The lights, action and glamor, it's all found in Las Vegas, best known and most appropriately called Sin City. Many leading travel destinations around the world are a combination of the old and new and Vegas is no different. Though many Las Vegas hotels, malls and dining establishments constantly undergo renovations just to keep up with the ever-thriving gaming industry, there are still some places in Vegas that have retained the old charm of Sin City. The best examples of Old Vegas can be seen in downtown Las Vegas where many of the older casinos and hotels still operate successfully. For many, the old charm is what's most appealing about Las Vegas and its ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas attractions and hotels.
Plaza Hotel and Casino
The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas is located in downtown and has been operating for almost four decades. At Main and Fremont Street the Plaza Hotel Las Vegas stands tall and inviting, complete with a long history, on the original site of the Union Pacific railroad depot. Lots of great shopping, a variety of dining and many other things to do in Las Vegas are all close by. Today passenger and freight trains still use the site at the Plaza as a transportation terminal. It remains the only railroad station situated inside a hotel and casino in the world.
The Plaza Casino Las Vegas is an 80,000 square foot facility with innovative and modern video machines and slots, as well as some classics, on the main floor inside. There are a large variety of table games to try your luck at including Pai Gow Poker, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, Blackjack and Let It Ride. There is also a busy Sports Book, Keno Lounge and a live Poker Room. The Bingo Center inside the Plaza Casino Las Vegas boasts 400 seats on the second floor for those who love Bingo. Shoot for the massive jackpot when playing slots at the Plaza Casino Las Vegas. This favored type of entertainment includes 870 up-to-date machines including poker, progressive, Keno, and video reel games where you can earn cash, prizes and comps while playing.
The Plaza Hotel Las Vegas offers a large variety of rooms and amenities that cater to many different needs and tastes. More than 1,000 rooms and suites are available to choose from in an assortment of rates. Some guests mention that some of the rooms at the Plaza Hotel in Vegas are more outdated than other, newer suites, so be sure to check with the front desk about what exactly is available. Standard and deluxe rooms as well as one and two bedroom suites are offered. Rooms include queen or king size beds, TV and in-room movies, a sitting area, game table and chairs and a private bath area.
One of the great features of the Plaza Hotel Las Vegas is its large, rooftop pool complete with panoramic views. At night when the lights are lit up brightly it's quite a sight with sweeping views of Fremont Street and downtown. If you're heading out for one of the Las Vegas shows or top nightclubs, you can enlist the services of the on-site salon for haircuts, blowouts and a variety of other treatments for your special night out.
From the Plaza Hotel Las Vegas the Strip isn't too far away with shuttles and buses providing quick and affordable transportation. You may want to stick close to the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas for a fun experience in Old Vegas. Downtown is like a massive block party at night where thousands of people stay and play at the many hotel casinos or take in other evening nightlife such as live shows.
Sightseeing tours of Old Vegas are fun and offer a glimpse into the glitter and allure of days gone by. The argument is always the Strip or Downtown? Each area caters to different penchents. Traditionalists seem to favor downtown while those who like the glitz and glam head to the Strip. Either way, you'll be sure to be entertained in more ways then one during your Vegas vacation.
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