LAS VEGAS—The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is celebrating the completion of its first major expansion in 50 years; it’s the rebirth of a classic.
The new look includes a a 35,000-square-foot, five-story addition that offers 14 hotel suites including two vintage-showgirl-inspired penthouses that encompass the entire fifth floor. All suites are climate-controlled with motion sensors and boast a 50-inch HD flat-screen TV, California king bed, and sectional sofa with a queen-size pullout. The Golden Gate also features 106 recently remodeled rooms that date back to the 1906 opening.
A new lobby is lit by a vintage “Hotel” sign that previously adorned Golden Gate’s Main Street exterior, and features hotel artifacts including original 1907 gaming ledgers, an authentic model of Vegas’ first telephone, and Prohibition-era whiskey bottles found in the walls during construction.
The building’s original façade has been restored with the addition of a digital marquee and contemporary LED lighting accents. Golden Gate’s new porte-cochere offers guest parking.
In an effort to maintain energy efficiency across the property, Golden Gate features Nevada’s first Gen2 elevator (the 16th in the world). Using re-gen technology, the elevator generates power as it travels down thereby reducing electrical usage by 40 percent. Closed loop geothermal wells are used for refrigeration and domestic hot water (10 wells – each 475-feet deep), saving energy and reducing gas bill costs on heating water to almost nothing.
“The expansion and renovation of the Golden Gate preserves and enhances a Las Vegas legacy – not only this classic 106-year-old building, but the Las Vegas spirit and the mystique it embodies,” said eresident and co-owner Mark Brandenburg, in an announcement. “Throughout the renovations, our goal was clear: remain true to our vintage Vegas character and deliver an experience that is original, people-centric and bursting with energy.”