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Golden Nugget

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Melding the nostalgia of old Las Vegas with the sophistication of the city’s most extravagant landmarks, the Golden Nugget remains the treasure of Fremont Street.

This legendary hotel has witnessed it turn from a barely paved road to one of the most photographed thoroughfares in the world and finally into its most recent incarnation, the Fremont Street Experience. Through all that time, the Golden Nugget has stood as proud and priceless as the 61-pound gold nugget displayed inside the casino.

From more than 2,400 luxury rooms to the hotel’s gold-leaf facade, everything is rich with Victorian refinement and sheer elegance here. The largest resort in downtown Las Vegas only gets better with age. The Golden Nugget’s most recent addition, the upscale Rush Tower to the northwest end of the property, provides more upscale, spacious rooms to discerning travelers.

Dining at the Golden Nugget is some of the most celebrated in town, including the gourmet cuts of Vic & Anthony’s and a mouth-watering buffet that draws people by the thousands. Lillie’s Asian Cuisine offers Pan-Asian cuisine in a contemporary, yet comfortable atmosphere while Grotto boasts the feel of an Italian trattoria with its Fellini-inspired murals and regional wine list. Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar has a menu of south-of-the-border favorites along with more than 70 boutique tequilas. For hearty portions of American-style food like burgers, sandwiches, ribs and more, head to the Claim Jumper. The Chart House is the place to go for freshly caught seafood served in the shadows of a 75,000-gallon tropical fish aquarium.

The Chart House, The Buffet and the Grotto all offer views of the hotel’s crown jewel: The Tank, a 200,000-gallon aquarium that is home to marine creatures from around the world including several shark species, Southern stingrays and a variety of large game fish.The three-story pool complex features The Tank along with private cabanas, a Jacuzzi, the H2O Bar, waterfalls and an enclosed water slide that passes through the aquarium. A second pool for adults (ages 21 or older) only, The Hideout, is accessible via the third floor and boasts eight plush cabanas.

The sprawling casino floor accommodates every kind of gambler, from the neophyte to the seasoned high roller. For those with cash to spend, there is a high-limit slot salon offering VIP services including a lavish lounge and a private cashier. The semi-enclosed poker room is accented by warm, wood features and has 10 smoke-free tables, plush seating and buy-ins to daily Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments. The Golden Nugget plays a significant role in the poker world with television series such as NBC’s “Poker After Dark” and GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” filming at the hotel. There’s also a country club-style race and sports book and a four-table baccarat pit.

For a break from the high-energy casino action, settle down with a signature cocktail in the intimate atmosphere of the swanky Rush Lounge or rejuvenate with a therapeutic massage or body treatment at Spa and Salon.

Party goers will dance the night away with a fantastic view of Fremont Street at Gold Diggers nightclub. Guests can also grab a drink at the indoor/outdoor Bar 46 with a view of the Fremont Street Experience.

The Golden Nugget puts the shine in downtown Las Vegas. It’s no mistake that travel authorities like AAA and Mobil have given the hotel their highest ratings year after year. So, even though the dazzling light show of Fremont Street Experience may be just steps away from the resort, it’s the Golden Nugget that truly is the brightest attraction.

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