The Golden Gate Suite at The Golden Gate
The VegasTripping Review 2014(ish)
Las Vegas is a town of change. In this sun-scorched valley, things come and they go, often at a mind-bogglingly frantic pace. In a town like this, even the most revered place can have a history that ends before the average person can experience a mid-life crisis. But it's the ones that stick around that you really have to admire... staying the course or making transformations that can carry them from ancient history into modern success.
Enter the Golden Gate. Opened in 1906 as the Hotel Nevada, the Gate has built a history on the corner of Main and Fremont right at the mouth of Downtown Las Vegas. Over the years, the hotel's 106 rooms have been periodically updated to keep up with Vegas visitors wants and desires. With a full top-to-bottom renovation of the property and addition of a new wing featuring 16 suites by partners Derek and Greg Stevens and Mark Brandenburg, the Golden Gate has become a centerpiece in the resurgence of Downtown Las Vegas and become a new go to destination for visitors and locals alike.
With all this in mind, and knowing that I would need to secure a place to rest my head during what was to become a legendary gathering known as VIMFP 3.0, I booked a suite at the Gate to see first hand just what I was missing by not giving this "new downtown" scene a chance. Booking was quick through the Golden Gate's website, and I managed to secure a suite for $129 a night before tax, titles, registration, resort fee, and first service.
Arrival was simple, with the valet being right off Main street adjacent to the front of the Plaza. Within a minute the friendly valet had me unloaded and I was in the door and down the steps to the adjacent lobby. Check in was quick, painless, and super friendly, and in another minute I was on my way up to suite 43. The hallways aren't long, giving to the intimate nature of the hotel, and are clean, modern and stylish in just the right way.
A short jaunt down from the elevator and I'm at the door. Insert the card key, turn the knob and...