LAS VEGAS, NV--(Mar 19, 2012)
Founded in 1906 on poker chips, whiskey and wild women, the Golden Gate
-- Las Vegas' original casino -- is undergoing its first major
expansion in 50 years.
A hangout for Frank, Sammy and Dean during the Rat Pack era, the
landmark property in downtown Las Vegas will keep its authentic Vegas
vibe while adding a spectacular 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury
tower with 16 hotel suites, including two penthouses that will
encompass the entire 5th floor. An extended casino floor and new
high-limit gaming pit will feature its signature dancing dealers
modern throw-back to flappers of the Roaring 20s. A new lobby will
display artifacts from the hotel's notable past
Golden Gate will preserve its historic exterior while adding
contemporary pinstripe lighting accents. The new tower will feature a
beautiful porte-cochere designed to provide the most convenient valet
parking downtown. Renovations are scheduled for completion by July 2012.
Ever sensitive to Las Vegas tradition, the Golden Gate also vows to
preserve its famous shrimp cocktail -- the "Best Tail in Town" -- which
the company introduced to the casino scene in the 1950s.
"When it opened back in 1906 at One Fremont Street, Golden Gate
signaled the birth of downtown Las Vegas. Now, more than a century
later, we're proud to be a vibrant part of its dramatic renaissance,"
said Golden Gate co-owner and CEO, Derek Stevens. "This property has
been characterized by a unique excitement and mystique from day one,
and we can't wait to start the next chapter in this wonderful Las Vegas
Signature Golden Gate Elements:
- Dancing Dealers.
Golden Gate's "Dancing Dealers" will remind you of the brash, new breed
of young women from the Jazz Age -- with a contemporary twist. Their
daring personalities and flirtatious dancing entice guests to let loose
in true Vegas fashion.
- Prohibition No More.
From 1919 to 1933, the hotel was forced to stop selling alcohol due to
prohibition. Today, it's making up for lost time with delicious
libations at three dynamic bars. Take in the beautiful bikini-clad
bartenders, be dazzled by flashy flair with flying bottles or tip your
glass where Frank and Sammy once drank.
- A Good Gamble. A
new high-limit gaming area and credit program along with higher table
limits will appeal to high-end players looking for a boutique gaming
experience with traditional odds. Blackjacks pays 3/2 and you can still
find 10 times odds in craps. The casino continues to offer the highest
"free play" reward in town and features the latest in slots and video
alongside craps, blackjack and the newer table games.
- Best Tail in Town.
Golden Gate founding partner Italo Ghelfi introduced shrimp cocktail to
the casino scene in 1959, starting a Las Vegas tradition spanning
several decades and more than 40 million shrimp cocktails (that's more
than a billion individual shrimp!).
- Less Walking, More Dancing.
Take a few easy steps outside onto the Fremont Street Experience where
the world's biggest video screen -- Viva Vision -- towers over four
neon blocks of party action including three stages and bars wherever
you turn. Everything is close, so you can spend less time walking and
more time dancing in the street.
- Step Back in Time, Keep
Your iPod. In addition to its new tower and suites, the Golden
Gate's boutique hotel features 106 recently remodeled rooms with a
vintage Vegas ambiance accompanied by modern amenities including
pillow-top mattresses, Keurig® coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, iPod
docking stations and more.
- The Las Vegas Original. The
Golden Gate dates back to the birth of Las Vegas, when the land at 1
Fremont Street was purchased for $1,750 in the historic May 15, 1905
land auction. In 1907, it became home to the city's first telephone.
The phone number? "Ring '1,' please." In 1927, the property welcomed
one of the city's first neon signs -- now synonymous with Las Vegas. In
the 1950s, long before the high-tech 'eye in the sky' was introduced,
the Golden Gate partners employed creative surveillance using two-way
mirrors above the gaming pit that can still be seen -- but not used --
today. Take a stroll through Golden Gate history: http://goldengatecasino.com/history/.
For more information, visit www.goldengatecasino.com
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