Having logged about thirty trips to Vegas over the past ten years, with at least four of them at the Golden Nugget, I can safely say that the "Jewel of Downtown" is slipping. Here are the good parts:
-they still have the best pool in downtown
Here are the bad parts:
-ridiculously long lines at check in/out. The "express check out" is not advertised or explained nearly enough. The line set-up is confusing and you might find yourself wating in the "wrong" one for quite a long time before having to move to the "right" one and wait again for a very long time.
-food prices are exhorbitant and not nearly worth the price. I'll give them credit though, atmosphere remains nice.
-our room in the Carson Tower was downright shabby...NO shower curtain, very worn rugs, etc...
-several times during our stay we encountered random (kind of scary) men walking the hallway on our floor...bums we thought.
-Security was not nearly as visible as on previous visits
-The air, carpets, seating, and actual game tops are not kept as clean as in the past.
For me, having recommended this hotel to several traveling partners, this was an especially disappointing visit. The good news? Downtown is having a resurgance and some of the former deadbeat properties are better now than the GN (and about 1/2 the price). I took a look at the new rooms at The Plaza and Golden Gate on this trip and would choose either over the Nugget next visit. Even the regular rooms at the Plaza are better than Rush Rooms at GN, and the Penthouse Suite rivaled anything on the Strip with decor comparable to the rooms at Aria. For a luxury stay downtown, I would choose the Plaza. For a gambling stay with just a clean and comfortable room, go with Main Street Station.
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