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Golden Nugget VS Plaza

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by tola_dk, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. tola_dk

    tola_dk Tourist

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    Hi All

    I'm currently planning our return to Vegas this August.:banana:
    We will be staying for aprox. 10 days, stating the 13. or 14. depending on when we can get the cheapest flight.
    The Plaza is currently going for ~450$ 14-25. aug. and Golden Nugget Carson Room is ~750$ for the same period.

    What speaks for The Plaza is the lower price at the recently renovated rooms, the downside is the small bathroom.
    The Nugget is a bit more expensive but i would think that the bathroom is a bit bigger.

    Both places have no resort fee, but charges 13 bucks a day for wireless internet.

    Last year we stayed at Tropicana and found the room to be really nice, so we are by no way "room snobs", but since this is quite a long stay we do want some space and comfort.

    What room would you choose?

    Bonus Info: I've just signed up for the Landry Select card so that i can try to get the complimentary upgrade in case we choose to stay at The Nugget.
    We are by no way big gamblers so comps shouldn't be factored in.

    Tobias
     
  2. Candy Apple

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    I'm indecisive myself and have even tried deciding between these two hotels previously; however, the price difference wasn't THAT much. For $300.00 less I'd stay at the Plaza.
     
  3. Mango68

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    Depends on what you want..

    We stayed at the GN earlier this year and loved it..we are returning in early August and had debated staying at the Plaza this time for something different. However, we like some time at the pool during the day and the GN wins in this department hands down. I haven't been able to verify if they even have a bar at the pool at the Plaza. If the pool isn't an issue for you, I'd say save the 300 bucks. Have fun!
     
  4. Joe Strummer

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    Just a suggestion ---
    10 days Downtown is too long for me.
    Why not split it up by staying on The Strip or
    off strip ?
    Either way, I wish I had 10 days in VEAS !!!!!:nworthy:
     
  5. sammasseur

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    Of the two, I'd take the savings and request a South Tower room at PLAZA. It was very quiet and the room was quite large. We stayed there for a lengthy period in February and it truly felt like home, yet everything we wanted to do was a short walk away. It was nice to have the garage and gym right off the same elevators as the room, and the third level was a nice place to get some quiet and space. Nugget is definitely fancier, but also very crowded and frequently hectic. That can get tired after a few days..
     
  6. mjamesp

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    I'd take the Nugget minus the $300. The 10 day length would drive me to the nicest property I could afford. As far as the property, the Plaza will be 2nd to the Nugget in every area. Maybe the machines and VP are tighter at the Nugget. The employees at the Plaza have been real friendly.

    My biggest concern with the Nugget is the size of the sports book. I wish it were at least twice as big.

    Full disclosure; I'm staying 2 nights at the Plaza and 2 at MSS on comp offers in August.
     
  7. C0usineddie

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    I like both places but the problem I see with your stay is the length.

    The plaza rooms dont have that much storage for clothes. GN has it beat hands down in that respect.

    The gn rooms are alspo nicer.

    If it were me i would split the trip 1/2 downtown at the plaza and 1/2 on the strip somewhere. just a thought.
     
  8. Marky147

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    I'd probably split the trip too, I'm doing the same myself this summer 1/2 strip and 1/2 downtown. I've got 9 Nights in the Rush Tower and then moving up to the Palazzo for a week.

    I spend a bit of time in the room when I'm in Vegas, so having the nicer one for me is always worth the extra cost. I also only go once a year as opposed to every few months and for that reason I don't mind splashing out a bit :)

    I've stayed at the Nugget before and really enjoyed it, I like the fact things are closer together than the strip and the pace is a lot more laid back. From what I saw of the Plaza when I went to eat there it was nice, I can't comment on the other aspects though as I'm not in the know.

    For the internet problem, you could probably get a dongle which would last the 10 days for about $60. I got one a couple years back and it lasted me almost a month for $80.
     
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  9. tola_dk

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    Thanks for the reply's.

    Regarding splitting the trip up and staying at two hotels. We have thought about getting a really nice room on the strip for the first couple of days, and then move downtown. The major concern with this plan is the unpacking and packing and unpacking again.
    The other thing is that rooms on the strip is a bit more expensive than downtown, and when you are looking at 2500usd for airfair for two persons the amount left for hotels isn't that big.

    Do any of you know if it will be likely that we would get the complimentary upgrade at the Nugget when our stay is so long, or are they gonna be "out of rooms"?

