The classic hotel has over 2,000 luxury hotel rooms and suites, as well as a casino that measures just under 50,000 sq ft. Owned by Landry’s since 2005, the Golden Nugget was first built in 1946 and has undergone many changes and improvements since then. When Landry’s took ownership, they began a multi-million dollar renovation project in three phases.
With four towers in total, the hotel is expansive and thanks to renovations over the years, most of the décor remains modern and high quality. Many of the rooms have marble tubs and vanities, and some have floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the views of downtown Vegas and further afield. There’s a large outdoor pool with a three-story waterslide, which takes guests through a secured shark tank. The hotel doesn’t charge a resort fee to guests.
The Room & Suite Selection
The Golden Nugget is essentially made up of four towers – the Rush Tower, the Carson Tower, the Gold Tower and the Spa Tower. The Rush Tower is the newest and most luxurious of the lot. It opened in late 2009 and boasts larger rooms, some of which have good views of the strip, the Spring Mountains and the hotel’s pool. Guests who want to be right in the center of the action might want to choose the Gold Tower, which is located just off the casino floor.
As with any Las Vegas hotel, the rates vary depending on the time of year and the day of week you’re staying, but it is possible to find rooms for under $50 per night at the Golden Nugget.
One Bedroom Parlor Suites (Gold Tower) – Parlor Suite guests will enjoy VIP check in services. Each suite has a separate bedroom and living room, as well as a wet bar. Note: parties are not allowed in the suites at Golden Nugget. Expect to pay at least $220 per night depending on the season and day of the week.
One Bedroom Spa Suites (Spa Tower) – Each suite in the Spa Tower measures about 1,200 sq ft stretching across two floors. Features include a whirlpool tub, luxury décor including plush couches and double doors, a wet bar and a machine for shoe shines. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can enjoy views of downtown and the hotel’s pool (but note that pool view rooms cost more). Rates start at about $500 per night.
Deluxe Rooms (Carson Tower) – The Carson Tower was formerly named the South Tower, but has been renamed and renovated. The deluxe rooms feature marble bathrooms with separate vanity areas, and depending on the time of year or day of the week, rates can be very low (approximately $40 and up per night).
Deluxe Rooms (Gold Tower) – The standard rooms in the Gold Tower are modern and provide easy access to the hotel’s casino. They include all expected hotel amenities, with rates usually from $70 and up. Rooms with a pool view cost more.
Deluxe Rooms (Rush Tower) – The most modern of the towers, the Rush Tower offers deluxe rooms with all the luxury hotel amenities you’d expect for your stay in Vegas. Rates start at around $80 per night.
Junior Corner Suite (Rush Tower) – Starting at about $100 a night depending on the season, these suites offer true luxury with a corner location meaning guests will enjoy great views of the area.
Gold Club Suites (Rush Tower) – These modern hotel rooms have leather sofas, oversized bath tubs, marble vanities, luxury bedding and more. By staying in one of these rooms, guests also gain access to special privileges including free internet, free spa/fitness passes, free turn-down service, bottled water and coffee in your room and VIP check in. Rates can be as low as $120 per night.
Gold Club Suites (Gold Tower) – Found on the 16th and 17th floors of the Gold Tower, these modern suites are very similar to their counterparts in the Rush Tower but perhaps a little bit smaller. Main features including oversized tubs with Raintree showers, and rich wood and leather décor.
The Restaurant Options
Vic & Anthony’s – Originally from Houston, this restaurant is regularly named among the top 10 steakhouses in the USA. Meals options include steak, lobster and more, and the service and wine list are excellent. It’s open every day from 5pm to 11pm.
Chart House – This seafood (and steak) restaurant at the Golden Nugget has a 75,000 gallon aquarium inside. The restaurant serves food from 11.30am every day, closing at 10.30pm on Sundays, 11pm from Monday to Thursday and 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour at the bar is Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm.
Grotto – Grotto is the in-house Italian restaurant at Golden Nugget. It has an inviting atmosphere making it great for groups or couples. The authentic Italian menu includes homemade pasta, fresh antipasti, and entrees with chicken, veal and fish. It’s open until 10.30pm from Sunday through Thursday (with the pizza oven and bar staying open until midnight), and it’s open until 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays (with the pizza oven and bar staying open until 1am).
Lillie’s Asian Cuisine – Enjoy all sorts of Asian cuisine at this restaurant including Cantonese, Szechwan and Teppanyaki. It is open every day from 5pm to midnight.
Red Sushi – For traditional Japanese cuisine, guests can visit Red Sushi located inside the Golden Nugget hotel. Alongside the extensive menu, there is a variety of Japanese beer and sake available. It’s open until 11pm every night.
