Famed heart of the Fremont
Street Experience, this hotel and casino dresses itself
up nicely as the class of the downtown hotels. And,
if you equate the color purple with luxury, the Fremont
Hotel and Casino is the most luxurious spot in the whole
of Las Vegas. Take that, Bellagio - even the felt on the Caribbean stud tables are
the same shade of purple that presides throughout the
The real draw is it being in the vicinity of the ceaseless
light and sound shows that make up the Fremont Street
Experience. Considering that the main demographic
of people here seems to be a crowd rapidly headed towards
their AARP memberships, you'd think the constant
noise all night would be a deterrent. But you'd
be wrong - the Fremont Hotel Las Vegas has, no joke,
one of the rowdier casino floor scenes in the city.
At least until 2 or 3am. Then it looks like any
other deserted casino spread throughout the city.
Like the Four Queens and California and nearly every hotel in downtown
Vegas, the Fremont Hotel and Casino is designed primarily
for slots players. So if one-armed bandits, blinking
lights and the glorious clinking of tokens raining onto
metal pans set your mind awhirl, there are few better
places to spend your Vegas vacation than the Fremont Hotel
and Casino. Join with others like you, skin washed
in similar shades of lavender, thanks to the ubiquitous
neon purple lights all over the casino.
The purple disappears when you walk into your room,
which is a shame. Instead, it is replaced by a more
subtle, tasteful, tan color. The rooms are especially
nice for downtown hotels,
and the always fascinating sight of the Fremont Street
Experience is never far, as long as you stay on the correct
side of the casino (the one facing Fremont Street).
The staff goes out of their way to make sure your stay
is a good one, and the rooms themselves are of slightly
larger quality than the Fremont Hotel's downtown
Another nice aspect here is the high quality of food featured in the hotel's handful of restaurants. The Second Street Grill will surprise anyone expecting the mediocrity of downtown Vegas to seep into its exquisite seafood and Pacific Rim dishes, and the Paradise Café is great for people seeking out tasty Hawaiian food. There's also a Tony Roma's thrown in for good measure, but chain store ribs have nothing on the other options.
For whatever reason, there seems to be a dearth of pools in the downtown area, and the Fremont Hotel Las Vegas is no different, choosing to share one with its sister property, the California. Which is certainly convenient for those looking to cool off during the exhausting Vegas summers (the only time the pool is actually open).
So play the slots, get some scallops at the Second Street
Grill, take in the flashing lights of the Fremont
Street Experience and head off to bed at 3 am, and
the Fremont Hotel Las Vegas will forever be entrenched
in your mind as a wonderful time. Otherwise, go
to the strip -
rooms at the Excalibur or Circus Circus are only
a little more expensive most nights.