    Tobias
     
  10. sammasseur

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    Whenever I've been upgraded, it has only been on very short stays (if the upgrade was free and requested at check-in). It's unlikely for them to turn over a higher-income-potential room for a lengthy period of time. If you're considering a split, it would be more economical to stay on the strip during the weekdays and downtown on weekends, to get the best prices overall. Imperial Palace is obscenely inexpensive right now with the renovation going on, so you might be able to get a nicer room there for less than a night at Nugget (all things being relative).
     
  11. makikiboy

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    As others have said, it will all be up to you. If you want to save some $$ then stay at the plaza, especially if you don't stay in your room a lot. If you like to stay in your room more or want amenities then the GN rooms would be nicer and larger with a larger bathroom.

    I wouldn't let the casino machines or tables be a factor, downtown casinos are so close it is so easy to go outside and play elsewhere, especially if you don't play for comps.

    As you mentioned, the strip rates are higher than downtown rates but then again you can always rent a car to get around if you want to go elsewhere. I've done 10 days at one place and also split my 10 days with 2 hotels, not a big problem for me either way but it's easier to stay at one place, then you don't have to worry about the packing and unpacking and checking out and check in elsewhere.

    Not sure about the GN upgrades so can't help you there.
     
  12. Marky147

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    I really don't mind the packing unpacking and it's not that much of a hassle. I'm guessing you're from Denmark so have to do the super long flights like me every year and I feel your pain on the cost as mine was $1.5k too :vomit:

    I always split my hotels every year and I think it makes the holiday that much better for me too. I know it's one trip, but moving to a new hotel is almost like starting the holiday again and an hour to pack up before you move is not too much hassle.

    Like makikiboy said, if you can book the strip in the week the rooms will be cheaper and you can also get some great deals too most of the time with Harrahs properties. I myself never get any comps/offers as I don't put any time in gambling the tables unless I'm drunk :evillaugh


    I know the Landrys card is meant to be something that can give you a shot at an upgrade at the Nugget. I've got one myself but I'm in a jr suite this year anyway so don't think. If you're booking a gold/carson then you have a better chance I'd imagine for sure.
     
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    Would definitely choose Golden Nugget. Even though Plaza has been reno'd, I heard that it is still not as nice as GN. Plus, the Landry's card will definitely help!!!

    If you do get upgraded with the Landry's card, please let us know how it turns out!!! :)
     
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    The rooms are very nice.

    brand new,clean,in room safe and even a nice pool.

    we have stayed there 3 times since the renovations and returning there again in a couple of weeks.

    we spend very little time in the room so as long as it is clean and bed is comfy we are happy and saving money is great also.
     
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    Which type of room at GN?
    If you are comparing Carson Tower or Gold Tower to Plaza, I'd take Plaza.

    Rush Tower or Gold Tower might be worth the extra $$.
     
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    The GN is so much nicer overall, but I don't know if I would want to pay the additional $300. Especially if the room at the GN is in the Carson tower. The rooms in the Carson tower are nice, but it is a long hike from Fremont Street to the end of the halls in the Carson Tower.
     
  18. weas

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    If you are thinking of using the Landry card to get an upgrade you need to book the Landry rate which is about $5.00-$10.00 more per night with just a hope of an upgrade.
     
  19. da1chifan

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    This is not necessarily true. While it is not "supposed" to happen, it has been seen (here and on other forums) that many have gotten upgrades with the Landry's card booking direct and through 3rd parties. I guess it depends on the clerk and if they are at capacity. Or I guess if the person is just lucky. :nworthy:

    edited to add: While upgrades with the Landry's card may happen without booking through the proper channel, they should never be thought of as a guarantee, only a "gamble". But hey, that's what we come to Vegas to do, right? ;)
     
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    Plaza is Great Choice

    Just returned from five nights at the Plaza, my third stay there since they remodeled. I think the place is a steal. I've stayed a couple of times in the Carson Tower rooms at the Golden Nugget and would choose the Plaza over those any day, especially with the rates they are currently offering. The main thing you'll be giving up is the cool pool at the Nugget, but it's always so crowded and full of kids that the water purity seems quite suspect. The Plaza has the second best pool downtown, but it's not much. Just a rectangle with lounge chairs around it and no shade at all.

    If you choose the Plaza, and if you want quiet, ask for south tower, south side, up; or, north tower, facing away from Fremont street and away from the elevators. It's really loud in the north tower facing Fremont. The band stage is right across the street and echoes off the face of the building. Also, in the north tower the elevator mechanisms are noisy for some reason. Otherwise, I really like the place. Three years ago it looked like it should be torn down. Now it's in some ways the nicest place downtown.
     
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