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.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.