Lanai Cafe, but a word of caution -- avoid the shrimp cocktails. They taste like they were prepared several days earlier in another state and shipped frozen to Vegas. Despite the cheap price, you couldn't pay me to eat another one and if not for their inferior quality shrimp cocktails, I would award a 4 Rating for Food & Drink.
We just hope the Golden Gate will bring back their $1.99 shrimp cocktails after they complete their renovations. It is just not a trip to Vegas without a few tasty and inexpensive shrimp cocktails after a fun evening at the tables.