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Golden Nugget Hotel, Las Vegas

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Henderson, Nevada, United States, North America
129 E. Fremont Street
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 800 846 5336 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 385 7111's insider take:

The downtown Las Vegas core of casinos is largely a wasteland of small lowbrow properties left over from the earliest days of the city, which started here on Fremont Street. The only hotel-casino in the sector that comes close to rivaling the Strip in respectability is the Golden Nugget, with its clean (though stylistically outdated) guest rooms, its boisterous casino, and its Rush Tower. Located adjacent to the original property, the nearly 500-room Rush was built to entice the folks who normally avoid downtown with room designs and layouts similar to what you'll find on the Strip at rates in line with a downtown location. And it seems to be working: Occupancy has been holding steady since the tower's opening in 2009. Corner Junior Suites, which have a loungelike design in chocolate brown and beige tones that wouldn't be out of place in a loft or condo building, are the rooms to book. From some of them, you can fully view the Tank, an above-ground shark tank in the middle of the Nugget's pool area.—updated by David Tyda

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