We said good-bye to Lady Luck Casino in order to welcome the Downtown Grand, and to be fair, we think Lady Luck is okay with it. Because now she’s been reborn as a hipster hotel with a trendy, industrial aesthetic. Reclaimed factory space? Exposed brick walls? Funky chandeliers and framed artwork on the ceilings? Are we still in Vegas? The 25,000-square-foot casino floor reminds us, of course, yes.There are five different room types to choose from, the smallest a respectable 350 square feet, which is fine if you don’t want to move around a whole lot. The next level up, Premium, are usually corner rooms at 450 square feet, with room for extra seats. All come equipped with conventional and USB plugs near the beds, 46-inch flatscreens, and are decorated straight out of the Crate & Barrel’s CB2 catalog.
There were a few hiccups with the restaurants as the Downtown Grand tried to forge a culinary identity. It started with eight eateries, but now only four remain (three of which are across the street from the hotel proper): Freedom Beat, its 24-hour restaurant, plus Pizza Rock and old-timer Triple George Grill, all of which serve Downtown Grand guests.
- Grace Bascos