Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Review


129 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101


(702) 385-7111


Golden Nugget Las Vegas Overview

If you’re after an old-school hotel stay in Downtown Las Vegas. You won’t be disappointed by the Golden Nugget. Nestled right in the mix of the famous Fremont Street Experience, the hotel has a retro feel and is located a 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. That makes it an ideal choice for travelers looking to skip the Strip’s rowdy crowds and save a few bucks while they’re at it.

The guest rooms, while small by Vegas standards, are surprisingly stylish and luxurious. Perks that await guests in their rooms include great city views, large flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, down feather comforters, comfy beds, and ample bathrooms. Outside the rooms, you can check out the Gold Diggers dance club and the waterslide at The Tank.

When it comes to food and drink Golden Nugget has you covered with numerous great bars and restaurants, including an all-day buffet, Grotto Italian Ristorante, Red Asian Cuisine, and a steakhouse. Other notable amenities include two large pools, a fitness center, a spa, and the 45,000-square-foot Golden Nugget Casino.


  • Great location on the exhilarating Fremont Street
  • Affordable luxury hotel’s stay away from the frenetic crowds of the Strip
  • Wide range of dining options that include cafes, sushi spots, buffets, and a steakhouse
  • Many room types arranged across multiple towers
  • Huge casino with more than 50 gaming tables and over 1,000 slot machines
  • The Tank offers an awe-inspiring experience with a waterslide and shark aquarium
  • Only nightclub in the Fremont Street Experience
  • Full-service spa that offers makeup, nail care, facials, massages, and hair services
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Free parking (the garage is self-parking, though)
  • Boasts an event and meeting space spanning more than 37,000 square feet


  • The Strip dwarfs Downtown Vegas location-wise
  • Environment can be smoky, including non-smoking spaces
  • Street-facing rooms can be noisy from late-night shenanigans
  • Rooms have stale décor and minor signs of wear
  • In-room fridge use costs a lot
  • Buffet service is not available on Mondays and Tuesdays

Rooms & Suites at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is home to 2,419 rooms and suites found across 4 different towers: the Carson Tower, the Gold Tower, the Rush Tower, and the Spa Tower. They vary greatly in amenities, size, and décor, ranging from modern and sleek to smoky and dated.

Guest rooms in the Carson Tower are the most wallet-friendly, the go-to for many guests. Despite going through a revamp in the late 2010s, these rooms reek of smoke and bear the scars of time gone by. They feature wall accents and brown patterned carpets with décor in a color palette of gold or brown. Bathrooms are small by Vegas standards and feature a shared tub & shower. Other amenities include ironing equipment, toiletries, a sitting area, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

The Gold Tower rooms underwent a major renovation in 2015 and are significantly larger and pricier than the standard rooms. And for the added price, they feature Keurig coffee makers, slippers, bathrobes, marble/granite bathrooms, and a contemporary décor accented in warm & brown earthy tones. More than that; they enjoy the most central location and are within an easy walk to the pools, restaurants, and the casino.

The Rush Tower rooms are the quietest, least smoky, and most modern. They’re appointed in dark, macho décor with bright orange accents and brown undertones. In-room amenities also include sofas and an entertainment hub with a desk. While the bathrooms are still small, they do sport upgraded and modern features like rain showers, deep soaking tubs, and fancy toiletries.

The Spa Tower accommodations are geared towards guests willing to splurge a bit more on a downtown hotel room. This sector houses a couple of huge, two-story suites with spiral staircases, living spaces, large bathrooms, and massive master bedrooms. The décor varies, ranging from kitschy and gold to modern and sleek. The suites really shine when it comes to the bathrooms, which are not only spacious but also feature mirrored vanities, walk-in showers, double sinks, and jetted soaking tubs for two. An in-room mini-fridge is available upon request and at a steep fee.

Restaurants & Bars at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino boasts 8 restaurants, a Starbucks, and an all-you-can-eat buffet. The top dining options include Red Asian Cuisine which serves decadent sushi, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Vic & Anthony’s high-end Steakhouse, Claim Jumper for American cuisine, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, and Grotto Italian Ristorante for amazing Italian dishes.

The buffet at the Golden Nugget is well-known for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s also Chick-fil-A, not to mention multiple bars spread across the hotel complex. It also houses the ever-popular Downtown nightclub and Troy Liquor Bar.

24-hour room service is available too.

Amenities at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas

The main amenities at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas are scattered across the complex. Aside from the huge casino, they include a fitness center, a decent spa, an adults-only pool, a business center, and a large outdoor pool with a shark aquarium.


A few floors above the lobby, the spa at Golden Nugget, while small, is decent. It offers various services that include nail care, makeup application, hair styling, facials, massages, and body treatments. The spa’s lounge area sits beneath a translucent ceiling and features lounge chairs where visitors can kick back and enjoy lemon water, hot drinks, and fresh fruit. It also includes a full-service salon, sauna, steam room, and outdoor treatment areas.


There’s a choice of two pools at the hotel property. The first one, coyly called the Hideout, is a small adults-only pool, meaning you must be at least 21 years of age to gain entry. It includes its large daybeds, own bar, and private cabanas for rental. The Tank is Golden Nugget’s signature swimming pool and the main attraction, featuring a three-story waterslide with clear tubing that runs through the famous 200,000-gallon Shark Aquarium. Blackjack tables are also available in the pool area so that guests can try their luck by the poolside.

Gym and Fitness

The Golden Nugget spa has an adjoined fitness center, where guests can use their stair steppers, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights.

Business Amenities

The downtown hotel has a 37,000-square-foot event and meeting space that can cater to up to 1,300 participants. The Grand Ballroom at Golden Nugget muscles a whopping 11,000 square feet of potential event space and can be partitioned for smaller meetings. On-site event managers can help with meeting setup and details, from lighting and AV to catering and ticketing.

In addition to that, the property can organize outdoor events on Fremont Street with a maximum capacity of 8,000 people. The Meeting Theater can seat up to 600 guests. The hotel has a small business center that provides shipping and document services.Wedding AmenitiesThe hotel has one wedding chapel on the property, along with outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies. There are 12 event spaces that can host wedding receptions. Besides, Golden Nugget is located just a few blocks away from the courthouse and on-site wedding planners are available.

Casino at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Offering around 45,000 square feet, the casino at Golden Nugget Las Vegas is undoubtedly one of the best in the Downtown area, attracting both guests and visitors. But the casino floor can get quite smoky and choky due to smoke fumes. The casino goers here are mostly retired older adults, but the low-stakes tables usually lure in younger gamblers.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Review: The Verdict

Smack dab in the center of Fremont Street Experience the iconic Golden Nugget Las Vegas is one of the most popular downtown Vegas hotels. And with good reason – the newly revamped resort features a variety of rooms on four towers, several restaurants, and two popular pools. One of which is The Tank, a wildly popular pool where guests splash about alongside sharks. Oh, and did we mention the location?

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