Located downtown in the heart of Fremont Street, the Golden Nugget combines historic Vegas with hipster chic. Built in 1946, it is one of the oldest hotels in the city, and has managed to keep its charm while also boasting modern amenities and recent upgrades.
If you’re a film buff, you’ve probably seen it as the backdrop to movies such as Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” or the James Bond movie “Diamonds are Forever.” It is also home to the world’s largest gold nugget, the Hand of Faith, which is displayed in the lobby.
El Cortez Hotel
Built in 1941, El Cortez is the epitome of iconic Vegas hotels. It was once owned by the gangster Bugsy Siegel, and while the interior has been modernized and upgraded, the exterior still rocks the classic old school Las Vegas style.
The downtown location puts you just a few minutes from Fremont Street, where you can see the Viva Vision Light show or take a ride on a zipline. The rates here are often a lot lower than other hotels, even during busy seasons, which makes it a great choice for visitors on a budget.