Golden Gate gets remake after 111 years in Vegas
October 03, 2017 3:01 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Las Vegas’ original hotel, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, has completed a major expansion project, marking a new chapter in the 111-year-old downtown Las Vegas property’s elaborate history.
Featuring a modern yet timeless design, the renovation includes a casino floor nearly doubled in size, a majestic grand entrance, an extension of its outdoor bar, OneBar, at 1 Fremont Street and more.
The property’s new additions inhabit land once owned by La Bayou, a Granite Gaming Group property acquired in 2016 by Derek Stevens, owner of Golden Gate. He also purchased an adjacent alleyway to continue the mission of Las Vegas City Council members to develop more approachable and safe experiences for downtown.
This will mark Golden Gate’s second major expansion in more than 50 years – the first being the addition of a five-story luxury hotel tower, new lobby and exterior in 2012, also helmed by Stevens. The evolution of the property contributes to his vision to transform downtown, including his highly anticipated plans for the neighboring 18th Fremont Street hotel-casino project.
Golden Gate is also famous for surviving the Prohibition era; hosting the likes of Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin; and being home to one of Vegas’ first electric signs and the city’s first telephone. As it continues to stand strong well into the 21st century, the property’s new elements will include:
• Expanded Casino Floor – Spanning 5,000 square feet, the updated casino space has introduced 91 new slots to the gaming floor. The centerpiece is an eye-catching 360-degree, 24-foot tower of televisions, artfully displayed as though the TVs are emerging from a fountain. Visitors are greeted by a multi-faceted crystal chandelier feature, composed of beautiful spirals cascading downward in tiers of beveled mirror accents.
• Club 1906 – Golden Gate’s loyalty rewards program will now have its very own kiosk, complete with a Vegas-inspired neon sign to welcome players.
• More Drinks for All – As a non-stop beverage destination on Fremont Street Experience, OneBar has expanded 20 feet to become one of the longest bars in Las Vegas. Boasting an impressive television wall, frozen libations and the popular flair and dancing bartenders, it will be a perfect watering hole for visitors checking out a show on Main Street Stage or concluding a ride on the SlotZilla zip line.
• Lavish Entryway – Mixing the nostalgia of vintage Vegas glitz with art deco style, Golden Gate has introduced a redesigned façade, including glamorous 500-pound golden velvet drapes to create an unforgettable casino entrance. Inspired by the Jazz Age, the drapery is adorned with exquisite gold medallions, serving as a grand arrival to the casino’s marble-floored rotunda.
• Upgraded Back-Of-House Space – On top of guest-facing experiences, Golden Gate used its expansion as an opportunity to enhance back-of-house operations. This includes an updated employee dining area with a snack bar; a massive beer cooler for keg storage; a liquor room which will serve as a dispensary for all bar venues on the property; and a private dressing area for the Dancing Dealers.
Golden Gate 1906 Club formula for slots is as follows: $1 slot coin-in equals one point; 100 points equals $1 free play; $4 video poker coin-in equals one point; and 100 points equal $1 free play. Players also earn comp dollars based on their play in both slots and table games. Uniquely, while the clubs remain separate entities, comp dollars can be used at Golden Gate and at their sister property, D Las Vegas (and vice versa).
For more information on Golden Gate, visit www.goldengatecasino.com.