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What to expect at the GN

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by celticnoel79, Jul 28, 2015.

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  1. celticnoel79

    celticnoel79 Low-Roller

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    So we're staying at the GN for part of this trip, we've always stayed exclusively on the strip but fancied a little change, what would be the main differences with staying downtown as opposed to the strip? How is the GN buffet? Are the rooms decent? What's the vibe like in the poker room? We're looking forward to relaxing at the pool this trip also, can 'relaxing' be done here? Lol our last trip to PH was party mad which was good but I like to chill at the pool also, cheers
     
  2. ExVegasLocal

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    I've stayed there many times over the years, including a couple of weeks ago. Rooms in the Rush Tower are nice - very comfortable. But be sure to ask for the south side of the tower if you don't want to hear the Fremont Street bands until 1:30 am every morning. I have always found the buffet to be very good. It has a large variety of fresh choices. The pool is beautiful, but WAY overcrowded. Even though swimming is not allowed until 9:00 am, lounge chairs are claimed at 7:00 am and there is not a single inch between them. They are packed in like sardines. For $40, you can reserve a chair at the Hideout pool, but there is no shade and it's not a good value, IMO. After staying at the GN, we moved to Red Rock. The rooms are nicer, the gambling is better, the food choices abound, and the pool is sublime.

    I guess it depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a party, you'll find it at the GN. If you intend to get any sleep or find any peace at the pool, I'd go elsewhere. I'll still use the GN as my choice downtown, but unless they comp me room + F&B, I'm over it.
     
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    kboltwkreations Low-Roller

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    GN is the best place to stay downtown. Great restaurants! The buffet is decent but there are so many other great options to choose from we always go with something else. Grotto and Caddilac Grill are both great!
    The pool is a madhouse most days. Its a VERY small pool complex compared to the ones on the strip. I would not recommend the Hideout it is HOT up there and nothing special in my opinion. We always have fun at the pool but usually have a cabana so dont have to worry about the crowds and saving chairs.
    Rooms are great, we like the gold tower rooms the best because they are closer to the main casino, but have also stayed in the Rush Tower and it is very nice.
    Best Bloody mary downtown is at the Chart House bar over in the rush tower!
    We love the GN and stay there at least once per year. It is always pretty crowded though due to the easy access from Fremont street.
     
  4. celticnoel79

    celticnoel79 Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the responses guys much appreciated :peace:
     
  5. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    With regard to downtown, all the casinos are close to each other, not like walking from Encore to Harrahs.

    I find that to be the most pleasant thing.
     
  6. Sue24

    Sue24 High-Roller

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    Tight slot machines, if you are into playing them.
     
  7. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    Get to the pool early, it fills up fast. I posted a TR about a recent downtown stay with some helpful tidbits of info with lots of pics.

    Enjoy your trip, the GN is great. I always stay in a Rush Tower room and have never been disappointed.
     
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    We picked GN largely based on the pool, but its looking like we might not get the swim time we'd hoped for :/
     
  9. MikeOPensacola

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    They have another pool called "The Hideout Pool" that does not get too crowded BUT there is a fee.

    If you get to the regular pool by 10:00 AM you should be OK. You can also stop by when the pool area opens up, before swimming is allowed, and get some towels and save some spaces for a couple of hours until you are ready for the pool. I did this a couple of times after breakfast and it worked like a champ.

    Have fun!!!
     
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    The buffet is unremarkable due to the lack of competition downtown. For breakfast it is tied with Main Street Station and well ahead of Fremont. With a 2 for 1 coupon it is a value, otherwise it is a buffet.
     
  11. Sipsey

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    Poker room is pretty nice and reasonably friendly.
    Last time I was there was two years ago, so I hope it still is.
    I don't recall ever eating there, as it seemed there
    Are lower priced options everywhere else downtown.
    Try the triple 7 brewpub at Main Street station. I
    Always go at least once per trip if possible.
     
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