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The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946 but there's nothing about this property that feels dated. It's the largest Downtown Las Vegas hotel and it feels more like the kind of resort you'd find on the Las Vegas Strip with its luxurious pool, spa and top-notch dining and entertainment.Casino mogul Steve Wynn bought the Golden Nugget in the early '70s and transformed it from just a casino into a luxury resort that earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide in 1977. As ownership changed hands over the years, more hotel towers were added to the property including the latest, the Rush Tower, in 2009. The Rush Tower rooms are twenty percent larger than the hotel's standard rooms and feature upgraded amenities and views of the Strip, mountains and the pool. So if you need added space in a room, book the Rush Tower.We can't talk about the Golden Nugget without talking more about its pool. This isn’t your average ordinary pool. It's dubbed The Tank because it basically doubles as a shark tank. Yep, guests who slide down the three-story enclosed water slide will pass right through an aquarium filled with sharks (Unlike the CSI Vegas episode, these sharks stay in the tank). For those who prefer a little less wildlife while they're catching rays, there are daybeds, cabanas and a bar. Another two-level, infinity-edge pool, called The Hideout, can be accessed from the third floor of The Tank. We love it because it's for adults (ages 21 or older) only.   If aquariums really are your thing, be sure to eat at the Chart House restaurant inside. Its bar wraps around a 75,000-gallon tropical aquarium filled with more than 1,000 colorful fish. The Golden Nugget is packed with restaurants to suit just about any taste. Go to the Grotto for Italian classics and a bright and open setting. Claim Jumper serves hearty portions of classic American food and Vic and Anthony’s is an award-winning, elegant steakhouse with the finest cuts of meat around. If you're hungry and thirsty, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar may just be your utopia. Not only can you get your favorite south-of-the-border dishes, there’s a selection of more than 70 boutique tequilas and they sell giant 80-ounce beer towers.Looking for a place to party that doesn't involve tequila and beer towers? On the resort's second floor, the balcony at Gold Diggers nightclub looks out over all the crazy action on the Fremont Street Experience below. (Hello people watching.) When you step inside, there's a great bar and dancing. Downstairs, the Rush Lounge is the spot to sip signature cocktails, or you can order one of 40 different brews from the International Beer Bar. There's also Bar 46, an oval-shaped bar with a table games area that spills out onto Fremont Street.If you're looking for entertainment, the resort's showroom is pretty much always stocked with stars. Impressionist Gordie Brown brings nearly a hundred celebs -- from icons like Elvis and Michael Jackson to Aaron Neville and Sylvester Stallone -- to life onstage. The Golden Nugget also boasts a rotating lineup of the hottest headliners in music and comedy with their 52 Fridays Concert Series performing every Friday throughout 2015. From Grammy award-winning artists and legendary tribute bands to country music hall of famers and epic classic rock bands, you can catch it all here.The other thing you have to see while you're at the Golden Nugget is, well, an actual golden nugget. Dubbed The Hand of Faith, the biggest golden nugget in existence (61 pounds!) is showcased at the hotel. It was found in Australia in 1980 and was sold to the Golden Nugget for more than a million dollars. See it on display in the lobby and snap a quick selfie with it. Look ma I discovered gold in Vegas!The Golden Nugget takes its gold pretty seriously. Not only can you see a massive piece of gold on display at the hotel you can also shop for gold in an ATM. The hotel is one of only three locations in North America to have a Gold to Go ATM, which is basically a vending machine for gold. The ATM is always online and updates prices every 10 minutes based on current gold spot prices. Along with gold bars of various weights ranging between one gram and one ounce, the vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and Golden Nugget souvenir pieces. We can't think of a better way to commemorate your stay at the hotel.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Customer service 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Room Quality 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Casino 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Hotel Location 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pool 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Room Location 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Overall amenities 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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fromSan Diego, CA
Yes, I recommend this product.
