Golden Nugget Hotel, downtown at 129 E. Fremont St., is a Glitter Gulch classic. “The Nug” looks almost nothing like it did when an ex-vice squad cop from L.A. spent a million bucks to have it built back in 1946. This was entrepreneur extraordinaire Steve Wynn's first major Vegas project; he bought the property in the early 1970s and spent a decade spiffing it up. While there's no mistaking the Nugget's casino for the luxe gaming floor at the Encore Las Vegas, it's arguably the nicest on Fremont Street.
Accented with dark wood paneling, mirrored walls and soft gold ambient lighting, the casino offers a good mix of table games and slots, plus a classy little poker room. The sports book, though small by Strip standards, is the largest you'll find in this neighborhood. The pool complex features a cool, three-story glass tube waterslide that goes through a 200,000-gallon shark tank. In the hotel's Gold Tower Lobby is the world's largest publicly displayed gold nugget, a nearly 62-pound whopper known as the “Hand of Faith.” Gold Diggers nightclub draws a loose, non-pretentious party crowd that packs the balcony overlooking the action on Fremont Street.