Located on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, NV, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino is the oldest and smallest hotel on Fremont Street. The property traces its roots back to 1905 when John F. Miller opened a temporary tent hotel, the Miller Hotel. By 1906, he finished constructing a permanent hotel building, Hotel Nevada. Inside the hotel was a fully functioning casino, which continued to operate until Nevada’s statewide gambling ban in 1909.
In 1931, gambling was legal again and the hotel and casino was back up and running under the name, Sal Sagev, which is Las Vegas spelled backwards. It wasn’t until 1955 that the hotel and casino changed its name to Golden Gate and in 1974 the official name became the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
It wasn’t until somewhat recent years that the property was renovated. First small renovations took place in 2005 and then 2012 came major renovations. The $12 million renovations included expanding the hotel tower, adding casino floor space for additional gaming, and a high limit gaming area.
Today, the casino is owned by Derek and Greg Stevens who own and operate an investment company, Desert Rock Enterprises.
This 122-room hotel and casino is one of the more unique properties you can find downtown. Its exact location on the Fremont Street Experience is directly across from The Plaza Hotel & Casino on the Main Street side, adjacent to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and across from Binion’s Gambling Hall on Fremont Street.
Like most Downtown Las Vegas casinos, the parking options are limited and few and far between. There is no parking structure associated with Golden Gate so you will have to find a nearby surface lot, which typically costs around $10-$15. There is also a parking structure at the nearby Golden Nugget. The hotel advertises free valet parking as well but it is not clear if you need to be a guest of the hotel or not, however, that is likely the case.
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The casino floor at Golden Gate is very small and loud. It is very much a party inside, with go-go dancers on the top of tables behind the dealers, a full bar directly next to the table games and a lot of locals who stop by just to grab a drink.
The floor has a small amount of table game options including Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. There are other notable table games missing such as Baccarat. Overall, the floor is decent and you can easily find $5 games running. It would not be our first choice to gamble at due to the loud atmosphere and mediocre dealers.
Unfortunately, Golden Gate does not offer baccarat on their casino floor.
One of the main games offered at Golden Gate is blackjack. You can find tables with $5 minimums, however, not all the tables are this low. The blackjack tables at Golden Gate pay 3:2, and you can also find Super 4 and Free Bet blackjack games running from time to time.
Golden Gate has one of the better craps games relative to all the other Downtown Las Vegas casinos. With $5 minimums and 10x odds, craps at Golden Gate would be one of our first choices if we were to choose which table game to play on their casino floor.
Roulette can also be found on the casino floor at Golden Gate. Bet minimums start at $5 and typically the max is $1,000.
Golden Gate offers a few other tables games, but again, their selection is still limited compared to other casinos especially those located on the strip.
– Let It Ride
– Three Card Poker
– Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Despite the limited table game selection, you can find a high limit area at Golden Gate. The most popular game running is typically blackjack, and you can expect to find $50 minimums on each table.
In the summer of 2017, Golden Gate announced they were looking to increase the number of slot machines by 100. This would put the total count close to 500 gaming machines. If you are looking to play at Golden Gate, you will find a good mix of traditional favorites such as Wheel of Fortune or Monopoly, along with additional classic and modern slot titles. Limits started at a penny and went up to $1 with $0.10, $0.25, and $0.50 in between.
Even though there is a high limit area for table games, Golden Gate does not have a high limit slot area on their casino floor.
Video poker at Golden Gate is severely lacking. There are only a handful of areas within the casino with machines, and the game variety is slim compared to most casinos downtown and on the strip. Wager amounts across the games range from $0.25 to $5. As is the case with slots and table games, if you play video poker you will likely receive comp drinks.
There is no active poker room at Golden Gate.
Unlike other casinos directly nearby, such as the Golden Nugget, Golden Gate does not have a sportsbook inside the casino.
The following list is the room options available at Golden Gate.
– Standard Guest Rooms
– Golden Gate Suites
As we indicated earlier, the Golden Gate is a very small hotel. Thus, it is no surprise there are limited options when it comes to room choices. The basic room option is their standard guest room, which comes equipped with either one or two beds, a flat-screen TV, and basic amenities like a room safe and ironing kit. The standard rooms are pretty affordable, you can typically get a night for under $100 depending on the time of year.
The suites and penthouse rooms, on the other hand, are a bit more expensive as they range from about $150 to $700 per night. Inside the suites, you will find a bed with living room furniture and enough space to enjoy a prolonged stay. The penthouse rooms encompass the entire fifth floor of the hotel, and there are only two to choose from. Inside the penthouse rooms are two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, three large TVs, and living room furniture.
The resort fee at Golden Gate is $25 per night and will enable you to access the WiFi and use the landline telephone. Check-in starts at 3pm and check-out is at 12pm.
One downside of the hotel at Golden Gate is that there is no spa or fitness center available. They are simply catering to guests who merely need a room.
Another point to consider is that Golden Gate does not offer any dining options. It is safe to assume this Downtown Las Vegas casino is all about the party atmosphere and gambling that takes place on the casino floor.
And while there is no entertainment offered by the hotel inside, all you have to do is step outside to enjoy the Fremont Street Experience. Often times, there are live bands, street performers, and many other activities happening outside directly on Fremont Street.