Average Las Vegas experience
PostedJuly 31, 2013
The trip started out bad. I booked a non smoking room, but they only had smoking rooms left. The bathtub and sink backed up. They gave me a non smoking room the next day, but it was not a comfortable first night. The pool is smaller than it looks in pictures. If yo wan to stay right on Fremont though, I do recommend the golden nugget
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More than 50 years ago the Flamingo Las Vegas sat all alone in the desert on the road leading to Las Vegas. Today it's in the heart of all the action on the Las Vegas Strip. That's what we call planning ahead. And besides bragging rights, being the longest-running property in the heart of the Strip has other perks too. For example, awesome attractions have been built around the hotel. As a result of a recent remodeling project, the north entrance of the hotel is now connected to The LINQ Promenade. This retail, dining and entertainment district boasts the 550-foot observation wheel called the High Roller. And not only does the hotel and its surroundings attract an exciting crowd around the clock, when compared to many of the other hotels in the area, The Flamingo's rooms offer comfort and luxury at more affordable prices.The laid-back Flamingo invites all visitors and guests to relax island-style...the desert is kind of like an island, right? Sans the ocean and the coconuts, it's easy to feel like you're in a tropical oasis inside of the Miami-esque resort and here's a bonus...it's always five o'clock in the Maragritaville Casino for all of you who think that 10 a.m. is too early to start drinking. Inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett's island-escapism lyrics, the 15,000-square-foot casino located in the front end of the Flamingo features palm trees, tropical colors, bikini-clad cocktail waitresses, and the shack-style Margaritaville 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar.Among the themed décor, a friendly poker room is tucked next to the lobby in addition to a race & sports book that makes sure all of the games are the center of attention so you don't miss a beat. Unless of course you become distracted by the sexy party pit on the gaming floor where a sexy pole dancer in a cage hovers above scantily-clad female dealers manning pink felt-covered blackjack tables located next to the open-air entrance near The Cromwell.Conveniently located just steps away from other popular hotels, The Flamingo's location acts like a central hub to partying. But for those resorts that are a bit too far to walk to, there's a Las Vegas Monorail station on the premises, so you'll have access to several other resorts along the Strip.If you're anything like us, you're either wishing you were gambling and drinking breezy booze beverages or eating...and both of those things can be done at the casino's multi-level Margaritaville restaurant, which boasts two patios overlooking the Strip, a huge retail store, and even a dance floor. Raucous sights and sounds are all around this eatery and not only is the place buzzing with Buffett's greatest island tunes, but there are waitresses who slide down from the top of the three-story Volcano Bar and land in a 300-gallon blender of margarita mix. No, you didn't skip a paragraph; you're still reading about Margaritaville, it's a land of its own!However, if you're not quite ready to "...waste away again in Margaritaville" or if you've simply given up looking for that damn salt shaker, there are plenty of other dining options for a relaxing, casual meal at the expansive food court. Or there is always Center Cut Steakhouse and Carlos'n Charlie's restaurant and bar where they are known for overflowing spirits, which often lead to impromptu dancing on the tables and chairs in the restaurant's expansive indoor dining room and an outdoor patio.Once you've eaten enough and properly prepared yourself for the night ahead, the party vibe can be found in the Flamingo Showroom. The musical, brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond host an extravaganza presenting their greatest hits. (Note: Fans can view costumes from their TV stints on "Dancing with the Stars" and Donny's mirrored disco ball trophy in the exhibit cases near the lobby). When Donny and Marie aren't in town, Olivia Newton-John headlines the showroom. You can also catch the celebrity impersonators of "Legends in Concert" in the afternoons so that in the late evening hours, you can stop by the sexy X Showroom, where men will get all hot and bothered by the beautiful dancers in "X Burlesque" while women can get hot and bothered too and/or they can learn the secrets to the cast's sexy moves at XBU - X Burlesque University.Another major attraction at the Flamingo is the Wildlife Habitat. The hotel's grounds are home to pink Chilean flamingos, wood ducks, koi, turtles and other fascinating creatures. While your wandering through the grounds, keep an eye out for a plaque dedicated to Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, the mobster who helped launch the Flamingo in 1946. Also amid the 15 acres of lush greenery lie the resort's spectacular pools. The main pools are interconnected and feature lagoon areas, a seasonal waterslide, a meandering river and cascading waterfalls. For a trendy dayclub experience, visitors will want to check out the Go Pool (open during summer only), where the guest DJ gets the party started and keeps it going all day long for guests reveling in chaise lounges, daybeds and VIP cabanas.  Also outside are the enchanting garden and gazebo wedding chapels where you and your honey can tie the knot and start your happily ever after at the hotel's luxurious spa. With a full menu of delicious body treatments, The Spa offers a myriad of services for your pampering pleasure.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Customer service 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Room Quality 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Casino 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Hotel Location 
5 / 5
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Room Location 
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Overall amenities 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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fromSan Diego, CA
Yes, I recommend this product.
