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Nice sleep...though I question it's "handicapped friendly"
I've stayed at this hotel several times prior to my March 2005 visit. So I must've found it enjoyable for me to repeat my stay here. The person at the front desk remembered me from previous visits. It's inexpensive....with the best coffee shop I've found downtown [Bay City Diner]. Another plus is that it, and all downtown hotels, have direct bus service from the Las Vegas Airport. As of March 2005....the city's Line 108 costs $1.25. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get Downtown. No "pay cable" or "pay-per-view". Room I stayed in was near the front of the hotel....and below the "Fremont Street Experience". I heard nothing, however. The only problem I could see with the Golden Gate is that the room I stayed in  was not "handicapped accessable". No "grab bars" in the tub/shower [which was a little narrow]...and there was a small "lip" under the door leading to the smallish bathroom.
Way too noisy
Stayed here for 2 nights in November 04 at the end of our holiday to experience 'Downtown' And it was an experience!!!!
Check in was conducted by a rather 'scary' lady but was efficient, we wanted to extend our prebooked reservation and had no problems doing so. The room, rather small and overlooking the extractor fans at the back of the hotel, was dated. The bathroom was very old fashioned with very little room, although the second morning when we had plenty of hot water the shower was very good.
The main problem was the constant noise coming from Freemont Street where the music played 24 hours, making sleep almost impossible.
Location for Freemont Street is excellent and the food was very good but if you're looking for a peaceful nights sleep, dont stay here!
Look Hard for an Alternate
We are frequent Las Vegas visitors and prefer downtown when we can get there. The Golden Gate is fun spot to visit and gamble, but it is certainly one of our last choices to sleep (and we have stayed at the El Cortez). The rooms are miniscule, outdated and not really so clean. We were hoping for a classy little piece of old Las Vegas, as we experience in the casino and piano bar snack line - but alas - such was not to be. You will do better at the same or less price at other Fremont Street stops.
SPOOKY AND BORING
I went there 9/11/04 I believed the reviews from this web site but it was nothig nice at all. The room look and felt like a horror movie film room due to the outdated and smell of the room. it definetly needs a remodel. they charged me 65 plus tax for a saturday. I gess the price aint that much but it can use a remodel. the restaurant ----- i ordered a steak and it was so hard to chew and the cleanliness of the place is bad. the employees were nice and the valet. but i won't go there again. I dont understand why it's hi in populoraty in this web site. maybe because of price?
What a dive!
My husband and were looking for an inexpensive gem of a hotel on our recent trip to Las Vegas. We booked through Hotels, which rated the Golden Gate Hotel 3 stars. The first tip-off that this hotel might not be the gem we were hoping for was that there is no place to park the car when checking into the hotel..(oh, that and the 2 ambulances out front). Once we made it inside, the first thing I noticed was how everything stank of smoke and pee. The hotel is very old (I think it was built in 1904), which is fine, if they had just kept the place more up to date. The rooms are TINY. We apparently made the mistake of reserving a room with two twin beds (who offers TWIN beds these days??), but besides the beds, there was almost no room left to move around. The bathroom was so tiny, you had to shut the door to even find the toilet (that couldn't flush just tissue down without a second flush, which might just explain the pee smell everywhere). The bathroom fixtures have never been updated...this wouldn't be a problem if everything didn't also look so grimy.
Anyway, we were very disappointed and ended up spending our first hours searching for a different hotel. We ended up at the MGM Grand, which was fabulous!
Reasonably price for reasonable accomidations.
I ended up staying here due to being late in making reservations elsewhere. I will be returning to the Golden Gate. The room was acceptably clean, small (big rooms when they were built in the early 1900's) but did have a data port on the phone. 60's decor in the bathroom was clean unlike a recent trip to a Super 8 in Hendersonville, NC. The .99 cent shrimp cocktail, $4.50 French Dip sandwich and the $1.99 Deli Breakfast are a deal in themselves. Lots of history, piano player in the casino area and nice, old woodwork. It's not The Bellagio, but hey, it's the best value for $35.00 a night in Vegas.
Not really impressed...
I stayed at the Golden Gate in March 2002, after booking it thru the internet. My room was pleasant enough, all I wanted was my own bathroom, a TV and coffee maker, and thats what I got. It was supposed to be non-smoking, but stank of smoke, and I found a pair of used jocks under the bed. The cleaning was average, but I suppose I'm a bit picky having worked in the housekeeping departments of numerous hotels. A word of advice, always check with the hotel directly after making an internet booking - I thought breakfast was included in the price - it's not! (But at least they had my reservation, unlike another place I stayed at.) One good thing, it was actually cheaper than the internet said. The staff were not particulary friendly, especially the big haired older ladies at reception - they scared me! And being right in the midst of the Fremont Light Show, don't expect to get any sleep before midnight. The Diner was nice enough except for the man next to me smoking a cigar, such consideration! I tried the Shrimp Cocktail, but obviously America's idea of a shrimp cocktail is different to Australia's idea of one. And there is no way in hell I'll ever have chicken fried steak again - Yuk! But the pancakes were yum. All in all, it was an OK stay, but as they say, you get what you pay for...
Pleasant Vegas surprise
My uncle, a Vegas resident since 1950, took me here for lunch. It was the most pleasant surprise of my Vegas trip. The large variety of food was all excellent, and the on-tap beer very fresh. Gaming areas were intimate and friendly. The prices of everything was so reasonable, I couldn't believe it. The managers of Strip hotels need to visit the Golden Gate and remind themselves "how its done". Definitely, visit the Strip hotels, but stay, eat, and do your gaming here --- your check- out tab will leave you grinning.
Wonderful place to hangout
We stayed at the Luxor (like usual) but spent our nights downtown and most of the time at the Golden Gate. Wonderful table games for those that are intimidated by the the higher table limits on the strip. They have dollar roulette, crapds and blackjack. Excellent place to learn the ropes. The drink service is the best around. They keep 'em coming.
Try the strawberry daiquiris with lots of whipped cream on top. Only complaint is that is gets a bit smokey inside, but thats how all the downtown casinos are. Binions being the worst by far. Its all part of the charm. Slots pay pretty well also here. Its retro vegas at its best.
Best Bang For My Buck
I have just returned from a 10 day stay in Las Vegas. I did not have an accomodation at the Golden Gate, but I spent a great deal of time there-either gambling or eating. The breakfast, $ 1.99 special, made me feel as if I were eating breakfast at home. I made it a point to have their homemade soup every day because of the fresh vegetables and great taste of these forgotten " bastions of health. " The cream of chicken is still my favorite, but the vegetable soup is not far behind. I took some friends there to enjoy the $ 2.99 shrimp cocktail and did they ever enjoy the shrimp cocktail-and the price. In the middle of a tourist area, it is so refreshing to find real, honest to goodness homemade food with very fair prices. I also wish to mention the gambling because I finally found a slot machine where I could win and lose all day and still break even. This was the only $.25 machine which consistently returned my investment in the machine. The drunk who played the machine next to me did cause my clothes to stink of smoke, but that is part of the flavor of downtown Las Vegas. He was not a problem and was very polite. I preceive the Golden Gate Casino as a refuge from the showy casinos that don't pay off on the slot machines. When I want some real, homemade food, some good slot gaming and some local color, the Golden Gate is where I will be going. By the way, I forgot to mention the chilli and the potato salad. Yes, the Golden Gate did receive quite a bit of free, postive advertising during my stay in Las Vegas. Some of my friends from the Golden Nugget were very pleased with their experiences at the Golden Gate. The short walk was worh the trip. Thank you.