You don’t have to be a person that’s into gambling to have heard of Las Vegas. The so-called “City of Sin” is home to one of the biggest concentrations of casinos in the world. You probably know that Las Vegas features some of the most elite casino resorts of any other gambling mecca on the planet. With Las Vegas’ abundance of resorts, it can be difficult to choose the one that’ll be best for you and whoever else might tag along for the ride.
Most of the resort casinos in Las Vegas are going to be luxurious, have amazing architecture, and have a world of amenities that really separates them from your typical local hotel (or even your typical big-venue hotel in a big city).
With all of the large resorts that scream out their presence on the Strip and appear in all the movies and TV shows, it can be easy to overlook other options that might be just as nice but maybe more affordable.
When people look to plan a trip to visit Las Vegas, Downtown LV is a choice that some people don’t know even exists. Let’s briefly go into details about the Plaza Hotel and Casino in the hopes that it might be your resort of choice during your next planned trip to Las Vegas.
How the Plaza Hotel and Casino Came to Be
Before the Plaza was built, its original property was the site for the first train station in Las Vegas history that was built in 1906, more than 100 years ago. In 1940, it was replaced with a Streamline Moderne train station. This station was demolished in 1970 and replaced by the Union Plaza Hotel, which included a waiting room to be used as a station for Amtrak trains.
Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon, and Jackie Gaughan were four local Las Vegas businessman who became the first owners of the Plaza hotel and would be responsible for its open doors on July 2nd, 1971. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the original railroad station that stood where the hotel can be found.
Before the Desert Wind train route was discontinued, Amtrak made its Nevada station near the Plaza Hotel. The station and ticket windows were directly connected to the hotel, making it the only train station to be located inside of a casino in the United States. It was certainly a sight to behold and worth the trip, especially if you could take the train in then stay at the hotel!
The Barrick Gaming Corporation took over ownership of the Plaza in 2005. Around this time, the mayor, Oscar Goodman, would petition to have the hotel replaced with a scene entrance to Union Park.
That obviously didn’t happen, as we have the same Plaza Hotel standing where it has always sat. Renovations for the hotel started in 2010, and its doors would open to the public again on August 24th, 2011. Since then, the hotel has undergone several other renovations and is now an incredible place to stay and enjoy a vacation.
Amenities and Experiences
Like every hotel, there are several options available for you in terms of booking a room at the Plaza. There are the Junior Suites, Luxe Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms for you to choose between.
The Junior Suites are going to be perfect for couples wanting a great hotel choice while staying in Las Vegas without the huge cost associated with some of the more expensive rooms. They include a king-sized bed with premium bedding, a partially opened bathroom, shower, free toiletries, and a hair dryer.
For early risers and folks that need a pick-me-up, free coffee is available in any room, including the Junior Suites. They also come with a safe, a desk, and rollaway bed options upon request. There is a 32-inch TV and free Wi-Fi for people needing to check emails while on their trip in Vegas (or even for folks who want to play games on their iPad or console of choice).
Experience the unmatched combination of comfort and luxury in the hotel’s brand-new Luxe rooms. Each non-smoking room comes with one king or two queen beds with pillow top mattresses, luxury bedding, fresh, crisp triple sheeting, and plush hypoallergenic queen-sized pillows, providing a relaxing experience no matter what you’re sleeping on at home and what you’re used to.
The Luxe room is USB-friendly and includes a voice-activated Amazon Echo as your personal concierge. The Luxe room is 325 square feet, includes a 49-inch flat screen TV with premium cable channels, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, mini refrigerator, and a coffee maker. All the rooms in the hotel are equipped with walk-in showers and premium bath amenities.
The Casino Experience at the Plaza Hotel and Casino
One of the most exciting parts about visiting Las Vegas is hearing the sound of slot machines when you first walk into a casino. The Plaza is going to spark excitement with over 700 different slot machines throughout the casino.
The Plaza also brags about having the best video poker pay tables in Downtown Las Vegas, having over 100% payback. The wide variety of real money slots will ensure that you and other guests will find their favorites games to enjoy at any time of the day or night, while also opening doors into new and different slot games that you may not have even heard of.
Table games at the Plaza Hotel and Casino include blackjack, craps, roulette, double deck blackjack, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Texas Hold’em, and High Card Flush. There are many more that we don’t have time to go into. Just know that the Plaza is sure to meet your gaming needs.
The Plaza also holds the title for having the best bingo room in Las Vegas, and the only bingo room you’ll even find when staying Downtown. Not everyone loves bingo, but if you’re one of the many fans of this fun game, this is pretty much the craziest bingo game you’ll ever play. The Plaza’s 280-seat bingo room gives you the opportunity to play and hopeful leave for home with big winnings in your pocket!
Live Comedy, a Massive Pool, and an Outdoor Equestrian Center
Alongside the hundreds of different games that you can entertain yourself with, there are plenty of other amenities and options for your entertainment pleasure featured at the Plaza.
The pool at the Plaza is making some big waves in Downtown Las Vegas, with its 70,000-square-foot pool deck. There is plenty of room for you to stretch out and relax, with plenty of space between you and other hotel guests
The Comedy Works at the Plaza features a comedy hall with live stand-up comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Every week brings a completely different line-up of world-class performers who have been on Netflix, The Tonight Show, and even Comedy Central.
The CORE Arena is the very first (and only) outdoor equestrian attractions in Downtown Las Vegas. If you’ve never heard of an equestrian arena, then picture a venue that would host rodeo finals. The new locations of the CORE Arena features two outdoor arenas for roping practice and exercise during the rodeo.
There are plenty of other amenities at the Plaza Hotel and Casino that will make for an amazing stay. There are over four different restaurants to choose from, as well as a coffee bar! Grab a steak at Oscar’s Steakhouse, or swing in early to grab breakfast at Brightside Breakfast and Burgers.
Did I Leave Something Out?
I know that picking the right hotel for you or for your family can be a very difficult and overwhelming decision. With as many options as are available in Las Vegas, I hope that this short blog post will influence you to stray from the typical hotel choices that so many people flock to.
The Plaza Hotel and Casino will make for a truly unforgettable time, immersing you into the historical and classic vibes of Las Vegas that you’ll miss out on when staying on the Strip.
Have you already stayed at the Plaza and have feedback that I might have left out? Please feel free to let me know your feedback in the comment section below!