Hailed as Las Vegas’ “Most Historic Hotel,” the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in downtown has stood the test of time and then some.
Since opening as the Hotel Nevada in 1906, this corner establishment has stood placidly at One Fremont Street while the city — and the world — changed around it. Most notably, Fremont Street Experience with free light shows and special events was built right outside its doors.
In step with the revitalization spreading throughout downtown Las Vegas, the Golden Gate underwent a major expansion not too long ago. A stunning lobby exhibits items from the hotel’s notable past — things like a Kellogg telephone and ledgers from 1907. There’s a high-limit gaming area in a nook just off the enlarged casino floor, which was also refurbished with new carpeting. The bathrooms have been redone, and silhouettes of either a gangster or flapper make them easy to find.
Also in the casino, guests will encounter the resort’s signature “dancing dealers” from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. The Bar Prohibition! in the casino is the place to go for a cocktail. With a classic speakeasy vibe, it boasts having once served Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The One Bar with its bikini-clad and flair bartenders is also a great gathering spot located outside on Fremont Street.
Very little has changed to compromise the Golden Gate’s old school charm. The décor elements harken back to the Roaring ’20s or the Rat Pack era, while the latest technology has been utilized to bring the hotel into modern times. The existing 106 rooms have all been updated and now include hip amenities like 32-inch flat-screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers, pillow-top mattresses and iHome clock radios.
The hotel has opened a five-story tower that is home to 16 luxury suites, including two penthouses that cover the fifth floor. It also features a porte cochère for valet parking and the hotel’s exterior has contemporary pinstripe lighting accents.
The Golden Gate offers the best of both worlds. Guests can enjoy the intimate atmosphere of a historic boutique hotel and then step outside the front doors into the heart of the action in downtown Las Vegas.