The Victorian-themed Main Street Station is an underrated hotel and one of the great bargains in the city.
Taking a walk through the casino is like being in a well-organized, less-dusty antique shop; the chandeliers come from the Coca-Cola building in Austin and the Figaro Opera House in Paris, France, and the ornate hammered-tin ceilings are also vintage. Men get a more modern glimpse of history in the restroom off the casino floor, where there’s a bona fide chunk of the Berlin Wall on display.
The rooms run a little small at 400 square feet, but are adequate for a Downtown stay. Sadly their contemporary decor is a departure from all the historical artifacts downstairs. Suites are slightly larger, but their color schemes and furnishings are more dated than in the rooms. The amenities are all up-to-date, though, including flatscreen TVs, Internet for purchase, and refrigerators. Tip: The noisier part of the tower is the north side, nearer the freeway, so light sleepers should opt for the south side.
You can head right over to Fremont Street Experience for a full-on Vegas experience, but if you crave something more low-key, Triple 7 Brewery is right inside the hotel. Its catch-all menu (steaks, seafood, pizza, and even sushi) is fine, but the surprise comes from the decent selection of microbrews. There’s a seasonal selection, including a rotating IPA on draft. The Garden Court Buffet remains a favorite in town.
- Grace Bascos