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Plaza or Golden Nugged for Mint 400 weekend

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Wifarmer, Jan 15, 2015.

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  1. Wifarmer

    Wifarmer Tourist

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    4 of us will be in town from March 12-15th for the Mint 400 race and plan to stay downtown. We generally stay on the strip (NYNY, Hard Rock, Strat, Excal, Riv) more of the mid to cheap properties. We do generally spend a night downtown and while not fall down drunk (and 40-ish) we are the type of people to stay by the main stage till it shuts down. We've narrowed it down to either the Plaza or Nugget. Nugget simply for the fact that everyone says it's the best of down town, or the Plaza because it's been recently remodeled and can be had for about $125 less per couple. So, question is, does the price difference warrant staying at the Plaza or should I just pony up and get the Nugget? In hotel amenities (gambling, eating, etc..) don't mean much since all of downtown is just a 30 second walk away. Gambling rewards are also a non factor. I just want a nice room. Doesn't need to be glamorous, or have a huge bathroom, just a nice place to sleep and shower. That weekend will be crazy busy so one concern is how easy it will be to park the car, get checked in, and have non smoking rooms available, not a mile long check in line, etc. We'll be doing some driving in and out of town so decent access to a parking garage would be a bonus.

    Any feedback will be appreciated!!!
     
  2. warpdrvr

    warpdrvr Low-Roller

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    While we have never stayed at the GN, everyone says it's the most "strip like" hotel downtown. We have stayed at Plaza twice and have been pleased with the rooms we have gotten. Since all you are looking for is a nice room, the Plaza could fit the bill for you. The rooms are nice, and comfortable beds. Good in room free wi-fi as well. I can't say what the north tower rooms are like, but the south tower rooms are nice sized with the exception of the bathroom. It's remodelled, but small. Depending on the time you will be checking in, there could be a long line to check in. Both times we have been there we have checked in around noon and the line was only 2 or 3 people deep. I think it has good ingress and egress, the driveway puts you right onto Main st. Oh, and the parking and valet are free if staying there. I'm more about value, so I'd save the $125 for other things rather than stay at GN.

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
  3. nklosterman

    nklosterman Tourist

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    Have you considered giving the D a look? I just came back from my I think 4th stay there and it's a decent place. I've stayed at the Nugget a few times too and while the rooms at the Nugget are nicer I find that the casino and atmosphere at the D is a bit more to my liking. The rooms at the D are pretty decent, I been going to Vegas for 30 consecutive years and more than once a year for many of them, never stayed on the strip. Always downtown except for a couple stays at Sam's town and a night at the Rio. Downtown is like my home away from home....
     
  4. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    Given your parameters, it's the Plaza you want... it's not even close.
    In my opinion, the added value/luxury/"strip-feel" one realizes from the Nugget is not worth the price premium one pays to get it.
    The walk from a Carson Tower room to, say, the Fremont [STRIKE]is[/STRIKE] takes longer than the walk from a South Tower room at the Plaza to the Fremont.

    Check-in lines? The few times I've stayed at the Nugget? Long (as in 10-15 minute wait).
    The several times I've stayed at the Plaza? Short (as in never more than 5 minutes).

    Ignoring everything else about the rooms, I found that the beds at the Plaza were more comfortable the Carson Tower room beds. (NOTE: I've only stayed at Carson Tower, so I cannot speak to other towers of the Nugget.)

    As for getting a non-smoking room, I can only address the Plaza... I've only ever asked for smoking rooms, but twice at the Plaza, they've been out of smoking rooms & they put me in a 'non-smoking'. So, I suspect that getting a non-smoking room room will be easier than getting a smoking room!
     
    Seems like forever from now, but the flights are booked, so it counts!
  5. BlackJackLady

    BlackJackLady Low-Roller

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    Plaza gets my vote too! Casino not crowded, good service and comfortable rooms.
    GN - Fancy and nice but not worth the additional $$ unless you want a nice crowded pool.
    D - Nice rooms but the noise level in the casino is obnoxious and even at night you can hear the music in your room ( at least on the 6th floor)
     
  6. Wifarmer

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    Well, thanks for all your replies but I found GN carson tower rooms on sale. Actually got it cheaper than the Plaza. I'm sure eithe way it'll be a great weekend!!
     
  7. Sallymander

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    Make sure to check out the D's upcoming events for race weekend. Last year Brad Keselowski made several appearances at the D, sitting at a table on Fremont signing autographs, photos with the car, etc. Love him or hate him, it's still pretty cool that he spent so much time there for the fans. :cheers:
     
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