There’s the elegant porte cochere where the grimy lot and sketchy valet stand used to be at the Golden Gate Hotel. Inside the revolving doors—where the old deli once cranked out those little shrimp beauties—is the brand-new lobby with the minimalist-swank vibe of a big-city boutique hotel. (We’re in love with the “HOTEL” art—reclaimed metal letters from the original Gate sign—on the wall behind the front desk.) Las Vegas’ first hotel, built in 1906, has managed to preserve what’s made it our favorite cheap gambling haunt while rivaling the cool, contemporary kids on the block. It started with go-go dancers gyrating behind the low-limit tables a few years ago. Now it includes the aforementioned revisions as part of a new five-story tower that does something only a few properties have managed to do over the years: offer a sense of style Downtown.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.