Full pay 8/5 bonus at the upstairs bar & old "coin-out" $1 bank. Players club gives comps AND cash-back for play. If you play there, the $5 free-play for 50 points coupon is a must. Definitely quieter & less crowded upstairs. I'm a low roller & they send me BOGOF offers, but, they waived the resort fee for both nights so two nights was $35. The rooms were ordinary downtown quality, but, quiet.
They say the D stands for either Detroit or Dennis or Downtown, well I'm adding dump. At least as far as the hotel rooms go, mostly because they checked us into a room with a dirty bathroom, made me wonder what else they did'nt clean. Beds were not that comfortable either. I do still like what they did with the casino, especially the vintage vegas room upstairs.
I just returned from a weeks stay in Downtown Vegas. I really like what the new owners have done to the old Fitzgeralds as far as the new carpet and all the other improvements. One thing that needs to go however is the unbearable noise on the lower floor. I used to play in there for hours. This trip I tried to play three or four times but just could not stand the loud music. As any craps player knows, communication with the crew is very important. Even standing next to the stick person it was hard to get my directions through. If the new management is trying to draw in young people with a little money to buy a few overpriced drinks they will probably be a big success. What they are doing at this point however is driving away the older hardcore gambler. I guess the choice of who they want to please is up to management. I know who I'd be after if I were running the place! The choice is up to the owners.
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.
We always spend some time in Fitzgerald's as we like the second floor restaurant and I like the Sportsbook now that Lucky's has taken over the operation and brought one of my favorite employees over from the Plaza.
But none of us ever get much of a feeling of being wanted or welcome in Fitzgerald's like we do at the Fremont Street casinos.
And we have never received any type of of offer, news, promotion or e-mail from the property even though they have our contact information from our Player's Club cards.
Up until my recent visit, I would have given a 5 Rating for the Food & Drink as we loved the 2nd floor restaurant -- especially the deals on barbecued ribs, burgers and the pasta bar.
But not only have they raised their prices a bit -- completely understandable as the ribs were arguably the best dining deal around after the Golden Gate shrimp cocktail (which seems to have disappered with their renovations) -- more importantly the quality and portions appear to have been reduced substanstially. I love almost any kind of barbecued ribs. But the ribs on my recent visit looked and tasted quite a bit different than the ones from previous visits and were a disappointment.
The pasta bar is still great though (remember to tip the guy preparing the made to order pastas) and everyone who works in the restaurant is friendly and has a good personality which helps to makes up for the lack of customer service in other areas of the hotel -- especially the casino and cashier's cage.
Another reason why I probably would not stay there with so many other nearby options is the extremely slow elevators.
But I am looking forward to see what renovations are in store for this large downtown property.