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Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Review (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino's motto is "Where Las Vegas Lives", and deservedly so. One step into this 711-room hotel and you feel like you are surrounded by true Las Vegans, not tourists. If you are into being seen with the "beautiful people" and big-name celebrities, this is not the place for you. However, if you want to be among relaxed locals and friendly folk unconcerned with posing, you might want to make the Gold Coast a regular stop.

The hotel is located a few blocks off the Strip, near the Rio and the Palms, both of which are easy walking distance. Free shuttles run frequently from the casino to both the Strip and to sister property Orleans, so there is no worry about being stuck on property.

The staff at the Gold Coast give the impression they actually care if you return, a rarity in Vegas these days. The style is simple, yet attention to detail has yielded a clean, comfortable environment. All rooms come with a flat-screen LCD television, something few Strip hotels can say. Local and 800 phone calls are free, another little plus some snobbier places would do well to emulate. The rooms are perfect for what a person needs from a Vegas room: a quiet, clean place to sleep, shower, and recharge the batteries.

The casino has increased its slot machine numbers to fill one of the largest slot areas in town, and there are plenty of low-limit machines for those who want to start cautiously. The machines are so numerous, it's hard to imagine ever feeling crowded or stuck for a machine to play, even on the most crowded occasions. Bells were constantly signalling winners, so play seems to be fairly loose.

In order to make room for the expanded slots, one of the two major sections of table games was removed. Still, there are plenty of tables available. It was nice to see $5 limits on a Friday night, unheard of at many Vegas locations. Dealers and players alike were friendly and talkative; both winners and losers seemed to be enjoying their play. Dealers were a little prone to counting mistakes, and one skipped a player's card. But the pit boss made sure not to penalize the player, allowing him to receive a second card and then decide whether to play the hand (he kept the card, and lost the hand). That's a great and obvious business move; what is the cost of that one hand to the casino in perspective of the goodwill generated by making sure the player is considered and cared for? Still, there are plenty places in Vegas today that would not handle things as well.

Bingo is a house favorite at the Gold Coast. The second floor contains a 720-seat bingo parlor, with the best progressives and games in town. The sportsbook is spacious and comfortable, but did not seem very active.

Restaurants at the Gold Coast reflect the hotel: simple menus, well-prepared with value for the dollar. The average cost of a meal in Vegas was recently found to be the highest in the country, at almost $46 per person; yet one would be hard-pressed to spend more than $20 on an entree at any of the Gold Coast restaurants, even including steaks and lobster. The buffet still retains the original Vegas buffet concept: lots of varied food choices at a great price (less than $6 for breakfast, $7.50 for lunch, and $11.95 for dinner).

The entertainment and shopping facilities are not as elaborate as some of the larger hotels, but trips for those things can always be made; and the advantages of the Gold Coast cannot be denied to those who might seek a little of the flavor of the Las Vegas of yesterday, without bankrupting oneself.

Reviewed by Larry Rutherford, editor of casino news portal,

Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
4000 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone #: 702-367-7111
Toll Free #: 800-331-5334

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