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar – This bar and restaurant offers tasty Mexican food (including take out for those who want to eat in their rooms) and over 70 tequila selections. There are also 80 oz beer towers for guests’ enjoyment. It’s open until 1am every day apart from Sunday, when it closes at midnight. It also serves Mexican breakfast dishes on weekends.
Claim Jumper – Classic American food is on offer at Claim Jumper like burgers, sandwiches, ribs, seafood and salads. There’s also an extremely decadent chocolate cake with six layers for dessert. It’s open 24 hours a day.
Buffet – With live cooking stations and no limit on the size of your portions, this buffet is a great choice for anyone with a big appetite. On weekdays it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and on weekends it’s open for brunch and dinner. Swimwear is not allowed and men must wear shirts with sleeves.
The Grille – Open until late every night, the Grille is a good place to stop off for a quick bite including sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and other fast food dishes.
Starbucks – Conveniently located in the Carson Tower, Starbucks is open from 5am to 10pm daily. There’s another location in the Fremont Street Experience nearby that’s open 24 hours a day.
Drinking and Gambling
Rush Lounge – With live music and exclusive table service for VIPs, this lounge is a great choice for a few drinks. It’s open until 2am daily or 4am on weekends.
Gold Diggers – For a true Vegas party, go to Gold Diggers. With cocktails, views of Fremont Street, DJ music and bottle service available, this is a popular spot at the Golden Nugget. Doors opens at 9pm from Wednesday through Sunday.
H2O Bar at the Tank – Located next to the hotel’s pool (named The Tank) this is a relaxed and easygoing outdoor bar open until 2am every day.
Claude’s Bar – Right in the middle of the casino, this bar is open 24 hours a day and includes big TV screens showing many major sporting events.
Ice Bar – Found in the lobby at the Golden Nugget hotel, the Ice Bar serves cocktails and other beverages until 2am daily.
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar – With over 70 varieties of tequila and other drinks like margaritas and beer too, this is a good spot for a party.
Casino – The Golden Nugget casino has won numerous awards over the years for its casino. It has hundreds of slots including progressive slots with big jackpots, modern slots with themes like Batman and Michael Jackson and penny slots for those who want to make their money last a longer time. Guests will also be able to play popular table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette and others. There’s also a poker room that is suitable for experienced players and beginners. Free lessons are available on request for those who are new to casino games.
The 24K Select Club was launched in 2015. This rewards program gives guests the chance to earn points/credits based on their casino play. Select rewards can be redeemed for food/purchases at the hotel. Slot points can be redeemed for free play on slot games. Tier credits allow guests to earn more credits as they move higher up into the tiers and gain exclusive benefits as a result. The four tiers in order are 24 Karat, Premier, Chairman and Elite.
Other Amenities & Things To Do
Pool – Heated all year long, this $30 million complex includes a pool, hot tub, bar, shark tank, waterslide (three stories high), and private poolside cabanas.
Shopping – There’s a limited amount of shopping available from within the Golden Nugget hotel, and other shops nearby. Shops inside the hotel include d’Oro (a jewelry store in the Rush Tower lobby), Nineteen Forty-Six (a fashion store in the Rush Tower), Style + Trend (a men’s and women’s clothing store), and The Chocolate Box (a gift store with all types of chocolate products).
Spa & Salon – Golden Nugget is home to a full-service salon offering manicures, pedicures, hair treatments and more, as well as an extensive spa including a gym and sauna. Treatments start daily at 8am, and the facility is open from 6am to 8pm. It’s strongly advised to book ahead for spa and salon services.
Show – Like nearly all Vegas hotels, the Golden Nugget has plenty of entertainment on offer. There are two venues – the 600-seat Showroom and the 1,200-seat Grand Event Center. 52 Fridays offers a diverse lineup of talent every Friday night at 8pm, all year long. Check the schedule to see what’s coming up when you arrive at the hotel. Singer, entertainer and impressionist Gordie Brown has a show every day at 7.30pm apart from Mondays and Fridays.
Shark Tank Tours – Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Shark Tank at the Golden Nugget. Tickets cost $30 per person and tours start at 3.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fremont Street Experience – Thanks to this hotel’s location right on Fremont Street, guests can easily enjoy the entertainment, dining, drinking and shopping options in the neighbourhood. On Fremont Street, there’s a huge canopy that has an impressive light and video show.
To get in touch with the Golden Nugget call them at 1-702-385-7111 for any questions.
- Excellent central location right in the heart of Old Vegas
- Room rates are very affordable even for weekend traveler
- Food and drinks are fairly cheap compared to other hotels
- Rooms can be outdated and lacking in certain modern amenities
- The hotel can be very loud since it’s directly on Freemont St
- Hotel in general is a little run down, some might say it has character