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Downtown Grand vs Golden Nugget

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Beth1976, May 18, 2017.

  1. Beth1976

    Beth1976 Tourist

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    My DH and I are going to Vegas in November for a Saturday-Wednesday stay. Originally we were going to stay on the strip for the entire time, but Saturday's prices are $$$. So then I thought we could stay off strip the first night and on strip the next three, but the Sunday prices are quite pricey too which means we'd most likely stay at the Luxor for the three nights on strip.

    However, now I'm considering doing a hotel downtown the first two nights and on strip the second two. We'd stay at the Mirage the second two. The first two I'm debating between Downtown Grand or Golden Nugget. (we had planned to take a day to explore Fremont St anyways so staying downtown works for our plans anyways). Do either of those hotels clearly win out over the other? Or does anyone have suggestions for other hotels that are more of a must stay? RIght now the downtown grand is $112 (cdn) for a premium king room and the Golden Nugget is $146US for a rush tower corner room if that makes a difference for what I'm debating between. Thanks :)
     
  2. merlin

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    The downtown grand is the old lady luck that is a block away from fremont st, the casino itself is small and uncrowded, the nugget is the fanciest hotel downtown with bad gambling conditions. There are other options, i'd try the 4 queens or fremont/cal/MSS.
     
  3. sirlostalot

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    The downtown grand is a couple of blocks off of Fremont, a short walk. Better pool at GN, nearby food options about the same. If you want a better price try looking at the Rush tower deluxe rooms for the GN, nice rooms still but a bit cheaper
     
  4. Beth1976

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    Thanks for the ideas. We aren't gamblers so the casino doesn't matter to me. I'll look into the 4 Queens and Fremont
     
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    Our last several trips have been 4 night trips and we have split 2 on strip and 2 downtown. We stay in GN Rush Tower standard room and really like the rooms and the Hotel.
     
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    both have a resort fee, if you didn't already add that in. If not worried about using pool (November is iffy) look at the new rooms at Cal west wing. cheaper than GN and no resort fee
     
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    1) Lets preface this by my admission; I've never stayed at The Downtown Grand. However, there isn't a room I haven't stayed in at the Golden Nugget. The Rush Tower corner units are somewhat new, and are quite spacious and luxurious. Very comfy beds and pretty quiet.. When I stay downtown, it's my go to. The Golden Nugget rivals anything you will find on the strip. Really good restaurants, and cafes, although the buffet at the GN sucks ass (go to Main Street Station if you wanna buffet - it's best in downtown by far.) If you want strip resort type luxury at a better price, book it, you will not be disappointed. The place is always immaculate also - almost like The Wynn clean, which is a plus for a weirdo neat freak like me.

    2) Don't. Gamble. At. The. Nugget. It is terrible, and it has been discussed here ad nauseam. High table minimums, bad rules, bad paytables on VP, and the craziest tightest slots you will find anywhere. There are 5 or 6 better gaming options downtown.

    Hope this helps...
     
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  8. Beth1976

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    What is the Cal west wing?
     
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    We've stayed at both numerous times, and will be at the Downtown Grand for four nights in a couple of weeks. The DTG is more like a boutique hotel, the GN more like a strip hotel. Rooms at the GN are older (not old) but a bit fancier. The DTG is our go-to. Used to be the GN, but their $34 resort fee is outrageous for downtown (while the DTG's $23 fee is only ridiculous). We like the calm of the DTG compared with the crowded bustle of the GN.

    Rooms in either can be noisy. At the GN, we always ask for south or pool-facing. At the DTG it's west tower, west side or east (main) tower east side.
     
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    California Hotel . youtube video.
     
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    The Downtown Grand pool is fine, but in November it's probably not an issue anyway.

    We've stayed there twice, as recently as this month.

    The rooms are spotless and have plenty of space to put your belongings.

    Right next to the Mob Museum.

    An uncrowded casino is a plus in my book, not as loud or smoky.

    We love it there.
     
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    Uhhh, wait, what? Not gamblers?
     
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    You will have MUCH more counter space in the bathroom at Downtown Grand than at the Fremont.
     
  14. vegasdev

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    the west tower at the Cal has been remodeled. if you stay there ask for the west tower. on their website I believe it is listed as a premium room.
     
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    different as night and day I suppose, but i like both. DTG and GN have the best standard rooms downtown. all other hotels downtown are about equal. the GN pool is packed like sardines but probably not an issue in November. GN is stingy with room offers. DTG gives me a free night or two here and there. I have always enjoyed my stays at the DTG. the GN hotel does have a bit of an old school classy feel about it. if it is just a one time thing for 2 nights, I would just go with the cheapest. make sure you try booking directly from each website, as they may have some special offers.
     
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    I have probably stayed at GN close to thirty times over the years and always enjoyed it. I always gave them plenty of baccarat play at the black chip level and always received all the rfb I could want in return. But if you're seeking a cheap, but quality basic room I would look the four queens.
     
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    The Grand is newer, nicer and cleaner than The Nugget. The staff is very friendly where the Nugget they can get a bit uppity. The casino at the Grand is a lot less crowded, as is the pool.

    There really isn't any reason to stay at the Nugget.


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  18. todd7764

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    If you're not gamblers, easy choice: Golden Nugget. By far the nicest rooms and best food options downtown.
     
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    Depends on what is important:

    Rooms -> Golden Nugget Rush Tower. Downtown Grand Rooms are nice but the Rush Tower is nicer.

    Pool -> Downtown Grand. Golden Nugget pool is nicer only on paper. In reality it's jam packed and not relaxing. Downtown Grand's pool serve far fewer rooms and has all sorts of elbow room. No contest IMHO no matter how good the Nugget's pool looks on their website.

    Location -> Golden Nugget but only by a slim margin. Downtown Grand is literally on the next block over from Fremont St. You walk out the front door and the Fremont Hotel is directly across the street. It closer to Fremont St. than The Mirage is to either Caesar Palace or Treasure Island by a significant margin. Non factor IMHO.

    Restaurants -> Golden Nugget. Entirely depends if you care to eat where you stay. The whole downtown area is within roughly a 5 to 10 minute walking radius so it is logistically possible to stay anywhere and eat anywhere within that area without having to get a cab.

    Gambling -> Downtown Grand. No debate there. But once again, every downtown casino is within walking distance so does it really matter unless it's a matter of comps for you?

    For me, the proximity of the hotels means I only care about price, room, and pool. Everything else is not specific to where I'm staying so I don't care.
     
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    if you will have a rental car I wouldn't stay at DTG. They do not have a self-parking garage or lot. I will not hand over a rental car to a valet, because they are not responsible for what happens to that car while in their care. The rental company (and your insurance) won't consider the valet an "authorized driver" and may not cover you either. So if the valet damages the car, you could wind up with the bill.

    GN does have a garage, but it can get full on weekend nights. If you are arriving before 6pm you're probably okay for parking. After that, it could be a hassle finding a spot.

    The easiest places to self-park as a hotel guest downtown are the El Cortez (they have two garages and a guard) and Main Street Station (they have a lot and a garage). Both have rooms that are "Holiday Inn" quality (go for Tower Rooms at El Co), with the El Co aforementioned Tower Rooms being slightly nicer. Main Street Station wins hands down for the feel of the overall property, on site dining, gambling, and proximity to the Fremont Street Experience. Oh, and El Co has a resort fee, MSS does not.

    I haven't stayed at the Cal, but it is just now being remodeled, and it's attached to MSS. I suspect you may be able to use MSS parking while staying there. Can anyone confirm?