Just a short drive west of center strip lies a no frills locals casino with a good Chinese restaurant (Ping Pang Pong), a very reasonable 24 hour liquor store (the gift shop), good video poker (9/6 Jacks or Better at the quarter level) and plenty of low-roller action. We spent two nights in a “Deluxe King” (their lowest priced room) at the Gold Coast in March, during Viva Las Vegas.
Gold Coast has to be one of the easiest casinos in Las Vegas to come and go from. There is a large self parking garage with it’s own entrance road and traffic light on the east side of the casino. At 4000 West Flamingo Boulevard, it is about a half mile from I-15, and about a mile from the strip. If you don’t have a car, or don’t wish to drive, there is a shuttle that goes to the Orleans and to Bally’s (mid-strip) that runs every half hour from 9:00am until just past midnight. (During Viva Las Vegas there was an additional shuttle running between Gold Coast and the Orleans, 24 hours a day. Very nice!) Both the Rio and the Palms are within walking distance.
We arrived Saturday around noon and had no trouble checking in. The front desk staff was very friendly and had us booked into a room on the third floor in just a couple of minutes. The rooms in the hotel are mostly down one long corridor leading from the elevators, so it was a pretty long walk down the hallway to our room (number 370). This was no trouble for us, but if you have mobility issues or a large amount of luggage I would recommend asking for a room close to the elevators.
Inside, the rooms are a little smaller than average (by Vegas standards), but clean and comfortable. Our room had a King sized bed with end tables on either side, a sitting area with a table and two chairs, a flat screen, and a large dresser containing an iron and ironing board that doubled as an entertainment center. The mattress was firm and comfortable, and the sheets were of a good enough quality to not feel scratchy. The view from our room, only three floors up, was nothing to write home about – just a parking lot and a nearby apartment building.
The bathrooms at Gold Coast are more “updated” than those at the Orleans, and like the Orleans they offer a side-hinged window that you can open to let in some fresh air. There was a small coffeemaker on the counter with coffee and cups, and a hair dryer for those more stylish than I. The standard sized tub had a shower head that was high enough for a six-footer and provided decent water pressure.
Wireless internet was available for a fee ($4.99 basic/$9.99 premium 24 hours), they offered room service, and wake-up calls. The only things blatantly missing in the room amenities list were a safe and a fridge (there was an ice bucket). In addition to the room amenities there was a small, but very nicely landscaped pool area for guests, and a nice gym with cardio and strength training machines with large windows overlooking the aforementioned pool.
Downstairs, the casino has plenty of good video poker, slots of every description, table games from $5 minimums up, keno and bingo, and a decent sports book. The cocktail waitresses are friendly and attractive, and the video poker bar serves New Belgium Fat Tire (a favorite of mine) on draft. There’s a bowling alley, a T.G.I Fridays, a Subway, the delicious dim sum at Ping Pang Pong, a noodle shop, a coffee shop and a buffet. For a more upscale dining experience there’s the Cortez Room.
The Gold Coast offers everything most people need. Rooms are quiet, comfortable and clean, service is friendly, and there’s a variety of food and beverage options. Comps are fairly easy to come by, and room rates are often a fraction of the cost of those just a mile east, on the strip. It’s not huge, it’s not flashy, and it probably won’t impress your friends back home, but it’s a solid option for the budget conscious traveler.
- Gold Coast charges a mandatory resort fee of $3.00 plus tax per night. This is typically waived for stays comped through the player’s club.
- Prices on beer and liquor in the gift shop are competitive with local liquor stores and the selection is very good for a casino gift shop.
- Gold Coast also sports an arena which hosts occasional concerts and sporting events and a comedy club with shows Wednesday through Sunday Nights.
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