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Downtown Pools

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by dbcooper, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. dbcooper

    dbcooper Tourist

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    I have been to Vegas somewhere around 15 times ( lost count ) but have never stayed downtown. We always make a trip downtown on every trip . Have dinner, drink , gamble and cab back to the strip. We love it and I would love to stay downtown but I wonder other than the Golden Nugget which hotels have a pool as both of us love going to the pool in the mornings. How did you like the pools? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. atom

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    The Golden Nugget is ar far the nicest pool downtown. The Plaza is the only other place with even a passable pool, but theirs is nothing special.
     
  3. Candy Apple

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    The D has a small, basic pool that is open until 11:00 PM.
     
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    The Cailfornia has a roof-top pool, but it is very basic, and not heated.
     
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    Didn't the Fitz have a shamrock in the pool? If so I wonder if it's still there.
     
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    The pool at the D does not have a shamrock.
     
  7. dewey089

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    The Gold Spike pool is not as nice as the Golden Nugget, but it beats all the other downtown pools (I have not seen the new Plaza pool)
    Here is what I liked:

    It opened in the morning and was deserted.
    One November it was heated. Air was 40 degrees and I still got my morning swim.
    There is not annoying music. I can't remember if there was any music, but if there was, it was not annoying.
    I just liked the feel of the place, not as barren as the D or as small and cold as California, and at Binions I found odd hours with the pool area closed completely once due to a wedding. Also there they did have annoying music, a radio station piped in with those interruptions telling us about the free hotdogs at Walmarts if we just stop over that afternoon when Jo Jon and the Whatevers were hosting a" party." I don't go to Vegas for that. Four Queens means swimming at Binions.

    One other thing I did for a pool experience was hop the bus and go to the Stratosphere . No traffic. Easy ride. A changing area but no lockers so plan appropriately. That pool is open to anyone who wants to go. I was there on Memorial Day and they had a rapper DJ, plenty of bikinis, and interesting people to watch. Perhaps on regular days they pipe in some annoying radio. I'm not sure. Still, this was more of a full pool experience. The other downtown pools had no customers and were just for a quick swim, although at the Gold Spike was an area covered with a few inches of water so you could lay in water and relax and still get sun.

    Just a side note for the frugal folks. A stay at Imperial Palace allowed a visit to Caesar's pool. I did that a couple times. Very nice pool. I suspect most strip pools are far better than anything offered downtown. But I like an early morning swim, so they suit my needs.
     
  8. boxcars

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    I love the atmosphere of the Golden Nugget pool area. However, it's basically all I know other than the Plaza pool (which I didn't mind before staying exclusively at GN starting in 2007.) The GN pool can be extremely crowded at times which isn't fun. Right around sunset seems to be the perfect time.
     
  9. dbcooper

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    Thanks for the great info everyone, as usual this board and its posters are extremely helpful.
     
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    The GN is the greatest - and I would suggest to splurge a little and get a cabana in the Hideout pool - less crowded and you still have access to the shark tank! :)
     
  11. boxcars

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    Oh yeah... good point. I keep forgetting about the hideout pool. Very nice and well worth it just to get away from the heavier crowds.
     
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    Last year a group of us chipped in a reserved a Cabana at the GN...on the 3rd floor. All Cabana rentals give you access to the Hideout pool. It was great. We would jsut walk over to the Hideout, relax at the pool, the waitress knew all of us from the cabana and drink service was above average. We also were able to head over to the side and use that just as easily as any regular cabana.
     
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    Have they replaced Fitzgerald's Leprechaun with T-Baby?

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    I totally agree about the gold spike pool.

    very quiet and you can even get a drink at the bar inside for a reasonable price to enjoy by the pool.
     
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    Four Queens' pool

    Their pool on top of Binions is small, but I thought very nice. The water is clean. It was not crowded and the view from the roof is beautiful. There are several lounge chairs and there is an attendant on duty, so I didn't mind being up there by myself. It served my purpose of relaxing by the pool and working on my tan.
     
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