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El Cortez vs Golden Nugget for August Stay

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by Necrochaos, Apr 26, 2021.

  1. Necrochaos

    Necrochaos High-Roller

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    We have 10 nights in Vegas towards the end of August. Our plans are still fluid:

    We get in late on 8/19:

    8/19 - Treasure Island (2 nights, only staying one night) for $200 in FP
    8/20-8/24 - Delano (Scenic Suite)($50 RC, $100 FP)
    8/24-8/26 - tentatively is Luxor (Pyramid Corner King, for the tub) but we might change to downtown
    8/27-8/30 - Vdara (some sweet, like the one Jer is staying in)(First time) ($50 RC, $75 FP)

    This is a tough decision for us. We've always stayed at Luxor for at least one night in our trip. If we gave it up, it would be a change. But change is good.

    We've stayed at El Co before and enjoyed our stay. She gets 3 nights and $25 food credit at El Co. We've only eaten a Seigel's once, and it wasn't great. But the rooms are night and it's quiet compared to Fremont St. Our stay last year at the D is the worst sleep I've ever gotten (we were there in Feb before the pandemic). Bass thumping until 3AM PST (6AM our time). Also being right by EvelPie for a late night slice is always a benefit :) I also love the craps crews at El Co. But I have no problem walking a block to play there.

    My wife got an offer from Golden Nugget. 3 nights and $25 in FP. We've never stayed at the Nugget. We've seen the pool and it looks nice. I worry about the noise there. Also do they have any rooms that have a tub? I like the idea of being close to GG, which I enjoy playing at. My wife does enjoy slots at GN, but I usually don't play craps there since they are higher than everyone else (most of the time, Circa might have changed that).

    If we drop Luxor, we also plan to stay one night at South Point. Cheap craps and hot dogs and more slots than my wife knows what to do with. I've never played in a poker room in Vegas, and SP might be my first. Plus we could see a movie and go bowling at night if we wanted to.

    Curious what others think of GN, the noise and a comparison to El Co.
     
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  2. Brandt

    Brandt Low-Roller

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    I don't think you will have any issues with noise at the Golden nugget. The Carson tower is the most removed from Fremont street, this is their more budget / no frills tower. The Gold Tower is closest to Fremont, although does not directly front it like 4 Queens for example. Rush tower is the nicest, although not very high end by vegas standards. Maybe comparable to Luxor rooms. These rooms do have a tub. I can't remember if the other 2 tower do.

    I like GN. Like you i don't gamble at their tables much but it is short hop out the door to Fremont or 4 queens.

    Note: 6 nights on the very far south end of the strip seems like a lot.

    I have never stayed at El CO but like the casino, it is a little separated from the other casinos downtown.
     
  3. kkinwi

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    I have stayed in all GN towers and have always had a tub. The Gold tower rooms can be noisy (the north end overlooks the canopy) and the non pool side overlooks the event center. I like Carson for the quiet, and don't mind the walk to the casino (goes past the pool). Rush is very nice, but I'm not always comped those rooms.
     
  4. shermanleroy

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    Rush tower is very nice and you can request the quiet side as one side of that tower can be very loud from Fremont St.
    They have a large separate bathroom with a big tub but they are a bit hard to get into as it's high up.
    Very comfortable beds.
     
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    They have some 'semi accessible' rooms in the Rush Tower (xx204) from memory, and the tub sides are slightly lower.

    The flipside is that the whole bathroom is open plan with sliding doors, rather than a separate water closet.
     
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  6. SoCalMon

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    last stay end of january, stayed at golden nugget gold tower and I loved it. Has chairs and a table to bring up your take outs, beds comfortable, quiet for sleeping. Also the closest to the casino. Easy to go up and down. BTW make sure the doors are properly shut when you get into your room each time and lock it. Majority of hotel doors dont shut al the way unless you shut all the way yourself and make sure by pushing on it to make sure.
     
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    You can’t go wrong with El Con rooms ... just make sure you get a Tower Room. If so, you’re good. Yes, Siegel’s is hit or miss. But table games are solid, along with 2-for-1 happy hour at Parlour Bar.
     
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  8. Necrochaos

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    Do any of the GN rooms have a separate run not a tub/shower combo?
     
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    There is a Jnr suite in the Rush Tower that has one, and I think it's called the 'East End Suite'.
     
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    @Necrochaos I'll second what everyone's said.

    I like El Cortez for the remodeled rooms (feels more like an apartment) and quiet. The drawback is I feel more confined there than I do on Fremont, especially for food. Also don't care to wear the wristbands 24/7.

    Golden Nugget is great as long as you get Rush Tower (just asking nicely at the desk may get you the upgrade if they're empty). It's in the back and really quiet, and I love being able to walk the back way to Golden Gate.

    You could always do both!


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  11. FuzzyDiceCraps

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    I really need to get to El Co. Every trip I say I'm going to and then I just stick to the usual grinds. I even walk down to Le Thai at least once, so I'm right there and never go.

    And that's why as much as I would love the craps and feel of El Co I could never stay there. It would be too far for me to keep hoofing back and forth to Fremont, especially since I tend to get sloppy drunk and dont' want to wander those parts alone, drunk, late at night.

    So for me, even though I'm not a huge fan of GN I would stay there and then have easy access to Golden Gate, the D, QQQQ Binions and DTG, all with cheap craps.
     
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    This is a strange question and hard to answer for more than one reason.
    1. You're staying at 4 different hotels on a ten day trip? You'll spend hours packing and unpacking. If you've earned comps at all these places, maybe you should concentrate on just one and you'll probably get full RFB for future trips - heck you'll probably get airfare thrown in!
    2. Comparing ElCo and the GN is like comparing a Yugo to a BMW! Go for what you like, and what comfort level you like - I don't think any of us can possibly make an informed decision. Both hotels have their plusses and minuses, but they aren't comparable.
    3. Your other hotels are all over the place in terms of quality as well, so we can't infer anything from that.

    Good luck, have fun, write a trip report!
     
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  13. Necrochaos

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    Understood. We can't get rooms for 10 days at on place comped, so we bounce around between her comps and mine. She likes to stay in places that have tubs, as our apartment has a very small tub.

    We liked our last stay at El Co, but were curious about GN. Personally, I don't care about the room, as I spend more time on the casino floor than in the room. The wife does like to stay at nicer places. But if we start losing our comps, we'll go back to paying for cheap rooms.
     
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    To each his/her own... I've stayed at GN 3 times over the years...always in Carson tower... I've stayed at the El-Co 3 times as well.
    I happen to like the El-Co rooms better than the rooms I've had at GN.
    So, I'd say it's more like comparing a Chevy truck to a Ford truck.... or a Kia to a Hyundai... Firebird to Camaro...you get the drift.

    GN has the very-real advantage of having some really good restaurants on site...so there is that.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your help. We reaced out to my wife's host. We are staying at El Co for three nights in a King Premium high floor strip view!
     
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    We stay @ GN & Gamble @ El Cortez
     
  17. vegas superfan

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    It doesn't take hours to unpack and repack if you never unpack to begin with.
     
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    I've never understood unpacking in a hotel room.
     
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    GN. Stay there many years back and enjoyed it. Never stayed at the El Cortez the played there many times. That might be more of a value play on the tables and slots then the GN
     
  20. vegas superfan

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    I am in hotel 3 out of 4 on my current trip. Took me 30 seconds to "unpack" my toiletries and put them in the bathroom. Might take me 45 seconds to repack them to move to hotel # 4 tomorrow