Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Completes Major Expansion

Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

New life was breathed into Las Vegas history as the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Vegas’ original hotel, completed a major expansion project. The 111-year-old hotel’s renovation includes a casino floor nearly doubled in size, an all-new grand entrance and an extension of the its outdoor bar, OneBar at One Fremont Street, and more. The Golden Gate worked with design firm Dez Motif on the renovation.

The completion of this renovation marks the second major expansion of the Golden Gate in more than 50 years, the first being the addition of a five-story luxury hotel tower, new lobby and exterior in 2012. CEO and owner of Golden Gate, Derek Stevens also has plans to further transform downtown Las Vegas with a vision for the neighboring 18th Fremont St. hotel-casino project.

Golden Gate bears rich historical significance in the Las Vegas mythos; the hotel is famous for surviving the Prohibition era as well as hosting famous musicians such as the members of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. The Golden Gate was also home to one of Vegas’ first electric signs and the city’s first telephone.


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"So many prominent figures have walked down Fremont Street Experience and into Golden Gate throughout the last century, so we intend to respect and relish its history, while introducing amenities suited for today” said Stevens.

The property’s new elements include the following:

  • Expanded Casino Floor: The updated casino space spans 5,000 square feet and has introduced 91 new slots to the gaming floor. The casino’s centerpiece is a 360-degree, 24-foot tower of televisions. Visitors entering the casino will first look upon the new crystal chandelier feature. Club 1906—Golden Gate’s loyalty rewards program—will also now house its own kiosk, complete with Vegas-inspired neon sign to welcome players.
  • More Drinks: OneBar at One Fremont Street has expanded 20 feet to become one of the longest bars in Las Vegas. The bar now has a full wall of televisions, dancing bartenders and frozen libations.
  • New Entryway: Golden Gate’s redesigned façade blends vintage Vegas style with an Art Deco aesthetic in the new 500-pound golden velvet drapes.
  • Upgraded Back-of-House Space: Golden Gate also updated its employee dining area with a snack bar, a beer cooler for keg storage, a liquor room and a private dressing area for the Dancing Dealers.

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