The large casinos on the Vegas Strip are always upgrading and renovating. Downtown Las Vegas is growing in popularity and that’s showing. Last year the Plaza renovated their rooftop pool deck. The property continues to renovate and upgrade the experience for their customers.
Two other casinos in downtown Las Vegas recently reveals plans to upgrade and expand. The Golden Gate will reveal its new expanded casino in late August. Downtown Grand is just beginning the planning stages of a hotel expansion.

Golden Gate Expansion Details Revealed
The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino will be closed between August 20-25 to put the finishing touches on an expansion of the casino floor. The casino floor has been extended into the property that was most recently known as La Bayou. The expansion will add a new entry, larger outdoor bar, more slot machines and a few other additional touches.
The main purpose of the new casino floor is to add more gaming. The Golden Gate will double the size of the casino and add another 100 slot machines. The focal point of this part of the casino floor will be a 24 foot tall TV tower bursting out a pod of slot machines. This will certainly make watching football more fun for slot machine players.
The Golden Gate will now have a grand entrance to the Fremont Street Experience. The entryway will have velvet curtains leading to a large marble floor and a crystal chandelier composed of spirals cascading downward in tiers of beveled mirror accents.
Visitors to the Fremont Street Experience won’t even have to walk inside the Golden Gate to enjoy the expansion. The outdoor bar, OneBar, is being expanded by 20 feet. That’s another 20 feet of bar and dance floor for the bartenders and dancers.
These upgrades will be revealed to the public when the Golden Gate reopens on August 25th.
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Downtown Grand Planning To Add Third Hotel Tower
Downtown Grand recently received approval from the Las Vegas Planning Commission to build a new hotel tower. The plan is to build the hotel tower on space occupied by the Porte Cochere nearest to 4th street. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the new building will occupy just over two acres.
The new hotel tower at the Downtown Grand is planned to be eight floors high with 495 rooms. Even though it will be shorter than the two existing hotel towers it would offer almost as many rooms as the two towers combined. The 18 floor Casino Tower has 295 rooms and 25 floor Grand Tower has 334 rooms.
There is no construction date for the proposed new hotel tower at Downtown Grand.
Earlier this year, Eater Vegas reported that Downtown Grand will be expanding their non-gaming amenities beyond the casino and hotel. The new project will occupy the first floor of the existing parking garage across the street from the casino. Plans for the new space include a fitness center, cafe and bar, meeting space, and more. There’s no timeline for this project just yet.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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