What most people don’t realize is that Downtown Las Vegas is the place where it all started. The downtown area is more commonly known as “Vintage Vegas” because it still has an old-time, Wild West atmosphere about it and a unique allure that is all its own. More importantly is the fact that Downtown Las Vegas is more budget-friendly than The Strip. So, on your next visit, spend your nights at the Downtowner Boutique Hotel and enjoy some of these budget-friendly things to do while you’re here:
• Binion’s million-dollar pyramid – have you ever seen a million dollars’ worth of $100 bills? Well, you can at Binion’s Casino. Established in 1951 by Texas gambler Benny Binion, the casino features a million dollars in $100 bills encased and stacked in a plastic pyramid. You can even have your picture taken standing next to it.
• Classic neon signage – when cruising the Fremont Street Experience, be sure you check out the abundance of classic, historical neon signage such as Vegas Vic, the largest mechanical neon sign in the world, despite the fact he’s not very mechanical now. Just down the way is Sassy Sally a.k.a. Vegas Vickie (Vic’s longtime girlfriend and now wife.
• Fremont Street Experience – as the central highlight of the downtown area, you can’t beat the price of visiting the Fremont Street Experience. That’s because it’s FREE. This 4-block long pedestrian mall features numerous bars, casinos, entertainment venues, restaurants, souvenir shops, and more.
• Golden Gate Casino – having opened in 1906 as the Hotel Nevada, the Golden Gate Casino is the city’s oldest casino. The main allure of this establishment is its historical significance and the fact that it introduced the very first shrimp cocktail to Las Vegas for only half a dollar in 1959. You can still order it at Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery, a 1950’s themed diner, served in a sundae glass.
• Neon Museum – although you have to drive to it, the Neon Museum is a blend of art and history featuring over 150 rescued neon signs from past eras. It’s best to visit the museum at night when everything is lit up. Although the admission is a bit high, you can take a free driving tour to see many of the preserved signs. It is a different thing all together which can be enjoyed with family.
For a unique hotel experience the next time you plan to visit Las Vegas, book a room at the Downtowner Boutique Hotel by calling (702) 533-2553. We would love to host you, while you an enjoy the personalized services and old-world charm at our boutique hotel. Call us today to book your stay with us.