Great room price for hotel location
PostedMarch 12, 2013
Hotel is on strip right across from Caesars Palace. The renovations to the rooms have made the rooms comfortable and contemporary. Very great price for a comfortable room that is on the strip.
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The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946 but there's nothing about this property that feels dated. It's the largest Downtown Las Vegas hotel and it feels more like the kind of resort you'd find on the Las Vegas Strip with its luxurious pool, spa and top-notch dining and entertainment.Casino mogul Steve Wynn bought the Golden Nugget in the early '70s and transformed it from just a casino into a luxury resort that earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide in 1977. As ownership changed hands over the years, more hotel towers were added to the property including the latest, the Rush Tower, in 2009. The Rush Tower rooms are twenty percent larger than the hotel's standard rooms and feature upgraded amenities and views of the Strip, mountains and the pool. So if you need added space in a room, book the Rush Tower.We can't talk about the Golden Nugget without talking more about its pool. This isn’t your average ordinary pool. It's dubbed The Tank because it basically doubles as a shark tank. Yep, guests who slide down the three-story enclosed water slide will pass right through an aquarium filled with sharks (Unlike the CSI Vegas episode, these sharks stay in the tank). For those who prefer a little less wildlife while they're catching rays, there are daybeds, cabanas and a bar. Another two-level, infinity-edge pool, called The Hideout, can be accessed from the third floor of The Tank. We love it because it's for adults (ages 21 or older) only.   If aquariums really are your thing, be sure to eat at the Chart House restaurant inside. Its bar wraps around a 75,000-gallon tropical aquarium filled with more than 1,000 colorful fish. The Golden Nugget is packed with restaurants to suit just about any taste. Go to the Grotto for Italian classics and a bright and open setting. Claim Jumper serves hearty portions of classic American food and Vic and Anthony’s is an award-winning, elegant steakhouse with the finest cuts of meat around. If you're hungry and thirsty, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar may just be your utopia. Not only can you get your favorite south-of-the-border dishes, there’s a selection of more than 70 boutique tequilas and they sell giant 80-ounce beer towers.Looking for a place to party that doesn't involve tequila and beer towers? On the resort's second floor, the balcony at Gold Diggers nightclub looks out over all the crazy action on the Fremont Street Experience below. (Hello people watching.) When you step inside, there's a great bar and dancing. Downstairs, the Rush Lounge is the spot to sip signature cocktails, or you can order one of 40 different brews from the International Beer Bar. There's also Bar 46, an oval-shaped bar with a table games area that spills out onto Fremont Street.If you're looking for entertainment, the resort's showroom is pretty much always stocked with stars. Impressionist Gordie Brown brings nearly a hundred celebs -- from icons like Elvis and Michael Jackson to Aaron Neville and Sylvester Stallone -- to life onstage. The Golden Nugget also boasts a rotating lineup of the hottest headliners in music and comedy with their 52 Fridays Concert Series performing every Friday throughout 2015. From Grammy award-winning artists and legendary tribute bands to country music hall of famers and epic classic rock bands, you can catch it all here.The other thing you have to see while you're at the Golden Nugget is, well, an actual golden nugget. Dubbed The Hand of Faith, the biggest golden nugget in existence (61 pounds!) is showcased at the hotel. It was found in Australia in 1980 and was sold to the Golden Nugget for more than a million dollars. See it on display in the lobby and snap a quick selfie with it. Look ma I discovered gold in Vegas!The Golden Nugget takes its gold pretty seriously. Not only can you see a massive piece of gold on display at the hotel you can also shop for gold in an ATM. The hotel is one of only three locations in North America to have a Gold to Go ATM, which is basically a vending machine for gold. The ATM is always online and updates prices every 10 minutes based on current gold spot prices. Along with gold bars of various weights ranging between one gram and one ounce, the vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and Golden Nugget souvenir pieces. We can't think of a better way to commemorate your stay at the hotel.
 

Are there smoking rooms?

Yes, they do have smoking rooms
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