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The Cal Room/Tower?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by ValerieJo, Aug 23, 2013.

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  1. ValerieJo

    ValerieJo Low-Roller

    Jun 8, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    After reading through a few theads. It seems as though the West Tower is newer and updated. Is this correct? Also, if I'm looking at the pictures correctly, the West Tower faces the railroad tracks by Main Street Station. Is this right? Will I be able to hear the trains like at MSS?

    For those that have stayed at the Cal, what would be your room requests/recommendations?

  2. northerngirl

    northerngirl High-Roller

    Jul 3, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    We just got back from The Cal (our home away from home for the past five years or so). Yes, you are correct that the west tower is the newer of the two.

    As mentioned in my trip report, my son and I each stayed in the west tower facing MSS and the railroad tracks. He was on the 16th floor and I was on the 22nd. He was able to get a great free Internet connection, and I got nothing. However, I was able to access the free wifi when at the pool, which is on the 13th floor. Obviously, next year I will request a lower floor.

    Regarding train noise....if I happened to be in the room during the day, I did hear them. However, I never noticed them during the evening hours.

    I have stayed in both towers and both have easy access to the casino. However, we prefer the west tower as we do use the pool and then we don't have to sneak through the casino in our swimwear and scare folks to get to the west tower. Also from the west tower, we like the quick access to the skywalk to go to MSS.

    Hope this helps!
  3. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

    Oct 5, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    You are mostly correct, the west tower is the newer tower (also has a bigger bathroom too). the west tower is fronting main street and is the closer tower to the train tracks.

    You need to be aware that there are rooms in the west tower that face west (facing the train tracks) and rooms that also face east. The east facing rooms look into the california east tower. there are big fans between the two towers and can get noisy if you are on a low floor.

    When staying at the cal I usually ask for the west tower with a room facing west (no fun facing east because most rooms have no view except for the east tower). I also ask for a higher floor so the street (and train) noise isn't as loud.

    As for the train noise, the tracks are about 2 blocks away, I think you will hear the main street traffic noise (ambulances, loud trucks etc.) below more than the noise from the trains. Yes, if you get close to the window you may hear some of the train noise but IMHO the noise from the trains is minimal. At MSS, the train tracks are close to the building and so probably louder than at the Cal.

    Just FYI, the west tower floors start at the 1st floor, then the mezzanine and then floor 13, which is the same floor as the pool. Floor 13 is actually the 3rd floor and the 22nd floor is only the 12th floor of the building. the west tower building is only 15 or so floors high but to eliminate confusion between towers they have floors 1 - 12 as the east tower and 13 - up as the west tower. :wave:

    I know that others like MSS better but I like the Cal and their rooms better than MSS. more convenient to get to the rooms, closer to the FSE and I like the bigger bathrooms at the Cal West tower. those bathrooms are complete, with tub, vanity area and toilet all in one room (see tripadvisor pics http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g45963-d91763-Reviews-California_Hotel-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html - pictures 19, 23 and 34). at the MSS, the vanity area I think is outside the tub and toilet (see tripadvisor pics http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g45963-d91885-Reviews-Main_Street_Station_Hotel_Casino-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html - pictures 55, 69 and 114). At the MSS you have to walk all the way to the back of the hotel to get to the elevators, then take the elevators up and walk to your room, kind of a pain if you were on fremont street walking back to your room. Not too inconvenient but probably a few minutes longer to get to your room IMHO.
  4. jimboguy

    jimboguy My sloppy joe is all sloppy and no joe.

    Nov 15, 2010
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I stayed in the East Tower my last trip (the tower whose elevators are near the Buddah statue). I spotted a dead cockroach on the floor near the bathroom sink. Housekeeping didn't ever remove it. I had to call the front desk and they sent maintenance to do it.
    (Yes, I am a pansy who was too much of a whiner to dispose of it myself. I fully admit that).

    Other than that, the rooms in this tower are fine and I would certainly stay again. However, I prefer the other tower because the rooms are a little newer and their elevators are much closer to the mezzanine connection to MSS, which is the home of my favorite places: 777 Brew Pub and Boar's Head Bar.
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