I was very bored with the Plaza as a casino visitor, even post-renovation, so I never thought I would stay there. But they had a good deal right before we left, so my former college roommate and I took it (he is more Strip than Downtown anyway, so it was probably better to be in a not-so-dingy downtown place). The casino was still dead (I did not play there at all), but the rooms are very nice. I would put the rooms ahead of the Golden Nugget rooms, especially for a lower price. And it is right next door to the Golden Gate, where I prefer to gamble. They have a nice, if relatively empty, bar or lounge, but it closes early. One weird thing of note -- the Plaza is apparently closed until 4 p.m. every day, including weekends. That is not to say it is actually closed, only that many of its bars, its main valet, etc. are closed until 4, and there are few tables open (slots seemed the only action during the day). I wonder how that is cost-effective, though I guess the amount of daytime traffic is not enough for a full-time staff.