The Golden Nugget is one of the four corners casinos in downtown Las Vegas. As part of the older downtown casinos, the Golden Nugget is still a great casino experience, offering excellent rooms, including an entire new hotel wing, entertainment, dining and, most importantly an excellent casino.
The ambiance of the casino is that of classic elegance and it is no wonder because the Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946. While it has been renovated, that original feel is still there and there is a sense of history and purpose that many of the other more modern casinos lack.
There are 2,300 hotel rooms to choose from and the Golden Nugget has had a 4-diamond rating from AAA for the hotel for thirty-two consecutive years.
There is only one other casino in Las Vegas that can boast such a rating. The rooms range from comfortable, functional rooms that are often available for less than forty dollars as part of packages to lavish, over the top two story rooms with breathtaking scenic views and every creature comfort imaginable.
While downtown and not on the Vegas strip, the Golden Nugget still shines on the hotel side.
The attractions at The Golden Nugget are less impressive however. The world’s largest Gold nugget, fitting for this casino is on prominent display and is truly impressive. The new resort features a very large pool area called “The Tank.” It is a very nice resort style pool with a couple twists.
The first is an impressive water slide that includes a pass through tunnel through a 200,000 gallon aquarium full of sharks and large ocean dwelling fish. The Tank has been listed as one of the top ten resort pools in the world by Forbes magazine.
Finally, the Golden Nugget just recently renovated their theatre, which seats 600 people and has well known national acts coming through, including a summer of very popular country music artists as well as the permanent attraction of Gordie Brown, who is a well versed musician and comedian.
The Casino boasts 38,000 square feet of gaming space, giving it plenty of room to have the best of everything. From high stakes poker tournaments to penny slots, there is truly some type of casino gaming for anyone.
The Golden Nugget claims they have over 1,200 casino machines, including video poker and slots, plus they have a specialized area for the latest and greatest slot games around. They also have popular table games including craps, mini-baccarat, roulette as well as blackjack.
Most notably about blackjack are the variety of tables, from tables with small bets to other high-stakes tables with limits of 15,000 dollars or more.
Golden Nugget’s players club is called the 24 Karat club. The membership is free and signing up is easy.
Perks of being a member of the 24 Karat club include free room nights, free meals or show tickets as well as occasional cash bonuses. Club members accumulate points from playing either slot games or table games and once established as a member in good standing, there are exclusive tournaments and other events that are for only 24 Karat club members.
The Golden Nugget, overall, is a good bet. For the person, couple or family looking for a hotel, resort and casino destination all rolled into one, there may be a few better available but the Golden Nugget is an excellent compromise, especially if the goal is to play in the casino and enjoy the resort features.
For those who prefer a better range of entertainment options, there are better casinos out there but otherwise the Golden Nugget is an excellent Las Vegas casino.