Still the nicest hotel on Freemont street, the rooms seem just average. The pool and buffet are excellent. The casino is a little tight, but does have 8/5 bonus video poker for a quarter. The poker room is usually pretty busy and there are some good coupons in the ACG book for the Golden Nugget.
Probably our 11th or 12th visit to the Golden Nugget - it will be our last. Paid way too much money for a room with a shower that is almost impossible to get in and out of, a bathroom with no towel bars, a hairdryer that had to be replaced twice, a safe that wouldn't open one night as we were on our way out (got to spend an hour of our evening "watching" security people attempt to open it), and almost no easy-to-reach electrical outlets. In order to access our floor, we had to use our keycard in the elevator. More than 1/2 the time, the keycard didn't work, so we would have to trek over the the VIP office to have it re-keyed so that we could get to our room. All too often when we got to our room, again, the keycard was very "stubborn" and on one occasion we had to again return to the VIP center to get one that functioned. Way too much work for what was supposed to be a fun get-away. For the price we paid, we will be trying a different hotel on our next visit to Las Vegas. Very disappointing and frustrating.
I visit the Nugget every time I go Downtown... Something you just have to do.
When I was last there, we went as we won Gordie Brown Tickets. I had heard nothing about him, but man, this guy is funny. Some of his impressions are bang-on, others are good, not great. High energy and the band is awesome.
The casino is nice, but it feels cramped; maybe the low ceiling, but hey, all places are like that on Fremont Street... Decent Video Poker at the bar, quick drinks, somewhat pleasant staff.
Buffet was not so great. Decent, but worthwhile with the 2-4-1 in the ACG...
Ok, this is the best hotel downtown, but even with the shark tank and all of the glitter in the main areas, this is far from being the Venetian, or even the Mirage. The hotel itself has grown over time, so you are going to be walking down long halls, turning corners, then finding yourself in the original part of the hotel with smaller rooms, older bathrooms and an air conditioner that doesn't really work. And yet one floor down, and a bit over, you might be in the part built more recently with a larger room and a newer bathroom.
The casino is comparable to anything on the strip...the newest slots and busy table games. But if you really want this, you should probably stay on the strip. If I'm downtown, I want a smaller casino, more locals (and not tourists and frat boys) and a little bit of historic grit around the edges. If you find yourself in the middle of the casino floor at the Nugget, you could really be at any of a dozen strip hotels, which may or may not be a good thing.