Breaking from the Routine Part 3; my review of the Golden Nugget

I have written here about staying at a Downtown Las Vegas hotel in previous posts.  I find it convenient to stay Downtown instead of the Strip mostly because I can easily walk from one property to another.   Anyone who has stayed on the Strip will know that a property that states they are “right next door” or “right across the street” from another property is actually a long walk.

Besides staying at the California, Fremont, or Main Street, I have often stayed at the Golden Nugget.  This is another hotel casino that has been around for a very long time.   It is the largest hotel casino property downtown and, in my opinion, the classiest.

The Golden Nugget has three towers; Carson, Gold and Rush Towers.  In the order I listed them according to cost per night.   The rooms have been re-modeled a few times and they are very spacious rooms compared to other downtown properties.

The property has several restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s Steak House,  Claim Jumper, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Red Sushi, the Grotto, and of course, the Buffet to name just a few.

The casino floor was under partial renovation when I was there in February 2016, but what I love about it is very easy to maneuver your way through and the ceilings are very high so that the cigarette smoke can waft way upwards from those of us who don’t smoke.

The casino also exits onto Fremont Street so you are right there in all the action at night.

For the value, I would say that the Golden Nugget is one of the few in Las Vegas that will give you the best experience and value, if you don’t mind staying downtown.  Remember, there are people who will only stay on the Strip.  I would recommend you stay there when you get the chance and sign up for their player’s program.  I always find e-mail promotions from them, more than other casinos.  Promotions for shows, special room rates and events.


Reality TV in Sin City Part 2; History Channel Counting Cars

One show that spun off from “Pawn Stars” was “Counting Cars”.  Starring Danny, Kevin, Horny Mike, Rollie.  It started off on “Pawn Stars” with Rick or Corey calling Danny aka “the Count” of “Count’s Kustoms” to give his opinion on a car the shop might be buying.  The car might be a fixer, a kit car, or a restored classic and Danny would be called to see if the car would be worth buying and how much it can be re-sold for.

The History channel eventually gave Danny his own show “Counting Cars” which usually runs in half hour segments, shows Danny acquiring a car and a customer brining a car to the shop to be fixed up.   What amazes me is how much these customers spend to have their cars fixed!  Some pay as much as $40,000.00!1

If you go to the shop on 2714 S Highland Dr, it is just off Sahara Avenue between the Strip and the I-15 freeway.  You travel down less than a mile on Highland Drive and you will see signs directing you to the shop on the east side of the street.  When you arrive, you might find an employee sitting at the parking lot entrance who might let you park if there is space.  The shop shares parking with other businesses.  There is also street parking.

As you walk up to the entrance, you will see the familiar garage door where Danny and the customers usually stand and Danny will eventually  yell “Rollie!! Bring that bad boy out”.

You sign in the same lobby they use in the show and the admission is free.  Your allowed to walk around the shop’s collection, take all the pics you want, but you can’t touch any.  Fine by me.  You will see most from the shows and they are strategically placed so that you can walk around several vehicles.

When you get to the end, there is a gift shop that sells the usual gift items, but the hottest seller there seems to be the t-shirts the cast wears.  I wanted a XL black t-shirt that the cast all wears, but they were out of my size as well as the gray and white.  There was alot of red t-shirts, but not for me.  I feel that since I’m at Count’s Kustoms, the shirt should be black!!

While I didn’t see any of the cast, I was told by another Hawaii resident (remember how I mentioned I will be mentioning tips)  that if you go at lunch time, a lunch wagon will pull up, honk it’s horn and the shop crew will come out to eat and some of the cast from show might be included in the bunch.

Horny Mike's Bus
Horny Mike’s Bus

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Sad but true: the follow-up

A little while ago I posted about the Mlife properties will be charging for parking, especially the Strip.  Today I got an e-mail from Mlife explaining it further.  What it says in summary is that the changes will take effect June 6, 2016.  Here is small sample of what’s to come:

  • Hotel guests just scan their room key card to access and exit the parking lot  for no charge
  • Upper level Mlife Rewards members can scan their cards to access and exit with no charge
  • Up to the end of 2016, Nevada residents can just scan their driver’s license to get complimentary parking
  • Most properties are free for the first hour
  • Monte Carlo, Excalibur and Luxor will be $5 for the first 4 hours and 4 – 24 hours is $8.  Any additional days are $8 per day
  • Bellagio, Aria, MGM, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, New York New York will be $7 for the first 4 hours and 4 – 24 hours is $10.  Any additional days are $10 per day.

click here to read it further in detail

Reality TV in Sin City Part 1; History Channel Pawn stars


I admit that I watch a lot of TV and that is mostly reality shows (besides the major sports).   A few years ago I stumbled on “Pawn Stars” and have a fan since!   I know people that will say that Rick, Corey, the Old Man and Chumlee rip off people, but my reply to that has been “who says you have to sell?”  I love watching the items that come in and some that even get sold.

I have probably visited the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop four times since becoming a fan of the show.  It is located north of the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd.  Sometimes there is a line outside but I’ve been lucky so far; each time I went, I could just walk in but just a little disappointed that I couldn’t see any of the stars.  The only one that comes close to being a star that I saw working there was “Travis“.  He is pretty cool to talk to if he’s not too busy.  If I’m not mistaken, a few years ago, I was in the shop to buy a t-shirt and when I gave him (pretty sure it was him) my Hawaiian Airlines credit card, he told me he was born in Hawaii, at Tripler Medical Center, but left with his mom within a few months, so he can claim the 50th State as  his birthplace, but he grew up in Las Vegas.