You'll find all-in-one glitz and entertainment at this updated, vintage casino resort, 2 miles north of The Strip. Step outside, and you're in the midst of the dazzling Fremont Street Experience, with its nightly multimedia light show on Earth's biggest video screen - an overhead canopy that spans 5 blocks. Soak up the essence of Las Vegas with "Lucky Vegas" or "American Freedom," then stick around for live music and dancing.
From the 3-level pool with a waterslide and shark tank, to the award-winning casino, this resort personifies the thrill you signed up for. Lady Luck is on your side as soon as you enter the Golden Nugget, which gets its name from the Hand of Faith, a 61-pound hunk of gold in the lobby. The "Hand" nudges you toward the 45,000-square-foot casino, where you can play slot machines spewing some of the city's largest jackpots. First-timer? Ask the gaming team for help. There's even a specialized Poker Room, where 13 smoke-free tables host games of various levels, from low limits to no limits.
For even more limitless thrills, you won't want to miss the Tank, a swimming complex that features a 3-story waterslide that shoots you (securely) through a shark tank. Downshift with a massage or treatment at the Spa and Salon. Burn off extra steam in the spa's fitness center, then relax in the sauna or steam room.
7 restaurants give you ample choices for refueling. Celebrate your winning ways with dinner at Vic & Anthony's, renowned for sizzling steaks and succulent Maine lobster. Have a passion for pasta? The trattoria-style Grotto Ristorante serves Italian favorites, including the signature Linguine Pescatore. Room service is available 24 hours. Delve into the 5-bar scene at Rush Lounge, with private booths and classy cocktails. Or sample 40 varieties of brew at the International Beer Bar.
Once you're sated, it's time to retreat to your room. Sink onto your plush pillowtop bed, or reconnect with the world via wireless or wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge). The spacious marble bathroom with lighted makeup/shaving mirror offers a peaceful place to freshen up before your next foray.