(At the Golden Nugget a year and a half ago.)
If you have read just a small town girl before, you know how much I heart the hotel, the Golden Nugget. You see, I am big - and I mean BIG - on hotels, motels and everything in between. You know how most people would rather stay home, in their own bed, than in a hotel? Not me. I am in love with slipping away for a night or two and getting away from everything in a new environment.
In Seattle (well, a cheesy suburb outside of Seattle), I had my home away from home, the Seatac Marriott. I have talked about this spectacular hotel on the blog before here. I am in love with this place so much that I would regularly take myself there - sometimes with friends and sometimes alone - just to get away, just to breathe and regroup. When I moved to Las Vegas, I was lost as to where I could go to find my happy place. In a city full of hotels, I wanted to know where mine was.
Well, folks, I have found it. The Golden Nugget is my Las Vegas happy place. It has been in the running for some time. I have had some of my favorite times in Vegas at this hotel. I have taken everyone I love there and many of my best friends have been forced to stay at the Nugget when they've been in town (not that they put up a fight, mind you). I even had my last birthday party there. I've stayed in the $39 rooms (which I adore) and the Rush Tower East End Jr Suite (which I want to move into asap). One of these days - hopefully very soon - I desperately want to stay in the Vegas Baby Suite.
My very favorite part of the Golden Nugget? No, not the amazing prices. Not the hip downtown location. One word. POOL. The only thing I take more seriously than hotels is pools. It's true. I could be a professional floater. It's what I do best. The Golden Nugget has the most amazing pool I've ever seen. (Sorry, Seatac Marriott. Your indoor pool located in that gorgeous atrium was fantastic, but the Golden Nugget has an aquarium - with sharks, thank you very much - in the middle of the pool. You can't compete with that and I don't expect you to.)
Don't believe me? The Golden Nugget recently made yet another top hotel pools list. This time they are the only US pool to make Trip Advisor's Top Ten Most Amazing Hotel Pools in the World list. How cool is that?
If after all this, I still haven't convinced you to stay at the Golden Nugget the next time you're in town, fine. I'd rather be able to get in any time I like anyway. Go stay on the strip, but know that I'll be lounging with the fish for the same price you just shelled out for two drinks.
A big thank you to the Golden Nugget for being my happy place.
(Last week at our happy place.)